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This is the "One",
This review is from: HTC One 32GB UK SIM-Free Smartphone - Silver (discontinued by manufacturer) (Wireless Phone)
Well, HTC really had to nail it with this phone and that's exactly what they did. If only they had bothered to market it properly they could have had a real smash hit with this device. But not enough people knew about it to sell it sufficiently.
If you hold this in your hand and compare it to any other phone, the difference is immense. It's like comparing a Ferrari to a Mini. This device oozes premium. All aluminium casing against a plastic shell like virtually all other phones - no contest. Even the iPhone who pride themselves on making beautiful devices have been put in the shade. Whereas Apple do use aluminium (and glass) the iPhone is all square and angular, the HTC One is curved and ergonomic. In the hand it just ... fits.
It's been out a year and we all know the spec and the buzzwords now. And it's successor is just around the corner, but trust me. I have seen nothing in the past year that has given me pause for thought before purchasing this phone. It runs super-fast, the 2GB of RAM taking everything effortlessly in it's stride. That beautiful, high res screen is breathtaking, the camera takes awesome photo's and in low-light the Ultrapixels really do work. The boomsound speakers have been turned down by HTC in a system update as they were too loud and there were occasions where people speakers were getting blown! But listening to music on this device (or watching movies) is a whole new experience with true stereo speakers. I expect all phones to start designing this way soon - it's one of those lightbulb moments where evolutionary design takes a step forward.
It's the little things too. How the gallery app will automatically make a slideshow for you from your chosen folder, complete with music. Blinkfeed really is worth it if you take the time to tailor it correctly. And above all, it's an Android device so literally endless customization options to make it truly unique and yours. HTC are committed to support the device too, I recently have been upgraded to Android 4.3 with Sense 5.5. Android 4.4 is apparently on the way and we have been promised Sense 6.0 with possibly another version of Android in Summer/Fall this year.
If you value design and aesthetics as well as usability and features you shouldn't overlook this device. For once you can believe the hype.