Originally Posted by IfixitBIG
Those of you who went from the 880 to the Harmony one... was it worth it?
I'm thinking about pulling the trigger tonight.
Absolutely. Now, granted, I only had the 880 for one month, but here are my thoughts:
The 880 overall just felt cheap. The buttons felt like extremely cheap plastic. The buttons on the side of the LCD screen were not only wiggly, but very small (and I have small hands). The shape of the 880 was ok, but the One is a definite improvement. The weight on the 880 was ok, but the One is weighted perfectly (majority of the weight in in the back where your palm is). The layout is much better on the One, it just seems more logical to me. The LCD screen is of a much better quality on the One than on the 880. The beautiful logos squareeyes created would look like garbage on the 880.
The One is just a much more polished and complete package in my opinion. It's very elegant for those who care about form matching function. I have said before that I have no problems using the touch screen. I suspect that people who have problems hitting the right buttons either have very large fingers or, more likely, the are touching the screen with the remote held out in front of them at an angle, which means they're not actually touching where they think they are. For example, if they put the One on a table and looked down at it from directly above, they would have no problem touching the right areas of the screen. But because it is held at an angle, you actually touch a little lower on the screen than you think you are. Obviously, this may not be the case, but I seem to recall iPhone users reporting similar problems right after the phone was launched. It just takes a little time to get used to.
My complaints about the One are that you can't have more than 3 activities on screen at once (hopefully not for long). I would love to be able to choose a 3, 4, 6, or even 8 button layout. Also, I don't like the piano black finish. I despise that consumer electronics companies decided this was a cool new look to introduce. I hated it when Sharp did it with their new Aquos series in 2006 (which I still bought). And I don't like it on the One. This is more just a pet peeve of mine and obviously not a deal breaker. But the underside of the One has a matte look and feel to it that I think looks really nice and I would have preferred this on the top also.
The One isn't a big leap forward in functionality, the 880 can do everything the One can do. But it is a big leap forward in design. Whether it's the layout of the hard buttons or the versatility of the touch screen, the design makes the function that much better and easier to use than the 880.
That's pretty much all I can think of for now. Feel free to ask more specific questions and I'll do my best to answer. One thing I can say, I would be kicking myself right now if I was stuck with the 880. The One is much, much better in my opinion.