Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Good, Bad and Ugly About the HTC One M8

HTC finally announced their newest flagship, the HTC One M8 on March 25th. I am getting pretty mixed feelings about the phone right now and I am sure this is the case with many of you as well. Please note that everything I will state in this article will be relative to the original HTC One. Not wasting time, let's get started!

The Good:

  • Android 4.4 Kitkat
  • New Duo Camera: Allows you to refocus after taking a picture
  • Dual LED Flash
  • Snapdragon 801 processor
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • Bigger screen: 5"
  • Metal on the sides
  • 5 MP front camera
  • 13% larger battery
  • Micro SD support
  • 25% louder speakers
  • Gorilla Glass 3
  • 6% larger display
  • New dot view cover

  • Motion launch gestures
  • Better Blinkfeed (Do you even care?)

The Bad:

  • Not enough changes: I would rather buy the HTC One for 400$ rather than the M8 for 700$
  • On screen buttons which decrease screen to bezel ratio: They could've removed the HTC logo
On-screen buttons 

  • Heavier than the One
  • 6% lesser pixel density
  • No wireless charging
  • Glossier back: I kind of prefer the finish of the original One
  • Still 4 MP camera: In an age where even low-mid end cheap android devices come with a 5 MP shooter makes us wonder why HTC is so rigid. And yes, pixels DO matter
HTC Duo camera
  • No cavity in dot cover to click pictures with the cover folded.

Full specs:

BODYDimensions146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm (5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 in)
Weight160 g (5.64 oz)
DISPLAYTypeSuper LCD3 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.0 inches (~441 ppi pixel density)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 3
- HTC Sense UI v6
SOUNDAlert typesVibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
LoudspeakerYes, with stereo speakers, built-in amplifiers
3.5mm jackYes
MEMORYCard slotmicroSD, up to 128 GB
Internal16/32 GB, 2 GB RAM
SpeedHSDPA, 42 Mbps (21 Mbps - AT&T), HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
BluetoothYes, v4.0 with A2DP
NFCYes (market/operator dependent)
Infrared portYes
USBYes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go, USB Host
CAMERAPrimaryDual 4 MP, 2688х1520 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Features1/3'' sensor size, 2µm pixel size, automatic simultaneous video and image recording, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, HDR, panorama
VideoYes, 1080p@30fps, 720p@60fps, HDR, stereo sound rec., video stabilization
SecondaryYes, 5 MP, 1080p@30fps, HDR
FEATURESOSAndroid OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)
ChipsetQualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801
CPUQuad-core 2.3 GHz (US/EMEA)/ 2.5 GHz (Asia, China) Krait 400
GPUAdreno 330
SensorsAccelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
MessagingSMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email
RadioStereo FM radio with RDS
GPSYes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
JavaYes, via Java MIDP emulator
ColorsGunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver, Amber Gold
- SNS integration
- Google Drive (50 GB cloud storage)
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
- DivX/XviD/MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
- MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/FLAC player
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk
- Organizer
- Document viewer/editor
- Photo viewer/editor
- Voice memo/dial/commands
- Predictive text input
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Po 2600 mAh battery
Stand-byUp to 271 h (2G) / Up to 496 h (3G)
Talk timeUp to 14 h (2G) / Up to 20 h (3G)


You can see that the advantages are more in numbers but not too good. Whereas, the bad points are less in quantity but few of them can be deal breakers(ahem!). So, for me, the HTC One M8 isn't a very good phone and I would select the Samsung Galaxy S5 over it without even thinking for a second. I read a great sentence somewhere which pretty much sums up the phone "The HTC One M8 is a very good 2013 phone."


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