The HTC One M8 is the stuff of tech fans' dreams. With an UltraPixel camera, a lavish five-inch screen and the quality aluminium construction for which HTC's phones are renowned, this is a strong contender for the year's best handset.
HTC doesn’t ‘do’ cheap-feeling smartphones. So it comes as no surprise that the HTC One M8 is every inch the premium mobile phone. Featuring a wraparound unibody frame that’s 90% metal and curved to sit neatly in your palm, it feels great and looks great too.
But although this smartphone is super sleek at 9.35mm thin, it’s brimming with amazing specs and features. Nowhere is that more evident than the outstanding UltraPixel Duo Camera.
Because it captures 300% more light, you can expect snaps with brilliant colours, as well as fantastic results in challenging low-light conditions. The UFocus feature is amazing too. This lets you bring objects into focus before or after taking a photo for complete control of your images.
Want to take panoramic photos? That’s no problem with the One M8 Pan 360 function. And if want to get creative, there are 12 effects you can apply to your images or mini movies.
Stellar camera capabilities are just the start of what makes it such a great smartphone, though. The One M8 is also an entertainment powerhouse, with its pin-sharp five-inch screen meaning it’s great for watching movies or gaming while you’re on the move.
And the BoomSound speakers just enhance the experience. In a revolutionary move, these are positioned at the front of the handset and serve up rich, full sound thanks to built-in amps and anti-distortion software. And because the speakers go up to 95dB, they’re brilliant for playing music to your friends too.
Customisation is another strong suit. HTC’s BlinkFeed software lets you set up your homescreen so you receive up to the minute news about whatever interests you, as well as social media updates to keep you in the loop wherever you are.
Other standout features of this superb handset include Sense TV for controlling your TV with your handset, Android 4.4 KitKat, a choice of tens of thousand of apps and games from Google Play, a handy power-saving mode and long-life battery.
To store apps and games, HTC has provided 16GB of internal storage and there’s scope to boost capacity further by adding a microSD card.