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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3 reasons: battery, card slot, keyboard
by lproven on Tue 9th Apr 2013 13:17 UTC
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I used to have an HTC Universal then an HTC Desire HD.

Now I have defected to Samsung with a Note 2.

Reason #1, critical: I can't change the battery in a modern HTC. I used to carry 2 spares for my Desire HD; now, I can't.

Reason #2: very important - no µSD storage. Not just for expandability, for ease of bulk transfer - just pop the card out & stick it in my laptop.

Reason #3: HTC used to make great, innovative designs with keyboards, such as the Universal:

... and the Athena:

Now, it makes me-too sealed slabs. Nice specs, but no different from anyone else. The company threw away its competitive advantage.

At least the DHD had the biggest screen of any Android phone at the time - that's what attracted me to it. (Dell's Streak seemed more like a tablet & had an old, downversion of Android.)

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