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Justin Ramsey
May 22
Justin Ramsey
Overall
5.0
Justin Ramsey

"Wow! Just Wow!"

So let me start with a brief history of the smart phones that I have owned in order. These are all on AT&T by the way, iPhone 3Gs, Samsung Infuse, iPhone4, Galaxy S3, iPhone5, Galaxy S4 and now the HTC One M8. The M8 is by far the best smart phone I have ever owned.

I will go down the list as it appears in the review box.

1. Display - The display on the M8 is gorgeous. I have no issues with it. Even at 1/4 brightness, it is still bright and my wife complains about it. The screen is crisp and has more lifelike tones than that of the more vibrant Galaxy series. While outside in the sun the screen is still viewable, albeit with the brightness all the way up. The GS's had issues even with full brightness in the sun.

2. Reception and Call Quality - Calls come in loud and clear on my handset. At first it takes a second to align the earpiece over my ear but once I do there are no issues.

3. Battery Life - Now this is where the phone really shines. With heavy use all day from 7 am to almost midnight, the battery will still be above 30%. And when I say heavy use I mean I'm constantly on the phone playing games, updating Blinkfeed, on Facebook, IGN and CNET. I do have the standard Power Saving Mode enabled as I always do on my phones with the feature. I've never had battery life this amazing on a phone before and I commend HTC for being the first to have an all day battery.

4. Design/Form Factor - The M8 is very ergonomically made. Its curved backside allows the phone to sit in my hand perfectly. I do always have a case on my phone and it hasn't hindered the design or use at all. Just be weary of the slickness of the phone as without a case you'll likely drop it. Be careful!

5. Apps & Media Support - As with my other Android phones the amount of Apps that I can get and use from the Play Store is great. I don't use the HTC apps that come on the phone save for Blinkfeed. I love me some Blinkfeed. I get all my nerd news (tech, movies, video games and some sports) in one place. I don't see myself ever turning it off.

Extras - The front facing Boomsound Speakers are phenomenal!! No other handset can compete with the amount of volume and clarity that these speakers put out. They put my GS4 rear speaker to shame.

The camera is pretty good. It takes great pictures in low light. But when there is too much light the pictures get a little washed out. If I could have the GS4 or GS5's camera on this phone that is the only change I would make.

I highly recommend this phone to anybody in the market for a new device. It is a bit tall for those of you who would like a smaller device. But this is only due to the inclusion of the front speakers which in my opinion is a great trade off. I don't mind the size but some might.

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