HTC U Play Smart­phone

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Another smart­phone from the house of HTC with new re­fresh­ing de­sign el­e­ments. HTC is tar­get­ing high-end users with its two new U se­ries de­vices – Play and Ul­tra. The new se­ries of smart­phone comes with whole lots of changes in terms of de­sign plus fea­tures in com­par­i­son with pop­u­lar ‘De­sire’ se­ries of phones.

Glossy body with out of the crowd de­sign: These days, most of the de­vices seem sim­i­lar to each due to some sim­i­lar de­sign el­e­ments. HTC U Play stands out of the crowd with its stun­ning looks. Its shell is made with glass which not new to the mar­ket, yet HTC used it smartly en­hanc­ing the over­all look plus makes the de­vice at­trac­tive.

The phone has a new, beau­ti­fully con­toured, liq­uid sur­face with sym­met­ri­cal con­struc­tion. But my fear with the glossy body is smudges and scratches; U play is not an ex­cep­tion, it also at­tracts smudges thank­fully not prone to scratches. The phone is pack­aged with a trans­par­ent back cover to pro­tect the body from smudges and scratches. How­ever, I was ex­pect­ing a pro­tec­tive layer at the back rather than us­ing a cover that steals the beauty of the phone.

Vi­brant FHD screen: The glossy body holds a 5.2-inches Ful­lHD screen with 1080p res­o­lu­tion and 428ppi pixel den­sity. It’s a sharp screen with vi­brant col­ors and fair amount of bright­ness. The screen is pro­tected by Corn­ing Go­rilla Glass, but not sure about the ver­sion, how­ever, U Ul­tra has 5th gen Go­rilla glass and ex­pect­ing the same, will up­date you once I will get the con­fir­ma­tion for the same.

The dis­play is quite touch re­spon­sive and pro­duces ac­cu­rate col­ors with dark blacks. I en­joyed play­ing games, watch­ing movies, etc on it. Even in di­rect sun­light, I was able to read texts, thanks to it bright screen.

What is U se­ries all about?: “U” is ac­tu­ally about you, mean­ing the phone will adopt you. The phone comes with HTC Sense Com­pan­ion that tracks your ac­tiv­i­ties then sug­gest you the best. It is a per­sonal com­pan­ion to ev­ery user who is al­ways learn­ing from you and the things you do ev­ery day. It can sug­gest leav­ing early if heavy traf­fic con­ges­tion on your daily route or any weather change could hap­pen. It can rec­om­mend a restau­rant when you are look­ing for a break or be go­ing to cel­e­brate with your loved ones.

HTC Sense can also rec­og­nize your voice and re­spond even when it is locked. You can make a call, send mes­sages, set an alarm and be­gin hands-free nav­i­ga­tion. It can also iden­tify your ear to of­fer the im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence.

En­joy what­ever you want to: The phone is com­bined with pow­er­ful hard­ware, I played sev­eral high-graph­ics in­ten­sive games on it in­clud­ing WWE, NFS, As­phalt 8 Air­borne and Mor­tal com­bat, etc. The phone man­ages all the games eas­ily with­out any vis­i­ble per­for­mance lag. Even while switch­ing be­tween them there was no glitch.

The speaker is as awe­some as we can ex­pect from HTC. It pro­duces rich sound with bal­anced tre­ble and bass. The phone comes with a type C head­phone, which is re­ally awe­some, but a few peo­ple may miss 3.5mm jack as they won’t be able to charge or trans­fer the data while us­ing the head­phone.

Cap­ture beau­ti­ful snaps quickly: The phone packs 16 MP cam­era at both sides front and rear. Hold­ing the BSI sen­sor, it al­lows you cap­ture images in dif­fer­ent light con­di­tions with the fair amount of de­tails. The day­light images come with good de­tails and rich col­ors. Images are not so over ex­posed, but con­sid­er­ing the price, I was ex­pect­ing bet­ter re­sults.

The cam­era UI of­fers dif­fer­ent modes in­clud­ing Zoe cam­era that cap­tures 3 sec of video. It also has pro op­tion where you can con­trol ev­ery part be it ex­po­sure, sen­si­tiv­ity, shut­ter speed, ISO and many other. Us­ing the pro, I got bet­ter qual­ity images.

Could be bet­ter bat­tery: The com­pact phone is pow­ered by a 2500 mAh bat­tery. It can run for an en­tire day with mod­er­ate us­age like calls, in­ter­net surf­ing etc. On the other hand, watch­ing videos or play­ing games on it will drain the bat­tery soon. In our bat­tery loop test, it lasted for 5 hours 12 min­utes while play­ing video over Wifi with full bright­ness and vol­ume. Bot­tom­line: With the beau­ti­ful glossy body de­sign, com­bin­ing pow­er­ful hard­ware, de­cent cam­era, and in­ter­est­ing ‘U’ fea­tures, the phone is a good choice but con­sid­er­ing the price, I was ex­pect­ing even bet­ter phone from HTC.

— Ashok pandey

Price: ` 39,990/-

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