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A hands-on with the 18-carat golden HTC One now a reality

A hands-on with the 18-carat golden HTC One now a reality
Gold-plated smartphones are becoming more and more common, as there obviously appears to be a market for the obscenely expensive luxury devices. The HTC One has received its fair share of attention by London-based GoldenGenie as early as June earlier this year.

Now, the 18-carat HTC One below is, once again, produced in conjunction with GoldenGenie, but this time around it's been specifically crafted for the 18th anniversary of the MOBO music awards (hence the logo on the back). Despite being by far one of the most beautiful handset on the market right now, gold definitely manages to add to its exterior. Unfortunately, as you can imagine, gold and other precious metals, while pretty, are far from practical – the unit that the folks over at AndroidCentral got their hands on (one out of just five, by the way) was already pretty scuffed, as you can see. If it were us, this bad boy would sleep tight in the snuggliest, most fluffy case money can buy to avoid just that.


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posted on 09 Oct 2013, 07:17 9

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7757; Member since: 14 May 2012)


It looks ugly to begin with, and even uglier with the scratches and scuffs all around the body. Picture 1 and 2 support what I'm talking about.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 07:46 1

8. sharks (Posts: 164; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


Go watch the actual video from androidcentral:http://youtu.be/j5Ay31DAM_8
This particular phone is just a test version. The real gold phones (limited to 5 units only) will be on display at the MOBO awards.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 11:58 2

15. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3880; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Still it's very sexy looking. I would take it with all those scratches on it. Remember gold is most malleable of all metals, so it is what it is.

I like it.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 21:38

18. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


I kinda do as well. If I bought one though, I'd have some kind of coating on it so it wouldn't scratch as easily. Maybe this one does as well and it's taking damage because so many tech bloggers are oggling it so much. Could be. I'm sure people who pay for this to be done are taking more care of and attention to how they use their phones.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 07:18

2. justsayit (Posts: 183; Member since: 09 May 2013)


it scratched?
2nd picture///

still the red coloured better

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 07:19 2

3. aditya.g0110 (Posts: 38; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


already scratched...???

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 07:23

4. justsayit (Posts: 183; Member since: 09 May 2013)


so, left only 4 in perfect conditions...

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 08:01

10. jubbing (Posts: 150; Member since: 20 Aug 2008)


It's not a real gold phone. Ever tried scratching gold? It's not that easy to scratch.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 11:05 1

14. tedkord (Posts: 4527; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Pure 24-karat gold is a very malleable metal and extremely easy to scratch. In use it's almost always mixed with another metal because of this.

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 01:09

19. zennacko (Posts: 227; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)


And that's precisely why they're using 18k?
24k gold is used by the banks and federal reserves worldwide, it has almost no practical use elsewhere (unless you wish to lose less energy with your wires, saving some bucks on your power bill)

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 07:24 1

5. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


bad idea... the red HTC One looks the best.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 07:31 3

6. tiara6918 (Posts: 1364; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


This gold HTC one is designed as the mobo award, not for actual sales... (Unless you are willing to pay thousands of dollars for it)
Don't know why so many hate comments, because your lovely oem doesnt get awarded? Hehehe

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 07:44 2

7. taikucing (unregistered)


I think chrome HTC One will look better

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 07:49

9. Sadman_Hossain (Posts: 18; Member since: 01 Oct 2013)


It doesn't really attract me towards it. The Gold is just very much over powering, makes it seem like real gold plates. For me that isn't very attractive. iPhone 5S did a better job.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 14:43

16. JazzyLucey (Posts: 4; Member since: 08 Jun 2013)


LOL Its not even for sale, its for an award. AN AWAAAAAAAAARD. That HTC is part of, NOT APPLE.

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 01:20

20. Sadman_Hossain (Posts: 18; Member since: 01 Oct 2013)


I'm just saying it doesn't look very appealing. Irrelevant of whether it is on sale or not.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 09:13

11. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


Why does this need a hands-on? Its exactly the same as the non gold one, right?

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 10:06

12. blazee (Posts: 262; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


I don't get the hate, would love to have this.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 10:27 1

13. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


i wouldn't. Would much rather buy a non gold version to save a load of cash and not worry about it being stolen (as much)

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 21:21

17. saenaedewe (Posts: 61; Member since: 01 May 2013)


Ugly color for a phone

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