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HTC One (M8) Expert Reviews: The New Best Android Smartphone

HTC One (M8) Expert Reviews: The New Best Android Smartphone

Last year’s HTC One delivered a wide range of innovative smartphone breakthroughs: beautiful all-metal design, an ever-changing home screen that streams customized online feeds, dual front-facing speakers and an amazing HTC UltraPixel camera.
As one of the few Android phones to truly compete with Apple in terms of design, the HTC One (M8) is a beautiful handset. According techcrunch, It has more in common with Apple than with any other Android OEM when it comes to the look and feel of its latest phones, and the new M8 is no exception. But it also manages to distinguish itself enough to avoid any accusations that it’s simply “copying” the iPhone maker.

With a full wrap-around, high quality, all-metal design with curved edges that naturally fit in your hand, significant enhancements to every breakthrough feature of last year’s model, as well as all-new innovations, the HTC One (M8) is designed to impress and built to perform.

Some of the most prominent new features of the HTC One (M8) have to do with its ability to take truly stunning portrait photography and pictures with unique, fun and creative special effects. In a smartphone first, HTC’s Duo Camera features a dual lens that captures depth of field information and provides an entirely new set of editing tools.

The HTC One (M8) launch was as much about Sense 6.0 as it was about new hardware. The latest version of Sense, HTC’s UI customization of Android, offers improved BlinkFeed, new unlocking features for the phone, a better, more social integrated TV remote and more.

The battery in the HTC One (M8) lasts 40 percent longer than before. Extreme Power Save mode gives you up to 2 weeks of standby time while still giving you manual access to calls, email, texts, and other basic functions. Even with just 10 percent battery, you’ll have 30 hours of standby time with Extreme Power Saving Mode.

The HTC One (M8) features a new multi-band amplifier that ratchets up?the volume and sound quality, and boosts bass while keeping the mid/high frequencies clear. A new software balancing system optimizes bass and treble levels to ensure clear vocal and sound details. Redesigned speaker chambers result in sound that is 25 percent more powerful than the HTC One (M7). A new DSP constantly monitors the speakers to ensure the audio is never degraded by clipping or distortion.

The screen on the HTC One (M8) is a 5-inch, 1920 x 1080 screen, with 441 pixel density. It’s absolutely one of the best smartphone screens in the business. HD quality video looks terrific on the 1080p Full HD screen, which makes the One a great device for watching video while you wait or during the commute.

Pros

  • It has included a microSD slot so you can add your own memory card for more storage
  • Screen is just at the upper end of size/usability ratio
  • Finally, Best design of any Android phone

Cons

  • The battery is only 2600mAh
  • Some accidental touch on far side interactions
  • New Motion Launch feature makes for accidental unlocking


All in all, I feel The HTC One (M8) is currently my favorite Android smartphone.

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GENERAL2G NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G NetworkHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - EMEA, Asia
HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 - AT&T
HSDPA 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - T-Mobile
4G NetworkLTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2600 - EMEA
LTE 700 / 1700 / 2100 - T-Mobile
LTE 700 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 - Asia
LTE 700 / 850 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 - AT&T
SIMNano-SIM
Announced2014, March
StatusAvailable. Released 2014, March
BODYDimensions146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm (5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 in)
Weight160 g (5.64 oz)
DISPLAYTypeSuper LCD3 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.0 inches (~441 ppi pixel density)
MultitouchYes
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 3
- HTC Sense UI v6
SOUNDAlert typesVibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
LoudspeakerYes, with stereo speakers, built-in amplifiers
3.5mm jackYes
MEMORYCard slotmicroSD, up to 128 GB
Internal16/32 GB, 2 GB RAM
DATAGPRSYes
EDGEYes
SpeedHSDPA, 42 Mbps (21 Mbps - AT&T), HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
BluetoothYes, v4.0 with A2DP
NFCYes (market/operator dependent)
Infrared portYes
USBYes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go, USB Host
CAMERAPrimaryDual 4 MP, 2688х1520 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Features1/3'' sensor size, 2µm pixel size, automatic simultaneous video and image recording, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, HDR, panorama
VideoYes, 1080p@30fps, 720p@60fps, HDR, stereo sound rec., video stabilization
SecondaryYes, 5 MP, 1080p@30fps, HDR
FEATURESOSAndroid OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)
ChipsetQualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801
CPUQuad-core 2.3 GHz (US/EMEA)/ 2.5 GHz (Asia, China) Krait 400
GPUAdreno 330
SensorsAccelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
MessagingSMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email
BrowserHTML5
RadioStereo FM radio with RDS
GPSYes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
JavaYes, via Java MIDP emulator
ColorsGunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver, Amber Gold
- SNS integration
- Google Drive (50 GB cloud storage)
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
- DivX/XviD/MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
- MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/FLAC player
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk
- Organizer
- Document viewer/editor
- Photo viewer/editor
- Voice memo/dial/commands
- Predictive text input
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Po 2600 mAh battery
Stand-byUp to 271 h (2G) / Up to 496 h (3G)
Talk timeUp to 14 h (2G) / Up to 20 h (3G)
MISCSAR EU0.42 W/kg (head)     0.22 W/kg (body)