HTC One (M8) vs HTC One (M7)
HTC didn’t need to do too much with its latest flagship, just because last year’s HTC One already proved itself to be one fantastic device for phone calls. In fact, the good fortunes extend to the new HTC One as well, as its earpiece and speakerphone produce strong and vibrant voices that are easily audible in even the noisiest of environments. Better yet, the quality with both is mostly noise-free – placing even more emphasis on those wonderful toned voices.
This is certainly one area we were most surprised about, even more when the M7’s battery life didn’t amount to anything better than average results. Come to think about it, the significantly improved battery life of the M8 is attributed to the combination of having a larger 2600 mAh battery, up from the 2300 mAh from before, and its newer processor. Factoring in the battery optimizations in play with the Snapdragon 801 chipset, it powers the M8 to eclipse its predecessor in dramatic fashion. In fact, when we look at our battery benchmark tests, the HTC One M8’s tally of 7 hours, 12 minutes, blows away the 5 hours, 45 minutes figure of its predecessor.
HTC hit the mark in several areas with the M8, proving to us that they’re able to improve upon the foundation set forth by its predecessor. Even with all of the improvements, like its speedier performance, more stylish looks, and longer battery life, we can’t help but think about its camera. To tell you the truth, that’s single handedly the one thing we were hoping to see the most dramatic improvements. Rather, the generally quality of its photos remained unchanged before – enhanced instead by the myriad of duo effects courtesy of that secondary camera.
Now comes the matter of pricing, something that always becomes the focal point for any consumer purchase. The new HTC One M8 is going on sale for $200 with a 2-year contract with most carriers – a befitting mark for a brand spanking new flagship smartphone. In contrast, the M7 can probably be picked up for dirt cheap nowadays. Heck, it’s likely that it can be found for free even, depending on where you look naturally! Bearing that in mind, it’s only fitting for budget conscious individuals to pick up the older model, but if cost is not an issue, then it’s only logical to snag HTC’s latest flagship.
Quite simply, that’s probably going to be the biggest deciding factor. All roads point to the obvious here, where it’s painstakingly clear to pick up the newer device if you fancy the most cutting edge thing. You won’t be disappointed either, since improvements are seen in pretty much all aspects of the smartphone. Well, that still doesn’t mean you should totally disregard the aging model, seeing that it’s still a capable smartphone in itself. For what it’s worth, it can still tangle with some of the best – albeit, probably not at the highest capacity like its successor.
1. Maryewww (Posts: 32; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)
Both are awesome lookers! but i still tend to fancy the m7 more!
10. alterecho (Posts: 1098; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
Not exactly perfect size. M7 is slightly bigger than the 5 inch wielding S4, while still having a 4.7 inch display.
As for the M8, by just looking at the picture, with no fore knowledge of which is which, The original HTC One (M7) looks better than the M8, as though M7 was released after M8.
26. cncrim (Posts: 826; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
M7 has is sweet spot, M8 black bar turn me off.
2. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1214; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)
the m7 still looks much better, i dont like the uneven grills, and the curves on the m8.
6. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
and the m8 is to loong
the plastic sandwhich has been replaced by metal, which is great quality
18. McLTE (Posts: 824; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
HTC as usual.. is about 85% there.. everything looks great then there is one major DOH!
Epic fail as far as I'm concerned with moving the controls to on screen. Even more of a fail to retain the black dead space below the screen. HTC missed an opportunity to shrink the phone size here.
5. tech2 (Posts: 3457; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
M8 is a step backwards. It doesn't have an OIS
11. ToxiD (Posts: 45; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)
But it got improved camera so after all it does better shots than M7.
8. papss (unregistered)
The m8 is a step forward in every regard.. It looks better as well and the metal finish on the new one makes the m7 look cheaper somehow
12. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
Iv a m7 and like it very much but i think m8 almost complete in every aspect except ois..
I m going for m8 soon but keep my lovely m7 too.
13. pookiewood (Posts: 631; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)
M7, only Android device I'd consider buying. M8 is now the second Android device I'd consider buying. Both are great looking devices. I really love the red and blue M7 colors.
17. tiara6918 (Posts: 2036; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
They'd probably release other color options after a few months. But I'd also much prefer a red or a blue m8 too
15. youlookfoolish (Posts: 173; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)
The battery improvements and addition of tri-band LTE for Sprint make the M8 a no brainer.
However I prefer the M7's size and black color as opposed to silver and gun metal. And the cameras are similar with louder audio output on the M7. So, the M8 is nice but only because of mitigating circumstances will I consider it over the M7.
16. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1236; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
Absolutely no reason to buy the newer model. Let's see if this will be a trend this year; im guessing yes.
21. pookiewood (Posts: 631; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)
Hoping Nokia bucks the "trend" next week. Really hoping for some greatness to be shown.
20. jad_haddad (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)
What will be the cheapeast phone between Htc One M8, Xperia Z2 and Galaxy S5
23. Android89 (Posts: 21; Member since: 20 Apr 2013)
Well in the uk atleast in most places its £530 to £550 for the M8, £540-550 for the z2 and £550-570 for the S5
22. Android89 (Posts: 21; Member since: 20 Apr 2013)
So for the second year running the speakers sound great but are not as loud as HTC Claim? last year they claimed 93db turned out to be around 75db, this year they claimed 20% louder but infact they are lower.
Excellent sound though non the less
24. Rager722 (Posts: 319; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)
Does the browser of the M8 have flash support? Someone please reply.
25. Android89 (Posts: 21; Member since: 20 Apr 2013)
Cant remember if it does as i forgot to check but it probably does and even if it doesnt. there was a link on this site to download flash player on 4.4
28. rsiders (Posts: 914; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)
Let me say this once and for all: last year's HTC One was absolutely perfect in design. This year's elongated, hyper curved model takes a back seat to last year's overall sexiness. That is all. Just my two cents.
29. Gaara (Posts: 8; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)
M7 looks perfect in all aspects.. Inspite having 90% metal,M8 looks ugly
30. Gaara (Posts: 8; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)
M7 looks perfect in all aspects.. Inspite having 90% metal,M8 looks ugly
31. Onami (Posts: 16; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)
What they have done to HTC One M7? They ruined its design...
32. R-vjn (Posts: 178; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)
Both are amazing but still prefer the M7. Also, the size increase is huge from the M7 to M8, considering the screen size. In a world where the display size for flagships are growing day after day, OEM's should probably start working on making the body as small as possible like what LG is doing. And my god, I'm waiting for the mighty G3...aww..!!
33. gabrielvoica (Posts: 65; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
loved the M7,can't wait to have the M8...
34. sinkking (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 May 2015)
anything bigger than my sony x10 mini pro is too big.. and i end up destroying it unconciously on purposely lol... i bricked 2 large phones