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Five reasons to avoid the HTC One (M8) smartphone

Nermin Bajric | April 7, 2014
While it has an abundance of improvements, HTC’s flagship does have some pitfalls

No vanilla Android version
Bad news for Australian consumers: while HTC has confirmed there will be a version of the HTC One (M8) with the stock version of Google's Android mobile operating system, it said it has no plans for selling the model locally. This means importing is the only option.

Screenshots of the HTC One (M8) Sense 6 interface.
Screenshots of the HTC One (M8) Sense 6 interface.

That said, HTC's Sense 6 user interface is clean and probably sits between Sony's simply user interface overlay and Samsung's overly-congested TouchWiz. Most day-to-day users will be happy with what it has to offer, particularly in terms of the sensor-based gestures which make day-to-day use a pleasure. At the same time, it would be good to have the option to completely remove some of the applications which don't cater for all users rather than just disabling them.

Tinkerers, developers and power-users who want the full grunt of the hardware without the cluster of gimmicks and novelties will have to buy from overseas or stick to the Google Nexus 5. ROMing is an option, but is bound to void your warranty.

 

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