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HTC prepares to take on Samsung in battle of the smartphones. Will the newly redesigned One help HTC recover from its slump?

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User Rank: Apprentice
4/8/2014 | 12:51:42 AM
HTC cannot compete in today's world
HTC calls the new HTC One a flagship phone. Yet it still has a mediocore camera and no matter how it tries to fool customers, the pictures taken from the phone can not be compared with the 'real' smartphones in the market. In US people may still buy it but outside of US people are more demanding. They do compare all the other options. Even if we just talk of Android phones, S5 and new Experia are way ahead of the M8. Then there are truly 'cheaper' options too. On top of it increase in Windows phone sales is also affecting HTC more than Samsung or Apple. 

With this kind of specs, I don't think M8 will do any better than previous HTC One. HTC should be prepared to post further drop in revenue and market shares in the coming quarters.
Charlie Babcock
Charlie Babcock,
User Rank: Author
4/7/2014 | 6:56:38 PM
A vote of confidence for the HTC One
I too like the HTC One as the right size, right amount of memory and capabilities and almost enough battery life. I have the spare battery pack that's supposed to contain two full charges as well -- althoguh so far it hasn't lived up to that billing. It may need a few more weeks of training charges -- recharging from an exhausted state. I'd hate to see HTC go out of the phone production business. They're one of those secondary manufacturers who can compete with the best.
Lorna Garey
Lorna Garey,
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4/7/2014 | 5:39:42 PM
Re: Cheap and Appealing Hardware?
I don't see how you can call the One "unappealing." I have one, and love it. Lined it up against the Samsung model at the time, and the One just felt more substantial. It's a good-looking phone. 
User Rank: Strategist
4/7/2014 | 12:32:52 PM
Cheap and Appealing Hardware?
Well I guess that's ultimately the goal all of us want: To find a cheap phone that has appealing hardware. 

But I think it's a bit misleading to write, "HTC's lead slipped away as competitors -- notably Samsung -- flooded the market with cheap and appealing hardware. "

When the S3 came out (arguably the samsung phone that caught the attention of the masses), it was NOT cheap. At least compared to the iPhone or other Android phones. 

So really the part you got right was the "appealing hardware" part. And yes, that probably why samsgung won over customers from HTC's "unappealing" hardware
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