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HTC M8 Review

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The HTC M8 is HTC’s newest phone on the market and is one of the best selling phones on the market. In 2013 its successor, the HTC M7 won the best phone of the year and was awarded with may accolades and this year, HTC may be able to do it again.

Behold, the HTC M8! But what makes this phone so powerful and popular?  The HTC M8 comes with a 2.3 GHz quad-core that operates on a v4.4.2 Android OS for super fast processing power. Like other smartphones it contains 2 GB of RAM and an additional microSD slot for an extra 128 GB of internal memory. The 5.0 inch screen comes in 1080 x 1920 pixels which provides users with a brilliant display of colors, whether they are using it for games, work or entertainment. The phone itself is 146.4mm x70.6mm x 9.4mm which fits perfectly into my hands, though it might seem big for some.

One of the phones greatest features is that it is 90% metal. Just holding the phone in your hand gives an impressive experience. The texture of the casing at the back of the phone is quite smooth and the round edges makes the phone look a lot less bulky and feels more pleasant in the hand. The brushed aluminum makes the phone look absolutely stunning. The phone’s design definitely sets it apart from this years’ competition.

The HTC M8’s camera however is one of its weak points. Its front camera is 2588×1520 pixels which provides high quality pictures but they are often over-exposed and the quality of pictures drop in daylight settings. Video quality also declines because the OIS feature was removed, so it is harder to take stable videos.

Compared to its successor, the M7, the M8 is a huge improvement. The quality of the screen has slightly improved by packing more pixels per inch while keeping a crisp and clear display. Processing speeds and power increased dramatically as this year’s phone is able to handle more software at a time and does not heat up as fast as the M7. Battery life also improved as the M8 can last 40 percent longer than the M7. One of the areas that need to be worked on is the camera. The camera is improved to handle better low light situations by increasing the light in the pictures but sometimes the pictures can be too bright and become over-exposed.

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The HTC M8 comes in three colors. Gold, white and silver. http://www.androidcentral.com

Compared to the Samsung Galaxy S5, the S5 does have a crisper and brighter display and the phone fits better in the hand and pocket. The S5 is not as bulky as the M8 and is lighter as well. This gives S5 users a more comfortable feel to the phone. Compared to Sony’s Z2, the Z2 definitely has a better camera and the screen provides a richer color tone than the M8. However the M8 trumps both phones in design because of its aluminum finish and glossy screen.

Left to right: HTC M8, Sony Xperia Z2, Samsung Galaxy S5 http://www.androidcentral.com

I’ve tried both the M7 and the M8 and I can say that the M8 is definitely an improvement from last year’s M7. It is a strong competitor in the smartphone market and is definitely worth a try!

Left to right: HTC M8 (2014), HTC M7 (2013) http://www.androidcentral.com

 

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About ccchriss (3 Articles)
Chris is a student attending Unionville High School and hopes to study computer engineering/science in the future. His interests lie in technology of all sorts including phones, games and cars.

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