Momma Told Me: You don't know until you live without them.
I'll admit it, I'm technologically obsessed, linked in and logged on every waking hour. While I grew up during the beginning of this mobile technology explosion, and still recall what a 'briefcase phone' looks like, I've become spoiled. Ironically, I'd estimate less than 10% of my interactions with my cellular device are related to direct communication via an actual phone call, or text message. If you'd have accused me of this a few years back, being tethered to an electronic device, I would have scoffed with offense. Now, it's something I've come to embrace. So long as my electronic devices don't prevent me from unplugging and connecting with the real world (aka, my family), I am fine with being labeled a techie/geek/nerd.I feel the electronics and technology I choose to align myself with is a clear expression of who I am, and a key to my success in nearly every daily activity. How can something as ordinary as a phone keep my life on course? Read on and find out just how my #HTC8 Windows Phone does just that!
I've been an Android user, mainly because the other half was, since it's mobile existence. My first smartphone was an Android, and it's hard to argue with a brand that has a cute little green robot as a mascot. However, working in digital media, I often find circumstance where I need to operate with Apple (iPad) devices for App reviews or software features. Though, the logical thing, for me, has always been to carry a 'smartphone' that is compatible with my processes on my Windows PC laptop. After all, what's the point of having a 1.5GHz, Dual-Core, processor if I can't seamlessly transfer and manage data between my home computing and on-the go devices? I knew the 8x, by HTC, was going to be my new best friend, ready to explore right out of the box. Using my Windows live ID I could seamlessly connect all of my social media accounts and back up any personal data to the Cloud. This means I can access my images and files on the go with the phone's integrated WiFi or 4G compatibility. And, did I mention how fast my new phone is?
Shortly after I received my new phone there was a small hiccup; an extremely rare glitch that shutdown my device, pending in warranty HTC repairs. There was a little bit of panic, as I switched back to my old LG handset in the interim. I had become so used to the lightweight, slender, and even sexy HTC handset, with the beautifully lit 4.3" Gorilla Glass screen, and Widescreen forward facing camera. Sure, I was happy with my old phone before, but now, I couldn't imagine going back! The difference between the two interfaces was dramatic. Where as I had been able to streamline all of my favorite apps, images, and even recipes, onto my Live Tiles home screen, with the 8x, my Android phone now seemed stiff and limited; almost, even, outdated. I yearned for the fast processor and 4G connection of my new baby, and the feel of the soft rubberized exterior gently weighted in my hand. It was as though I had traded my new flat-screen plasma in for an old tube television; everything moved slower, and nothing was as 'shiny' as it had been on the HTC.HTC phone. Simply lock on to your current position and select a nearby 'Munzee' marker. Using Google Earth, powered by Bing, you'll be given a clear visual guide to the designated location, as well as written tips left by previous visitors. The point? At each user designated location is a digital barcode to be found and scanned, or 'collected'. Move up in the rankings alongside your friends, or check your nationwide rank against other Munzee hunters. With the lightening fast speed of my T-Mobile 4G (prepaid) network, and the beautiful widescreen HD display, this is one app that executes flawlessly with the HTC 8x.
What Daughter Says: The HTC 8x has simplified my mobile life, and broadened my horizons.
Content and/or other value provided by our partner, HTC.Disclaimer: I received an HTC 8x handset and service as part of the #Troop8x program. Regardless all opinions within are 100% mine, and mine alone.