The story of the HTC One seems to be sort of a mess at this point in time. HTC has done a fairly good job at keeping people talking about the handset. We have seen several promo videos since the announcement and the One actually received fairly nice reviews. In short, it seems that the One is a device that people may actually want to buy. Of course, therein lies the problem — the handset has yet to come available for purchase.
We do have a bit of good news though, HTC has recently provided us with a statement on that very subject. The HTC One global roll-out will begin next week. According to HTC, the roll-out will begin in the UK, Germany and Taiwan. Otherwise, looking towards other markets and things become bit more generic. HTC has said that the One will be available “across Europe, North America and most of Asia-Pacific before the end of April.”
In other words, those outside of the UK, Germany and Taiwan may still have roughly five weeks to wait. We have to wonder how may people are willing to wait. Then again, we have yet to see the GALAXY S 4 arrive for sale either so that does mean some potential good news for HTC. In addition to providing a release timeframe for the One, HTC has cited “unprecedented demand” and made it clear they appreciate the patience. You can read the full statement below;
“HTC has seen unprecedented demand for and interest in the new HTC One, and the care taken to design and build it is evidenced in early reviews. The new HTC One will roll out in the UK, Germany and Taiwan next week and across Europe, North America and most of Asia-Pacific before the end of April. We appreciate our customers’ patience, and believe that once they have the phone in their hands they will agree that it has been worth the wait.”
Otherwise, looking back and the HTC One was announced on February 19. We initially noticed that Verizon was not on the list for release in the US and that is a subject that remains discussed to this day. In addition to a solid piece of hardware, HTC has also added some software perks such as BlinkFeed, BoomSound and Zoe. Those who may have missed it, you can check out our HTC One review, and yes, it does include a sample Zoe.
All of you people complaining about having to wait a little while longer are such sheep blindly following the shepherd ( Samsung ). Think about it this way, HTC has done something AWESOME here with the ” One” and I think it’s worth the wait. One persons opinion might not mean much, although, collectively WE can show the companies like Samsung that they can no longer peddle their slightly updated phones with no creative design in mind whatsoever. They do this because they have the market presence and know people will buy there plastic toy phones. The S4 is a mediocre upgraded version of the S3 and therefore should be called the S3S. They tell us that plastic is much stronger and more resilient, that’s total bull. The truth of the matter is that plastic is cheaper than aluminum or other premium materials out there. Trust me, plastic sucks big time, try taking the back cover off of a SGS3 a few times and you’ll see how those tiny plastic clasps start to break off and how easily the back covers cracks if you put even a slight amount of pressure on your phone. Yes, I am indeed writing this on my SGS3 and speak from first hand experience. Samsung has let US all down and I for one will NOT contribute to their uncaring product design any longer. Imagine a world where there is only Samsung and IPhone, and then Invision how neither of them will care at all about consumer demands because there is no other competitor out the to switch to. That day might soon arrive, that is why we need competition out there ( like HTC ) not only to wow us with their creative ingenuity but to also motivate the other companies ( like Samsung) to not slack off and care about consumer demands. That all being said, I am just one voice, hopefully I got my point across to at least one person out there and they in turn pass it along. I will retire my Samsung Galaxy S3 and patiently wait for the HTC One to arrive because they actually wowed me this time and I don’t want to live in a world without options.