HTC and Samsung UK branches duke it out on Twitter: 'plastic is not fantastic, my friend'


After HTC tried to bomb the Galaxy S 4 unveiling in New York, dispensing hot chocolate to the reporters waiting in line in the freezing temps, and tweeting "So... how off-Broadway is this production" with a hashtag #theNextBigFlop, it got an answer from Samsung UK just now. 

Samsung cc-ed HTC UK in the tweet "Four is always better than one," but HTC picked on the hint, and shot back with "Plastic is not fantastic, my friend". The tweets have subsequently been pulled, and the one that Samsung actually shot as a response to a fan was made private.


Still, it shows that HTC, or at least its UK branch, is becoming more aggressive in promoting its handsets, instead of going almost silent around a flagship Galaxy unveiling, like last year with the S III. It now has the phone to show for it, of course, as the HTC One is a truly innovative piece of mobile gear, with unique features that aren't easy to replicate.

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113 Comments

1. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

let them settle it through childish means , atleast they are not going to spend $1 billion on it

19. tashreef

Posts: 476; Member since: Nov 24, 2012

What's wrong in this tweets... Both are stating fact.... may be flaws ....

38. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Maybe fact in your opinion, but there are definitely instances in which four is worse than one, and plastic is fantastic. For instance, I would hardly consider having four gunshot-wounds to be better than having merely one, and if plastic isn't fantastic explain how C4 is so good at blowing stuff up!

100. Jack58221

Posts: 157; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

lol c4... last time I let my wife borrow anything plastic it cost me more than a phone... but then again many people get cases. by now everyone know using protection could save you a lot of money and embarrassing explanations.

90. osmaankhaan unregistered

htc one : galaxy s4 means for every 1 htc one sold there will b 4 galaxy s4's sold

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Who cares about plastic on the S4? At least the specs were great!

5. Diego!

Posts: 874; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

Agree. Besides, 'Ultrapixels' are actually 'megapixels', HTC!

12. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I agree too, but the good thing is that Ultrapixels produces more light.

17. BillyG

Posts: 305; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

more light but very low details, no thanks.

64. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

Your eyes can not tell the difference. You are not a machine. Don't be fooled by what you think you know.

97. SGSatlantis

Posts: 227; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

There are plenty of scenarios where 4MP aren't enough: crops, texts and charts, large prints...or if you simply like to zoom in on the girl in the bikini.

111. BillyG

Posts: 305; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

it's you who don't have enough knowledge about tech. those details is needed when you crop, or want to make large prints of those pic. but for a kid like you who'll only use it on the phone for FB or Instagram, i'm sure you'll be happy enough with those 4mb 'ultrapixels'... now go do your homework, learn more about tech and check your FB and instagram...

76. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Unless you're blowing up the images in large prints or doing 100% crops, you won't tell the difference.

79. pkiran1996

Posts: 166; Member since: Oct 22, 2011

With a resolution of 4MP (2289 x 1712) you're limiting the amount you can zoom in before it becomes pixelated ...not because of detail, but purely because of the low pixel count.

84. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

So this was kinda fail? So they should've gone for 8MP with 1 quarter optic sensor lens! That would've been slightly better than 808 PureView....?

11. wendygarett unregistered

I don't understand people defining future-proof in terms of spec, my friend has Nokia n8, no apps, battery life sucks, and yet it still running like a champ with no flaws... Thanks to its aluminium design, the phone seems sturdy enough to operate for the next three years... android is so awesome nowadays, and even buttery smoothie with the dual core... I don't see spec as a future proof but the built quality is...

16. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

A device with better specs will be able to support high res games coming in the future ! With release of Nvidia's android console its highly likely it will happen. Also, by built quality if you are reffering to HTC One then its irremovable battery wont be able to help in future when after few years the battery starts dying (like all lithium battery does) ! :)

22. wendygarett unregistered

28. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

I have an N8 too, easily more than 2 years old. It doesn't look brand new thanks to a lot of scratches. But performance-wise, it's still running as good as when I first purchased it. It even got better with Belle Refresh. It really depends on your usage model. For me, this is my definition of future-proof. I take a lot of pictures on my phone and that's the main reason I bought it and until now it still takes pictures comparable to newly-released-flagships. Gaming-wise yes it sucks big time but like I said, future-proof depends on your usage model.

32. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

wendy, look at this drop test and you can see GS3 survived better than HTC OneX in drop test ! All I am saying is you cannot reliably say, atleast before the phones are released, that HTC One will be more durable than GS4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tg85V5dyucg

63. thelegend6657 unregistered

The GS3 is completely cracked and the one x survives !

101. Jack58221

Posts: 157; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

that drip test was amazingly bad. no matter how she held the phones they almost always landed on the back.. her dip heights were all over the place too. it's not f from lack of effort on her part, but there is a reason why drop test are usually done more than one and are more controlled.

24. tashreef

Posts: 476; Member since: Nov 24, 2012

few years? are sure? i don't think a plastic device can survive for years ... specially samsung....

27. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

well........a lot of my friends are still happily using Galaxy S2 ! All the unibody and aluminium bodies for phone have recently started to use before that all phones were plastic ! Just because a better built is out there that doesn't mean all the other builts are crap !

33. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

sorry my friend but the plastic part only the back cover.. you can change millions of time that removable back cover

46. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

My dad's galaxy s1 is still running perfect and is in great condition (uses it every day)

62. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

My "plastic" Samsung 4S, Vibrant, S2 and Note are still running and ever efficient.

69. osmaankhaan unregistered

can u take ur 'tashreef' somewhere else, only u know what i mean;-)

34. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

All you saying is pitiful and ignorant In your theory, why do you think we need to learn math? Isn't our life more than enough to live with just the four fundamental arithmetic operations?....... BTW I heard the news the british guys found the Higgs Boson you may hear of. Then World seems to be crazy to you huh? doing useless stuffs? Better silent than stupid

35. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Yes, aluminium gives better built quality, but it gets scratches easily,and you can't take off the back on aluminium built phones. Aluminium phones gives premium feel, and plastic gives cheap feel. But hey, on plastic built phones, you can take off the back cover to replace the battery. So in conclusion, plastic is not bad at all.

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