I want to ditch my iPhone for the Google Play Edition HTC OneEvan Selleck - Contributing Editor
Last month, I was asked "What's in my pocket?" and I said that it's an iPhone 5. In the same article, I mentioned that just a day prior to being asked that question, the answer would have been an HTC One. Last month, I couldn't decide on a wide variety of phones, and owned a Windows Phone-based Nokia Lumia 920 for a little while. I go back-and-forth with the iPhone 5 a lot. Basically, I can never keep a phone for very long, so which phone I'm carrying at any given moment isn't some sort of "I love this, and hate everything else" statement. It's just what I'm carrying at the moment.
With that being said, I really like the HTC One. It's the first Android-based phone that I've recommended to pretty much everyone and anyone who has asked me about a new phone. I like it that much. I love the hardware, and while some of the software tweaks that HTC made for Sense 5 are confusing and unnecessary, the overall experience is one that shouldn't be missed. It really is the best Android phone I've held in a very, very long time -- maybe even ever.
Which is why since the One launched I keep going back and forth with the device, just like the iPhone.
There are actually several different ways you can buy the HTC One now, and that's fantastic. If you want to get it for relatively cheap, you can go through carriers like AT&T and Sprint, and sign up with that two-year contract. Or, you can order a Developer Edition of the device, which is unlocked, through HTC's website. And now, as many of you know, HTC and Google have launched the "Google Play Edition" variation, which means you get stock Android, instead of any proprietary software from HTC, on board. The options are great, but the more interesting ones are meant for those who want to buy the phone out-right, avoiding that lengthy contract altogether.
There's even a brand new red version of the phone, which just looks ridiculously nice in the press images of the handset. I'm just hoping it crosses the Atlantic sooner, rather than later. Until then, the black version is also very nice -- and our own Aaron Baker just did a video review on it, which you should check out.
In any event, I'm staring at the Google Play Edition HTC One with my finger essentially on the "Add to Cart" button, but I haven't quite pulled the trigger yet. Why? Because it's been learned that HTC is in charge of updates, and not Google. It should, technically, be easier for HTC to upgrade the GPE One since it's missing any proprietary software, but I still have my reservations.
I can't help but ask questions, like, "Does HTC focus more on their proprietary software running devices?" and "Does HTC just 'get around' to software updates for the Google Play Edition?" And, of course, the most important question: "Does any of that matter?" After all, I know I'm buying the phone for what it's running right now, and not what it may be running in a month or two. And, right now, the GPE One is a very attractive purchase.
I can buy the phone right now if I want, but then I'd have to wait to get it. As of right now, based on the estimations from Google, I'd buy the phone now but not receive it until after July 9th. I'm just not prepared to do that. I want to be able to buy the phone, and wait only two days at the most. Actually, in a situation like this, if there's an option for one day delivery, I'm all over it. But waiting almost two weeks? That's just painful. Almost cruel and unusual punishment, even.
As the title suggests, though, I believe I've made up my mind, as far as next month goes. Once I can buy the Google Play Edition HTC One and get it immediately afterwards, it will be time to say goodbye to the iPhone (again) and rock the stock version of one of my favorite phones ever. And I'm pretty excited about that. But now I have to wait, and waiting is never any fun.
What about you? How do you feel about the Google Play Edition HTC One? Have you been waiting for something like this? Or did you already pick up a carrier-branded version of the device? Or even a Developer Edition? On the other hand, are you just not willing to pull the trigger on a device that expensive? Let me know what you think!