Scouring “top 10 gifts for Mom” lists? Your search is over: it’s the HTC One M8. If mom is a foodie, gardener, yogi, techy, traveller or just straight up busy, this phone will work for her. I’m all of the above — and this is why I love my phone so much.
The Android OS (operating system) along with Google cards is next level when it comes to notifications, and the real reason that I love my phone. I was once eating in a restaurant with karaoke scheduled for later. My phone buzzed when it was time to leave to get to karaoke on time! Another time I made a dinner reservation on Open Table while waiting for my kids at piano lessons. Again, my phone told me when it was time to leave piano to make it to dinner. I didn’t even add the reso to my calendar!
When I have a flight coming up, my phone reminds me a day in advance. By providing the flight number in the notification, online check-in is even easier. Using an electronic boarding pass? That will also come through a notification.
I take a lot of photos. I like to take pictures of my family and selfies at events. My kids ask me to take pictures for them (of birds and trees), and my kids like to take my phone to shoot their own pictures. Do I worry about losing photos? Nope. I connected my Drop Box account so my photos are automatically backed up for me.
My every day apps
I have a few every day apps that keep my life on track and organized.
Epicurious – recipes and shopping lists help me plan meals for the busy week ahead
Facebook – helps me keep up with friends and family
Pinterest –the Pinterest app experience is even better than desktop, I use it to save decorating, party planning, and gardening ideas
Kindle – for days when my bag is too heavy I use the app instead of carrying my Kindle
Starbucks – this was the first app I added to my phone. I have my loyalty card connected to pay for drinks and collect rewards
BBM for Android – added it as soon as it was released and I use it every day to IM with my BBM friends
Want to get an HTC One for mom? From May 5 until May 9, tweet a photo of you and your mom using the hashtag #HTCMom for a chance to win the new HTC One M8 in Amber Gold, available exclusively at Rogers. And if you’re not the lucky winner, you can still reserve the device using the online Rogers Reservation System.