HTC One (M8) Review

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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114 Comments

95. iushnt

Posts: 3103; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Check gsmarena's battery ratings.. S4 lasted better than HTC one

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Went straight to page 3 to read about the camera. HTC failed again this year.

6. jexxx

Posts: 48; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Samsung must be feeling so relieved.

24. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

I thought the pics looked quite good Smurf. What part was most disappointing for you?

36. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Noise, purple clouds, lens inconsistency (nights shots, lamp post, low resolution.

44. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Zoom in.

64. true1984

Posts: 865; Member since: May 23, 2012

well, in my opinion it depends on what you do with the camera. i only use my phone camera on 2 occasions. when i first get it and when i'm on vacation. otherwise i forget its there.

27. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

I looked at the sample images and I got shocked because of the lack of detail. Is that even a camera for high-end phone? Zoom in and die. (BLURREEH~!) Don't get me wrong, it's a nice camera for a phone, but 4MP? No, no not this time. Overall, pretty good phone. If I would have enough money, I could even consider buying this beauty :D

49. adecvat

Posts: 640; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Front camera is better than rear :) And NO OIS.

81. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

eh? that's what makes or breaks a "phone" for you!? Anyways, read the other pages for your own good. 1. Sense 6.0 beats as much crap out of your sad Note 3s touchwiz as it would on the camera department vice versa. 2. The "DESIGN" with bezels beats mega crap out of Samsung again, what do you have - camera 3. Waterproof and Dustproof would have been better but who needs flaps on their phones anyways. And after the s4 active fiasco, not so confident about the s5 waterproof. I mean, i can still use my phone in the rain without it being water proof. I wouldn't go swimming with it unless you would with the s5 lol 4. I had a note and frankly I am much better off with the Nexus 7. 5. HTC One M8 is what samsung with all its money should be trying to achieve. Oh yeah, we have people here confusing galaxy s4 with chinese(love the country) made crap and also some of the samsung low end crap = spend so much money and still look like crap is what a fail is in my book

91. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

Shut up.. your words is full of crap..

5. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

How on Earth can you properly review a product after it was launch just minutes ago?!?!?!?!

8. jexxx

Posts: 48; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

He probably had the phone for quite awhile and only able to post the review after the launch due to NDAs.

18. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

So Phone Arena was the source of the leak in the first place.

38. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Smartass ALL major tech sites had a demo unit for a week now to review it.

12. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

That's what I was thinking! XD With full photos and such a big review. Not even Chuck can do that! XD

15. almostdone

Posts: 448; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Many people had this phone for a while but couldn't release the review until it was official. The same applies with some stores already have them in stock.

25. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Take a look at the phone pics. Date is 21/3. So they had it well before.

35. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

Dear Phone Arena; Can somebody explain to us what is your basis for your numerical points system. Do you have a points tally or something not shown in your page? Many of us are confused how did you get 8.8, 9 and etc. Sincerely Yours; Chunky1x P.S. Don't send me an Email of a reprimand and I kindly ask for an honest answer.

46. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Its basically like reviewing a movie on IMDB, you give it a specific score because its above and below some other movies based on their scores. Obviously for the reviewer above having the ugliest phone of 2014, that looks cheap, has amazing camera, full of gimmicks is better than this piece of art with innovative after focus camera.

53. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

I wish they did category specific points(design, display, camera and etc) first then average out in the end. After focus camera is not new(Nokia and LG already have this system). I agree that when the giant band aid comes out it may have a high score with much of the dismay of the readers.

68. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Thats why I like theverge reviews, they put points in different categories and that helps a lot

7. MarkArigayo

Posts: 240; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Still, better than S5 in term of overall design. On screen keys arrangement on the 2014 HTC One makes the S5 looks so old. Lol.

11. jexxx

Posts: 48; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

I like samsung's keyboard.

9. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

HTC just took their previous year model, made it uglier, gave it a marginally better processor, and a EVO 3D camera. and hope it would turn their company around from bankruptcy. How hard is it get rid of of the stupid logo, give it a bigger battery Doesn't it already have a aluminum unibody?why not it give it a bit water resistance and wireless charging while they are at it?

40. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

1. EVERYONE did that with the cpu. Why is HTC bad while other arent for using same CPU? 805 wont be available for months to come. 2. Uglier? Its personal taste. I read, seen 4-5 reviews in the last hour and everyone agrees how pretty and amazing looking it is. 3. It doesn't have a 3D camera, it has two cameras so you can FOCUS the photo after you take it. 4. They had a reason that there is a black bar on the bottom, engineers of the phone must have had a serious reason, instead of leaving the black space they added the logo to kinda hide it. 5. Waterproofing a phone means you have to cover all the holes and makes the usability less desirable, ALSO it makes the phone bigger and ONE is already a big phone.

55. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

it's getting harder for consumer to justify an upgrade. Most current hardwares are capable of running most apps including the budget phones. If HTC wants to succeed in this throatcutting business. Their new flagship is just not up to par.If they still wanna compete with Samsung, they have to either make the best phone with all desired features and charge a flagship premium or get out of the flagship race start selling more budget friendly phones similar to the google's Nexus series. the way I see it, this phone is only worth nexus price tag.

57. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

HTC's love for unibody aluminum design also compromises their abilities make a compact phone and any last minute tweaks with their hardwares to add new features. The size and heft of this phone would probably alienate a lot of female consumers (who seem less concern about phone specs and features (HTC is clearly the loser to Samsung on this one)

66. true1984

Posts: 865; Member since: May 23, 2012

can someone please explain the weight thing?

60. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

then again ithink it's likely HTC is running out of cash to burn so they rush this into the market for a quick turn around to pay some bills so hopefully there's another flag ship coming before HTC goes out of business and get bought out by another mainland-based Chinese firm.
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