From the Forums: Should HTC focus on Windows Phone and which Surface tablet would you buy?
It's that time of the week where we bring you the latest and greatest threads that have been hot on the Windows Phone Central forums the past couple of days. Our community accumulates posts at a steady rate and interesting discussions take place on a daily basis. So what has been happening over the weekend just gone?
kylej1050 has created a new thread asking the question, "Surface Pro vs RT?" Looking to replace a laptop, which Microsoft tablet would cater for his needs?
It's a burning question on many minds who are anticipating Microsoft's Windows 8 hardware. Should you go for more horsepower with the Pro, or sit back and relax with the cheaper RT version? Let us know in the comments what you'll be going for, as well as joining in the debate on our forums.
What should HTC do?
With the recent news of HTC continuing to drop in profits, one has to ask if there's a stable future with Android. While the company is still making ends meet and is shipping enough handsets for a tidy sum left after expenditure, would it be wise for HTC to start pushing Windows Phone more too? 12Danny123 asks exactly that,
HTC's home is Android for the foreseeable future, and there's no way it could survive with Microsoft alone, but it seems odd that the manufacturer would continue to support a platform with new handsets without promoting and supporting them like Nokia with its Lumia family of Windows Phones. Do you believe HTC should get into bed more with Microsoft? Pop into the "Do you think that HTC should focus more on WP8 now for what happened before" thread for discussion.
Miscellaneous: Why is no one talking TITAN II?
The HTC TITAN II, a Windows Phone we rate highly for its massive screen and solid camera performance. As we mentioned above, HTC hasn't been pushing its Windows Phone line-up, which has led to the slow decline in sales and exposure. Forum member cp2_4eva wonders why the recently purchased TITAN II isn't being talked about.
This sits in nicely with our question about what HTC should do in the future. Would you like to see the manufacturer push harder, or do you believe it's down to carriers to take the smartphones and sell them? Voice your opinion in the "Why aren't folks talking about the TII?" thread.
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I've spoken with custom service personnel from HTC about this issue couple months ago, they just told me they would let the development department know about that, but no more new apps from HTC available in the marketplace ever since. In some way I think HTC gives up Windows Phone in some ways, we'll be grateful if HTC at least ships out one or two types of Windows Phone devices.....
Realizing that potential is something HTC (and most other OEM's) couldn't care less about. Their attitude tends to be: "if the drivers don't crash then they are good enough". I have even owned a HTC device without accelerated support for 3D graphics, even thouth the SoC had a GPU! The reason was that HTC cheaped out and decided not to pay a few dollars per device to license the GPU drivers. As a result, my navigation software just barely stuttered along instead of being buttery smooth.
I don't know why HTC has fallen so far behind Samsung. I'm sure it is not due to the complaints I have concerning low level OS software. But I will never again buy a HTC. Good ridance.
For WP this is no longer an issue, as Microsoft does all the hard work of getting the OS to run optimally on the core hardware. OEM's only need to worry about display and camera drivers. In these two areas Nokia is king, paralleled only by Apple.
Mas a própria Microsoft já anunciou que com a chegada do Windows 8, juntamente com seus parceiros, vão lançar 20 tablets com Windows 8 até o fim deste ano...
Ou seja, há muitas opções além do Surface.
É esperar para ver o que virá.
4.7 screen 720 or 1080p
Memory card up to 64 gb
If I understand the trends in arguments correctly on the issue of htc and windows phone and the choice of a surface tablet, to start with, I think htc is doing fine with their android phones in the market. As an economic novice, but perhaps a bit of an enduser smartphone enthusiast I'm getting the impression that htc is strong. Sure there is profit loss, but many smartphone makers are in a similar situation one way or the other. There is an economic inbalance and with investment comes profit loss. There is perhaps a correlation, but it does not mean that loss is related to failing of some sort. This is hyped due to the phenomenon of fast and dirty stock market econmices of which much media attention has shown that no one really know what their doing. I'm not worried about HTC. I do believe that the investment of HTC in windows phone is a good choice. The HTC smartphones with microsoft OS may not have received the media attention they deserve, but they have shown to be a great investment for durabilty. Take the HTC HD2. A fantastic phone and has shown to be adoptable on many OS'es, even if not official. The Titan is showing similar results with the official and homebrew windows phone mango OS. I also have a Tian, it is a good phone, a solid phone and a reliable phone. I have so far had little issues with it. I've even seen youtube videos and read reviews that show and tell that the Titan makes better picutres and video than the Lumia series!!! Why I think less attention has been set on the Tian II is the fact that it is currently only available in the US and supports LTE. The rest of the world hasn't hardly touched it, let alone that non-US have LTE support.! I'm afraid to say that a niche market plainly means less exposure and thus less known. that's why the Lumia series are going well. An unfortunate strategic choice on HTCs part perhaps. The best way to learn is from your mistakes. I would certainly have been interested in the Titan II if it were available for Europe with the correct band and specification support.
As for the surface I would choose the non-RT Surface tablet with pen support. The triad of Windows 8, tablet, and pen support, in my opinion is the correct investmentchoice. It makes the Surface-RT look, well, less complete.