[POLL] AOSP or GPE or Sense on the HTC One M8

AOSP or Sense

  • AOSP

    Votes: 143 18.4%
  • Sense 6

    Votes: 448 57.6%
  • GPE

    Votes: 187 24.0%

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krazie1

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Currently Im downloading the cyanogenmod source right now. I always wanted an opinion from a user who switched from sense to aosp, currently I'm having a hard time deciding on to be what either sense or aosp. I have been a sense user before and the later i joined the nexus users and that keeps me bringing back to aosp but again on the other hand I like sense too. So what made you switch to aosp from sense? :p
I switched honestly for the themes and speed. I also like sense 6 but I got bored with the plainness, ran stock type ROMs. I would of stuck with viperone but battery was terrible. AOSP has phenomenal standby time, I use cm11 or crdroid.
 
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richteralan

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Coming from a Nexus 4, I think Sense 6 is THE BEST manufacturer skin I have tried (tried Xperience, Touchwiz, Optimus UI, and of course AOSP)

Nexus 4 offers unparalleled customization possibilities, no argue about that. But if I want something that's kinda hassle free, and has everything without the need to download additional APKs, Sense would be my choice for now.

Of course, I would love to have much more customization possibilities for Sense, such as a choice of animations, pagination of app drawer, custom lockscreen, etc..etc.. But just from an out-of-the-box point of view, it feels great and works great.

So long answer for the question, If I want AOSP experience, I would buy a Nexus device. If I'm buying a non-Nexus device, I am not looking for AOSP experience.
 
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krazie1

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True to the poster above but us Verizon folks don't have the opportunity to buy nexus devices so we have to run aosp ROMs on our branded phones
 

clj575

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I have run aosp and sense on my m8....I honestly go back to sense not long after flashing aosp. When I was using other phones I loved aosp...but sense seems to work well for me.
 

dandan2980

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When I first got this phone I was a sense guy. Now that Aosp Rom's have matured that's all I run but usually keep a backup of Viper just because. Aosp IMHO has much better battery life
 
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After using stock android for 3 years on my Galaxy Nexus and then Nexus 5, I actually liked Sense more after getting an HTC One M8. It just feels much more polished and user friendly. At the moment I prefer Sense, but once Android L gets released ill definitely switch to GPE and try it out. From the pictures and videos I've seen, I think ill like stock Android L more than Sense.
 
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domol

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Does anyone notice a drop in signal strength in GPE vs stock? I did the RUU conversion but seem to have noticeably worst signal strength in all areas.
 

tmorterlaing

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I switched honestly for the themes and speed. I also like sense 6 but I got bored with the plainness, ran stock type ROMs. I would of stuck with viperone but battery was terrible. AOSP has phenomenal standby time, I use cm11 or crdroid.

When I first got this phone I was a sense guy. Now that Aosp Rom's have matured that's all I run but usually keep a backup of Viper just because. Aosp IMHO has much better battery life

After using stock android for 3 years on my Galaxy Nexus and then Nexus 5, I actually liked Sense more after getting an HTC One M8. It just feels much more polished and user friendly. At the moment I prefer Sense, but once Android L gets released ill definitely switch to GPE and try it out. From the pictures and videos I've seen, I think ill like stock Android L more than Sense.

I'm interested in people finding this- I wonder if it's true? Is there anything to support this? I'm asking because on the HTC M8 Sense comes with the auto-power saver and extreme power saver mode, the first of which seems to be the only functional power saving tool I've experienced that DOESNT just cut your data or something that makes your phone useless. So many play store things seem to have to stop you getting emials, for example.

Tried cm gpe and sense... Sense feels most responsive and gets best battery life.

Sent from my HTC One_M8 using Tapatalk

-Again, on the opposite side, has anyone done any god testing on this? Am intrigued to know if Sense 6 is genuinely better on an M8- perhaps it's ONLY better on the M8, because the M8 is optimised or something....

For me (currently on Viper One) the Sense auto power saver modes (which are genuinely good), and the camera which is not only designed better but also apparently actually takes better pictures for some reason....

I think if AOSP roms can either utilise both cameras on the M8 OR the battery life is confirmed to be better on AOSP OR someone can name an app that will provide something similar to power saver(-seriously, is there one?), I'll happily switch over :D
 

benj!

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I've had 3 Nexus devices before getting an M8, so pretty used to stock Android, but like Sense 6 so far. There are certain things I dislike about it, like the lockscreen and the battery stats, but they're not deal breakers. I tried running CM11 on the M8 for a bit, but found I missed the polished feel of Sense, so back on ARHD.

I'll probably switch back when Android L is out. I was running the dev preview on my Nexus 5 and the material design apps that were present, such as dialer and calculator, were far nicer than their Sense equivalents.
 

MistaBishi

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I've ended up back on Sense after being GPE for a few months. The camera software is part of the reason, as well as HD voice on my carrier and easy radio updates (needed soon due to LTE700 on my network)
 

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    I just bought my One M8 (gunmetal) the other day and immediately converted it to a GPE when I brought it home. I was actually going to buy the GPE from the Play Store, but I wanted the gunmetal variant (GPE is only available in silver). I was delighted to discover that the GSM version could be converted to a GPE. So while I cannot compare my M8 running GPE RUU to Sense (I really didn't even use Sense except to turn on USB debugging), I can compare it to my Nexus 5 running the Android L Preview.

    I have to say unequivocally that the One M8 hardware combined with stock Android is a match made in heaven for me. I've been using the Nexus 5 for a while, and though I love the phone and stock experience, the battery life was pretty bad. Installing the L Preview was fun and I've been running it as a daily driver since it came out. I'm still using it on wifi, so I'm able to directly compare my M8 to it.

    Here are my impressions of the GPE 4.4.4 converted M8 compared to my Nexus 5 running Android L Preview:

    - With my M8 on Dalvik, there is a bit of stuttering in apps. The notification pane is smooth, as is the app drawer and launcher (using Nova). But when using apps (particularly Facebook, Google+ and even the XDA forums app), there is stuttering when scrolling up and down. It's more than just the universal stutter you get when things are loading in from the network. It seems like either the CPU is underclocking or perhaps the stuttering you get without Trim optimization. It's not worse than I've seen on other phones, but the Nexus 5 running the L Preview is buttery smooth (perhaps the smoothest experience I've seen on Android).

    - I switched my M8 to ART and it got much smoother, pretty much on par with the Nexus. Didn't think it would make much difference, but it certainly did... though now I miss my Xposed modules (sure hope the devs will be able to port it to ART). So now I have to choose between a slightly lagging device running Dalvik with more customizations via Xposed OR getting a smoother experience on ART while losing my customizations.

    - I have not experienced any issues with the camera other than a bit of finicky focusing at times. But I've been used to using the Google Camera interface on my Nexus, so I feel right at home. I have to say that the M8 camera is definitely better in low light. Of course, there's not as much detail when cropping or zooming in because of the lower resolution, but quite good for sharing on the web or for small prints (I still remember my Nikon Coolpix 950 that was 2 megapixels and quite popular back in the day). The front-facing camera on the M8 is spectacular relative to the Nexus' poor selfie camera. I am getting a small bug in the Google Camera interface on the M8: if I choose the 4:3 ratio at highest resolution for the back camera, the viewfinder is not masked properly (doesn't show the right ratio and the photos taken in this mode are framed differently than I shot them).

    - Battery life on the M8 running GPE is phenomenal compared to my Nexus! My typical usage is to take my 100% charged phone to work and use it for playing podcasts at 1.5x speed for about half of my shift. I also use my phone for hotspot for about 30-40 minutes along with some screen on time during breaks. There's no wifi at work, so the phone is on the cellular network the entire time with pretty poor signal inside the building. After my 8-hr shift, I'm typically at 30-40% with my Nexus and with the M8, I'm leaving work with appx 70% battery. Both phones are configured to use High accuracy location reporting and I use Google Now quite extensively.

    In summary, I am quite pleased with the GPE M8 conversion. I was a little annoyed by the minor stuttering, and I'm still debating whether to stick with ART or go back to Dalvik for my mods. I suppose it'll be a moot point once Android L comes out because I'll have no choice but to be on ART... and hopefully by then, Xposed will be updated.
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    Which is your preference and why? I like sense 6 a lot but ventured out yesterday to AOSP and its really nice but its something about sense 6 that has me wanting to go back. I am going to test out GPE rom and see how I like it.

    Sent from my One M8 using Tapatalk
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    What is the difference between GPE and an aosp ROM like slim kat?

    you can read it everywhere dude -.-
    the GPE Version is the stock Android with some Framework and apps from HTC/Samsung. it doesnt has all things like sense or touchwiz has. but they are always getting updates faster then sense or touchwiz Rom
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    After using stock android for 3 years on my Galaxy Nexus and then Nexus 5, I actually liked Sense more after getting an HTC One M8. It just feels much more polished and user friendly. At the moment I prefer Sense, but once Android L gets released ill definitely switch to GPE and try it out. From the pictures and videos I've seen, I think ill like stock Android L more than Sense.
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    So.. U can install the sense camera from store?? And gallery for all the edit stuff? If yes, I'm a gpe convert..lol

    Sent from my HTC One_M8 using Tapatalk

    Yes, you can. I installed the HTC Camera, HTC Gallery, and HTC Video Viewer. You can install all of the HTC apps.

    Other manufacturers need to do this! I always wanted the Nexus 6, but it was way too pricey for off contract, and I actually like some of the manufaturers built in apps (SOME! VERY FEW LOL), and the build quality and aesthetics of the HTC One M8 is unrivaled for an Android device. So now I have me a Nexus 6 with the beauty of HTC and some of HTC's apps. Its a win-win!