HTC should release a version of the HTC One without a pair of front speakers and mandatory BlinkFeed

HTC should release a version of the HTC One without front speakers and BlinkFeed

If you’re like me, you love the hot-new HTC One and its rock-solid aluminum body. However, you may not like the BlinkFeed, which is well – not my way of consuming news. And while I understand HTC for including it preloaded, I don’t get what were they smoking thinking when they made it mandatory. Sure enough, you can shove it on one of the homescreens and never scroll to that page, but that’s the point. I don’t want it on ANY of my homescreens. Period. I have my own way of keeping up with news and HTC ain’t gonna tell me how to do it.

The other thing I don’t like about the HTC One are its front speakers. While they do provide an awesome sound on a mobile device, they occupy too much space. You see, the HTC One has a 4.7-inch screen but these speakers make the device larger than the Galaxy S4 which has a 5-inch screen. That’s pretty stupid when you think about it. Perhaps the Taiwanese company could create another device called HTC One Lite that doesn’t have these powerful speakers (one speaker is enough) to make the end product more compact. I’m sure some folks like to use their speakerphone while listening to the music, but for the rest of us – a “regular” speaker will do the job. And if the end result is a slightly smaller device – we’ll love the phone that much more.

The image above represent the HTC One I would like to have — it’s easier to make a mockup of the black version, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like the silver one – quite the contrary. It should have the same hardware, including that 4.7-inch full HD screen, Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, and (of course) an aluminum body. How do you like it?

  • RoshanKarki

    and maybe you should stop writing.

    • Dusan Belic

      Where would you leave comments then? :)

      • mazdajdavis

        As a freelance writer, I can tell you it is the number one most unprofessional thing you can do. Get involved in the comments that alone shows this isn’t the job for you. Also writing an article bashing the phone being hailed the best android phone ever created by 80% of the media you should have seen the comments coming.

    • cashifyer

      Yeah, this was fucking garbage!
      I was like, hope he doesn’t get paid to write bullshit like this

      • Dusan Belic

        So – the opposite opinion = paid opinion. Neat thinking…

        • cashifyer

          See, u are just the wrong man for the job!
          i never thought that way, you made that assumption.

          i said that what you wrote is so worthless, u should not get paid.

  • PeterSteinbeck

    I agree. It’s crazy that a phone with a smaller screen is bigger than the one with a bigger one.

  • Sanja

    Because of blank feed I got to read this, so maybe you shouldn’t complain so much about it if you want more readers to read your article.

    • eric

      Hahaha what a coincidence that’s how I read this article… Hes should think about getting the htc one x + that’s what the mock up looks like

    • R2Dri0d2

      Me too! Don’t you love irony?

  • HanumanBob

    love blinkfeed and the speakers. Best sound from any phone.

  • Daleos

    Blinkfeed is useless for me. Far too general. Not enough feeds and you can’t filter what they do offer you. There ought to be a way to disable it. I’d rather have my extra screen back thanks. Everything else though is exactly what the HTC One needs to be on a top end phone. And of all the things I thought would be modest improvements, it’s the front speakers that surprised me the most, massively improving the usefulness of the phone.

    Dunno why the complainers are moaning about the screen size. I’ve just had a GS4 side by side with my HTC One and to get the screen size subjectively the same, I had to move my HTC One closer to my eyes by about an inch. The resolution is the same so why care about an inch?

    • Dusan Belic

      I just think if the screen is smaller so should the phone. just that.

  • Really?!

    What?! BlinkFeed is awesome & these TWO front facing speakers are the shiz! Then again, this is also MY opinion & part of the reason I chose to buy this device instead of say, the GS4. Point is there are a ton of other devices out there that DON’T have these defining features so instead of suggesting that a company eliminate them to create a version to suit YOUR individual taste, how about you just *pick another device?!

  • Danny Samuel

    your version sucks…..!!!!look’s like samsung

  • Andrew Hope

    One of the dumbest posts in history, I really don’t think writing is your thing…

  • Chuga

    Yeah, this was a pretty bad article. This is purely objective, for that go write a blog, not on an article….

  • bob

    Well this is stupid… GS4 sucks compared to the HTC one! The speakers are amazing! And who ever things of removing them, is even more retarded

  • JV

    I thought that I was the only one that thought that he was talking foolishness, especially about the speakers. That’s like the signature feature. Wow!

    • Dusan Belic

      I just said – give me HTC One Lite which lacks that “signature” feature. ;)

      • come on

        I think the reason the flag ship has these features is because people love them as you can see from our reaction when you mentioned a flag ship without them. If you want a mid range phone wait for the mini version that’s all over the internet, but don’t mess with our flagship. If we wanted a flagship without those features we would have bought a 4s.

      • Andy Troyer

        That’s like asking if Samsung could make a 3-1/2 inch version of the S4 because the screen is way too big for my hands and doesn’t fit comfortably in my pocket. If you want a phone with small cheap speakers then get the S4. If you instead want state of the art speakers then buy the HTC One with a still huge screen. If you want an S4 with a small screen there are plenty of other Android devices that would meet that criteria.

  • R2Dri0d2

    Everyone should adopt speakers that face the listener. I doubt most people notice the difference in screen size versus the Galaxy S4. And I just started using Blinkfeed and love it after customizing it. For weeks I hardly noticed it because my phone unlocked straight to my apps, which are efficiently organized how I want them. I still don’t use the homescreens at all. This author could use a little more patience and put in a little more effort to customize their device and get used to it.

  • Tony Watson

    you say the image represents the HTC one you would like to have but you have left blinkfeed on it? surely your vesion would have a different home page?

    • Dusan Belic

      Nothing against BlinkFeed per se. Just want the OPTION to remove it.

      • coltsaddict29

        all u have to do is use another launcher and blinkfeed is gone

  • come on

    If it wasn’t for blinkfeed I never would have found your article. It took me a while to get used to it, but now I use it all the time. And the speakers? Really? I don’t have to defend the speakets, all anyone has to do to fall in love with them is use them once. Please follow this story up with one more on how the iPhone needs to cut the branded iPod and the app store, or how the s4 should cut S Beam and the ability to run two apps at the same time. No really, don’t.

    • Dusan Belic

      Don’t get me wrong – I love the HTC One. And…
      – You don’t have to use S Beam if you don’t want to.
      – HTC would LOVE Samsung’s sales figures.

      • coltsaddict29

        yeah they would and the budget on advertising, but Ferrari would love to sell as many cars as GM! lol its quality not quantity imo

  • Tony Watson

    Oh p.s. the HTC One is the best phone ever made and is as close to perfect as I’ve ever seen! stop talking it down!!!!

    • Dusan Belic

      I didn’t want to talk it down. I find it amazing – just want it to be more compact / pocket friendly, that’s all. :)

      • mazdajdavis

        HTC One mini, sorry still has both speakers. It may fit your dainty hands a llittle better.

  • Solomon Tirwomwe

    What are you talking? The speakers are the best feature on the phone. This is like you complaining the your gf boobies (the best thing on her) are too big for your hands. You wish they were small. Lol. This have been HTC’s best selling phone. I love it over the smaller iPhone 5 and Samsung. I choose it as an upgrade from the iPhone 4. They have have their best sales since they brought it out. So I ll love to think that they made no mistake. If it ain’t broken why fix it. I thought blinkfeed was gonna bother me but the I moved it to the left and choose my prefered home page from a blank screen and I have to say I just look at it when I want to. This mite be your opinion and you entitled to one but please leave to yourself.

    • coltsaddict29

      Lol that’s too funny!! great boobie comparison. He is knit picking! tying to make a problem where there isn’t. I agree you should be able to turn off blinkfeed, personally I love blinkered if your waiting in line at the bank or wherever you can access news articles very quickly without digging as HTC said. At least all the features work well as opposed to the s4 with the gimmicks that are suppose to read your eyes and scroll the screen and pause when u turn away it doesn’t work properly I had a s4 first and it was okay but the gimmicks were very unpolished good ideas but Samsung slapped them on before they worked properly and was one of the main reasons I returned it that and I didn’t like touchwiz seemed like the phone was too cluttered. IMO HTC ONE is superior to the s4 in many ways.

  • SL Carrtel

    Tell the truth, you popped a molly before you decided to reevaluate the ONE.

  • Jason

    Ironically i seen this article on blinkfeed. I kinda like blinkfeed though I agree it should not be mandatory. The speakers rock! It be dumb to get rid of them.

  • HTC-1 Actual User

    If they didn’t have the awesome speakers, I would of got a S4. At first I didn’t like the blink whatever but find myself reading more on it every day. Will never buy another phone unless it has good stereo speakers! That alone was the biggest selling point for me.

  • gamerguy

    Totally agree – you should be able to remove it completely from the home screen as you do with one of your apps! HTC have lost their minds! At least I can move it all the way at the end, and never setup any feeds! That’s what I’m gonna have to do when I get the phone.

  • provex

    The speakers are the main reason I got the HTC One, and I couldn’t be happier. HTC did a fantastic job with the dual front speakers.

  • anon

    you’re stupid for wanting to remove the speaker

  • David Z

    Why in the heck would you want to remove the front speakers??? I have been waiting for 8+ years for a company to make a great phone with front facing speakers, ever since my first phone that couple play wav and mp3 files. Kudos to HTC for finally fixing an obvious design flaw.

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