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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Great hardware, software not so much
by coreyography on Fri 12th Apr 2013 00:25 UTC
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I'm currently on my second HTC phone, a Rezound (first one was an original Incredible). Sense, while it has a few nice features, was a bloated pig on both phones (and that's an insult to the pig). The Incredible was finally supported by Cyanogenmod, and I never looked back; I just couldn't believe how much faster it was than Sense. The hardware, though, was top-notch: outstanding GPS (better than my dedicated Garmin unit), good call quality and reception.

When my mom's phone died, I gave her the Incredible and had to choose between a Galaxy Nexus and the Rezound. My gut wanted to go with the Nexus device, but I had read too much about problems with the hardware and went with HTC again. Hardware again is great, but I was highly disappointed to find this powerful phone similarly hobbled by Sense. Fortunately, HTC eventually provided a way to unlock the boot loader (and subsequently a S-Off hack was found, though it's not really needed) so some development ensued. Problem was, HTC wouldn't release the kernel source (as required under the GPL) so everything was a reverse-engineering effort. And of course they only released one point upgrade to Android, months after it came out of Google. Only through the heroic efforts of some XDA devs do Rezound users have a pretty good choice of ROMs today.

I'm on Verizon in the US, so my situation may be somewhat rare. But I'm tired of fighting the software and software freshness issues, so I probably won't be buying another HTC.

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