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HTC: A brief history in solid handset designs

0. phoneArena 23 Feb 2013, 10:27 posted on

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...

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posted on 23 Feb 2013, 13:07 2

44. AceStorm1249 (Posts: 14; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)

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.

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 10:30 31

1. lee480 (Posts: 197; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)

HTC is definitely better than Samsung. But Sony is superior to the both.

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 10:33 29

2. urtard (banned) (Posts: 82; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)

This message was brought to you by the Sony shills of Phonearena

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 10:55 7

9. gregariousguy (Posts: 11; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)

100% agreed :D

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 11:09 1

12. abish1234 (Posts: 51; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)

well i dont see that in profits!!

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 11:33 9

15. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

hhohoho a primire models of htc is better than samsung now..
one is most perfect design during 2013..
well done htc .

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 12:19 6

26. FireDragon (Posts: 117; Member since: 13 Nov 2009)

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.

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 12:33 14

32. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

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.

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 12:48 3

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

@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.

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 12:48 3

36. Commentator (Posts: 3712; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

"Epitome." But yes, the Xperia Z is the last of the old-guard. The HTC One is the first of the new-guard.

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 12:57 3

38. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

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?


posted on 23 Feb 2013, 12:59 12

39. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

The Z should have been the last of the high end crop from 2012. Unfortunately for Sony, they announced it in 2013.

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 13:01 1

40. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

Thank you.


posted on 23 Feb 2013, 13:04 2

41. Feanor (Posts: 822; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

Just as an answer...

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 13:20 1

45. Feanor (Posts: 822; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

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.

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 13:45 5

48. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

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.

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 13:46 2

49. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

I definitely agree and apparently 40 million other people do as well.

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 13:52 1

50. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

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.

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 14:02 16

53. wendygarett (unregistered)

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...

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 14:09 3

54. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)

The design team at Sony, "I say we just make another rectangle."

Nokia: a long history in solid designs.

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 16:46 4

58. Feanor (Posts: 822; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

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".

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 17:47 1

65. madpiyal (Posts: 108; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)

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.

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 18:24 2

66. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

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.

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 18:37

68. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

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.

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 18:39

69. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)

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.

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 19:44 2

72. lee480 (Posts: 197; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)

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.

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 20:55 1

76. vignesh_viggs (Posts: 34; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)

Agreed. Htc One is a model Copied from Sony Xperia P

Source: Naked Eye and Xperia Blog


posted on 23 Feb 2013, 21:08 4

78. htc_prep (Posts: 303; Member since: 09 Oct 2009)

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.

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 23:32 13

80. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Sony is one of the worst in S/W upgrades.

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 03:41

82. Feanor (Posts: 822; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

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.

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