I was given the chance to test out this beautiful smartphone. Coming from the M7 and the One max, there a lot of changes that were put in place - but there were also promising features that were retained.
Initially, I thought the M8 would be problematic with the hands given it's slightly bigger than the M7 and it now has rounded edges. I thought it's going to easily slide out of your hands. I was wrong! When I had the M8, it feels just right. Didn't even notice the increase in screen size (I hope they'll stop at 5 inches!). The grip was just perfect. Also, I don't know why, I feel the M8 is lighter than the M7 (it should be heavier, but maybe because it was thinner?). I also loved how HTC maintained the premium feel the phone has on one's hand.
The 90% metal content of the phone impresses me. I want to know which parts were plastic. You would see the difference against the M7 because the polycarbonate material on the sides were no longer present. The brushed up metal finish looks so elegant. I love the design and look of this phone. I don't see anything bad about it.
Next up, sense 6. I have a lot to say about Sense 6 but let me just put it in a short paragraph. I love the changes incorporated in BlinkFeed. I love how it looks like now - better that the previous layout. It's so smooth to use. The Read Later feature is a plus. The SenseTV's new layout is neat. The new camera app and Zoe are soooo much easier to use. Another thing, the custom color coded themes were nice. I only use the custom there but the changes in color were nice and refreshing. I find the motion launch feature useful. Makes my life a lot easier. My ultimate fave feature of Sense 6 is the Extreme Power Saving mode. Such a useful feature and it saves you from trouble.
Talking about BoomSound, I like how the music and sound quality is a whole lot better even without the Beats Audio feature. The front facing speakers were the bomb - just like that of the M7. But this time, it's way way better. The satisfaction you get in listening to music from the BoomSound speakers is on a different and higher level, plus it's more pleasing to the ears.
Battery life (I think) has the most significant improvement in the M8. Before, the M7 would usually last a day with me and the max would stay for around 2 days. But for both phones, I would usually turn the 3G data and sync off because it uses much battery. The M8, with only a few mAh additions, would stay with me for around 1.5-2 days with normal use. Also, I don't need to turn off data and sync. HTC must have used the best hardware and chips for this feature and I commend them for that.
Lastly, let's talk about the camera. I am not a professional photographer but I like taking photos and sharing them online. To be honest, I was quite expecting more in terms of the camera for the M8 - thought it would be around 5UP or 8UP. But anyway, we have to note that there were improvements in the picture quality. I can't notice not much noise in the photos. The Duo camera effects were a plus but I believe those are features that you don't use on a regular basis. The manual settings help a lot in taking good photos. The M8 still reigns in low-light photography, that's a fact. One thing I'm really proud about is the sweep panorama feature. It takes the best panoramas ever! Also, the selfie camera having 5MP is the best front camera in the market now.
Overall, I like the HTC One M8. It's a phone I would really recommend to everyone. I can't choose 1 feature that will be the phone's trademark. It would be the phone itself - not anything else. Indeed, the best just got better.
Please does it mean HTC has stoped producing Beat Edition phone or is just GSM Arena missing it in it's specification because since this year I've not seen "- Beats Audio sound enhancement" on the specification of any of the phones manufactured this year by HTC
make use of settings option for better pic clarity guys..itz almost a professional cam..simply awesome!!
andrewlim123, 12 Jun 2014It's not 4 megapixel but it's ultrapixel which makes the better lowlight picture.It's 4 megapixels. Ultrapixel is the name of the camera tech, not the pixels.
So it's a 4 megapixel ultrapixel camera
Merong, 12 Jun 2014Due to spec, is it for real this phone just 4mpx main camera? or just type error,it maybe come... moreno it comes with 4MP , the sensors are better but and the shots are uncomparable under low lights but the quality under huge exposure is still up for debate.
Merong, 12 Jun 2014Due to spec, is it for real this phone just 4mpx main camera? or just type error,it maybe come... moreIt's not 4 megapixel but it's ultrapixel which makes the better lowlight picture.
I have been using this phone for about 1 month. So far I found this beauty outstanding. It's a very tough task to improve on the best phone of 2013 and HTC has done that. This phone is an absolute looker. true to life in every scenario, but they are often more visually pleasing that's what I want .Though, Low pixel count means less pixel-level detail than the high-end competition in most shooting situations.Theory is one thing though, practical use is another. As far as the low MP count is concerned, Images are typically shared online or edited at much lower resolution than 4MP and most users don't even come close to making use of their smartphone camera's full resolution.That, however, doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like to see a larger, higher-resolution sensor with an UltraPixel Tech.
It blows away the competition
in benchmarks as well. I ran two most common benchmarks on the M8 and the results were superior than any other Smartphone. M8 scored 25000+ in Quadrant benchmark and 38000+ in Antutu Benchmark Test.
Sense 6 is my favorite UI. It is cleaner and brighter. I like the way the UI is as simple and flat as can be, giving stock Android a run for its money. I like the themes pretty much.The color actually extends into the notification bar at the top of the screen, giving the impression that HTC’s apps are “one with the phone.”
Last but not the least, what should I say about BoomSound speakers. I have not encountered a smartphone that can even come close to the Loudness and Clarity of the speakers.
Due to spec, is it for real this phone just 4mpx main camera? or just type error,it maybe comes with 40mpx camera..need to know.
I have been using my m8 for the past two weeks or so now. I can tell you that this is the phone to own . I used to be an iPhone user for three years shifting from 3s to 4 to 4s then realized the lie and the control of Apple so I shifted to Samsung s3 and then s4 . I can tell you that Samsung is a lie. It lags and becomes slow after only 3 weeks of usage plus battery life on the Samsung and iPhones 5 and below are not comparable to the m8. My phone can support me for 2 days easy with moderate use of emails and YouTube and normal calls and what's app.
I do not have any experience with Sony z2 but I can see that my m8 will stay with me for some time to come even after the big iPhone screen.
Go for m8 and nothing else . You will feel satisfied and premium.
worriedaboutM8, 11 Jun 2014im using a htc m8 for 3 weeks, and now 2days im facing a problem which i have never face on an... moreI was also facing same problem on my s4..when i submit it..they said the phone is ok..only charger was faulty..
Your problem is due to your charger, charger cable or micro usb port on your phone. The trip to a service is the solution.
worriedaboutM8, 11 Jun 2014im using a htc m8 for 3 weeks, and now 2days im facing a problem which i have never face on an... moreJust do a factory reset. It'll fix the problem.
If it doesn't then your battery is faulty. Get it replaced via service centre.
worriedaboutM8, 11 Jun 2014im using a htc m8 for 3 weeks, and now 2days im facing a problem which i have never face on an... moreI've never faced such a problem, I can fully charge the phone 5-100% around 1 hr and 40 min. If you are continuously facing that problem, I recommend you to hand over the phone to a HTC service center or to the store which you bought it.
im using a htc m8 for 3 weeks, and now 2days im facing a problem which i have never face on any phones, when i plugin the phone for charging its taking around 15min to get 1% of charging, each n every percent of charging is like that, if i switch off the phone n put for charging its charging as usual,
can anyone please help me how to fix it???
ameya 13, 10 Jun 2014This phone looks so stunning, especially the glacial silver model. Seriously this is a samsung... moreYeah i know right !
But watch out ! Samsung fanboys might see your comment and start bashing the m8 with comments about the camera XD
They have nothing better to do LOL XD
This phone looks so stunning, especially the glacial silver model. Seriously this is a samsung killer XD
Deadman006, 10 Jun 2014My iPhone 4s has a cortex 19 but it's 3 years up till now it doesn't lag
I have used the iphone 4s and it is super smooth on iOS 6 and laggy on iOS 7.
I have seen many galaxy s3's and none of them lags much. But many users report this so I found it true. Also I had a cortex a9 based xperia U and it lagged like hell after 1 year so I assumed this thing.
You must be a light user or must be using iOS 6. Thats why your phone must be working like a charm. My friend had an iphone 4 and it was so laggy after ios 7 that he wanted to throw his phone.
And yes, apple processor is cortex a9 based and is a customized chipset made by apple and not the vanilla cortex a9. So it'll age differently compared to plain cortex a9. Whereas s3 and note 2 use plain cortex a9.
Anyways my main point was that krait or cortex a15 don't age that fast and m8 will last years before becoming slow.
Thanks for your input.
Have a nice day
After using the HTC One (M7) last year, I really couldn't see how HTC could improve this year. Well, I was completely wrong. The HTC One (M8) is absolutely mind blowing in comparison.
Stunning screen, even better sound quality, better camera, better battery life and even an mSD slot!
This time I honestly cannot see where HTC can improve, this thing is amazing against any other smart phone out there.
Deadman006, 10 Jun 2014My iPhone 4s has a cortex 19 but it's 3 years up till now it doesn't lag
That's the Apple's magic. I have used an iPhone 4s as well and your comment found to be true. They have a very simple OS yet very powerful. That's why iPhones are so fluid and fast.