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4 phones that deserve iPhone SE-style remakes

The iPhone SE is really just an updated version of the iPhone 5 with superior hardware and added features... and there's nothing wrong with that! The truth is, the iPhone 5 was a fantastic design for a four-inch smartphone that didn't really need any drastic fixing. This post over at Droid Life got me thinking about what other older phones out there deserve to have their own iPhone SE-style remakes in which their external designs would remain completely the same but their internal hardware would get a big boost. Below are my top four picks. DON'T MISS: Apple stared down the FBI and won

HTC One M7

BGR-htc-one-review-3 HTC has fallen on hard times but three years ago it released what was the single best piece of Android hardware for its time. It was stylish, it was durable and it had the best speaker system on any smartphone ever. Yes, its camera was pretty bad and it was a little bit on the heavy side compared to the average iPhone, but that wasn't necessarily a bad thing -- in fact, I liked the extra weight because I didn't feel the need to use a case on it. An upgraded HTC One M7 would obviously prioritize fixing its camera first and would hopefully drop the BlinkFeed overlay that I never bothered to use. However, if HTC released an upgraded version of this device with a better camera and Android N installed, it would be a steal at $400.

Nexus 5

BGR-Google-Nexus-5-5 I consider this the Goldilocks standard of Android phones: It was an amazingly well-balanced device that did everything just right. It didn't have the best hardware specs for its time but it didn't need them since it ran on stock Android and didn't have to handle all the bloat of your typical Samsung device. It also fit very comfortably in your hand and was very light to boot. Like the HTC One M7, the device had a middling camera and that is obviously something that would need to improve in any direct remake. Other than that, however, this was a phone that did pretty much everything right and would require minimal changes other than basic upgrades to the processor, battery and other key specs.

Moto X (2013)

moto-x-wood Like the iPhone 5s that came out the same year, the original Moto X was a device that was notably smaller than subsequent devices its manufacturer would release. Even though the original Moto X was larger than the iPhone 5s with a 4.7-inch display, it was noticeably smaller than the 2014 version of the Moto X that had a 5.2-inch display. The problem with the 2013 Moto X at the time was it would take another year for Motorola to really step up its software game with the 2014 Moto X. A device that had all those software improvements while maintaining the original Moto X's compact size would be very welcome, however.

Nokia Lumia 1020

BGR-Nokia-Lumia-1020-11 Wait... a Windows Phone? Yes, a Windows Phone! Don't get me wrong, any new version of this device would have to come with Android installed since Windows Phone is basically toast as a relevant mobile platform. But the Lumia 1020 was a terrific piece of hardware highlighted by a 41-megapixel camera that still held up as one of the best smartphone cameras in the world more than a year after its release. Other than the camera, the phone was very solidly built and a reminder of just how good Nokia used to be at its craft. A remake of this phone would likely need to cut down on the unsightly bump on the back that was necessary for the camera and it would also have to feature upgraded camera software to put it on par with the cameras now offered by Apple and Samsung. But it was definitely the best Windows Phone ever made and it'd be cool to see something like it released again.

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Brad Reed

March 24th

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Smartphones from 2013 that are still awesome two years later

2013 Best Smartphones iPhone 5s Nexus 5 HTC One M7

It's one thing to recommend a new phone to someone -- but what do you say to someone who doesn't want to pay top dollar and is willing to buy an older phone? Looking back on it, 2013 was an unusually good year for smartphones that have held up over time, which is why we've decided to make a list of three phones that came out two years ago but are still great to use two years later.

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Brad Reed

November 7th

Mobile

HTC One A9 Is Like an Android-Powered iPhone, At Almost Half the Price

You’ve already heard the jokes about HTC shamelessly ripping off Apple with the design of its newest phone. The truth is, it’s even funnier to hold the new HTC One A9 in one hand and an iPhone 6 in the other. They’re hilariously similar—and that’s not a bad thing at all.

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Adam Clark Estes

October 20th

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HTC One M9 Review: A Great Phone That Can’t Keep Up

Everyone loves an underdog. They're new, exciting, and upset expectations. In 2013, the HTC One M7 brought that incredible disruptive energy to smartphones, and the following year's M8 ran neck and neck with the best you could buy. Now, with the M9, the One is no longer an underdog—but it's not exactly leading the Android pack, either.

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Darren Orf

March 23rd

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Leaked Renders Show HTC’s New Flagship Phone From All Angles

HTC's flagship phone, the One M9, is due to be announced a little over a week from now at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. You don't have to wait to see it though, a new leak from Mobile Geeks looks to be preeeeetty on the money.

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Eric Limer

February 22nd

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HTC’s First Smartwatch To Launch Alongside The One M9 In March

HTC-One-M8-4 HTC is said to be prepping a smartwatch for debut in March at MWC alongside its new One M9 flagship smartphone. The new smartwatch will tap into Under Armour’s fitness tracking software service, according to Bloomberg, but little else is known at this time about its design or features. The M9, however, is said to remember the M8 in terms of sign and looks, but will also feature… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

January 19th

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HTC’s Next One Smartphone Will Be Revealed March 1

HTC-One-M8-1 HTC is gearing up to launch something new on March 1 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and we’ve heard from a person familiar with the matter that what’s on tap is indeed the next version of the HTC One. The invites for a special event promising a glimpse of “what’s next” (via The Verge), and bear the tagline “Utopia in progress,” whatever… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

January 16th

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Here are the next two phones set to receive Android Lollipop updates

HTC One M8 & M7 Android 5.0 Lollipop

HTC on Thursday announced that its 2013 and 2014 flagship devices will be updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop starting on December 5th (around noon), but there’s a huge catch for getting your HTC One (M7) or HTC One (M8) upgraded to Google’s latest Android operating system: You must own a Google Play Edition (GPE) device in order to be eligible for the upgrade.

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Chris Smith

December 5th

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HTC Offering A $299 Unlocked HTC One M8 For Its ‘Hot Deal’ This Week

HTC-One-M8-1 Ordinarily, I am left cold by deal or sale pitches, but HTC’s new ‘Hot Deal‘ program, whereby it offers bargain basement pricing on items from its stable of devices every week during a limited window, has proven interesting. This week’s deal for the HTC One M8 at just $299 outright for an unlocked device (or a carrier-locked version of your choosing, if you’re… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

November 11th

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HTC Reports Slim $19.7M Profit For Q3 2014 As Its Rebuilding Efforts Continue

HTC-One-M8-4 Things are better for HTC these days, after the Taiwanese phone company eked out a slim $19.6 million (NT$0.6 billion) profit for the third quarter of 2014. That figure represents a drop on the previous quarter’s $75 million profit, but is a big improvement on October 2013: when it suffered a $102 million loss, its first negative quarter as a public company. Read More

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Jon Russell

October 31st

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