I've got a soft spot in my heart for HTC
Their OEM WinMo phones - they launched a new one, and I'd buy whichever rebrand was the cheapest. TomTom in my pocket without a pile of random adapters stuck into my ipaq!
(I feel I've lost the millennial audience already)
Nexus One - why can't my phone have an f'in rollerball today (complete with rainbow notifications)? Why must I paw at my screen like an animal?
*then some Samsungs - lovely tech, worst customer service ever, never bought one since*
HTC One. God I loved that phone. Lovely black lump of metal, with a camera that sacrificed MP for the ability to shoot in the dark, and Boomsound. Crap name, but lovely stereo speakers that actually sounded good and went loud.
Then I had one or two more I progressively hated and left HTC.
Sure thy don't care what I think, and it's probably too late - but HTC One M6 is hands down the phone I was happiest to own ever.
After that it was all a bit down-hill as they tried to play catchup with the other brands, and never quite did, but managed to lose what made them special on the way.
My hope for HTC phones is that they find a niche again.
We have Apple and Sansung with the latest cutting edge tech (for the sake of it). Then no shortage of great brands giving you 90% of that for 50% of the price. HTC can't beat that, and shouldn't try. Just be unique again (and I don't mean a malfunctioning squeeze)