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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Why I buy Galaxy S-series ?
by Alexey Technologov on Tue 9th Apr 2013 07:45 UTC
Alexey Technologov
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First, I admit, that "HTC One" is beautiful. But external looks is not enough to make a decision.

Second, I live in Israel, where we have no subsidies, and I'm not locked to a carrier, so I can choose whatever phone I like and the price between Galaxy S3 and HTC One X is similar here.

So why I decided for the Galaxy S III Series instead ?
Hardware and software:

A. Removable battery: is of utmost importance for travelers. I take 3 batteries with my Galaxy S3 and it is only 1 minute of inconvenience of swapping them.

B. Removable Storage: microSD allows me to take a large portion of my videos (including HD videos) to travel.
Carriers here top out at 3 GB/month of data, so streaming HD video from the cloud is out-of-question.

Software:
I like to watch video clips and browse the net at the same time: Galaxy allows me to with it's incredible "Video Pop-up play" feature.

Those 3 are features are deal-makers for Samsung, and deal breakers for HTC.

Samsung Android has a lot more extras (compared vs. vanilla Google Android), chronicled in my past articles.

And unless HTC fixes those lack-of-features, those omissions, I will buy Samsung Galaxy S4 in the future...

What is interesting, is that in the past many high-end phones from various vendors had removable batteries and removable storage, but the recent developments of "iPhonization" of the market and removal of those features makes me really angry, but it also makes Samsung more valuable. Namely: HTC & Nokia & Google Nexus (Nexus One) had those features in the distant past. - Newer high-end models, such as HTC One / One X, Nokia Lumia 920 and Google Nexus 4 lacks both.

Here is my article: Samsung Android vs. Google Android:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KFzxBiq9Ro5UY0U_M0JBQ4Aj1dfcksEy...

-Alexey "Technologov", 09.Apr.2013.

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