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

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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