HTC One M8 – The Best Just Got Better Review

HTC One M8 (*headphone not included, that's mine!)

HTC One M8 (*headphone not included, that’s mine!)

 

Got my hands on the All New HTC One M8 review unit from the cool people at HTC Malaysia! (Thanks! Really appreciate it!)

No lies, No lies, it's on my hand!

HTC One M8 – No lies, it’s on my hand!

 

What are the specs if you asked me?

I’m not really a specs writing guy, so I decided to show you all this nicely crafted HTC One M8 Splash Page from HTC themselves. It’s all there, feel free to abuse it.

 

So whats left for you to review wor?

I took actual pictures of it (3D renders are lame), use it to take pictures, surf the web, facebook, watch Youtube, hear musics and do stuffs normal users would do! No benchmarks numbers, no crazy graphs! It’s all about the experience! And additional side to side comparison shoots with its old sibling, my HTC Butterfly and my brother’s HTC One M7 as a bonus!

 

Design and feel: Even more METAL-icious!

HTC One M8 - Front 

HTC One M8 – 5-inch display, 5MP front facing wide angle camera, and dual frontal Boomsound speakers.

HTC One M8 - Even more METALS! With the Ultrapixel Duo Camera with dual-tone LED!

HTC One M8 – Even more METALS! With the Ultrapixel Duo Camera with dual-tone LED!

Top, huge IR blaster for TV Remote, and a power button.

Top, huge IR blaster for TV Remote, and a power button.

Bottom, micro usb port and the standard audio jack.

Bottom, micro usb port and the standard audio jack.

Right, Nano-Sim card slot, and volume rocker.

Right, Nano-Sim card slot, and volume rocker.

Left, Micro-SD card slot.

Left, Micro-SD card slot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pick it up, and the phone screams QUALITY!!! This is what a premium phone should feels like! Made with a single piece of aluminium, just like the predecessor, but with even more METALS! The metal edge curve all the way round to the front to meet the screen. Almost no plastics to be seen! An even rounder back and curve corners really makes the phone feel slimmer and easier to hold.  Simply the best looking phone I’ve ever seen!

HTC’s custom user-interface – Sense 6, with even more improvements and features to their previous Sense 5.0. Navigate around is smooth and I never really gone into issue with it.

If you asked me about the battery life, the M8 can last me around a day on a full charge. Which is pretty decent as I’m a frequent user.

 

Speaker’s’: OUT OF THIS WORLD!

“Hearing” is something really hard to explain sometime. But I can tell you, HTC engineers must had put some electronic witch-craft sorcery stuff into these tiny Boomsound Stereo Speakers that sits on top and below of the screen! They sound OUT OF THIS WORLD! Just play a song, and immediately you can feel the music surrounds you! Voice is clear and still pack a punch! They’re loud enough for noisy situations too. Definitely not the ordinary speaker, which usually over treble sound and lack punch you will usually found in normal smartphones.

BoomSound Speakers, tiny but sounds real good!

BoomSound Speakers, tiny but sounds real good!

Oh, they gave you TWO of them! One at bottom and one on top! True Stereo baby!

Oh, they gave you TWO of them! One at bottom and one on top! True Stereo baby!

Own a large cans? (headphones) No problem, the build-in amplifier should do the job fairy nice. One tips, turn the Boomsound off in the Settings when you using it, it tends to over-boost the bass, ruin some of the mids and treble in the process.

 

Camera: Duo Interesting

At the back of the HTC One M8, you’ll immediately sees the big 4.0-Ultrapixel lens. As HTC claimed that it has larger pixels which can catch more lights hence better low-light performance. Now it comes with dual-toned LED flash too.

HTC One M8 - Close up to the Ultrapixel Camera with Depth of Field Sensor, and Dual Tone LED.

HTC One M8 – Close up to the Ultrapixel Camera with Depth of Field Sensor, and Dual Tone LED.

Then there’s the 2nd camera on top of the main camera, served as a depth-of-field sensor, measure the “distance” on each photos. Each photos that are taken in auto mode can be ‘refocused’ later after the shoot.

Still don’t understand? photo speaks thousand of words. ;) *click for full size*

Pine leaves - without uFocus.

Pine leaves – without uFocus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is an ordinary shots, it looks kinda boring. Let’s apply UFocus enhancement…

Pine leaves - with uFocus.

Pine leaves – with uFocus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tadaaaa~ Notice the BOKEH? Ya, that the “artsy blurred background” effect you usually sees in those big cameras. The subject looks even more standout now.

 

5MP wide angle front shooter, good enough for every selfie situations

5MP wide angle front shooter, good enough for every selfie situations

For the front camera, it’s a lovely wide angle lens. I have no issue to do a ‘group selfie’ with around 4-6 peoples without the need of a “selfie stick”..

And what caught my attention is the new “Manual Mode” where you can manually adjust White Balance, Exposure Compensation, ISO, Metering-area, and even shutter speeds up to 4 seconds! (Wish to be more)

Manual Mode

Manual Mode

Manual Mode

Manual Mode – White Balance, Exposure Compensation, ISO, metering-area and even shutter speed, up to 4 seconds!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let's do some Light Painting! - 4 second exposure shoot!

Let’s do some Light Painting! – 4 second exposure shoot! *not properly mounted*

 

 

Some Pictures I took with the HTC One M8.

The details on the rock.

The details on the rock.

By the beach

By the beach

By the beach - 2

By the beach – 2

Abandoned Boat by the Beach - Shot with HTC One M8 with filters

Abandoned Boat by the Beach – Shot with HTC One M8 with filters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shipyard - G-Clipper

Shipyard – G-Clipper

Shipyard tools on table

Shipyard tools on table

Shipyard tools on table

Same shot, enhance with UFocus.

Another Pine tree leaves shoot using UFocus

Another Pine tree leaves shoot using UFocus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dilarang Masuk sign - with build-in filter.

Dilarang Masuk sign – with build-in filter.

Silhouettes

Silhouettes

Unknown seed on the roof of my car, shoot with filter.

Unknown seed on the roof of my car, shoot with filter.

Cendol

Cendol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It shot beautiful shoots,

 

Comparison Photos with the HTC One M7 and HTC Butterfly

So I’ll conclude my short review with some comparison photos with some of his older siblings.

HTC One M8 vs HTC One M7

HTC One M8 vs HTC One M7

HTC One M8 vs HTC One M7 - Back

HTC One M8 vs HTC One M7 – Back

HTC One M8 vs HTC One M7 - Top

HTC One M8 vs HTC One M7 – Top, notice the curvier back and the rounded edge?

HTC One M8 vs. HTC Butterfly

HTC One M8 vs. HTC Butterfly

HTC One M8 vs. HTC Butterfly - Top - Way thinner and curvier.

HTC One M8 vs. HTC Butterfly – Top – My Butterfly looks like a fatty right besides it.

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