There’s an old saying that goes “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence!”, meaning that whatever you have there is always something better that you are coveting.
So being an early adopter of Windows Phone, and not having used Android since Froyo, having run it on the HTC HD2, and then having a HTC Desire for a little over a month before jumping on the HTC Mozart, I really haven’t grown with Google’s OS, and it has evolved a lot.
So when @HTC offered me the new ONE to have a look at [obviously I’m a big HTC fan], I’m going to have a look. The changes in the OS are stellar though, from version 2 [froyo] to Ice Cream Sandwich [4.1.2] on the One, and hardware that is, well, hard to compare to devices of two years ago, it is going to be a challenge. On build and specs alone the One is exemplary
Quad core Snapdragon 600 Quad Core 1.7 Ghz processor, 2 Gb DDR3 Ram, 32 Gb storage, 4.7 inch, Full HD 1080p, 468 PPI resolution. The challenge will be for me to use the One from unboxing, through setup, to daily driver for the next month, without bias. I’m approaching this exactly like I just got a new phone,[Oh I did], finding the best way to make it work for me.
While I do not intend to make a direct comparison between Windows Phone and Android on the One, I’m sure I will make a few.
Basically though, with hardware development moving so quickly, and it being such a motivator for people to update their devices, will the One be able to draw me away from Windows Phone? Besides Hardware, the other key area that will be tempting will be app availability, or the lack of. Having used Windows Phone exclusively for so long, can I migrate all of my MS stuff easily to Android?
Having not even booted the HTC One yet, I really see this as a challenge, if you have any questions, advice, app recommendations, thoughts on the process, feel free to voice them in the comments.
Yes, this is WinPhan, a blog about Windows Phone, but being informed about all mobile operating systems is an important part of making the information here relevant.
So to kick things off, let’s have a look at what’s in the box!