HTC One Voted Phone of the Year

HTC One is the winner!

In a recent poll conducted by technology site S21, the HTC One was voted best phone of 2013, taking away 27% of the votes.

The HTC One has a high quality look and build, with a full aluminium body, giving it the premium look similar to the iPhone. This phone has a sleek user interface, which makes for a great user experience.

HTC BlinkFeed generates a personalised dynamic home screen, which displays personalised news stories, notifications and photos and updates them in real time. Another feature unique to this phone is HTC Zoe. HTC Zoe is a camera mode which allows you to take three second bursts of video to create a ‘living photograph’.

The HTC One Max, the supersized version of the winner, lost the poll with only 2% of the votes, suggesting that while phones seem to be forever increasing in size, there is a limit to how big people want them.  

Perhaps surprisingly, the iPhone 5s only came in 4th place out of the 10 phones in the poll. The iPhone 5s had arguably the biggest hype surrounding its release, so did people see it as an anti-climax?

The 5s has some of the best specs out of the phones polled, with the best camera and the fastest processor. However it is significantly more costly than the rest, and has the smallest screen, which is perhaps why people were reluctant to vote it their favourite.

In second place for phone of the year is the Samsung Galaxy S4. On paper the S4 has better specs, particularly with its mammoth 13 megapixel camera, which also comes with some great features such as Dual Shot.

This allows you to photograph with both the front and rear cameras at the same time, meaning you can be in the photo while you capture it. Sound & Shot also lets you capture a short audio clip for each photograph.

But the great overall user experience from BlinkFeed and the stylish look and feel of the aluminium HTC One compared to the plasticy S4, may be what clinched it for the HTC One.

Android was the operating system that came out on top in this poll, demonstrating its dominance in 2013.

Samsung dominated last year’s results, but this year the votes have been more evenly distributed among manufacturers, which means it is a close competition in the smartphone industry, and will be interesting to see who claims phone of the year in 2014. 

Here's how the phones ranked:

  1. HTC One
  2. Samsung Galaxy S4
  3. Sony Xperia Z1
  4. Apple iPhone 5s
  5. Nokia Lumia 925
  6. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  7. LG G2
  8. Sony Xperia Z
  9. Sony Xperia Z Ultra
  10. HTC One Max

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Written by Isabelle Barker