First, I think I should start off this article with a disclaimer. Despite what you may think, since I do write for an Apple-centric website, and I do own an iPhone 5, I would not consider myself an Apple fanboy (although some on Twitter would disagree with this statement). In fact, prior to my iPhone 5, I was an Android user for a few years. However, I switched to Apple simply because I wanted the best smartphone I could buy at the time, and it was clear to me that the iPhone 5 was by far the best bang for my buck. I had also planned on upgrading to the iPhone 6 this fall for my upgrade since nothing to this point had seemed like a better option than the iPhone. However, HTC’s latest flagship device, the new One, sometimes called the One (M8) may just be the device to knock Apple out of my top smartphone spot.
The first reason that I’m drawn to the One is the wonderful hardware and build quality. There’s just something about a phone made of 90% metal with a curved back and massive display that just seems perfect to me. And it is one of the only phones that can match and surpass Apple’s hardware material choice by using such premium materials all around the device. Even without holding the phone (which according to reviews feels great in the hand), I can tell that HTC took a lot of time and effort into crafting this device into what they wanted. All of the metal, curves, and attention to detail instantly draw me to the phone.
Another reason, honestly, is simply the screen size. Yes, a 5-inch screen is a little bigger than my ideal screen size (I think 4.7″ would be perfect), but I’m getting bored with my iPhone’s 4-inch screen. Yeah, I know Apple just increased the size of the iPhone’s screen less than two years ago, but they need to keep up with the rest of the market, and meet customer demands with a larger screen. The size of the iPhone just won’t cut it in the market anymore. With as much time as I spend on my phone, I’d like to be able to spend my time looking at a larger screen where I can get more information at once rather than having to scroll more, or zoom in farther like on the iPhone.
And while this may not be a specific reason for the HTC One, and more of an argument of why I may switch away from my iPhone, I get bored with software easily, and iOS doesn’t allow me to change things around enough to keep me interested. With Android, I know that I can always customize it more than iOS. This isn’t a plus for the HTC One (M8), but more of a knock against iOS, which has kept the same basic look since its introduction with the original iPhone back in 2007. HTC’s Sense has evolved a lot since I had the HTC Evo 4G when it first launched on Sprint, and it looks completely unrecognizable (which is definitely a good thing).
The software included continues to evolve with the market, and includes nifty features such as the double tap to wake the phone, as well as some of the gestures HTC has included. This is an area where Apple has taken the approach of “ours works, and it’s simple.” While that’s great for some users, I simply grow tired of it. The new HTC One seems more in tune to what consumers want, and fits consumers needs better than the iPhone.
The only reason I’m hesitant about switching is my dependence on a lot of Apple’s services, such as iMessage and Apple’s Photo Stream feature. Almost all of my friends are iPhone users, and because of this, we share everything through iMessage, and have a collective Photo Stream. None of which I would be able to access from the HTC One.
While I haven’t yet made a decision, the HTC One (M8) is definitely the first Android phone that’s grabbed my attention and given me serious consideration to switching platforms once again. What are your thoughts on the iPhone 5 (or iPhone 6 if you want to imagine) vs. HTC One (M8) debate? Sound off in the comments section below and let me know what you think!