After many years of loyal iPhone ownership, I have switched to the HTC One M8 and Android.
There are plenty of reasons why I made the switch. For starters, my girlfriend and I live nearly a continent apart. She is on Android, and I was on the iPhone. And for some reason, roughly 50% of the photos I sent her just wouldn’t show up. She’d get a picture message, but it would simply display a gray box.
As you can imagine, this was frustrating. Maintaining a long-distance relationship is not easy, and it is made more difficult when we can’t properly stay in touch. And yes, this includes photos of my dog and my food. I wanted to be able to share my day, and the iPhone/Android connection was faulty.
So that’s the main reason. The other reason is that I have the Jump plan from T-Mobile. It allows me to upgrade my phone twice a year. I had the original G1 from Google; it was the original Android phone. I wasn’t happy with it back then, but Android has come a long way, and I wanted to see if I would enjoy using Android now.
I’m a big fan of customization, and Android obviously allows that to a greater degree than iOS. All of the apps I used on my iPhone were available for Android, so switching wasn’t that difficult.
I’ve only had the phone for a few hours, but my quick thoughts: I love this thing. A lot. It is much faster than my iPhone. The screen is incredible, and it’s much larger than the iPhone screen. It is a joy to use.
I’m also a bit of a design freak. That was the main thing that kept me using iPhones; I loved Jonny Ives’ design work. I’d originally looked at getting a Galaxy S5. But then I saw the HTC One M8 reveal, and I loved the way it looked. The design is sublime. It is easily the best-looking phone on the market outside of the iPhone. It might even be better.
I also loved the fact that it wasn’t buoyed by tons of software I’ll never use. I don’t need to take my pulse. I don’t need the fingerprint scanner. I wanted a phone that was fast, beautiful and easy to use. The One provides that in spades.
I love the camera. It is fast and responsive, and has features I will actually use. The Duo Camera experience is neat, and I enjoy being able to add bokeh to my photos after I take them. And with 32 gigs of store space (expandable to 128), I’ll never have to worry about running out of space the way I did with my 8 gigabyte iPhone.
So far, so good. I’m really enjoying the Android experience this phone provides. We’ll see if it holds up over time, but for now? I’m sold.