The beauty of good design in the HTC One smartphone

The stakes are high where smartphones are concerned. Looking beautiful and feeling great in your hand can give any phone the edge, especially if it’s back up , by superb functionality.

The HTC One shines like an ingot amongst many a plastic impostor.

Slim and sturdy, the HTC One has a full metal body, with tapered edges, that offer a slim and satisfying grip. It is both rugged and refined.

And it’s crafted from one piece of alluvium – a feat in itself.

To get the full essence of the quality of the HTC One design is one you should experience hands-on. It has a pleasing presence in your palm, and slips nicely into pockets, thanks to its slim design. Rather than being light, this smartphone has been described as reassuringly weighted.

Plus there’s the design no-brainer – that seems to have been overlooked by other manufacturers – of putting the speakers on the front, so you can get the full sound while looking at it. Ideal for movies, games and music.

And then there’s the collation of all your favourite feeds on one screen – an effective and easy way to keep in touch.

Click through on the film, and take your own tour around the stylish and refined HTC One.