Except HTC was doing many of the iPhone 6's defining characteristics years ago, so it's arguably the other way around.
What? A metal phone?
Defining characteristics = Two horizontal lines?
I mean, they're both dealing with the same design constraint: fit the antenna into the shell to take up less room in the device. You can trace both this 3-part-back panel back to the iPhone 4, along with the entire concept of putting the antenna into the shell.
I don't care either way. I liked my X8 when I had it, but I won't buy a product form a company that is clearly copying someone else's design. HTC is only hurting themselves by not trying to stand out anymore. And on the other side of the fence, if Apple sees this as a real problem, they'll be forced to make their designs less easy to copy (integrate unique patents or manufacturing processes into their design).
I don't understand why people give this defense when it's so flimsy. An iPhone 6 is dramatically less similar to an M8 than an A9 is to an iPhone 6.
Because there’s nothing great about iPhone 6 design.
iPhone 6 design is great.
But nothing I said is about how great or not great it is so your comment is useless in response. I'm only talking about the similarity, not subjective liking of its design.
“Defining characteristics” is a bit of a stretch. The modern smartphone hasn’t changed much since 2007 when Apple invented it. Android and every phone that runs it owes its existence to Apple.
The modern smartphone hasn’t changed much since 2007 when Apple invented it.
How would you define a modern smartphone? I would probably give that credit to Nokia that released their first touch screen device in 2004, in 2005 they released their first (and only?) tablet. The success of these devices is another story.
They've been playing design tennis for a while now...
It hurts my eyes that the HTC logo is off-center :-P
Just a heads up: your icon looks like something that is pretty offensive in most of Western culture.
And he's from India. Educate yourself, please.
Maybe Andy just meant to say that we all copy and borrow visual patterns
I think HTC copying the iPhone to that degree is a stroke of genius, I was actually looking for a phone with the iPhone's hardware that runs Android and now there is one. Problem solved. I'll definitely buy one.
The Apple fan boys are getting their pitchforks ready it seems..
I'm actually now really curious about camera placement. Does anyone know if there's any benefit of placing the camera in the middle (as HTC does) vs the side (iPhone)? Like Apple expects you to hold the phone slightly away from center?
Or does the 1 inch gap make zero difference and it's purely an aesthetic choice?
Stops your fingers covering the lense. On the iPhone you have 50/50 chance of this happening.
Has everyone forgotten what the back of the first iPhone looked like? It was essentially the same but they've found a better way to integrate the antenna.
Man, I miss the iPhone 1's design. Still my absolute favorite in size, material, and fit in hand.
I really dislike my 6, it's too big and too slippy. My favourite one that I've owned is the 3Gs. I could hold that perfectly. I never owned the 5c but I take that to be the perfect marriage of screen size and comfort when holding. They killed it with the 'plastic back, plastic back, it has a plastic back!' Undersold what it actually was.
I'm actually cool with this one. The new iPhone pricing is insane.
haha hilarious and true!