HTC indirectly suggests that Samsung's Galaxy S5 has a "bad design"


Back in February, when Samsung announced its new Galaxy S5, an HTC exec retweeted an image that compared the back of Samsung’s flagship smartphone to a band-aid. It seems that HTC isn’t over that comparison yet, as it posted (via its US and UK Twitter accounts) the image embedded above, accompanied by texts that read: “one of these things is not like the other”, and “introducing the cure for bad design.”

While  there’s no mention of Samsung whatsoever, it’s clear that HTC aims to poke fun at the Galaxy S5. As you can see, the image tweeted by HTC shows its One M8 smartphone next to three band-aids that have colors similar to the Galaxy S5 (gold, blue, and black).

We’re not really sure what HTC hopes to accomplish with all this (other than a verbal war between its fans and Samsung’s). Anyway, you can let us know if you agree with what HTC is implying, namely that the Galaxy S5 features a “bad design.” For what it’s worth, Samsung already provided an explanation on why its flagship handset has a dotted pattern on the back.

sources: HTC USA, HTC UK

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106 Comments

1. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

stop bashing others htc, you cannot be the no:1 by doing it

15. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

HTC should just relax, Samsung is popular for a reason, they must be doing something right, if not the product then marketing, HTC is obviously doing something wrong. At least Samsung did not straight jack WP live Tile interface design as its default homescreen.

72. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

"they must be doing something right, if not the product then marketing" Stop with this "marketing" BS, please. There is not marketing that could sell the HTC aluminum tin can crap. And you know that.

80. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Try to troll harder. ;)

97. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

marketing it is... in PH, they are the only company who bother to have a commercial advertisement, and others.. none. The people who don't even have a knowledge on smartphones i over heard when they saw a display of xperia z2 submerged in water, she said "wow, they copied samsung on being waterproof, I saw it on tv, you can clean samsung s5 with water"

19. rkoforever90

Posts: 436; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

samsung bashed apple a lot and it helped them gain attention, i dont find anything wrong in what htc doing,maybe launch something in line of next big hing commerical samsung did few years back

48. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

At least bash them creatively and not just copy our day 1 hour 1 jokes. Tells the story why HTC is so far behind, they are not simply late with he joke, they are late and too silly to realize that telling it for the 1001th time makes them look silly.

73. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Yup. But Samsung bashed Apple for REAL features. And HTC is bashing S5 for the "desigh". And we all know that the design is not the cheap aluminum. And we all know that M8 has the worst tech design EVER.(if you know what tech design means)

22. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

HTC criticize Samsung Galaxy S5 because of bad design and in my opinion it is good that HTC is doing that because: 1) It is true Samsung Galaxy S5 has really bad design. 2) Maybe it will force Samsung to improve design. I hope that Samsung will criticize HTC M7/M8 camera, maybe it will force HTC to improve it! IT IS GOOD THAT COMPANIES ARE CRITICIZING EACH OTHER - CONSUMERS WILL WIN! :)

34. Immolate

Posts: 310; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

The classic "point A must be true because I agree with point A" maneuver. Well-played, old chap. Well-played.

41. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"The classic "point A must be true because I agree with point A" maneuver." It is not maneuver it is my opinion. "Well-played." What exactly here is played?

46. willard12 unregistered

Exactly. Looks are an OPINION. An opinion can never be true or false.

50. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Looks are an opinion and in my opinion Samsung Galaxy S5 doesn't look good and that's why I agree with what HTC says because is true to me! :P Ok, ok, maybe I have chosen wrong words to express what I wanted to say. But I read a lot of comments which proves that it is not only my opinion. Samsung should improve design.

74. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

" But I read a lot of comments which proves that it is not only my opinion." Yup But those are iOpinions like yours. Not opinions of the millions of the ppl who will NEVER buy aluminum tin can.

78. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"But those are iOpinions like yours." Since when my opinion is "iOpinion" ? "Not opinions of the millions of the ppl who will NEVER buy aluminum tin can." Millions of people are already doing that. Also why you are so butthurt about aluminum?

83. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

"Millions of people are already doing that." ????????? iphones or M7#M8? Do you mean the iboys, iboy?

101. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"iphones or M7#M8?" Both! "Do you mean the iboys, iboy?" ???

57. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

Samsung doesn't care what some 2nd tier player like HTC says/does. They're way ahead of them.

61. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Samsung doesn't care what HTC says about their product but Samsung cares what their customers and potential customers hear about theyr product from other companies! In other words certain part of Samsung customers doesn't feel good when other companies are bashing product which they want to buy or already bought because it makes psychological influence and I'm sure that Samsung doesn't like it.

75. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Samsung do what millions of ppl like. And the market prove it. Only iboys buy aluminum, and NOBODY buy M8. Just don't give us the "marketing" BS, because there is not marketing that could sell the HTC aluminum tin can crap. And you know that.

79. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

What I have said in my comment #61 is a fact you like it or not.

91. vhammoudeh

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 03, 2012

You need cool it down dude, the HTC M8 is amazing phone. I am Android user ever since the original Desire came out in 2010 and I am telling you the M8 is the best android phone at the moment. Sure it is not perfect, the camera is barely OK but other than that everything is better than the S5. The "tin can" design makes it feel very slim and snugly in the hand, way better than any Galaxy. So as long as HTC and SONY keep making great design and build quality phones I will never look at a Samsung.

96. willard12 unregistered

If that were the case, the Galaxy S3 would have been metal. We're on the GS5 LTE A and they still haven't budged.

24. Marienx

Posts: 118; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Helloooooooooo... How did Samsung reached the top?????

36. Immolate

Posts: 310; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

By making a phone with top-shelf stats (S2) with an open OS when other Android makers were busy trying to recapture lost magic or genuinely confused about what the next big thing would be, then marketing the crap out of it and continuously improving it from generation to generation? Perhaps the right strategy for HTC is womping Samsung for their poorly located speaker. That wouldn't be as easy to defend as a removable back cover that allows memory expansion and a replaceable battery.

70. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Spot on! Referring to their back cover remind me of its warm leather touch, removable battery and micro SD slot. That's why I keep getting Samsung. What I don't like is their bloat ware bundle makes me want to jump ship. Does HTC come with lots of third parties bloatware?

93. Phoneboy123

Posts: 3; Member since: May 12, 2014

Nope , Sense 6 is seamless and free of Sbloatwares.

30. frustyak

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 08, 2010

Why not? Samsung did precisely that with their "The next big thing is here" ads with Apple fanatics waiting on line for the next IPhone ("The headphone jack is going to be on the bottom!").

71. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

This form of advertising offend Apple fans, not many will switch. Its Samsung angry reaction to Apple lawsuit that did gain some public support. Samsung has since stop these form of advertising because it has stop working to their advantage.

31. 7Superman9

Posts: 86; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

Samsung does the same. Actually, they go a step further by paying people to bash other manufacturers . PhoneArena actually published the article several months back. No double standards!

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