5. In comparison with the Samsung Galaxy S4, the HTC software certainly looks better, in the sense that the icons and related color schemes are not nearly as ugly. As far as functionality, that's too long a story for this article, but they are close to equally bad.

Conclusion: Back to the Drawing Board

HTC, just like Samsung, needs to realize that it is not a software company. By making a non-Nexus version of Android, they are subtracting value on the software side of Android, allowing Apple to laugh all the way to the bank.

HTC, please leave the software stuff up to software companies such as Google, Microsoft ( MSFT) and Facebook!

On the hardware side, I don't like this HTC One at all. Its greatest sin is that it feels like it's about to slip out of your hand any second, and what's worse than that? Well, if it does break because the glue holding together the semi-loose front pieces comes off, then it might be impossible to repair and the user -- according to my Sprint store -- might be left holding the bag.

HTC makes the most pleasant smartphone hardware in the market in the form of the HTC First and the HTC 8X. Get one of those! As far as the HTC One is concerned, I would avoid it.

At the time of publication the author was long GOOG, AAPL, FB and QCOM.

This article was written by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.

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