HTC made the first Android phone (G1). They made the first 4.3" smartphone (Evo for Sprint). They made the first 4G (albeit WiMAX) phone sold in the United States (Evo again). Their newest phone the HTC U 11 is arguably one of the most aesthetically attractive personal computing devices in production today.
I use Apple products across the board, but there's no denying that HTC has some serious hardware chops.
The only piece they were missing was capacitive screens. With that they could have made history.