HTC One (M8) review

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One of the sexiest smartphones to see the light of day ever, the HTC One (M8) is a great blend of style and substance. Here's a quick review of HTC's latest flagship in pictures...

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HTC One (M8) review

  1. 1. HTC One (M8) Review in pictures
  2. 2. Specs worthy of a flagship • 5-inch, full HD Super LCD3 display • 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor • 2GB of RAM and 16GB expandable storage • 4-megapixel UltraPixel shooter with Duo Camera • 5MP front shooter • All-metal body • Integrated IR blaster for universal remote capabilities • Runs Android KitKat with HTC Sense 6 • Supports the Indian LTE band
  3. 3. Sexy as hell, slippery as an eel • Encased in a body made of 90 percent metal • Brushed-metal finish in gunmetal, silver or amber gold makes it look, oh so sexy • Top-notch build and premium feel • Super-smooth casing is super slippery too
  4. 4. Prepare to turn heads (and ears) • Standout design is very flaunt-worthy • 5-inch display means it isn’t too unwieldy to handle • Front-firing stereo speakers, aka BoomSound, ensure ample audio levels for gaming and media
  5. 5. Brilliant 5-inch display • Lovely full HD Super LCD3 display that offers a pixel density of 441ppi • Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection • Renders crisp, natural colours that are a treat for the eyes • Wide viewing angles and very good sunlight legibility • Supports double-tap-to-wake-up
  6. 6. Shooting from the hip • Loaded camera interface offers immense creative control • One-touch access to modes like camera, selfies, Zoe, video. Dual capture and 360 panoramas • Full manual mode lets you tweak to your heart’s content • Control over ISO, exposure, white balance etc • Range of real-time filters
  7. 7. UltraPixels live it up in dim lighting, but lose out on resolution • Still a creature of the night – takes great low light shots • Images leave a little something to be desired otherwise • Pales in comparison to the shooter on the Samsung Galaxy S5, but still takes very good shots that shouldn’t disappoint • Slightly inconsistent results at times
  8. 8. Fun special effects as conversation starters • Bunch of filters, frames and fun stickers to liven up your photos • Ufocus is HTC’s answer to background defocus, but thanks to the depth sensor, just needs a single shot to work • Copy & Paste lets you copy a person’s image from a shot and paste it into another, all with a few taps • Foregrounder separates the subject and the background, letting you apply different effects • Seasons adds animated foliage to shots and lets you save results as images or videos
  9. 9. A lot of Sense in Android KitKat • Runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat with HTC Sense 6 UI on top • Flat look. Sharper, crisper fonts • Support for themes • BlinkFeed is around, placed on the left-most side. Can be removed if you don’t want it • Customisable app grid • App drawer doesn’t support folders, but apps can be hidden
  10. 10. Motion Launch gestures add to the convenience • A bunch of Motion Launch gestures let you access things fast • Swipe up to unlock, swipe down for voice calling, swipe left for widget panel, swipe right for BlinkFeed – all when the device is on standby • Pick up the phone in landscape and press the volume key to launch the camera
  11. 11. Plethora of preloaded apps, plus an Extreme Power Saving Mode too • Comes with a range of preloaded stuff, including Google’s suite, HTC’s own Sense TV , Car mode and Zoe, social apps like Facebook, Twitter and WeChat, Kid Mode, Polaris Office and Fitbit • Extreme Power Saving Mode switches to a basic launcher and turns off power-hungry options to prolong battery life
  12. 12. Sprints like Usain Bolt • Top-notch specs, including a quad-core Snapdragon 801 chip running at 2.5GHz and 2GB of RAM, make it go at breakneck speed. Multitasking is smooth and even intensive games don’t display any signs of lag • Full rage of connectivity options including Wi-Fi ac and NFC on board. • Almost 10GB of storage available to use, and you can add more too. USB OTG is supported as well
  13. 13. Power socket? Who needs one? • The sealed 2,600mAh battery may not look too beefy on paper, but keeps the One (M8) alive for a full day easily with heavy use • Lasted 11.5 hours on our video loop battery test, with brightness and volume at 50 percent • Power Saver mode available, apart from the more aggressive Extreme Power Saver
  14. 14. At a glance • 5-inch, full HD display • 4MP primary UltraPixel Duo camera (with depth sensor), 5MP front shooter • 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor • Adreno 330 graphics • 2GB RAM, 16GB expandable internal storage • 2,600mAh battery • Dual-band Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, NFC, DLNA, USB OTG, Wi-Fi Direct • FM radio, IR transmitter
  15. 15. - • Slippery • A tad weak on features compared to rivals • Inconsistent camera Pros and cons + • Drool-inducing looks and awesome build • Gorgeous full HD display • Fun post-shooting camera effects • Convenient Motion Launch gestures • Superfast • Excellent battery life
  16. 16. Rs 49,900 Pricing and verdict “The HTC One (M8) is a great choice, only let down by its inconsistent camera and a relative lack of frills when compared to nearest rivals. However, if you’re looking for a premium device that’s speedy and offers great battery life, it won’t disappoint at all. Pretty much your only choice if a standout design and flaunt-worthiness are at the top of your list. In short, a great blend of style and substance.”

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