HOA Weekly Wrap: HTC Needs “Uh Oh” Protection+Priv Thoughts

2015-11-06 13.15.16

HTC is getting on my nerves a lot lately. Not just because of how they responded to criticism that the A9 looks like an iPhone with a vitriolic, “we did it first”, but also because the roll out and pricing of the phone has been fairly terrible. I was pretty excited to get the A9 I preordered in so I could have a look and judge the quality of the hardware for myself. Unfortunately, on Friday night, I received this email:



Yes, I know I just gave away my promo code, if it’s still active feel free to help yourself. Also, I was aware from HTC’s press conference that the Topaz Gold A9 would ship a bit later, but late November? That is pretty ridiculous and unacceptable to me. Unfortunately, it wasn’t just the gold color, the silver and gunmetal were delayed into next week, and the red is delayed until early December. I foresee a lot of cancellation emails in HTC’s future. On Saturday morning I personally sent an email to HTC asking if I could switch my color choice, but I am unfortunately still awaiting a reply. I have a distinct feeling I might be in a pretty long line. HTC has always been one of my favorite Android OEMs, but they need to step their game up. The A9 is now grossly overpriced in the US and abroad. What’s worse, they can’t even ship the phones that were preordered at the semi-reasonable price of $399. I’ll end this rant here, but as a reminder once again: Please do not pay $499+ for the HTC One A9.

I think HTC should consider investing in their own “Uh Oh Protection”, they’re gonna need it.

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Jeff Springer

"I am currently a researcher and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. I fell in love with Android with the Nexus One release and realized that it was superior to iOS in all the ways I care about. I still use a Mac (and an iPhone for the camera), but my Apple tech products pale in comparison to my number of Android devices (watches, tablets, and phones). When I’m not rooting/modding one of my many Android phones or doing math/programming, you can find me taking in Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks games in downtown Phoenix, and drinking good beer!"