CyanogenMod founder gets an HTC One, thumbs it up as dev friendly with great design

CyanogenMod founder gets an HTC One, thumbs it up as dev friendly with great design
Steve Kondik, of CyanogenMod founder fame, got and HTC One from AT&T over the weekend, as the phone launched officially on Friday. He couldn't resist jotting down a few words on the design, build quality, software and developer features, which you can read below.

The only thing he didn't appreciate was the unimaginative app drawer, which is the weak point in Sense 5.0 indeed, but he quickly unlocked the bootloader and installed CWM anyway, plus it's Android, so you can experiment with looks and launchers until the cows come home. He was hired by Samsung for two years, but couldn't really appreciate the corporate culture, and left amicably a month ago, and still has good things to say about the Galaxy S4 below, too:

source: SteveKondik (G+)

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  • Display 4.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh(18h 3G talk time)



1. Topcat488

Posts: 1417; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

I give him a thumps up.

25. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

no, his mission has failed.....still Touchwiz on SGS4, still no AOSP on SGS4 but of course its probably not his fault....its fault of Samsung's crappy strategy = to load Android with so much mess that is impossible to deliver fast updates I would buy an SGS4 even for 750$, but no Nexus, no deal.....stick with GN

2. zizicomments

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

that's right,HTC one for me as well

3. PermanentHiatus

Posts: 267; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

HTC One: "The least repairable phone ever." - iFixit

8. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Who cares... you wouldn't be able to repair it yourself anyway.

9. PermanentHiatus

Posts: 267; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

Speak for yourself. You'd be surprised to see how easy it is to fix some phones. It took me 15 minutes to replace my GS3 screen.

19. BiN4RY

Posts: 83; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

I hope spending ~$250 replacing that screen to void your warranty was worth is instead of having Samsung professionally replace it for you while retaining warranty for around the same price.

26. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

and what about to replace a battery on the go? deal breaker together with slow updates....

27. Jacobkral

Posts: 2; Member since: May 05, 2013

Oh shut up with that line, I'm sure the Window salesman hates bullet proof glass too. The thing is, most phone repairs will cost more than the device is worth to replace anyway, and if it isn't made cheaply in the first place, it won't need repairing. Out of my 3 htc phones (G1, G2, One S) none have ever had problems I couldn't fix on the software side. Battery is a non issue, because spare batteries are a waste anyway, get an external and use it with anything, without having to turn off the phone, and holding a higher capacity, and easier to charge. If your phone freezes just hold the power button and it will force a reset. If you need it (which you shouldn't considering htc gives you double for the same price) micro sd adaptors actually do exist for phones that don't have a slot. Metal > plastic

10. dicemoney

Posts: 59; Member since: Mar 28, 2011

All I have to say is bestbuy protection plan

12. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Agreed. The quality of our replacements isn't any worse than anyone else's, and we don't do deductibles or replacement limits. Also, and I grant this is more of a manager's discretion thing, but we don't usually refuse claims unless the phone is pretty much completely in pieces.

17. rizevnarastek

Posts: 349; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

BestBuy mobile is a great store. I like how you do business

14. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

Only a careless person who breaks his devices easily will complain about reparability

15. dsDoan

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

I've never broken a phone in my life. I care about repairability.

24. blingblingthing

Posts: 979; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

I'm with you EXK. I've had a HTC One X (AT&T) and LG Nexus 4 now. I haven't dropped either of them. To be honest if I broke, I will try to get it off my hand.

4. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

He looks kinda like Romo Lampkin from Battlestar Galactica. It's probably the sunglasses. I agree that the One is a very nice device. If I weren't holding out for August I'd be very tempted to spend money I don't have right now to get it. So far reports on the camera performance are good, which was my biggest worry. We didn't get many Ones in, but I've already sold about half of them, mostly to customers who weren't even coming in to get it. In fact, one lady decided to buy the One (after she had already decided on an iPhone 5) after taking a look at the One I was selling the customer ahead of her, and also after I pointed out some of its features and easy ways to pull out of the Apple ecosystem.

5. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Man, you are playing safe.. hehe But at least which one will you use more often:)

6. doubler86

Posts: 320; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

I have both phones, ready to take the HTC One back. As a developer, nothing beats the easiness of the Odin process. HTC has gotten a LOT better, but still if you want to root, Samsung and Moto are the way to go. (except for any Nexus of course)

28. Jacobkral

Posts: 2; Member since: May 05, 2013

You must be the most incompetent dev on earth then, i can root any htc in less than 30 min.. Samsung imo is actually more difficult but still easy and moto.. Lol.

7. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

the One is obviously going to be a very hot device among the Android community abroad. i'd hardly get one to replace my MAXX HD as my DD but it's the most current phone that i'd like to have the most. oh and Steve needs to go into the app drawer settings and poke around. there's an option to change the grid size. HTC's default settings in Sense 5 are a little questionable.

16. rizevnarastek

Posts: 349; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

There's less clutter in the app drawer with the default settings and you can have things in folders anyway. The best option in my opinion is the "frequently used apps" layout. Other launchers don't have it and it's a nice feature that simplifies the UX.

22. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

well at least you like it. o:

11. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

great one.

13. nostarwhere

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

No surprise he does that after leaving Samsung.

23. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

because he couldn't really appreciate the corporate culture. It must be a terrible experience for him.

18. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Thumbs up to you Mr Steve the expert has spoken! I really Love HTC One..can't wait for next week!

20. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

HTC Garbage!

21. f1r3z0r

Posts: 92; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

All my fingers up! I will get my HTC one pronto and of course I will root it and install CM 10.1 or newer

29. jamosjamos

Posts: 1; Member since: May 20, 2013

I'm not claiming other device makers are much better, but though HTC talks about their commitment to developers, they don't always follow through. They have yet to release kernel source for ICS for the Thunderbolt. How much dev support will HTC offer for the One after it's been around a year or so?

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