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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Comment by MechR
by MechR on Wed 10th Apr 2013 06:04 UTC
MechR
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I actually like the lightness of plastic, among its other functional benefits (shock absorption, signal transmission, cost, etc). It can also look/feel perfectly nice, e.g. the Nexus 7.

That said, I despise the look of glossy plastic and brushed-metal, which is what Samsung's used for everything since the SIII.

SD card and removable battery aren't super-important for my personal phone usage, but they're nice to have just in case. In retrospect, each did come in handy at least once. (Swapped batteries to test an issue, and once needed to transfer files with no micro-USB cable handy.)

Both Samsung and HTC's button layouts kinda suck.

I hear the One has a programmable button, which sounds great for the camera. Tapping an onscreen button tends to move the picture. (Plus I often need to shift my grip to do a proper tap. With a curled finger, the nail tends to make contact instead of the skin, which doesn't register. And no, I don't have long nails.)

Between the One and the S4, I'd still lean toward the S4, but neither really interest me. I'd love a Note for the screen size and drawing hardware, fugly as the outside looks. Barring that, I'm waiting to see what Google comes up with next (Nexus or Motorola). My main issue with the Nexus 4 was the breakable glass back. Come on, plastic! ;)

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RE: Comment by MechR
by MechR on Thu 11th Apr 2013 12:28 in reply to "Comment by MechR"
MechR Member since:
2006-01-11

Both Samsung and HTC's button layouts kinda suck.

Aha, wait, Samsung's new Galaxy Mega has switched the Back and Menu buttons!
http://www.engadget.com/2013/04/11/samsung-galaxy-mega-6-3-5-8/

Now it's acceptably close to the stock layout. I was hoping they'd do this, but I had given up hope after the S4 came out with Back still on the right. (At least, I think it's still on the right. It's stupidly hard to find a picture with the buttons lit up.)

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RE[2]: Comment by MechR
by 5ebastian on Thu 11th Apr 2013 13:36 in reply to "RE: Comment by MechR"
5ebastian Member since:
2013-04-11

Notice how the arrow in the back button icon point to the right. Just wierd. Looks more like a forward button.

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