The HTC One has put the Taiwanese smartphone maker firmly back on the map, and now the leading Android handset has been crowned Phone of the Year at the 2013 TrustedReviews Awards.
In one of the closest fought categories of the year’s awards, the HTC One saw off stiff competition from a range of Android rivals, as well as Apple’s latest smartphone offering.
Having been first unveiled back in February in the days leading up to MWC 2013, the HTC One is far from the most recent, or indeed specs impressive handset currently doing the rounds, but is a phone which has changed the smartphone sector for good as one of the first truly desirable and high-end Android phones.
A category which split the judges’ decisions, the HTC One narrowly came out victorious against runners ups the iPhone 5S and Android 4.4 KitKat introducing Google Nexus 5. As well as playing host to a highly desirable brushed metal design, the HTC One has been bestowed with a bevy of premium innards with a 4.7-inch Full HD display lining up alongside a 1.7GHz quad-core processor.
What’s more, the company’s Sense UI has helped create one of the most user-friendly and intuitive smartphone experiences around.
“It’s not surprising that the most hotly contested and closely matched category at this year’s awards was the Phone of the Year,” TrustedReviews Editor Evan Kypreos stated.
“Like 12 Angry Men the decision pulled and swayed from one phone to the other. It was agreed that the iPhone 5S is probably the best all-rounder and the Nexus 5 is a fantastic phone for the money, but the fact that the HTC One finally proved once and for all that Android phones can be slick and hugely desirable gave it the edge.”
While the HTC One has been crowned the 2013 TrustedReviews Phone of the Year, attention has already turned to its replacement, with a number of HTC One 2 rumours currently doing the rounds.
Tipped to make the jump to a larger 5-inch display, the HTC One 2 is expected to pair its 1080p Full HD panel with Google’s Android 4.4 KitKat OS and a new quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU.
Earlier this week we confirmed that the PS4 had beaten the Xbox One to take the title of the 2013 Console of the Year while the iPad Air was announced as Tablet of the Year. Yesterday GTA 5 was named Game of the Year.
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