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HTC One (M8)

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88 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The new One looks sharp, performs well, has solid battery life and improves on its predecessor in most categories. It's still at the top of our list, but its slick finish makes it uncomfortable to hold. What's more, we'd like to see some more improvements to the One's display and HTC's UltraPixel technology, which were once among the best in their class.

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Pros
  • Beautiful all-metal design with brushed-metal finish
  • Duo Camera delivers great imagery
  • Top of the line performance
  • Long battery life
  • Motion Launch is a nice touch
Cons
  • The phone has a slippery feel that makes it difficult to grip
  • No enhancements to the display or HTC's UltraPixel technology
88 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

88
 

User Reviews

90
cytherian
There are so many choices in the cellphone market today. There isn't one phone...read more
90
bluehawaiiASTR
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
90
Pur3Bolt
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
89
Average Critic Score
 
90
The Verge
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.
 
80
PC Pro
Improved looks and components, but we're not sure the HTC One M8 does enough to keep pace with its Android rivals.
 
90
Engadget
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.
 
80
Gizmodo
Overall, the new HTC One is a terrific device. It's not without its faults, but the pros far outweigh the cons.
 
80
ZDNet
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.
 
90
The Wall Street Journal
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.
 
80
Pocket-Lint
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.
 
90
CNET
Elegant style, raw power, and sophisticated features make the HTC One M8 an excellent smartphone choice for anyone but the most exacting photographer.
 
100
Stuff
A truly brilliant, beautiful smartphone, and a new benchmark for 2014's other flagships to beat.

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