Skip to main content

HTC CEO: We we won’t tell consumers you’re holding it wrong

The Seattle Times published a Q&A with HTC CEO Peter Chou yesterday that touched on a variety of topics, including Windows Phone 7, the future of tablets, and T-Mobile’s upcoming G2. When asked whether consumers would have to hold the G2 a certain way because of its metal casing, Chou offered this explanation:

Antennas are sensitive, definitely, but it is our responsibility to take care of whatever the usage is so it won’t be degraded. We can’t complain that antennae is so complicated that ‘user, you have to compromise a little bit.’ You can’t say that. It is our responsibility, our profession, and our expertise to take care of whatever the user scenario.

Related Videos

Q: So you’re not going to tell people “you’re holding the phone wrong” (like Steve Jobs told an iPhone 4 user)?

A: No. I can’t blame consumers, how they use them.

On the topic of Windows Phone 7, Chou said, “This is a significant milestone for Microsoft in the mobile space. … I think it will get positive acceptance from the industry and the market.” He also told The Times that HTC would keep it simple with the first WP7 offerings rather than adding a Sense UI-like differentiator.

Some other highlights from the interview:

We don’t think one device will fit all. What we try to do is come out with a portfolio of devices: we have Windows phone, we have Android phone, we have a keyboard device, a much bigger display like Evo 4G and we have a smaller form factor.

It doesn’t seem like much of a stretch to go from a 4-inch screen to a 7-inch screen. In terms of capabilities and technologies and expertise, we have all of this. But we just want to make sure that we have a very good, differentiated product coming out.

I also believe that we are in a threshold point where all kinds of industries can use smartphones — for education, or health care or energy — so this can be a very important product for people in the future.

In another interview, Chou told FierceWireless that HTC plans on releasing an LTE phone in 2011. The CEO declined to provide any further details about where the phone will be available, and what kind of timeframe it would launch in.

Editors' Recommendations

Topics
How to download YouTube videos on PC, iOS, Android, and Mac
A smartphone displaying YouTube on its screen as it lays on top of a laptop's keyboard.

YouTube has quickly become the world's second largest search engine behind Google, with people spending hours per week on the popular platform. If you're a YouTube fan like us, you might want to know what the most viewed YouTube videos are, and how to download YouTube videos.

But first, we do need to issue this warning: Downloading videos from YouTube using unofficial methods like third-party apps is a violation of YouTube's Terms of Service. That doesn't necessarily make it illegal — that's a murkier area — but it's something that could get you banned from YouTube.

Read more
The Huawei Watch Ultimate looks like the perfect Apple Watch Ultra rival
The Huawei Watch Ultimate in Voyage Blue and Expedition Black themes.

See if you can guess which smartwatch Huawei wants to take on with its latest release. It’s called the Huawei Watch Ultimate, and it’s made to appeal to outdoorsy types, complete with comprehensive diving and expedition modes.

It has a really big screen and a big battery too. That’s right, the Huawei Watch Ultimate is an Apple Watch Ultra competitor — but don’t pass it by just yet, because it’s worth your attention.

Read more
Samsung Galaxy A54 vs. Galaxy S23: should you spend $450 or $800?
The back of the white Galaxy A54.

The Samsung Galaxy S23 is the cheapest way to get your hands on Samsung's latest flagship tech -- but you don't have to buy a flagship device to get a fantastic smartphone experience. Samsung's Galaxy A series of smartphones supplies excellent performance at a lower price tag, and the Samsung Galaxy A54 is the latest of these. With a strong processor, great camera suite, 120Hz refresh rate, and big battery — all wrapped inside a flagship-rivaling design — the Galaxy A54 is a very tempting midrange smartphone. But can it stand toe-to-toe with its more expensive cousin?

With stronger flagship specs, it's clear the Samsung Galaxy S23 has a significant edge here. But is the edge enough to justify significantly more dollars? We took a look at these two excellent smartphones so you have a better idea of which one to buy.
Samsung Galaxy A54 vs. Galaxy S23: specs

Read more