Alright, I admit it, I should have known what I was getting into. I bought the HTC One Max, a phone that every single article says is good but way too friggin big. I didn't believe them. I should have. Check out the above pic - thats an iphone 5s looking like a toy in front of this beast.
But let me not get ahead of myself.
I'm making the jump to android now because, like so many other companies, we are planning on doing away with Blackberry altogether in the very near future. It's still a good service, but the devices just don't keep up with the latest and greatest offerings from android and apple, and as such, we're ready to kick them to the curb.
As I referenced in an earlier article (Giving up blackberry, the battle begins), we have some execs who are extremely hesitant to make the jump. For most of them, they've tried the iphone in the past and have been unsatisfied. They love the tactile keyboard, and are afraid to give it up. We've tried keyboard cases (most of them, shitty mass produced hunks of junk purchased for 8 bucks on amazon), and recently even ordered a Typo keyboard, something that looked promising but that The Verge is absolutely PANNING (Typo Keyboard Review - The Verge). So with that in mind, and knowing that we're not yet ready or willing to allow for use of Windows phone, that means that android is the other option. These same folks played with an android device (droid maxx in that case) and were impressed by the haptic feel of the keyboard - that little vibration that it gives as you hit the keys. Remarkably, Apple does not have that capability (without jailbreaking, something forbidden by corporate policy).
So here I am, the dude who has been praising iphones and using them since the very first model, and I need to try something new so that I can learn how our implementation of it works. Face to face with one of my biggest issues with Android: the sheer number of options. After reading tons of reviews, I had set myself up with three options: Nexus 5 (obvious reasons), HTC One (best reviewed camera of the phones I looked at), and Droid MAXX (kickass huge battery). Of the three I settled on the HTC entrant because, quite frankly, the camera is the most important "standout" feature to me, and I kinda like the live tilish HTC homescreen.
But I didn't stop there - Oooooh no, I figured if I'm going different, lets go DIFFERENT. I went from the relatively dainty iphone 5s to quite possibly the single most beastly ass phone I've ever seen in my life. To say that the thing is big just does not even do it justice.
Well I know you'll be shocked to hear this but this thing is FUCKING HUGE. Pardon my french and all that but sometimes you just have to say it. It's big, it's heavy, it's solid, and it feels like you could break somebody with it. I opened the box and my first thought was "holy shit, what the hell did I just get myself into?!". Before the phone got here I'd already ordered an armband to use with it on my jog, but I shit you not the phone is huge - if I bend my arm, the phone sits snugly between the crook of my elbow and my armpit. I'm not a little dude...not a giant either, but assuming an average sized arm that is a whole lot...and I mean a whole, WHOLE lot of phone!
That's about all I'm prepared to say about the thing so far. I just received it today and am in the process of going through setting up and whatnot - so I really have no additional feedback on this thing except to say HOLY SHIT IT'S FRIGGIN BIG!!!!!!!!!!
Here's another photo - I know a beer bottle isn't a gigantic item or anything, but it aint comfortable to walk around with one in your pocket either....check it:
So any tips for an android n00b? Anybody else made the jump and have some growing pains they'd like to share (apart from the pain I'll be in trying to jog with this thing in an armband!)