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You can pack all the tech you want into a phone, but if it looks and feels cheap, then not even a giant screen can make it feel premium. Some manufacturers seem to be absolutely fine with that but thankfully, the HTC One feels like the phone your money deserves.

The HTC One gives you quality and great form factor over size, so while you have a 4.7-inch screen, it has a super-crisp full HD display and a high pixel density of 468ppi, which makes even the smallest text appear super smooth. The phone design itself feels just right. The slim form and minimal bezel make the phone easy to use with one hand – it doesn’t feel like you’re slapping a tablet on to your face when taking a call.

Design done right means a lot, and here, the HTC One scores pretty high

We’re not usually big fans of manufacturer interfaces, but the HTC Sense UI, after a few initial gripes, does seem to be the most intuitive Android front end out there, besides stock, of course. The app tray manages all your icons, and unlike other interfaces, we didn’t particularly feel the need to crowd the home screen with app launchers.

But the biggest attraction of the new Sense UI is the Blink feed on your main home page. Not only does it work as a pretty good news aggregator, it also matches the One’s clean look and feel. Design done right means a lot, and here, the HTC One scores pretty high.

The camera on the HTC One can be quite controversial, with its modest 4MP resolution. Also, while other manufacturers insist on giving you oversaturated ‘happy’ pictures, the results we got from the HTC One under regular lighting conditions were more naturally toned. Though we prefer that, it’s not hard to imagine users wondering why the reds and yellows aren’t popping in their pics. That said, the picture quality is superior to a lot of the competition in terms of image sharpness.

The Beats Audio label at the back was not particularly impressive at first, but the audio quality of the phone’s in-built speakers turned out to be far superior to any other handheld device we’ve heard in recent times. Looks like Beats Audio isn’t just all hype after all.

With just about every manufacturer launching their halo phones in the Rs 40,000+ price range, the competition is all about the phone that is right for you. And while most people may have their hearts set on Samsung, Apple or even Blackberry, it’s the HTC One that comes across as a truly premium device that’s powerful as well.

The numbers
Dimensions: 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm
Weight: 143 g
Display: Super LCD3, 4.7 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 468 ppi
Memory: 2GB RAM
Storage: 32/64 GB
Camera: 4MP (Primary), 2.1MP (Front)
Video: 1080p@30fps, 720p@60fps, HDR
Android OS: v4.1.2, upgradable to v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 2300 mAh
Chipset: Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600, Quad-core 1.7 GHz
Price: Rs 42,499

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