I love the SIM card tray on the HTC 10. Enough that I wrote a Haiku about it.
My SIM card is old
It falls out of most trays
Thank you HTC
A lot of words have been written about the way the HTC 10 is built and designed. Most of them are very positive words. It's not the right phone for everyone, and there are some things I wish were different, but the SIM card tray is not one of those things.
I change phones a lot, and my poor T-Mobile SIM has seen better days. The corners are worn and it is just not the same size it was when I first got it. That happens when you take a tiny piece of plastic and push it in and out of metal things too often. I need to get a new one, but that means going to a T-Mobile store or calling them to get things switched over, and ain't nobody got time for that. At least I ain't got time for that.
Because the card is worn and misshapen, it hates to stay put in one of those SIM card trays that is only an oddly shaped little frame. I see your little cut off corner, trying to make me think that you will hold my card in place just the right way, then silently mocking my failure. Since most phones don't have a back cover that comes off, those wonky little trays are the norm. Some of them are even plastic and get wiggly. When I put in my SIM, I need to get things just right, then try to defy gravity and slide the little tray in without the card falling through, or use a bit of tape on the back and pray it doesn't come off and get stuck in the slot. Anything to not have to visit or call T-Mobile, because I'm stupid or lazy. Or both. The struggle is real.
This is one of those little things you don't think about — until you have to.
That's why when I first cracked open the HTC 10, I got all excited over the SIM card tray. Sure, my coworkers made fun of me and didn't really expect me to care this much or (especially) to write about it, yet here we are. This isn't the first time they have all ganged up on me with taunts and sneers, and it won't be the last. It's not my fault that they can't appreciate the finer things in life.
The HTC 10's SIM card tray is not a hollow metal frame — it has a real tray with a back and everything! All I had to do was put it in right side up and slide it home. I want to imagine that a design team spent hours and hours making sure the SIM tray was elegant and made from exotic materials by old world craftsmen. Since nobody from HTC claims they didn't, that's what I'm going with. As long as I don't ask, I can live out my SIM card tray fantasy and nobody can take that away from me. In the words of the immortal bard, Can one desire too much of a good thing?
Anyway, someone had to mention the fine craftsmanship and fatherly love the HTC design team put into the SIM card tray. It lets me know that they pay attention to detail, unlike the iPhone and its horrid little backless SIM tray. If a company can't pay attention to how the SIM tray is built, where else have they made bad decisions and used shortcuts? Should I trust them with my fingerprint or my credit card?
I think not.