Thursday, 17 July 2014

goodbye iPhone 5s- hello HTC One M7 (again)

My iPhone 5s has eventually gone to its intended home (my wife).  For the short term I've switched my corporate sim card into an old h&c one m7 (which I got when it first came out- and which I loved).  My initial impressions going back to the HTC One M7 after the iPhone are mixed. 

What I like about the m7 
  • Larger screen 
  • External speaker quality 
  • Access to TouchDown which is reasonable for corporate email (Android version only) 
  • The iPhone, being relatively thin, sometimes got stuck at the wrong angle in my trouser suit pockets.
  • I use  Nova on android and there are some things about the android UI that I prefer to iOS. Though I'm surprised at how little I missed widgets on the iPhone- most of what I needed was readily accessible though other means.

What I'm less keen on with the m7 (roughy in order of irritation)
  • I'd forgotten how poor the m7 is for reading in bright sunlight. The iPhone is much better (and the Nokia 1520 even better!) 
  • The m7 gets hot (not helped by the hot weather. The iPhone seems to stay remarkably cool in comparison).
  • For some of the locations I'm at,  the m7 is noticeably worse at getting a signal compared to using the same sim card in the iPhone 5s:(( 
  • Not having touchId for quick access is a real pain.  Corporate security policies allow touchId or a 4 digit (with a relatively short period before this has to be re entered) 
  • The iPhone 5s has an excellent built in pedometer that doesn't seem to affect battery life. I've found pedometer apps for the m7 but they need to be turned on/off and they noticeably use up battery. I was surprised at how much I looked at the iPhone pedometer once I realised it was there!  
  • Not having the swipe up to get to the quick & effective iPhone control panel is a pain. 
  • The volume up/down on my three button hands free sets don't work on the m7. 
  • The m7 is noticeably heavier (no chance of even thinking about putting in a shirt pocket- not something I frequently did with the iPhone, but occasionally).
  • The m7 has a great external speaker but if you forget to turn it to silent when you turn it off it's very loud when you turn it on (I found an app once to turn it off, but didn't like the permissions it was asking for).
  • OneNote on Android isn't as good as OneNote on iOS (though I prefer Evernote on android to the iPhone (due to the way Evernote have decided that on the iPhone you have to press a button to get to bullet/indent/numbering, and then it's dark text on a dark background).
  • The M7 gives an irritating message when I turn up the volume in audible when the phone is first turned on- asking me to confirm if I want to deafen myself. This is new in kitkat for the m7 and not something I've seen in my other android kitkat devices.

Conclusion? I'd be very tempted by the iPhone 6 (either size). 

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