HTC One M8 review: More metal, same limited detail UltraPixel camera

HTC One M8 review: More metal, same limited detail UltraPixel camera

Summary: I spent the last five days using the new HTC One M8 and, while the design is excellent, I am not a fan of the UltraPixel camera and software effects. You will be able to order from all three major US carriers today with T-Mobile sitting on the sidelines until April.


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  • Warm and cold flash units

  • HTC logo embedded on the back

  • HTC One (M8) next to the HTC One (M7)

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  • HTC One M8. More metal, same limited detail UltraPixel camera....

    Decent build quality is a distinct advantage.

    But what is of most importance is the quality of the interior components.
  • HTC One M8. More metal, same limited detail UltraPixel camera....

    Decent build quality is a distinct advantage.

    But what is of most importance is the quality of the interior components.
    • Not sure how it got posted twice ?

  • T-Mobile version

    "The T-Mobile version will also support WiFi Calling, which is a great utility for those who are traveling or have a weak signal at home."

    Yes because T-Mobile's network sucks so bad this is necessary.
    • "..because T-Mobile's network sucks.."

      "User Experience may vary" comes to mind, where I'm at in Austin TX and the areas that I go, it has suited me just fine for 11yrs as a customer. I also used the service abroad in the UK and in NYC area and had a better experience to those co-workers that used At&T and Verizon.

      In most areas where you could expect 4 g service I've had no issues with slow data, and for area it didn't work, neither did other carriers work that well and was reduced to "G" or EDGE service.

      What can be said? Well where one service falls another rises, get what service you works for you in the area that you work mostly at, survey those in that area and ask what service seems to have the best coverage than what the stores or what their customer service tells you. This coming from an IT professional that before getting into IT sold NEXTEL B2B.

      Saying a service just "sucks" is a simpleton expression from someone that obviously didn't do their homework.
      • For you maybe?

        ITA! I get reception just about everywhere I go here in Toledo, OH. I can count on my hand and still have fingers left over the amount of dead zones I've encountered here. Besides, the wi-fi calling feature is something that every carrier should have. It's not like it hurts. Even a carrier like AT&T has dead zones. I remember working at one place in a suburb of Toledo and all my co-workers who had AT&T had the same reception issues as me. We always had to go outside the building to make or receive calls. The only people who had great reception all the time were people with Verizon (but Verizon would get you reception in the depths of hell). I'm sure Verizon has some dead zones in some places too. YMMV.
  • 71 slides of the same phone??!

    Whenever you get back from your holidays....

    I'm busy
  • HTC One (M8)

    Great Android phone, to be sure ...

    BUT.... they f***ed it up again!!

    That camera, when compared to other top smartphones, remains a sick joke! I'm a professional photographer, and while I'm no fan of high-density, high pixel count sensors such as Sony et al employ, this story from HTC that so-called "ultra-pixels" are better, is, well, just a twisted story at best; more of a gimmick and possibly a cost saving tactic!

    I would have thought HTC had learned something in the past 12 months! Just about every review made it crystal-clear that ultra-pixel based smartphone cameras are simply not up to scratch!

    Nokia, not my favorite smart-phone manufacturer by far, has got it right. And truth be told, if they had an Android based phone with a decent shooter in it, I'd buy it.

    So, I'll be still using my nearly 3 year old HTC sensation for a little longer.

    But the more I look at Nokia's offering (new releases coming our way April 2), the more I get used to that oddity called "Windows Phone", hoping that M$ is releasing a very much needed update of its phone OS real soon.

    Sorry HTC, I had high hopes for the M*, and yes, great features and hardware, but that sick ultra-pixel camera just ruins it for me!
    • Why Android?

      When WP8 is so much better.

      I recently moved platform and thought I'd be sending the phone back but after a couple of days I liked it so much I decided to keep it.
  • Great Review!

    Matthew, thanks for such a comprehensive review and for the photos. I completely agree with you. Personally dislike that the M-8 is bigger and that the camera was not improved.

    I have been using the original HTC One for over a year and very satisfied. What I like most is the battery life; with heavy use & roaming, lasts a full day. With light use can last up to three days.

    But the thing that has me most excited with the new phone is that HTC will be upgrading the BlinkFeed and Sense of the original Ones (M-7). I really don't care about the camera and its features as I might take an occasional photo or two with the phone. But if I want to take photos (such as when on vacation), I bring my separate camera.

    Keep on educating us with those objective and comprehensive reviews!
  • A photographer's review

    The number of people who complain about the UltraPixel is few relative to the millions of units out there. The UltraPixel is a perfectly fine *mobile camera*.
  • Personally

    Don't get the appeal of metal bodies, cold as a block of ice in cool climates, scratches easily, the first thing people do is buy a case for the things anyway, so why rattle on about metal bodies, in my opinion they suck big time, Nokia had it exactly right with their polycarbonate bodies which feel great in the hand & to this mind are more colourful & appealing to boot.
  • Not for me.

    Looks nice but what's the point as I have to use a case to protect the phone from accidental drops.

    My next device will be either a Galaxy S5 or the next Nexus phone.
  • A more expensive BlackBerry Z30?

    This amounts to a more expensive BlackBerry Z30, with less megapixels. The top end BlackBerry is cheaper, has more megapixels for the camera, high end carbon fiber body and up to 25 hours of battery life. For the author to say he can't find a phone that last more than a full day, means he has not tried a BlackBerry 10 phone. Even the Q10 and Z10 easily last a full day on a charge. I usually charge my BlackBerry every second day. Interesting we all consider battery life and security "boring" when BlackBerry does it, but are impressed when a year later, a more expensive HTC product is almost as good.

    Also, HTC is still losing money, and has less market share than BlackBerry. At least BlackBerry still has nearly $3 Billion cash on hand. What's the chance HTC is around in a year?
    • ...

      Well duh it lasts more than a day because you can't do anything on a blackberry.