Last night I went with my guy to see Empire of the Sun play at the Fox Theater in Oakland. I didn't know too much about the band prior except that it had popped up periodically in the boyfriends playlists and my roommate informed me that they had come from down under. The week leading up to the event I decided to binge listen through all of their albums so that the familiarity might allow me to have a better experience.
The concert was phenomenal, and while I can't say that I was familiar enough to know ANY of the lyrics; the costumes, set design and feel of the performance as a whole was wonderful. I brought my new phone along as well and was able to capture some great shots and even a couple videos of the show that evening.
This device is an HTC one (M8), and it seems to have been built from the ground up for music aficionados and regular concert goers. The audio quality is great on the external speakers and the amp makes that headphones sounds great as well. Great for listening to music and still maintains the quality at its loudest settings.
But most of that has been said before. Mostly what I noticed was how capturing looked at the concert itself. The low light camera and quick shutter speed in addition to more fine tuned controls on ISO and EV allowed me to capture some pictures that were far better with less noise than I would have expected from a phone's camera. While many have complained about the low megapixel count, the larger individual pixels and software processing seem to work well to produce clearer pictures in less ambient light. And the dual mic setup allowed for some pretty decent audio for the video clips I captured at the event.
Exhibit A - Picture above
Not bad huh?! With excellent low light and audio capture, and unrivaled audio playback in a smartphone, all in all a this is looking like an solid effort by HTC to give us a Music Fan's ideal smartphone.