In a year when so many upstarts rattled the industry, and old stalwarts updated their flagships with aplomb, one manufacturer delivered that little bit more – especially on the design front. The HTC One M8’s name might have baffled us, but it delivered when it came to its premium build. The flagship’s metal unibody design was better than any other smartphone we’ve tested this year. Is it any wonder that both Apple and Samsung have aped its design on their own recent releases? HTC might not have delivered the best camera we’ve seen, but its sleek aesthetic could not be beat. Add to that HTC’s unique features, including the useful BlinkFeed social aggregation tool, and you have an Android device that not only looks great, but also performs exceptionally well. • You may also like the latest impossibly slim waterproof sony xperia z3 compact android tablet.