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Living with the HTC One M8: climbing up the ladder

0. phoneArena posted on 06 Jun 2014, 16:40

Let’s get straight to the point here folks! Amongst the flagship smartphones announced in the first half of 2014, the HTC One M8 is the indisputable king when it comes to design. Very few phone manufacturers, past and present, opt to use high quality materials for their smartphones. On one hand, it’s not really all that surprising to know that the HTC One M8 climbs straight to the leaderboard when it comes to...

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posted on 06 Jun 2014, 16:45 2

1. Zenzui (Posts: 114; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)

If only HTC had increased the screen size further. It could had stand well with late comers like LG.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 16:53 18

4. express77 (unregistered)

They should have put the capacitive buttons in that black bar instead of stupid HTC logo. And camera ofcourse ruined this great phone.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 17:10 10

7. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

Completey agree. HTC could have had a larger effective screen size by just putting capacative buttons in the black bar, similar to the M7.

I'm sure historians will look back at the One M8 with its 4MP camera as one of HTC's key failures.

posted on 07 Jun 2014, 02:19 2

24. adwienc (Posts: 136; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)

Yep, that HTC logo kills this phone for me, G3 has 0.5 inch bigger screen and is same size it's pathetic. And I will always choose capacitive buttons over software, so I thought about M7 but it's battery life and lack of SD slot is something I can't go without.

posted on 07 Jun 2014, 02:56 1

25. b1acktiger (Posts: 223; Member since: 19 May 2012)

They put a bunch of sensors behind that black bar.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 18:55 5

12. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

Living with HTC M8, I feel like M8 top of the tallest mountain.

posted on 08 Jun 2014, 20:30

33. Diezparda (Posts: 891; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)

yes larger screen size, 5.5 will be perfect and it won't be hurt to have extra RAM instead 2.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 16:46 2

2. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)

HTC One M8 Google Play Edition is where it's at...

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 17:01 16

5. billgates (banned) (Posts: 555; Member since: 29 May 2014)

Nah... for me vinella android is far to generic for me but I do like sense 6. If they had upped the mp count we would have had a winner. I choose the s5 but the other 3 could have easily got my sale.
Z2- no where to be found so Sony didn't get me.. Sony how about you release the damn phone on some carriers next time k?
M8- I was ready to jump but the mp thing killed it for me
G3- I may look on Craigslist and trade my S5 for one in the future.
S5- HATE the design of the front... why SS won't you stop the same ugly front design you use on everything??? BUT I got pulled in on it being water resistant and the possibilities "shower selfie anyone"?

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 22:46

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

+1 agree non biased post

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 22:48

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

Just let down by 2Gb Ram 4Mp and to tall

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 16:47 2

3. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)

Would love to see a speaker to speaker screen on this model. A friend at work owns one of these and loves it, it does feel like a solid phone.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 17:09 7

6. Bioload25 (Posts: 213; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

Its camera is indeed usable,but to a consumer planning an upgrade,its quality can be the reason not to buy this phone. As for the secondary camera,its pretty cool and can impress some curious people,but its not exactly 'useful',its just fun...

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 17:19 6

8. DevilWithin (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 May 2014)

this is indeed very helpful i chose S4 over One last year just like you did but i regret every bit of that decision by now and i just hate this phone in every single aspect of this phone !
overall i like the sound quality and premium feel that htc is feeling and i felt solid software unlike s4 on m7 last year im sure that its got even better on m8 ! and about the camera part i like every single picture that's been taken by this phone people should stop being arrogant and just see or even google some of them there are some extraordinary pictures on flickers taken by this beauty and that doesn't look like a low performer camera at all!
i already chose this phone to purchase in summer despite great performances by Z2 and newcomer G3 and this article gave me that perfect confidence to do it so! i really hope they make the harman kardon version available worldwide that a music junkies phone!!

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 17:19 2

9. Bjray (Posts: 187; Member since: 29 May 2014)

"around MY lifestyle." See posts like these are perfect simply because this is a reviewers personal option on the said device after owning it for a fair amount of time.

However almost all reviewers put their "personal lifestyle / requirements" on official reviews. I don't care about your style... Just tell me if the device good or not simple as that.

posted on 08 Jun 2014, 23:50

34. azers07 (Posts: 27; Member since: 17 Aug 2013)

there're bunch of little things, that makes this phone awesome. For example, when i take my m8 out of my pocket people are staring at it =)) you can read from their look - "dude, you're awesome"..
about the camera. everywhere except sunny day, it is awesome. under direct sunlight ultrapixel camera blows it too much. but photo effects which it provides is super amazing. Me and all my friends like it. when we hang out together, we take selfies and group photos with my phone, coz of the effects and low light performance ( and they have G2, S4 , 5S at their disposal)
HTC sense is super fluid and fast)) it is so gorgeous, i enjoy every second of it )) and boom sound is really good.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 17:24 7

10. edditnyc (Posts: 4; Member since: 19 Apr 2014)

Seriously, I'm tired of the whole "if there’s something I truly want to capture and preserve, I would whip out my point & shoot/dSRL/mirrorless camera to shoot it" response from tech bloggers like everyone has a P&S, DSLR or Mirrorless camera on them or can afford one. I have a DSLR which I love but the best camera to have is the one you have on you. Why tote around a point and shoot when we're talking about candid shots? Not everyone does that but the joy of having a smartphone is having the option to take a great shot at any moments notice. Not just a concert or a graduation or special event like that.

Also since the camera is inherently a wide angle shot, you are essentially stuck with a fixed lens camera. Why would you give up the ability to crop an image if you're on a fixed lens? It's ridiculous. The ultra pixel benefit is negligible, even in low light, because the sensor is a fraction of what you'd find on any other point and shoot, much less DSLR or mirrorless. So again, why skimp on resolution? Seems to me HTC is simply saving money they're spending on the unibody design. It's a cheap solution and uninformed tech bloggers eat it up.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 18:14 2

11. rsiders (Posts: 1101; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)

So I guess you're not pleased with the camera? Oh...

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 19:27 2

13. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)

Quad HD Snapdragon 805 devices are just a few months away, there's absolutely no reason to get this phone and besides the only thing that is going on with this is the boomsound.

Hold on to your current devices and it'll be worth it in the end

HTC blows

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 19:49 1

16. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

Good advice. HTC isn't a terrible company. Rather, they have too many mediocre managers, so they make profoundly stupid mistakes.

While their corporate slogan used to be "quietly brilliant", it really should have been "almost brilliant".

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 21:30 10

17. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

You could use that logic anytime of the year. Once Snapdragon 805 devices come out, we'll be waiting on Snapdragon 810 devices that will be out just a few months away. You can't keep waiting for the next big thing, you have to be content with the technology today or else you'll be holding onto your device forever, in fear of being "obsolete" as soon as you buy a new phone.

Your opinion is yours, but I think HTC makes great products.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 23:21 1

21. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)

They make great phones ayt, too bad they don't listen to their loyal user base.......

The SD card inclusion? Yep they did that when their sales plummetted to the mud, yeah it is anecessity after all

Ultrapixel? They might ditch it in their next flagship iteration but took them forever to do it.....

Huge bezels? God knows when

Again, i must reiterate, there is no point buying this phone right now, HTC is a clumsy company run by idiots who doesn't know how to market a phone

posted on 07 Jun 2014, 09:06 2

27. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

The most popular smartphone series in the world currently doesn't have a MicroSD card. So it's not a necessity.

The Ultrapixel camera in the One is much better than the 13 MP camera in the One Mini 2 or the HTC E8. The only thing it's not good at is cropping photos; otherwise, it's pretty good.

The One M8 still has smaller bezels than Sony and Apple's flagships, and they improved it over the M7. The massive speakers make it seem more than it actually is.

Why wouldn't someone buy this phone? Great design, great screen, awesome speakers, a good camera (especially in low light), Sense 6 looks nice and has useful features, and HTC has been amazing with software support for their One devices recently. Unless they had really small hands and/or didn't like Sense 6, I'd recommend this phone to anyone.

posted on 08 Jun 2014, 05:35

31. gaara6775 (Posts: 738; Member since: 20 May 2014)

I'm with you bro. Those who think m8 has worst camera they will have worst low light photos in their phones.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 23:27 1

22. techloverNYC (Posts: 601; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)

HTC's great product haven't lead to great sale number.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 19:27

14. Lboogey6 (Posts: 281; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)

its a cute phone but its boring android is about a vision of capabilities i feel like the one just gives you an iphone.its a big phone with a regular screen size the speakers aren't impressive and the camera is subpar. but you say that water proof is a fad when most phones generally have water damage if they aren't cracked why? well because people have their phones on them 24/7 right before the shower right after in the middle. with kids dropping in cups in the rain washing accidental pool hops.... youre an idiot oh btw you have to warranty the phone for 6 months because the beautiful design flaw could easily slip out of your hand.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 19:45

15. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

Please ask your doctor to increase your Ritalin dosage.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 23:13 2

20. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

Loving this segment on PA. Hopefully more writers here will share their experience of using their phones with us soon.

posted on 07 Jun 2014, 03:23

26. LikeMyself (Posts: 460; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)

A good phone for me is when you look at it, it feels unique and sexy! But I'm a miser and don't want to spend money on phones when my s2 with cm11 can meet all my needs! It's like a wife! A wife who looks good, u can live with her for many years provided she cooks good food as well and u can manage her eccentricities!

posted on 07 Jun 2014, 12:03

28. tahaea1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Jun 2014)

HTC One (M8) is rated IPx3 for water "splash". This is still not an IP certificate but its better than nothing. Also the new E8 and Butterfly S is rated at IPx5.

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