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4 things you'll love about HTC's One (M8) - and 4 you won't

Al Sacco | April 23, 2014
These days, it seems like every new smartphone is packed with "must-see" new features, often with clever names, meant to set it apart from all the other devices on the market. Those features frequently prove to be less than useful over time. The brand new HTC One (M8) is no different.

HTC also deserves credit for selling a Developer Edition HTC One (M8) for people who prefer Google's "pure" Android software to its HTC Sense customized version. (Samsung also offers a developer edition of its Galaxy S4 smartphone and is expected to eventually offer a Galaxy S5 Developer Edition.)

What You Won't Love About the HTC One (M8)

1) "Duo Camera" is "Diso-pointing"

The single most unfortunate thing about the HTC One (M8) is its camera.

The device has a rear-facing 4MP Duo Camera with "UltraPixel" technology that uses two different lenses that allow it to detect and calculate the relative distance of subjects in the image."(Sounds cool, right? Well, except for the measly 4MP...)

It doesn't take long at all to realize that, while the camera works fairly well in dimly-lit environments and has a bunch of bells and whistles, the quality of photos captured in bright light or outside in the sun leaves a lot to be desired. Specifically, the color balance of photos taken in bright surroundings is poor and washed out.

Compared to other high-end smartphone cameras, the HTC One (M8) digital shooter doesn't stack up. That's a shame — the camera is one of the most important features for many smartphone owners today.

While the camera app offers a number of cool editing features and modes, and is well designed, the quality of the camera itself really reduces its overall value.

2) HTC Sense-less

Remember those "must-see" smartphone features that prove to be less than useful over time? Yeah, that pretty much sums up the bulk of HTC Sense, which is packed with gestures and other features that sound a lot cooler than they really are.

Of course, you can disable or hide most of the intrusive HTC Sense features, such as HTC's BlinkFeed, which aims to deliver a variety of relevant content on a home screen panel but really just overloads you with information when you might not want or need it.

Many HTC users have mixed feelings about Sense, and not all users feel the way I do, but all the gimmicky features just seem unnecessary. (I also feel mostly the same about Samsung's TouchWiz Android skin.)

3) Tricky Memory Card Slot

As mentioned previously, I really like the HTC One (M8) hardware and design. I do have a relatively minor complaint, though.

I appreciate how HTC included memory card support in the One (M8). The device supports microSD cards up to 128GB. However, you need to use a tiny HTC tool that comes with the phone to pop the slot out, which is not ideal. The tool is shaped like a micro SIM car with a tiny metal pin protruding from its base. It's both awkward and very easy to misplace.

 

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