Once you pick it up, you may not want to put the M8 back down. The design and feel are better than ever and HTC has also redone the equipment.
With the One, presented more than a year and a half ago, HTC got a brand new start. Instead of throwing a bunch of interchangeable smartphones on the market, the new wave was to concentrate on a few high-quality products to enhance the brand and brand recognition. Indeed, the One was different. Instead of focusing on the polycarbonate so popular in the industry (you could also just say plastic), HTC dressed the smartphone in a brushed aluminum unibody, which offers a premium feel which is comparable with a handful of smartphones at best.
But there is a reason why plastic is so popular: unlike metal, it does not disturb radio waves. Smartphones with metal housing therefore often have poorer transmission and reception. The One is the best example; across the board, it’s not very good at all frequencies. With the successor, however, HTC has significantly improved radio performance in the UMTS and LTE networks key for telephony and data.
The rechargeable battery is still permanently installed, and the successor faces other criticisms. Finally, a micro SD slot is fitted into the case – with the One, you have to economize with scarce resources, because the 16 GB version has only a meager 9 GB for available for the user. The display has grown from 4.7 to 5 inches, while resolution and brightness remain high.
Another positive: in addition to Sony, HTC is the only manufacturer who has equipped its top models with stereo speakers above and below the displays that are directly aligned to the users due to their arrangement and deliver a correspondingly good sound.
Even with the camera, HTC is going its own way: it is the only manufacturer that uses a sensor that takes photos only with the low resolution of 4 megapixels, but captures more light. That at least is the promise, because ultimately this “ultra pixel” concept has not resulted in the expected leap in image quality. Here, both HTC models fall a bit in the rankings and offer less than other top models – this is not changed by the fact that HTC has installed a camera in the M8 with two lenses, making it possible to realign the focus and sharpness of a photo after it has been taken.
In the processor, the differences between predecessor and successor, however, are very clear: while the M8 comes with a powerful Snapdragon 801, a Snapdragon 600 is fitted in the One – in terms of performance, the older model can really reach its limits in some cases.
HTC was able to optimize the battery time, but the difference is not huge: in the standardized connect mixed use, the M8 only holds out 49 minutes longer than its predecessor with 7:13 hours. Both smartphones have adequate endurance.
However, the successor gets the definite recommendation. It is a little more expensive than comparable Android smartphones, but in return offers unique haptics on par with Apple. The price of 330 euros for the first One generation, however, is no longer justified. Samsung and LG offer comparable or even better technology for less money with their “oldies”.