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Android Headliner: HTC Tried Something Different with the RE Camera, and That’s a Great thing!

December 13, 2014 - Written By Alexander Maxham

When you’re in the mobile business like us and review just about every Android phone ever made. Things get boring after a while. Going to these launch events, and stuff, you see the same thing, basically but from different companies. So when companies like Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola and others do something different it gets us excited. Typically when we go to a launch event for a new phone, the company shows us their new phone then tells us how its the best thing since sliced bread. And most of the time it just looks like a regular phone, regular specs, regular features. Which is why we got excited for the Galaxy Note Edge, and also for the HTC RE. Even though the HTC RE is not a smartphone. But it’s a GoPro style camera that takes pretty decent pictures and video.

This week, HTC sent over the HTC RE and we’ve spent some time playing with this camera, and it’s pretty awesome. it’s different, it’s something you wouldn’t expect from HTC. And I love when OEMs do things like that. I’d like to see more OEMs doing camera type products. I know Sony and Samsung already do because they have their own camera business too. But seeing HTC and even LG do camera-type products would be really sweet.

So the HTC RE camera. It’s not your typical camera, and I’m fine with that. I still really like it. It does look like an asthma inhaler, but eh, who cares, right? It takes great video and takes great pictures which you can easily transfer to your phone and upload to your favorite social network. I don’t know if you can do it that easily with a GoPro as I’ve never used one, but I do know some cameras work pretty easily like that, but not all of them. While the HTC RE isn’t perfect, it’s still a great first generation product. HTC has always done great things with cameras – we’ll forget about the UltraPixel thing – so it’s great to see them bringing that experience to camera products now.

Seeing OEMs doing new things. That’s something I can definitely get behind, and I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that. I bet you could ask any other writer or editor from another site that covers the mobile industry and they’ll say pretty much the same thing. How many of you have picked up a HTC RE camera already?