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Old March 25th, 2014, 12:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This thread is for personal reviews of members so others can get a real world feel for this new flagship device from HTC, including overall experience and battery life.

Please keep the thread on-topic and refrain from linking to professional reviews.

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I wanted to take a moment to address an issue and hopefully prevent further problems:

Please keep the opinions civil. This is only a phone, and while I know there are some strong feelings out there please temper your responses with civility. Everyone's opinion will be respected in this thread as long as it is not attacking another member, or using inappropriate language. Recently there have been multiple instances of unprofessional comments in this thread where the moderators had to step in. This should never be the case. After all, it is only a phone...

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Default M8 continues disappointing series of 2014 phones

Good concept, poor execution.

Unfortunately the oversize bezel just makes the phone to big. Get rid of all the black bezel above and below the screen and decrease it on the sides (to less then 2mm) and it would be a great design.

So far the reviews of the camera aren't very good either...
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Default Anyone got their HTC One M8 yet!? Let's hear it!

Anyone running out today to get one? Or ordering? I'm excited to hear some real thoughts from real users. We're not in a position to run out and grab one but I certainly something for us to mull over, let's hear what you think about yours!
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I don't get why people have such a problem with bezels

So far a few reviews have said the camera is lacking, the same was said with the One last year so it is a puzzling move.

Reviews have been pretty positive though so I can't imagine it's that bad a device. I certainly don't think I'd call it disappointing anyway.
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I don't get why people have such a problem with bezels

So far a few reviews have said the camera is lacking, the same was said with the One last year so it is a puzzling move.

Reviews have been pretty positive though so I can't imagine it's that bad a device. I certainly don't think I'd call it disappointing anyway.
One of the main complaints last year was the camera yet they include the SAME camera. What that tells me is that HTC don't learn anything from their mistakes and they don't listen to users.

It's either that or so many crooked reviewers gave them so much glowing praise that they felt nothing needed to be changed.

Good job review sites!! (not all!), you might have put the nail in the coffin for HTC.
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Picked up 2, for myself and my wife. Switched to verizon from virgin. With buy one get one promo, and $100 rebate per new line, I effectively got 2 $200 (up front) phones for $0. So I'm already very happy about that. I haven't been able to test the phone much yet but setup was very simple, everything synced from our google accounts effortlessly.

Call quality is good, camera has many interesting features. The re-focus one seems the most useful, the others are mostly gimmicks but they could turn out to be more useful with time. Takes pictures very fast.

I was last using an htc desire 601 which has sense 5, 6 is pretty similar so far, I'm sure they've smoothed things out here and there and added some features but otherwise it's very similar. This is my 4th htc in a row (wildfire s, evo v, desire 601) so I am a fan of sense, and this one is more of the same. If you already love/hate it, that probably won't change due to sense 6.

The htc rep at the store insisted that they will be pushing software updates for this phone frequently, without having to go thru verizon. Android updates will still have to go thru verizon.

Looking forward to seeing how the tv app with ir blaster works, looks interesting. Other features like the built in virus scanner, free cloud storage, free backup, etc. look handy.

The phone is of course incredibly good looking. We both got the dark gray one. The htc case with the holes all over it looks nice on the front, not so much on the back. It has some cool features but I don't think it's worth $50. I probably would have sprung for 2, in my excitement, if they had them, but they didn't. Will probably get one eventually for my wife, not sure if I want one. I've never used a case on a phone ever.

My biggest bump so far is my speed tests - in suburban Seattle area I'm getting low single digits download speeds on 4G. It's really cloudy/rainy today, not sure if that makes it worse. But I expected that to be a lot higher, at least double digits.

Double tap to wake is great, I always hate reaching for the power button. Also has a feature that when you get a call, you just pick it up and put it to your ear and it answers the call. Not sure if you need the special htc case for this or not. Some other similar features like if you hold the volume button down while you pick it up, it will open to the camera app. There were several of these types of things that seemed somewhat configurable, but I was in a hurry and didn't get a good look at it yet.
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What that tells me is that HTC don't learn anything from their mistakes and they don't listen to users.
That's not strictly true, because they did listen to users and reintroduced the microSD slot, which I think is a fantastic move, as that was the big reason I would not buy a One.

I get what you're saying and I agree that I would also prefer a better camera. But for me the biggest need would be for less bezel. That black strip below the display ruins the phone for me to an extent.

It's completely unnecessary and if anything wastes space by raising up the height of the icon dock by what looks like 1cm when compared side by side with the 2013 version, once the on-screen buttons have had their way with the bottom of the display. The consequence of removing the capacitative buttons from the bezel.

On-screen buttons would be OK if HTC ditched the huge bottom bezel which seems to be there for the sole purpose of housing the HTC logo.

Ultimately the phone is unnecessarily tall for my liking. I don't have very big hands so it pushes it that bit too far for me. It's a shame because they eliminated one of my obstacles to purchasing, by bringing back the microSD, but then went and created a new obstacle that didn't exist on the M7...


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I really hope you're wrong. Their phones are getting better.

I might consider a dual sim One (2013) which comes with microSD.

I do like the brushed aluminium on the back of the M8 though.
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I just laugh because I think people will find anything to complain about lol
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That's not strictly true, because they did listen to users and reintroduced the microSD slot, which I think is a fantastic move, as that was the big reason I would not buy a One.

I get what you're saying and I agree that I would also prefer a better camera. But for me the biggest need would be for less bezel. That black strip below the display ruins the phone for me to an extent.

It's completely unnecessary and if anything wastes space by raising up the height of the icon dock by what looks like 1cm when compared side by side with the 2013 version, once the on-screen buttons have had their way with the bottom of the display. The consequence of removing the capacitative buttons from the bezel.

On-screen buttons would be OK if HTC ditched the huge bottom bezel which seems to be there for the sole purpose of housing the HTC logo.

Ultimately the phone is unnecessarily tall for my liking. I don't have very big hands so it pushes it that bit too far for me. It's a shame because they eliminated one of my obstacles to purchasing, by bringing back the microSD, but then went and created a new obstacle that didn't exist on the M7...
I agree, they did something right by bringing back the microsd card slot and I commend them for that, it's a little taller than i'd like but I could live with it.

Truth be told it's beautiful device, the HTC One M8 with Samsung's 16MP Camera and ISOCELL tech would be a near perfect smartphone.

Even if they just included a 13MP camera with OIS I probably would have bought one but they choose to add camera gimmicks. I'm in phone limbo right now, I want to upgrade but there's nothing available with all the features I want and waiting sucks.


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I might consider a dual sim One (2013) which comes with microSD.

I do like the brushed aluminium on the back of the M8 though.
Me too, maybe next year they'll listen and do something about the camera. Allot of reviewers are still giving it high scores despite the cameras shortcomings though.
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I just laugh because I think people will find anything to complain about lol
True lol.

But I also feel the same about the S5.

It seems like the new phones are getting too big for me.

The OP might have a point about it being a trend of disappointment with the new phones.
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I think the phone looks Awesome (LOOK WISE)

I really like the Metal design with the gunmetal color and all, as far as that goes HTC nailed it. Sense to me is ok also, I really enjoy stock Android but can deal with the newer versions of sense if I had to do so, especially if the phone has great build quality.

But I simply cant understand why they would skimp so much on the camera? I do not need a 5mp front facing camera, and then a gimmicky 4 ultra pixel on the back? If Sammy can deliver an amazing camera experience with the GS5, which many reviews have said, then why cant HTC? Early reports are the camera is disappointing on the M8, which is a shame because I would have maybe gave it a try.
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Truth be told it's beautiful device, the HTC One M8 with Samsung's 16MP Camera and ISOCELL tech would be a near perfect smartphone.
I've been thinking the same thing. Between the manufacturers they could make the ideal device.


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What is the S5 lacking for you? OIS?
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What is the S5 lacking for you? OIS?
Well that's one thing, it's also a little on the large size and also has a number of features I would never use plus they're still going with the 16GB version which is a huge put off.

But then there is knox which is probably the single main reason I won't be buying another Samsung phone.
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Width is fine but I agree the height is excessive, for me anyway. I think the cam would be fine for my needs and I really like the brushed aluminum look. Very sharp aesthetically speaking.

I'll be holding off on this one but I see few cons and a lot of pros at this point. I always liked Sense though so I'm slightly biased to begin with.
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The more i look at the sample pics the more i dislike them but i really like the after focus feature.

I rarely ever blow my pictures up any so chances are it will do me fine.

Wonder if there will be a way to make the after focus feature work on AOSP?

Edit: According to gsmarena it looks like it'll work on the GPE so thats a bonus
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Meh, who really cares about the camera? I mean...I'm sure LOTS of people do (lol) but I don't take a lot of pictures. Maybe a couple per month, so it's just not a dealbreaker for me. But this one is GORGEOUS. I wanted the last HTC One, but it didn't have an SD-slot and a T-Mo sales rep told me they only had 16GB when I looked into it. I've had Samsung since the GS2 was released, but my first Android phone was the HTC EVO and I'm happy I can finally go back to HTC for a while. I was gonna get the GS5 but their decision to uglify the GS3 (AGAIN!) rather than do something cool really rubbed me the wrong way.

Personally out of all the phones announced so far for this year, this is the ONLY one that gives me a stiffy.
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I don't get why people have such a problem with bezels
The overall size of the phone is to big for me. If the bezels where significantly smaller, the phone could have the 5" screen and a reasonable footprint.

The phone is even bigger then the S5, which has a slightly larger screen and is waterproof/dustproof - and ALSO TO BIG.

I don't hate bezels. I hate phones that are to big and wasted space - two things bezels do.

Camera quality reviews are all very poor so far.
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Hello Everyone,
I am not sure if this is the right forum but it is meant to be a general discussion.
I have just seen that the HTC M8 has been officially released and saw the specs or features should i say.
How disapointing to put it mildly. I was expecting the firstphone to be on the market 64bit processor. Even the screen dpi is lower then the now older HTC ONE.
Battery power is less than the Samsung S5.
I saw this news/article on the Mail online website and even they feel disapointed, that will go down well with HTC marketing!
My contract ended this Febrary and was possibly going to go with HTC but i dont know now.
Anyway what about your thoughts android folks?
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Hello Everyone,
I am not sure if this is the right forum but it is meant to be a general discussion.
I have just seen that the HTC M8 has been officially released and saw the specs or features should i say.
How disapointing to put it mildly. I was expecting the firstphone to be on the market 64bit processor. Even the screen dpi is lower then the now older HTC ONE.
Battery power is less than the Samsung S5.
I saw this news/article on the Mail online website and even they feel disapointed, that will go down well with HTC marketing!
My contract ended this Febrary and was possibly going to go with HTC but i dont know now.
Anyway what about your thoughts android folks?
Merged in with a similar topic from the M8 forum.
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You know, an interpretation of the thread title could almost make this a viable thread for the Device/Carriers Comparisons forum.

That is, if the OP were to elaborate on the 'series' of 2014 phones he finds disappointing.

I for one am somewhat inclined to agree as I am also disappointed with the Galaxy S5.

But I'm not sure that two phones constitute a series.
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I just stumbled on the M8 due to post I made in the S5 forum, where I mistakenly said I would not by an HTC due to its lack of SD card slot, apparently it DOES have an SD card slot, so I was interested. But if the camera is similar to the original HTC One, I'll take a pass. The camera sucks. My son had the One and complained about the camera right away. I used the One while my S4 got replaced, I was quite disappointed in the quality of the pictures it took. Glad I have my S4 back....can't wait wait to get the S5.

I do like the look of the new HTC One, but I would have the body all dented and scratched in a matter of a few weeks. Unless there is a good, durable case for it.
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Got mine yesterday. Coming from the DNA, I have a pretty good basis for testing. The DNA is an awesome phone (very underrated, IMO). My wife also has the One (original). That said, the M8 is even better. It is noticeably quicker and smoother, the build quality is excellent, and Sense 6 is very nice. Haven't tested out the camera much yet, but that isn't a huge thing for me anyway. The sound is incredible. Not only is it loud, it is very clear. Impressive.

So far I only have a few minor gripes. I am not in love with the on-screen buttons, but it's not the end of the world. I also don't like that you cant see the screen while wearing polarized sunglasses. That's annoying.

I'll continue testing, but so far this seems like a winner.

EDIT: My 4G speeds suck, too. Not sure if it coincidental, or an issue with the phone. We'll see. Hopefully if it's a phone issue they'll fix it quickly.
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It's not the same camera. It may be the same resolution, but it is definitely not the same.

As for the bezel, I initially thought I wouldn't like it, but the size is fine. It is only marginally bigger than the DNA, which has the same size screen. What if removing the bezel and making the phone smaller meant the battery capacity would decrease? That 2600MaH battery has to go somewhere.
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It's not the same camera. It may be the same resolution, but it is definitely not the same.

As for the bezel, I initially thought I wouldn't like it, but the size is fine. It is only marginally bigger than the DNA, which has the same size screen. What if removing the bezel and making the phone smaller meant the battery capacity would decrease? That 2600MaH battery has to go somewhere.
It is the same camera with some overdue fixes, from what I tell from samples available they fixed the unnatural colours, they're still not perfect but allot better than the M7, however it's still producing artifacts in some photos just like the camera in the M7.

They've had a year to fix this camera and make improvements, they fixed one of it's flaws and that's it, it's the same.

I'm not even going to bother talking about the second 2MP camera because it pointless, it's a gimmick.
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What if removing the bezel and making the phone smaller meant the battery capacity would decrease? That 2600MaH battery has to go somewhere.
That might be the case, but the Galaxy S5 and the LG G2 both have larger battery capacities but are smaller phones. And they both have larger displays.

M8: 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm with 2600mAH and 5.0" display

S5: 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm with 2800mAH and 5.1" display

G2: 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm with 3000mAH and 5.2" display

And the Galaxy S4 had a 2600mAH battery and 5.0" display and had an amazingly efficient use of real estate:

S4: 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm

Admittedly none of these other phones have front-facing speakers, but the M7 did. It might be that the new louder speakers require more space?

But why not cover that extra space with screen real estate instead of bezel, if you are going to be using on-screen buttons anyway?

I really don't see the point of the bottom bezel on the M8 - they could have updated the M7 by removing the bezel and increasing the size of the screen.
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Admittedly none of these other phones have front-facing speakers, but the M7 did. It might be that the new louder speakers require more space?
I do think the speakers are the real culprit. Same issue on the M7. Getting those speakers and their amps into the phone requires space. While the extra size isn't ideal, the speakers are amazing (better than even the M7). A trade-off I am willing to make.

Also, the phone doesn't feel big. It's a bit heavy, but sized just fine. Goes right in my pocket and feels great in the hand.
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Also, the phone doesn't feel big. It's a bit heavy, but sized just fine. Goes right in my pocket and feels great in the hand.
This might seem like an odd question but how does it do in a front jeans pocket when bending over (as to tie a shoe, etc)? I already have some bindage going on when I do that with my G2 and the extra length of the M8 that concerns me. Maybe it's not enough to make much difference idk.
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I guess I don't understand the big hang up about a phone camera. We all have our priorities, is what it comes down to, I guess. The quality of the camera was never a consideration for me for any of the phones under my name..., as I don't use my phone camera for anything more than quick snaps of unimportant things for sharing on social media sites. If I'm taking "real" photos, I still use a "real" camera.

Again, I understand what we all have our priorities, I'm just having a hard time understanding the "deal breaking" that a phone camera has. I've never seen a phone camera that impressed me to the point that I think that they could replace a "real" camera.

That said, it looks like the M8 will be my next phone. It's been a while since I've had HTC, and I prefer sense over touchwiz. I think the M8 is a fantastic phone and will serve me well for the next year. I'm going to look at it now.

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As for the bezel, I initially thought I wouldn't like it, but the size is fine. It is only marginally bigger than the DNA, which has the same size screen. What if removing the bezel and making the phone smaller meant the battery capacity would decrease? That 2600MaH battery has to go somewhere.
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That might be the case, but the Galaxy S5 and the LG G2 both have larger battery capacities but are smaller phones. And they both have larger displays.

M8: 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm with 2600mAH and 5.0" display

S5: 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm with 2800mAH and 5.1" display

G2: 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm with 3000mAH and 5.2" display

And the Galaxy S4 had a 2600mAH battery and 5.0" display and had an amazingly efficient use of real estate:

S4: 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm

Admittedly none of these other phones have front-facing speakers, but the M7 did. It might be that the new louder speakers require more space?

But why not cover that extra space with screen real estate instead of bezel, if you are going to be using on-screen buttons anyway?

I really don't see the point of the bottom bezel on the M8 - they could have updated the M7 by removing the bezel and increasing the size of the screen.

And the Droid Maxx
137.5 x 71.2 x 8.5 mm
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blows that theory out of the water. I didn't upgrade from the Maxx HD to the MAXX the phone is needlessly big, but still smaller then most of the ones posted above AND has a bigger battery and 5" screen and capacitive buttons (would prefer onscreen to shrink phone size).
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blows that theory out of the water. I didn't upgrade from the Maxx HD to the MAXX the phone is needlessly big, but still smaller then most of the ones posted above AND has a bigger battery and 5" screen and capacitive buttons (would prefer onscreen to shrink phone size).
The one thing I'll say about the MAXX (I had it for a couple of days, hated it), is that the phone is the same thickness across the entire back. The M8 has the curved back. The edges of the M8 are way thinner than the 8.5 mm thickness of the MAXX.

Again, I do think the speakers are what's taking up the extra room. My point was, the current battery may not fit if you make the phone smaller while keeping everything else the same.
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Again, I do think the speakers are what's taking up the extra room. My point was, the current battery may not fit if you make the phone smaller while keeping everything else the same.
The speakers are big. They aren't a priority for me (and based on HTC sales, not many people). Would gladly forgo the speakers personally.
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Me too, maybe next year they'll listen and do something about the camera. Allot of reviewers are still giving it high scores despite the cameras shortcomings though.[/QUOTE]

I'll stick w my g2 a bit longer
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The speakers are big. They aren't a priority for me (and based on HTC sales, not many people). Would gladly forgo the speakers personally.
I don't think the speakers has anything to do with the sales. The HTC ONE won many awards last year and is HTC best selling phone ever. The legal battles they face the last few years is whats hurting them.
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I think HTC is on the right path. They need to establish that one phone that represents the company. Samsung and Apple have that one recognizable phone the whole world knows. Their phones don't change mush yearly as well. Every year they do a slight refresh.
Marketing and advertising is also key. I hope HTC can get it together because design wise they are one of the best if not the best.
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Good morning, I just been reading this thread. It seems the most talked about feature of the M8 is the bezels. Ok I'll go back to China and leave you guys to it.
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Saw a couple posts about slow download speeds so I went to the verizon store and played with an M8 for a few minutes. I also ran a speed test on it imgur: the simple image sharer (pic of results) . The results were 15 times faster then what I get on my Galaxy nexus. As far as the camera, I just took a couple simple photos. The pictures are fast, but when you zoom in it starts to become more pixilated faster than even the GS4 that was sitting next to it that I used for comparison.

Overall I'd say the phone is fast, camera is ok not great but serviceable, I'm a fan of sense UI, yes the bezel feels like wasted space (although supposedly it is necessary and I'm sure you wouldn't notice it after a month), I liked both the gun metal and silver, and the screen seemed crisp (although I didn't try with polarized sunglasses).
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I liked both the gun metal and silver, and the screen seemed crisp (although I didn't try with polarized sunglasses).
You and I think alike. I wear polarized sunglasses all the time and I've been known to throw them on in the store just to be sure.

Good to hear a hands on review. I need to get to the store and do the same.
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Best "all around" android phone I've owned based on the initial 3 days using it. Battery is fantastic, Sense is super smooth and extremely fast, build quality is uncomparable, and the call clarity is fantastic. I am not super impressed with the camera, not nearly as good as my LG G2, but I am loving the phone so far. The tap and swipe to wake/sleep features are great, and I'm glad they didn't try to incorporate a fingerprint sensor on this model. 9.0/10 in my book compared to the LG G2, S4, M7, and Maxx which were all phones I've had in the last 12 months.
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Best "all around" android phone I've owned based on the initial 3 days using it. Battery is fantastic, Sense is super smooth and extremely fast, build quality is uncomparable, and the call clarity is fantastic.

9.0/10 in my book compared to the LG G2, S4, M7, and Maxx which were all phones I've had in the last 12 months.

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I'm anxious for a BT review as well. I spend most days streaming tune from my phone via BT. It's important to me that the feature works and works well.
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I really don't understand the hate on the bezel

Why does it matter? The phone looks great, feels great in your hand, has awesome hardware, and I haven't had a complaint yet.

I loved the camera on the HTC One, with the exception of no flash low light pictures, which turned out awful and with a purple haze. We'll see if this does anything different with that via software, I'll let you know as I play around with it more.

The One took the best daylight condition photos out of the last generation phones. Catching a C-130J's propellors damn near perfect while the aircraft is in flight, great shots of some interesting places around the world, beautiful Hawaiian sunsets, etc.

The complaints I had with the last generation of One: Battery & SD Card, easily. I always have access to chargers, so battery wasn't a big deal, but sometimes Sprint is awful (ok, a good chunk of the time), and I was living really close to their world headquarters Putting everything on the cloud doesn't work when it bounces back and forth between LTE/3G at will. This phone seems to stick to LTE more often than not, I'm heading out into the boonies tomorrow, so I'll see how it works in the middle of nowhere with spotty 3g coverage at best.

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I paired it with my BMW today and have made several calls. The last call I made, my employee didn't realize I was in the car. With my Samsung, people would ask me to speak up, or ask if I had the window cracked. Haven't used it with a headset, but based on my experience in the car today I would say it should be solid.
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I paired it with my BMW today and have made several calls. The last call I made, my employee didn't realize I was in the car. With my Samsung, people would ask me to speak up, or ask if I had the window cracked. Haven't used it with a headset, but based on my experience in the car today I would say it should be solid.
Hmm, good to know. Man I might get swayed on this phone yet. Looking better all the time.
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I use Bluetooth in my car for music streaming and haven't had issues. I also have 24% left after nearly 16 hours on battery. Rather heavy use too considering I just got the phone 2 days ago.
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Large bezels amount to a larger, heavier device given the screen size, which is then harder to fit in pockets and operate one-handed. The One M8 is larger and heavier than an LG G2 but has nearly 1/4" less screen real estate. This may not matter to you, but it does to some people, and these aren't irrational concerns or "hate" on bezels. To each his own.

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9.0/10 in my book compared to the LG G2, S4, M7, and Maxx which were all phones I've had in the last 12 months.
How would you say the screen compares to the LG G2 in terms of contrast, color and viewing angles? The G2 has an awesome screen, but then so did the One M7.
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Bluetooth call quality has more to do the the BT headset being used then the phone. More important is the call quality of the phone itself, especially in noisy environments.

Samsungs phone in particular have had very poor call quality in my experience, though I never owned the S4. Hopefully the HTC 1m8 is better here.

BRG Issues with M8

BGR, which love the HTC One even agrees the phone is to big and the camera is lacking.
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After a full day with my M8 on Sprint I am completely impressed. I am coming from the OG One and love the improvements. The camera actually is improved over last years model and takes the kind of photos I need which is to say great daytime photos and excellent low light photos. Of course if you are using your phone to print out photos, blow them up, etc then you want something else. The radios all seem to be incredibly improved as well. I get better LTE and WiFi performance and calls are clear. There is one spot on my drive home where no matter what I did, if I was on the phone the call dropped (Sprint and Nola have some issues). I have driven through that spot twice now while on the phone and no dropped call! The phone feels amazing in the hand and build quality is top notch. Everywhere I have been in the past 24 hours, when I have had the phone out, someone will ask to see my phone and they are blown away. Apps open instantly, web browsing is faster, and the motion gestures work perfectly every time. The biggest thing I am loving is the significantly improved battery life. Typically I was at around 50% battery life by noon and had to plug in when I got home around 5:30 as I was always around 15%. Yesterday after fully charging the phone I went from 7 AM to around Midnight and had 38% battery left. That was with heavier than usual use as well (And I use my phone non-stop at work normally) test all the features out, taking pictures, etc. Could the next LG or SG5 or Sony be better than the M8? Absolutely. But this One is mine. Buy the phone that has what you need.
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Large bezels amount to a larger, heavier device given the screen size, which is then harder to fit in pockets and operate one-handed. The One M8 is larger and heavier than an LG G2 but has nearly 1/4" less screen real estate. This may not matter to you, but it does to some people, and these aren't irrational concerns or "hate" on bezels. To each his own.

How would you say the screen compares to the LG G2 in terms of contrast, color and viewing angles? The G2 has an awesome screen, but then so did the One M7.
Can't say I see any difference from my LG G2 and the new M8. The screens on any of my recent android phones have been fairly similar - this is no exception.
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Well I did my diligence yesterday and visited VZW to give the M8 a real run through because honestly the look and feel of premium metal was beginning to take hold of this nexus 5 owners hands...And even though I knew going to to at&t would be a wasted trip I decided to shoot to VZW and if all was well was going to just order one from at&t and give the premium handset a whirl the next few months.

After a few minutes with the phone the tallness disappeared and it felt right at home in my hand, that cold metal feel for a phone is just awesome for those who don't use a case, really looks and feels like a super premium made device, I'd call it the Bentley of phones right now, truly feels awesome. And honestly sense looks and perform fantastic, no hiccups , no heavy overlay feeling, just very nice & simple with a twist of HTC mixed in. To me it just felt super snappy and on par with my nexus 5.

I knew going over there that that 4MP shooter was on board and just figured with all the enhancements on board and my desire to have Zoe on board and to be able to piece some awesome clips together for my business within seconds, that I'd be able to over look the shooter. And with still shots I honestly could after taking a bunch of pics and saying to myself this isn't so bad and maybe HTC did work some magic here?

All that went away when I tried to shoot a video. Let's just say that whatever auto focus hoopla is going on in that sensor is terrible pain and simple, mix a notion of no OIS on board and the outcome is not usable for me. Video came out really bad and took me pressing on the screen to focus a ton of times with just a minute long video, plus the video was jumpy and the sun peeking into the store just couldn't get phased out? All in all, it was just a bad video experience all together and seemed more like a sensor issue then anything else. They can work all their magic that they want over there at HTC, but the bottom line is that without (OIS) optical image stabilization your going to get a pretty crappy video clip. When compared to my nexus 5 the difference was just night and day, while the sound on the M8 was superb, the actual video was quite horrible and not at all worthy of being attached to a 2014 super phone...HTC you almost had me, the hardest of stock android fan in me almost made the leap.
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