HTC One (M8) Review
0. phoneArena 25 Mar 2014, 10:45 posted on
There’s no denying that HTC is at a cross road at the moment. Rather than scaling back and rushing development, they’ve taken the time out to plan a strategy to emerge victorious this year with its newest flagship phone. The result of all of the work is now being seen in the all new HTC One, or as some of us know of it intimately by its codename, the M8 for short. Of course, the road ahead is unpredictable, but the new HTC One is one short step away in making people believe in the impossible...
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14. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 545; Member since: 20 May 2012)
So it begins...the great phone review shiatstorm of our time....
16. _Bone_ (Posts: 2149; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Those sample photos... what the hell is wrong?
19. limporgyuk (Posts: 266; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)
I think the photo samples look pretty good.
21. shrimpanzee (Posts: 17; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)
Not waterproof really? Neither is the Galaxy S5 it's only water resistant.
34. tedkord (Posts: 7641; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Tested to withstand full submersion up to 3 feet for half an hour.That's pretty resistant.
22. newbey123 (Posts: 519; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)
LOL, 9.5 at the lowest. This is the best android device of the year, easily. HTC just released the ultimate beast phone. Good job HTC. The wifey is ordering us both these phones when AT&T website opens up!
43. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1079; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)
Why do you, and everyone else care what score PA gave the M8 when an average person wont ever read or have idea about phone arena.
23. refillable (Posts: 832; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)
IMO This is a pretty bad step from HTC. I can't really find anything except the metal (aluminium), Clean Sense UI (I would say this wouldn't matter much, especially for a Rooter like me xD), build and call (earpiece and speaker) quality that can stand out against other flagships like the Z2, S5, etc. They took a step backward in design (I mean, look at that ugly bezel!), didn't focus on the Camera IQ that was a weak point in the Original One and seems to not improve spec wise. I think the 8.8 John gives was a fair rating TBH. If The last yeat HTC One didn't even bring HTC on the green (yes, they still go in red, or loss), this 'One' will bring less chance to put them in green. Well, I would really wait for the G3, Nexus 6, Nokia 930, iPhone 6 and other most anticipated phones, also hoping that they will be revolutionary :). No fanboyism, just facts... I really like the 2013 One, Kinda sad to see the 2014 Ver. go like this. No offense, Peace.
37. refillable (Posts: 832; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)
BTW I Really do think that they've used the same SD 600 chipset or last year flagship SD 800, I'm waiting for confirmation from the reviewers though...
88. refillable (Posts: 832; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)
Well apparently it seems like The benchmarks somewhat lied, PA has confirmed that this Phone sports the same SD 801 that came with the Z2 (AB). Apologize for my criticism!
67. true1984 (Posts: 692; Member since: 23 May 2012)
you need to remember most people arent tech nerds. they're trying to make the phone good enough for everday use, not doubling as a super computer.
87. refillable (Posts: 832; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)
You also need to remember that the competition is stiff. Well, OK it seems like HTC gone the Apple way for some strange reason...
26. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Well, the photo samples look pretty good, not bad at all. The battery life is also excellent as well. So, now what remains is the price. If this is overpriced like last year's One, I think I'll pass.
But anyways, this is a nice phone. Good job HTC, but you can do better.
28. devildlm1 (Posts: 71; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)
I think an 8.8 is reasonable. Fanboyism aside, if you look at the big three (HTC, Samsung, Sony) and ask what has changed since the previous model, The Galaxy S5 is the only phone that really brought anything new to the table from its predecessor. The new One is by far the best looking to me but everything else just seemed like an incremental upgrade. Same thing with the Xperia Z2. (better processor, bigger screen, better camera, better sound) I may be a sucker for gimmicks but I like to see new things in my device.
The sd card expansion and the new camera features are a great additions nonetheless.
30. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2028; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
Lol nevermind.. 8.8 seems too generous, HTC one came went.... What's next :-(
31. pwnarena (Posts: 1049; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)
seriously? this feels like you've already prepared something and you just wanted to affirm the content with the release of the product.
32. amenx (Posts: 20; Member since: 14 Mar 2014)
What's with those pink clouds??? HTC, why the same camera? WHY? :((
39. Dejavu_LT (Posts: 39; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)
Oops, HTC did it again. Again camera that sucks in worst way :( Everything else almost ideal. Even for me (camera is not my main focus when i'm looking for a new phone) M8 quality of pictures is just awful.
41. robert26101 (Posts: 104; Member since: 21 Mar 2014)
My only problem with the sample pics is some of the clouds look pink.
42. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 545; Member since: 20 May 2012)
Verizon must have given HTC one BIG paycheck for that two week deal. Lets the QQing commence!
48. Diego! (Posts: 536; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)
Oh my God... I went straigh to the picture page... and almost throw up, ok, not throwing up but I rolled my eyes! HTC... wtf? Didn't you learn anything about custome care? Anyway, I like the gunmetal grey or whatever it is called, but I think HTC One (original one) looked better than M8.
52. slaggyb (Posts: 196; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
John V is A Hater. He Has Eaten The Forbidden Fruit And Drank The Samsung Kool Aid. It's Obvious Samsung Is A Sponsor On Phonearena That's Why They Plaster The Entire Website With Samsung's News.
Even Though Am A Blackberry User Typing With My Beloved Q10 I Will Still Get The M8 Once It's Available Unlocked Online @Full Retail Price.
58. PapaSmurf (Posts: 9881; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Comments like yours make me laugh because it's not true.
74. KingDingaLing (Posts: 324; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)
Your Blackberry must have a glitch when it comes to auto capitalization on every word. Cute phone, bruh.
65. LeBrownJames (Posts: 201; Member since: 17 Mar 2014)
Design is great, but camera still underperforms. HTC still can't make that UltraPixel thing right.
72. true1984 (Posts: 692; Member since: 23 May 2012)
why were the performance benchmarks higher on gsmarena?
75. KingDingaLing (Posts: 324; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)
It has some nice features. Can't say I'll be running to buy one, but to each their own. As everyone has noticed, the camera is weak. Unless of course you're one of those that likes to say "megapixels don't really matter" or "I only use my camera on vacation". Still haven't seen anything worth ditching the Note 3.
76. jellmoo (Posts: 961; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
What I'd like to know is why there isn't any explanation for the benchmark results. The phone benchmarks worse than devices that have been on the market for months. Yet there isn't *any* information on this. The info is added to the article, but all that's said is that the phone is snappy. That's nice and all, but some context added to the benchmark scores might be nice and helpful.
80. spasticpat (Posts: 86; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)
So how much internal memory is used up out of the box for this phone?
82. anleoflippy (Posts: 538; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)
How can 'not being waterproof' is a con'?
What the hell PA?
83. ozziaj (Posts: 2; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)
Great Android phone, to be sure ...
BUT.... they f***ed it up again!!
That camera, when compared to other top smartphones, remains a sick joke! I'm a professional photographer, and while I'm no fan of high-density, high pixel count sensors such as Sony et al employ, this story from HTC that so-called "ultra-pixels" are better, is, well, just a twisted story at best; more of a gimmick and possibly a cost saving tactic!
I would have thought HTC had learned something in the past 12 months! Just about every review made it crystal-clear that ultra-pixel based smartphone cameras are simply not up to scratch!
Nokia, not my favorite smart-phone manufacturer by far, has got it right. And truth be told, if they had an Android based phone with a decent shooter in it, I'd buy it.
So, I'll be still using my nearly 3 year old HTC sensation for a little longer.
But the more I look at Nokia's offering (new releases coming our way April 2), the more I get used to that oddity called "Windows Phone", hoping that M$ is releasing a very much needed update of its phone OS real soon.
Sorry HTC, I had high hopes for the M*, and yes, great features and hardware, but that sick ultra-pixel camera just ruins it for me!
84. chebner (Posts: 172; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
This is my next phone, so I don't really care, but why just 8.8? Clearly an improvement over the ONE 2013 in every way. Why a 9.1 last year to an 8.8 this year?
85. limporgyuk (Posts: 266; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)
i totally agree, If you look at every other tech site reviewing the M8 (T3, Techno buffalo, android central etc) they say it is a marked improvement on the M7 in every way including the camera. So the score must be 9.1+. I will be buying this phone also but I will wait for the black edition.
86. to-ma-to (Posts: 12; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)
Haters gonna hate...
First of all, the new htc one has been proven (in both gsmarena and phonearena reviews) for having one of the best battery life for a flagship and some stupid samsung fanboy keeps repeating that he wants to hav removable battery which is not important at all since the majority users use power banks instead of extra battery.
Secondly, most people (not all) prefers better build quality . The new htc one has a body which has even more metal (90%) and thus giving it a more premium feel but making it more heavier than other flagship phones . It is definitely..DEFINITELY feels and looks better than s5.
Thirdly, one must accept the fact that samsung AMOLED display has the best contrast among all the phones. But what most of us want is display with accurate color. And the all new htc one has it.
Fourthly, htc cares for the audiophiles and even improves the already-best BoomSound stereo speakers and the built-in-amp. It has unparalleled audio performance (again the gsmarena review has proven it).
IF ONE STILL THINKS THAT THE NEW HTC ONE IS NOT BETTER OR ON PAR WITH SAMSUNG S5, he must be an ignorant guy.
89. youlookfoolish (Posts: 156; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)
I will join the majority. I think the overall score is a bit low and the "con" for water proofing is ridiculous. Also that the camera is extremely disappointing. I still prefer it over the S5 feeling many of the S5 health features are simply more Samsung gimmicks that most people won't use or have a need for.
But I wish there was some way for HTC to understand the missing piece of the puzzle. The M8 is superior in almost every way to other Android OEMs. Build quality, sound, multimedia, and even the overlay is snappy and not cartoon-ish. And ultimately Samsung and its marketing money and reputation will once again drub HTC this model year.
HTC can preach about the technical advantages of UltraPixel all they want. The consumer does not care. Simple image quality is still king.
90. farhad_per (banned) (Posts: 128; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)
PA what the high score for this crap..! It hasnt anything new.. same design same useless camera ! I think design is specially very bad! Very tall. Heavy .. back is also very scrachy..! Big fail and unfair score!
93. shanmano (Posts: 5; Member since: 01 Mar 2014)
It is awesome but it lacks a best camera.
94. ozziaj (Posts: 2; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)
Yeah, seems HTC just don't wanna learn - & or maybe their beancounters can't see that they are loosing marketaher big time!!
97. Ansari1991 (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Mar 2014)
HTC u had ur chance to take down the market by M8.....
ur design is brilliant,
sound is awesome,
sense is on par,
u also included Micro sd,
with the latest processor,
but poor marketing,
back camera without OIS..
i am not satisfied,, pls increase ur camera pixels....
on the whole i give 8/10 marks .... for this flagship......
HTC u have wasted lots of hype and peopls expectations....
98. LooneyTuned (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Mar 2014)
I go to see one of these things today and spend a little time with it. Just a few of my observations.
There is a boatload of wasted real estate at the bottom of this device. Boomsound is cool, but lets be realistic, on this device is severely impedes the dynamics of the device. There is a good inch or more on the bottom of the device of wasted space, especially more so because the device uses the nav bar instead of soft buttons.
I don't care if you make the camera microns the size of a Buick, put a real lens in it. Stop with the gimmicks. No need to reinvent the wheel, just put a good lens in it.
It doesn't have the great feel when using Sense the previous one did. Seemed like the icons were smaller due to the on screen buttons, felt too tall and narrow. Didn't care for it at all.
Not to mention, it's ugly.
I was waiting for this phone for 2 months, and I guess I'll be keeping my current One and waiting till next gen.
101. gtrxman (Posts: 122; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)
I was hoping for this phone to build on the original and be a killer for HTC, but I'm completely underwhelmed and disappointed. Premium materials are fine, but there's nothing else about it that sets it apart. Design-wise, to me, it's a complete fail. There's no good reason for a 5" phone to be so big. Sense=Ho-hum. Camera and battery, crappy. Sorry HTC, but this is most definitely not a flagship. It may be enough to keep them afloat, but it most certainly isn't the phone that will bring them back.
104. mark_ray (banned) (Posts: 35; Member since: 26 May 2013)
Such a wonderful device, I have read that the sales figures in Taiwan is booming from local resellers. This is a good sign for the Android battle this summer with the coming LG G3.
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111. Blaze.Infernus (Posts: 16; Member since: 01 May 2014)
Good lord what an awkward article to read; so many grammatical oddities.
113. CarsonTiffany (Posts: 18; Member since: 31 Jul 2014)
HTC One M8 is really amazing faster than my ever phone.It is the best phone of HTC. The only thing i don't like about is the METAL outershell,hard to grip and made me crazy!!!The last straw is I buy one customize plastic case on casecoco.com/personalized-cases-for-others/htc-one-m8-casecoco-cases-165
114. fzacek (Posts: 2472; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
Way too much bezel, especially on the top and bottom. That's what ruins it for me...