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Video: HTC One (M8) vs. HTC One (M7)

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You have seen the unboxing and tour of the new HTC One (M8), so it’s now time to talk about how it compares to last year’s model, the One (M7). HTC will hope that you believe it has reinvented something with the 2014 model, that the design is strikingly different, and that there are all sorts of new features to differentiate the two. After all, they need not only Galaxy and iPhone owners to buy the new One (M8), they need current One owners as well. If the comeback is to happen, HTC needs to win big with everyone.

So in this video, we take you on a tour of each from both hardware and software standpoints. Where are the real differences in the design? How much bigger is the new One versus the old One? What does Sense 6.0 look like when compared side-by-side with Sense 5.5? Are the cameras different? Specs different?

All of that is answered below. 

  • Ricardo Lomeli

    still wonder how much HTC values their products. I notice that in the buy back program they have; HTC on great conditions its valued as high as $130.00 and no more, but the iPhone 5s, they have it buy back at highest price if $300.00
    SO I guess HTC doesn’t value their own products, or they recognize that they are not the best…I guess???

  • frhow

    After seeing this one in person I am waiting on the One. I mean One PlusOne. I think!!

  • nobody72

    What about audio quality between the two phones ?

    Also do we loose swipe/tap feature to turn on the phone if we go with the google-play version ?

    • Sean

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      • Noel

        I think we all know what they are trying to say.

  • John

    Why is the phone bigger? It’s like the size of the Note.

    • tos

      It would have been nice if they made the screen longer to take up that extra bottom space if they were able to get such a long screen.

    • Noel

      The phone is a beauty but is too long with just 5″ usuable screen. For that length we should at least get 5.2″ screen. The perfect scenario would’ve been the elimination of the black logo bar, the BoomSound speakers starting at the edge of the lower screen so as to give a more compact feel of <140mm. That correction alone would make me forgive my other two issues with the device.. the 4 MP/Ultrapixel rear camera and 2600mAh battery.

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  • Chuggowitz

    The M7 just looks unpolished compared to the M8 now. It used to be one of the most desirable phones on the market, but the M8 is just so much nicer looking.

  • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 MrFrodo24

    It’s so sad that HTC probably could’ve made the M8 about the same height as the M7 if they took out the POINTLESS HTC LOGO BAR!

  • Rudy Acosta

    how is stack up against the LG G2

    • Noel

      Even tho LG G2 has a 5.2″ screen..it is just abt 138mm tall, while the M8 at abt 146mm tall w/a 5″ screen. Looking ahead..my guess is the G3 will probably be less taller than the M8 with a bigger screen of 5.2+”

  • David Dudovitz

    DNA vs M8 – DNA was the only other 5 inch HTC device.

  • C-Law

    I would love to see a comparison to the moto x. The original one already looked massive by comparison

    • LSH99

      I already thought the M7 felt too big. Was stunned to learn that this one is so much bigger. Won’t judge it till I see it in person, though.

  • AnwarBenny

    Tried this #htc #m8 today and the camera was flickering , it looked like a mix breed of the iphone and samsung s4. not impressed

  • OneForTheGoodDays

    I hate that HTC bar as much as anyone, but without it I would think the battery power would be decreased significantly. That being said, I wouldn’t buy it if you paid me… well, maybe then.

  • Joe

    I really was hoping HTC would have stepped up…I stopped at Verizon store after work and was very disappointed. I think over all it’s a nice phone just not for me. I hope lg , moto or Samsung steps up. I’ll be honest I’m waiting for a note 4 or nexus 6.

  • deskjob

    Great comparison video Kellex. Funny note – the video played back fullscreen on my 13″ Sony Z actually depicted the phones in 1:1 actual size! It’s the opening segment where you had the M7 and M8 side by side. I held up my M7 and it lined up PERFECTLY with your video. The odds of that happening… haha It does make the video that much more helpful, as now I have an even better idea of how the M8 measures up.

    Quick note, the M7 is capable of doing the swiping up for Google Now. I have the Verizon version and I have it set up like that. Long press for menu, double tap for multitasking view. It actually works quite well.

  • Daniel Walsh

    The M7 looks better.

    • Chris

      I thought so the same, till I saw one in person..

  • Lee Sandy

    Battery life is definitely better. First full day of using it (moderate to heavy usage) and I’m 10.5 hrs in at 23% remaining. With this type of usage on the M7 I would’ve been at around 9-12% here at the end of the business day.

  • flosserelli

    I know I am beating a dead horse, but the black logo bar makes all the difference. If you remove that bar, the phones are the same length, and much more pocketable. I read somewhere that the bar hides some display elements, but I think HTC could have done a better job managing the overall component design. I would have definitely traded some thickness for a shorter form factor.

  • droidarmy

    That thing looks massive

    • Jonathan Williams

      That’s what she said.

  • Alan Paone

    That lead photo is artistic as hell

    • Troof

      lol!

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Had fun with that one.

      • 1bad69z28

        IS it just me, I would like to see a comparison of the HTC One (M8) VS the LG G2. Seems like HTC did a little smoke & mirror play All hype but nothing really new except for the look and feel. Please correct me but if this is their answer to a “Flagship” I think they missed the boat to win over a large share of the market. I think the LG G2 is a better device IMHO

  • chris125

    They should have kept the original one design, up the camera, processor and battery and add on screen keys and they would have had the perfect phone.

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      Definitely. But I think people would have bitched about htc if they did the same. Guess we’re never happy :/

      • chris125

        Well it looks the same anyway minus the second camera. I think less would have complained with the smaller size

      • Chris

        Its only good if people got off their butts and went to the store to check it out in person. silly youtube videos and stock images do no justice

    • Dominic Powell

      THE HTC M8 Mini could be the perfect phone still… as long as they don’t gimp it.

    • Chris

      the new design is a huge improvement over the old one

      • chris125

        Not really.

        • Chris

          because of the black bar? color? something else >?

          • chris125

            Because it looks the same. Those things make it that way, design, colors, all similar. Any normal consumer would have no idea the difference. Not as bad as 5-5s but still what everyone bashed Samsung for doing.

          • Chris

            theres nothing wrong with having the same look. its HTC’s line up.You have a design that was great so my change it?

      • Daniel Walsh

        No it’s not.

        • Chris

          have you even seen it yet in person?

  • Greg Morgan

    Kellen, did you say it’s a nano sim and not micro?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      It’s definitely nano.

      • Greg Morgan

        blah…i wish they’d stick with one size.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          I’m guessing everything will be nano for a while going forward.

          • Alan Paone

            I think it would be cool and funny if they switched back to micro for the next one

        • Chris

          change is scary huh?

      • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

        Yep it’s nano.

  • Shane Redman

    Why, if they moved to On screen buttons, do they still have that logo strip there. should have tried to squeeze it all in there without that waste of space. The front facing speakers should be their “logo” or way to show who made the phone, they’re they only ones with dual front speakers.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      -_- the argument is old The phone is already made, wait till next year and they’ll remove the bar…..maybe.

      • Noel

        Well so many ppl had the same complain with the M7 yet they did not take it out on the M8.

    • ReturnOfTheMack

      Apparently that’s where the digitizer for the touchscreen needs to be. Whatever the reason, it’s incredibly ugly.

    • http://transcendingturmoil.tumblr.com/ gaajiwaaih

      Haven’t seen in person yet, but the “htc” logo strip doesn’t seem to bother me much. I guess if it had “Verizon Wireless” emblazoned across the front it would bother me more…

      • Chris

        as someone who actully has seen the phone in person, the bar isn’t that bad. it may have done better on top though….

      • Drome

        the aesthetic of the bar is fine. it just adds unnecessary height to the phone. the M7 was already tall, this phone is taller solely because they moved the buttons to on screen and kept the HTC logo bar. I much prefer on screen buttons in general but i feel like they made a major compromise to get it done on the M8. They have admitted that they knew this in the design process but simply could not fit everything in there otherwise. I would have preferred a slightly thicker phone that is shorter to a long and thin phone but I dont know if that was an option. In 2014 i am pretty confident it would have been possible to figure out a way to have all of this with less height and no black bar but HTC just could not get it done in time. bummer.

      • Justin W

        It’s a minor bother to me, but it wouldn’t make me run to Samsung or another company over. I would, however, like to see them reduce the bezel overall – there’s about a 1/4-1/2 an inch of bezel on the sides and top that should be removed in addition to the black bar at the bottom. I also think the HTC logo should be “painted” over the bottom speakers, however, I do understand there are internal reasons for the black bar.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    These 2 colors are obviously different. You flip over the silver M7 and the Silver M8…and it kind of werid that the silver looks like the M7 with another camera up top. Freaked me out at first. They look just a like.

  • Kyle

    Wonder what it looks like next to the Droid DNA, may have to visit a store soon. Still not convinced I should upgrade from the DNA to this.

    • LionStone

      It’s about 1/4” taller, same width, and a bit thinner than the DNA. Sure its a bit taller than the DNA but I don’t mind gaining the height for the 2 BoomSound speakers and on screen keys.

    • wtsamatta

      Yeah, it tough to let go of my DNA too. It’s still a damn good phone, can handle everything without a blip… New One has boom sound and micro sd. boom sound just really isn’t that big a deal to me…the sd card though. would be very nice!

      • Symbiotx

        Yeah I love my DNA, so I was hoping this one would be a good upgrade. It annoys me that the camera sucks though, and everyone says it’s way longer. I’ll probably hang on to my DNA for now.

    • michael arazan

      If you don’t need a camera in your phone the M8 is a great upgrade. Seriously it has no Image Stability control, so videos will look like they are taken during an earthquake. But a $100 GoPro would solve that.