“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Sprint. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and to thank me for participating.”
Last month I posted an article on the Sprint Framily plan. I am happily promoting Sprint as a super satisfied customer after years of great customer support and reliable service. I am thrilled to have been chosen as a Sprint Ambassador. This month I’m going to talk about one of their new phone models that is specially designed with music lovers in mind.
HTC One (M8) Harman/Kardon Edition Phone
I received an HTC One (M8) Harman/Kardon Edition for the purposes of reviewing it and sharing my observations and opinions with you. The phone is remarkably light considering the large screen (a 5-inch full HD screen). It’s also very slim so that it can still fit easily in your pocket. Of course, these are features that several new smartphones provide. What makes the HTC One (M8) Harman/Kardon Edition stand out from the crowd is the amazing sound quality.
While I enjoy good music and clear sound, my husband is the true music aficionado. He’s the reason we have spent thousands of dollars on audio equipment and high-quality speakers for both our home and vehicles. I was interested in what he would think of the phone and the sound. Did he like it? Let’s just say I had to pry the phone away from him after a couple of hours since he apparently didn’t want to give it up and return to his own phone. He swears the sound quality using the included earbuds is better than the sound he gets from his iPod and the super expensive headphones I got him for Christmas last year.
The phone comes loaded with Spotify, which has a catalogue of over 20 million songs. I love being able to choose from pre-arranged lists according to my mood, which I’ve realized is a great way to discover new songs and artists. I can choose workout music for the gym, relaxation songs for wind down time after sitting in traffic, or I can link the phone via bluetooth to speakers and play dance music for our family dance party. My husband likes to make his own playlists, which he can also do with Spotify. The best thing about Spotify is that I don’t have to listen to ads.
While my husband went nuts over how easy it was to get great music and enjoy amazing sound from the phone, I’m more of a picture girl. Ever since camera phones became commonplace, I’ve been a frequent impromptu photo taker since I almost always have my cell phone with me. So I was blown away by the camera quality and options. For one, I finally got the panorama capability I have been envying in my friend’s phone. My favorite camera feature is that I can refocus the camera even AFTER I’ve taken a picture. An uexpected benefit is what Sprint calls UltraPixels, which translates to 300% more light in your evening photos so that even photos taken in low light turn out amazing.
The other thing I think is super cool is that I finally got my hands on a smartphone that didn’t expect its user to be as smart as it is. Every time you use a new feature on the phone, it walks you through a BRIEF tutorial. This is perfect for impatient people like me who want to dive in and start using their phone right away without reading the entire user manual cover to cover. Imagine being able to actually know how to use all of the features your phone possesses!
The interface is extremely user-friendly. A simple swipe up gets me to Google so that I can quickly and easily search for the best sushi restaurant in town or directions to a birthday party. A couple side swipes gets me to the calendar or calculator. No more hunting through all my apps to get to the ones I use everyday.
Because my hubby loved the HTC One (M8) Harman/Kardon Edition so much, I’m gifting it to him for Father’s Day. Meanwhile, I’m dropping a ton of hints (this blog post on the internet being one of them) that I’d like my own HTC One for my birthday so that I won’t be mourning the loss of all the other cool features I enjoyed while testing the phone. Hello panorama!