Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 31st Aug 2013 19:22 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Earlier today, several top designers at HTC were arrested in Taipei under suspicion of fraudulent expense claims, as well as stealing trade secrets ahead of leaving the company to run a new mobile design firm in both Taiwan and mainland China. Five people were interrogated, with the most notable ones being Vice President of Product Design Thomas Chien, R&D director Wu Chien Hung and design team senior manager Justin Huang (who also personally sketched out the One's design). Chien and Wu are taken into custody, whereas the others were released on bail. Their offices were also raided yesterday as part of the investigation.

HTC certainly looks like a sinking ship, doesn't it?

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RE[4]: Trade secrets
by WorknMan on Sun 1st Sep 2013 02:05 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Trade secrets"
WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

He didn't say it is "superior design."


He inferred it, and a lot of people have stated it outright. But as I have demonstrated, it's a bunch of BS. They don't like the design of the HTC One - they like the aluminum.

I'd say it's quite fucking normal to buy stuff that looks pleasing to one's eyes.


Maybe I'm just being naive, but I could've swore there used to be a day where it took more than 'sex appeal' to sell gadgets, but I guess those days are long gone. Which goes back to my original post:

HTC's trade secret - 'color it silver and make it aluminum, and we can sell a crapton based on its sex appeal, for shallow people looking for a fashion accessory to show off to their friends.'

Because in the end, it's all about the exterior, since millions of fucktards out there care more about what color a device comes in than anything else. That's why Motorola is making the Moto X in wood; customization where it really matters to iDiots. Ultimately, I blame Apple for this nonsense, but it was HTC who brought it to the Android world... pimping the aluminum as the #1 selling point of the phone.

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RE[5]: Trade secrets
by woegjiub on Sun 1st Sep 2013 12:10 in reply to "RE[4]: Trade secrets"
woegjiub Member since:
2008-11-25

It was pointed out quite clearly:
All android phones are basically identical these days.
Narrow them down to the ones that can run cyanogenmod, then pick the sexiest.

Because, really, apart from how they look, there is no difference at all.



Unless you're me, in which case you just sit there waiting for the droid 5.

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RE[6]: Trade secrets
by WorknMan on Sun 1st Sep 2013 21:50 in reply to "RE[5]: Trade secrets"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Because, really, apart from how they look, there is no difference at all.


LOL, you're kidding, right? Even the stability of CM can vary from phone to phone, and from version to version. I know from experience that it doesn't run rock solid on every phone that it supports. It is certainly not the last word in custom roms, esp since there are roms much better than CM on some phones.

That being said, there are other factors as well, such as how heavy a phone is, how comfortable it is to hold (whether you have small or large hands), the camera, the battery life, the size of storage, the quality of the screen and antenna, the durability of construction, SD slot/removable battery options, varying amounts of acessory availability (do you want a phone that doesn't have a decent desktop dock available for it?), and a number of other factors.

Of course, none of this matters to most people, if you can get one made out of wood (or whatever) and/or have your name engraved on it.

Edited 2013-09-01 21:51 UTC

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RE[5]: Trade secrets
by p13. on Sun 1st Sep 2013 18:46 in reply to "RE[4]: Trade secrets"
p13. Member since:
2005-07-10

"He didn't say it is "superior design."


He inferred it, and a lot of people have stated it outright. But as I have demonstrated, it's a bunch of BS. They don't like the design of the HTC One - they like the aluminum.
"

No, i did not. I'm sorry, perhaps this is quite inconvenient to your cause.
I pick what to buy based on my own personal preferences, not yours.

As for the design vs materials. There is no separating the two. Materials are an integral part of the design. If they made a car out of lead, i would say that's a clear design choice ... wouldn't you? It also wouldn't be much good, due to poor design choices.

The HTC one is well designed, in large part due to the materials it's made of. And as i've said before, this is one of just three criteria on which i base my next phone purchase.

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RE[6]: Trade secrets
by WorknMan on Sun 1st Sep 2013 22:00 in reply to "RE[5]: Trade secrets"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

As for the design vs materials. There is no separating the two. Materials are an integral part of the design.


Well, if you have a plastic phone, a wood phone, and an aluminum phone, and one is about as durable as the others, then I would say this design choice is quite irrelevant, esp since the HTC One has a few other design flaws (which I previously mentioned) working against it. And certainly not worth mentioning at the very top of their marketing pitch. With this design choice, they're going after people who need a phone for a fashion accessory; the aluminum doesn't exist for any other reason.

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RE[5]: Trade secrets
by Soulbender on Mon 2nd Sep 2013 07:35 in reply to "RE[4]: Trade secrets"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Maybe I'm just being naive, but I could've swore there used to be a day where it took more than 'sex appeal' to sell gadgets


It's not all it takes but it certainly help sales. That has always been the case and it applies to pretty much all consumer products.

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