1. bmetelsky's Avatar
    I ordered my M8 from VZW on 12/15 and received the android version via FedEx the next morning. Aside from the order mixup, which was likely my fault, that was super fast delivery! I took the android version to my local corporate VZW store and was able to get it exchanged with minimal hassle. I am coming from the Lumia Icon, so thought I would post some first impressions.

    I am pleased with the phone so far. I like the curved corners versus the sharp corners of the Icon.
    The phone feels a tad bit lighter, which is also nice. It is a beautiful phone, and looks like a flagship device.
    I like the double-tap to wake feature - it is sometimes easier to use that versus the button.
    The power/wake button on top - this is one of my gripes, but I can live with this. It is less of a problem because of double-tap to wake.
    I like the software buttons better than the built-in buttons of the Icon. These are bright white, with no yellowish hue. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the navigation bar can be set to go with the theme, go with the background, or stay dark. I also like that the software buttons rotate with the phone. It's a nice touch.
    The M8 comes out of the box with 8.1. This is probably the main reason that I upgraded. I was running the developer preview on the Icon and while it was tolerable, there were a few annoyances, which I will not spend time focusing on here.
    The speakers on this phone are great - for music and notifications. Speaking of notifications, I can really feel the vibrate on this phone, even when it is in my pants pocket.
    I do not know if the Icon had "Attentive Phone Settings" or not, but I like the auto answer feature and the flip to mute ring. These may have been present on the Icon but I did not use them.
    The camera works fine for me. The fact is, I could never take really good pictures with any phone, no matter the specs. Some photos on the Icon came out great, others not so great. I have only had the phone for 24 hours, but find that the camera is adequate for my needs.
    I will update this initial review at some point, but wanted to get my first impressions out there.
    I have the free X-Box version of the dot-view case coming, but will likely just play with it a bit and then sell it for a few dollars. I have ordered a horizontal holster, a charging stand, and a slim SUP case for the phone.
    ajb1965 likes this.
    12-17-2014 08:15 PM
  2. TeknoBlast's Avatar
    Wait a minute....people still use the holster? :)
    12-18-2014 12:31 PM
  3. bmetelsky's Avatar
    Wait a minute....people still use the holster? :)

    Only if it looks good and functions well. If not, then the phone goes on the pocket....😉
    12-18-2014 01:06 PM
  4. Bowlegz's Avatar
    You're not going to regret getting the M8, I know a lot of people prefer the Lumias, but the M8 is a power house!
    12-19-2014 06:39 AM
  5. bmetelsky's Avatar
    Got the charging stand and case today. Phone fits well in charger without case. I will try the charger with the phone in case as soon as the new update is finished installing.
    12-19-2014 02:27 PM
  6. bmetelsky's Avatar
    12-19-2014 02:29 PM
  7. bmetelsky's Avatar
    The charging stand works with the M8 with or without the case that I bought, which is very nice. I'm liking the case more than I thought I would. It doesn't add much bulk and also doesn't attract dust. I just got the holster today and that will be going back. It's huge!!!! I really don't need it as I can just slip the phone into my pants pocket.
    12-22-2014 11:24 AM
  8. link68759's Avatar
    The charging stand works with the M8 with or without the case that I bought, which is very nice. I'm liking the case more than I thought I would. It doesn't add much bulk and also doesn't attract dust. I just got the holster today and that will be going back. It's huge!!!! I really don't need it as I can just slip the phone into my pants pocket.

    Does the stand you bought work with the dot view case specifically?
    12-22-2014 12:08 PM
  9. bmetelsky's Avatar
    Does the stand you bought work with the dot view case specifically?
    I haven't opened the dot view case so don't know yet. I will let you know shortly.
    12-22-2014 12:29 PM
  10. bmetelsky's Avatar
    Does the stand you bought work with the dot view case specifically?
    Yes, I just tried it. The phone with the dot view case will charge in the stand that I linked above. Not sure how I feel about the dot view case, especially this very green xbox case..... Perhaps I will find someone that wants to trade this for a more subdued color, like black or grey. :)
    link68759 likes this.
    12-22-2014 02:12 PM

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