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Old April 10th, 2012, 02:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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HTC: Past, Present & Battery Future?

After all the talk about Sense 4.0, the ONE line and the third iteration of the EVO, HTC has been on my mind and I need to make sense of itÖÖ

HTC in 2010 was the manufacturer that made ďcoolĒ looking phones. Most wanted and hyped up phones, 4.3 inch screens, front facing camera, at the time decent looking pictures from a cell phone camera and a clean looking overlay. HTC in 2011, cool went out the door and instead we got a Thunderbolt that was plagued by LTE issues (yes not HTCís fault, but still brought it negativity), 3DnessÖ. Sense 3.X and how certain phones can only use Sense 3.X, but the ones released a month prior arenít capable too. Last but not least the promise of better camera phone pictures.

HTC in 2012 has started off with a lot of hope. Sense seems to have been turned down a notch so that in your face look doesnít protrude as it did in the 3.X era. Quality manufactured phones, camera software that at least shutter lag wise is the sexiest Iíve seen to date. The ONE line has brought HTC back to the forefront and seems like a showing of its hand to Samsung to bring something better. EVO3, as I like to call it, looks like a quality phone. Yet for all its sexiness, it has gotten more attention for straying from the One X design and staying with the EVO design. While I understand how some can be annoyed by Sprints request of design change, is it that really the most important thing to worry about?

(First let it be known that aside from the rooting community, many people keep their phones stock so this portion of the rant doesnít necessarily speak to you as it has been proven that battery life can greatly improve depending on the ROM and kernel installed.)

For the amount of work that HTC puts into its cell phones, it seems that they lack the understanding of what capacity of battery should be installed on its phones. Every HTC phone Iíve tried always seem to have a battery capacity lower than it should have come with. Itís something that has stopped me from buying an HTC phone. The One series and the new EVO with all its sexiness, still leave a lot to be desired when it comes to its battery. Maybe itís because Motorola threw in a 3300mh battery and still kept a slim form factor that has changed my perception. Maybe I just hate having to stay by a charger and an outlet in case the battery indicator goes orange. If I was looking at these phones, this is the first part of the spec sheet Iíd check. No matter how great the phone is spec sheet wise, if the tradition of quickly dying HTC phones continues than what was gained? Updated technology with an outdated mindset of what these phones should have battery size wise? I show no loyalty towards a particular manufacturer because if I had it my way, Iíd try as many of these phones that I could.

I want HTC to succeed with the EVO3 and the One line. I want them to force Samsung, Motorola, the other manufacturers and hell even Apple to step up and bring innovation to a constant. For all the press events on these devices and the long list of specs and capabilities of these phones, who cares if the battery in the device canít hold up to the grind? HTC has something to prove, I just hope its battery doesnít die before it reaches an outlet.

I'm not sure where to post this (and if it should go elsewhere please do tell), but I might start doing these just to keep myself occupied. If those of you read it and like it great. If you guys read it and hate it, then it will just fall down the hole of threads past lost in who knows what page. I'll talk about various topics on Android, the latest and greatest cell phone hype and anything that I feel I need to get off my chest about the various topics introduced in the android world. Enjoy!!

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HTC: Past, Present & Battery Future?

After all the talk about Sense 4.0, the ONE line and the third iteration of the EVO, HTC has been on my mind and I need to make sense of itÖÖ

HTC in 2010 was the manufacturer that made ďcoolĒ looking phones. Most wanted and hyped up phones, 4.3 inch screens, front facing camera, at the time decent looking pictures from a cell phone camera and a clean looking overlay. HTC in 2011, cool went out the door and instead we got a Thunderbolt that was plagued by LTE issues (yes not HTCís fault, but still brought it negativity), 3DnessÖ. Sense 3.X and how certain phones can only use Sense 3.X, but the ones released a month prior arenít capable too. Last but not least the promise of better camera phone pictures.

HTC in 2012 has started off with a lot of hope. Sense seems to have been turned down a notch so that in your face look doesnít protrude as it did in the 3.X era. Quality manufactured phones, camera software that at least shutter lag wise is the sexiest Iíve seen to date. The ONE line has brought HTC back to the forefront and seems like a showing of its hand to Samsung to bring something better. EVO3, as I like to call it, looks like a quality phone. Yet for all its sexiness, it has gotten more attention for straying from the One X design and staying with the EVO design. While I understand how some can be annoyed by Sprints request of design change, is it that really the most important thing to worry about?

(First let it be known that aside from the rooting community, many people keep their phones stock so this portion of the rant doesnít necessarily speak to you as it has been proven that battery life can greatly improve depending on the ROM and kernel installed.)

For the amount of work that HTC puts into its cell phones, it seems that they lack the understanding of what capacity of battery should be installed on its phones. Every HTC phone Iíve tried always seem to have a battery capacity lower than it should have come with. Itís something that has stopped me from buying an HTC phone. The One series and the new EVO with all its sexiness, still leave a lot to be desired when it comes to its battery. Maybe itís because Motorola threw in a 3300mh battery and still kept a slim form factor that has changed my perception. Maybe I just hate having to stay by a charger and an outlet in case the battery indicator goes orange. If I was looking at these phones, this is the first part of the spec sheet Iíd check. No matter how great the phone is spec sheet wise, if the tradition of quickly dying HTC phones continues than what was gained? Updated technology with an outdated mindset of what these phones should have battery size wise? I show no loyalty towards a particular manufacturer because if I had it my way, Iíd try as many of these phones that I could.

I want HTC to succeed with the EVO3 and the One line. I want them to force Samsung, Motorola, the other manufacturers and hell even Apple to step up and bring innovation to a constant. For all the press events on these devices and the long list of specs and capabilities of these phones, who cares if the battery in the device canít hold up to the grind? HTC has something to prove, I just hope its battery doesnít die before it reaches an outlet.

I'm not sure where to post this (and if it should go elsewhere please do tell), but I might start doing these just to keep myself occupied. If those of you read it and like it great. If you guys read it and hate it, then it will just fall down the hole of threads past lost in who knows what page. I'll talk about various topics on Android, the latest and greatest cell phone hype and anything that I feel I need to get off my chest about the various topics introduced in the android world. Enjoy!!
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I agree with most of your points. In the past, the problem with HTC's poor battery life could be solved easily by using extra batteries because batteries were user-replaceable. With the One series, this is no longer an option and the battery life is indeed quite bad. Personally, I am not sure why HTC cannot put a big battery like Motorola, but I guess they do not know how. Nevertheless, we should wait until the SGS 3 is announced to tell whether this year is a good or bad year for HTC. Currently, the One X is the best Android phone that anyone can get.
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I agree with most of your points. In the past, the problem with HTC's poor battery life could be solved easily by using extra batteries because batteries were user-replaceable. With the One series, this is no longer an option and the battery life is indeed quite bad. Personally, I am not sure why HTC cannot put a big battery like Motorola, but I guess they do not know how. Nevertheless, we should wait until the SGS 3 is announced to tell whether this year is a good or bad year for HTC. Currently, the One X is the best Android phone that anyone can get.
Based off all the reviews I've read, it looks like it is the best android and maybe even the best phone out period at this time. Being in the U.S., getting my hands on one is slim. Lucky for me my cousin, who has been a big HTC supporter since the WinMo days, ordered one which should be shipping to him sometime this week. I can't lie I'm jealous that everywhere, but the U.S. get the phones and updates faster then over here. I understand why, but damn is it annoying. You are right the year is a long way from ending, but HTC is off to a great start in 3 and a half months in.
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It's not to be honest with you. The initial software release had an issue with battery life, but HTC have since patched via an OTA update.

At the moment, with relatively heavy use, I get about 30 hours before I'm asked to plug in the charger. With minimal use, I could probably get over 2 days. Thanks to the Tegra 3 companion core, you lose relatively nothing when the phone is idle.
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It's not to be honest with you. The initial software release had an issue with battery life, but HTC have since patched via an OTA update.

At the moment, with relatively heavy use, I get about 30 hours before I'm asked to plug in the charger. With minimal use, I could probably get over 2 days. Thanks to the Tegra 3 companion core, you lose relatively nothing when the phone is idle.
My friend is currently using the One X and he said its battery life was quite bad (admittedly it was 2 weeks ago and I don't know if the OTA update works for him or not), but if you managed to get 30 hours under heavy usage, the One X seems to be working really well. I will be waiting for the Galaxy S3 to see how Samsung can respond to such a good phone.
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It's not to be honest with you. The initial software release had an issue with battery life, but HTC have since patched via an OTA update.

At the moment, with relatively heavy use, I get about 30 hours before I'm asked to plug in the charger. With minimal use, I could probably get over 2 days. Thanks to the Tegra 3 companion core, you lose relatively nothing when the phone is idle.
That is good to hear, but with the U.S. version not being a Tegra 3 I wonder if it will act the same as the One X...
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