First of all great write up. But the One has got to be a hackers nightmare. Like Jay pointed out, no way to remove the battery. Which means no way to manually kick it into recovery. Not good if you have black screen or continual boot loop. Also, if you were to be brave enough to root it, and made backups of your ROMs, and had let's say 8-10 GBs of music or video, you'll soon find out that 32GBs of internal isn't enough. For the life of me I don't understand why HTC is reluctant to put an SD card slot in their devices, is it a space issue?
Great write up Del, though I'm not in the market for a new device I have been reading and checking them out. My first choice as of now would be the S4, I went down the road of not having a SD card slot on my Nexus 7, bad move. Now I'm stuck with very little room to play at all. Though the HTC One feels nice in the hand and looks nice I just couldn't buy it. As for the note 2, my pockets aren't big enough. Don't know much about the Optimus and the Nexus 4 is just a device