Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th Nov 2011 15:02 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "HTC has become the top seller of smartphones in the US with a strategy that's precisely the opposite of Apple's. Where Apple is secretive, HTC is open. Where Apple is exclusive, HTC works with all carriers. Where Apple is proprietary, HTC is collaborative. Where Apple customizes for no one, HTC customizes for everyone. It's the anti-Apple and, so far, it has worked." I'm not enamoured with HTC's product design as of late (too soft, too 'rounded'), but as far as companies go, HTC is one of the good guys. Amazing to see such behaviour rewarded - and once again proves what I've been saying all along: in the end, openness and choice always wins.
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Comment by JimProfit
by JimProfit on Thu 10th Nov 2011 16:39 UTC
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2011-08-03

Among the factors cited in the article one seems missing..

IMHO better affordability played a major role in HTC favor...

Normal people I frequent do not care about openness.

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RE: Comment by JimProfit
by bloodline on Thu 10th Nov 2011 16:46 in reply to "Comment by JimProfit"
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2008-07-28

That's true, I don't know anyone who actually initially chose an HTC phone... Of the people who got one, only got it because it was free on their contract.

One of them subsequently bought a better Android phone, as he loves the fact all the software can be had for free if you know where to look ;)

Edited 2011-11-10 16:47 UTC

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Comment by zima
by zima on Thu 17th Nov 2011 23:31 in reply to "RE: Comment by JimProfit"
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2005-07-06

And the ~half a dozen HTC owners I can recall all chose their device. So there...
(well, a "hand-me-down in the family" handset in once case - but, very much chosen by its original user)

Around half of them not even on contracts, but using prepaid and truly owning their phones (plus in a place where they are - relatively speaking, per purchasing power parity / Big Mac Index and such - around 3x more expensive at least)

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RE: Comment by JimProfit
by Straho on Thu 10th Nov 2011 18:28 in reply to "Comment by JimProfit"
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2011-09-30


Normal people I frequent do not care about openness.

I think people should care about openness which could use.
I'm realy dissapoint that Samsung doesn't offer Samsung Kies for Linux.
But if talking only about phones we have OS, hardware manifacture, local mobile operators with different offers and some geographically services. Isn't easy for normal or not normal people to use and change them like they want, is it?

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Comment by zima
by zima on Thu 17th Nov 2011 23:34 in reply to "Comment by JimProfit"
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2005-07-06

IMHO better affordability played a major role in HTC favor...
Normal people I frequent do not care about openness.

(emphasis mine) It very much seems like the latter strongly influences & results in the former.

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