I used to buy a new mobile every month , back in 2000 the price was around £100-£200 for a brand top of the range and so it became almost a competition between who had it first .
I remember my first ever phone was a huge brick with an aerial out the tip of it which was always either chewed off or lost . The only thing you could do with them was use it for calls and texting and it had no colour screen , just that calculator classic style writing , the signal never worked so you would find yourself jumping on top of trees or hanging out of windows to try and reach for the signal that did not exist.
Over the years technology has grown dramatically and I for one can not keep up with it especially when it comes to mobile phones .
Every time I look at a new mobile and say ''Yes I want that one'', another pops up even better a little less than a week later on the adverts or shop windows and by the time I have got that new mobile and saved hundreds for it , it is almost a year or three years old .
It is ridiculous at the price of them, some mobiles cost only £150 but then there are others which cost an outstanding £700 and sometimes more . These things can cost more than a car sometimes.
Today mobile phones have become bigger and better with more and more apps, abilities and styles available than ever before.
You can do everything on a mobile phone now from calling, texting , playing and watching games and videos to even scanning your groceries , using your phone to control electrics on the home and even shop, bank,read your favourite books, listen to songs and even build a website plus there are so many more.
Over the years my buying them has had to be cut dramatically due to cost and if I am lucky , my husband may give me his old one or treat me to a new one at Christmas but it is rare and there is no wondering why.
Two months ago , I was very lucky in receiving a tweet from Carphone Warehourse informing me that I had won a brand new mobile phone , The HTC one M8 in pink to be exact and needless to say I was over the moon and to be honest a little sceptical after waiting two months for it to arrive.
Here it is................
Yes that is the box , thought I would keep you waiting a little longer while I give you a little more detail on what it actually is that made me so excited.
Inside the box you receive the usual leaflets giving you your starter information , warranty and user guid lines.
You also receive the handset , earphones with extra plugs, a charging socket plug and the data cable along with a free cover to prevent the phone from scratches and you also get the key to open your slot for placing your nano sim and SD card into the phone.
The look and feel of the phone-
The HTC one M8 is beautifully curved with a full aluminium body . The screen is a tidy 5'' and the HD 1080p resolution brings the pixel density down to a respectable, 441ppi.
The screen is bright and colourful and makes watching movies on your phone a pleasure , the only problem I have with it is that the screen is less visible in high sunlight , just a little let down but considering the UK shares little sunshine , I do not think I have much to worry about .
The phone feels light to hold and is balanced very well as you can see , perfectly central so the worry of dropping it or it wobbling out of control in my hand is minimalised and I feel a steady grip of the phone when holding it . This phone really does fit your hand comfortably .
I was lucky to receive the Pink limited edition solely promoted by Carphone Warehouse and I have to say I was expecting something a little bit more brighter in colour but am pleased they have kept it almost metallic light pink , very pretty and still smart looking considering,especially if your girly like me , but if you would prefer, the phone is available in other colours such as Gold, Grey, Silver or red .
I love how the punched speaker grilles are almost ''shown off'' on the front of the phone and gives it that sleek look with the notification light signal behind it which flashes green every time I leave the notification alone.
Little features like that make me happy due to the fact I spend late nights sat in my bedroom watching movies which hubby snores beside me having to keep phone on silent , no vibrate or just simply being as quiet as I can to not disturb him, so the light makes it easier for me to see if there is something going on in my social networking world without battering an eyelid to the sleeping beast.
The Duo camera on the back is also a new feature for me and I love how they match together on the back of the phone but you do still have that option of getting a front facing shot .
The insights of the HTC One M8-
You get a fantastic 2,600mAh battery that will give you up to 20 hours of talk time, or last up to 496 hours when the phone's on standby. For me it is a savour due to the fact I had to recharge my mobile every night with its low battery life , I have actually let my phone go completely dead and it lasted me 5 days without the need to charge so it is great compared to my previous Sony Xperia model.
It's powered by a 2.3GHz quad core Snapdragon 801 processor and Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
You get a fabulous 16GB internal storage and also a slot for a microSD card so you can add up to 128GB of extra memory. For me the 16GB is quite sufficient for now though and I have all sorts on the phone already.
One of the features I find fantastic although a little of a bug bare at times is the new HTC One Motion Launch.
Taking a call is as easy as lifting the phone to your ear it just takes a double tap on the screen when it's asleep or you can swipe up to access your last app, left for widgets and right for HTC BlinkFeed™.
Blinkfeed is one of the other lovely features of the phone , I can check all of my social networking site updates of news from my twitter, facebook, instagram and more by just adding it to my list all at once.
I have found my self sat watching movies and listening to music on this mobile due to the great new HTC BoomSound that has been made even better. The amazing sound comes from the two high quality punched speakers which are on the front of the phone and they direct your music straight at you. It is like sitting in your sitting room with surround sound in your ears , the sound is crystal clear and behind the speakers are dedicated amplifiers and unique software that automatically adjusts the sound to the music that's playing. The sound is clear with no distortion which makes it a wonderful experience .
One of the other favourites (although I wish it secretly was not shown to my son while I was excited to check out) is the Kid mode also known as Zoodles.
The App was built onto the phone and we have spent a few good nights using its great features.
Alongside the usual games, painting and watching children's educational programmes there is also a story telling mode where you can not only read your child a story but you can also record a video of you reading the story to them and save it so they can see you at bedtime reading to them.
Now personally this is pretty lazy if you are just going to throw your phone in front of the child and leave them alone, I personally like it because I can sit with him and he seems to be more enthralled in it because his dad or me are on the screen.
The good thing about Zoodles Kid mode is that you can (if you need or want to) give your child your phone and by having it password protected you can leave your child to roam their own apps without the danger of having pop ups , adverts or even your own apps and programmes being available to them.
The phone costs a staggering £529.95 which is quite a lot but the experience of this phone compared to my Sony Xperia is substantially different.
I seem to get more than just a phone with the HTC one M8.
I have had a fabulous lucky draw in receiving the phone from Carphone warehouse and would like to give a huge thankyou to them for sending me this wonderful new adventure which I seem to be finding more fun with each time I open it .
What do you think about the HTC one M8 ?