As many of you know, I’ve been conducting one of two 30 Day Challenges involving the HTC One M8 here at PhoneDog. We’ve already covered the introduction of the challenge, went in-depth with the camera’s performance, and what I would like to change about the device. With every set of negatives comes a positive set as well, so without further ado, let’s talk about the five things that I like most about the HTC One (M8)!
Although this was one of the things that I would change about the phone, it was mostly for the sake of sales for the phone. The 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera on the original M8 was cause for a lot of concern with people initially. The decision to carry the same camera over to the next generation wasn’t exactly the decision I would have gone with personally (for the sake of sales), but I do really like the camera on the HTC One. It’s crisp, clear, and as long as I have no need to zoom in on an image the images usually turn out wonderfully.
While I did mention in my article yesterday that cheaper phones are starting to catch up to the speed and accuracy of flagships, there is something to admire in the M8 when it comes to just how snappy the phone is. I prefer the Moto X for the features and the size, and there isn’t much lag, but the HTC M8 manages to make a much snappier response time.
Sense actually happens to be one of my favorite Android UIs. Ever since I used my EVO 4G, I’ve always been a big fan of Sense. Perhaps it’s just the way it looks, or maybe it’s because I’m a sucker for big clocks and animated weather screens, but either way Sense continues to be one of my favorites. I find that Sense 6, which is extremely similar to Sense 5, is one of the more professional and clean-cut looking skins in use today.
The BoomSound speakers that HTC has carried over from the original One is always a welcome feature. I feel like the front-facing speakers are one of those things where you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone, because before I had them I didn’t feel like I was missing them; however, after switching phones a few times I realized that the front-facing speakers were a lot more important than I originally gave them credit for. I feel like more phones need to have front-facing speakers.
Last but not least, of course, is the design of the phone. I will say that I didn’t like it as much as the original One, but the premium quality of the phone as well as the nice amount of heft added to the device make it one of the top contenders for best looking phone. I would have preferred that the corners stayed sharper and that the overall size of the device was smaller, but from a visual standpoint I still find the One to be a stunning device.
I’ve really been enjoying my time spent with the M8 so far, whether it’s taking pictures, playing games, or watching Netflix. These are just 5 of the things that I really liked about the phone, but of course there are many more to talk about (which we will get to over the next couple of weeks).
Readers, what are some of your favorite features on the M8? Let us know in the comments below!