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Reader Opinion: If You Bought the HTC One (M8), Tell Us Your Thoughts

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Since HTC decided to be awesome and make the One (M8) available the same day they announced it, we know that a few of you currently have the device in hand. With that being said, we know there is an even greater number of folks who are still undecided as to whether the M8 would be a good purchase. Who better to trust with such a decision than the fine DL reader community, right? 

As far as our thoughts are concerned, we feel that the M8 has been a major step forward for HTC. The device’s build quality is unrivaled, the user experience so far is quite fluid, and we are even trying to get over the fact that it only features a 4MP rear-facing camera.

However, we do have a few dislikes, mainly being the overall size of the phone; it’s just too tall. When the phone is in your pocket and you are moving around, it’s at times easy for the phone to dig right into your thigh; a feeling which can be most uncomfortable. As for other downsides, there aren’t too many. While we may have to get used to the Ultrapixel camera, it doesn’t mean we love it – it just means we can tolerate it.

We want to know your thoughts on M8, though. We know our readers have a very diverse outlook on Android phones, so for anyone who currently owns the M8, we would love to know how you are liking/disliking your time with it.

Shoot down below to the comments section and let the community know your thoughts on the M8.

  • Edward Mobley

    I love this phone, the battery life on it is amazing. I leave for work at 730 with a 100 percent battery and I’m only down to 75 percent with phone calls and facebooking by 4pm. My note 3, lg g2, note 2.. all of them would be at 75 percent at 1030 am. The only way I’m getting rid of this phone is if the note 4 is a huge improvement in november

  • rmor

    I’m using the phone for a month now. And so far, I’ve been very much satisfied and happy with its overall performance. From camera to the BoomSound. And the built design, nothing can compare… And the speed is hilariously unbelievable….Hehe I highly recommend it especially to heavy metal guys.. I recommend s5 to girls.. enjoy.

  • gmopro

    Nice looking phone (M8), but the back is too smooth and slippery. Slides out of your hands so needs a case with grippable material. I like the camera features. Speakers are great. I did notice that sometimes using my left thumb to swipe , it did not move the screens. This happens often. When i use my right hand , it works fine. Phone is a little wide for me, but that is the size of the newer phones. Dont have prob with length, just width. Dont have a problem with power button on top. only use it to turn it off. Use swipes to activate it so no biggie about where the power button is. On the side wouldnt be a good idea. I am always accidentally bumping the volume rocker on the right side. I would actually like the volume on the left side like it was on the Hero. THe Hero also had better grip. One M8 needs better grip for sure. Havent tried the TV App yet. Trying to figure out how to keep the buttons at bottom of screen while taking photos. They always disappear after 3 seconds. Then i have to tap to get them back. that is a pain.

  • Chris Boyles

    Just bought the m8 and having trouble with the bluetooth pairing to my old phone, computer and car hand’s free device. When I try to pair a scanned device on the m8, I get the unable to pair prompt showing that I need to add a pass code on the other devices. right now I am trying to sync my bluetooth on my old device HTC one) to my new m8 and I don’t have a passcode entry box showing on either phone, just the prompts with the needed passcode to enter. Since I didn’t down load the HTC transfer app on my old phone, I have lost carrier connectivity by switching to Verizon from Sprint. Only solution I could think of to down load would be to sync my old phone to my new phone via bluetooth, thus being able to reach the internet via my bluetooth on my old device to download the app from the playstore. Problem is I have searched diligently online and found no joy except this forum. What I need is how to reach the passcode entry box on my phones and enter the codes that the phones ask me to do in order to pair. Any help would be helpful as I found out that the Verizon techs don’t know how to do that either.

  • Cosmo

    Got mine a little over a week ago as a replacement for my GS3. Love the design and features overall – especially BlinkFeed. I probably use the phone as a news reader 50% of the time, so I consider that an important feature. I have a couple of complaints:

    1) There is a bug, apparently with the keyboard. I’ve experienced it both in the native VZW text app as well as the main Google search box, so I don’t think it’s app specific. What happens is, you start typing and see the suggested words highlighted in green, but no input goes into the text field. I’ve found minimizing and maximizing the keyboard (sometimes 3 or 4 times) eventually fixes it. Very annoying. There was a software update soon after I got the phone, and I think this started happening afterwards. The current Android version is 4.4.2 and Sense version is 6.0.

    2) The clock app is not as good, IMHO, as the Samsung version. I use this as my alarm clock every day, so it’s relatively important to me. There is no way I’ve found to cancel an existing snooze aside from disabling and re-enabling the alarm. Just an extra tap, I suppose, but it just seems inelegant that there’s not a specific function for it.

    Aside from those complaints, though, I love the phone. It’s lightning fast compared to my old GS3 and the battery seems like it would last a couple of days if I let it go that long (I plug it in every night). I’m also relatively impressed with the camera. It lost out overall to the GS5 and iPhone in a Cnet comparison I watched, and my experience has been relatively similar to their test results. Where the camera shines, though, is indoor group shots with a flash, which is what I’ll use it for 90% of the time. If I’m outside doing something I want to record, I’ll have my Canon Powershot anyway. Where I’m most likely to use the phone camera is at dinner or some other indoor activity with family and friends. The GS5’s flash apparently turns everything blue, so that would have been a bad choice for me.

  • Kurt Stecker

    what is the cost for the hot spot feature for my HTC One® (M8).

  • Joey

    Does anyone have bluetooth issues. My last android I had spazed out while using gps I get a phone call and it kept losing connection with the headset. Has anyone tried testing the stability of the phone and os?

  • Filo

    There are many light scratches already show after a week old on camera lens. BOOO!!!. AND I JUST don’t throw the phone around I been careful with it and it seems in avoidable. And to think I made these photos with my nexus5 I have owned since November. And not a hairline scratch at all.

  • Filo

    Well ALREADY HAVE A LIGHT SCRATCH ON THE LENS OF THE HTC M8. I thought it was a sapphire glass??? What the Heck HTC???. ONLY HAD FOR A WEEK AND THINKING OF RETURNING FOR GOOD…. WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT THUS FAR.so it’s obvious it isn’t sapphire while it has a yellow hue to the glass. best get a protective case if anyone plans on buying this thing.

  • Smartss

    I’ve been in love with my M7 (converted to GPE) since day one. I said I wasn’t going to purchase another phone until it dies… Today I found myself ordering one and I can’t wait to get it. The bad part is I have to wait until next Thursday for it to arrive.

  • PoisonApple31

    Hope you HTC One M8 owners don’t have a lock screen and kids using your phone! http://phandroid.com/2014/03/31/htc-one-m8-security-video/ – haha

  • technewsfilter

    Can anyone comment on how useful the external storage is? I used to have an HTC Desire with a 16GB card in it but many things couldn’t be installed onto or executed from the SD card so I was constantly constrained by the internal memory on the phone which was frustrating. Would I still have this issue with the HTC One M8? If I will then I want the 32GB model but if a large SD card and a 16GB model will work just fine then I’d stick with that.

    • fakegramita

      sorry, can’t answer your question about executing things directly from the card (although you should be able to install APKs). But just curious- how much internal memory did your phone have? I guess I don’t download a whole lot of large games or anything, but the only things that really cause me to run out of space on my gnex is keeping too much media (videos, music, podcasts etc) on it, and all of those things could easily be saved to/consumed from external storage.

      • technewsfilter

        The HTC Desire only had about 200mb of internal storage free for apps. It was rubbish. But tell me, can you save your photos and video to the external storage? Can Facebook and email run from external storage? What about other popular photo or video based apps? These are the things that consume my space usually. Thanks for any advice on this.

        • fakegramita

          Just want to be clear that I’m not an authority on this, so someone might have differnet info for you. But from what I could find with a bit of googling, people were saying that while it’s possible on some phones/android versions without rooting, in the case of the M8 it sounds like it would need to be rooted. If you do a google search you can find a few methods that claim to work with other devices (as well as Apps that add that functionality), but it sounds like those may not work on the M8.

          For pictures/video/music I know you can save it to the sd card by default though. I wouldn’t claim to have a whole lot of apps- maybe the average is higher than what I have, but on my phone I’m barely using more than 2GB for apps (32GB phone with no external storage). I would imagine with a large SD card for media, 16GB would be more than enough for just the OS + Apps. I’m always a fan of more storage when I can afford it though 🙂

    • Filo

      So far I was able to load music and videos haven’t tried documents yet. But I.bought a SanDisk 32gb ULTRA card with the high data rate transmission.SO FAR IT’S DOING WHAT I NEED IT FOR. MY phone it’s the 32gb. From ATT. I PREORDERED ONLINE

  • Weston Clark

    I agree the phone may be too tall. I miss the side power button from my Galaxy Nexus. I can’t naturally reach the top button without doing the “shimmy”. However, the double tap option helps to remedy this.

  • M.J. Naser

    I have had a boat load of devices over the past year including the original HTC One, LG G2, Nexus 5, Moto X, and Galaxy Note 3.

    Stock android will always have a soft spot in my heart, so I have to keep a Nexus close. But as my main device, I dont think I have ever had such a well rounded, practically perfect device. I am super excited to support HTC again as I feel getting rid of the first HTC One was a big mistake.

    Boom Sound is just crazy as usual, 5 inch screens are just the perfect viewing size and the battery life has been great for a flagship.

    The front facing camera takes incredible selfies that you’ll wanna actually take now lol. The back UltraPixel Camera is such a fast shooter you cant even tell if you’ve even taken the picture or not.

    I am in love with HTC Sense, it is so flat and well put together. HTC has thought of many great features to add to there already practically perfect HTC One, and this purchase really makes me forget about the other devices. I think I will keeping this one 🙂 (P.S. Along with my Nexus 5)

  • Bob Smith

    Coming from a Galaxy Nexus, this thing flies. Besides updates and messing with it a bit today, the battery is at ~75% and I pulled it off the charger last night. Wow. Love the speakers. 2 things: Your WiFi password has to be 9 characters or less. Bug in the firmware. Second, I didn’t realize tethering was such a pain on 4.4. FoxFi doesn’t work. Only USB or bluetooth tether. I am really sick of Verizon for this. I have 4GB of bandwidth per month. Let me use it how I want!

    It really has a nice feel in the hand. Now, I just have to figure out how to carry it with me. I normally get a holster, but I haven’t found a decent one yet that I like.

    • fakegramita

      If you still have your galaxy nexus would you mind posting a couple of photos comparing the camera? The ages of the phones are far apart enough that I can’t find any comparisons. In the comparisons with newer phones I saw the M8 looked so much worse by comparison it’s almost made me change my mind about buying it, but the gnex is not great either so if it’s at least better I might still want to go with the M8.

    • PoisonApple31

      I’m curious about your tethering comment. Are you just saying you prefer to use FoxFi over the built in Mobile Hotspot feature on your M8?

      • Bob Smith

        It might be a Verizon thing, but FoxFi doesn’t work on the M8. And, I don’t have the share-everything plan, so to activate the built-in hotspot stuff, Verizon charges $20 per month. When I get to do a survey, this will be my big gripe. It’s built into the OS, but Verizon blocks it. Even on a limited plan.

        • PoisonApple31

          According to the FoxFi website, it would seem that KitKat broke the app functionality. It’s interesting that you would still get charged $20 for tethering after the lawsuit again Verizon. It was my understanding they could only charge extra for hotspot for the unlimited data users, not tiered data or share everything plans.

          • Bob Smith

            The lawsuit was that they couldn’t block 3rd part apps that did tethering. The trick here is they aren’t blocking FoxFi or any other 3rd party apps that could provide tethering. It almost looks like Google is helping them by breaking 3rd party apps (that you can install) at the OS level.

  • Michael swaim

    ok, to set the record straight for those of us that have had A big phone such as the DNA, note series, lg optimus series or g2. the HTC One m8 its really feeling pretty good in the hand compare it to these other devices.

  • Pam Oakea

    I totally love this phone! Have had it for nearly two days and it’s by far a better phone than my S4. Sense 6 is so clean and intuitive with useful software and gestures. If I have the phone in a stand at my desk the gestures work. My S4 feels like a cheap toy compared to my gun metal M8. Oh and I love Blink feed too…. Very customizable.

  • MaroonR

    I came from a droid razr maxx, so for me this was a substantial upgrade in both performance and size. The phone *is* super tall. Reaching that power button is difficult even for me, and my hands are enormous. I like it then, that HTC put in the gesture stuff. Double tapping the screen is super convenient.

    I’ve a lot of comments about fitting it into your front pocket. I wear reasonable pants that have little to no ‘bagginess’ and the phone by itself sits extremely comfortably in my front pocket, so much so that I forget it’s there, likely because of the curved back.

    The camera blows. It’s great for taking artsy shots of you and your bffs but if you’re a regular 28 year old male like me, you might feel the camera is a little lackluster. Honestly it’s to the point that I almost can’t believe it. We’ve all read the articles about how 4 ultra pixels isn’t enough but it seems to me that htcs camera software adds a lot of noise in an attempt to cover up for lack of detail, which looks awful. If the noise could go, I’d consider it acceptable. Everything else is great. Duo is implemented perfectly. It almost works too well.

    Engadget reported that it’s a slippery phone. I agree. The finish is really nice, so nice that operating with one hand can feel hazardous. I haven’t gotten a case, and my hands haven’t adjusted, so both are probably factors in that opinion.

    Otherwise it’s great though. BoomSound is still amazing. I can finally hear people on the phone over speaker, and my alarm always wakes me up (it’s slightly terrifying sometimes). Really don’t see how you could go wrong with this phone. I was afraid of battery life being an issue (read: I came from a razr maxx which has awesome battery life) but it’s great too. I easily make it all day.

  • Charles

    I just wish you could double tap screen off. I hate the power button on top. With tall phone and small hands, i have to shimmy to get to power button. Double tap off would solve. Other than that, I’m in love with it. Camera shutter is instant! Build quality is far better than S4, G2 I had. Glad i decided on M8 and not S5.

  • MrMota

    Great build quality. Sense 6 seems to be cleaner than previous iterations here is hoping future releases don’t take a step back. Future proof specs, gorilla glass 3, right screen size for my hand, amazing sound, and the build quality finally convinced me to retire my old work horse Verizon Galaxy Nexus. The G-Nex was the last Samsung phone I could stomach. Samsung’s skin is so intrusive and for me it along with their build quality negates the positives of their phones. Motorola has been on the right track with some of their Kevlar phones like Droid Maxx and Moto X. I here a lot of complaints of the camera, but I have to say it isn’t to bad for a quick pic. If I’m going to a family or social gathering that I want properly recorded I make sure to pack my DSLR’s. I’m not a super heavy user, but I am at 24 hrs with google maps, pictures, surfing, email, some phone calls and here I am at 54%. So far for me this phone was worth the 100 bucks I pad for it.

  • Filo

    I got mine Friday so far it’s ok. Compared to my nexus 5, the build material on HTC is totally awesome. Camera on the outer hand I think my nexus5 is better.especially when zooming in.however I just can’t seem to get the IR blaster o work anyone experience this? I followed the prompts to do a manual setup and it recognizes my remote but when pointed to tv I get nothing. Anyone anyone???

  • JimmyJam

    Very responsive. Nice to find out that it has facial recognition unlock!

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  • chris125

    I played with this and the s5 at an att store and I actually felt the s5 felt better in hand and overall around device. The one felt slippery with the metal finish and the s5 just felt more natural in hand which was surprising.

  • doublestack1

    Got the device on the 25th. So far I like it better that the Droid Maxx; although the screen is smaller (unpleasant surprise).

    I also have the One Max which I happen to love. I wish the M8 had the task button option to second as the menu button. Doesn’t make sense why the eliminated that option in Sense 6.

    Voice quality is good via handset. I have noticed bluetooth calling is not as clear as the One Maxx, Droid Maxx or iPhone 5 in my vehicle.

    The device fits in my front pocket without issue. The tallness that seems to bother some folks is a non-issue for me

  • Aaron Brodsky

    Had the phone for 3 days now. Got my wife too. It is tall, but 77he swipe or double tap to wake makes it a non issue for me. I had the M7 before, and the battery life was my biggest gripe. The M8 battery is amazing. I went 7a.m.-10pm yesterday and still had 38% left when I put it on the charger. That was with almost 4 hrs screen on time! Amazing! Easily twice the m7’s battery life or better. And Sense 6 is great. I think I actually like it better than stock Android now.

    I also love Do Not Disturb. I was using an app called Agent for the same thing, but now it’s built in.

    My wife is coming from an SGS3 and thinks it’s a bit big, but is really liking it so far.

    Hands down the best phone I’ve ever had.