HTC One (M8)

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Basic Specs

Thickness .37 inches
Weight .35 pounds
Form factor Slab
Screen size (diagonal) 5 inches
Carriers Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T
Operating system Android
Launch OS version 4.4.2

Tech Specs

Hardware

Height 5.76 inches
Width 2.78 inches
Thickness .37 inches
Weight .35 pounds
Form factor Slab
Color Silver / Black
Loudspeaker Stereo
Noise cancellation Hardware (multi-mic)

Display

Screen size (diagonal) 5 inches
Technology LCD
Pixel arrangement RGB
Resolution (Y) 1920 px
Resolution (X) 1080 px
PPI 441
Touchscreen type Capacitive

Connectivity

Carriers Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T
GSM Yes
UMTS / HSPA Yes
LTE Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11 a/c
802.11n frequencies 5GHz, 2.4GHz
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version Bluetooth 4.0
NFC support Yes
Tethering / mobile hotspot Yes
Media streaming DLNA

Processor

Manufacturer Qualcomm
Brand / family Snapdragon 801
Clock speed 2.3 GHz
Number of cores 4

GPU

Manufacturer Qualcomm
Model Adreno 330

Memory

RAM size 2 GB
RAM type DDR2

Storage

Internal size 16 GB, 32 GB
External Yes
Max external size 128 GB
External type microSD

Front Camera

Resolution 5 megapixels
Video resolution 1080p

Rear Camera

Resolution 4 megapixels
Flash Dual LED
Focus type Autofocus
Video resolution 1080p

Software

Operating system Android
Skin HTC Sense 6
Launch OS version 4.4.2

Interface

Video out Yes
Headphone jack 3.5mm
Other ports Micro USB, MHL

Sensors

Sensors Proximity, Ambient light, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Barometer

Battery

Capacity 2600 mAh
Removable No
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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Djdogstar (Currently owns)

    Great phone. Came from the Apple ecosystem and couldn't be happier. Much like my switch from the BBerry to an iPhone - I feel that Apple has been left behind. Its not a huge difference, but I do think that it is growing. iPhone does have cleaner integration with core applications, but the Android power is there if you are willing to put some time in to learn it. As far as build, this is a very well constructed phone. I feel that it is comparable if not better than anything Apple has put out.

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    Reviewed by nisankubur (Currently owns)

    HTC One (M8) is probably the most beautiful smartphone on the market today. It looks premium and luxe, and feels really great in the hand. The build quality is top notch, thanks to nearly all-metal construction. The hairline finish on the back significantly adds pleasure to the eyes. The subtly curved back improves the grip. M8 comes with a 5" 1080p display, a slight upgrade to the predecessor but retains the usually beautiful, vivid colors of S-LCD. M8 turns heads from some distance, and sparks wows-and-aaahs upon closer inspection.

    Sound quality ranks M8 among the best (if not the best of the best) smartphones on the market today. Audio output through headset is satisfyingly crisp—listening to Norah Jones' Come Away with Me before sleep feels like a hypnotic experience. The front-firing BoomSound speakers are much improved compared to those on the previous models.

    M8 comes withDuo camera—yes, two cameras on the back: one 4 MP ('ultrapixel', to be precise) and one to detect depth of field. The second camera enables users to create bokeh effect on some pictures after the shooting (there are some pictures of which the effect isn't applicable e.g those taken with macro mode). To put simply: refocusing. There are more 'fun' features e.g foregrounder, seasons, dimension plus, in-built filters which some people may find useful. It also comes with Smart Flash—two flashes of different colors that reproduce more accurate skin tone in low light shot. Imaging is a department where M8 is rich in features. Zoe is still here, and now with extra kicks. Video recording maxes out at 1080p (sorry, no 4K) with some nifty touches like slow motion. HTC put a 5 MP wide-angle lens front shooter. A perfect group selfie in the dancefloor or at the beach? Checked.

    Sense 6 is much more polished, cleaner and sleeker than previous iteration. SenseTV and BlinkFeed got improvements here and there. You can now pick theme and font to personalize the look and feel of the interface. Sense 6 is an epitome of modern & graceful effort to Android custom UX. Sense 6 also introduces the Motion Launch—double taps to wake the screen, pressing volume button to launch camera from sleep, etc. I found it very useful at times because these gestures do minimize the contact between thumb finger and power key that is less strategically placed on top of the device.

    Performance is fast as lightning and smooth as silk. Battery is decent, running nearly all day long with a single charge in the morning. There's also an Extreme Power-saving Mode that extends battery to days. A perfect solution to avid travellers who do not take many shots for Instagram.

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    Reviewed by radiotrib (Currently owns)

    HTC have gone beyond themselves with the new design. The M8 is so good to hold that I find myself taking it out and playing with it even when I don't need to use it.

    The screen is superb and the touch screen response is more accurate, and requires only the lightest of touches. French language tech site, Les Numeriques wrote that the M8 has the fastest touch screen response of any smartphone at 46ms.

    Sense 6 on the M8 is another big improvement in performance, memory footprint and usability . Given my normal usage pattern I am averaging just short of 2 days before needing a charge.

    The front-facing camera is good enough to challenge a lot of rear-facing cams. At 5 megapixels it picks up great detail, and with the wider angle of the lens it can get everyone (or everything) into the photo. And it also has pretty good low-light performance.

    Rear camera photos are sharper, clearer and less plagued by artifacts or over-exposure than those taken with the M7. There is also a manual mode for a serious photographer and in auto mode there are controls for the user to set limit values to keep auto inside a range. The duo-cam provides a depth map which for use by the uFocus effects which are fun to play with, and there's a strange /3D effect. It's odd but it gets some interesting reactions in the pub :) Finally there is a full spherical panorama mode. The results can be super with the right subject matter, and the HTC interface makes the actual act of taking the photos a breeze.

    The video sound recording/reproduction is also excellent. I don't know if there is a noise-cancelling mic system, but it certainly seems to be able to differentiate the 'foreground' sounds extremely well. OTOH the lack of OIS is a bit of a downer.

    Boomsound is just bigger in every way. Not just louder (HTC says 25%) - the dynamic range is broader, the overall sound is clearer and the sound stage feels wider as a result. If Boomsound on the M7 redefined smartphone speakers, the M8 redefined Boomsound itself.

    The rest of Sense 6 is equally impressive. I love Blinkfeed and Sense TV and whilst HTC have improved the interface and their internals and made them even easier to use, they will still feel familiar to any sense 5 user.

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    I would find it very hard to identify even a single weakness in this device which would make me regret upgrading from an M7 to an M8, and I can recommend it to anyone looking to upgrade their phone this year.

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    Reviewed by TheEnema (Currently owns)

    Amazing design and build quality. The screen is fantastic, crisp, and has remarkably accurate colors.

    Performance is absolutely flawless.

    The battery life is very solid, 2 days with normal usage - not even using battery saving mode.

    Sense 6 is the best iteration of sense, and in my opinion, it improves on the vanilla Android experience, while keeping it totally familiar.

    The Camera is a bit of a let down, although, in the right lighting conditions, it actually takes great photo's. Post focusing is really nice to have too.

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    Reviewed by piedoom (Currently owns)

    Fantastic phone - great display, wonderful feel, and cool dual-camera. I recommend this to anyone buying a higher-end Android device. Is the S5 calling your name? Well, it shouldn't. You can get a much nicer phone, with better build quality, user interface, and performance for a similar price.
    Camera isn't the best (though I'm comparing to a 4S). It gets the job done, but I don't ever feel like I have the artistic freedom to take a really good picture like I did with my iPhone.

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    Reviewed by Mark3187 (Currently owns)

    I love anything about my HTC One, it looks fantastic, both the metal and the user face. The sound is incredible, everything runs so smooth and fast, it is anything you want from a high-end smartphone. The biggest thing I feared was the camera, but it turned out what it was not that bad at all.

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    Reviewed by Ohne Bekenntnis (Currently owns)

    as someone who has owned many smartphones over the years, but has never been truly satisfied with any phone from any manufacturer, the HTC One has come closer than any other device.
    The downsides are well known and spread about all the reviews over the internet (camera resolution, the decive getting longer), these do not matter to me so drastically, but thats just opinion.
    I highly recommend everyone who got the chance to do so, test it over a as long as possible time stretch.

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