Take a look at smartphones these days and they are all pretty much the same. We we made the leap from flip phones, to ones that were just designed for texting, the Blackberry emerged and we discovered that those keys we thought we so desperately needed weren't there for any other reason but nostalgia.
I suspect this is the feeling our parents had when the rotary phone was replaced by the push button phone. Sure it was faster and much easier but between the time you decided to dial and the time that you actually completed the dial, you had a whole lot of time to hang up that phone before the girl on the other end picked it up.
You can't find a smartphone these days that doesn't boast a crystal clear display. We want to be able to see our content clearly so that's a no-brainer. We want it to be fast because we are busy and don't have time for it to lag. Smartphone companies are following the formula that made them successful. Large screen, clear display, almost unbreakable glass with options for customization. I can even get a case that fits my personality.
But here's where the shift begins and ends for me. The camera. I pride myself on my photography. It's the one selling point in a phone that has me all aflutter when we talk images. What you decide to do with that camera is what will set you apart from all other phones. Don't mess that up because we don't want to miss a moment.
Thank goodness smartphones were not around when I was in college. If we wanted to take pictures we bought a disposable camera that clicked incessantly when we advanced to the next frame; you could never do that without someone knowing you were about to take another picture. Even then, if you took a photo in low light, you'd use the fixed flash that used the same burst of light for every situation. Then you would take this camera to the drug store and get it developed and laugh at the messed up composition or wonder why your thumb was the star of every third frame.
While the world is collectively losing their minds about other phones, there is a phone that doesn't get much press and it's the HTC One M9. It boasts up to a 20 hour usage time and more importantly sports a 20 megapixel front facing camera. This is almost twice any other smartphone out there.
The user interface is one I enjoy. There's no more switching to modes by going to settings, Just swiping left or right cycles through selfie, camera, panorama, RAW camera, photo booth, or a specialized mode of your choosing. Shooting in RAW mode is a plus for any serious photographer allowing customization for white balance, over or underexposure, ISO, shutter speed, and aperture.
The phone also has the most intuitive one touch editing software that I have seen. The editor not only allows creation through standard things like filters, editing tools such as cropping, flipping, and straightening but allows creativity through touch ups for photos of people like skin smoothening, lighting effects, eye enhancement, and anti-shine.
With the HTC One M9 there is little to no need to import a photo to your computer and spend time editing it post shot. The ability to edit and create double exposures, prismatic images and unlimited tools at the touch of your fingers makes you feel like the possibilities are endless. With this phone you are a mobile photographer with all the tools necessary to create on the go. The HTC One M9 will elevate your photography to new levels.
Backed by the best network there is at Verizon, I am able to share these photos with my family, friends, and followers on Instagram and Twitter. HTC prides themselves on elevating a user's image and video experience and it shows. With a 32GB hard drive, it holds all my precious images with room to spare and has a Micro-SD card port for expanded memory. You are only limited by your creativity with the HTC One M9 so forget lugging around an extra camera with you, this phone is the only camera you will ever need.
As a member of a great group of Verizon influencers, I occasionally receive cool products to test drive and share my honest thoughts on. I was provided with the HTC One M9. No additional compensation is provided, neither were any favorable comments promised. All opinions are my own.