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Tuesday Poll: Are You Buying the HTC One (M8)?

Well, what do you think? Now that HTC has proven that there was no mystery at all behind the HTC One (M8), you can fully decide if you are buying the phone. The decision is more interesting this time around, because it goes on sale today online at all major U.S. carriers, but can also be purchased in-store at Verizon shops. Yes, you can buy this phone today even though it was only announced moments ago.

The price depends on the carrier, with many pushing monthly payment plans. $199 with 2-year contract is the typical price, which includes 32GB of storage.

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Are You Buying the HTC One (M8)?

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  • Octotron

    Bought it. this is more than possibly the nicest looking / feeling phone I have ever held. Leaps and bounds beyond Samsung… even better than Apple.

    The only tangible comparison I can give is.. this feels like what the build quality felt like when I first got the OG Droid. There is nothing close.

  • Gus Serrano

    No, but only because I’m already in a committed relationship. The original caught my eye, and my wallet–I had to have it. Next year though… Mmmmmm. Can’t wait to see what they’ve got in store!

  • schlanz

    the phone is soooo slippery… please use a case if you buy one

  • Eric Kirkpatrick

    Waiting for Note 4

  • Nick V

    Not that I wouldn’t want this beauty of a phone, but I am a Nexus guy through and through. If I weren’t, this would definitely be my phone.

    • Suman Gandham

      GPE pretty much = Nexus…

      • Nick V

        True, but for $200-$300 less, I can get a Nexus with the same functionality. The problem I have with GPe Devices, is that all the sensors and features they use within their interfaces are no longer operable without adding back in new software to be able to use them. Which is the reason I went with Nexus to begin with. Less Bloat, better updates, and a great set of features.

  • nosedive94

    Since I can’t get the Nexus 5 on Verizon, I plan to get the S5. I love what they’ve done with the M8, but the IP67 resistance on the Galaxy is a huge draw for me.

    • onlygoodtime88

      who cares

  • jimbob

    What, no heart rate monitor???? I’m out.

  • John Watson

    Keeping my contract-free N5, thank you very much.

    • 147Keys

      Ahem, my Sense-less N5.

  • DJ SPY

    If the off contract price were at the most $500 I’d be reading a order confirmation email right now.

  • James_C_L

    So disappointed with both the camera & battery. The g2 pro, one+ and others are really looking good.

  • B Brad

    Crappy camera, 0.26 inches taller than a s5, 0.1″ smaller screen, giant HTC logo, smallish battery (for a 5″ screen), can’t remove battery, no wireless charging. Not to mention $700 for the GPE.

    HTC phones shouldn’t be disposable. Micro-usb can be a serious limitation if you charge 1-2 times a day for 2 years.

  • Me

    Mehhhhh on the M8 for me. I got a feeling the G3 is going to let me down as well. Guess I’ll be keeping my N4 until the X2 or if the 1+1 impresses me.

  • fartbubbler

    that back camera nixed it for me. Front facing with more mp than the back? pass.

  • Cliff Lee

    I was so anxious for this phone… I felt like the first generation was the best phone ever built from the smooth and hiccup free UI to the build quality. I however wanted side buttons and a much less slippery textured phone. So when all the leaks came out I realized my original Htc One was not worth giving up to pay out that kind of money for a minor upgrade. I have been android sense day one, starting with the Motorola droid and have never looked back at the iPhone. However, hearing what I’m hearing from all the leaks about the larger screen and specs I may be switching for the first time in my life. These high end android phones are starting to let me down in so many ways. Not sure if I can stay. I really wanted the new htc to be the true “One” … kind of disappointed in Samsung and HTC this go around!

  • jaydub110

    Getting the z2 when it comes out. I hate when they put the headphone jack on the bottom like crapple that alone made me not want it.

  • Trysta

    It is absolutely a beautiful phone and I actually love the fact that it has on screen buttons (screen real-estate isn’t everything). But It is too big for me. I have zero use for boomsound front facing speakers so for me the fact that it is ridiculously tall isn’t balanced by any positives (for me). I’m hoping that this year is the year OEMs get serious about making full featured (and fully supported) mini versions of their flagship phones. I’m using a Nexus 5 right now and I absolutely can’t go bigger unless I just give up and go phablet. I know one-handed use isn’t a must for everyone but I live in a city and walk or use public transport every day so I need a phone I can use one-handed and hopefully two years from now I will be able to find something running android OS that fits that requirement. Otherwise I’m going to have to start considering my options 🙁

    But regardless good job HTC. I’m sure plenty of people are going to enjoy this phone.

  • Carlos Ayala

    that camera though..

  • Daniel

    If the Google Play Edition worked on Verizon I would…though REALLY I’m waiting for a new HTC One Mini with microSD slot

  • OF

    So far this year’s flagships have disappointed me. Z2, S5 and One. I’ll now have to wait and see what LG has in store for me. My S3 needs to be replaced!

    • flosserelli

      I don’t know what kind of miracles you were expecting, but any (and all) of those devices will blow your S3 away.

      • OF

        Obviously. That wasn’t the point.

  • Joel

    I purchased the Moto X at a Verizon Wireless store on Friday. I prefer the Moto X. Great phone. Great design and closest phone to a Nexus on Verizon. I switched from a Droid DNA.

  • Alan

    That bottom bezel. Why?

  • hyperbeatser

    I’d very seriously consider it (even leaving my Moto X), but only if it had looked like this.

    • chris125

      I’d consider it more if they bumped the camera up.

    • B Brad

      Hrm. So a smaller (0.1 inch) screen than the S5 while being 0.26″ taller. Wonder why it’s so tall… oh right the HTC bezel.

      • morck

        Or maybe it’s the BoomSound speakers?

        • B Brad

          Then there’d be a large blank rectangle at the top where the other speaker is.

          I think it’s just the logo. So you get a nice AL + glass design with an M8. But the alternative is a better screen, smaller body, larger battery, replaceable battery, and wireless charging.

          Who wants a bricked phone when the battery dies?

    • Jordan

      You forgot to erase the useless camera sensor on top. But the front, I totally agree with.

      • hyperbeatser

        I agree, and believe the camera is a huge gimmick, but I could live with it – the black HTC logo bar, nope.

  • Jprime

    I said this in another thread, but this phone looks like RoboCop

  • Inspector Butters

    That bottom bezel with the added HTC bar really ruins this phone

  • Zabih Jan

    my G2 still rocks
    if i was to change it i will change it to Z2

  • flosserelli

    New poll: HTC M8 or Galaxy S5?

  • coolsilver


    • KCCO

      This… While I think HTC has come far from Thunderbolt days.. The lack of support and the feeling that we were a test group for the red headed step child ruined ever having HTC again in my life.. Moved on..
      However in the defense of the Thunderbolt. Since it was so poorly kept and was such a fail in the end, I was able to talk Verizon into giving me a S3 totally free the day it launched. Kept unlimited. No contract. To this day still riding that train, except moved on to my Moto X.. with the new Chinese middle man giving out unlock codes my Moto X will last me a while since it is essentially a developer edition at this time.. so.. I guess.. thanks HTC for crap product back in the day. Sorry I won’t come back..

  • joejoe5709

    If I were in the market for a new phone, there’s absolutely no question that I’d take the GS5 over this and I’d probably even consider the G2 first even though it’s a bit older. If I weren’t on Verizon, I’d definitely take the Nexus 5 before the new One. Between this and the MotoX, it’s almost a toss up at the bottom of my list. And good God please do not purchase the current HTC One no matter how cheap it gets. But in the end with new product coming in the next four to six months from Motorola and LG, it’s almost certainly better to just wait to see what the market is doing. Motorola still has massive potential from Google’s recent reign and LG will undoubtedly knock it out of the park with the G3 later this year.

  • crazed_z06

    Note 3 is still a powerhouse and I’m still mad about the Thunderbolt, so no M8 for me.

  • Steven Then

    I really wanted this phone but now it looks like I am going to go with the Moto X. I’d rather spend $50 on the X and wait to see what the X2 is going to offer than spend $300 on a slightly improved M7.

  • JDMendiola

    im buying this for my dad . got my mother the moto x . and my two siblings the moto g . he’s not a fan of smaller phones , we’ll see how this works out for him , coming from his old droid 4 . . . .

    (or should i wait) ??

  • Nayners

    No way, Jose. These phones (M8 and S5) are making the Nexus 5 look better and better IMO. No reason at all for me to upgrade/change phones.

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    Cool, T-Mobile doesn’t have it on sale. Wtf?

  • chris125

    No. Sad to see the camera still isn’t that good. Plus if I am going to be going full retail to keep unlimited, the new one isn’t it. Now it’s time to wait and see what moto, lg and maybe google with those rumored projects for Verizon, release.

  • Tiago Pestana

    Nope…same design same 4 ultrapixels same sh** differente name! I love how people hated on samsung but this is even worst but they are ok with it…hating samsung became a trend…like apple a year ago!

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I just can’t buy something early in the year. After Google I/o imma be slightly upset I didn’t wait.

  • LTEasy

    my G2 is still flying past this M8. Dont show me anything thats not better than 3000mAh

  • Droid-Lifer

    I have a Note 3 and my dad has the G2. I love his G2 and the only reason I didn’t get it was it didn’t have a removable battery or upgrade-able storage. I still love my N3, but just wish it was a tad smaller. Too bad the 1+1 won’t come to Verizon.

  • 213ninja

    i’m glad there are 11 articles on the M8 today so the hate gets spread thin…

  • Alexander Z Great

    Buy one get one free!

  • mcdonsco

    Naa…I was just paid $780 to take the note 3 on verizon whilst keeping my unlimited data plan…I’m good.

    • DJyoSNOW

      Realizing WiFi is at my work house and almost every other location I upgraded to the Note3 with 6gigs ($200) I’ll out right buy down the road.

    • Ben Landwehr

      780 off contract? Sheesh. Did you bit it from a carrier I’m guessing vs eBay or Swappa (and I’m not talking used ones, brand new)?

      • mcdonsco

        I didn’t pay, I was paid.

  • saad

    The practical decision would be to get this on tmobile, but I have a feeling I am going to dish out the money for an unlocked z2 or oppo find 7.

  • Leif Sikorski

    No, I don’t like its design and finish at all. Tastes are very different but I prefer if the front is more subtle where you can’t see where the display begins and I prefer colors and materials that doesn’t scream “tech”. This finish reminds me a lot on my old Asus Transformer Tablet and I didn’t liked to pick it up because it had this cold industrial tech like finish. I would also have preferred if they would have improved the main camera instead of a new 2mp camera which will most likely be covered by your own fingers in landscape.

    Just from a material perspective I think that the Wood back of the Moto X are the best. The front itself is on most other phones way more subtle, doesn’t matter if it’s a Moto X, Galaxy S5, Nexus or something else.

  • JSo

    My Nexus 5 will not be replaced anytime soon.

    • CHRIS42060

      I agree completely. Neither the GS5 or the M8 have made me want to drop $650 to replace my Nexus 5.

      • Miguel Angel Portela

        I’m waiting on the Nexus 6 (whenever the hell that happens) or the Xperia Z2

        • CHRIS42060

          We still have about 7 months before we meet the Nexus 6 officially, but it will probably be my next phone. The Xperia Z2 is definitely a phone I would love to see more popular in the USA, but I don’t know if I would make the jump to it either.

          • Miguel Angel Portela

            I’m personally all for the camera and resilience. I mean hell, for the prices we pay for phones, you’d think that 20.1 megapixel cameras and essentially indestructible, waterproof bodies would be the norm.

        • LiterofCola

          Yesss, the Z2

      • Serf33

        Wish I had that kind of money to be able to even think about spending $650 to replace a 5 month old phone…..

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  • RobRomeo

    Wont be buying.. Not because it will be a bad phone or anything… it looks great but I just bought a MotoX a few months ago. Im sure many of us are in the same boat..

    • I’m still not getting one and will be buying a Moto X as well when my contract is up in 5 weeks.

  • Tony Byatt

    Still more to be announced…

    Too soon to settle on a S5, One, or Z2…

  • Orion

    Nope. I’m waiting for moto’s lineup this summer.

  • EC8CH

    Poll needs the option:

    Waiting for Droid-Life Review before deciding!


  • OneForTheGoodDays

    Wait… engadget has a screenshot of the camera app in which is seems to have a slider for shutter-speed?! That’s innovation, I’ll give them that.

  • Pdewet

    The build quality is awesome, I’ll give HTC that, but that giant chin/bezel, low megapixel camera and mediocre battery = a big NO.

    • Alan Paone

      Yeah two weeks just isn’t enough

  • paul_cus

    Sticking with the M7. Like the design better, even though they’re pretty similar.

  • NexusMan

    Happy with the Moto X. No thanks.

  • HTCs have never really interested me. And plus I love my moto X and the stock android experience it brings me. The only phone I’d probably change to is the Nexus 5 but even that would be a big sacrifice to me. If the Nexus 6 looks as good as the 5 I will consider it too.
    Stock android is where my heart belongs, now if I got the HTC for free I would certainly not turn it down.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    As soon as it’s available Unlocked From HTC!… As of now I’ll be heading to a Verizon Store during Lunch to check it out.

    • GeorgeO

      It already is: http://www.droid-life.com/2014/03/25/google-play-edition-of-htc-one-m8-available-for-pre-order-today/

      Of course if you’re hoping for an unlocked phone to use on Verizon, you should probably give up on that idea.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Of course not. They just have it stores, so I can check it out there. But I’m 100% GSM prepaid………..And that’s the Link for the GPE. I’m talking the actual device, with Sense

        • GerogeO

          Also, I just realized you are probably talking about a Dev edition “from HTC” rather than a Google play Edition. Hopefully they’ll offer that too.

    • flosserelli

      Verizon has probably already made sure the M8 cannot be unlocked.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        I’m not on Verizon. I’m prepaid

  • Ryan N

    Ufocus… 4mp..

    So the subject in the image wherever “U” happen to be focusing when you look at it… Interesting…

  • Ralph Bretz

    While I like the design I’ll say no. Maybe if they do a coupon discount like Motorola did.

  • MichaelFranz

    I will say despite all the leaks, i didnt really see anyone complain about anything on the phone except for the still 4UP camera. Nothing like everyone did with samsung and not having this or not having that….maybe all the leaks help

    • eeeeeeeeeee

      That is just a difference in expectation. A lot of people are just surprised HTC still exists.

  • danix180

    That bottom bezel just killed it. Too bad. It looks like a good overall phone..

  • MikeSaver

    Hey, I bet that the answer is a resounding “NO” like all of these polls because 90% of the readers either just love nexus devices, just bought a new phone and not looking for upgrade yet or….All of the above!

    • CHRIS42060

      You mean a HTC Rezound-ing “NO”……..

  • MichaelFranz

    Honestly, i dont know, but i will be going to verizon in a little bit to go play with it and see how it feels etc etc

  • besweeet

    No, purely because of its low-megapixel camera.

  • Skwisgaar

    Not really impressed with this offering from HTC, or the offering from Samsung. Both seem like some evolution’s of their devices, but really nothing revolutionary.

    • besweeet

      We’re to the point where that’s just the way smartphones will continue to be like, as it has been for the past 3 or so years (predictable, incremental improvements).

      • Skwisgaar

        True…however I am pretty excited to see the G3. The G2 was, and still is, pretty awesome, and the rumors flying around on the G3 sound pretty impressive. It seems like LG is swinging for the fences more these days than some of their competitors. Seems like others are resting on their laurels and maybe feel they don’t need to “try” that hard anymore cause they’ve sold so many units. Never a good idea…case in point…RIM.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio


  • Cael

    The camera is once again DOA. Screw build quality, I care about more things other than that. Passing!

    • The Narrator

      yeah, just give us creaky, crappy plastic for everything!

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        I mean, he does have a point. Me personally couldn’t care less about the camera, I think my Nexus 5 camera is fine, and I’m pretty sure this one won’t bother me.

      • Cael

        I’m not saying that either. And all plastic is not the same either. But it being unibody metal is not going to be my deciding reason to get this like so many other people keep harping about on here. I care about the total package and this package like the S5 is not very appealing to me at all. I would get a G2, Z2, Moto X, or Nexus 5 before I bought either of those phones. I’d even wait just to see what the G3, Z3, Moto X2, and Nexus 6 have to offer.

        And where’s all the people talking about its great camera being like Lytro? Reviews are in. Camera still sucks. Will HTC finally get the picture to get rid of it for the HTC One (M9)?

  • OneForTheGoodDays

    Srsly, the photo samples coming out now are pretty gawd-awful. So def not.

  • flosserelli

    Need a 3rd option: Waiting until I see it in person.

  • Open1Your1Eyes0

    Sorry but 4MP (ultrapixel) just won’t cut it for me. That plus no wireless charging. Looks like it’s another year to go with Samsung. #noregrets

    • Ryan N

      I’m not sure how feasible wireless charging is with a metal body. I guess that’s a sacrifice they decided to make.

      • B Brad

        I’d be just as happy with a nice dock and pogo pins. Like the nexus-7 2012, nexus one, or galaxy nexus. Anything that lets me avoid the fiddly and fragile microusb connectors. I had having to turn on a light to figure out which way the usb cable goes in. Seems like I never get it on the first try blind, and I’ve already lost a phone due to a failed usb connector.

    • fauxshizzl

      I can’t believe Samsung still charges extra for the ability to charge wireless.

    • Franz

      I completely agree. After using wireless charging for about 2 years now (Nexus 4, and now Nexus 5). It’s a really great feature. If the material that they use for the unibody stops them from doing Wireless Charging, then ok. But if it doesn’t, they really had no excuse this time around.

      Death to cables!

  • JayMars84

    The staff are biased to the Moto X and the commenters to the G2. No surprise how this poll will go. But my answer is yes.

    • Chris

      The G2 is well worth its weight still well into 2014

    • I wonder why… lol. Moto X and G2 FTW

    • TheDave1022

      Because the Moto X is an awesome phone…coming from someone who owned an Evo and GNexus. Near stock android, quick updates, active display are all great. The camera leaves a little to be desired, but it’s no worse then the other phones I have owned. At least it’s an 8 MP so I can zoom on a picture if needed.

      • JayMars84

        I had the Moto X. Sold it for my current N5.

        • NexusMan

          And apparently the N5 isn’t holding your interest enough either, since you’re buying the HTC.

        • Sean Walton

          Cool. I had the N5 but the screen crapped out and I gladly returned it for my money back and went right back to my Moto X, best decision I have made in a while.

          • JoshGroff

            It’s a pretty tough phone to beat, and at the price point, nigh impossible.

      • Droid Ronin

        It has a 10 MP camera.

        • TheDave1022

          right..and the One needs at least an 8 MP for it to be good.

        • The camera on the Moto X is still far from great

    • The Narrator

      Biased lol
      G2-Sony Z2- G3
      Can’t wait for them.

    • Ralph Bretz

      It’s not that they are biased, in their opinion and many others the Moto X is the best phone right now overall.

      • The Narrator


      • Brandon Miller

        I’m with you. I had the Nexus 5, which I still love, has traded it for a Moto X, which I love just a tad more. It gives me the best of both worlds: the near stock experience with quick updates and little bloat while also throwing in a few feature that are absolutely killer (Touchless Control, Active Display, etc.) The ability to physically customize your phone the way you want it (Ebony back *drool*) just put it over the top for me.

        • grumpyfuzz

          I’m still hesitant with Lenovo owning Motorola (or whenever that is official), that the updates won’t be as fast.

          • ThomasMoneyhon

            im not. If Lenovo knows whats best, which they show with their thinkpad line, they will allow moto to keep the best of what they are doing, which is essentially everything. HIGHLY looking forward to the moto x (2014)
            OEMS should take note: NO NO Logos on the front of the phone. Keep it clean. (also no menu buttons, software, or hardware)

    • NexusMan

      Biased? So I guess you’re biased toward HTC. And definitely biased against the Moto X and G2.

    • OneForTheGoodDays

      The G2: 1) awesome battery/battery life 2)bright, big screen still not a big phone 3) great camera 4)amazing development community and 5) future-proof specs…

      Love my beast. 🙂

      • Ralph Bretz

        The Specs are pointless when everything is optimized. I have more lag on my Nexus 7 than my Moto X and barely ever are the quad cores actually all going. Shiny objects for the minds are children.

        • OneForTheGoodDays

          So we agree?

          • Ralph Bretz

            yep… people are easily duped by specs. i have some jiggly keys if you want

      • Montrale Hammonds

        The HTC One m8 gets even better battery life

        • Franz

          Really? You’ve used it for a couple of weeks now I’m guessing?

          • Montrale Hammonds

            No you numbnut PhoneArena did a battery test and it outlasted it. Doesn’t take a genius nor two weeks to test the battery.

    • Its not bias, its a great decision.

    • jnt

      QFT! Though the G2 love I feel is justified given how little attention it gets and how solid of a device it is. Edit: And my answer is also yes, though I’ll be curious about the S5…

    • Sean Walton

      You mean this site actually knows good devices and writes stories about them, OMG who would have thought! SMH

      Moto X FTW!

    • I don’t think you realize that if I had the expendable money I’d be at Verizon right now buying this phone.

    • Blue Sun

      I wonder how many down votes this comment got.

    • Dave

      I used my Moto X for 3 days and returned it. It’s stock android, but not noticeably better performing than my 16 month old Note 2. Nice phone, just not worth the upgrade cost at this point in the game.

      • chris125

        That’s because the note 2 is no slouch by any means.

  • Jonathan Bunch

    waiting for Motorola and LGs offerings.

    • Ryan N


    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      We know LG will be soon….Moto? Probably late summer

  • Bob G

    2 down. And now we wait for LG, Motorola, and the Nexus.

    • The Narrator

      We know that LG won’t disappoint

  • Godzilla

    The only HTC I will consider buying is if they really are making the Nexus 8 for google.

  • Alex Goings

    I’m not buying it because Nexus 5 but I will be advising friends with upgrades to get it.

  • jbworldwide1

    I would like to get it but I can’t JUMP until June and I’m actually curious to see what the G3 is gonna look like.

  • tom riddle

    just plain no on htc