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?
HTC: A brief history in solid handset designs
HTC: A brief history in solid handset designs
1. HTC Touch
Oh the HTC Touch, it was one of the devices put out to compete head on against the original iPhone. Although it didn’t quite pan out to be a mega success, its design helped to establish a new path for them. Gone was the hulky and plastic designs with their previous Windows Mobile phones, replaced with a more compact body complemented by its soft touch matte finish.
2. HTC Touch Diamond
Talk about solid industrial designs! This beauty of a smartphone looked wonderful as a render, but even better in the flesh. Donning a diamond faceted design in the rear, it undoubtedly lived up to its name one hundred percent.
3. HTC Touch Pro
Candybar designs are one things, but the landscape QWERTY form factor has always been a strong point with HTC. Evident in the original HTC Touch Pro, this device, much like the original Touch Diamond, also looked magnificent as a render, but managed to turn out exceptionally well physically. And that keyboard too! It was simply spacious and well thought out with its layout.
4. HTC Touch Diamond2
Being a successive device, the Touch Diamond2 scaled up big time with its design. Sporting a larger display than its predecessor, it flaunted a significantly cleaner look with its hard lines.
5. HTC Snap
Arguably a form factor that they rarely decide to go with, the HTC Snap might not come to mind as being one of the most compelling things to come out of HTC’s R&D department, but seriously, it showed us that they’re not afraid to experiment. For a portrait QWERTY, it undeniably rivaled the things put out by BlackBerry.
6. HTC Touch Pro 2
So how did the HTC Touch Pro 2 impress with its design? Well, for starters, it went the super-size route. More importantly, though, they improved the keyboard by giving it that tilting feature – to make it more akin to a laptop.
7. HTC Touch HD
The term massive wasn’t really established until the release of the HTC Touch HD. Nowadays, we’re constantly bombarded with these phones with humungous screens, but the Touch HD proved to us that people were really interested in them.
8. HTC Hero
The chin! The chin! How can we forget this one? Especially when it was one of the early Android smartphones to undoubtedly enthrall us by its solid industrial design. Admittedly, the chin on this handset helped to give it a very distinctive look – something that we didn’t see prior to this.
9. HCTC HD2
Holy Smokes! When we think long and hard about impeccable industrial designs, we can’t help but think about the HTC HD2. Regarded as one of the last great Windows Mobile devices, it truly epitomized industrial design to the teeth. Sure, it managed to captivate us with its then humungous size, but at the same time, its slim body and premium choice of materials helped to immortalize it.
10. Google Nexus One
Ah, the original Google phone. The one and only Google Nexus One! Commissioned to produce the first “Google” branded device, HTC made damn sure to deliver the goods. Come to think about it, the Nexus One was one of the first smartphones to introduce us to the term “unibody construction” – something that’s remarkably commonplace in this day and age.
11. T-Mobile G2
In the last several years, HTC has been lax when it comes to QWERTY devices in general, but despite that, the T-Mobile G2 remains to be a fine achievement in the landscape QWERTY form factor category. Rather than sticking to the usual landscape QWERTY design, the G2 employed a very different mechanism when it came to exposing its keyboard.