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Life with the one 14 Days in..
following on from this thread I am now 14 days into my virgin android experience with the one. Here are the opinions of an ex iphone addict..
so far the one, as a piece of hardware, is pretty much second to none, the touch screen is responsive, the camera is performing fine and the size of the screen is fantastic.. Now i may seem a little negative from now on, buts its the problems I have been facing using the one and Android in general..
Fragmentation - Devs developing for 100's of devices.. most of the apps I have used looked terrible. Bad design, low res graphics everywhere, clunky interfaces. Not all.. but a large majority of apps fell like ios apps from 2009.
Power button - To wake this phone you need to press the power button.. the power button is placed in a such a way as to make it nearly impossible to wake the phone one handed. If you do you will probably lower your ringtone volume at the same time or nearly drop the phone. I thought a Bestskinever would help with 'grip' but it doesn't.
App inconsistency - maybe a bit harsh, but I have apps that don't seem to be completely bug free.. namely NiLS - sometimes it works, sometimes it hangs, sometimes it just does nothing. I have yet to find the perfect global notification app - I am still missing emails and texts, this is more than likely related to my many years of iphone use though, I am still getting used to the notification pull down. Also they does not seem to be a unified design spec regarding UX. some apps swipe left, some have button pushes, some pull down to refresh, its a mish mash.
Video - I am currently using double twist to play video, its not pretty in anyway, massive icons, a bit clunky, but one huge pain in the *** is the fact that when clicking 'video' within any video app, it loads all of my 'gallery' videos.. I don't want to see zoes or home movies.. Just my movies or Tv shows. I have astra file explorer (which is great) and I am thinkning that maybe i need to start using more file structure on the phone.. again, an iPhone hangover.
Bloody Speaker click - Annoying, and I am hearing more and more, at times its doing this during video playback, even heard slightly distorted buzzes at times.
The Gallery - Just not very good, no matter what the gallery loads facebook images. No idea why HTC would think that anyone would want to see facebook pictures in your phones gallery. You can disable facebook and it goes away, but then your logged out of Facebook, log back in and the images return after a short while. Very annoying.
The dialer - HTC stock dialer is really awful, not easily navigated or very useable. Luckily there is an app called exDialer which is how it should be done.
Hardware - Superb design, not quite apple standard, but very close.
The speakers - A breath of fresh air to have front facing speakers.
Google voice - Works about 90% of the time. Far more responsive than siri. Cant add events and things like siri though, or can you?? "remind me to XYZ at 4 o'clock." I don't think voice supports this?? anyone confirm?
The Apps - on the pro and cons list..??? any problem I have had with the phone or android so far, I have managed to sort out by using these forums and app recommendations. Apple will never ever do this. Dialer was junk.. I got a new one.
So far I am moderately happy with the phone, I am still an Android newbie so I may be missing obvious things.. I have not got any virus protection or not entirely sure if the back up that is stock on the phone is backing up all my data.. (like iCloud)
I have been looking at the samsung S4 as a comparison to the one, the home button looks so enticing, using the power button to wake the phone is not good.
Not being negative, just airing my views