HTC One M8: Hands-on and Initial Impressions
Verizon Wireless was kind enough to let me spend some quality time with the latest flagship smartphone from HTC, the all new One (M8). This is easily the most exciting smartphone of the year so far and it is available right now, exclusively from Verizon Wireless for $200 with a new two year agreement.
Sadly, my time with the device was a bit short, so this will not be our in-depth review of the HTC One M8. Instead, I’ll share my initial impressions of the latest One and go over a few of its features and specs.
It was apparent as soon as I had picked up the M8 that HTC had spent a lot of time and effort creating a new device that would surpass the beauty of even the original HTC One. While the two devices may look very similar after a quick glance, they’re actually quite different. For starters, the new HTC One measures 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm and weights in at 160g, making it slightly larger and heavier than last year’s model.
HTC also completely redesigned the housing for the One M8, which allowed them to use even more metal in the new model. The most noticeable change to the housing design is with the back panel, which now wraps around the back and sides and continues up to the front, thus eliminating the polycarbonate edges that were present on the previous model. According to HTC, changes like that enabled the new HTC One M8’s body to be constructed of a whopping 90% metal, while last year’s model was only 70% metal.
The metal used for the HTC One M8 is aluminum that was first polished to a mirror finish and then carefully scratched to provide a gorgeous, brushed finish. The look really is stunning and it feels nicer in the hand than last year’s phone to boot. As far as design, looks and build-quality go, you simply will not find another Android-powered smartphone that can compete with the new HTC One M8.
With a phone this great looking, you may want to protect it with a case. Thankfully, HTC has come up with their own case for the One M8 and it does so much more than just prevent scratches.
The HTC One M8 Dot View Case feels and looks like a normal TPU case, but the front cover is made up of small holes which allow light to shine through them. When the cover is in place and double tapped upon, the phone will wake up and display a new pixelated view that gives users helpful information such as notifications, the time and weather, and a quick swipe across the cover also allows users to answer an incoming call.
The HTC One M8 isn’t just a pretty face, it also features some of the best hardware you’ll find on a smartphone these days, including a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor that has been clocked at 2.3GHz. Along with that monster of a CPU, the HTC One M8 also has 2GB worth of RAM and an Adreno 330 GPU. All of those hardware goodies should make for a device that is more than capable of effortlessly handling most tasks.
The HTC One M8 doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the software side of things either. It ships with Android 4.4 KitKat and version six of HTC’s Sense custom user interface pre-installed. I didn’t get to spend much time using HTC’s latest UI, but Google’s latest version of Android is a joy to use and I’m sure HTC’s efforts will only improve the experience further.
We still have a lot of HTC One M8 features to cover, but that will have to wait for the full review. For now, you can learn more about the new HTC One, or purchase your own, by heading over to Verizon’s Website.