When HTC unveiled its latest flagship smartphone this year, the One, it easily became a favorite of many. Not only is it one of the most beautiful phones to grace this techy world, but it’s a joy to hold, and has some exceptional features. To make things even sweeter, some time after the One had been on the market, HTC announced the Google Play Edition of its flagship handset.
Physically, the HTC One Google Play Edition is the exact same handset we fell in love with, but ships with a pure stock Android experience. So what’s all the fuss? Well, with only one Nexus device shipping in a year, newer devices tend to make Google’s own flagship handset look older than it is after a few months down the road. So, when Google Play Editions of two of the hottest smartphones around are announced, it definitely piques some interest.
That said, the HTC One Google Play Edition ships at an unsubsidized price and without any of the nifty features you’ll find on the Sense version of the device. In this review, we’ll see if what we’ve wanted all this time is actually worth it.