Why the Verizon HTC One Isn’t Worth Waiting For06/14/2013 • By Adam Mills
Several weeks ago, Verizon announced the HTC One, a device that landed on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile in the month of April. And while Verizon has announced the phone for arrival this month, the device still doesn’t have any features, any pricing or a release date. So is the Verizon HTC One worth waiting for? Read on to find out.
In February, HTC took the stage in New York City and showcased its brand new flagship smartphone, the HTC One, a device that replaced the HTC One X and the HTC One X+ from 2012. The device is a powerful device and arguably the best device that HTC has ever built.
It features a 4.7-inch display, speedy quad-core processor, Ultrapixel camera with great low-light capabilities, full metal design, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and soon Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and of course, the new Sense 5 user interface which offers a great deal of features including HTC BlinkFeed and HTC Zoe for the camera.
Suffice to say, the phone has been eaten up by consumers around the globe, including here in the United States where HTC decided to launch the phone on several carriers rather than just one. In April, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile all launched the device on their 4G LTE networks as a rival to the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S4. However, rumors both before and after those launches pointed to a Verizon HTC One lurking in the distance, a device that was made official just a short time ago.
After months of speculation and rumor, Verizon announced the HTC One and said that it would be coming later on this summer. However, Verizon didn’t say more than that and the carrier, and HTC, remain tight lipped about information including features, pricing and release date.
There are many people that were and are exciting about a Verizon HTC One release but at this point, many people are likely wondering whether it’s a device that’s worth waiting for?
Why the Verizon HTC One Isn’t Worth Waiting For
At this point, given the lack of information, the months of rumors, and the ridiculous approach to this launch in general, there are only a select few that should be waiting for this device. And even then, it’s a stretch.
The Verizon HTC One is an appealing device. It will likely come with all of the features of the other HTC devices though it’s expected to have Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on board as opposed to Android 4.1. It also will benefit from Verizon’s massive 4G LTE network which dwarfs those of other carriers. It will also be appealing to those that wish to keep an unlimited data plan on Verizon as the carrier still allows those grandfathered in to keep their plan, so long as they pay the full price of the smartphone.
But is all that enough to justify waiting for HTC and Verizon to announce something? In our humble opinion, it isn’t.
While Verizon boasts the largest 4G LTE network in the land, AT&T is making great strides to catch it and should complete its 4G LTE roll out by the end of 2013. Sprint will also be launching plenty more 4G LTE networks around the U.S. in 2013 and T-Mobile is expected to cover 200 million Americans in LTE by the end of year. So at the moment Verizon may seem like a fantastic choice, but there are other options too.
In terms of Android, the other carriers likely won’t be far behind when it comes to Android 4.2. We imagine that Sprint, at the very least, will roll it out quickly though we imagine that there is the potential for all of them to roll it out relatively fast. Translation: Verizon’s advantage, if there even is one, won’t be an advantage at all.
And finally, grandfathered users are going to have to pay a steep toll to keep that plan. The HTC One price on Verizon hasn’t been announced, but it’s likely to be $650 or so. For those with deep pockets, this won’t be a problem, but for most people, this isn’t going to be very attractive. Instead, power users can simply move to Sprint where unlimited data still exists.
So there are counterpoints to all of Verizon’s strengths, now let’s look at the Verizon HTC One’s weaknesses.
First, it likely won’t come in 64GB form because AT&T has a stranglehold over that variant. With no microSD card slot, internal storage is a prized possession on the HTC One so those that need more storage simply aren’t going to want to wait to be disappointed by Verizon.
It also won’t come with any sort of a discount. Verizon is not known for offering permanent deals on its devices until a new device is on the way so we don’t expect Verizon to challenge AT&T, Sprint and Verizon with a discounted price. Look for it to be $199.99 on-contract like the others.
Verizon is also notoriously slow at rolling out its Android updates. Those who buy the HTC One on Verizon will need to mentally prepare to be last to just about every single Android update that rolls out to the HTC One.
Is It Worth It To You?
When it comes to buying a new smartphone, it’s all about whether the phone suits a users needs. The Verizon HTC One will suit the needs of many, but for many others, there are not only other HTC One options on the table, but plenty of other Android and non-Android phones on sale and on the horizon for later this year.
The Verizon HTC One launch will likely come sooner than later, but for many of those waiting, it may not be worth the headaches.