The HTC One 2013, or widely known as the HTC One M7 was one of the best Android Smartphone of 2013. Even though the Smartphones market did not welcome the HTC One M7 the way it should have been, the device was critically acclaimed and received many awards for its quality and performance, and is still winning today. The 2014 Android flagship Smartphone from HTC was something we all have been waiting eagerly for.
We all wanted to see how HTC could improve the HTC One M7, which is claimed the best Android Smartphone yet. Well, finally the HTC One M8 is out and, its reviews are out as well. But how does it stack up to its predecessor? That’s what we are going to find out in this review today.
HTC One M8 vs HTC One M7:
The first major difference between these two Smartphones are their hardware specifications itself. The HTC One M7 came with a set of hardware specifications that was the top in 2013, such as 1.7 GHz quad core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 4.7 inch 1080p Full-HD display and a non-removable 2300 mAh battery.
Whereas the HTC One M8 of 2014 comes with a bleeding edge Snapdragon 801 quad core processor clocked at 2.3 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, 5 inch 1080p Full-HD display and a 2600 mAh non removable battery.
The improvements of the HTC One M8 over the HTC One M7 may not be drastic, but the HTC One M8 covers at least some of the flaws that users pointed out with the HTC One M7. Such as the inclusion of a MicroSD card slot, improvements to HTC BoomSound, HTC Zoe, HTC Blinkfeed and the overall UI experience as well.
The HTC One M8 does make a pretty big deal when it comes to camera resolution, pretty much as its predecessor. The 4 MP [or ultrapixel] camera found on the HTC One M7 made many people go for better options than the HTC One M7. The camera performance was not bad. The HTC Ultrapixel technology backed up by the addition of the OIS [Optical Image Stabilization] at least helped the Smartphone to compete considerably well back then. Yet, many people claimed that HTC simply ruined the HTC One M7 by putting in a “BAD” camera, what otherwise would have been the perfect Android Smartphone many have been waiting for.
We all expected HTC to correct this mistake with the HTC One M8. And once the pictures of the two rear camera lens of the HTC One M8 started to leak, we all expected something big. Well, to keep all of us still disappointed, HTC brings back the old 4 MP [ultrapixel] camera back with the HTC One M8 with the OIS removed [yeah, you heard me right] and by including the HTC DuoCamera technology. Basically, the DuoCamera feature is where the dedicated second imaging sensor [above the primary rear camera] measures the depth of field on every photo you take and hence later allows you to add interesting photo effects to the pictures you capture, such as the “Bokeh” effect. However, this does not bring any improvement in the overall picture quality of the HTC One M8’s camera.
The camera is an average performer, and will not amaze you with its shots, like most of the other Android Smartphones out there. The shots it takes are quite sharp and clear and is sufficient enough for your Facebook or Twitter shares. However, as you crop in the image, the lower MP count really starts to show off as the image tends to be grainier.
If you liked the HTC One M7 and was waiting to see what HTC would spill on the tables on 2014, then you’ll pretty much love the HTC One M8. Well, apart from the slightly disappointing [or rather over-expected] camera, everything has been improved [even though not innovated] in the HTC One M8. The HTC Sense UI, BoomSound, Zoe and all single feature you found in the HTC One M7 has been improved. If the camera did not matter, then the HTC One M8 can be easily termed the best Smartphone of 2014, pretty much like its predecessor.