- Brian Bennett , Cnet
The HTC One M8 Google Play Edition is uncommonly stylish, powerful, and advanced -- though sinfully priced.
- Cam Bunton , TmoNews
It’s powerful, fast, solidly and elegantly built and is set to become this year’s best smartphone.
- Sleek and elegant phone design
- Excellent speaker sound quality
- Fast, lag-free performance
- Color accurate and bright display
- Mixed camera performance
- Non-removable battery
- Poor repairability
When the HTC One (M7) first came out, fans and critics alike were singing its praises especially regarding its attractive design. HTC has taken the winning formula from its predecessor and improved upon it with the One M8. According to HTC, the chassis is now 90% metal, which does make the phone a bit heavy at 160 grams. Most experts didn't mind the additional weight however as the brushed aluminum body adds a layer of sophistication and elegance to the M8 not found in other smartphones. Gizmag praises the phone and calls it "stunning" and "striking."
At 5.76 inches tall and 2.78 inches wide the HTC One M8 is slightly larger than its predecessor, but that's because it comes with a larger 5-inch display. The full HD display offers a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, which translates to a pixel density of 441ppi. Although the colors on the screen aren't as vivid as Samsung phones, reviewers were quite happy with its even saturation and accurate color reproduction. In a side-by-side testing with its predecessor, Trusted Reviews found the whites on the M8 to very clear and pure and blacks to be very deep. Unfortunately, the phone still struggles with issues of screen reflectivity due in part to the coating of Gorilla Glass 3, though critics note that at top brightness the screen is very legible in bright sunshine.
Armed with a 2.3GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, its is no slouch in terms of performance. When pitted against its competitors, like the iPhone 5S, it managed to outshine them in almost every benchmark test. Hands-on testing back up the synthetic tests as The Guardian describes the overall experiences as "lightning-quick" with no issues of lag or slowness anywhere.
Despite having a powerful processor and HD display, the battery lasted around a full day of mixed usage for most critics and 10 hours when put through various battery draining tests. The only drawback is that the battery is not removable, so you can't carry around spares to switch out when the battery dies. There are power-saving options to improve battery life like reducing screen brightness, turning off data connection and conserving CPU usage. There's also a new extreme power saving mode that transforms turns off almost every feature except SMS and phone calls. The M8 also comes equipped with up to 32GB of internal storage, LTE connection clocked at 150 mbps download and dual-band Wi-Fi.
Probably the one feature that disappointed reviewers was the 4MP rear camera. Although it utilizes HTC's UltraPixel technology, most immediately discovered its limitation when zooming into pictures and dealing with low-light situations. Photo quality itself is hit or miss and Ars Technica notes, "M8 images always seem like washed-out, dreary versions of whatever we were shooting." Still, the camera does add some new and interesting features such as UFocus which uses a second lens to retrieve depth information and allows you to focus on a specific spot and defocus on everything else. There's also a plethora of other background effects, filters and apps to customize the appearance of each picture.
One surprising standout feature is the front-mounted speakers. Utilizing BoomSound, the M8 delivers what reviewers consider one of the best sound experiences on a smartphone. The technology allowed HTC to increase the volume by 25 percent and improve frequency range for richer tones. Trusted Reviews backs up this claim saying, "…it does have the mid-range body that you don't get elsewhere."
Critics have no issue recommending this product to those looking for a premium device. Tech Radar states, "The HTC One (M8) is a brilliant smartphone with very few flaws." Neowin adds, "…We have no doubt that if you go and buy and HTC One (M8), it will put a huge smile on your face and keep you happy for a very long time."
Reviews (9/10 Avg. rating)
beautiful phone, a modern classic
Looks and feels gorgeous
HTC has managed to take all our criticisms of last year’s One and fix them with the HTC One M8
Great design and build quality with smooth performance
Is this the best HTC device yet? Undoubtedly, but could the company have done certain things better, is still up for debate. The One M8 is easily one of the best looking, well-built Android smartphones ever made, and it improves upon its successor in many fronts. You have a bigger screen, a better front facing camera that keeps up with the times, a new second camera unit at the back for enabling interesting post process effects, but some things have remained the same, like for instance, the main camera unit. A 4 MP image with over-processed artifacts is something HTC should have fixed, and... Full review
The One M8 is one phone that not only begs for attention, it craves for it
Mobile phones have become so common today that nobody bats an eyelid whenever someone is to whip one out. However, there remains a few that are bound to turn heads, no less because of aesthetics factors that may cause envious looks. The HTC One M8 is one such phone. Just when you thought HTC couldn’t possibly come up with anything that looks better than the HTC One, they did just that.
As a “premium” phone, you don’t get more premium than the One M8. The material used is of the highest quality for a mobile device and one which is highly desirable. Strip away... Full review
Loaded with features and beautifully designed but the image quality of its camera cannot keep up
There is a lot to like about the HTC One M8. With its excellent build quality, all-metal body and vibrant screen it immediately feels like a premium device when you hold it in your hands and use it. It's loaded with imaging and non-imaging features alike and thanks to top-notch hardware components always feels snappy and responsive in operation.
Unfortunately the HTC is being let down by the image quality of its 4MP camera module. It delivers decent exposure and color across the ISO range but cannot match the level of detail captured by its peers and is plagued by a variety of image... Full review
Every little detail oozes with quality
When you pick up the HTC One M8 it feels solid and comfortable. The curves just fit perfectly in your hand and the lack of sharp edges are welcome. The designers obviously paid a lot of attention to detail and in my opinion created something that has very little room for change.
Day to day use of this flagship device is flawless. Games look wonderful and sound amazing. Movies and other videos are bright and clear. We are already at the point where our phones are as powerful as our desktop computers so the manufacturers should stop adding bigger processors and start looking at better... Full review
A head turner for sure
At first sight, you may mistook it for the older HTC One but you will know the difference once you hold it. The M8 has much better metal finishing and its rear panel is more curved than what it was in HTC One that makes M8 more comfortable to hold and it fits in the palm quite well. Also, its gorgeous all Aluminium unibody with a smooth metal finish gives the device a premium look which it is meant to be.
The smartphone we didn't face any lag while playing games or opening apps. Frankly speaking the whole action of launching an app would complete before I blinked. The high end ga... Full review
Better than the original and now with a microSD card slot
The HTC One M8 looks a lot like the original. However, there are some differences. The Taiwanese firm has used a uni-body aluminium design but the metal wraps around to the front rather than having a plastic strip around the edge. The corners of the phone are also more rounded. It has a brushed look and has been treated to gain its glossy finish. The device now uses around 90 percent metal compared to the M7's 70 percent.
If the performance of the HTC One was amazing, then we can barely think of a word suitable to describe the HTC One M8. In the older Geekbench 2 test, the M8 set a... Full review
Hyped Harman Kardon audio feature only amounts to spin
The One M8 HKE, while built on the bones of a superb mobile device, makes too many concessions to please Sprint. Sure, you can shut a lot of the carrier's bloatware off, but a ton of it still lives undead below the surface waiting to be resurrected if you're not careful.
The handset also doesn't deliver on all the lofty promises of a mind-blowing audio experience, at least any more than the standard HTC One M8. That's why I see no reason at all to buy the One M8 HKE over the ordinary model sold by Sprint -- unless you're really dying for a good pair of earbuds.
Unless you ne... Full review
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