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5 minor features that make the HTC One (M8) better than the HTC One (M7)

0. phoneArena 03 Apr 2014, 10:07 posted on

It comes as no surprise that the HTC One (M8) is superior to last year's One (M7), and you can read our comparison in case you aren't convinced yet. And that's not because the newer model is bigger, bolder, with upgraded internals, and with expandable storage. There's a considerable number of minor improvements we've also spotted during our personal time with the One (M8)...

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posted on 03 Apr 2014, 10:23 7

1. limporgyuk (Posts: 276; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)

Oh so it is a better phone than the M7, only the phonearena review says otherise.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 10:38 7

2. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

When you compare it with 2014 standards you see that it is not a great phone.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 10:43 24

3. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1413; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)

Not having the best camera, but having an amazing screen, amazing design and materials compared to competition, amazing speakers, really good sense skin and few other things makes it a not a great phone while few gimmicks like heart rate monitor makes the S5 amazing phone? OK.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 11:17 5

7. true1984 (Posts: 823; Member since: 23 May 2012)

Well the s5 does have a great display and camera

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 13:12 4

15. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

If you think fingerprint sensor and heartrate monitor is a gimmick then dont use it. Same cant be said about ultragimmickpixel and duo camera. You cant tell me dont use it lol.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 15:18 1

19. catt4u (Posts: 144; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)

Amazing screen?
You must be kiddin'.
Please do your homework:


That my friend is Amazing!

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 22:16

32. fireblade (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)

what about screen burn in amoled?

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 23:01

36. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

Stop that screen burn in BS. Bro my galaxy s2 which i bought in may 2011 till now has no screen burn in thing. The color reproduction had never been affected. The display is still like new since the first day. Super Amoled are the most amazing displays no doubt and more importantly practical. Some of those dull kitkat wallpapers come to life in my s2. At night low brightness helps, that superb contrast and vibrant colors make playing games a whole new experience. While lcd has catched up in viewing angles it's still no match for amoled(no brightness distortion even at extreme angles). Sunlight legibility is the best.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 02:35

41. takay0 (Posts: 144; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)

You know that most of the reviews and most if the article you read is not real right? The review financed by someone , you and most of the people here need to take everything they read and aspecially on the internet in limited thing.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 10:47 11

5. rkaahean (Posts: 6; Member since: 23 Mar 2014)

Other than the camera, its a pretty awesome phone.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 10:45 4

4. twens (Posts: 978; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)

It's funny cos from the beginning I thought the s5 brought little improvement over the s4. But judging from other flagships the s5 is much more improved and we'll packed.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 10:52 6

6. nexusdude (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)

Don't forget the amazing black area below the screen...

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 11:28 4

8. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

But, but, Samsung trolls said it had DDR2 RAM... How can they not be right?

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 12:08 2

11. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4184; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

Shhh, don't tell Taters. He's been raging on that since before the device was officially announced.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 16:25 1

21. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Sorry, usually when you see a box that says it has ddr2 ram, it's usually right. Especially likely since they pulled the same crap on the HTC One.

But of course you probably would have been okay with it if it did have only ddr2 ram. Or you would have came up with a lame excuse to justify it. HTC style. Haha

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 19:32 2

25. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)

Or you can a quick Google search to see that it use DDR3 because the S801 only support DDR3. It is not that hard to it has to be easier for you to troll people.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 20:10 1

28. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

The S600 should have had DDR3 ram but HTC specifically ordered it with DDR2 because they either don't think enough of their consumers or are too poor. I'll let you decide which one it is, I definitely side with the former.

I wouldn't be surprised if they would still do this if they could.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 01:15 3

37. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4184; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

You act like I'm in the market for this phone, I'm not. But to me you seem no different than someone like Myx. He apparently had a bad experience with Motorola and takes any and every opportunity to bash them. And you're no different than him, except with HTC. We get it, you don't like them. But to see you in every f*#%ing article posting it over and over again is getting old. You act like you're trying to save everyone from making a bad decision. But everyone else who's owned an HTC phone hasn't had the same experience as you.

I had 3 of their phones without a lick of trouble. The only reason I didn't stay with them is I wanted to change things up. I considered the original One but there were a few things that took it off my list. It doesn't mean I wouldn't consider them again. But your experience isn't everyone else's. I had quite a few issues with my S3, but I don't go around telling it on every single Samsung article, because my experience wasn't the same as everyone else's either.

Almost every company has had the same kind of issues that you've pointed out some HTC phones have had, like cosmetic defects, both Samsung and Apple had issues in the past. Both IIRC had issues with discoloration and gaps in some of their phones. It's the nature of mass production. Get over it already.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 02:33

40. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

I have been purchasing electronics for ages and every company I have dealt with has come nowhere close to the amount of defects of HTC.

I know the fanboys are trying to cover it up or genuinely are too stupid to notice the discrepancies between quality companies and HTC. But that doesn't change the odds of my experience not being a coincidence.

No one is that unlucky or lucky with a company..

Hey if you are too stupid to see the differences that is fine but that's not going to stop me from warning others.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 11:31

48. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4184; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

I've known plenty of people that have had problems with things I never had problems with. What you haven't seemed to grasp in all of these conversations we've had is that I'm not saying that HTC is the greatest company in the world. None of them are perfect. I'm saying that companies can turn things around. Just because a company had problems in the past, it doesn't mean that everything going forward will be the same.

So I'm a fanboy because I've said they're not the worst company, because didn't have the same issues you've had? I guess our definitions of what a fanboy is aren't the same then. I'm sorry, but I just haven't had any of the issues you've had. Perhaps it comes down to the fact that we haven't had the same devices, and those that you had were problematic, and the ones I had weren't. It happens sometimes with companies where one product will be nothing but trouble, and others are problem free.

And I nitpick just as much as anyone. Little scratches here and there, or gaps when there should be a tight seam irk me as well. But, AGAIN, that's what happens in mass production. Just because I haven't had issues with HTC phones doesn't mean they aren't there, just like just because you haven't seen issues with Samsung devices doesn't mean they aren't there either. The difference is you seem to be hellbent on trying to make anyone see that any and all products from HTC are crap, where all I'm saying is that it can and does happen to all companies. Some are worse than others, and personal experience does play a part in our perception of them, but my experiences may not be the same as everyone else's. So I know that while I might not go with that company for my next device, that everyone doesn't have to bend to my will and say they're crap as well. I can offer my experience with them to others, but call people stupid because they haven't had the same experiences is ridiculous.

posted on 19 May 2014, 11:12

53. FanBoyNot (Posts: 6; Member since: 03 May 2014)

I think after we have all read Taters comments we can now disregard them for the troll rants that they are. I now have to replace my bull%$it filters after Taters overloaded them. When someone stoops to declaring everyone who disagrees them stupid, all the red flags go up. Who appointed Taters the Oracle Of Truth, Justice and Apple Pie?

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 11:50 1

9. jskates420 (Posts: 40; Member since: 29 Jun 2013)

What I dont get is why is the camera such a big deal,it should be enough for facebook pics twitter pics and decent enough for instagram, its not like your going to take some professional pictures with the device if that were the case buy a pro camera not a phone.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 12:15 1

14. jellmoo (Posts: 1586; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

The issue with the camera on the One (both M7 and M8) is that you can't zoom. You lose so much definition when you do that the pictured is just plain ugly. When not zooming it takes very nice photos. But the second you try and zoom in closer on anything, you really see the advantage of other cameras.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 13:16

16. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

Why compromise? My twitter client scales uploaded images with excellence and the result is way better than actual 5mp image taken. Still wanna argue.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 14:23

17. true1984 (Posts: 823; Member since: 23 May 2012)

i dont think he was trying to argue

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 15:22

20. catt4u (Posts: 144; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)

It's such a big deal because last years flagships from other OEM's already had better cameras.
So it's a shame HTC didn't get it right this time.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 16:28

22. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Probably because HTC themselves made a big deal about it. In fact, they were so proud of that useless camera that adds unneeded height to the phone using it as a marketing bullet point.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 19:34

26. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)

That made a big deal about the low light picture and guess what? It does do a good job at low light picture.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 20:11

29. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Sure it does.....maybe for HTC fans only but I personally think it sucks in low light too.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 12:02 1

10. BatLadyMia (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 Mar 2014)

While the power button placement is improved, it's still not ideal. It's an odd thing to say, but the awkward button placement is my biggest gripe with the M8.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 12:10

12. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1214; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

the improvements on the S5 to S4 is soo much better than any of the current flagships soo far.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 12:13 1

13. jellmoo (Posts: 1586; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

And 5 things better on the One (M7)

1. Camera has OIS
2. Base storage is 32GB
3. Does not have a massive black bar with zero functionality
4. Device finish isn't ridiculously slippery
5. Is not too big for 1 handed use

Say what you want about the S5 and the Z2, but at least they seem to be improvements across the board (other than size increase). The M8 is the only one of these three handsets that regressed in some areas.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 14:27

18. true1984 (Posts: 823; Member since: 23 May 2012)

base storage? the 32gb m8 is $650, the same as the m7 when it launched and it has expandable memory. the only good point you made is the camera.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 18:24

24. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2275; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)

32GB base storage? Lol, I seen it at att store, with 16GB

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 16:35 3

23. zachattack (Posts: 621; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)

I guess all of you have Parkinson's and can't take a photo without OIS. Make an article on the minor improvements/non innovative things Samsung did to the s5 to differentiate it from the s4. Samsung didn't change anything and HTC doesn't have to change anything there's a difference. Nothing about the s5's camera makes it better. Samsung also has a lot more gimmicky crap you don't want to use compared to HTC.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 19:38 2

27. maccess (Posts: 742; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)

Too much butthurt in one comment as far as i can see..

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 22:25

33. zachattack (Posts: 621; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)

Truth hurts :)

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 20:17 1

30. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Unlike HTC, who just stacks it's DNA into a messy heat sink pyramid mess and hides it with a metal shell, Samsung actually builds their phone carefully thought out from the ground up. Maybe that is why their flagship phones are quite reliable while HTC phones are a quality control mess.


posted on 03 Apr 2014, 22:30 1

34. zachattack (Posts: 621; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)

Samsung fan perhaps? All phones get warm when you stress the gpu / processor regardless. I'm glad they did something new at least, too bad it's something no one will ever see. We can see their non innovative plastic shell however

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 01:23

38. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4184; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

I've read plenty of posts in the forums where the S4 had issues with overheating. When I am considering a phone I wait until it's been out awhile and see what the early adopters have to say. While it did have some good points, like fitting a larger screen into the same shell, things like overheating and poor cell radios and GPS knocked them off my list. And the last 2 issues have been plaguing Samsung phones since the original Galaxy S. Why don't I hear you rail about Samsung phones taking minutes rather than seconds to get a GPS lock. Never had that issue on an HTC or Motorola phone.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 02:47

43. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

You sound like a Samsung hater. Again, I have never had a problem with a Samsung
product. I never owned the GS4 so I can't comment on that but both my GS2 and GS3 were flawless at controlling heat and locking on a gps signal. And my 6 or 7 HTC devices split between only 3 models all were pieces of crap at those things.

You can count the amount of posts at XDA that have problems with Samsung devices vs problems with HTC devices and you will see at least a 2 to 1 ratio that shows a considerable larger amount of defects in HTC devices.

You are hilarious btw. You are such a hypocrite. I never see you mention a lick when people bash Samsung, Apple, Nokia, or Sony. But when someone breathes a little on HTC, you rush in here to say something stupid and pointless like your rant up there.

In my case, the most popular companies have the most detractors because of jealousy of their success so I see a lot of false misinformation spread about them so I correct these detractors. What is your excuse for rushing to defend HTC against the very small amount of detractors they have? There is only one answer. You are a delusional HTC fanboy.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 09:40 1

46. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4184; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

I don't even have an HTC active anymore, I've got a Droid Maxx and Moto X. My old Droid Incredible 1 sits in a box. And the difference is that while I have had my problems with Samsung, AGAIN, I don't go into every Samsung article bashing them. And no I don't go in when I see people bashing some of the other companies you listed. Christ if I did that I'd have to be on here 24/7. The only ones I've ever gone after are you and Myx, because of an almost irrational hatred of a company. The companies you 2 bash could make the greatest devices ever, and they'd be a piece of crap. When Moto upped their game on updates, Myx still wouldn't relent. I'm not an HTC, Motorola, Samsung, LG, Android, Nokia, Apple, or any other fanboy. I'm just saying you're blowing things out of proportion. If they were as bad you make them out to be, they would've gone under long before now.

I love how you call my rant pointless, while you're a broken record. If you have reading comprehension, you'll see that every time I've posted, it's to say that all of these companies have problems, and none are immune from them. And your response is always something to the tune of (cue demon voice) HTC is the devil!!! I'm not saying HTC doesn't have problems, or even more than their fair share of them. But seeing you in every article makes you look like a spiteful ex girlfriend. But it seems apparent that this is who you are, and trying to change your opinion would be like masturbating with a cheese grater, mildly amusing but mostly painful.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 10:31

47. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Don't worry. They will go under very soon because of their massive quality control issues very soon. Not because of marketing but because of quality control issues.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 20:57

31. AlexYouOC (Posts: 53; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

I swear no one is ever satisfied. Everytime a new phone is released its always "But it doesnt have...... so i dont like it" smh

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 02:36

42. limporgyuk (Posts: 276; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)

Yep totally agree, we should all be amazed at the amount of cutting edge technology crammed into a tiny device and does things unthinkable 10 years ago. Instead most users of this website moan and argue like old women.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 22:33

35. skyline88 (Posts: 458; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)

and the usual 5 rubbish by HTC:
1) hopeless Ultrapixel
2) gigantic bezel
3) complicated UI
4) wrong placement of power button
5) worst aftersales support

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 02:20

39. ToxiD (Posts: 45; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)

Complicated UI? Lol if you are not smart enough, get an iPhone with iOS.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 22:41

51. skyline88 (Posts: 458; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)

LOL Blackberry user is speaking now.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 06:27

52. ToxiD (Posts: 45; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


posted on 04 Apr 2014, 02:55

44. limporgyuk (Posts: 276; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)

You have no idea what you are talking about, you sound like a Christian trying to explain evolution.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 08:03

45. Killua (Posts: 270; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)

It's more or less the same, pretty much. The only difference is specs upgrade, which is natural. It is a beautiful phone, it is. It's not much of improvement though, kinda sad really.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 17:28

49. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)

My HTC M7 black looks better than the more curvy M8

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 12:11

50. shinywindow (unregistered)

Gorillas in the midst.

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