8 reasons to buy the new HTC One (M8)

8 reasons to buy the new HTC One (M8)

Summary: I was a bit cool about the new HTC One (M8), but after another week with the T-Mobile US version it's now likely I will pick one up on 11 April when it launches on T-Mobile.

Eight reasons to buy the new HTC One (M8)
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It's now been just over 10 days since I started using an HTC One (M8) with the last five days spent with the T-Mobile USA version of the device. I rated the HTC One (M8) an 8 out of 10 in my review, but am still seriously considering making the $700+ purchase next week when it finally launches on T-Mobile.

As regular readers know, I absolutely loved the HTC One (M7) and spent more time with it as my primary smartphone than any other phone in the last several years. The M8 improves on the M7 in nearly every aspect while also offering up some unique features to make it one of the best smartphones to consider in 2014.

As I look at the HTC One (M8) and all it has to offer, I find the following eight aspects compelling enough for me to consider using it over the next year.

  1. Motion Launch gestures: Nokia was the first to launch support for touching your display with the display off to perform actions; LG added this capability on Android devices. HTC took it even further with their Motion Launch gestures providing more functions than just unlocking your device. I like jumping into BlinkFeed and launching the camera with Motion Launch gestures.

  2. Metal construction and design: HTC’s One (M7) set the bar for smartphone designs and the M8 makes it even better. With a 20 percent increase on the shell casing material, the M8 feels better than any other smartphone I have tried.

  3. BoomSound stereo speakers: The front-facing stereo speakers on the M7 were excellent, but the ones on the M8 are even better. No one in my family can believe how amazing the speakers sound and I couldn't be happier with their performance.

  4. 1080p LCD Gorilla Glass 3 display: HTC’s 1080p display on the M7 is fantastic. The M8 carries on that tradition with a 5-inch, 1920 x 1080 display. The colors are vivid and reflective of the actual image.

  5. microSD card slot: People have been asking for HTC to bring microSD expansion to their devices; in the past you could only find these in Asian devices. It is great to see HTC provide a 128GB-capable microSD card slot in the M8 and, with a focus on photography and video, it's a welcome addition.

  6. Duo Camera and advanced software: At first I thought the second camera sensor that provides depth information was just a gimmick. However, it actually provides pretty slick effects in a very easy to use manner that makes the M8 one of the best social networking cameras available today. I like the UFocus and Foregrounder effects the best and find they add a nice touch to my photos. I have always loved the Highlight Video functionality and it has gotten much better on the M8.

  7. BlinkFeed: When I first saw BlinkFeed last year I thought it was a nice gimmick for newbies. It turns out I used it quite a bit and now find the new BlinkFeed much more usable and enjoyable. HTC has done their research and BlinkFeed truly is a convenient and useful way to read the latest news.

  8. Strong battery life: The US units don't yet have the extended battery saver mode of the international models, but you will still find it has rather amazing battery life. I have been able to go a full day on the T-Mobile version, which is longer than I have seen on the M7.

I am a bit disappointed in the increased length with little change in usable display size, but there are enough great things about the device that I can forgive the increased length.

The camera also disappointed me initially, but to be honest it is perfectly fine as a smartphone camera. A smartphone camera is all about the convenience of having a capable camera available all the time and the HTC One meets that need. It may not capture the detail that I expected after hearing feedback from users over the past year, but honestly the M8 camera is significantly better than the M7 camera.

It is very tough for me to give up my Moto X with all the amazing Motorola custom experiences, but it has been tough to put the M8 down this past week.

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  • All Excellent reasons

    BlackBerry supported touching the device to wake it up long before Nokia
    • not having tap to wake still drives me nuts on the S4

      after giving up my nokia 920 for a free S4 unlimited Verizon plan at work
      • the reason these phones need tap to wake

        Is because they don't have a easily accessible physical home button that can wake the phone like a Galaxy phone. Having to press a tiny button on the side was the issue.
        Galaxy S4 can wake the phone without even touching it with motion gesture if you turn it on.
      • What I like

        is the return of the always-on clock on the display of the Lumias with OLED displays (E.g. 1020). It basically does what the HCT One M8 does with its holey cover, but without the need for the cover and without need to double tap it.
    • ?

      Blackberry who? Is there a cell phone company by that name?
      • One good reason not to buy the M8

        It's Android. Buy a BlackBerry Z30 instead. It's the top user reviewed phone.
        John Hanks
        • BlackBerry making good products

          Funny how the media forgets the "boring" things like the Z30's (not HTC) industry best battery life @ an unheard of 25 hours (not minutes like iPhone).

          The Z30, and other BlackBerry 10 phones have excellent reviews by those who actually use them. They are durable. The new os is great
  • APTX support

    APTX support is a big one for me. Samsung supported the bluetooth audio protocol up to the Galaxy 4/Note II generation of devices, but appears to no longer be including the codec in its new phones. My Galaxy S3 has APTX, and music over bluetooth is actually listenable (as long as your headphones support APTX).

    I won't buy a phone without APTX, so when it's time to upgrade my Galaxy S3, I'll probably be looking somewhere other than Samsung.
  • Why TMO?

    Why not buy the unlocked version from HTC for $649 plus tax?
  • The price of these phones are out of control

    not long till 4 figures.
    • Re: The price of these phones are out of control....

      Might as well get an iPhone 5S.
      • I'm sure he has one

        and lots don't want a tiny screen phone, I still look twice every time I see an iPhone, and say omg how do you use such a tiny phone.
      • iphone - lol

        The iphone is quaint, with it's old fashioned UI and tiny screen, my grandma wouldn't use anything else.
  • Re: 8 reasons to buy the new HTC One (M8)....

    Guess what the next ZDnet related article will read

    "8 reasons not to buy the iPhone 5S"

    ZDnet. No longer impartial and Anti anything Apple.
    • A river of tears

      This article does not even mention apple or the iPhone and you are crying. FFS, give it a rest already.

      On topic:

      Good review. I always thought that previous HTC One was better than any other android phone in its class. Shame that the Galaxy gets so much more attention than the One did. HTC needs to reinvent their marketing.

      Wish more phones and tablets had front facing speakers.
  • Typo or?

    Summary: I was a bit cool about the new HTC One (M8), but after another week with the T-Mobile US version it's not likely I will pick one up on 11 April when it launches on T-Mobile.

    It's "not" likely or it's "now" likely?
    • I'd quit T Mobile

      Upgrade to the BlackBerry Z30 on another carrier. Better phone. Better value
  • How is the camera improved over the M7?

    Aside from the second camera I was under the impression it was the same.
  • From the HTC One S to the Galaxy Note 3

    I had the first HTC One S I loved that phone for me it was the sexiest phone out there. So thin, so light, so perfect. Beats Audio worked awesome with the headphones. The back speaker kinda sucked but the headphones audio made up for it. Wish it had the front speakers like the new HTC one's. When the note 3 came out I wanted something big and powerful. I waited to see HTC one Maxx but it was a big disappointment for me the specs were terrible compared to the Note 3. So when the note 3 came out in October 2013 I ditched my beloved HTC One S. Samsung did a great job with the Note 3 a very powerful and fast note but when it comes to audio it sucks big time. I miss the days were I used to use my HTC one S for music. Now i'm looking into switching back to HTC this phone looks phenomenal and I want sexy back LOL with nice audio and ONLY HTC can do that. So since tmobile lets me upgrade twice a year for nothing i'm thinking of downgrading my size of phone to the HTC one M8 if I can't adjust to smaller screen again i'll just have to deal with it till the Note 4 comes out. So undecided still must wait till the 11 to go to tmobile and check this beauty out.
  • Usable Screen Space

    From what I've seen so far, the usable/viewable screen space is actually smaller in the M8. The screen size increase was taken over by the on-screen buttons! It would be better if they retained the hardware buttons- anyway the black bar with the HTC logo is still there- then the space used by the on-screen buttons will truly be part of the viewable screen.