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Hands on with the $2,500 24-carat gold HTC One

on December 6, 2013

Gigaom

I’ve held a lot of smartphones in my day. Expensive ones too, like the $1,800 Porsche Design P’9981 BlackBerry Bold. But today marks the day that I can finally say I’ve held a smartphone made of gold. Or at least plated in it. That’s because today I got my hands on the $2,500 24-carat gold plated HTC One.

Gold HTC One back

So how did it feel? A lot like an HTC One. The gold plating doesn’t seem to affect the weight of the phone, and it feels just as solid as the standard aluminum version. The software is exactly the same as well. There’s really nothing different between this phone and the original HTC One, aside from the fact that this one is covered in over $2,000 worth of gold.

Gold vs Silver HTC One

Physically, I was surprised by just how much the gold-plated HTC One resembles a block of cartoon gold. It’s just about the…

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