Android purists have a common refrain they like to bust out every time a beautiful new piece of hardware comes out: "If only it ran pure Android!" in F-sharp. There's a pervasive belief that unpasteurized Android—and only unpasteurized Android—directly from the great teat in Mountain View is all that's needed to transform a good phone into a perfect phone. That's often true, but hardware is hardware, and great software can't fix everything.
What Is It?
It's HTC's current flagship phone (Spring 2014 edition) running stock Android. It has the same stunning hardware, man-eating processor, and terrific battery life. If you haven't read our full review of that phone, you should, because this is mostly an add-on.