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Five reasons to buy the HTC One (M8) smartphone

Nermin Bajric | April 8, 2014
Last week we published five reasons to avoid the new HTC One (M8) smartphone, intended as forward-thinking criticisms to urge further refinement to an evolutionary product. For the few negatives, the HTC One (M8) has at least double the positives. In layman's terms, it's a great smartphone, and this will contribute further to HTC's ability to win customers from its big-name rivals. Here are our top five reasons to buy HTC's new flagship Android smartphone.

Last week we published five reasons to avoid the new HTC One (M8) smartphone, intended as forward-thinking criticisms to urge further refinement to an evolutionary product which built on the success of its predecessor, the One (M7). But for the few negatives, it has at least double the positives. In layman's terms, it's a great smartphone, and this will contribute further to HTC's ability to win customers from its big-name rivals. Here are our top five reasons to buy the HTC One (M8).

Gestures

HTC's 'Motion Launch' gestures make the One (M8) significantly more convenient to use. The capability provides quick access to a set of predetermined features straight from the lock screen while the display is turned off.

As the prompt shows, swiping in a certain direction will launch a software feature.

A double-tap with your finger turns on the screen (which is especially useful due to the tall form factor of the smartphone); swiping left launches the widget panel; swiping right launches BlinkFeed; swiping down triggers the ability to call via voice command (which also works with the Dot View case); swiping up unlocks the phone or brings up the key/pattern-pad for security. Additionally, tipping the device into landscape mode and pressing the volume up button will open the camera app.

Note that if you use a security code (PIN, pattern, password, and so on), it must still be entered to access any of these. The exception is the camera, which can take photos while the One (M8) is locked, but photos cannot be viewed. There is also an option to bypass the lock feature when using the call command gesture, meaning you can simply swipe down, say "Call _____", and the phone will dial for you without prompting you to unlock the unit.

Unfortunately, HTC does not allow you to reprogram these gestures to launch apps of your choosing, but we hope to see the option included in a future update of the software. For example, it would be good to be able to replace the likes of BlinkFeed with perhaps email or messaging when swiping right.

Battery life

HTC has included a 2600 milliamp-hour (mAh) battery inside the One (M8). While the size itself isn't anything special, its life definitely is. During our testing period, we easily managed to get through a full day of use with about 30 per cent remaining. This included a lot of social networking and messaging, some video streaming, local music playback, Internet browsing over 4G and Wi-Fi, some calling, and a bit of photography.

When we activated the Power Saver mode, the phone lasted even longer. We also downloaded the Qualcomm Battery Guru app to help things along, which contributed to an even greater battery life.

 

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