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Can HTC's superphones worry Samsung? HTC President seems to think so

0. phoneArena 28 Jan 2013, 09:25 posted on

HTC used to be a fearsome figure in the Android space. Having built both the very first and second Android phones, the manufacturer had accumulated significant experience with the OS by the time the other companies joined the party...

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posted on 28 Jan 2013, 09:27 29

1. ajac09 (Posts: 1481; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

I dont think samsung is worried about HTC though.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 09:30 15

3. SamsungFan (Posts: 201; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)

Me tooo......

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 09:30 27

4. rf1975 (Posts: 258; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

Yes, but they have to worry about the built quality of their devices.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 10:14 8

12. Aeires (unregistered)

Not really. Samsung can change their own build quality whenever they need to.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 17:20

116. fsahin (Posts: 46; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)

Yes more cheaper plastics

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 10:40 16

22. MikeG77 (Posts: 402; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)

I would agree with you on the build quality of HTC phones being better than Samsung. HTC is going to need recognize that people want phones with no compromises such as an SD card slot and removeable battery. I myself don't mind a built in battery but it needs to be large enough to handle my day to day use.

HTC has no legitimate exscuse in regards to not putting in an SD slot and larger battery when Motorola was able to do so while making a thinner device.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 15:17

76. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)

HTC didn't put them in it because they probably save a whole $2 not doing so.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 16:26 1

82. ECPirate37 (Posts: 196; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)

I LOVE HTC, but if they don't have removable batteries or expandable memory in their phones when it is time for me to buy one, I will pick another manufacturer. I have to visit many different job sites, and there isn't always a place to charge my phone. I currently carry two spare batteries with me, and cannot imagine using a phone with non-replacable batteries until battery life starts lasting 24 hours. (Which will probably not happen any time soon)

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 18:05 1

84. thelegend6657 (unregistered)

Well , the HTC butterfly has an SD card slot , that's a good start w

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 23:32 1

101. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)

For me, it is hard to believe that Samsung will go down, hard as Nokia at least, somewhere in the future

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 21:20

117. 14545 (Posts: 1598; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Not mention, the reason's samsungs are so popular are because they open source the drivers(easier deving) and they make them easily hack-able. Neither of which Moto or HTC do. And guess what, both of those companies have, and continue to struggle. WAKE UP HTC AND MOTO, we don't want to buy sammys poorly built phones, we want YOUR devices, but you have to listen to us, THE CUSTOMER, not VZW etc.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 13:44 7

63. Martine (Posts: 102; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

HTC has the worst quality control issues in the industry. This in my opinion is worse than your "build quality issues". If you don't know this, you need to ask your friends or any sales rep.

My Galaxy S2 will be 2 years in few months time without any build issues whatsoever. My Note 2 is doing great too.
No locked bootloader, No need to look for a way to s-off, removable battery and external SD support.

If these things are what you refer to as bad build quality, then I think I'm ready to trade any other phone for another Sammy's biggest thing.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 16:10 4

81. TMach (Posts: 457; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

Build quality is about robustness of the hardware and a reasonable expectation that it will suffer a few bumps etc without risk of deterioration. That is NOT a quality associated with Samsung and is more one more likely to be attributed to HTC et al. I had a featured article in PA about a crack that inexplicably appeared in my S3 after very little use, close to the charger port! It is for this reason among others that I shall never touch a Samsung phone....ever! Octacore, wakes you up, makes coffee and butters your toast....No way no how! Xperia Z will be my next phone!

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 18:16 6

86. xoatomxo (Posts: 57; Member since: 26 Apr 2011)

ok. you go buy a Sony. I am buying Galaxy S4 or Note 3

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 21:23

118. 14545 (Posts: 1598; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

I disagree, I currently have a Sammy Nexus, but the build quality is crap. Much worse than my Rezzy, Tbolt, Bionic, or even old TP2. That being said, I will not buy another HTC/Moto device until they realize that we will not continue to support them if they make only carrier locked phones with no development help from them. (IE Drivers, and unlocked phones)

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 09:46 2

7. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)

What "moves" are they supposed to do, anyway? Send korean soldiers to Taiwan?... The Galaxy SIV launch is planned for March and until then it makes no Sense (pun intended) to make a lot of noise, so that the current products line-up sells better.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 10:58 5

29. ubuntu (Posts: 40; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)

What about Sony? haha

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 11:37 4

39. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

of course samsung is worry about Sony. they are progressing with a fast pace and they try to cover every levels as well. except from Z/Zl which are their high end devices, Sony is working on a mid range and a low end phone as well. so, get ready Sammy.

posted on 29 Jan 2013, 14:32

113. b1acktiger (Posts: 223; Member since: 19 May 2012)

In Asia, I guess samsung is worried and closely watching what htc is upto. As a industry insider i was watching these to giants for a while now. when HTC started with Desire V which was a top Android Dual SIM phone, Samsung came up with Galaxy S Duos and Now, Desire SV= Galaxy Grand.

I think, Yes Samsung is worried about losing the market share they are having now

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 09:30 17

2. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

to me their products look more elegant than Sammy's, so i prefer buying htc. Sammy is getting bigger via advertising.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 10:44 5

25. umadd (banned) (Posts: 40; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)

Right, because the advertising is the only factor in making sales.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 13:18 5

57. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

Why do you think Apple sells so much? It's not like the iPhone is the best phone out there.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 18:37

90. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)

hmm, i dont thinkk so :D
i am amazd by xperia Z, but i love touchwiz and superAmoled and s3's camera is still one of d best to date and im looking forward for their next flagship's camera capabilities..

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 11:47 7

44. TA-21 (Posts: 20; Member since: 22 Oct 2012)

I used GS3 and Note ll but now i have HTC DROID DNA so i prefer to buying htc in future bcz of these;
Best build quality
Best design
Best Screen

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 13:21 7

58. JWS65 (Posts: 32; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)

I would give build and screen to DNA though Note 2 is not bad on those. But other than those, what does DNA offer better than Note 2?

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 13:39

60. androidsbiggestfan (Posts: 76; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)

The Note 2 has literally about 66% of screen PPI compared to the DNA? Please explain.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 14:00 6

65. JWS65 (Posts: 32; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)

What's there to explain? I already said DNA has it over note 2. 440ppi doesn't really matter unless you look at it less than inch from screen or using magnifier. Again besides that, what does DNA have over Note 2?

Sure HTC is the first with 1080p screen, but everyone else is going to have that soon.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 15:20 3

77. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)

Aslo you have to have verizon to use the DNA and I am not paying there overpriced fees.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 13:40 4

61. Kev50027 (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

I heard that the sides of the DNA can be dented easily. Is this true? The battery life is lackluster, as well as the lack of SD card slot and replaceable battery. Even Sense is starting to look long in the tooth.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 18:21 3

87. xoatomxo (Posts: 57; Member since: 26 Apr 2011)

Galaxy S3 and Note2 Multi-window all the way !!

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