Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th Apr 2013 22:21 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless The reviews are universally positive, and virtually everyone seems to agree: the HTC One is one heck of an Android device, and quite possibly the best phone currently on the market. Outstanding build quality, great design, fast - and just like the One X before it, it looks like to me it's a far better phone than its Galaxy counterparts. Why, then, is no one buying HTC phones?
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Disposable phone
by sbike on Mon 8th Apr 2013 23:26 UTC
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So the HTC one has nice specifications. But when you look at the value it's pretty low:
* Low marketshare means less support by community distributions
* No guarantee of timely android updates.
* Can't replace the battery, battery life within 2 years is likely to be much less than day 1. Also if you ever plan on heavy use it's a real disadvantage to not be able to grab a second battery.
* locked bootloader... might be hacked... but not as likely as more popular phones.

So you end up with a phone that's likely to get Android 5.0 late or never. You can't replace the battery, you'll likely be looking for a replacement sooner rather than later.

Not a particularly compelling argument against the Galaxy S4 which is very likely to be sell well (as the S3 has) and has a replaceable battery. I'm all for a metal body, but not at the cost of a device dying when the battery dies.

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