HTC One A9: an evil Apple iPhone clone (No it's not! Yes it is! ...etc...)

Jack Tong says Apple stole HTC's design cues, not the other way around

HTC's new flagship smartphone, the One A9, is just an Apple copy. Critics accuse the company of ripping off the iPhone 6 design. And, yeah, you can see their point.

But then this happened: HTC hit back, accusing Cupertino of stealing the Taiwanese designs.


What would Steve Jobs say? Something about great artists, perhaps?

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers brace for fanatical fanboi warfare. Not to mention: Stupid product naming...

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.

This all started a few days ago, when Vlad Savov impaled HTC thus:

HTC's One A9 is...a blasphemous concoction of Apple design and Google software. [It's] the most blatant and highest-profile iPhone ripoff since Samsung's original Galaxy S.

Capacitive home button with an integrated fingerprint reader...flat back that's punctuated only by a pair of antenna lines...circular two-tone flash...slightly protruding camera. [It] feels for all the world like the middle child between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. [It] seems to have also copied the iPhone in feeling like more than the sum of its parts.

Design ethicists will be repulsed...but in the end...selling some iPhone better than selling no phones.  MORE

HTC's Jack Tong exerts third-class leverage:

[You're fired -Ed.]

We're not copying. We made a unibody metal-clad phone in 2013. It's Apple that copies us.

The A9 is made thinner and more lightweight. ... This is a change and evolution. ... We're not copying.  MORE

So Joe Rossignol factchecks:

The original HTC One M7 launched in March 2013 with an aluminum unibody frame and plastic antenna lines along the top and cues that Apple adopted for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

The One A9 is considered an iPhone lookalike because it has a similar rounded chassis, plastic antenna lines and a protruding rear-facing camera, and because it is available in almost identical colors. ... The copycat allegations have received significant media coverage this week.

There is no denying that HTC's One A9 is an iPhone-driven evolution. [But] both smartphone makers have borrowed...from each other over the years.

The One A9 [has] a 5-inch screen with a curved-edge display, 13-megapixel rear-facing camera...Quick Charge 2.0 and Android 6.0 Marshmallow. [It] is available in a range of colors, including Carbon Gray, Opal Silver, Deep Garnet and Topaz Gold, for $399 unlocked.  MORE

And Chris Burns looks back:

At the release of the iPhone 6, the same was said about Apple's design looking very similar to the...HTC smartphone.

Are we steadily heading toward smartphone design singularity? ... We'll leave the verdict up to you...below.  MORE

Meanwhile, Chris Matyszczyk's schtick sticks:

In the playground of cell phone manufacturers, everyone is ready to point a finger.

Accusations of copying have delighted observers and fanpeople for some years. The most glorious [was] Apple and Samsung [in] court with their mutual accusations.

Will Apple sue HTC? Might HTC sue Apple? ... Neither company was immediately available for comment.

HTC has made very attractive phones for some time and accompanied them with some terribly peculiar marketing. ... It matters less whether your phone is an original or a blatant copy if no one cares about its existence.  MORE

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