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HTC One Black vs. Silver (Video)

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First Posted: Apr 26, 2013 03:43 PM EDT
An HTC One smartphone is displayed in a mobile phone shop in Taipei April 8, 2013.

An HTC One smartphone is displayed in a mobile phone shop in Taipei April 8, 2013. Credit:Reuters

Now that the HTC One is finally making its way to store shelves, you might find yourself in the midst of a new dilemma: should you go with the HTC One Black or HTC One Silver? We'll break down the decision into three criteria for you that should make the choice a bit less perilous.

HTC One Black vs Silver: Specs

Let's be clear: both the silver and black version of the HTC One is the exact same phone internally. There's no variation in the chipset, RAM allotment, data connectivity or anything else.

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Further, both the black and silver HTC One are manufactured with an anodized aluminum unibody. The silver version is simply the aluminum's natural color, while the black one is painted. This is a point worth considering.

If you've used a black iPhone 5 with anodized aluminum body, you may have noticed that it has a tendency to chip. The same will be true of the black HTC One.

Like the white iPhone 5, the white HTC One should be far less susceptible to scratches. The HTC One black version will also be more prone to fingerprint marks.

HTC One Black vs Silver: Pure Aesthetics

We've played with both the black and silver versions of the HTC One and something about the silver one just stands out. In black, the phone looks a little generic and rather evokes an oversized iPhone 5. In silver though, the speaker bars on top and bottom are more obvious and the silver bezel creates a nice contrast with the black screen.

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