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HTC CEO Peter Chou.  (Source: Phandroid)
"I can't blame consumers." -- HTC CEO Peter Chou

The Seattle Times published a Q&A with HTC CEO Peter Chou yesterday that touched on a variety of topics, including Windows Phone 7, the future of tablets, and T-Mobile's upcoming G2. When asked whether consumers would have to hold the G2 a certain way because of its metal casing, Chou offered this explanation:

Antennas are sensitive, definitely, but it is our responsibility to take care of whatever the usage is so it won't be degraded. We can't complain that antennae is so complicated that 'user, you have to compromise a little bit.' You can't say that. It is our responsibility, our profession, and our expertise to take care of whatever the user scenario.

Q: So you're not going to tell people "you're holding the phone wrong" (like Steve Jobs told an iPhone 4 user)?

A: No. I can't blame consumers, how they use them.

On the topic of Windows Phone 7, Chou said, "This is a significant milestone for Microsoft in the mobile space. ... I think it will get positive acceptance from the industry and the market." He also told The Times that HTC would keep it simple with the first WP7 offerings rather than adding a Sense UI-like differentiator

Some other highlights from the interview:

We don't think one device will fit all. What we try to do is come out with a portfolio of devices: we have Windows phone, we have Android phone, we have a keyboard device, a much bigger display like Evo 4G and we have a smaller form factor.


It doesn't seem like much of a stretch to go from a 4-inch screen to a 7-inch screen. In terms of capabilities and technologies and expertise, we have all of this. But we just want to make sure that we have a very good, differentiated product coming out.


I also believe that we are in a threshold point where all kinds of industries can use smartphones — for education, or health care or energy — so this can be a very important product for people in the future.

In another interview, Chou told FierceWireless that HTC plans on releasing an LTE phone in 2011. The CEO declined to provide any further details about where the phone will be available, and what kind of timeframe it would launch in.

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7" Screen
By Mitch101 on 9/27/2010 9:46:48 AM , Rating: 2
Give me a 7" screen Im a gorilla and I hate nano sized phones that feel like kids toys in my hands.

A dollar bill is about 7" diagonal to give someone a size reference.

RE: 7" Screen
By SlipDizzy on 9/27/2010 9:58:19 AM , Rating: 5
How did you become a gorilla?! GIVE ME YOUR SECRETS!!!

RE: 7" Screen
By Visual on 9/27/2010 11:01:37 AM , Rating: 5
RE: 7" Screen
By Mitch101 on 9/27/2010 12:14:41 PM , Rating: 2
Tom's Rhinoplasty my buddy Gerald Broflovski recommended him.

RE: 7" Screen
By Sazar on 9/27/2010 4:39:42 PM , Rating: 2
His power level was over 9000. And then it happened.

RE: 7" Screen
By PAPutzback on 9/27/2010 10:05:51 AM , Rating: 2
The dollar bill is 6.14 inches long and is typically folded in half in a wallet. A 7 inch would pretty much require a holster. My EVO even gets a bit heavy after a long phone conversation, another 3 inches would have to add some weight not only due to screen real estate but also the power to run the extra 3 inches of display.

RE: 7" Screen
By StevoLincolnite on 9/27/2010 10:49:09 AM , Rating: 5
A 7 inch would pretty much require a holster.

My partner usually tells me to just wear bigger underwear, but whatever works...

/end Dirty joking sarcastic comment.

RE: 7" Screen
By tastyratz on 9/28/2010 8:46:54 AM , Rating: 2
"Yea baby I AM wearing 2 cups... because I am THAT good"

RE: 7" Screen
By Mitch101 on 9/27/2010 12:11:18 PM , Rating: 2
6.14 is the long edge not the diagonal. 7" would be perfect for me.

I have a blackberry curve and the size of it makes me feel like I should hold it pinky out.

Having a phone with a 7" screen in your pocket might also get you a few more phone numbers to put on it.

RE: 7" Screen
By plowak on 9/27/2010 2:53:15 PM , Rating: 2
Is that your phone or are you just glad to see me?

A case of RDF
By magneticfield on 9/27/2010 10:04:46 AM , Rating: 5
I find it disappointing that such questions even get to be asked.
It should have been common sense not to blame the customer for how he/she is holding a phone.
This is just one example of a Reality Distortion Field deployed upon the human brains.

RE: A case of RDF
By ezekiel68 on 9/27/2010 10:08:42 AM , Rating: 3
Maybe so, but given the presence of a Reality Distortion Field, these kind of quotes are at least an antidote.

RE: A case of RDF
By retepallen on 9/27/2010 10:44:48 AM , Rating: 5
I think you read the article wrong.

RE: A case of RDF
By DarkPhoenix on 9/27/2010 11:35:26 AM , Rating: 3
Heh, I never understood the RDF though, which means it doesn't work with me :)

It seems to be defined as a mix of charm, charisma, exaggeration, marketting, etc, in order to make oneself and others, to believe in something. Now what I don't get is, what's Steve Jobs charm or charisma ? Is being a snob equal to having charm and charisma now ? Or was a RDF applied to the definition/meaning of words too ?

RE: A case of RDF
By Spuke on 9/28/2010 9:12:04 AM , Rating: 1
You'll just have to low pass filter his comments.

No Sense UI
By foolsgambit11 on 9/27/2010 5:29:10 PM , Rating: 2
Isn't Microsoft disallowing custom skins on WP7 from the start? That would be one reason why a differentiator like Sense UI isn't getting added to their first WP7 phone. I guess they could have added a few custom apps on the base install, but not many people really want those, especially if the OS is designed right from the start - and hopefully WP7 is....

Admiration for HTC
By SirKronan on 9/27/2010 8:07:44 PM , Rating: 2
I have definitely been impressed with a lot of what HTC has made over the years.

But the fact that they ever made a device called the Eris drops them down a few notches in my opinion.

My dream phone specs
By ScotterQX6700 on 9/28/2010 1:39:39 AM , Rating: 2
Waiting for someone (HTC? Samsung?) to build a phone for T-mobile that has VANILLA Android >= 2.2; 4.3" AMOLED; > 1st generation Snapdragon (>= Hummingbird); >= 4gig internal mem + card slot; removable battery; front-facing camera; no physical kb (thin form factor); and multi-color LED for notifications like on my Nexus One trackball. Basically an EVO with faster processor and vanilla launcher or Samsung Galaxy with 4.3" screen.

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