Great phone overall. It, by far, justifies its price tag. It has a sleek metal design, made to look like it's made out of one piece, oozing quality and durability. After having dropped the phone a few times, there were no blemishes or scratches whatsoever, proving its durability and strength. The Boom Sound speakers are brilliant too; they are loud and produce a crisp sound that is equally by the top and bottom speakers, respectively. As they are located on the front of the phone, you can have the phone on a flat surface, playing sound without it being muffled like it would be in other androids where the speaker is located on the reverse of the phone. The UI of the phone is friendly and easy to get a grasp of too. One criticism is that the applications menu slides down, rather than across, and can take a while to get used to for non-htc users moving to a htc phone.Its processor capabilities are quite good too, running apps which are known to be laggy and slow down other phones. One downside of having the metal,aluminium casing is that it adds to the weight of the phone dramatically, being one of the heaviest in it's category. Some may say it gives the phone a 'premium' feel but, personally, I think that it is too heavy to be comfortable holding. The SD and SIM ports are difficult to access but this should only be a one or two time thing so shouldn't cause a problem. Another criticism is that the earphone port is on the underside of the phone, making for an awkward situation if the earphone cord is coming from a pocket where your phone is in.
I used the HTC one M8 for around 8 months and I can tell you that this smart phone is the best phone I ever used because I did not only fall in love with the phone but it later became my mobile companion .At first I was afraid and really skeptical as to how HTC was going to improve M7,but I’m quite happy I got the phone as I was not disappointed.
This device gives such a remarkable premium feel to hold with its aircraft grade aluminum. The wrap around edges shows that the metal casing has been designed to perfection, to make the device fit the palm of your hand. This device has beautiful rounded corners that are not just incredible to look at, yet this gives the device much better stress concentration on impact to other smart phones. This is why M8 prevails on drop tests as I heard and which I’m a witness to that during my time spell with it.
I will talk about how optimized Sense 6 is; this is currently the best UI out there! No wonder that a lot of people seem to prefer Sense 6 over Vanilla Android on Nexus or GPE devices. Everything is smooth, sleek, elegant, basically extremely fast and simple and does not consume much battery life. I appreciate HTC for that. I love all the color combinations and the themes, the colors blend in perfectly and nice to look at. I, every now and then, swipe to the right to open blink feed, and just scroll continuously, which is great and helps me kill navigation time, plus the addition of offline reading capabilities is worth loving.
Although some would want higher MP, the 4MP up on the M8 is great for me as I don't really crop images or zoom in on pictures a lot. Overall I am very satisfied with the performance of the main camera. Color reproduction is good and manual shot capability is very nice. Dual LED flash works very well. The 5MP wide angle shooter is definitely one of the best if not the best front facing cameras out there. I find myself taking selfies often.
The screen size is perfect IMO as its big enough to project Images at a captivating aspect ratio and great screen resolution of 1080p, what more can in ask for?. Plus the S-LCD 3 screen is submerged between the Boom Sound speakers, which is definitely the best speakers on any Smartphone at the moment.
I will now talk about the battery life. It may not be of the biggest capacity but it has incredible battery life. With low to mid usage I usually end up with 50% after a day of use, I could easily get to 2 days. That's how improved it is.
I have gotten acquainted with a lot of smart phones and I will have to put M8 on the very top of my list. This device screams, shows, display and represents quality.
I have been using this phone for 2 months now and so far I am very satisfied with it. I have the silver colour and the design of the phone is quite industrial looking with a metallic finish, which I like. The screen display is very good and the brightness adjusts automatically to suit the lighting of your environment. The speakers are the best of any phone I have used; they are excellent for listening to music or watching videos on. I use a variety of apps on my phone with several usually open simultaneously and so far the One M8 has coped easily with the demands of this with no crashing or freezing whatsoever. Overall the phone is excellent but there is one minor quibble I have with this phone that I wished I had known about before purchasing it and that is the battery life. It is impossible for me to get through a day without charging and if the GPS is turned on or I play a game for a while, the battery drains very quickly and needs charging several times per day. I do believe this is a common issue with many modern smart phones though due to the various battery draining features they offer. The camera is fine for my needs, but I understand it is not the best available so if this is important to you, you may want to consider the new M9, which has a much improved camera. Overall, this is a great all-round smart phone for anyone wanting to play games, run apps, listen to music and access social media on their phone. I would definitely recommend HTC phones in general based on my experience and this model in particular based on its performance.
basing this is the best phone in its range. Truly a remarkable device, the htc one m8 is innovative and quality to the touch.
The sd slot is great as you can now use the 128gn micro disk to slot to expand your memory size at a low ocst. Also the front boom speakers mean quality sound for you and the whole street to hear.
The sturdy quality case with internal battery add to the unique htc one experience.
Basically the no.1 one in its range with no silly gimmicks. The device is mad to be simple yet modern , and does so with flying colours.
I've been using the HTC One as my primary phone for about two weeks, having moved over from an iPhone 5 and prior to that a Nexus 4.There isn't much left to say that other reviewers haven't already said and I echo the positive ones and will join those who gave it a 10/10 which I've only ever done with one previous gadget which is the Chromebook Pixel. In both cases I've evaluated the devices from my own personal needs and use cases.
From the moment you take the HTC One out of the box you feel like you've got something special in your hands. It is, along with the original iPhone, the 4 and 5 and the Nokia Lumia 800 among the finest crafted phones ever made and I'd go so far as to say that it trumps all of them due to the following: Intelligent front facing placement of the stereo speakers, the best ever on any phone I've used. Feels far more durable than any iPhone ever has (especially the 4/4S with their glass backs and the 5 with it's penchant for flaking paint and picking up dings on the frame). The slight curve to back (which the Lumia 800 also had) that just makes it feel great in the hand. Volume buttons with the right amount of resistance (like those on the iPhone) to avoid accidental presses. I was ready to quibble about the placement of the power button on the upper left corner but somehow it hasn't bothered me in the least.And that's really all there is to say. If you need a powerful, modern phone with a great screen, speedy OS that's perfect for multitasking and excellent camera then the HTC One should be at the top of your list.
HTC One M8 is definitely one of the best devices in 2014, I conclude my review. The device provides all and brings new interesting solutions. The only drawback is the price of the device, but it is equal to its competitors in this class. I believe that the M8 justify their expectations and that will again be among the leaders and win various prizes, as his predecessor.
Easily the best smartphone I have ever owned. From the build quality, to the sound of the in build speakers, every thing about this phone screams premium. It is definitely worth getting as a next phone.
The best feature of this phone is the build quality. The only phone manufacturer I have found to rival apple in build quality. The whole body is made out of strong, sturdy metal and comes in either an anodised or brushed finish.
It also has some of the highest specifications available on the market at the moment. Great for running games or other intensive applications such as performing video editing.
The software overlay on android is also one of the best I have seen, since they take many of the best features and then add HTC specific ones on top, which really make a huge difference. Take for example the dual cameras. You can take a photo and focused in one way on the normal camera, and another focused in a different way on the top camera. This is one of many features only available on the HTC one M8.
Another of these main selling features is the Boomsound speakers on the front of the device, above and below the screen. Before purchasing this phone I had totally given up on there being a device with good external speakers. The external speakers on this give amazing sound, you will not find another phone with speakers this good. Anywhere. They are incredibly loud (which also helps when taking calls), have amazing range in the sound they can produce, give good bass and are generally exceptional.
There is not another phone on the market right now that can even come close to being as good as the HTC on M8. The combination of the build quality, and the HTC exclusive features make this an absolute must buy.
I got this phone in August after my previous phone was broken, and I have to say it is the best smartphone on the market currently. I use a cover for it and coupled with htc dot view case app, it tells me through the cover any messages, emails and facebook messages I have. It also keeps me well up to date with the latest weather which is vital for my day job.
The front facing speakers make the sound quality of any music or videos very clear, and loud, I sometimes have to reduce it, as it can be too loud.
I would highly recommend this phone to those who are ready for their next upgrade. As it is big, and very robust. I have dropped it regularly, and once accidentally in water, and whilst it doesn't advertise as being waterproof, I can report that I have had very little if any problems with the phone as a result of accidental damage, hence why I say the phone is very robust.
It operates android software, and there are very few apps that you cannot download.
My only negative, and I say this very reluctantly, is that the camera isn't brilliant. You can use all kinds of features, including the famous selfie! However the quality of images could be better, for someone like me who uses the phone for everyday use, I can manage with the quality of this camera, however if you are going for a phone with a good quality camera, maybe this one is not for you.
The HTC One M8 is a good phone, with some really good specifications. It boasts a high end BoomSound speakers which allows the owner to listen to music clearly wherever you are, but I don't feel this is the case. When I am in a room with all doors and windows closed the sound is definitely loud and clear but when I am with my partner driving down the motorway around 70 mph, the sound is often muffled and can not be herd by me or my partner. The phone has a lovely feel to it, a large 5" screen makes watching films and looking at pictures a dream, especially with the HD capabilities. One negative I find with this phone is it gets very, very hot when on charge, which is a slight worry especially when I leave it on charge sometimes overnight. I am a very quick texter and I feel that there is a high level of response from when I type on this phone.
I bought this phone about a month ago after contract ending on iPhone and wanting a change. Have to say I'm not dissapointed.
Lets start with the speakers. Front facing so sound quality automatically improved and comes with built in boom sound, so if you like your bass in songs your'e in for a treat. With the speakers being so spaced apart also makes watching films ad videos a joy as it gives almost a stereo effect. This is one of the bigger smartphones on the market at the moment, which if you have small hands, like me, it sometimes is a big tricky trying to get to the power button, and also swiping down the top menu, requires two hands.
The one M8 comes with the google play store which in comparison to Itunes and the app store, doesn't really compare to it. Don't get me wrong, it's still got some good little apps, but doesn't seem to have as mauch variety. and with music it does seem a bit of a hassle to have to go on laptop/PC to be able to get them on our phone. This is no too much of an issue for me as I have an ipod so would need to go on PC anyway, just one extra step.
At first glance, the messaging app does look a bit plain and boring, but after having a bit of a play on it, found out you can change the colours of the background/text and the bubble the texts come in, which is definitely a bonus.
Changing from an iPhone to a one M8 and wanting to transfer contacts/photos/messages and other bits and pieces I thought would be a nightmare, but it's actually pretty staight forward. Just plug your'e iPhone into PC, download the HTC sync manager press the right buttons, and let it do its thing! Was a bit problematic at first as it didn't recoginse my phones, but ater a few attempts we were away.
It has 16gb of memory, which is ok. Not the best but mine is nearly full already! Having the option to upgrade memory with a external memory card is definitely something to look into.
The camera is something to talk about too. ALthough its only a 4 megapixel camera, it takes crisp and clean photos, something which I wasn't expecting. It also has the edit options which include 3D, which does exactly that, only with some photos can make them look a bit strange. Seasons which allows you to put floating autumn leaves, dandelions, bubbles and just some sparkles which is quite a cool effect. You can also choose the blur tool which allows you to select the focus after the picture is taken!
Overall this a is a good phone, using it for an actual phone, you can hear well and easy to use. Bit chunky, but you can feel the quality! Would definitely reccomend as its a pleasure to use!