I received the HTC One M8 the same day I received the Sony Xperia Z2 tablet and it was a toss up on what device I was going to explore first. HTC, I owe you an official apology for neglecting you for so long!
Here are some highlights on some of the HTC One M8:
- Dual camera: I’m not sure what other phones are on the market that have this and I’m not really what situations really would call for a dual camera but it’s pretty nifty nonetheless
- There is a Zoe Camera feature I had to research because there is no apparent explanation on what it is or what it would be used for (it’s apparently really useful!)
- HTC Advantage: No charge 50GB Google Drive storage (for two years from date of redemption) AND free cracked screen replacement (one time offer during the first six months of ownership)
- It’s incredibly thin and with the rounded edges it comfortably rests in your hand while reading, texting, etc. However, the brushed metal case made me feel as though it would slide right out of my hands at any given moment so I immediately bought a case. **If you’re interested in a fun, interactive case I suggest you check out this review on the Dot View case by my friend, Tommy.
- Dual front facing speakers: you’ll love this feature if you love music or watch movies on your phone
- TV + Phone Integration: I don’t have a Smart TV so this is a feature I’m unable to test
I switched from a Droid X to the Samsung Note 3 in late 2013 and for awhile I was having a hard time adjusting to a phone that is so large but once I got used to it, I came to really enjoy it, especially for it’s larger style keyboard which has ample spacing between the characters.
I really only have three complaints about the Samsung Note 3:
- Due to its size I can’t text with just one hand
- It has its own funky charger and although it will charge with a standard micro-USB it won’t charge as fast
- With the (larger-than-usual) charger and with the input on the bottom of the phone it starts to hurt your fingers after 5-10 minutes (or maybe my fingers are unusually sensitive?)
These three things nearly convinced me to switch over to the HTC One M8:
- The smaller design with rounded edges allows for me to text with just one hand
- While the charging port is also on the bottom of the phone, it’s the standard micro-USB and doesn’t hurt my fingers when the phone is resting on them
- I listen to music on my phone all the time so having front facing speakers is a big bonus
How did the transfer go?
- As with all Android devices it’s super easy to move to a new phone since everything is connected to your Google account
- HTC has a transfer tool which I used to transfer all data from my Note 3 to the HTC One M8. It was incredibly easy to do and took approximately (I discovered I had 6865 text messages and 848 photos. Yikes! I need to do some cleanup.)
- Having the option to NOT sync in my Google Plus contacts made me incredibly grateful (seriously, I do not want thousands of G+ contacts in my phone)
- I thought more of my text messages would come through considering I have Verizon Messages set up on both devices. I’m not 100% sure how complete that restore was as old MMS texts show but not “word” only text messages.
- Surprisingly the transfer also set the HTC wallpaper to the wallpaper I had on my Note 3
So what phone am I using now?
I decided to stay with the Note 3 for just one reason. The Note 3 allows me to set unique notification sounds for each person in my contact list for incoming text messages. The HTC One M8 only allows for personalization only on the incoming call ringtone. Most of my communication is via text so having the ability to modify the text sound for each contact is something that is a must for me. That one thing trumps everything. However, don’t let my one reason impact your decision. Check out the HTC One M8 for yourself!
If you’re considering the HTC One M8 here are some other posts to check out:
- Focus on Fall: HTC One M8 Style
- HTC One M8 Classy Tech
- Dot View Case for HTC One M8 Review
- HTC One M8 Tips and Tricks
- 10 Thoughts in 10 Days with the HTC One M8
- First Impressions: HTC One M8
- HTC One M8 Tutorials
As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received the HTC One M8 (with a line of service) from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise positive feedback. All opinions are my own.