HTC One M8
HTC has a real talent for carving up highly pretty phones out of nothing. That fact has stayed true till today with the introduction of the One M8. The successor to the One (M7), the M8 is an iterative update over its predecessor that refines the winning design further and adds a couple of unique features into the mix.
The big question on everyone’s mind is however, is it better than the Sony Xperia Z2 and the Samsung Galaxy S5? That’s what we’re about to find out.
Design and Build
The HTC One M8 feels like a stretched and flattened down One M7. It measures about the same as the One in depth but gains a few pounds due to the larger display. The 5-inch Full HD panel makes the phone feels longer, which in turn makes single-handed use a bit cumbersome.
Exquisitely finished from top to bottom
With more than 90 percent of the chassis made of metal, the One M8 gives the iPhone 5s a run for its money. It feels exquisite and you only need one glance to know it costs a bomb. We love the detailing that HTC has brought to the table, right from the brushed metal finish to the fit and placement of the buttons and speaker grills.
Putting this in a case would be crime, and you could get arrested for it
HTC has thankfully added memory expansion and you can add up to a 128GB microSD card to it. The One M8 also requires a nano-SIM instead of the standard micro-SIM.
The M8 can handle up to 128GB SD cards
The only plastic bit on the phone is the strip on the top which houses the power button and IR blaster. Aesthetics aside, the new design isn’t very ergonomic as the old one. First off, the polished finish on the metal makes it incredibly slippery to hold confidently. The edges are also a bit too rounded which doesn’t really offer much grip.
Designed to stun
The One M8 packs in the same SLCD 3 panel from last year’s model, which continues to be one of the best we’ve seen. Colours are bright and punchy with inky black levels and great viewing angles. The sunlight legibility is also very good and Gorilla Glass 3 makes it highly scratch resistant.
The new Sense v6 is super slick
The One M8 also debuts with Sense 6 which is a more polished version of their earlier skin. The pastel shades within the theme give it a very slick and fluid look. The new flattened toggle switches in the notification bar are in keeping with the new look. There are new features added like Extreme Power mode, which shuts down any unwanted processes and presents you with a basic interface. However, you’re just left with basic apps like calling, message, mail, calendar and calculator. We wished there was a way to add apps like WhatsApp in this mode like you can with the S5’s extreme power saving mode.
Some of the new gestures added to the M8
‘Do Not Disturb’ will block incoming calls and basically turn of notifications for a designated time. You can of course add exceptions to important contact that’ll still be able to reach you. This is very similar to Motorola’s Assist app.
The M8 also gets new ‘Motion Launch gestures’. With it enabled, you can double tap or slide your finger up to wake the screen up. Swiping right activates BlinkFeed while the left activates the widgets screen. An upward swipe simply unlocks the phone. Swiping downwards activates voice dialling.