“Our wrists simply can’t support a device big enough for everything we do on screens these days. I came to think of it as a filter instead, bringing what’s essential or pleasurable to me closer to me and editing out the rest.”
So to get this out of the way I have been a Android user for the past four years but this phone and iOS 8 with third party keyboards, extensibility, and the new share sheets and not to mention handoff and continuity brought me back to Apple.
This phone feels great to hold with its rounded corners and even feels better in the hand with a case like the Apple leather one. Also coming from Android the button layout is what I’m use to with the volume buttons on one side and the power button on the other side.
This phone screams with everything you normally do like general use, games, browsing the web, playing with all kinds of apps.
Again this is the best and easiest to use smartphone camera out there especially with photo apps being able to now have access to manual controls of the camera.
This phone has lasted more than 12 hours of heavy use for me on a consistent basis.
So about two weeks ago I dropped my Nexus 5 on the cement pavement and broke the screen. But it was still usable so I decided that it was time for a new phone and I chose to try out the HTC M8. So far I have to say overall it is a great upgrade.
The display is a 5 inch 1080p LCD display with great viewing angles and very good colour accuracy as well as just being a great display to look at or watch things on for long periods of time. The display is also able to withstand being out in the rain with no problem working at all.
The camera is really great if you want to share pictures online or view them on screen but not the best for printing pictures or viewing on large computer or TV screens. The camera is still the same 4MB Ultra pixel as before with some new tricks and faster auto focusing the big new feature is that the camera allows you to focus on the foreground or background. Also the gallery app has and camera app have been reworked to be faster and easier to use. The camera also allows you to go into full manual mode and change settings like iso, exposure, white balance, and such.
HTC Sense 6 is a very fine software overlay on Android Kitkat 4.4.2. Sense has been toned down and Blink feed is actually usable and can even be turned off. Alot of HTC apps have also been broken out and put in the Play store to be updated more frequently and allow the Play Edition HTC M8 to use them. Also keeping with the last HTC One there is still a very usable IR remote.
Overall not much to say here except that I have had no problems with using the phone browsing heavily online and streaming Netflix or YouTube or the like.
Overall very impressed here I get on average 12 to 15 hours on this phone with very heavy use of listening to audio very heavy social media and browsing and lightweight gaming. By the end of the night it is in power saving mode which does turn off some things like auto sync and if you want to get even more use but very basic use you can turn on the extreme power savings which only lets you use the phone and messaging apps and a few more basic apps like calculator.
So I got my black Nexus 5 in Nov and it is super great:
Hand Feel & Screen
So this is a soft touch plastic phone that is surrounded by a 5 inch great looking 1080p LCD screen that is great to look at and use every day.
LTE & Battery Life
It’s my first phone with LTE and it is super fast when on LTE 24 down and 15 up on Telus. Battery life is pretty good I average about 9 hours with 2 hour screen on time. Using LTE and WiFi and pretty heavy use of the phone doing things like web browsing, texting, phone calls, listening to podcasts as well as social updates and some game play.
I find the camera is pretty good it does take a bit of time to focus which is my main complaint with it. Also for the extra colour depth and just plain better picture make sure you are using the HDR+ mode. Plus make sure you upload your pictures to Google+ sense it will Auto Awesome the pictures and video.
I love Android 4.4 with its Google Experience Launcher and all the other little tweaks and the Hangouts Messaging. But with that messaging app it does not combine Hangout messages and SMS in the same contact conversions which is annoying.
Is really good off contract from Google play 16GB $349CDN and 32GB is $399CDN.
It is a great phone that gives you the standard Google experience and will get updates quickly from Google.