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I have to agree about on screen buttons being important: too many apps won't fix the menu bar issue, and it wouldn't reaaallly be stock android without them. Plus, 5 inches is relatively huge with buttons filling out the frame, but it will have a smaller footprint if the buttons are on screen: much more in direct competition with ~4.7" flagship phones like the SIII instead of an undersized Note competitor.
2 years, 4 months ago on Anonymous tip hints at the next Nexus device coming from HTC - The Google Nexus 5
@Brooks Barnard @ForrestSmith I know android-ers don't like this stance, but I really see little point in replaceable batteries. I have no issue with it being there, but I'd much rather see everyone go the way of Motorola's recent offerings and just shove massive batteries into their devices. Not even the RAZR HDMAXX is truly FAT: One X or One S that had an extra ~2-3 mm just for battery would still be thin enough
2 years, 4 months ago on Editorial: Cheap Plastic? It's Called Engineering
I think the rub is that the way a phone FEELS has a huge impact on how much we enjoy using it. The concept of 'cheap plastic' is not just a falsely reasoned engineering critique. It's a concept drilled into the subconscious of most consumers by all the other products we use: furniture, car interiors etc. On level we have little control over, it is more satisfying to hold a phone with a denser case. HTC was smart enough to realize that polycarbonate could generate a 'non-plastic' feeling without sacrificing plastic functionality.
Will it function at all on a regular sized smartphone? Do they have plan for as much?
2 years, 4 months ago on Chameleon Launcher For Tablets Leaves Beta, Enters Play Store