Yesterday I got my HTC One M8 (silver) and I have been playing with it the whole day I would like to post my first impressions. Please remember, I have been using iPhones since the beginning, but before that I had Windows Mobile devices for as long as I can remember.. I work as a Microsoft IT Pro, so I am not a typical consumer that doesn't care to understand something very technical.. When I got the device my first impression was wow, is that a huge device!! Coming from a 4" iPhone this was a shock. The big screen has advantages and disadvantages. I turned on the device and after a relatively long boot time (more than two minutes - this is something that the iPhone does better), I went through the setup wizard of HTC. This wizard is ok but lacks polish. I configured my Exchange account and to my surprise I found that HTC supports Exchange Tasks out of the box. The device started syncing my almost 3GB mailbox (I choose to have all mails with me, as I did with my iPhone). Syncing didn't work very well for mail. After 5 or 6 hours I decided that it is not very reliable. Of course I know that most people would choose to sync much less data and in that case sync would be better.. The mail client was my first negative experience. The way it renders html mails is just bad. I compared the same mails with my iPhone and the iPhone was better all the time. Despite the smaller screen I didn't have to scroll right to see the whole mail, something that I had to do on the HTC One. Anyway, on Android changing the mail client is not a problem. On the iPhone that would be a big issue, since I cannot change the default apps..Of course, this kind of user experience is bad for normal consumers and HTC/Google should really work on improving their mail clients... After a bit of a research I downloaded Touchdown, which worked great, much better than I ever dreamed of! It supports all features of Exchange, including categories, rules, S/MIME security, etc..I was amazed by it! I bought a license immediately and was excited by the widgets, which I installed immediately. Having widgets for the first time was like a breath of fresh air! I configured 5 pages, on the main page I have the standard time/weather widget, google, plus some apps I need to quickly access. On the second page I have all my Exchange widgets, on the third my social network feeds and on the rest pages I have apps grouped in folders. I already had Google Music sync my iTunes library, but to be honest I need my dynamic playlists and they don't synchronize. I bought iSyncr and used it to sync all of my music to an SD card. It worked great. Actually I was very much impressed by the real time multitasking that Android has. I was copying 13,000 songs, synchronizing 3GB of Exchange mailbox, installing apps all the time and browsing the web, and the device never slowed down a bit. Really impressive! Surfing the web isn't as good as with Safari on iOS. Reader Mode is missing, and that makes many websites difficult to read, even on this big display.. I will try to find a solution for this problem. I use Chrome on the HTC to surf, and apart from that it worked very well. My bookmarks were already there, since I synchronize them through desktop Safari on my Macs.. So, up until now we have music, bookmarks and mail covered, but what about my pictures? Well, this is the biggest disappointment so far. As a Mac user I would expect as a minimum support for iPhoto and Aperture, but unfortunately this is not possible. Even using double twist (which I also purchased) doesn't help. Syncing pictures is a big pain up the $$$$ Imagine having a novice user, a typical consumer with his Mac, buying an Android device and trying to copy his albums on his new smartphone. A nightmare! Anyway, I downloaded Picasa, exported my 12,000 pictures on my hard drive, imported them in Picasa and enabled Google+ automatic sync...Now, every time I import pictures to Aperture, I need to export them also on the hard drive, so that Picasa picks them up and uploads them on google+. Really bad! This is an area where I would appreciate your thoughts, or solutions. I do not intend to stop using Aperture on my Mac, it's out of the question. The gestures used to turn on the device are great and the news feed is also nice (Blinkfeed I think it's the name). For twitter I downloaded the official app and Tweetcaster, which looks nice, but I have to check more tomorrow. I downloaded OneNote and I was glad to see that it also offers a widget to quickly create a new note. I am not used to that stuff! The device itself is really nice, the quality matches the iPhone and I really liked it. It is really tall and twice it almost slipped my hands. I need to get used to it. I believe a 4,7" size would be better. Yesterday night I found an app called AirDroid and was so impressed about it! I can manage my Android device remotely from the Internet, copy files, and basically do whatever I want. Amazing! I also downloaded MPlayer Pro and even watched an mkv tv series. Very nice! So, to summarize my first day with an Android device, I would like to point out the positive and negative stuff: Positive Multitasking Widgets are great The Touchdown Exchange client is amazing and well worth the money The fact that I can change default apps is great. The display is amazing Unlocking the device by using my live image is cool Notifications are so much better on Android than on iOS. I enjoyed a chat session on Facebook today with a friend. The way it works you cannot have it on iOS. Amazing ways to configure and control the device Negative Syncing from iPhoto/Aperture doesn't work at all. Unacceptable for a consumer perspective. Google should understand at some point that people with Macs use iPhoto or Aperture (and some use Lightroom). very few use Picasa! The OS is not as polished as iOS. This can have an impact to consumers, which see better graphics, more polished apps (very often but not always). Android is not consumer friendly. Lots of customization options are geared towards power users. Chrome is not as good as Safari on iOS. No standard podcast app (but plenty available to download) No way to disable the Sense UI (without rooting). Actually it's a bit sad that Google allows skinning the UI. The standard mail, calendar and tasks clients are mediocre. The iPhone provides a much better out of the box experience. The out of the box experience for consumers is much better on the iPhone. People that want to research and take some time to get to know Android will appreciate it though. No iMessage, no FaceTime (but I was expecting that) I would like more internal storage. I also have a 32GB SD, but it would be better if I had this storage internally. So, where does this leave me? Am I going to jump ship and move to Android? Maybe! I still need to think about it, but I think I might as well do that.. I hope I didn't tire you with another long post!