The HTC One (M8) is the latest in the line of One flagship devices from Taiwanese manufacturers HTC. It incorporates a stunning metal design, excellent 5” screen with 441ppi pixel density, and extremely powerful hardware. However, it is far from inexpensive, being the company’s flagship design, and HTC continues to rely on what is essentially a 4 megapixel camera and outdone by most of its direct competitors. However, if you want a device for playing multimedia, rather than capturing it, then the HTC One (M8) is a very positive choice.
The M8 has improved on the looks of the previous HTC One, which itself was considered a stunning design. Where plastic bezels were previously used, these have been replaced by the beautiful, albeit industrial, metal design. There are bound to be some that prefer the look of plastic, but the metal gives it a firmer, classier, and generally more expensive look.
In terms of hardware, the M8 is carrying a 2.3GHz quad core processor, which is more than ample to cope with any task, or multitude of tasks, that can be thrown at it. It should be noted that Asia will be seeing a 2.5GHz version, but the 2.3GHz version available in the UK is still an impressive piece of hardware.
One area that some buyers might consider to be a little weak is the fact that the device only has 2GB of RAM. Considering the hefty processor, it would perhaps have been better to have increased this to 3GB, but this is only likely to be a problem in the future, when more RAM will be required to play the latest games and use the most advanced apps. For now, this combination of processor and RAM is more than sufficient. There’s 16GB of internal storage, which isn’t a huge amount, but it can be expanded by up to 128GB thanks to the microSD slot.
In terms of disappointments, it is the camera that will leave some potential buyers considering alternatives. HTC continues with the premise that their 4 UltraPixel sensor means pictures of an equal quality to 8MP or higher cameras, but many reviewers have shown that this isn’t the case. It is effectively still a 4MP camera, and this also means that users will not be able to record in 4K definition, which requires 8MP minimum.
With all that said, the M8 is a beautiful and powerful phone that is only really let down by the camera quality. Buying on contract, or buying the phone via a credit agreement means that it is possible to spread the cost of the handset over the life of the device.