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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52. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
I am more of a Samsung and LG fan(no I am not Korean) but I think Sony has by far the nicest designs currently.
I bought an Xperia S based on looks alone even when it had a crappy Qualcomm S3. The Arc, Xperia S, Xperia P, Xperia ION, and now the Xperia Z look amazing. I wasn't a big fan of the Xperia T though,
This is coming from someone who is pretty far from being a Sony fan.
I also prefer the XBOX 360 over the PS3 but the PS3 looked a lot more sexy.
18. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1233; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
Ahh the touch diamond. I used to think that was the coolest looking phone ever. Still not bad compared to so many boring ones today.
30. FireDragon (Posts: 112; Member since: 13 Nov 2009)
Diamond era for HTC was really a diamond era. I loved that design so much I almost bought it. I was at shop to get it and I loved it in person too but it was really thick and I had to change my mind just because of that, but always love Diamond and Touch Pro. Now a days, new designs, as I repeat a few times above and before too not so much.
61. John.V (Posts: 99; Member since: 27 May 2011)
I totally agree. I remember the first time I saw leaks for it, I was blown away at the time. They were really unparalleled at the time. And quite honestly, they MADE win mo work.
91. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1233; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
They should make a droid diamond! I love the idea of revamped old phones into modern flahships like the razrs.
23. ahhxd717 (Posts: 332; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)
The Touch Diamond 2 design reminds me of more recent Song designs.
29. ncv144 (Posts: 126; Member since: 04 May 2012)
Where's LG? In my opinion, they make good designs, but those designs usually come in weird shapes or proportions wich degenerates them. In my opinion these are the order:
1. Sony, Nokia
5.Samsung (bada and wp8 phones look awesome!)
6.Apple(Just dont like them designs)
46. nogetch (Posts: 11; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)
Who manufactured the Worlds First Touch Smart Phone's ?
Who manufactured the First Android Phone ?
Who manufactured the First Microsoft Powered Phone ?
Who manufactured the First Microsoft 3G Phone ?
Who was the ODM of Palm, Star O2, iMate and iPAQ ?
Who introduced S-Pen like Touch Screen stylus first into a tablet ?
Who manufactured the First 4G Phone ?
Who manufactured the First Full HD Phone ?
The only Smart Phone Manufacturer to cross the 400 and even 450 PPI mark ?
The only Answer is HTC !!!!
83. rizevnarastek (Posts: 347; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
You forgot 1st QuadCore smartphone (One X) and many, many more ;)
88. b1acktiger (Posts: 223; Member since: 19 May 2012)
1st with a full metal body too. Don't forget the ONE
47. lyndon420 (Posts: 3999; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
I didn't see the droid that started android...the Dream/G1.
55. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
I would like to know why all of a sudden, an article appears of HTC solid designs after years of HTC manufacturing handsets for consumers.
I have owned HTC products for years and always put my best foot forward to promote such a great handset. This generation decided that HTC wasn't as "Cool" as the iPhone and lhas been leaving HTC to die a slow death. Now that people are taking notice, there are a few things I'd like to share.
HTC has performed well for me over the years but not without some issues that are minor but worth mentioning. MicroUSB ports on 4 out of 6 HTCs I've owned, would break four months or less before the contract is up rendering it useless. In fact, my current HTC is suffering from the exact same problem. Insurance claims are close to 100 dollars. I'm not spending 100 dollars when I can use that towards a new handset.Thanks to removable batteries, I have been able to nurse all my handsets until the contract was up and I could purchase another fine quality HTC.
HTC has decided to ignore my complaints why a removable battery is a small, but crucial element to include. While HTC admits to many other complaints of the same, they offer up a handset that does not implement a removable battery.
I waited patiently to see if they would acknowledge this and they didn't. As of Wednesday, I left HTC. The representitive showed no remorse and literally said: " Well, have fun with your new brand of phone." I know several people with every brand of phone that has experienced this same problem. Samsung(while not one of my first choices), has still acknowledged the importance of this and I have decided to support Samsung for this reason.
What ever reason you have for suddenly throwing an ad campaign for HTC, remember, beauty is no good if the handset becomes a brick. I, as well as others, will give HTC a second chance if they re-issue removable SD cards and removable batteries. Until then, I hope to see their newly acquired arrogance, subside and recognize why us HTC fans remained so loyal.
62. John.V (Posts: 99; Member since: 27 May 2011)
Honestly, I wrote it because of nostalgia, that's it. After seeing the HTC One, is reminded me about all the previous HTC devices I fell in love over the years. Frankly, they were at the top of the ladder during the WIn Mo days - far ahead beyond anyone else.
70. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
Thanks for the candid response John.
HTC had a way of making quality products without having to sacrifice integrity. It could remain its own without having to copy.
My first PPC was the 6700. A tank that literally took a beating. I then upgraded to the 6800. Then the Touch, the Touch Pro, Touch Pro2 and ultimately the Evo. My Evo has never experienced any software or hardware issues except the damn USB port. Just like on my 6800, Touch, and Touch Pro2.
The next handset in my sights to replace the Evo was the Evo LTE. I really had an elevated excitement for this handset. Then it was announced without removable battery. I expressed my concern and HTC confirmed same complaints from many others. Having nursing my Evo for the last 8 months by swapping batteries, I was hoping to purchase the HTC One as the Evo LTE did not have removable battery. Now we find it also lacks an SD slot as well.
I can't perform without these essentials. Integrated memory is lost once the device meets a demise. Being able to remove the card on the fly is important when on the road.
I understand HTC's reasoning for slimmer design. However, not everyone likes the competitor it is trying to compete against. And I feel HTC could have done more to design a slimmer device without sacrificing two key elements for mobility. It has proved to have the smarts to do it.
I thought hard in not leaving HTC, but as a consumer advocate,what could would it do to accept HTC's design change that doesn't placate my needs? Or many others I might add. This how are generation speaks to corporations.
89. John.V (Posts: 99; Member since: 27 May 2011)
You know what? We traversed the same path. My first HTC device was the PPC 6700 (HTC Apache) too, and soon after that, I moved into the HTC Touch. Then I jumped around to the 6800, Tilt2, Touch Pro2, and then the HTC 7 Pro. I haven't gone back to HTC since the 7 Pro, but this might be one of my options. I hear ya about the lack of a microSD card. For me, it's especially useful for quick uploads of photos and videos.
56. Assa7inKing (Posts: 26; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)
Aaah !! I LIKE SONY & HTC.. Both r ma favorite companies but ANYONE who is mentally and medically fit will go with SONY !! COZ u cant compare yourselves with them.... They make the best designs in the whole world..... They are not the best company product wise but design wise they are....
57. Tarzan (Posts: 63; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)
I have always liked HTC designs and build quality. My ranking is;
Samsung (I own a Note 2 currently)
59. MC1123 (Posts: 1255; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
random thoughts... since most of these devices are windows mobile (well HTC uses only winmo back in the days) i really prefer winmo than WP, why? its because its more customizable than WP, they can put their own UI on top of WP while WP, all phones looks the same and manufacturers difference with each other are just apps and some internal hardware like beats audio....
i really dont know why MSFT ditched it! it could be a better OS for today's needs since a lot of people wanted to customize their devices!
63. John.V (Posts: 99; Member since: 27 May 2011)
If there's one thing I loved abut Win Mo, it's that quick registry edits made many things possible. For example, easy wireless and wired tethering without carrier consent.
64. nbannis (Posts: 13; Member since: 17 Dec 2010)
I'd put HTC number 1 in design. They have always made great looking phones and even they're accessories look nice! If you watch "The Making Of The Htc Evo 4g LTE", it really shows how much time and effort they put into design. The One does have some similarities to the Z10 but not so much that i would call the design unoriginal. I like this article...
73. farhaaaad (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)
STOP being obsessed by brands!!! the best phone is the one that best fit your preferences
74. Mube1 (Posts: 153; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)
Samsung this is the true ranking in term of designs
75. Luisit0 (Posts: 73; Member since: 18 Feb 2013)
My first android was an HTC, the Evo 4G! I couldn't have been introduced into the Android world in a better way :)
77. kobainez (Posts: 427; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
79. jedpatrickdatu (Posts: 167; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)
I used to love HTC's designs until recently when they started blatantly copying other manufacturers. I wish they go back to this quirky-yet-sleek black slab design language, or at least something uniquely HTC.
81. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 480; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)
Wow the Diamond, Hero and Nexus 1. Good old days
84. b1acktiger (Posts: 223; Member since: 19 May 2012)
HTC One is carrying BB z10, iPhone and Xperia P. But we need to remember that M7(HTC One) name is buzzing for quite a long time ago. even before the Z10 launch or before the picture started leaking. What ever, HTC One is quite a stunner in every way.
85. Stuntman (Posts: 835; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)
I used to use the HTC Desire Z which is the T-Mobile G2 in the US. I always preferred landscape slider keyboard phones. I think that physical keyboards are being killed off because people prefer the touch screen keyboards and at least on Android, great, third party keyboards like SwiftKey makes touch screen typing such a good experience.