Going From an Old Phone to a New Smartphone

I recently got the HTC One Mini as my new daily driver. So as I was coming from a phone where you had to press a button up to 3 times just to get to a certain letter, it was definitely more than a slight upgrade! It meant I could keep up with the latest wherever I was, and easily talk to people on any form of social media at all times. After using the One Mini for over a week, here are my thoughts on the beginning of my relationship with my first ever smartphone!

Editor’s Note: This guest post was written by Conrad Russell from Kingconisawsome.

HTC One Mini (Left), Old phone (Right)

HTC One Mini (Left), Old phone (Right)

Well before getting my One Mini I only had a iPod Touch 4th Generation I could use on the go, as my first gen Nexus 7 is way too cumbersome to carry around in my skinny chinos. I used my iPod to mainly listen to music and do some light gaming, but I couldn’t tweet, update my status or post to Instagram when I was out and about. It also meant I couldn’t talk to my friends over the phone or text them easily, which meant I could only talk to them when I was at home via Facebook.

Having a smartphone with a pretty great camera also meant I could take photos when I was out with friends and with my parents. As the camera on my previous phone was 0.3mp and the camera on the 4th Gen iPod Touch was about 0.7mp, none of my photos looked good. Now with the amazing Ultrapixel camera on the HTC One Mini and the great camera app that comes with Sense 5 means I take can Zoes, remove unwanted people in photos or add a hipster filter to a picture of me posing on the beach! Using the camera on the One Mini has been one of the things I’ve been doing most on my new Smartphone!

HTC One Mini Back (Left), Old phone Back (Right)

HTC One Mini Back (Left), Old phone Back (Right)

I’ve also enjoyed having a bigger screen to watch YouTube videos on and do some gaming! Now after using the One Mini and getting used to the form factor, my iPod Touch now feels like a toy! And as for my previous phone, the screen was roughly 2 inches big and you could see pixels from a good 15-20cm away. The screen on the One Mini also gets fairly bright and has great viewing angles, so it’s easy to use it at the beach on a sunny day! A bigger screen also means a bigger and better keyboard experience! Its so nice and quick to use I’ve even typed some of this article up on the One Mini.

However there are some disadvantages of getting a smartphone! Firstly they make you very unsociably when out with friends or family, instead of talking to people around you’ll be engaged in a Twitter conversation or texting friends. You also feel a lot more scared of dropping your phone and cracking the screen, or ruining the beautiful construction of the One Mini. I’ve also had to put a pattern lock on my One Mini, as I’m sure it would catch a thiefs attention much more than an iPod Touch. As I hardly used my old phone the battery life was amazing, I could easily get a week without having to charge it, however it was turned off most of the time. Now with my One Mini I’m getting about 8 to 9 hours of battery life during the day, which means I have to charge it each day. It isn’t really an inconvenience as I charge while sleeping, but something worth noting.

HTC One Mini Close up (Left), Old phone (right)

HTC One Mini Close up (Left), Old phone (right)

I’ve really enjoyed using the HTC One Mini and I’m sure I will continue to for the next 2 years on my contract! Going from a really bad phone to one of the best (maybe the best) mid range phones today has been a great experience! The endless upsides completely flatten the few minor bad things!

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I’m a 23 year old Maths Graduate, who has a great passion for technology and in my spare time I make videos on YouTube to show my passion. I'm also co-admin here at TeckComesFirst and I joined this site back in January 2012.
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  • Gareth Bayard

    This is a great article actually! So true some of the aspects that are mentioned 🙂