Is Verizon over-shadowing HTC releases?
Could this really be any clearer to average smartphone users on the Verizon Wireless network? What does Verizon have against HTC? I have noticed a trend that I am sure others have noticed as well, the nation’s largest mobile network has a bad habit of downplaying HTC smartphones when they are released. Most HTC phones that come to Verizon’s network are mid-ranged or quickly get knocked off the throne by Samsung or Motorola with something that has a slightly better processor.
The first time I noticed this was happening, was with the Droid Eris which released the same day as the OG Motorola Droid. Everyone remembers the Motorola Droid, but honestly, who remembers the HTC Droid Eris. I remember going to a local Verizon store on release day and how store reps were shoving the Droid down my throat. The hype with the Droid over the Droid Eris was that it had a newer version of Android, plus better internal and external hardware. So why release two Android phones on the same day when one is not able to fight on its own? Sadly, the Droid Eris was outdated the day it was available in stores.
The HTC Rezound was shadowed by the Motorola Razr line despite being such a good quality phone; with a stellar display and not to mention a $100 pair of iBeats earbuds. Was a bigger battery that much more valuable than the HTC Rezound? The Motorola Droid Charge was positioned to stomp on HTC’s thunder last year, but fortunately there were some production challenges that caused the Droid Charge to fizzle to a mediocre release that was postponed a bunch.
The day the new HTC Droid Incredible 4G hits the market just so happens to be the same day pre-ordered Galaxy S III’s start showing up on people’s door steps and flooding technology blogs all over the Internet. WHAT!?! Those pre-orders showed up a whole week before the in-store release date and though I am not sure who had more to do with it, Verizon or Samsung, I know that it cast the same shadow over the Droid Incredible 4G as was thrown over the Droid Eris over two years ago.
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I’ve also noticed that Verizon doesn’t allow some of HTC’s homebrewed apps like the HTCSense.com integration and when I approached both sides (HTC and Verizon) they basically pointed the finger at one another. I really haven’t seen a big hitting HTC phone on Verizon’s network or at least the ones that have come close have just missed the mark. The HTC Droid Incredible 4G is a decent phone, but was hurt when Verizon passed on the opportunity to offer it as an HTC One model with the new camera chip and a 1.5 GHz dual-core S4 processor.
I absolutely love that the Droid Incredible 4G has NFC and I look forward to putting Android Beam to good use one day. I also need to add that I am a fan of Verizon’s network above all others. I say this having tested many smartphones on every major carrier and Verizon performs the best where I live and sometimes travel to. I just want to know where the bad blood is coming from and how can we get rid of it and get HTC in the Verizon spotlight.