Three Reasons HTC One is the Best Option for Disappointed iPhone Fans

As iPhone users sit and wait for Apple to get their act together with the iOS updates causing errors, and still more anxiously wait for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c to launch on Friday, I’m pleased I picked up an HTC One instead of waiting for the new iPhones.

Don’t get me wrong, the iPhone 5s looks like an awesome phone and the iPhone 5 served me well for a year. It’s colorful sibling, the iPhone 5c, will do the same for those who pick it. I just want different things than Apple’s willing to give me.

Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One and iPHone

 

HTC One Hardware As Good or Better than iPhone or Galaxy S4

For a long time Apple won the crown for handset hardware quality. When HTC launched the HTC One, they challenged Apple with a phone that appeals to iPhone users. The metal frame feels great in the hand.

HTC also hit the sweet spot in screen size. The 4.7-inch display isn’t too big like the Samsung phones, but it’s bigger than the iPhone’s screen. Apple made it too narrow for some users.

One of Two HTC One Speakers

One of Two HTC One Speakers

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We love the display quality and the excellent front facing speakers that beat out the competition thanks to Beats Audio.

HTC One and Android Customizations

After owning an iPhone since the iPhone 3G, and Samsung products (including the original Note, 3S and 4S) making the switch to HTC Sense took patience. I wasn’t crazy about Blink Feed so I installed Nova Launcher, with a stock Android 4.3 looking user interface.

iPhone users can’t do this unless they jailbreak. They can only pick iOS 6 or iOS 7. Disappointed iPhone fans will love customizing the user interface.

htc sense v. holo launcher

Install Nova Launcher for a more stock Android 4.3 experience on HTC One.

Get Control Center on HTC One

I hated some aspects of iOS 7, but love the new Control Center because it gives users access to important settings, like Samsung’s TouchWiz pull down notification area. I installed an awesome free utility called Control Center for Android, which mimics the iOS 7 Control Center with a pull up menu of settings and an app launcher.

control center for android

Control Center for Android puts an iOS 7 style control center on the HTC One.

Conclusion

The back of the HTC One scratches too easily. HTC and AT&T put too much crapware on the phone. Users need to add widgets or utilities to get some of the features built into the competition, like Control Center on iPhone or Samsung TouchWiz notification center. The offset micro-USB port makes our “Universal” micro-USB dock and car holder useless for charging the device. So, the HTC One’s not perfect.

True iPhone lovers should stick with what they love. People with simple needs and should likely pick an iPhone too, but iPhone users who want more control over the OS and a bigger display should look at the HTC One. It gives owners the best of both worlds in one device. It launched a couple of months ago, but still offers the best solution for disappointed iPhone users who want a change.

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Comments

  1. ukandroid says

    I’m getting quite excited about the HTC One max. I like a large screen … just waiting to see if it ticks my other boxes. If not maybe the Nexus 5 will! I doubt if I will ever return to an iPhone.

  2. ROBERT OSTROWSKI says

    Je suis très tenté par le HTC mais la qualité de la traduction de cette page est une anti-pub parfaite pour le produit. (attention, vous avez embauché une taupe de chez Apple comme traducteur!!!!!)

  3. Drew Arnold says

    I stumbled upon this article while comparing options for my next android phone. I upgraded to an s3 from iphone (like you I’ve had one since 3gs) because I was disappointed that the screen was still tiny compared to the competition. I thought I was the only one making the switch, but its nice to know I’m not the only one committing treason. Maybe apple will take this boycott to heart? I’ll always love iPhone <3

  4. Romano Redor Gregorio says

    You forgot to mentioned that if you miss the previous ios interface, you can install ilauncher lite (good quality icons) or espier launcher on an HTC One. For those not familiar, look them both up on google play store and you will see what I mean.

  5. 100plus says

    and the reason iphone5 owned htc one and s4 in benchmarks (youtube it) and is 1 year old device .. start thinking android fans , cause doesn’t matter wut u have under the hood , the driver wins..

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