HTC ONE M8: HTC’S ANSWER TO SAMSUNG
In recent years, HTC has made a habit of churning out great phones yet losing out to its arch-nemesis: Samsung. But with the release of its latest flagship phone, the HTC One M8, HTC is more than ready to wrestle the crown away from its competitor.
While the M8’s predecessor, the HTC One M7, was a great phone, it had its issue. HTC has addressed most of those issues in the M8. The most obvious way in which the M8 differs from the M7 is screen size. The M8 has a 5 inch screen, up from M7’s 4.7 inch. M8 though, still uses the same gorilla glass 3 protected 1080p screen, which has resulted in a reduced pixel density of 441 PPI. But there doesn’t seem to be much of a difference to the naked eye. In terms of design, M8 has the jump on its main rivals. Sporting a sleek, curvaceous, polished metal body, M8 looks and feels every bit like the premium phone it is supposed to be. It is a bit of a struggle to reach the power button at the top, but HTC has compensated for that by borrowing a feature from LG that allows users to wake the screen up by tapping on it twice. The return of the Boomsound speakers may have resulted in a larger phone, but the speakers do their job admirably, making the tradeoff worth it.
Armed with a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.3GHz( 2.5GHZ in Asian Versions) along with 2GB of RAM, the HTC M8 is fast and nifty; more than up to the task even with high-end games. A significant improvement from the M7 is the microSD card slot on the M8. Storage can now be expanded by up to 128GB. M8 also has dual-Sim capability, but this means only nano-sims are supported.
Two is better than one or at least that’s the logic HTC applied on the M8, which features two cameras on the back. Technically though, the second camera acts as a sensor which detects depth while taking pictures. Despite claims to the contrary, the camera options can prove to be muddling for the casual user but the 5MP front-camera will delight those fond of selfies. The primary 4MP Ultrapixel camera is capable of taking satisfying images while the secondary camera allows for faster autofocus and better effects.
Only the Xperia Z2 can lay claim to having a better battery life than the M8’s Li-Po 2600mAh battery. It provides decent battery life, even with extreme use, and boasts an Extreme Powersaver mode which extends battery life by up to 15hrs even with 5% charge remaining, essentially turning your smartphone into a pre-smartphone era Nokia.
HTC M8 comes with Android Kitkat which can be upgraded to Lollipop. It uses the Sense 6 UI, which is a lot less bloated than its predecessor. This has led to an interface that is faster, simpler and a lot less bloated. There are also features such as Blinkfeed that lets you stay on top of all the latest news.
Overall, the M8 is another fabulous offering from the guys at HTC. It performs as well if not better than some of its more expensive rivals and is a complete value for money.