This editorial was originally programed as “Sorry iPhone 6, I’m getting the All New HTC One” just a couple of days ago. Sadly, as much as I wish I wasn’t writing this, I just have to.
Have you ever gone through the experience of seeing so much hype for a product that eventually ends-up disappointing you? I’ve gone through that experience time over time in things like fitness, where I’ve paid tons of cash for pairs of headphones that are retailed as “sweat proof”, and which die on me after a week of intense running. As a result, they lose a customer, and their brand loses my mindshare. Retailing a product as great is a big responsibility. People learn to expect what you tell them to expect, and if you tell people your phone is great, and it isn’t, then you have a problem.
As a disclaimer, I’ve been a loyal HTC customer since the time when the HTC brand was unknown. Since back when Compaq used them to build the iPAQ line-up, and it was a crucial reason why I decided to buy my first Palm Treo when I learned that HTC was in-charge of building it. I felt the same about the original Sony Xperia X1, and I could continue naming product after product. As a result, my drawer has more HTC Phones than anything else, since I find them to be so iconic, that I don’t even want to re-sell them.
When the HTC One (M7) was launched last year, I won’t deny, I wanted it really bad. The only reason why I didn’t buy it is because Brandon sent me some sample photos taken from the phone, and even though they looked cool at a simple glance, they were reproduced terribly in my Macbook Pro with Retina Display. Yes, I decided to wait for the HTC One (M8) because the camera is a big deal for me, and you can imagine how disappointed I am today.
I won’t deny that this phone is so gorgeous that I still want to give it a try, but these are the reasons why I keep thinking twice
This is why megapixels do matter
What is the biggest problem with smartphone cameras? For me at least, the fact that there is no optical zoom. It’s hard for you to really replace a good camera for your phone if there are parts of a photo that you don’t want, and if you can’t get close enough to the subject to get exactly the shot that you want. The solution: Cropping the photo. The more megapixels you have, the more you can crop-into a photo without making it look like a pixelated mess. Sadly with the HTC One, there’s no way around the pixelation.
Even if the pixels on the HTC One are a tad larger than they are on the iPhone 5s, the iPhone has twice the amount of pixels than the One. Surely the HTC One will do a better job in low-light, but I would rather get more detail in a photo, than less of it.
Then we go to the problem of the display that you’re using. Surely not everyone has a high-resolution display on their computer, but isn’t that the future? The biggest problem with a computer that quadruples the pixels of whatever you see is that if there aren’t enough pixels on your photo, it’ll look grainy no matter what.
This phone is not future-proof
The HTC One M7 was not necessarily ahead of its time when it was launched, but it was highly competitive for the trends of its time, and features like BoomSound made it stand apart from the crowd. The question is, what differentiates the HTC One (M8) today? BoomSound again, but then what?
When I’m faced with the question, should I forget about the iPhone 6 for the HTC One (M8), I find myself even considering the iPhone 5s to be superior in features. Surely I won’t get BoomSound, but it has the second best speaker in the market. I get TouchID, which works flawlessly, and I also get one of the best cameras in the business.
When you’re faced with a situation where a six-month old phone is already superior in certain things to a really cool flagship that got announced just a day ago, there is a problem.
The bottom line
Now don’t get me wrong, my needs are unique and I’m sure your needs are either less or more demanding. This is my personal opinion as to why I’m debating coughing $650 for an HTC One (M8) when compared to a smartphone that I already own, or want to own soon.
I want HTC to succeed, and I want it so bad, that I won’t deny that I’m honestly planning to buy this phone and give it a solid chance, just because HTC deserves it for the effort it has placed in everything else. I hate having to think twice about a product just over one particular feature, but the problem is that I know very few people that don’t care about the camera. It is a big deal, and I just can’t understand why HTC decided to not improve it.
Would you be willing to pay more money for an HTC One with a better camera? I would be willing to do it with my eyes closed. Leave us a comment if you agree or disagree with my opinion.