HTC One (M8) vs HTC One (M7)

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Interface and Functionality


Okay, this should be an easy decision, seeing that newer software tends to accompany more features. As it currently stands, our T-Mobile unit of the 2013 HTC One is running Sense 5.5 on top of Android 4.4.2 KitKat. In comparison, the newer handset runs the most up-to-date experience – Sense 6.0 above Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Needless to say, the 2014 HTC One is going to steal the show with its updated interface and enhanced functionality. Still, it’s worth mentioning that Sense 6.0 is eventually going to make its way to the original HTC One – so the two will be on the same playing field.

The Sense 6.0 interface isn’t as profoundly different from what was already established with Sense 5.0, but the enhancements in it simply exemplifies HTC’s commitment to deliver the best looking and functional experience. The same ‘flat’ design is well in abundance again with Sense 6.0, which is a good thing, seeing that Sense is generally lauded for being one of the more visually pleasing custom UIs out there.

However, we appreciate the new Motion Launch gestures that are in play with Sense 6.0, giving us quick access to a few things from the lock screen. Rather than relying on the power button, the various Motion Launch gestures permit us to power on the display to view the time/date, unlock the phone, jump access to the Android widget screen/HTC BlinkFeed, and even get right into the camera.

Some of the other enhancements found with Sense 6.0 that we feel are noteworthy to Sense 5.5, include the integration of additional services to BlinkFeed – like Foursquare and Fitbit. With the latter, the new HTC One becomes a vessel for the app, where it’s used to collect information from its various sensors, so it can continually track how many steps we’ve taken.

Processor and Memory


Never one to settle for anything less, HTC outfits the two with the best stuff from Qualcomm’s camp. When it launched, the 2013 HTC One’s quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 SoC with 2GB of RAM and the Adreno 320 GPU proved to deliver a smooth performance. However, the quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 SoC coupled with 2GB of RAM and the Adreno 330 GPU of the newer HTC One is even snappier with its response. Heck, it’s most evident when running intensive 3D games, where the 2014 HTC One produces the smoother operations between the two.

We were sorely hoping to see the minimum storage capacity of the new HTC One to be higher than that of its predecessor, but sadly that isn’t the case. Even though the two have 16GB of memory, HTC keenly listened to the complaints by adding a microSD card slot into the new HTC One – giving owners more flexibility and elbow room.


Internet and Connectivity


Honestly, there’s not one handset that we prefer more when it comes to surfing the web, mainly because they have all the quality elements in making the experience oh-so enjoyable. From their speedy page loads, to the buttery kinetic scrolling they offer, there’s nothing different between their performances. Certainly, some folks will prefer browsing with the new HTC One’s larger display, but we don’t feel that it’s any more beneficial.

For being the newer device, the 2014 HTC One doesn’t pack along any new connectivity features that we didn’t have already with the 2013 model. Meaning, they both feature aGPS with GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, NFC, IR blasters, video-out functionality via MHL, 4G LTE connectivity, and they’re available in both GSM & CDMA flavors.

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