I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf Influence Central for Sprint. I received sample devices to facilitate this review.
I’ve waited a long time to upgrade my phone. Yes, I know “aren’t you a technology blogger?” Here’s the thing. I love Apple products. I have had the Apple iPhone 5 for the last 2 years (in a Otterbox, than Lifeproof) and it’s been a great phone. I thought maybe i’d upgrade to the iPhone 5S – but honestly didn’t see enough reason to. So, I waited. I knew the iPhone 6 was going to be awesome – I waited patiently for the reveal and drooled over all the new features like a TOTAL Apple Fan Girl. Where I failed is I didn’t immediately order it. I thought, nah – I’ll wait and give myself one for my birthday.
I knew the phone I wanted. Apple iPhone 6 gold 64 gigs. I ordered it a month ago, back ordered – set to arrive the week of October 27th. It still hasn’t arrived and now, I just cancelled my order – here is why.
HTC ONE M8
Two weeks ago, I was invited by Sprint and HTC to a lunch. I was introduced to the HTC One M8. Honestly, I love learning about new technology so was excited to go – but you know, I have an iPhone 6 on the way. And then I met my M8. It was love at first sight. It was GOLD, it was fast, it was just a bit bigger than the iPhone 6 – but not massively huge like the iPhone 6+. It is made of metal. It has AMAZING sound. The photos it takes are off the wall (it has 3 cameras!) It’s super fast on the Sprint Spark network. The only downside is I haven’t fully learned the Android platform. I am still use to the iPhone, but other than that – it’s like a new car – I’ve played with it non-stop and learn new tricks that it can do every day.
There is a LOT to love about this phone. When I originally posted to Facebook that I got one, the replies were overwhelming that people LOVED this phone. I thought I’d narrow down my reasons that I love it to 5. Though, seriously everyday I learn something new about this thing – so this list could be much longer.
My 5 Favorite Things About the HTC One M8 Harman / Kardon Edition
1. Premium Sound
The sound is PREMIUM on this phone. The front-facing stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers lets your listen to music (Pandora is my preference) with no issue. The Harman/Kardon edition phone that I have comes with Harman/Kardon AE-S in-ear headphones. Okay, I thought the Apple headphones that came with the iPhone 5 were pretty sweet – but now I KNOW why people love Harman/Kardon. They do sound right. With these headphones, you feel like you are live at a concert.
2. Metal Uni-body
The HTC One M8 has an all-metal crafted unibody. This just feels like a solid phone. I haven’t even bought a case yet and if you know me, you know how crazy I get with my iPhone making sure it always has a case on it!
3. HTC Advantage
So I mentioned that I am weird about having a case on my phone ALL THE TIME, hello I have 2 toddlers… HTC has a program called HTC Advantage that will replace my screen God forbid it cracks for FREE within the first 6 months of ownership. I’ve cracked a screen before and while it can be fixed – it’s a pain.
The HTC M8 One has 2 cameras on the back and 1 on the front. Yes, 2 – why? You can create 3D images with this and send to others who have HTC M8 phones. I am so not even kidding you. You can also do amazing features like re-focus your image AFTER you have shot it. Yes, it’s like a Lytro camera built into your smart phone. The front-facing camera is 5 MP. Both front and back cameras support 1080 Full HD video recording.
5. Expandable Storage
I mentioned with my desire for an iPhone 6 I wanted a 64 gig. I always fill up my 16 gigs and if I am going to upgrade, I should upgrade. The M8 comes in 16 and 32 gigs, but get this… it’s expandable. It has an expansion card slot that supports microSD memory card for up to 128GB additional storage (card not included). So TECHNICALLY, my phone can now support up to 144GB – that’s massive.
Sorry Apple, I still love you – but this phone now has my heart.
A special thank you to Sprint for having me out, as well as HTC.