Now, now. Let's not be so dystopian..
First of all, great review by Mr. Davies as always.
HTC is stuck in the same rut that Archos was stuck in, in the mid 2000s. Archos had one of the first and best MP3 players with a touch screen. They also had one of the first video MP4 players which had 100GB of storage, a massive amount for the time. Yet now, they are delegated to making cheap low end budget Android smartphones and some feature phones.
The difference is, I believe HTC will be able to get a grip and innovate. The Vive VR Headset that they are making for Valve already shows a large amount of hope, and for all intents and purposes, the HTC One M7 and One M8 were great flagships, on par with the S4 and S5, and Xperia Z2 and Z3 that they competed with. The biggest failings of the One M9 was the piss poor camera, and blistering fully clocked Snapdragon 810 chipset.
I am sorry, I don't see where the "iPhone clone" claim came from. The front looks nothing like iApple's toy and the design language of the back place follows most of the past direction except now it is flat.
Or does iApple now have a patent on "flat rears" as well?
This smells like intentional mild controversial clickbait. Shame on you Alex Davies