The HTC One was the best phone of 2013, so expectations were high for its successor, the HTC One M8. And the great news is that HTC has improved last year’s flagship in almost every way.
Aside from HTC’s terrible handset naming structure, the Taiwanese company has managed to pack the One M8 with top of the line features. The brushed aluminium frame now incorporates a microSD card slot for additional storage – which overcomes our biggest concern with last year’s model – while growing to include a five-inch screen, without a massive increase in weight.
Low-power mode gives you plenty of emergency juice when you’re running low by switching off all but emergency functions, and it works a treat.
Still room for improvement
But it’s not all good news. The headphone jack has been pushed to the bottom of the phone, which is an annoying design shift that feels awkward. The HTC One’s 4-megapixel camera hasn’t had an upgrade either. While its ‘Ultrapixel’ sensor does a good job of capturing low light, the camera doesn’t feel like it has improved compared to the likes of the Galaxy S5 or Xperia Z2.
But everything else in this phone is superb. The Boomsound front-facing speakers sound majestic when compared to rival handsets, the TV app and IR blaster plugs in to Aussie services and is easy to use, and the BlinkFeed news services is a truly useful service for catching up with relevant information.
HTC has even done fitness the smart way by partnering with FitBit to turn the HTC One M8 into a mobile step tracker. Simply put, this is the best phone HTC has ever made, and the current frontrunner for phone of the year.
Verdict: Somehow HTC has managed to take all our criticisms of last year’s HTC One and fix them with the HTC One M8.