It was the fall/winter of ’07 when I was into the 1st semester of my Master’s degree in US. I bought myself a budget Acer laptop to aid with my studies and it was just a normal laptop that got my tasks done without much fanfare or attention. Before purchasing this budget laptop, I had heard a lot about Macs and was literally fantasizing about owning one. However, putting down a grand for a laptop being a student didn’t seem an economical choice. Nonetheless, I pondered over the idea throughout the first semester till my roommate took me to his cousin who owned one. Like an 18 year old gazing at the neighbor’s Ferrari, I didn’t blink an eye while staring at this white unicorn in a messy room. Nothing was visible in the room except this finely crafted piece of white polycarbonate with a glowing Apple symbol, which I hallucinated as glowing in rhythm with my heartbeat. I bugged the owner non-stop about the compatibility of some applications I frequently use and also foolishly about the requirement of an anti virus application like in PCs. I came back home that night and decided to get one for myself and to ship the Acer laptop to my dad. This one decision turned me into a spendthrift overnight among my friends in the school who were all using a PC and suggested the same for me too. However, I listened to only myself and bought a Mac. It was a huge decision at that moment considering my financial capacity and the general trend. My attitude to life has changed since that night and I have been doing only the things that I love and enjoy.
When two companies like Nokia, a company that once ruled the ‘Smartphone’ market across the world and one that is still inspired from the quotation “try and try until you succeed” in the US market, and Microsoft, a software giant that failed to grasp the Smartphone market at its infancy and gifted the Smartphone torch to its rivals, come together with an intention of creating a product that could alter not only their fortunes but also the mobile landscape, the expectations run high especially in Uncle Sam’s territory where a Smartphone is becoming more of a necessity than a luxury. So, has Lumia 900 met the expectations? Lets see!
HTC had a tough last year with decreased profits and increased competition from Samsung with it’s Galaxy line of phones especially the new ‘gigantic’ Note and almost an year old S2, both of which are selling in record numbers. HTC also had to battle the Cupertino giant – Apple, which continues to amaze everyone with stellar sales of it’s iOS line of devices. So what should HTC do to better the competition and change its fortunes? Release the best phone in the market. Did HTC succeed in its efforts? I would say partially. Let’s see why the One X might not be the one HTC thought it would be.