Welcome to the Android Central Forums Create Your Account or Ask a Question Answers in 5 minutes - no registration required!
Results 1 to 10 of 10
Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By Kibbster
  • 1 Post By STARGATE
  • 1 Post By Smply_Rcklss
  • 1 Post By kilskev
  • 1 Post By I Can Be Your Hero
  • 1 Post By jpullins
  1. Thread Author  Thread Author    #1  

    Default A bitter sweet goodbye to the M8

    Well, I've now parted with my M8 and ordered my new phone.
    I'm moving onto a Xperia Z2, which was my original choice for new phone until the M8 tempted me away... mainly because it was released on time and on the shelf back in March... unlike the Z2!

    It's been a good phone and I've enjoyed my few months with it but the Z2 has always been my first love and the opportunity presented itself to get one.

    No doubt the grass will just be a different shade of green on the other side

    Keep enjoying the M8s and keep taking all the great photos and spreading the word.
    No doubt I'll still hover about and help defend the M8 against haters as the Z2 forums are dead on US sites.
    oditius likes this.
  2. #2  
    STARGATE's Avatar

    Posts
    8,653 Posts
    Global Posts
    9,013 Global Posts
    Carrier
    None

    Default Re: A bitter sweet goodbye to the M8

    Good luck with the new phone! 🙋
    Kibbster likes this.
  3. #3  

    Default Re: A bitter sweet goodbye to the M8

    Good luck, the Z2 is very intriguing. I'm waiting on the Z3 hopefully it's available in the states

    Tapatalk'n On The M8 ☕🐸
    Kibbster likes this.
  4. #4  

    Default Re: A bitter sweet goodbye to the M8

    Take care and enjoy your phone

    Sent from my HTC One_M8 using Tapatalk
    Kibbster likes this.
  5. Thread Author  Thread Author    #5  

    Default Re: A bitter sweet goodbye to the M8

    I'm suprised Sony don't release phones in the US.
    Can't understand ignoring such a big market at all.
  6. #6  

    Default Re: A bitter sweet goodbye to the M8

    Quote Originally Posted by Kibbster View Post
    I'm suprised Sony don't release phones in the US.
    Can't understand ignoring such a big market at all.
    Probably dont think having to make four new versions of a phone was worth it

    My M8 posted this
  7. #7  

    Default Re: A bitter sweet goodbye to the M8

    Good luck with the Z2, hope you enjoy it.

    I've used the Z2, SGS5 and G3, still not tempted to get rid of my M8 yet. I think I'll be holding on to the M8 still the Nexus 6 later this year, or if that disappoints, then the M9 next year.

    Though if the M8 didn't exist.....it'd be a really tight call between the Z2 and G3. They're both great phones. Maybe the Z2 as the software is less in your face and a bit cleaner.

    Post your impressions of the Z2 when you get it in the forums, OP. I'll have a read of them.
    Kibbster likes this.
  8. Thread Author  Thread Author    #8  

    Default Re: A bitter sweet goodbye to the M8

    Quote Originally Posted by I Can Be Your Hero View Post


    Though if the M8 didn't exist.....it'd be a really tight call between the Z2 and G3. They're both great phones. Maybe the Z2 as the software is less in your face and a bit cleaner.
    I think the same but I also found the G3 that I played with in the shop a bit laggy.
    It might have been the fact it was a display model and has every random touching it, but it's the same for the display Z2 (as well as all the other phones) and they didn't have a problem.

    Quote Originally Posted by I Can Be Your Hero View Post
    Post your impressions of the Z2 when you get it in the forums, OP. I'll have a read of them.
    Will do
  9. Thread Author  Thread Author    #9  

    Default Re: A bitter sweet goodbye to the M8

    I thought I'd give my quick impressions of the Z2 after a few hours of use this afternoon.

    The Z2 feels better in my hand, it strangely "feels" lighter than the M8 even if it isn't.
    It's certainly easier for me to hold being thinner with an edge that your palm can grip.

    The screen isn't quite as bright as the M8 but extremely vibrant and doesn't suffer from 1080 on a 5.2 inch screen.
    I can't see the lower pixel count with my eyes.

    I hugely, much prefer the Sony UI to Sense, I never liked Blinkfeed and although the M8 UI was smooth and fairly uniform it was a little too utilitarian at times for me.
    The Sony UI is smooth, nicely animated and has come great touches (Homescreen and app draw management for one.) it's feels more dainty and delicate than Sense and isn't much of a slouch either.

    The Sony gallery is an app to fall in love with, using pinch to smoothly zoom in from tiny thumbnails of all your pictures down to the individual picture with all the images rearranging themselves on the fly in one smooth move is a joy to watch and use.
    I want to kiss the engineers and designers that made the Sony gallery app!

    The bad thing about the UI is the bloatware that pimps Sony's services, yes you can ignore it or hide the apps so you never have to afflict them on yourself but placing the Whats new app on the google now upswipe next to google now is dumb, annoying and someone at Sony should be beaten for it.
    Other than that, I love the UI!

    Sound, good but not a patch on Boomsound through the speakers!
    The Z2 speakers are just about as loud as the M8 but lack the bass and punch of the Boomsound speakers.
    In the Z2's defence though the speakers are not only waterproof but so small they are almost invisible and the top one manages to fit in the very top couple of mm of bezel and share the miniscule space with an awesome LED notification light that pulses across the top of the screen.
    The sony speakers are a marvel of design considering the space they were given.

    Yes the Sony LED is awesome compared to the M8 LED... well it wouldn't be hard to beat the M8 two colour pinpoint tbh!

    The camera.
    last but no means least, the big one.

    Is 4mp on the M8 enough compared to the Z2 using 8MP superior auto?
    Erm.. no, nowhere near.

    Don't get me wrong I loved the M8 camera, I had to work it but being so unruly it taught me a lot about mobile photography and made me a better photographer.
    The Z2 in Superior auto does the opposite.
    It removes all manual control and says "You are a puny human with a puny human brain, i have a computer for a brain...shhh... let me deal with the photography"
    And damn it, it's generally right!

    No manual focus (EDIT: I've since found out the auto mode does indeed have manual focus, it's just not as noticeable as the M8), no manual macro and no manual adjustments at all; just software algorithms making lots of calculations and getting it (mostly) right.
    The 8MP images are full of detail even at 1:1 zoom, great colour reproduction (although reds are a bit over saturated but not unpleasantly so) and have pin sharp focus (usually, can't apply focus manually )
    It's fast too, very fast... almost on a par with the M8 but still I think a tiny smidgen slower than the M8.
    It does have a dedicated camera button... Yay!
    I don't think I could ever use a phone without one now!

    A couple of photo examples I took today.
    A bitter sweet goodbye to the M8-2014-08-20-13.37.05.jpg
    Great colour reproduction, great detail IMHO.

    A bitter sweet goodbye to the M8-2014-08-20-14.54.15.jpg
    HDR (auto)

    A bitter sweet goodbye to the M8-2014-08-20-15.36.53-2.jpg
    Action shot, good shutter speed and focus.

    A bitter sweet goodbye to the M8-2014-08-20-15.38.41.jpg

    A bitter sweet goodbye to the M8-2014-08-20-15.39.48.jpg
    Macro in daylight

    A bitter sweet goodbye to the M8-2014-08-20-23.56.30.jpg
    Macro with flash in low light.

    I loved the M8 but I don't regret changing one bit.
    The Z2 is the perfect phone for me (as I suspected it would be) I just hope it proves as reliable as the M8.
  10. #10  

    Default Re: A bitter sweet goodbye to the M8

    Good luck and Btw your kid is cute

    Posted via Android Central App
    Kibbster likes this.

Similar Threads

  1. How to program a timecapsule app?
    By AC Question in forum Ask a Question
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-19-2014, 06:09 PM
  2. Where does the app save offline files?
    By Lillemy71 in forum Samsung Galaxy Tab4 10.1
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 08-19-2014, 01:34 PM
  3. cant get the new software
    By AC Question in forum Ask a Question
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 08-19-2014, 01:13 AM
  4. How can I manage/control the automatic backup?
    By TopTomy in forum Android 4.4 KitKat
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 08-18-2014, 06:14 PM
  5. Screenshots while on the phone
    By AC Question in forum Ask a Question
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-18-2014, 07:13 AM

Posting Permissions