It looks like Android finally has an unbeatable duo — the HTC One , with stock Android interface, and the Samsung Galaxy S 4, also coming out with an Android 4.2.2 stock interface in June. Both devices have full use of the core Android operating system, without all of the manufacturers’ customization to the software, that has been the bane of Android’s existence, for the most part. For the Google Edition HTC One, a fully unlocked SIM card slot is an added bonus,. Physically, there’s still 32GB storage, quadband LTE (700/850/AWS/1900), triband HSPA+ (850/1900/2100) and the usual quadband GSM / EDGE — T-Mobile users will benefit from LTE and 3G, like their AT&T cousins, but not on the AWS spectrum.
The best part? Beats Audio integration is still on the device (but won’t appear in the notifications bar) and the HTC UltraPixel imaging technology is also integrated with the stock interface camera. Not a bad setup for $600, even if that is a price steep for ingenuity.