There’s been debate for a while, whether or not HTC was still relevant in the Android ecosystem. They worked with Google to produce the very first Nexus, the Nexus One. But since then they have started to slowly decline. Sure they were one of the first manufacturers to bring us a bump in screen size to 4.3″ and sure we all loved Sense UI when it first came out. But with Dual-core and quad-core processors eating up our battery, we don’t need their skin eating it up too. On Sunday HTC introduced the world to the HTC One along with HTC Sense 4.0 which is vastly revamped compared to the last few versions of the Sense UI. So that leaves the question did HTC get it right? Are they going to go back to the top, above Samsung and Motorola? Let’s hope so, they make great devices but Sense and untimely updates are bringing them down.
Sense 4.0 is right up there with Motorola’s skin, in being not to intrusive at all almost like vanilla Android. HTC went back to the 5 icon dock that we all know from the Nexus’ and the AOSP ROM’s on our other devices. They also vastly improved the camera, and from what we can tell so far, it’s much better then in past HTC devices. HTC has also teamed up with Dropbox to offer Sense 4.0 users 25GB of cloud storage for free for 2 years. Now why they didn’t just do 25GB for lifetime, I have no idea.
The HTC One X, V, and S
The HTC One X is the best of the line, with it’s 4.7″ display at 720p we have not seen a phone at that size. We’ve seen the Galaxy Nexus at 4.65″ and the Galaxy Note at 5.3″, the LG Optimus Vu now at 5″. They also made the One X very thin as the rest of the line, but the One X has no SD card slot, and a non-removeable battery. Which the battery is just 1800mAh, which on LTE I’m sure is not powerful enough.
HTC needs to release some more Sense 4.0 devices, not right away of course that will piss off all the early adopters of the HTC One. But don’t we all like choices? Imagine having 3 different Sense 4.0 devices on Verizon? Currently they have 0, we haven’t heard of Verizon getting any of the HTC One devices as of yet. HTC also needs to step up their battery life and step up the capacity as well. 1800mAh just won’t cut it on LTE.
Peter Chou, you are headed in the right direction but you still have some more work to do. Try making a phone with an SD card slot and a removeable battery. Then you might be able to get back on top. But with Samsung’s impending announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S3, that isn’t likely to be anytime soon.
What do you think? Is HTC headed back on track? Or are they falling even more off the path that Motorola, Samsung, LG and the other manufacturers are on? Let us know in the comments.