HTC One M8by HTC

  • HTC One M8
  • HTC One M8
  • HTC One M8
  • HTC One M8
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A definite buy! This is among the best in its class.
94%
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PROS

  • The premium design of the HTC One M8 includes a brushed aluminum back plane that looks elegant.
  • The roomy 5-inch display is bright and sharp.
  • HTC includes a microSD card slot, which means you can easily expand the storage.

CONS

  • The battery is sealed in the phone, which may be a deterrent for users who prefer a handset with a removable battery.
  • The phone's camera produces images that lack the sharp clarity of competitors' phones.
  • The dual-camera design is uncommon. It gives depth data about images, but in practice the effects are limited in their success.
The HTC One M8 is considered by many to be one of the most attractive phones you can buy. Armed with a brilliant 5-inch display, an unusual depth-sensing camera, and a microSD card slot for supplementing the built-in memory, the One M8 provides a lot of function in a stylish form.
NameHTC One M8HTC One M9DROID Turbo 2G Flex 2Onetouch Idol 3
ManufacturerHTCHTCMotorolaLGAlcatel
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HTC told me that it re-introduced the expandable memory as it was a) able to do so without compromising the design and b) it had heard from …

HTC told me that it re-introduced the expandable memory as it was a) able to do so without compromising the design and b) it had heard from so many consumers that this was a real sticking point for not buying the original One.

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With an all-metal design, faster internals and a larger screen, you could easily mistake the new handset for the original - until you turn i…

With an all-metal design, faster internals and a larger screen, you could easily mistake the new handset for the original - until you turn it over and spot the unique dual camera.

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HTC has done an outstanding job at creating a powerful, premium smartphone with great build quality and functions most people will actually …

HTC has done an outstanding job at creating a powerful, premium smartphone with great build quality and functions most people will actually use without gimmicks.

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I certainly applaud HTC for folding these new gesture controls into Sense since they do increase the overall usability of the M8.

I certainly applaud HTC for folding these new gesture controls into Sense since they do increase the overall usability of the M8.

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The best bits of the HTC One M8 are its design and battery life – it looks and feels good and can last two days on a single charge if you’re…

The best bits of the HTC One M8 are its design and battery life – it looks and feels good and can last two days on a single charge if you’re careful. The downside is a gimmicky camera that doesn’t come close to its competitors.

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With the HTC One M8, curves are the name of the game. The back panel has been re-jigged with its curvature (from left to right) becoming muc…

With the HTC One M8, curves are the name of the game. The back panel has been re-jigged with its curvature (from left to right) becoming much more pronounced and as a result it now fits flush to your palm, unlike its predecessor.

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The new HTC One [M8] is a great smartphone that does a lot of fantastic things. We can tell that the company listened to feedback, focused o…

The new HTC One [M8] is a great smartphone that does a lot of fantastic things. We can tell that the company listened to feedback, focused on areas that needed improvement and added some innovative new features that are actually useful along the way.

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HTC’s attention to detail is very much still in effect, though, from the beveled front edge as it meets the display to the top edge, which h…

HTC’s attention to detail is very much still in effect, though, from the beveled front edge as it meets the display to the top edge, which houses the power button and IR port and any other magical device. The brushed finish on the gunmetal gray — easily our favorite of the three — is a wonderful touch.

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The HTC One (M8)’s best feature is its design. No other company does a better job of highlighting, and distancing itself from the sameness o…

The HTC One (M8)’s best feature is its design. No other company does a better job of highlighting, and distancing itself from the sameness of the plastic rectangle take on the Android smartphone than HTC. 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.

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The OS is well integrated with Google, and features the usual line-up of Google apps as well as some welcome Lollipop elements - such as the…

The OS is well integrated with Google, and features the usual line-up of Google apps as well as some welcome Lollipop elements - such as the Recent Apps cards and smart locking. Crucially, Sense is a minimal and unintrusive UI, comprised of sharp, skinny fonts and an array of customization options.

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Negative Reviews
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Not for me
Okay, confession. I don't actually own this phone, but my sister does. While the hardware is amazingly fast in operation and light in weight, the OS is very cumbersome compared to iOS. Trying to pull up a photo is a three step process sometimes, depending on where you're accessing the photo from. And the graphics, while crisp as any retina display, seem a bit outdated. Too many gradients and shadows. If you're primary interest is speed and function, you might like this phone. If you place importance on form as well as function, you might not like this phone.

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