Now, before I indulge in why I believe that HTC should make the next Nexus, I would like to formally apologize to HTC. I have bagged on their products many times, but now I truly understand what other users on this and many other sites were saying, they truly do go all in.
Now, a few weeks ago, we heard a rumor that Samsung would three-peat the Nexus line, and HTC would partner with Facebook for a Facebook phone. At the time, I was all for it, thinking that Samsung would truly set new boundaries if they made another Nexus. Boy, was I wrong. After seeing the unpacking of the Samsung Galaxy S III, I can blame no one but myself for setting my expectations so high for this device. It has all of the makings of a wonderful device, could still be smartphone of the year, might I add, but it was the hype surrounding the release that has made it receive mixed emotions. With HD Super AMOLED (720p resolution), a 4.8 inch screen, a quad-core Exynos processor, a 2100 mAh Li-ion battery, 8 MP camera, wireless charging, and running Android 4.0 with TouchWiz, this seemed to be a killer device, yet all of the speculation about what specs there would be has brought me my own disappointment. Samsung didn’t disappoint me, I disappointed myself.
Onto HTC. Their new flagship series, the HTC One series, especially the HTC One X (or XL being the US variant), is HTC’s way of going all in. The HTC One X comes with Super LCD 2 (720p resolution and regarded by many to be the new standard for screen displays), a quad-core Tegra 3 processor (or dual Snapdragon Krait for the XL variant), 1800 mAh Li-Polymer battery, 4.7 inch screen, 8 MP camera, Beats Audio (not truly important, just decided to throw that in there) and Android 4.0 with HTC Sense. These two smartphones have very similar specs (I left out the HTC ImageSense for the One X because really, that thing is a beast), and the SGS3 even has a bigger battery, yet it was the surprise factor from HTC and the disappointment factor from Samsung that gives the One X the edge. We all were thinking that the SGS3 would have a 12 MP camera, HD Super AMOLED+, an Exynos 5 dual-core processor, and other things such as being water resistant, 3D technology, having stock Android 4.0, and even more outrageous things such as being flexible! They are both wonderful devices, top-of-the line.
HTC wanted to get back into the game, and they proved that by making the HTC One series. We were all sort of let down by the Samsung Galaxy S III, and honestly, we can all say that while the SGS3 doesn’t look that bad, in comparison with the HTC One X, the One X is Cinderella and the Galaxy S III is the ugly stepsister. If given another opportunity, HTC would make a KILLER Nexus device, especially if the HTC One X/XL is any indication of what they are capable of doing. What are your opinions? Should HTC be given another chance, or will the Google-Samsung love affair continue to flourish?