HTC The One11/03/2014
Like any millennial, I'm addicted to my smartphone but my old one got stuck in a reboot loop and it wouldn't even charge or turn on. Luckily I was due for an upgrade but I had no idea what to go for because I didn't want to switch from an Android OS and I thought I didn't have many options. Right around that time, HTC contacted me to see if I'd like to be a brand ambassador for them so I did some research and subsequently wanted to slap myself for not being more familiar with their products. After some googling, I saw that the HTC One M8 beat out its competitors to win Phone of the Year at the 2014 T3 Gadget Awards so I knew I was missing out on something fantastic. Long story short, I was all, "Sign me up stat, I have to get my hands on this".
Well, I got my hands all over that and I'm a complete convert. Hallelujah, seriously. Last week HTC flew a few of us up to Jozi for the HTC The One event at Churchills Bar in Melrose Arch. Illusionist Larry Soffer did some magic for the crowd, pulling cards and cash out of phones as well as hypnotising the Truth coffee dude to feel whenever Leigh was poked. Later, my blogger pals got their new HTC One M8 phones set up while I was busy abusing the selfie mode on mine. I was so excited for everyone to get in on what I'd already had a chance to discover, that HTC really is The One. Yeah I'm corny as hell but girl, THIS PHONE!
So what makes it so great? Well for one, the battery life is amazing (3:30am-and-you've-had-your-phone-on-all-day-and-it's-at-30% amazing) and the camera situation is crazy. There's a front-facing camera and a Duo Camera at the back for depth perception ensuring a fast, focused snap which you can edit to your heart's content. You've got a beautiful 5-inch screen, a powerful processor, an SD card slot and BoomSound speakers which perform so much better than what I'm used to. The phone is smart as hell, ringing louder when its hidden in your handbag and softer once you've found it. There's a super convenient built-in app called BlinkFeed which houses all the social media updates you want to see, as well as any news from topics of your choosing, in one place. I could go on forever but you get the picture - I'm in love.
Keep your eyes peeled on the blog, we've got something exciting planned ;) Thanks to Masamo and the HTC team for all your hard work.