HTC One Glacial Silver vs. Stealth Black (video)

by: Joshua VergaraJuly 24, 2013

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The HTC One is a pricey piece of hardware coming in at $600 outright or anywhere from $99 to $199 on a new two-year contract with a carrier, depending on the storage size you end up with. When you get your HTC One, it should be everything you want it to be. It should be an extension of yourself, right down to the color you choose.

The HTC One is one of the most well received smartphones today, design-wise, and we’re going to compare the two currently available colors — Glacial Silver and Stealth Black.

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While the changes are pretty simplistic, there are a few major factors that could change your mind on getting the Stealth Black model. Anything that wasn’t already black on the silver HTC One has been made so. Basically, you’re looking at the same quality, aluminum material with a fresh coat of new paint, along with what seems to be a slightly modified finish, as is evident by the Beats Audio logo rubbing off.

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It seems the color added a slim layer that makes anything on top susceptible to being rubbed off, and that can’t really be avoided. Naturally, your fingers are oily and your hands sweat, and that, as unfortunate as it is, cakes into the finish.

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If you’re worried about looks, you will want to make sure to keep the Stealth Black version clean, as the smudges and oils are pretty easy to spot. Not to mention it’d be a bit more slippery in the hand. It’s just something to be wary of before making this significant purchase.

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Fortunately, these small details don’t make a return in the Glacial Silver model. I love the Stealth Black version, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Sure, there are plenty of phones out there that are black, but the aluminum material makes the HTC One just that more sleek.

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Despite the small, few disadvantages to the black model, it’s also a great choice if you do a lot of media consumption in the dark, such as lying in bed. I’d say it gives a more cinema-like experience, as all you can really see is its beautiful 1080p display, as the phone is able to blend into the darkness. Stealth really is the operative word here.

When it comes down to it, it’s a personal preference. Do you want the silver HTC One with its more defined look or do you want the sleekness of the black model? It’s ultimately up to you.

Brad Ward contributed to this post.

  • Hothfox

    I’d be curious to see how durable the finish is on the black version. Wondering if it’s like the titanium on the iPhone 5 that chips off pretty easily.

    • Simon Craddock

      2 months not a mark on my black One and its only gone into a case this past week

      • Hothfox

        Good to hear, thank you.

    • Seems pretty damn sturdy to me. I’ve had mine for just about 2 months now and there isn’t a single scrape off of the black. Granted I use a (minimal) case everyday, I do remove and apply it every single day to clean the thing which may actually ding it up a bit.

      • Hothfox

        Good to know, thanks.

  • t3chn0s1s

    I personally have the Glacial Silver and LOVE it. My last couple devices have been white (S3, S2, GNexus) so silver is right up my alley. The black, however, looks awesome. But, like the DNA on Verizon it shows fingerprints FAR more than the silver and that would drive me bonkers. They both look sweet but I prefer the silver. Besides, I typically keep it in a case to avoid scratching the metal or damaging it in anyway. I prefer clear cases so it shows off the silver aluminum.

  • David

    ive got the silver 1 which i think looks better than the black, but im a lil gutted that the red 1 was not out at launch because wowwww its a belter.

  • skaterjosh98

    my black iPhone 5 was dinged up after just a couple of days. As soon as the One came out I got the silver. I got one of those carbon fiber sticky back protectors and I wonder if anything will peel off like the beats audio logo when it comes time to take it off.

  • I have to agree with the video, I’ve seen the silver one a decent amount in the wild now but have yet to see the black one that I have. It’s very subjective, but I used to be a white phone kinda guy until I saw the matte black finish and how sexy it looks. Absolutely love it.

    • Hothfox

      I like them both. I’ve always been a black phone person (mostly because that’s all that’s out there, unless you get a Samsung Galaxy or an iPhone). If I got one, I’d go with silver just to change it up a bit.

      • That’s actually the exact reason I got a Titanium Gray Note 2 after a white GS3…just to switch it up lol It’s nice to feel like you got a device that’s entirely different than the previous one.

  • Jack Potluck

    I’m an iPhone user three years now. Was BB before that. I wanted to try Android and got the S4. The phone is sleek but the feel was so disappointing. I returned it. I wanted to try the HTC One but the speakers in the front just annoyed be I didn’t even try. Looking at the black version is making me change my mind. I love the black version. What I hated most about the phone was the speaks in the front. On the black one you barely see them. I am going to try the The HTC one because of the black version.