HTC One (M8) – Wrapping it all Up

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The HTC One (M8) Verizon Software Folder

Out of all the apps that are installed, the only real, useful ones are NFL Mobile (and only if you’re someone who subscribes to that exclusive, Verizon Wireless service), Verizon Cloud and VZ Protect. Everything else is a waste of space, processing time and your attention.

VZ Protect is a virus protection package that updates its own AV definitions in the background. The fact that Verizon is smart enough to include a virus checker in one of its premium phones is very cool; and something of a necessary evil. If Google did a better job at plugging its own security holes, then Android may not be as big a target as it is. I have a huge problem using any mobile OS that really needs a TSR-based (terminate and stay resident) antivirus app; but from what I’ve seen of Android over the years, you’re going to be very glad that it has one. Do yourself a favor and leave this app enabled.

Conclusion
If you’re an Android fan, the HTC One (M8) is a winner. Period. The hardware (minus the camera) is solid. Android 4.4.2 KitKat isn’t bad at all, and when you couple that with the hardware – especially the (M8’s) huge, bright, 5 inch, HD display, it’s going to be very hard for anyone – iPhone fanboy or not – to say that the HTC One (M8) is a bad phone. The only hardware flaw there is, again – and it’s a huge disappointment when you look at the total package and see that HTC could have so easily released one of the best devices of the year – is the camera.

The camera, without a doubt, just sucks. The rapid shutter release is nice, but I was very disappointed with the camera’s performance. While most users won’t want to take anything bigger than a 4″x6″ print – which the (M8) will do nicely – on the off chance you really catch something compelling or extraordinary that you will want to print as an 8″x10″ or bigger – you’re going to find that the (M8’s) camera will provide a print that doesn’t have the pixel density or resolution to support the detail required of such a larger print (nearly twice the size of a 4″x6″, or standard film SLR print size). What you’ll have instead are very fuzzy, very blurry larger prints.

The only thing I have to say about Verizon Bloatware is that it needs to come off the device. I don’t want or don’t need VzW replacements for something that already come standard on the device. I also have a huge problem with a mobile OS that NEEDS to have a virus scanner active in the background. It just seems so foreign, and WRONG. However you’d be silly not to run without it, given that most users will likely live in the device.

At the end of the day, unfortunately, there’s nothing here in the HTC One (M8) that would make me want to
1. Leave my carrier of choice (AT&T – speaking to Verizon provided tools)
2. Replace my iPhone for the HTC One (M8)

The HTC One (M8) is a decent upgrade from the (M7) and is an OK Android device in and of itself, but for me, the camera doesn’t cut it; and I’m too deeply bought into the Apple Music/Video/App ecosystem to leave it for Google Play. Unless Apple comes out with a version of iTunes for Android, I will happily stay where all of my content works and plays well with others.

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