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Tuesday Poll: What’s a Bigger Deal, Hardware or Software?

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With HTC launching a One (M8) powered by Windows Phone exclusively onto Verizon, it got us thinking just a tad on what aspect of a phone is more important to you, the consumer. Each company has a different hardware design language, as well as a very unique take on how software should look and perform. The point is, if your favorite phone was the One (M8), and now that is available running Windows Phone, would you leave Android because of that?

As another example, if Apple does in fact launch two larger iPhones in the near future, will you be leaving Android only because Apple is finally making bigger phones?

For a few of you, we realize that both hardware and software are equally important, but for the sake of debate, if you had to choose just one, is hardware or software a bigger deal to you?

What's a bigger deal: Hardware or Software?

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  • jimt


    Why would you ever buy a new phone, if software could solve any and all problems you have? You software people will never need to upgrade your phones hardware. So, fix your cameras, battery, screen, radios, speakers, connectors, and speed and the 32 going to 64 bit processors and chip sets by using a software update or an app. GIVE ME A BREAK!!!!

  • Kerry Davies

    My company just got me a iPhone 5s sadly i had to grab it now couldn’t wait for the new one. I have no had an iPhone since the OG. I really hated what they became and ever sense I have been all about Android. I can’t really find anything bad about it I wish I had an app drawer. I still use like my email widgets on my nexus. I can even get Play Movies and Now on this Apple product, there are so many of the things i loved about android, it barely feels any different. When iOS8 come out it will have widgets, this makes me think they might add an app drawer. If all the google products i love are on the App Store then really all this means to me is I get one of the best looking phones and best cameras, all whall using the things that make me love android.
    With a potential 4.7′ screen I would really have no problem switching over. I already have a Mac at home and an Air for work, if someone can get chromecast to work with iProducts then why wouldn’t I want to make a change. With Android running so smoothly now, I have not rooted any of my phones past my Gnexus. I wonder how many people are like me, I know that if I make the switch most of my family will follow and many friends will go along after they realize they are not losing all the great Google app, and have a phone that wants to work together with there computers.

  • derick

    Hardware because you can always root and install custom software to meet your wants and needs.

  • joejoe5709

    Software can be changed. Hardware is for life. #SpecsLover

  • Captain Spaulding

    Hardware is more important because I can always change the software to suit my needs. That being said, I still wouldn’t buy any iOS or Windows devices.

    • 213ninja

      so then it’s software…

      • Captain Spaulding

        When it comes to Android, iOS, or Windows, yes. When it comes down to OEM UI (Android), no. So it’s kinda both.

  • Synacks

    Hardware, because developers can always fix and upgrade software.

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  • Good software can make a good experience on mediocre hardware and conversely bad software can make even the best hardware work like crap.

  • Jeff “BIG RED”

    The theme of this whole story should be… Which is better? You by yourself. Or a beautiful lady friend with you? It takes two to tango and no one likes playing by themselves forever. Can’t have one without the other. Keeping it g-rated. I’m sure you all can read between the lines ;).

  • Ismail Akram

    Software is the most important part of phone. especially today when all OEM’s have same hardware so now we have to chose which software we like.

  • Edouble

    Bad software can limit excellent hardware. Great software can make average hardware look great.

  • Josh

    Software, because all phones have amazing specs. Why keep uping the specs when the software still lags no matter what / never gets updated. -> Samsung.

  • jimt

    Imagine a moto x made with the best hardware and with the tweaked software. Great camera, great screen, SD card, 4 gig dram, 64 or 128 gig ram, great HiFi speakers, no home button. Yes both are extremely important. What do you need first, the chicken or the egg.

  • Brandon

    I voted Hardware, because you can change the software with custom ROMs, you can’t change the hardware. If the phone has a crappy processor, low RAM or a poor quality screen there’s nothing you can do about it. If you buy a phone that has great hardware but crappy software, you can just wipe the software off and put something else more optimized on it.

  • Bootleg Zani

    If the Moto X taught me anything it is software.

  • Justin Kos


    Hardware now a days is fast, efficient and really pretty similar tbh