HTC America President Jason Mackenzie Calls Galaxy S5 A Cheap Piece Of Plastic

March 26, 2014 - Written By Justin Diaz

In the world of Android devices, Samsung is the reigning king in terms of sales. Many people love their products, and lets face it, they do make some cool stuff. I’m not ashamed to admit it. I own a couple Samsung products and I absolutely love them. When it comes to the Android smartphones, this is commonly the same response people have to Samsung. On the other side of things, users who really love premium devices with an excellent feeling build quality tend to lean towards HTC. It is true that in the past couple recent years HTC has fallen off a little bit. The HTC One helped them make a little bit of a comeback, but still they fell short of sales and ultimately Samsung took the lead, like they do every year. No one can argue that Samsung is the top seller, but many fans and apparently HTC as well, feel that this isn’t mostly due to their high quality products, but more their strategy to market and get their name out there.

With this years Samsung Galaxy S5 set to launch in the next few weeks, and the new HTC One M8 launching yesterday in many global regions with various places for purchase, everyone will be trying to weigh out their options and figure out  what they want to upgrade to. Samsung? Or HTC? All personal opinions aside, the HTC One M8 without a doubt looks to have a more premium build quality than the S5. It exudes a more elegant design with clean rounded lines and in the most simple explanation possible, the phone is absolutely beautiful. The Samsung Galaxy S5 on the other hand is a little lacking in this area, as many feel that Samsung has taken a step backwards in terms of design here. HTC America President isn’t afraid to back up those thoughts with some of his own on the matter. After HTC unveiled their new device yesterday Jason Mackenzie had some words to say in regards to Samsung’s new flagship.

Mackenzie stated in his interview with Business Insider that: We’re a company that invests in our customers and delivers a beautifully designed product that you can feel proud of, Samsung is a company that’s focused on investing in advertising. I don’t think many people would disagree with that statement. It’s common for this thought to come up about Samsung and their build quality, it wasn’t the first time we’ve heard that argument, and it certainly won’t be the last. Contrary to popular belief though Samsung does have a few aces in the hole. The Note 3 is a stellar product. I personally loved my Galaxy Nexus, that’s also not to say that Samsung doesn’t have some room for improvement in their design endeavors. Continuing on his path of gently criticizing his competitor over their new phone, Mackenzie also said that: If you want to buy a product built out of cheap plastic, there’s a solution for you, but we’re going after a different customer, someone who wants the best. What are your thoughts on this? Did Samsung really drop the ball with design on the Galaxy S5? Is Mackenzie being a bit too harsh? Or do you feel his thoughts are pretty much spot on?