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HTC's New Mystery Phone: You have GOT To Be Kidding Me

HTC's New Mystery Phone: You have GOT To Be Kidding Me


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Oh.....dear....lord....have....mercy....on.....my.....soul. Allow me to quote the 25th letter of the alphabet...."Y?“ (get it...like "why?“ :-D). This is the new mystery HTC Ice Cream Sandwich Phone? Have you guys COMPLETELY RAN OUT OF IDEAS? Maybe some of our readers don't know why this phone pisses me off so bad. Well I'll tell you why...a few days ago I published an article on why HTC was losing its hold on the Android market, and there I brought to light the fact that every HTC phone was starting to look exactly the same, both design wise and spec wise. In that article, I was pretty tactful. In this one however, I won't be. This "mystery" phone that I'm looking at now is the PERFECT example of why I wrote that article. Lets just have a look at the specs shall we?

Lets see....according to Phonearena and the hardware info screen, this phone is "boasting“ a 1.2ghz dual core processor, an 8mp back camera, a front facing cam, and 1 gig of RAM. Hmm....let me have a look at my HTC Sensation......I have here a 1.2ghz dual core processor, 768mb RAM, and an 8MP camera on the back. Let me have a look now at my bosses HTC Sensation XE....hmm...interesting..this phone has a 1.5ghz dual core processor and 768mb RAM, along with an 8MP camera....Wait a sec...lets have a look at the HTC Evo3D....what do we have here...a dual core 1.2ghz processor, 1gig of RAM, and a DO I REALLY NEED TO CONTINUE FOR YOU TO SEE MY POINT HERE????

And the design...WOW...GROUNDBREAKING. Is this the best you guys can do now? Do me a favor HTC...Have a look at the phones I just mentioned in the paragraph above, and tell me if you see a pattern here?

I have really lost my patience with you guys. You used to be king of the castle, but now it seems that somehow, your just plain stuck on ideas. You keep pushing out the same phone that looks BARELY different over and over and over and over and over again, and to make matters worse, they all have more or less the SAME HARDWARE. And then to really take it to a new level of WHAT THE EFF, you charge 500 or 600 dollars for all of these phones that come out every few weeks, and wonder why that nobody wants to "upgrade“ to any of your "new“ devices? You actually wonder why your financials were so bad and your sales are so low?  What your doing is like me giving my girlfriend the same Chrismas gift EVERY YEAR and telling her it's different. She would think I was out of my mind, and who would blame her?

Start getting creative, or just get out of the game. I'm gonna go meditate now before I literally slam my head through my monitor.

EDIT: And just so everyone knows, I have an HTC Dream, a Google Nexus One, and an HTC Sensation. I'm in no way anti-HTC. They had always been my favorite Android manufacturer up until 2011.

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  • @Anthony - Agreed. They should really go back to the drawing board and start over with some fresh minds and fresh ideas.

    @Steven - NEVAHHH!! :-D

    @Cam - See, Im starting to feel the same. Samsungs products have been so amazing lately that they are getting pretty damn hard to ignore.

    @Steven - Passe, and already been done about 50 times :-D

  • Agree. The design is completely passe.

  • The Samsung Galaxy Note has a resolution of 800 x 1280 so the HTC Rezound does not have the highest pixel density of any phone to date.

    I was also a HTC follower and owned 7 of their handsets over time, would never consider any other manufacturer until I was introduced to Samsung. Now (for the time being) would not consider HTC as they really don't stand out from the crowd.

  • ...could always go with Apple, they have black AND white phones!

  • The problem here is old talent, they need to flush out their tech and sales team especially in the Chicago area, they have some real dead wood there. A good Device manufacturer listens to the customers and the community on what they expect in the next generation of units. The problem is you have old T-Mobile and Sprint people in this company here in the USA. Time to get rid of them...

  • @Brennan - Good point. I dont think its the hardware itself thats bothering me, as the specs are solid. Its more that they are bringing out so many new phones with the SAME specs. Its like they want to give you a million choices, but in the end they are all more or less the same.

    @Chinu - LOL!

    @bits - thats exactly my point. would be so much more worth it to concentrate on one sector and making something truly awesome vs doing the same thing over and over.

    @Christopher - HTCs innovation apparently has bee flushed down the toilet. Really sad actually. Lets hope they can turn it around.

    @Martin +1000000000 on that.

    @Theunis - glad you liked it buddy :)

  • chinu yep, funny

  • Brennan Yamamoto: then there is no point in bringing out a new phone. Just improve the software on the existing phone so users see that care and *take your time* to build something truly new.

  • chinu Feb 11, 2012 Link to comment

    @Christopher- Innovation is now NON-SENSE to HTC....... lol :D

  • i have to agree with Eric here. what happened the innovation ?

  • Haha, I was waiting for this after I read the last article!

  • chinu Feb 11, 2012 Link to comment

    @brennan- and what about the design dude? same again and again?

  • Well, to be fairly impartial here, there's really not a whole lot of options out there when it comes down to hardware. The only 3 hardware specs you compared here are the CPU, RAM and camera megapixels. In line of CPUs, it looks like HTC is sticking with Qualcomm as much as possible, and unfortunately, Qualcomms S5 chipsets are just not ready to go get. Until this happens, this leaves HTC stuck at a 1.5 GHz maximum clock speed (Current max for qualcomm chipsets). All of the phones you mentioned (HTCs most recent offerings) actually clock at 1.5 GHz, the regular sensation has a stock 1.2 GHz underclock to improve battery life, but it can go up to 1.5 GHz and still be inside manufacturers recommended specs (namely, the normal sensation is EXACTLY the same phone as the SensationXE from a hardware standpoint, lest the red paint effects). From a RAM standpoint, putting anything over 1 GB is frankly pointless for android, and a camera above 8MP is also pretty pointless for a phone lens (anything about 8MP, and you're just further blowing up the image imperfections).

    That being said, I do think HTC is making a fair attempt at improving their new phone offerings. If we look at the HTC Rezound (their newest phone), its 1280 x 720 resolution display has the highest pixel density of any phone to date (including the iphone and SGN), and I suspect this new mystery phone has this as well. However, as of recent, HTC's improvements are not coming from hardware, but from software, in the form of Sense. HTC is amongst the first to roll out with Android 4.0, and considering how many modifications they need to make with Sense (hate it or love it), its a pretty big feat. HTC also bumped up their version of sense from 3.5 to 3.6, and now up to 4.0, with them, many interface and software improvements. I expect this new phone to be carrying the latest and greatest from HTC, which should be pretty good reason for any potential phone buyers to take a better look.

    All of that aside, I definitely do agree with you to a point. While their phones do come with considerably high build quality, HTC is coming out with WAY too many phones WAY too quickly. Couple this with the fact that their phones all show a level of resembalence to each other, and it's easy to jump to the conlusion that HTC is running out of creative ideas. For me personally I don't think the biggest consequence of this is that their phones are looking more and more similar, but that their software support is degrading, because they have this HUGE library of phones they need to roll out updates for. If they eased up a bit on the number of phones they come out with each quarter, called each phone the same name across all carriers (like how sammy did with the SGSII, even if each phone was completely different), and improved their software support for each phone further, I think they well end up with a far happier (and less overwhelmed) userbase.

  • bits Feb 10, 2012 Link to comment

    Right on Eric, i too am a htc fan.owned a couple (now having sensation) ..it !@$# annoys me to c the trend htc set's...produce,produce ,produce LOT'S! of phone.Why not stick to one segment en then concentrate on making more strong,robust hardware,software in they current line of their good smartphones, instead of 'reproducing' whats already theirs!

    cheers Eric.

  • LOL. Yeah, that was the only part of the article that makes any sense, as what HTC is doing makes NO sense.

  • chinu Feb 10, 2012 Link to comment

    only thing i liked in the blog is, Eric what you have mentioned abt your girlfrndz gift...... Lol

  • chinu Feb 10, 2012 Link to comment


  • it sure seems like it!

  • chinu Feb 10, 2012 Link to comment

    HTC turned to rusty heads.
    is this all true? same phone agn wid jst device name change?

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