The HTC One…M8. It’s the second coming of HTC’s flagship phone. It’s bigger, better, and faster than the first. It also boasts a new camera system. And while I’ll have a review in the next week or so, here is an overview and first impression.
1. New Camera..Sort of
On the front is a 5 megapixel shooter – the selfie camera as I call it. On the back is the same 4MP shooter from the first HTC One, including the company’s Ultrapixel tech. New is a depth sensor that presumably reads the room and in turn assigns objects to a plane. Provided you haven’t shot with the flash, or used any other photo mode but the standard camera, you can “refocus” the image as you see fit by just tapping on the screen. The outcome is more analogous to that of the photoshops bokeh effect, and leaves something to be desired. It’s a shame that the top sensor doesn’t capture a second image at a different focus length, as I believe the feature would be more compelling.
Under the hood is Snapdragon’s 801 processor and 2GB of RAM. Compared to my Nexus 5 it’s a tiny bit quicker, though while playing Fruit Ninja I noticed some very very minor clipping.
3. Build Quality
Stellar. Yup, flat out stellar. The HTC One M8 feels very nice in the hand, though note that it’s fairly heavy at 160g, which is 30g more than the Nexus 5 or the Samsung S4.
4. Boom Goes the Dynamite
Like the first HTC One, there are a set of stereo speakers, something they called Boomsound. Comparatively speaking, they’re vastly better than any other phone on the market and based on my experience make it an ideal speakerphone as well as in a pinch “I don’t have a bluetooth speaker”.
Choose either the 16GB of 32GB, because either way you’ll have plenty of space thanks to the microSD card slot that accepts up to a 128GB card. That’s plenty of storage, though you should note you’ll need a paperclip to access the tray, much like a SIM card slot.
6. Super Screen
We’re looking at a full HD 5-inch display of the SuperLCD 3 type. That’s 441ppi in case you’re wondering. I prefer the whites of my Nexus’s IPS panel, where as the HTC One M8′s whites have a blue hue, something indicative of SuperLCD. And of note, the display is covered in Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. Another note, the viewing angle on the HTC One M8 outperforms the Nexus 5. Just saying.
7. Long Time
The battery is 2600mAh. Nothing remarkable there. But with location services turned on, and after making a handful of phone calls, I can happily report that the HTC One M8′s battery is better than the S4 and the Nexus 5. On average I’m getting more than a day with light to moderate use. Usually my Nexus 5 lasts the better part of the day with everything turned on.
8. Sixth Sense
Or Sense 6. To be honest, I didn’t use the previous iteration of the Android Skin, but aside from the learning curve I really have no complaints. Mind you this is coming from a long time Nexus owner (S4 and Nexus 4 and 5). The Do Not Disturb feature is great, and Blinkfeed, well I don’t really care for that, but each to their own. Yes, there is Google Now.
9. Tap or Swipe to Starts
This feature is surprisingly useful, especially seeing as the lock button is fairly well recessed in the top of the M8. You can tap on the top half of the screen to turn it on, or just swipe from the bottom of the screen up to unlock it, all without hitting a button.
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