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

72. true1984

Posts: 865; Member since: May 23, 2012

why were the performance benchmarks higher on gsmarena?

75. KingDingaLing

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 11, 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: 2585; Member since: Oct 31, 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.

77. dancorcal

Posts: 39; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

Wake me up when the G3 is here.

80. spasticpat

Posts: 110; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

So how much internal memory is used up out of the box for this phone?

82. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

How can 'not being waterproof' is a con'? What the hell PA?

83. ozziaj

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 25, 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: 249; Member since: Oct 17, 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: 360; Member since: Nov 06, 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: Mar 26, 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. That's all.

89. youlookfoolish

Posts: 193; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

Eh. 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

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 26, 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: Mar 01, 2014

It is awesome but it lacks a best camera. atechpk.com/

94. ozziaj

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 25, 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: Mar 28, 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: Mar 31, 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: 137; Member since: Sep 10, 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

Posts: 35; Member since: May 26, 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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108. JaroB

Posts: 112; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

big :/

111. Blaze.Infernus

Posts: 16; Member since: May 01, 2014

Good lord what an awkward article to read; so many grammatical oddities.

113. CarsonTiffany

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 31, 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: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Way too much bezel, especially on the top and bottom. That's what ruins it for me...
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