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?



1. lee480 unregistered

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

2. urtard

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

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

80. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

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

93. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

I love both HTC and Sony designs... (except for the NXT designs)

9. gregariousguy

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

100% agreed :D

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...

78. htc_prep

Posts: 303; Member since: Oct 09, 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.

12. abish1234

Posts: 51; Member since: Oct 22, 2011

well i dont see that in profits!!

15. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

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

26. FireDragon

Posts: 117; Member since: Nov 13, 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.

50. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

32. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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.

36. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

"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

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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? +1

39. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

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

40. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Thank you. +1

41. Feanor

Posts: 1389; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

45. Feanor

Posts: 1389; Member since: Jun 20, 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.

66. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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.

72. lee480 unregistered

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

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

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

Posts: 1389; Member since: Jun 20, 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.

90. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

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

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

65. madpiyal

Posts: 108; Member since: Feb 11, 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.

68. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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.

35. xoatomxo

Posts: 57; Member since: Apr 26, 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.

49. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

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

86. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

So apple made better phone then Samsung because they sold more then 40 million iphone.

44. AceStorm1249

Posts: 14; Member since: Feb 16, 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.

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