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PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Last week our HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S4 head-to-head concluded that Samsung no longer makes the best Android phone. But after developments this week, I wonder whether Google wants Samsung to continue making Android phones at all." Yup.
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HTC One
by WorknMan on Mon 13th May 2013 00:03 UTC
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2005-11-13

Speaking of the HTC One, I saw this article today:

http://www.androidcentral.com/htc-one-two-months

This guy's phone is already scratched and dented after 2 months of use, and he's still praising HTC's build quality. So HTC One owners, be sure and put a plastic case on that beautiful phone. Too many people brainwashed into thinking that aluminum is a 'premium' material, when it really isn't.

I remember in the old days, when Android used to be about practicality and customization, and not about people's phones being a fashion accessory, and people treating them like jewelry. I guess we have Apple to think for that ;)

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RE: HTC One
by WereCatf on Mon 13th May 2013 05:54 in reply to "HTC One"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

This guy's phone is already scratched and dented after 2 months of use, and he's still praising HTC's build quality. So HTC One owners, be sure and put a plastic case on that beautiful phone.


Did you even look at the picture before you wrote this comment? Those are miniscule scratches, something that happens with every other phone, too.

Too many people brainwashed into thinking that aluminum is a 'premium' material, when it really isn't.


You only seem to associate "premium" with indestructibility, whereas "premium" for quite a few people may mean things like looks and how it feels to touch -- I personally do consider alumium a premium material when it comes to smartphones simply because it looks and feels so much more pleasant than the various kinds of plastics that are commonly used.

I remember in the old days, when Android used to be about practicality and customization, and not about people's phones being a fashion accessory, and people treating them like jewelry. I guess we have Apple to think for that ;)


Anything that gains enough popularity will sooner or later do the same thing as long as it's physically possible.

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RE[2]: HTC One
by zima on Wed 15th May 2013 17:58 in reply to "RE: HTC One"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

I personally do consider alumium a premium material when it comes to smartphones simply because it looks and feels so much more pleasant than the various kinds of plastics that are commonly used.

Doesn't aluminium feel to you unpleasantly cold to the touch? (especially in cold Finland...)

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RE: HTC One
by unclefester on Mon 13th May 2013 06:57 in reply to "HTC One"
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2007-01-13

Too many people brainwashed into thinking that aluminum is a 'premium' material, when it really isn't.


Aluminium costs <$2/kg. They use it to make disposable packaging. How premium is that?

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RE[2]: HTC One
by gan17 on Mon 13th May 2013 08:18 in reply to "RE: HTC One"
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2008-06-03

Well, all phones (and almost all everything, for that matter) use an aluminium alloy of some sort, so it depends. HTC didn't (afaik) disclose the alloy of aluminium used, so it could well be slightly more "premium" than those used in other phones. Who knows.

Aluminium/alloy can be as premium (motorsport) or as cheap-ass (smartphones) as you want to make them.

Edited 2013-05-13 08:21 UTC

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RE[2]: HTC One
by bowkota on Mon 13th May 2013 08:34 in reply to "RE: HTC One"
bowkota Member since:
2011-10-12

Costs have more to do than the raw materials.
The constituents of carbon fibre are usually fairly cheap, it's the process of weaving it that makes it expensive.

You have to factor in many variables; ease of handing and manufacture, assembly, further processing such as brushing etc...

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RE[2]: HTC One
by tylerdurden on Mon 13th May 2013 18:48 in reply to "RE: HTC One"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

... and silicon is dirt, literally, cheap. And yet some high end chips cost thousands of bucks.

Edited 2013-05-13 18:49 UTC

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