HTC: A brief history in solid handset designs
Now that HTC’s big fat cat is out of the bag, everyone is up in arms over the HTC One’s stunning design, which isn’t too surprising considering that it’s premium in every aspect. Naturally, it shouldn’t surprise many, especially when the Taiwanese company is renowned for designing some of the best looking devices in the last several years – and of course, this latest smartphone is looking likely to be another win for them. Come to think about it, HTC has been fairly consistent when it comes to quality design, and in some ways, they’re unrivaled in this category.
Heck, even looking over their portfolio during the early years, it was evident that they had a craft for stunning designs. And of course, the more they kept on pumping things out, the more they kept on refining them. With each device they released, they simply kept on raising the bar and moving things in an incremental manner. More recently, we’ve been blessed with such head turners as the HTC DROID DNA, One X, One S, Windows Phone 8X, Titan, Sensation, and ChaCha. All of them are unique in their own way, but if there’s one thing they all have in common, it’s that they’re able to catch the attention of people from afar thanks primarily to their meticulous designs.
Sometimes not the case, but probably so, we as human beings are more akin in being attracted to lovely looking things – and that’s the case with our gadgets too! We look first before other things, mainly for the reason that we have this unseen bond to things that tickle our fancy. So obviously, when we come across something different or out of the norm, our interest is piqued to the extent that we end up being captivated by them. Circling back to HTC, that’s exactly the feeling we get whenever they unveil something that decides to be either risky or unconventional.
The more we think deeply about the whole thing, we can’t help but to admire some of the wonderful devices HTC has put out in the past that delighted us. From their humble beginnings to some game changing devices in the last couple of years, we’ve always been tantalized by their lineup – so without further wait, let’s take a peek at HTC’s history in solid handset designs. What are some of your old favorites?
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1. lee480 posted on 23 Feb 2013, 10:30 31 37
HTC is definitely better than Samsung. But Sony is superior to the both.
2. urtard (banned) posted on 23 Feb 2013, 10:33 29 14
This message was brought to you by the Sony shills of Phonearena
93. Mittal posted on 26 Feb 2013, 23:45 1 0
I love both HTC and Sony designs... (except for the NXT designs)
53. wendygarett (limited) 5 days ago posted on 23 Feb 2013, 14:02 16 5
Why sony fans and HTC fans fighting each other? I'm sorry but I will criticize both...
sony fans!!! You do realize that your 1st Xperia x1 is made by HTC? Without HTC, you would already die for not getting support, also HTC is also the one who persuade sony to join android because HTC has vision that android has bright future, your Xperia x10 is an awesome device because of HTC as well...
HTC fans!!! Without PlayStation certified, will your device be integrated to the upcoming ps4?
And why are you saying the Xperia z is obsolete? Just because of snapdragon s4 pro? If so please compare your ONE to the zl instead, because you never appreciate the beauty of Xperia z build quality (water resistant) and keep claiming your aluminum is better just because of premium feel? Stop talking like an ifans please...
78. htc_prep posted on 23 Feb 2013, 21:08 4 0
Wow Wendy makes sense for once. +1
I've owned most of those (all versions that have been on Sprint minus the snap and pro 2 and the design) up to the EVO 4g LTE and they have made a progression that I can enjoy but my FAVORITE was Sprints Hero.
and I've owned all 3 of Sprints Galaxys + nexus although their design has progression I've never been wowed by them out side of screen.
15. amiroo posted on 23 Feb 2013, 11:33 9 2
hhohoho a primire models of htc is better than samsung now..
one is most perfect design during 2013..
well done htc .
26. FireDragon posted on 23 Feb 2013, 12:19 6 0
Sony earns lot of respect for their originality. Take any other company in last 2 3 years and see who else gain such a respect? You can count Nokia in this line too though and earlier designs from HTC was very original and beautiful. Of course Motorola's designs are always great too.
50. Taters posted on 23 Feb 2013, 13:52 1 5
haha Your idea of perfect must be different from mine but the HTC One already has more flaws than any 2012 Samsung flagship already. Crappy button placement of the physical and capacitive buttons. Huge bezels that make the phone just as big as a 5 inch phone and much bigger than other 4.7-4.8 inch phones. Also 9.3 is pretty chunky for such a small battery compared to the sleek 7.9 mm Xperia Z. That is just off the top of my head and there are a lot more issues I am sure the Samsung flagship won't have.
Yes, I know that the HTC One tapers down to 4mm but that only improves the feeling in the hand. The fat 9.3 mm is still felt in the pocket.
32. SuperAndroidEvo posted on 23 Feb 2013, 12:33 14 7
The Sony Xperia Z is already obsolete & it's not even out yet, compared to the mighty HTC One. The Xperia Z is 2012 tech with an OK body. Now the HTC One's design totally outclasses the Xperia Z in every way.
Sure the Xperia Z is dust & water proof but the HTC One is the epidemy of sexy & great build quality, not to mention that the One destroys the Xperia in pure unadulterated power.
Do yourself a favor get a HTC One & forget the Xperia Z because that phone like I said before is already obsolete.
36. Commentator posted on 23 Feb 2013, 12:48 3 1
"Epitome." But yes, the Xperia Z is the last of the old-guard. The HTC One is the first of the new-guard.
38. SuperAndroidEvo posted on 23 Feb 2013, 12:57 3 4
Thanks I realized but I could not edit. lol
I say the last of the old guard was the HTC Droid DNA & Butterfly J. The Sony Xperia Z is a direct clone of the Butterfly J because it has everything the Z does & its water proof also. Not to mention it came out Oct. Of 2012.
I have said it many times the Xperia Z came out way to late. Why would anyone get that when in weeks the HTC One will be out right after the Z?
39. Berzerk000 posted on 23 Feb 2013, 12:59 11 1
The Z should have been the last of the high end crop from 2012. Unfortunately for Sony, they announced it in 2013.
40. SuperAndroidEvo posted on 23 Feb 2013, 13:01 1 0
41. Feanor posted on 23 Feb 2013, 13:04 2 2
45. Feanor posted on 23 Feb 2013, 13:20 1 3
You are confusing design with specs dude. Specs; The One may have a slight edge over the Z but the Z is far from obsolete. It's actually a quite zippy device.
Design; Both are beautiful but it's the Z that looks more unusual, unique and iconic. The One is good looking but completely derivate. Sorry dude but this is the truth.
66. SuperAndroidEvo posted on 23 Feb 2013, 18:24 2 2
Umm the HTC doesn't have a slight edge against the Sony, it has an overwhelming edge. The HTC One is day & night compared to the Sony Xperia Z in the power department.
Also the HTC One is just beautiful all the people who have played with it say its the best looking Android period & that the build quality is epic.
The truth is the HTC One is the best Android phone in terms of looks & pure performance. This is the EXPERTS talking about a demo phone, NOT the final unit.
Read the PhoneArena articles & all the other websites. Its universal across the board, not just me.
72. lee480 posted on 23 Feb 2013, 19:44 2 4
An answer from an HTC shill lol...
haha there's radical HTC fanboys everywhere.
As a consumers and not an enthusiast in phones, I do not care about whether it's Qualcomm 600 or Qualcomm S4. I go for quality = Xperia Z.
That's why Sony thrashed HTC is sales number for its quality that HTC couldn't match.
92. SuperAndroidEvo posted on 25 Feb 2013, 08:12 0 0
You are talking about VERY recent history. What about all the years HTC dominated Sony? OK keep looking at just the recent history, fact is the HTC One dominated the Sony Xperia Z in all aspects.
Let's see who sells more phones this time around. HTC is on a roll recently. The HTC Droid DNA, & the HTC Butteryfly J are selling really well. The HTC One will ride that wave very, very far. It's a very epic piece of pure raw technology from its camera to its screen.
To sum it up in 2 words: technological marvel.
82. Feanor posted on 24 Feb 2013, 03:41 0 1
Well... as a professional designer I assess my expertise in design a bit higher than technology experts that have handled the One. This is why I don't object when they write that the One is maybe a bit better than the Z in terms of specs. But when it comes to design, I think I can have a quite accurate opinion of my own; I can also agree about the amazing built quality and accurate design of the One, but it's still a blatant copy of everything that is fashionable at the moment.
90. SuperAndroidEvo posted on 25 Feb 2013, 08:04 0 0
OK well thank you for your opinion. Still word around the professional circle is that the HTC One is the BEST looking & well built Android phone comepared to everything that is out there.
If design is your forte then you should agree with the pros that the HTC One is the best looking handset around in the Android world.
HTC innovates with front facing speakers & pure sex appeal. Not to mention a better set of pure tech from top to bottom.
I respect your opinion but I will side with the experts on this one. You talk about blatant copies but the Nexus 4 was pure glass all around & now the Sony Xperia Z is all pure glass. So remember everyone bites from what is fashionable at the moment, as you just cleverly stated.
48. Taters posted on 23 Feb 2013, 13:45 5 3
The Xperia Z looks much sexier than the HTC One. However, the HTC One has a much better screen and internals. I would take performance over looks any day but not everyone else would. Case in point, HTC fans that chose the One X over the GS3.
65. madpiyal posted on 23 Feb 2013, 17:47 1 2
Well my friend in terms of looks HTC One dont even have a unique one(too much similarities with Z10 and obviously iPhone). And as my personal view goes, after the original iPhone 4 and HTC One S, Sony XZ is the best looking handset. And its not even impractical as the other two mentioned above because to keep their beauty u had to keep them in intensive care. To tell u the truth u might get better performing handset but both the HTC One and Sony XZ are the best you can get in terms of build quality. The performance will fade in just about 6 months but not the looks and thats why everyone should get XZ not the One because as like XZ it will loose its benchmark bragging point in 2 monts from now.
68. SuperAndroidEvo posted on 23 Feb 2013, 18:37 0 0
Not really, the is word around the block that the Samsung Galaxy S IV is going to have the same silicon as the HTC One because Samsung is having issues with its Exynos.
So the Sony Xperia Z has the same S4 Pro as my already 4 month old HTC Droid DNA. By the way I LOVE my rooted S-OFF, overclocked HTC Droid DNA. So far these 4 months have been insanely great, the best phone I have ever owned. Way better than the Samsung Galaxy Nexus I had before.
Quad-core with 2GB of RAM, all with the insanely sharp 5" 1080p SLCD 3 is a life changer. I can't imagine what the HTC One is going to be about.
I am going to skip the HTC One because my rooted HTC Droid DNA is so BOSS. Now sit tight & let's all see what the Samsung Galaxy Note III is going to be all about.
35. xoatomxo posted on 23 Feb 2013, 12:48 3 5
@lee480 Really? so tell me what brand you are using now.
I have used both Motorola and Apple and my wife had HTC, currently we both have Samsung and we love it.
I never had Sony phone so I wouldnt know. But in my opinion Samsung makes much better phone than HTC without out of doubt.
49. Taters posted on 23 Feb 2013, 13:46 2 3
I definitely agree and apparently 40 million other people do as well.
86. ngo2dd posted on 24 Feb 2013, 10:19 0 0
So apple made better phone then Samsung because they sold more then 40 million iphone.
44. AceStorm1249 posted on 23 Feb 2013, 13:07 2 1
Not really Sony just started releasing phones that can compete with the best of the best (in 2012-2013) But Samsung sucks in designing phones to make it look good compared to the others but software and hardware wise they can hold they're own.
54. RiseAgainst94 posted on 23 Feb 2013, 14:09 3 1
The design team at Sony, "I say we just make another rectangle."
Nokia: a long history in solid designs.
58. Feanor posted on 23 Feb 2013, 16:46 4 0
The design team at Sony, "I say we make another rectangle and make it look expensive and premium".
Nokia: "Let's also make a rectangle but paint it in basic colours and make it look like Lego".
69. RiseAgainst94 posted on 23 Feb 2013, 18:39 0 0
Props to you for making a legitimate comeback and in some respects you are correct, but as far as aesthetically appealing I am not so impressed by their companies use of the standard rectangular shape I just feel that Nokia makes some of the most durable products. im personally a fan of curves and smoothness, to each their own.
76. vignesh_viggs posted on 23 Feb 2013, 20:55 1 0
Agreed. Htc One is a model Copied from Sony Xperia P
Source: Naked Eye and Xperia Blog
3. XperiaUser posted on 23 Feb 2013, 10:35 16 15
and they end up with a device with a BB Z10 looks like front and Xperia P like back . this "ONE" is so ugly .
5. itsjustJOH posted on 23 Feb 2013, 10:44 8 13
The HTC One: unifying the BlackBerry Z10, the iPhone and the Xperia P in "ONE" phone.
Also comes with their messy, new UI.
7. gregariousguy posted on 23 Feb 2013, 10:51 6 12
yeah and from back they completely copied xperia p's design and just lil bit modified it.
19. CanYouSeeTheLight posted on 23 Feb 2013, 11:45 8 4
Huh, apart from the screen placement it doesn't look nothing like a Z10, and the it looks nothing like a Xperia P except for the camera line. You xperia fanboys are really funny, your washed out with poor contrast and viewing angles screens are always the best. According to GSMArena, the Xperia Z has a contrast of 700, which compared to my almost 1 year old One X which has 1400 is quite poor.
27. FireDragon posted on 23 Feb 2013, 12:22 3 3
See yourself, they ARE a lot look-like on those places. Those small things matters when there are very less space to design. I wouldn't call ONE ugly but it is not original.
43. Feanor posted on 23 Feb 2013, 13:07 4 2
It looks nothing like the Z10 and the P? Can you please try to be a bit more objective?
37. lyndon420 posted on 23 Feb 2013, 12:57 2 1
I'd like to see this in black. You can't ignore what this thing has to offer though. Besides the stereo speakers etc it also can be a universal remote with its IR sensor on the top.
4. itsjustJOH posted on 23 Feb 2013, 10:41 4 1
Not sure if you're actually praising HTC, or mocking them.
42. tusshharish posted on 23 Feb 2013, 13:04 1 0
but i still nokia in design......some htc devices have more screen and no design ......but every piece of nokia is great designed....
6. SonyXperiaNexus posted on 23 Feb 2013, 10:51 15 2
Nokia, Sony and HTC are xtremely good at phone designs. samsung should learn a thing or 2 and apple should make their phones more durable.
10. GALAXY-STORM posted on 23 Feb 2013, 11:00 13 4
And their flagship sells more than all these three combined. Just wish those three could learn a thing or two about marketing.
13. XperiaUser posted on 23 Feb 2013, 11:17 11 4
more numbers of sells doesn't mean that they are best in every aspect . Sony,HTC,and NOKIA users are those people who really cares about quality.
22. GALAXY-STORM posted on 23 Feb 2013, 11:54 2 5
Quality didn't guarantee reliability in them. So people opted for one that comes with it.
25. wendygarett (limited) 5 days ago posted on 23 Feb 2013, 12:15 3 6
What quality? The only quality I found are mostly from Apple and Samsung, they made sturdier product than others and the sales figures prove that
51. Taters posted on 23 Feb 2013, 13:56 0 8
Oooh unfortunately the HTC and Sony fans will never accept the truth.
87. ngo2dd posted on 24 Feb 2013, 10:22 2 0
Sale don't equal quality. If then Justin beiber is one of the best singer of all time.
28. FireDragon posted on 23 Feb 2013, 12:23 1 1
Motorola too. HTC used to very good and very original. Their last several attempts, not so much to meet their own level of designing.
8. gregariousguy posted on 23 Feb 2013, 10:54 5 9
sony is unrivaled in designs, I think phonearena has forgetten this thing.
60. John.V posted on 23 Feb 2013, 17:24 0 0
I suppose it's the US market in general. We honestly missed out the with the early Xperia Win Mo phones...like the X1 & X2. I think the X10 was one of the first great Android phones I remember using from Sony. Then again, I loved many of their old school candybars...like the t68i, W700, and W580.
11. Lifengineer posted on 23 Feb 2013, 11:02 12 1
Although my 2 last smartphones were Samsung (S2 and S3), I will never forget my first which was HD2. It is a living legend! Dated 2009 I gave it to my father and it is currently running Android 4.2.1 while my S3 is running 4.1.2.
By the way, I still love HTC wayyy more than Samsung! I really feel they are innovative while I can't deny the huge resemblance between Galaxy s1 and iphone 3/3s.
I am really looking forward to see what the One delivers!
14. Taters posted on 23 Feb 2013, 11:32 4 5
Wow! That did absolutely nothing. I am not a fan of their designs. I am however a big fan of LG and Sony designs. For some reason the black monolithic minimalist slabs tickle my fancy much more than HTC phones do.
LG made some sexy looking phones. The original Razr flip was nice too.
16. XperiaUser posted on 23 Feb 2013, 11:35 5 14
i like lg design too ...my rating ....
20. PointMaza posted on 23 Feb 2013, 11:46 15 5
if this is your rating than you can kiss my ass
LG? Sony? huh!
HTC Makes the best phone designs..
21. emadshiny posted on 23 Feb 2013, 11:50 2 9
agreed about Sony but for me Nokia is second and HTC third.
33. SuperAndroidEvo posted on 23 Feb 2013, 12:41 7 2
HTC has a history of great design & build quality. Sony'sold Erricson phones were busted. Only the new Sony's from mid 2010 to now are decent.
Nokia also has a better history of design & build quality, than Sony.
Are you guys crazy? Does history not count for anything? Sure Sony NOW has alright phones but their history has more crap. Sony has corrected themselves RECENTLY but BOTH HTC & Nokia have been making sexy well build phones for decades.
You Sony fan boys are a wild bunch. lol
34. SuperAndroidEvo posted on 23 Feb 2013, 12:45 6 7
The correct list taking account to all of their history & current devices: