HTC One is The One for this year

HTC One is The One for this yearI found it quite hard to conceal my anger upon learning that HTC’s latest flagship would be called, simply, HTC One, confounding consumers who are already kinda used to having some sort of appendage, be it X, S, V, SV… Or maybe I’m giving them too much credit (no offense, consumers).

In any case! I’m quite glad to hear that there will be no more HTC One phones this year. That’s it. It’s the HTC One, and it’s the only One.

We’re crediting Omio News Blog, who had a sit-down parley with the Taiwanese OEM somewhere in the bowels of Mobile World Congress.

Phil Roberson, head of HTC UK and Ireland promised Omio that there won’t be any more One-branded handsets from HTC in 2013. Good.

“Last year we had the X and the S, where people had different personal preferences between the two,” crooned Phil. “We just said, let’s just create one flagship device for this year.”

Indeed, our Jan preferred the HTC One S to the HTC One X, though I can’t remember why exactly. Help me out here, Stoolmaker?

Asked if there might be some non-flagship HTC One devices, Phil promised: “No; this is The One.”

That leaves a pair of question marks over the rumoured M4 and G2. Noting the above, my money’s on an HTC Desire T and HTC Sensation N. Why the hell not?

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 27, 2013 at 18:21

The One S I used was as fast as the One X, but battery life was much better, and I prefer 4.3-inches... The One X was too big for my liking, and that aside it added nothing the S couldn't do as good.

lcurdie / MOD  Feb. 27, 2013 at 18:38

Thank you, sir :)

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 27, 2013 at 18:50

De nada....

StolenDiagram  Feb. 27, 2013 at 19:57

Really don't understand why so many people are discouraged by the size of the one x. For me it's perfect. Big enough for apps and movies yet much smaller than your average tablet and fits nicely in my rather small hands. What is the point of something like an iPhone and its vast marketplace of games and other quality apps only for apple to then provide users with a minuscule screen?

Pondlife  Feb. 28, 2013 at 00:28

Just means the other phones won't be One (something)
There must be a phablet on the way and surely they'll put at least one 5" phone out too.

geniekid  Mar. 4, 2013 at 18:02

Really don't understand why so many people are discouraged by the size of the one x. For me it's perfect. Big enough for apps and movies yet much smaller than your average tablet and fits nicely in my rather small hands. What is the point of something like an iPhone and its vast marketplace of games and other quality apps only for apple to then provide users with a minuscule screen?

The big deal is one-hand usability, and it's the reason I haven't bought the S3 or the One X to replace my OG Incredible. I've played with both and I can't text using one hand one either of them without feeling like I'm about to drop the phone.

Why do I need to be able to use one hand? Well, I'm frequently on crowded trains where I need one hand to hold on to a bar. Sometimes I use it as a dictionary/reference while doing my homework and it's better to keep holding on to the pencil in my other hand. I use it at the grocery store to look up recipe ingredients while holding my basket in my other hand. If I'm walking to the bus stop with my girlfriend I can look up bus arrival times easily without letting go of her hand. If it's really cold outside (which is frequently is here in Chicago) I only need to keep one hand out to respond to a text.

Maybe none of those apply to you, but hopefully now you at least see why some of us really care. I have high hopes for the HTC M4.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 4, 2013 at 21:57

Really don't understand why so many people are discouraged by the size of the one x. For me it's perfect. Big enough for apps and movies yet much smaller than your average tablet and fits nicely in my rather small hands. What is the point of something like an iPhone and its vast marketplace of games and other quality apps only for apple to then provide users with a minuscule screen?

The big deal is one-hand usability, and it's the reason I haven't bought the S3 or the One X to replace my OG Incredible. I've played with both and I can't text using one hand one either of them without feeling like I'm about to drop the phone.

Why do I need to be able to use one hand? Well, I'm frequently on crowded trains where I need one hand to hold on to a bar. Sometimes I use it as a dictionary/reference while doing my homework and it's better to keep holding on to the pencil in my other hand. I use it at the grocery store to look up recipe ingredients while holding my basket in my other hand. If I'm walking to the bus stop with my girlfriend I can look up bus arrival times easily without letting go of her hand. If it's really cold outside (which is frequently is here in Chicago) I only need to keep one hand out to respond to a text.

Maybe none of those apply to you, but hopefully now you at least see why some of us really care. I have high hopes for the HTC M4.


Agree...
But as you say: it's up to the individual...
I used both Samsung Notes and I can absolutely see the appeal. On the Note 2 I was tempted to hold on to it, and get some small feature phone for quick replies etc...
But nah...
Sadly though, it looks as though all high-end phones will now be huge.
It leaves a small number of Android devices, the Z10 and the iPhone 5.... (oh, and half a dozen identical WP midrangers)

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