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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

 
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Average user Score
 
90
cytherian
10.27.15
There are so many choices in the cellphone market today. There isn't one phone that seems to do everything extremely well. The Apple iPhone is amazing, but locks you into Apple's world at extreme cost without SD card expansion (the whole memory scheme with Apple is so predatory to customers, the price per Gb being paid is criminal).I never buy leading edge phones. I don't have the patience to deal with glitches and I'd rather spend my money on something else. So I'll buy a cellphone model at a discount, when it has been replaced by a successor (like the M8 by the M9), after enough time has passed to assess the long term ownership by other reviewers.The M8 is a great phone all around. The only real "draw back" is the camera, where HTC tried to improve upon the dual 4MP lens setup. The variable focus capability even after a photo has been taken has a strong "cool" factor, but the megapixel result is lacking compared to leading phones today. I don't really take a lot of photos with my phone, preferring a real camera for photos I plan to save long term or print. So for me, the camera is acceptable. And... the fact that it is dual 4MP ends up killing appeal for many people, lowering the resale value. This made my choice on the M8 rather easy. A refurbished phone with perfect screen and minimal signs of use for less than $200 won me over. I'm very glad I made the move to the M8 and plan to stick with it for at least a few years.
 
90
bluehawaiiASTR
09.23.15
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
Pur3Bolt
05.25.15
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
zaphod717
04.15.15
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
100
mycque
03.27.15
The only complaint is its a little slippery. But a case fixes that.
 
80
Nadette
01.18.15
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
90
kait
12.14.14
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
MasterX25
11.16.14
This is my upgrade from Galaxy Nexus, and oh boy is it good. The only actual downside is the camera which I don't use often, but when I do, I do notice the lack in pixel quality compared to other camera. People love GPE version of HTC One M8, but listen here, Sense 6 is great. It does not annoy me in anyway compared to TouchWize (which I've tried). Personally, I'm extremely satisfied with the direction HTC is going. Their support has been good, and they're planning to release future update to their flagships (so far they have).
 
80
meringo
11.06.14
Although not my 1st Android phone, I had an iPhone 5S before this. I was lucky enough to win this M8 a couple of weeks ago, and have since switched to this over my 5S as my daily. Pros:*Screen size is perfect. Not too big, not too small.*Wonderful battery life. I felt like I was constantly searching for a power outlet with my 5S. I don't have any scientific evidence, but I'd say the M8's battery lasts about 25% longer - at least. *Stellar design. The phone is beautiful and well crafted, even more so than the iPhone in my opinion.*Notification lights.... I missed this when I got my iPhone. Most android phones have LED notification indicators, and that's a huge win. I missed texts and calls all the time on my iPhone.*Incredibly smooth performance, maybe the best I've experienced on an Android phone. My girlfriend has the S5, and I notice sluggishness on it. Not here. *Fun, useful camera effects*Boomsound. I love it. I've never ever played music through a portable device until now. It's quality matches that of a small, premium audio dock - AND in stereo. *Wake gestures. I love swiping the black screen to enter the phone.*SD card slot - I have a lot of lossless music, and love being able to take that with me.Cons:*Screen isn't great... Although res and DPI are high, color seems dull, and doesn't seem super bright - Both of these things are extra noticeable when held up to an iPhone or S5. *Although I like the dual camera features and interface, the camera resolution is poor. Photos always look better from an iPhone or S5.*Heavy. It's significantly heavier than my old 5S and my girlfriend's S5. The weight can be fatiguing.*Phone App/Contacts - For the most part the UI is ok, but I still haven't wrapped my head around the phone app. Everything is cramped and difficult to utilize, especially while moving.*Call quality. Not only is the person on the other line quiet, but sounds a bit robotic. too bad... A phone can't do phone very well.Although it's not perfect, I do prefer it over the iPhone. You can't go wrong with either, but my 2 big concerns were battery life and expandability (for my music collection.) this scores higher than the iPhone for each.
 
100
Brain2000
10.14.14
A gadget unicorn - Engadget

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