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    Everyone says this phone and that phone are the iphone challenger But this article suggest its actually HTC that is the challenge to Apple.

    HTC: iPhone's 'quiet' challenger
    Taiwanese company makes highly regarded line of Android phones


    Taiwan's HTC: iPhone's 'quiet' challenger - Technology & science - Tech and gadgets - msnbc.com

    — East Asia is the world's electronics factory, yet unless they are Japanese, producers are largely anonymous. Now HTC, a Taiwanese maker of smart phones, is moving out of the shadows and trying to establish its own brand name as it competes with Apple's iPhone.
    HTC supplies U.S. carriers Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile but says a year ago only one in 10 Americans knew its name. With the help of marketing by cellular carriers and HTC's own television ads during the baseball World Series, HTC says that number is up to 40 percent.
    "We want to be one of the leaders," said John Wang, the 13-year-old company's chief marketing officer.
    In trying to establish a global brand, HTC is following in the footsteps of another Taiwanese company, Acer, which is battling Dell for the title of second-largest personal computer maker. Other rising Taiwanese technology names include software producer Trend Micro and Asustek Computer, a maker of PCs and cell phones.
    HTC's path to its own brand has been complicated by U.S. carriers' preference for many years to market its phones under their own brands.
    That started to change in 2007, and the "HTC" brand started showing up on phones, as carriers figured that the company had some cachet among early adopters that they could capitalize on. HTC phones on the U.S. market include the Droid Incredible, sold by Verizon Wireless, the HD2, sold by T-Mobile, and the Hero, sold by Sprint.
    Even now, HTC is careful to avoid straining ties with carriers by promoting its own identity too aggressively. Such ties are crucial in the United States, Japan and other markets where carriers usually pick which phones to offer. In Europe and elsewhere, customers pick their own phones and buy service separately.
    "I don't think it should ever become a 'destination phone,' because that is very arrogant," Wang said.
    The company's slogan, "Quietly Brilliant," expresses both modesty and pride.
    Apple, of course, is anything but quiet, and HTC sets itself apart from the U.S.-based giant in other ways, too.
    Handsets for every taste
    In contrast to lookalike iPhones, HTC tries to make handsets for every taste, some with slide-out keyboards, others with touch screens. While Apple has its own online store, HTC focuses on phones while carriers pick which music and applications to offer.
    "This is positioning the vendor almost diametrically against the increasing perception of Apple as an egotistical and domineering company," Seth Wallis-Jones, an analyst for IHS Global Insight, said in an e-mail.
    "This is a contrast to a company that wants to do one phone only and say, 'This is the one and you are going to love it and if you don't, there is something wrong with you,' " Wang said.
    In the U.S., HTC made a splash this summer by producing the first phone, the EVO 4G, that's able to use a fourth-generation wireless data network. It's sold by Sprint. HTC also manufactured Google's first phone, the Nexus One.
    "These really put the brand into the spotlight in the United States," said Wallis-Jones.
    Still, Apple has a daunting sales lead and HTC also faces competition from South Korea's Samsung, Nokia and other rivals.
    HTC was just behind Apple in the final quarter of 2008, selling 3.7 million phones to its American rival's 4.4 million, according to Wallis-Jones. A year and a half later, Apple has pulled ahead, selling 8.4 million in the second quarter of this year, while HTC sold 5.4 million.
    But HTC is seeing its sales jump. It expects to ship 6.5 million phones in the current quarter, more than twice the number it shipped in the same period last year.
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    ummmm, wrong forum... it seems pretty self explanitory that this belongs in probably cross platform chat

    Wow I feel stupid, I thought I was in the palm pre forum my bad, sorry

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