HTC One M8 Review Roundup – Gorgeous Design, Underwhelming Camera

HTC One M8

HTC One M8

The HTC One M8 was put right on sale after it was revealed just a few days ago. If you’re looking ahead to buying this smartphone but cannot decide on it, we’ve compiled a summary of the various reviews this smartphone has had on the internet. Let’s see how the HTC One M8 has fared across the tech press.

CNET

HTC One M8 Review Roundup

HTC One M8 Review Roundup

CNET have given the HTC One M8 the much-coveted 4.5 rating of ‘Outstanding’. It’s extremely rare for any device to get such a high rating from CNET editors, but it seems that the new HTC One really impressed them. The reviewers noted the excellent new design of the device and how well it complements the top-notch display. The new BoomSound front speakers were also noted for their depth and loud sound. The battery life was deemed ‘okay’ with the One lasting nearly 10 hours while playing a video. The main drawback that the editors felt was the UltraPixel camera. Yes it takes good photos, but it’s essentially the same camera we saw last year. If only HTC had upped the megapixel count or improved it at all, it wouldn’t have disappointed so much.

Gizmodo

HTC One M8 Review Roundup

HTC One M8 Review Roundup

Gizmodo claim that the HTC One M8 is the only Android smartphone you should be buying. The design of the device is easily the best of any Android smartphone today, but it now has the guts to match it. The Snapdragon 801’s performance leaves little to be desired. Although considered a weak point of the device by the rest of the press, Gizmodo still maintain that the Ultrapixel camera on the One can hold its own when it comes to smartphone cameras. The addition of the Dual Camera feature adds even more excitement to the shots, but it can be a bit wonky at times. Over all, the smartphone has small flaws that are easily outweighed by the sheer beauty of the design and the new potent hardware that comes with it

Engadget

HTC One M8 Review Roundup

HTC One M8 Review Roundup

While Engadget have praised the fresh new design and the improved hardware of the One M8, they are a bit let down by the whole device. That’s because they say that it doesn’t really push the smartphone industry forward, nor does it do anything radically new, like the One did a year ago. That, and the Ultrapixel camera leaves a lot to be desired. It can still take good photos, but the exclusion of the OIS feature has taken a toll on the video recording, which suffers from terrible jerkiness.

AnandTech

GSM Nation's HTC One M8 Review Roundup

GSM Nation’s HTC One M8 Review Roundup

AnandTech have praised the HTC One M8 on just how much it has improved over the original M7. The hardware switch from the Snapdragon 600 to Snapdragon 801 alone is a significant difference, and has now given the M8 the power it needs to contend for the Android throne. While the body of the M8 is undoubtedly gorgeous, they thought it was a bit too tall for an average pair of hands, especially when you consider that the Nexus 5 with a similar screen is much smaller height-wise. The UltraPixel camera was also underwhelming, because it’s just the same one that we saw last year. AnandTech thinks that HTC are on the verge of a real success story – they just need to fine-tune their formula.