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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Sir, may I tell you my story : bought a refurbished HTC Evo 3D in November 2011 with carrier ROM (FR SFR) Gingerbread 2.3.4 and no possibility to update ROM (carrier) since the previous owner had S-OFFed the phone. The phone in still impressive (qHD, 3D stereoscopic, dual core 1.5 GHz) but Sense and the 3D carousel were really annoying.

HTC never wanted to support it's lineup for very long, delayed updates (ICS) as long as they could to "focus" on more recent products, which I could understand. But like a good branded washing machine abandoned by its constructor after not even 2 years, how can you put your trust in them ?

Anyway, I recently took my courage and following this XDA thread I updated my "aging" HTC Evo 3D to... Jelly Bean 4.2.2 that HTC pretend it cannot copes the RAM usage. Since 2 weeks now, my phone have never been snappier ! A breeze ! And stock ROM are so better ! But the 3D is gone...

So, there is the stock Android source tree on one side, up to date, and the other side the OEMs then the carriers that delays needlessly "for testing and stability reasons, for best consumers' experience" while the consumer is fed up to be told stories : Jelly Bean is DE FACTO far better and provides better "user experience" than Gingerbread !

So HTC have lost my faith from their very own behaviors, while they might produce very good hardware, the software lags behind. They might still be afloat by having opened hboot and allows people to update their phones by themselves, otherwise they would have lost any consumers' interest long ago.

Bad move by bad business practices. That's full own HTC's fault here. All people are not eager to buy an expensive phone that'll turn into a brick just one year after purchase.


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