Ten Questions About The HTC One M8

1. How is the camera?

The camera is always one of the first things people ask about on a modern smart mobile phone. The discussion usually compares quality using megapixels. In this case, the HTC One M8 has what HTC calls “ultrapixels” which means that instead of focusing on how many pixels the camera has, they focus on performance quality. The 2013 HTC One had some user reports of camera shots with a purple tinge. So far, we haven’t noticed the same thing on the HTC One.

2. What’s the screen size?

BIG. The HTC One M8 has a 5.00 inch screen, a full inch larger than the iPhone 5/5s. You won’t have any trouble seeing your pictures and videos on this phone. It’s an LCD screen and our preference is the AMOLED screen technology used by Samsung. However, the LCD on the HTC One M8 works better in real life ( it seems less affected by sunshine ) and perhaps the better performance of the HTC’s battery is positively influenced by the LCD screen.

3. How does it look?

Beautiful. The HTC One M8 is a solid metal phone, without the flimsy feel that many Android phones ( e.g. Galaxy ) seem to have today. The bevels are reflective and the case is sleek and shiny. It has a brushed metal exterior and, in our view, rivals even Apple’s products for aesthetics.

4. How are the speakers?

External speakers can sometimes be a failing of current mobile phones. They just don’t have the power you want. These HTC One M8 speakers solve that problem, and they do it easily. The speaker features what HTC calls “BoomSound” which means, in this case, that the speakers are 25 percent louder than the 2013 HTC One and have a wider frequency range. If you’ve never heard them before 25% louder won’t mean much to you. Believe us when we say, they’re the best on the market.

5. Is it heavy?

Nope. The phone weighs in at 5.4 ounces ( that’s about 150 grams ), which is barely heavier than the 2013 HTC One. Surprising, perhaps given the many upgrades this phone has over its predecessor.

It’s main competitor, the Galaxy S5, weighs a fractions of a gram less ounces less, at 5.1 oucez ( 145 grams ), but these are very minor differences. You certainly won’t feel the difference in your pocket as you carry it around.

6. What’s the display like?

Beautiful. HTC’s IPS LCD gives you big, wide, viewing angles to work with. The HD resolution is 1920 X 1080, which finally provides true high-definition capability in an HTC Phone.

7. What’s the software situation?

The software is what differentiates the HTC One M8. It’s running Android 4.4.2, or KitKat, as it’s commonly known, which is the newest fastest Android software available. But over that, the HTC One M8 runs the Sense user interface, a HTC product, which gives you added goodies like the ability to switch to camera mode just by bringing the phone to your face, Blinkfeed and Zoe. We have more on this in the Editor review tab.

8. What about the hardware?

Processor wise, the HTC One uses a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor. Qualcomm, who makes the Snapdragon 801, says that this processor is 25 percent faster than the last model. That faster processor equals faster everything, including web surfing and gaming.

9. How much memory do I get?

You get 2GB of RAM 16GB of internal storage in Australia. You also get an external SD slot, so you can upgrade the amount of storage you have. ( Up to 128 GB which should be plenty ! )

10. What about durability?

The HTC One M8 has a build quality that is only rivalled by Apple. Add in the fact that this phone is metal, not plastic like most phones, and you have yourself a solid, durable, dependable phone.

 

Neil Aitken

Having worked in 3 countries for 4 telcos on both voice and data products, Neil is in a position to give you the inside track. Get beyond the marketing messages to the best plan for you.