5 things that could have made the new HTC One (M8) even better

5 things that could have made the new HTC One (M8) even better
As per old PhoneArena tradition, once a flagship finally sees its official inauguration, it means that it's time for us to put it through quite the number of hoops in order to truly see what it's made of. We go to great lengths before reaching a verdict, but we honestly believe it's worth it as it's then helpful for both potential buyers and manufacturers alike.

Despite the slightly negative tone so far, we do have to point out that we loved the new HTC One. It holds a special place in our hearts. Because it stands its ground and continues to push in the direction HTC deems most aligned with its own philosophy. And while we have a healthy respect for that, we can't help but point out the shortcomings of the phone, the very same weaknesses that are very likely to find their way into consumer's decision-making process. And that's completely natural, especially now that we, frankly, have a slightly overwhelming number of options to pick from. 

So though the many merits of the HTC One M8 are indisputable, here's our stab at a beloved format, or the things that could have made the HTC One even better.

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One (M8)
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(20h 3G talk time)



1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

No to #3 but 100% agreed with #1.

2. AppleHateBoy unregistered

Disagree with #5. #3 is no concern with "Double Tap to Wake".

14. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

I feel sorry for HTC for not improving that disappointing huge mess they call Ultrapixel. 4 megapixels was low even 5 years ago in a flagship...

30. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Above all that also; 3GB LPDDR4 RAM 550PPI S805 at 2.7Ghz even better would be the Tegra5 or Exynos5522 or 5420 A15 Ceramic or metal, steel instead of aluminuim 3300mah battery 3 mics CarZeiss optics 3.0aptr

32. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

LPDDR4 is a long ways away 440 ppi is more than enough, anything more is at 5" is just wasted battery and GPU power S805 would have been welcome, but the S801 is still more than enough for anything. Also, Tegra 5 doesn't exist, it's Tegra K1. Aluminum is metal. Aircraft grade aluminum, which is much lighter and dissipates heat better than steel, so it's more practical for a phone. The 2600 mAh battery has performed better than 3000 mAh batteries. Sense 6 is optimized like crazy, I would how the One max with a 3300 mAh battery will do once it gets the update. You realize a higher aperture is actually worse for a camera, right? A f/3.0 aperture would be terrible. Get some new material, TROLL

36. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

so in 2 or 3 years time these specs would exzist and you will say that all this will be useless.... really 2 years ago when people wanted 2014 specs in 2012 was not possible and having all these know is not right, so delusional you are, you dont want 2015 specs know but rather wait... 550ppi is on oppo7 phone ceramic for people who prefer prestige material. so your saying people who buy rolex and breitling are idiots? so you wouldnt take a titanium built phone but would prefer cheap aluminuim i like my stuffs made with quality prestige my nokia 8800 has titanium sapphire glass stainless stell18.,8 carbon fiber so owning this or having this is not right, what dont you prefer good quality things in life or you prefer average standard junk?

39. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

As software evolves we will need better CPUs, GPUs, and RAM, yes, but not now, and not within the next 2 or 3 years. As for pixel densities, 400+ is enough. I think 500+ is useless, and all it does is waste power and result in lower performance. HTC tried ceramic already with the One S, and it didn't work out so well. The process was expensive and some people reported the ceramic was chipping off. I would rather take aluminum than titanium. Titanium would make the phone heavier, more prone to over heating, and much more expensive. It's not cheap aluminum either, there are different types of aluminum, and the type used in phones, cars, and airplanes is a lot more premium than the type used in soda cans.

40. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

they used cheap rubbish ceramic. ever herd of RADO WATCHES, fine quality 550ppi will give more clarity and super razor sharp detail if they wanted to deploy a 4000mah battery they couldve but no oems dont like to give us, we are willing to pay 200 dollars for better quality materials, look at apple everyone wants to show off or trend style out with there phone the car they drive the designer clothes they buy, public is willing to pay 900 or 1000 dollars for quality fine products the heavier the phone the more weight and feel and touch there is rolex watches weigh at 350grams breitling watches weigh at 400 grams thats the sign of purity and fine prestige see the diffrence between you and me is i prefer fine qualty prestige designer goods in life and you prefer standard products typical average person, im not typical i like and look for quality titanium and carbon fiber can take heat pressure even at 60degrees you wont feel it

49. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

500+ PPI is not useless, just negligible. I'll leave you with this to explain:http://www.cultofmac.com/173702/why-retina-isnt-enough-feature/ However! At this point I'm not begging for such pixel densities, display technology is ahead of the rest of the technology in the phone, which needs time to catch up. The manufacturer that sticks with 1080p while others go to QHD and UHD will have WAY better performing devices. Just look at the 5S, it's pushing around a third of the pixels that most Android flagships are pushing and it gets far better frame rates.

37. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

you like whats suitable for you, i prefer prestige i wear guccci loafers guccci shirts prada jeans armani jeans i dont buy cheap rubbish junk your theroy that you claim which is possible know will be possible in 2years time, then what you gonna say then...

41. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

so, by using the word "prestige" what are you implying? because that word i no way relates to the context you're ruthlessly shoving it into. i understand the want for a premium feel but with hardware you already replace every two years (MAX) why would you want to pay 600+? if you truly want "premium" why don't you look into the $50,000 versions that some companies make with diamonds and a gold layover? you'll be sacrificing specs but you'll have that "prestige".

47. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

an ezxample sapphire glass costs 30 front 30 back carbonfibre 100 front back titanium 200 front back ceramic 150 front back i dont want diamonds gold 1080p display costs 80 s801 cpu gpu 35 exynos 5420 30 plus broadcom 4g lte 20 anyone will be happy to pay900 for these,, this is possible know but oems are being so efin lazy to provide just like ios wp8 have no features but will imply what kk422 has in 4 years time

51. BesnikRrustemi

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 08, 2013

Really ??? if so then : mouse & Keyboard & 21-24inch display and call it a computer and use it for : a design company ? an architect pc,etc

54. engineer-1701d unregistered

Agree #1 wish it was 10 ultra pixel guess its just hard to upgrade the htc symbol should have been finger print scanner for payments I like gs5 lockable pics and files with dinner

3. maherk

Posts: 6939; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I agree with number 3 and 4, the rest is fine by me.

4. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

seriously.. why do you need more than 4MP in a camera? how many photos do you actually enlarge? I bet NONE.

6. alan_1230

Posts: 86; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

regardless there is no excuse for such a weak camera and to not have the ability to do something so simple as to enlarge a picture because it will look bad is not acceptable . If samsung and nokia can add a 16mp and above why can't they ask your self that ...

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You don't, but others do, especially when they crop photos.

33. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

The majority of people hating on Ultrapixels are hating them for no reason except for other people saying they're bad. In reality, most of the people who will actually notice the cons of Ultrapixels should have DSLRs anyways if they care about photos that much. The goal of a smartphone camera is to be able to take quick pictures with decent quality, and the One (2013 and 2014) delivers on that. The pictures it produces are more than good enough for sharing.

50. true1984

Posts: 869; Member since: May 23, 2012

i agree but considering how expensive these devices are it makes sense for people to want the best everything. i couldnt care less myself since most of the time i forget my phone has a camera. personally i love the phone so i;m getting it next week.

60. to-ma-to

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

u know...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. That's all.

10. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

It lacks in detail. No argue about it.

11. maherk

Posts: 6939; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I won't judge before I see a comparison with other flagships, I have no problems with it being 4mp if they indeed improved it. But if it turned out to be the same as last year's one, I bet it will piss off lotttts of HTC faithfuls.

23. maherk

Posts: 6939; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

well they really did end up screwing themselves over with their stubborness. I was really hoping for HTC to give Samsung a good fight this year, because we need it as a customers, but I guess we ll have to wait for next year.

16. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Ok ehm, try to zoom in.. More than 50% i can easily assume wants to crop or zoom-in on photos sometime. The phone is really nice and good but the camera department on a phones is really important now and people would actully consider a mid-range phone with 12mp over the HTC with such a poor camera.. there is alot of people who actually buy a phone depending on camera since its one of the top 5 thing you use in a phone now.. (no i don't have any source this is actual field fact.. go out and ask people how f*cking often they use their phone camera, or look in their phone library when photos were taken.) I actually Loved the design and everything about the new HTC, im not much of a hater for bezels its just nice if it was slimmer but overall i don't care.. but its a no for me cause it use the camera on my phones as my 3-4 most used item on the phone, i take pics more often than i call people (usually texts)

42. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

i've had the HTC One (2013) for about six months now and it's not a 4mp camera.. i have no issue with the pictures taken. i know the term ultra pixel is a little gimmicky and that deterred me from getting the phone a bit in the first place however it feels much closer to 8mp than 4. i understand with 4k resolutions being released everyone wants to be able to take a picture on their phone and use it on their $2,000 monitor. That may be possible someday but currently it's just not realistic. while smartphones are some incredible pieces of engineering hardware their primary purpose is still not a camera... that being said, i disagree with #1 lol.

5. antonioli

Posts: 200; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

I agree with everything.

8. alan_1230

Posts: 86; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

Only issue i have with this is #1 100% . sorry but no htc M8 for me this year ... I will get The s5 then after the iphone 6 ...

9. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

At least make it water and dust proof to compensate for the phone's huge size. Also,that stupid black bar bezel with the HTC logo is completely unnecessary.

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