The HTC One is King
5.0By Reuben Levine April 11, 2013 08:14 PM
When it comes to technology you only have a very limited amount of time to be both groundbreaking and popular. The tech world moves far to quickly to support a winner for any great length of time due to the ever-looming threat of competition. Well, for the moment, the HTC One reigns. We hope to take our own look at the device soon, but the word around town is that this phone is the one to beat.
For some people, like the writers over at Engadget, have been aware of this for almost a month. It looks like for the first time the iPhone actually has some very serious competition. Even though Android has been enjoying a greater market share for some time, it still hasn't been able to make a sizable dent into the iPhone. This is partially due to problems such as fragmentation, which involves too many devices running very different versions of Android.
Since we already know that the HTC pre-orders have been an overwhelming success, the only thing HTC has to do now is bring its A-game to the table. The tech that goes into a new iPhone release is most often not the best of what's currently available, but that doesn't usually matter; the Apple brand carries many things, including a large amount of consumer trust. Even though HTC's more immediate competition comes from Samsung and the Galaxy S4, Apple represents an entirely different type of competition.
People can argue all day whether they prefer Apple's iOS to Android, but the HTC One is starting to look like the first real device that could be held up in an example: "This is why Android is better." HTC has the advantage right now. The iPhone 5S is rumored to launch this summer and it wouldn't even be good sport to assume that it won't sell. Of course it will. But Apple's "S" line of iPhone usually only represents a small increase in tech. It's very possible that the HTC One could out-perform the iPhone 5S.
And then the game will change again when Apple releases the more affordable version of the iPhone. Which, of course, is part of the fun. Now that the it's been revealed that Sprint will offer the HTC One for $99 as part of a promotion, it makes almost no sense to wait for a new iPhone. Really, what the HTC One represents is the beginning of what HTC and Android are really capable of, and it certainly doesn't look like Peter Chou will be stepping down anytime soon.
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