There’s a new contender for Android top dog on the market, and it’s the HTC One (M8), the latest from the Taiwanese firm. This metal-clad unibody slab inherits the good looks of its predecessor, last year’s HTC One (retroactively referred to as the M7), but refines the look and adds a lot of significant software changes, too. It makes the new One a great device, and well worth a look as your next device.
- 5.0-inch, 1080p display
- 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor
- 2GB RAM, 32GB storage
- MicroSD expandable storage
- 5MP front camera, HTC UltraPixel rear camera
- 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0
- MSRP: $649 off contract, $249.99 on 2-year agreement
- Product info page
- Best design of any Android phone
- Screen is just at the upper end of size/usability ratio
- Some accidental touch on far side interactions
- New Motion Launch feature makes for accidental unlocking
[/two_third_last] HD quality video looks terrific on the 1080p Full HD screen, which makes the One a great device for watching video while you wait or during the commute. The one problem in this regard is that its edge-to-edge design creates some issues with respect to one-handed use. When reaching across the screen to hit touch points on the far side, I found the meat of my palm would accidentally trigger the touch sensor on the other edge, making it miss detection of the actual intended input on a few occasions. Battery The HTC One (M8) offers a special extended battery life mode for drawing out those last remaining bits of power for as long as is possible. In practice, this does offer a bump, and a considerable one, by intelligently and selectively disabling and enabling services on your phone as needed; it’s a little like the difference between a conscientious home owner and one who values convenience above all else – Extreme Power Saving Mode is the diligent one, happy to turn things on only when they want to use them, and the standard operating mode is the power glutton, who’d rather have everything on and ready to use at all times.
Even without the special mode, battery life on the HTC One (M8) is strong, and lasts about as long as a full charge on its predecessor. The mode was included for a reason, however, and if you’re using it heavily throughout the day, you’ll appreciate the extra juice you get from flicking it on with say, 10 percent remaining. Dot View Case The HTC One (M8) debuted alongside a special new case for the smartphone, the Dot View case; this accessory offers a rubberized, perforated cover connected to a back shell for whole phone protection. The front cover offers passthrough touch input support, and displays notifications, time and weather using a dot matrix-style point display lit up by the phone’s LED.