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Ian Fong
Jun 10
Ian Fong
Overall
5.0
Ian Fong

"It Stands Above the Rest!"

I had many expectations for the HTC One M8 after owning the older flagship HTC One M7 device. There are many things that the M8 delivered but there some that I am still yearning for in the next HTC phone.

Camera quality is an improvement that I see in the M8. Although the HTC One M8 does not improve on megapixel count nor ultrapixel count, the software has improved immensely. There are more features that the M7 did not have that leaves little to be desired from a photographer standpoint. I admit that the lack of improvement on megapixel count is disappointing but it suffices for the purpose phone cameras are intended for: social media. The low light ability on the M8's camera is superb and is surprising for a phone camera. As a photographer, I am amazed about the capabilities that I have on the M8. The manual mode and Ufocus is very useful and although it has some quirks, HTC can fix it with a simple software update through the google play store. With the manual mode, you can set custom exposure times, apertures, and ISO settings which is something that photographers use on the daily. With Ufocus, you can create amazing composition sound pictures by isolating your subject from the background making it a stronger image overall. If you are wanting to take the next step in your photography skills, this is definitely something that will become useful. The only problem that I have with the camera on the M8 is the organization of the UI. I find it hard to navigate through the menus. There are a set of menus that let you switch from camera to video, selfie mode, etc. and then there are another set of menus that let you choose which mode you want like manual mode, HDR, and panorama. This can get confusing and latter menu is hidden in the settings button. In addition, sometimes I forget to change from video to camera or visa versa and when I open up the camera app again, it goes to your last saved mode so I end up taking a video when I want to take a picture.

The overall UI is much improved. There is a way that you can change the font, theme (though there is only a limited amount of colors), and blinkfeed content which was not found on the M7. However, most software is the same as the M7 now that it has been updated to Sense 6.

The hardware is solid and much improved from the M7 and still unique compared to other phone manufactures. Besides apple, HTC is the only one that has nearly metal phone. Having a metal phone makes you it feel very solid in the hands and premium. From a design standpoint, it shows that the carrier has put a lot of thought with the curved body and the brushed aluminum. The boom sound feature also is a perk because it delivers loud volume quality sound. As a musician, this is one of the features that I enjoy because I can listen to music the way that the artist intended me to listen to. It is also good for social times when you don't have speakers or a computer to play music. It is loud enough to fill a room. I also like how the speakers are placed on the phone because it really amplifies the sound when they are the front. I hate to put my phone where the glass is facing the ground just so that i can hear the music coming from the speakers on the back.

Among the flagship devices that are out, the HTC One M8 is the top contender. It still brings quality features that many competitors have not included yet in their device. It looks great and it feels like a flagship device.


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