87

A great phone, but no longer a game-changer.

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The new HTC One is a great smartphone that does a lot of fantastic things. We can tell that the company listened to feedback, focused on areas that needed improvement and added some innovative new features that are actually useful along the way. The new design looks fresh and inviting; the Duo Camera's new abilities are fun and useful (a rare combination, it seems); the performance is fantastic; battery life has improved significantly; the new version of HTC Sense is even better than the last (but please, HTC, don't make "Sixth Sense" a thing, okay?); and the company continues to improve features like BoomSound and BlinkFeed. Naturally, these factors are convincing enough for us to give high marks on the new One.

The biggest problem with the M8 is that it doesn't raise the bar much higher than it already is -- and that's going to make it difficult to stand apart from competing devices like the Galaxy S5. Yes, Samsung's upcoming flagship is an iterative improvement as well, but for better or worse, the company will still sell millions of units while HTC's success remains uncertain. Duo Camera is a clever new touch, but we also needed to see improvements to HTC's UltraPixel tech; hardware that's just as easy to hold as it is to admire; and other new features that show us the company is changing the game again this year as much as it did in 2013. Keeping that momentum going is the biggest challenge a smartphone maker can face, but we fear that it's the only way HTC can stick its head above the rest of the crowd.

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Critic reviews

8.9
27 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    8.9
  • Display
    9.1
  • Battery life
    8.8
  • Camera
    6.8
  • Ease of use
    8.9
  • Design and form factor
    9.4
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.2
  • Media support
    8.9
  • Durability
    8.5
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    8.2

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9.2
79 reviews
9.0
Engadget Mar 25, 2014

The new One looks sharp, performs well and improves on its predecessor in many ways. It's still at the top of our list, but its slick finish makes it uncomfortable to hold.

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10
TechCrunch Mar 31, 2014

HTC, and its peers, have nailed the basic smartphone experience, and design is one of the few places where extra effort really shows; HTC has put in that effort, and deserves the reward of high praise for having done so.

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9.0
The Wall Street Journal Mar 25, 2014

In a fairy tale, the HTC One (M8)'s charms would win the hearts of more phone buyers. But in the real world, the giants—Samsung and Apple—will probably once again win in sales.

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9.0
CNET Mar 25, 2014

Elegant style, raw power, and sophisticated features make the HTC One M8 an excellent smartphone choice for anyone but the most exacting photographer.

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9.0
PC Mag Apr 16, 2014

The HTC One (M8) Google Play Edition wraps stock Android in HTC's winning design to great effect, but the Nexus 5 is still a better value.

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8.0
Gizmodo Mar 25, 2014

Overall, the new HTC One is a terrific device. It's not without its faults, but the pros far outweigh the cons.

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8.0
ZDNet Mar 25, 2014

The new HTC One M8 improves upon the HTC One M7 that I used for nearly a full year as my primary device. The competition in the hardware fit and finish has caught up to HTC though, and there are solid competitors in 2014.

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8.0
Wired Mar 25, 2014

The new HTC One is a very, very nice phone. It has even better hardware than last year’s model, and a few new smart and well-chosen software tricks. Some of the new software are mere gimmicks, but in the time I spent testing it, I came away more pleased then puzzled.

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8.0
Ars Technica Mar 28, 2014

If you liked the old HTC One, you'll like the new HTC One, but the problem for HTC is that not many people bought the old HTC One. The One M8 will be enough to keep the company trucking for another year, but it won't change its market position.

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9.0
SlashGear Mar 25, 2014

The new One M8 is beautifully design and constructed, is fast and has a great display, uses one of the best manufacturer-customized interfaces we've seen in recent time, and delivers all that without demanding compromise on battery life.

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9.0
TechHive Apr 1, 2014

The One is HTC's second attempt at entering the ring and it's just as impressive as its predecessor: it's beautiful, battery efficient, fueled by all the latest hardware, and that UltraPixel camera still excels in areas that other camera phones have fallen short. And guys, we really, really like it.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Mar 25, 2014

Overall, the HTC One (M8) is a wonderful reinvention of the 2013 handset we liked so much. There's innovation, refinement and new features aplenty that make it a shining example of a flagship device. The bar has been set high with what will be one tough act to follow.

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10
TechRadar Mar 25, 2014

If the HTC One (M8) isn't the smartphone of 2014, I'm very, very excited to see what the competition will come up with as this handset strikes the perfect blend of design, performance and innovation without really compromising in any area.

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10
T3 Mar 25, 2014

... the HTC One M8 does everything you could possibly ask of a high-end smartphone, and does it incredibly well.

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10
Digital Versus Apr 10, 2014

We love its impeccable performance, its remarkable sound quality, its great battery life and its fun camera function. Our only real beef is the lack of sharpness from the camera. All in all, HTC has hit its mark for 2014.

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10
What Hi-Fi Apr 17, 2014

As gorgeous on the inside as it is on the out, the One (M8) doesn’t put a foot wrong, which makes it a very desirable handset indeed

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9.0
The Verge Mar 25, 2014

It may not outsell Samsung and the relentless marketing sure to follow the feature-rich Galaxy S5, but HTC executives say they don’t care. They say they just want to build a phone for people who like nice things.

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9.0
GSM Arena Mar 25, 2014

Superb to look at and hold and extremely capable, the HTC One (M8) is a proper flagship smartphone. The development team behind it deserves praise for improving the strengths of the first generation while also addressing some of its biggest shortcomings.

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9.0
Digital Spy Mar 25, 2014

We really hope HTC sees success with the M8. It deserves to. This is a phone that has been exceptionally well thought out, with a design that puts its rivals to shame. It boasts a clean and simple look that you rarely see from Android.

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8.0
Android Central Mar 25, 2014

It’s a hell of a smartphone. It’s an imperfect one, sure. The camera still trades resolution for features, but the features tend to be pretty compelling, and it’s not like you aren’t able to take some beautiful shots. That’s probably our single complaint about the new HTC One.

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8.0
Popular Mechanics Apr 1, 2014

They took what customers loved about the M7 and shoved it back into M8 with a larger screen, a slicker metal body, a dual camera, improved BoomSound speakers, and better battery life ... It may not be enough to dethrone Samsung, but it will at least keep them in the fight.

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8.0
ChipChick Apr 4, 2014

The HTC One M8 is an outstanding smartphone, and that is no easy feat to have achieved in this overly saturated market.

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9.0
HotHardware May 1, 2014

There are still a number of new devices incoming in the next few weeks and months, but we really like the HTC One M8. It’s classy, quick, and well-priced considering the feature set.

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8.0
BGR Mar 25, 2014

Don’t let the similar appearance fool you — everything about the M8 is new. From the design, to the materials, to the internal components and the software… it’s all new and it’s all remarkably impressive.

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10
Stuff Mar 25, 2014

A truly brilliant, beautiful smartphone, and a new benchmark for 2014's other flagships to beat.

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First Looks

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Engadget Apr 8, 2014

Frankly, it'd be silly to have extra hardware on a phone that's completely unusable, so the Google Play edition will still take advantage of the Duo Camera functionality. Predictably, the app itself is the stock Google version, but the HTC magic comes out.

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PC Mag Mar 25, 2014

The basic equation of the HTC One hasn't changed much here, and maybe it's changed too little. While the One is still the most beautiful phone on the market, this is an incremental improvement rather than the gorgeously radical change last year's model was.

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Ars Technica Mar 25, 2014

While HTC has moved the buttons from the bezel to the screen, the company hasn't done anything about shrinking the bezel. Along with the giant BoomSound speakers, the result is a phone with iPhone-like top and bottom bezels.

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GigaOM Mar 25, 2014

The first thing I noticed is that, while the M8 is a bigger phone, it doesn’t actually feel bigger. It has a 5-inch screen, which is a nice bump up from the 4.7-inch panel on the original.

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TechCrunch Mar 25, 2014

It’s a beautiful phone, metal clad and meaty, large and usable without being a monstrous phablet. The styling is great, the little accessories – like the hole-punched case that allows you to read the time and caller ID using an ingenious simulated LED system – are clever.

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Computerworld Mar 26, 2014

The general trend in Android devices these days is going bigger with each new generation, and the HTC One (M8) is no exception. Though it's relatively slim, the new One feels like a big phone -- largely because of its height.

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Pocket-Lint Mar 25, 2014

Our first thoughts are that this could be the most beautiful Android handset on the market. One to set a standard by which others will need to attain.

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The Guardian Mar 25, 2014

HTC's new smartphone focuses on design, with an all-metal body, powerful speakers, a depth-sensing Duo Camera that can refocus pictures after capture and the latest version of Android

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PC Advisor Mar 25, 2014

HTC puts design first and you can certainly tell that with the M8 in your hand. It feels like a premium smartphone which is something Samsung has failed to achieve, in our opinion, with the Galaxy S5. The new HTC One is ergonomic, but also sturdy.

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Wired UK Mar 25, 2014

HTC, for all its challenges, has followed up last year's popular One with a promising new iteration. Albeit one that forgoes its compact luxury approach to differentiation with an all-guns-blazing mission to catch up to Samsung and Sony in terms of size and specification.

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PC Pro Mar 25, 2014

Improved looks and components, but we're not sure the HTC One M8 does enough to keep pace with its Android rivals.

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GSM Arena Mar 25, 2014

HTC One (M8) is now official with 5″ 1080p display, Snapdragon 801 chipset, dual UltraPixel rear cameras and Android 4.4 KitKat plus HTC Sense 6.0.

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The Verge Mar 25, 2014

The new One, also known as the M8, is better than last year’s already impressive model in almost every respect: the design has been refined, it has a bigger battery, the processor is faster, the camera has new tricks, and the software has been made friendlier.

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phoneArena Mar 25, 2014

The new HTC One is a sight to behold, especially the Gunmetal version we have - the 90% aluminum chassis takes no hostages when it comes to design, and the feel in the hand is very premium.

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Android Authority Mar 25, 2014

With the new One, HTC did not try to fix what was not broken. You get a refined experience, better specs, a sleeker design, and a nicer screen. The Ultrapixel camera received some unique functionality, while HTC did not risk anything in the software department.

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Phandroid Mar 25, 2014

Beefier internals, ambitious new camera features and one of the coolest cases we’ve ever seen were all unveiled, and we’re bringing you an even closer look.

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Gizmodo Australia Mar 25, 2014

The real stand-out on the new HTC One M8, however, is the dual-cameras and how they interact with the fantastic software on offer. That’s right: HTC has built two cameras into the back of the One M8 for the best goddamn depth sensing shots you’ve ever seen.

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Gizmag Mar 25, 2014

If you've used the original HTC One, then you already have a pretty good idea of what you're getting here. The 2013 One's aluminum build and overall design aesthetic are back in full force.

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Forbes Mar 25, 2014

The back is now 90% metal (with the antennas built in the body to avoid blocking signal) and there are fewer parts and seams with the metal now reaching right up to the glass. If you’ve been waiting for a truly luxurious feeling smartphone, the M8 is it.

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The Next Web Mar 25, 2014

It’s all good news, but it’s not the headline grabbing features and heart-rate monitoring hardware that rivals can shout about.

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The Inquirer Mar 25, 2014

Overall our initial impressions of the HTC One M8 are positive. The device features a top-end and robust looking metal design that's packed with a variety of premium internal components, the best of which is its new Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor.

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V3 Mar 25, 2014

Overall our opening impressions of the HTC One M8 are positive. The device features a top-end and robust metal design that's packed with a variety of top-end internal components, the best of which is its new Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor.

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Expert Reviews Mar 25, 2014

Overall, the HTC One (m8) is shaping up to be a worthy upgrade to the original One, gaining new features and a refined design without breaking the mould.

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Android Police Mar 26, 2014

The front of the device looks much like the original One, though HTC has opted for broader, softer curves this time around. Chamfered details around the edge and camera lenses. The device is dominated by its 5" display.

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10
pedrofernandes pedrofernandes

Amazing Craftmanship The HTC One M8 is the most stunning device i ever hold in my hand, the full Metal body makes him fantastic to hold, a rush of feelings cross our head when holding it. And it proves that HTC is listening to their customer's, that is always improving and innovating and taking...

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10
Mokaky Mokaky

Once I unboxed the One M8 ... I was amazed by the elegant design and the superior construction of the device. I've the gunmetal grey color...The backside brushed metal is gorgeous! It's eye catchy to all my family and friends. Software & UI: Sense 6 is an ok upgrade for the earlier Sense....

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10
Butchern1 Butchern1

I purchased the HTC One when it first came out and immediately noticed some limitations. There was no SD Card slot and that was my major issue. Now, with the HTC One M8, that concern is gone. The M8 feels great in your hand, but it can be slippery if you don't have a good grip on the phone....

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10
dodgylegs dodgylegs

Where do I start? Apologies to start with the conclusion, or the summing up part, but the HTC One M8 is by far the best Smartphone I've ever had the good fortune of using. There. I've said it. But it's so much more than that. I've been using the M7 right up until I got the M8. I agonized over...

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10
seure seure

Ok... After playing with the device for a few hours I can firmly say that the iPhone 6 better be the best phone ever because the M8 has any iPhone beat. Coming from an iPhone and waiting for the M8 to come out I didn't know what to expect. I can say with out a doubt that the M8 is the phone to beat

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theboss7234 theboss7234

brought this phone as decided to upgrade from iPhone 5s as got sick of it being the same as all the other iPhone as apple have only had a few new fetures so decided to get the m8 and would not regret it as is a solid stable phone had no problems with it as with older phone e.g. samsung - plastic...

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10
Genjinaro Genjinaro

Honestly, there isn't much to say... Buy it. It is what an Android smartphone should be. HTC couldn't say that with the M7, the M8 is the diamond polished, with an SD Card slot. Any lengthy review from me about this would probably make me sound like I'm gushing. It is that good. Your only...

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10
tima1980 tima1980

I previously owned M7, I liked it, but not as much as love my new M8. Although M7 had the aluminum body, the plastic around the edges made that phone incomplete. In my opinion M8 is the best looking android based smartphone. The design and built in quality are just superb! The new Sense 6 got a...

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10
mopey323 mopey323

The HTC One (M8) has everything that made the M7 the best phone of 2013, It is easy to use , fast , has a excellent camera and a beautiful design. The official engadget review dinged this device on the overall score for not being as innovative as the M7 but still gave excellent reviews to the the...

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9.0
oce oce

HTC sent me an M8 for testing last month. I fell in love with it once I heard it play music, while M7 BoomSound was already marvellous, HTC still manage to improve it for M8. The quality is so good that one day my phone ring and I totally ignore it as I thought I was playing music with my desktop...

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9.0
Rainforrest Rainforrest

The HTC One M8 is a fantastic device that is only hindered by an underpowered camera. If they only would've of used at least an 8 megapixel camera in this phone. It would've been rated a 10 instead of 9. Despite of this this phone is the best phone on the market with only the Sony Xperia Z2...

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10
loneandy loneandy

After using my htc one m8 for a week my first impression are very good,I loved the original one m7 and I can't believe they have managed to improve the full metal uni-body from 75% to 90% and it feels even better in the hand and feels just right in your hand with a lovely 5inch screen running kit...

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10
Ray1000 Ray1000

I have had the HTC One M8 for about a month maybe a little over. I absolutely love this device. I feel like it will never have any issues. I am not worried about dropping it or putting it in a case, which speak to the build quality of the device. The motion launch gestures took some getting used...

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9.0
MrJonPace MrJonPace

Cold to touch, stunning to look at and even better when you turn it on!! As you can see after two months use I am so impressed with this phone. First off, HTC have continued along the same lines as last year’s flagship phone by going for aluminium and that instantly makes the handset feel...

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shahamit99 shahamit99

Owning a HTC One M7, I used to wonder, how could any upcoming handset be better looking than this beauty. Then came the HTC One M8 with a phenomenally beautiful design. Upgrading from 70% metal on HTC One M7 to 90% metal phone M8 feels like a big move. Contrary to what people say, M8 doesn’t at...

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