The HTC One M8 Review : Part 1

Okay so  we have the HTC launching a new phone they coined M8 , a further version of their award winning smartphone. Since we are anxiously waiting to lay our hands on this elite phone , we snooped and where impressed by its review from Cnet.

here is more from on their experience :

Think of the HTC One M8 as the big-budget sequel to an Oscar-winning indie film. Last year’s HTC One won rave reviews and obsessed fans, but not enough customers to keep HTC growing. This year, HTC needs a rip-roaring box-office hit with its flagship phone.

It could happen. The One M8 is undeniably the most impressive handset the company has ever minted. Like its predecessor, the M8 brings a refined and beautiful software and speedy performance, all wrapped in a lithe and eye-catching aluminum skin.

The HTC One M8 must compete head-to-head against its arch-rival’s freshest mobile machine, theSamsung Galaxy S5, and compete it does. Aesthetically speaking, the HTC One M8 runs rings around the GS5 with its elegant and intuitive Sense interface. What’s more, though the M8 may lack every bell and whistle that Samsung packs into its phones, it matches the GS5 on almost every feature that really matters, from processing speed to user interface. Only the camera and its ever-so-slightly muddy shots give me pause.

When the original HTC One hit the mobile scene last year, I was stunned by its sophisticated all-metal unibody chassis. Not only was the it sturdy and comfortable to grip, but thanks to a smoothly curved back and matte finish, its polished edges elevated the handset to an unprecedented level of luxury. Frankly I’d never seen a handset look that good, and I’ve handled a lot of mobile phones in my day.

Design-wise, this certainly sets the bar high for any subsequent smartphone, let alone an HTC One follow up. I can confirm though the new HTC One M8 is one heck of a handsome device, the sexiest smartphone I’ve seen all year in fact (including the Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2). While HTC’s latest creation is more conservatively-styled than the previous One, its has a look that’s just as premium.

For instance the M8’s bezel (where the screen and phone edge meet) is alluringly reflective and convincingly conveys that you’re holding a luxury handset. Even so the bezel is not polished to the same eye-catching sheen as the first One. I also found the back surface of my M8 review device, though lovingly minted in a classy brushed metal motif, smoother than the old HTC One which had a roughness almost like a ceramic bowl. Indeed this gray M8’s slicker texture doesn’t wick away moisture quite as effectively. The result is a slippery, more friendly canvas for grease than its predecessor’s matte back.

To be clear though, the One M8 comes in two additional color options (silver and gold) which don’t sport the brushed metal pattern (which HTC calls “hairline”). The fallout is that both the silver and gold versions of the M8 lack the gray model’s slippery feel. And in other ways the M8 is just as beautiful as its predecessor. It uses a gorgeous all-aluminum body which flaunts a similar curved backing. The M8 also feels superbly solid, strong, and well-constructed.

I admit these are minor issues and nitpicking on my part since the M8 brings important design improvements to the HTC One franchise. Notably the phone’s screen is now a larger 5 inches across (4.7-inch in the HTC One). And unlike the first One, HTC says the One M8’s chassis is truly built entirely from metal. By contrast the company explained the original One’s body was 70 percent aluminum, the rest being plastic.

Additionally the M8 sports a pair of powerful stereo speakers which flank the display. Also branded by HTC as BoomSound, these front-firing grilles belt out a ton of sound, at least for a mobile phone. Even better, the M8 is definitely louder and produces sound with way more presence than last year’s model. It’s to be expected since HTC says it enhanced the M8’s BoomSound audio system by cranking up the volume by 25 percent and improved its frequency range. Don’t just take my word for it. Be sure to check out our deep dive into the HTC One M8’s upgraded audio prowess.

Despite the phone’s larger display, the device remains roughly the same size, thickness, and weight. Tipping the scales at 5.4 ounces (154.2 grams) the M8 understandably stands a little taller yet is just slightly heavier than the older One (5.04 ounces, 142.9 grams). It’s heavier than the Galaxy S5 too (5.1 ounces, 145 grams) even though the M8 lacks extra hardware such as a heart rate monitor and fingerprint scanner.

 

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