And the bashing continues... I think the online android community has contributed to HTC's demise
By +Kyle Laubscher
The One M7, M8 and M9 all had some pretty good hardware. Arguably, they were each at or near the top of their respective classes. Yes, the camera was an issue for some throughout. However, the bashing they took from the interwebs was unlike anything I've ever seen. There are idiots that to this day still don't understand the "black bar", how it relates to the layout of the Boomsound speakers and why HTC couldn't just make it go away. But social media and many reviews sites still put the devices on blast each season for it. Many phones don't undergo radical changes year to year. Apple, Samsung, LG, Moto, Sony all come to mind. But HTC was lit up far and wide for refining their design rather than reinventing it. It was almost like a coordinated attack. One quip would pop up and within days every review site added fuel to the fire. It was like watching a terrible match of the children's game "Telephone". HTC has never had great marketing and certainly pale to Samsung and Apple in reach. They stood no chance to hold back the onslaught. Honestly, the tech "journalism" community is highly complicit in HTC's tailspin. The M-series of One devices should have been enough to reverse their fortunes. When Joe Consumer turns to the reviews (and his/her tech friends influenced by same reviews) and sees these non-issues overblown it distorts their perception of what is a fine device when judged on its own merits. It's been disgusting to observe the piling on and has greatly altered my view towards many sites. Even this latest device, the A9, and how "Apple" it appears. Many of these criticized design cues draw from the M7 which Apple later adopted in their aluminum bodies.