One (M8) http://www.stuff.tv/htc/one-plus/videos en-GB HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2-weigh/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Two flagship smartphones, but which would we buy? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The HTC One (M8) (left) and Sony Xperia Z2" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-xperia-z2-vs-htc-one-m8.jpg?1397736139" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>About a month ago, when the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8)</a> was announced, we pitched it against Sony&rsquo;s forthcoming <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">Xperia Z2</a> in a spec face-off. </p> <p>Our conclusion? It&rsquo;d be a mighty close call between the two, but on paper at least the Z2 looked the better phone. </p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dressed to impress </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Line these two up side by side and it&rsquo;s clear you&rsquo;ve wandered into Premium Phone Town. There&rsquo;s very little plastic on display at all, with both phones crafted almost entirely from metal and glass.</p> <p>Of course the same was true of their predecessors, and the fact is neither of these phones represents a huge tearing up of the rule book. In the case of the M8, there&rsquo;s 20% more metal used in the body, a nice burnished finish and slightly more rounded corners. It&rsquo;s also a fair bit taller on account of its newly embiggened 5in screen, but it&rsquo;s otherwise much the same design that we fell in love with on the HTC One. No bad thing that.</p> <p>The Sony Xperia Z2 has less in common with the Xperia Z1 than the One (M8) does with the One, but Sony&rsquo;s phones still bear a strong family resemblance: as with the M8, the Z2 blends glass and metal near-seamlessly, and like its forebear it&rsquo;s fully sealed against water and dust &ndash; you can take the Z2 into the shower or bathtub with you for up to 30 minutes and it will not mind one little bit.</p> <p>Despite its slightly larger screen (5.2in to 5in), the Z2 is a fair bit skinnier than the HTC One (M8) at just 8.2mm in depth (to 9.4mm). But while admirably svelte, the Z2&rsquo;s angular form makes it a bit of a pain to hold and anyone lacking bear paws should resign themselves to two-handed use here.</p> <p>Looks-wise, both phones are handsome in their own way, but to our tastes the M8 is the more attractive of the two. And although the M8&rsquo;s extra height makes it harder to hold than the original One, it&rsquo;s still a lot easier to handle than the Z2.</p> <p><strong>Winner: HTC One (M8)</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8/feature">Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The HTC One (M8) is quite the looker" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-back-front.jpg?1397736139" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1889" height="1417" title="The sleek Xperia Z2" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-xperia-z2.jpg?1397736139" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Full HD has firmly established itself as the minimum standard display resolution for flagship smartphones, and both the Sony Xperia Z2 and HTC One (M8) offer screens with 1920 x 1080 pixels. The One (M8) has a 5in display, while the Xperia Z2 offers a 5.2in screen. That makes the (M8)&rsquo;s pixel density slightly higher (441 to 424ppi), but you&rsquo;d have to have the eyes of a hawk to see any real difference in sharpness deriving from that.</p> <p>In use, the One (M8)&rsquo;s screen is sharp with &ldquo;satisfyingly vibrant&rdquo; colours and excellent off-axis viewing angles. Full HD movies look excellent too and try as we might, we can&rsquo;t find anything negative to say about it.</p> <p>The Z2&rsquo;s screen is every bit as special in most situations, with wonderfully vivid colours, superb contrast and crisp text. Viewing angles are much improved over the Z1, too, with nothing given away to the HTC in that regard. Ultimately, both screens are as close to flawless as makes no difference, so we&rsquo;re calling this one a tie.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review">Android 4.5 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Z2&#039;s screen now has better viewing angles" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-screen.jpg?1397736139" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The M8&#039;s screen is a cracker too" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-screen.jpg?1397736139" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A tale of two lenses (or rather five) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony has a long history of producing cracking good cameraphones, and the Z2 is its best yet. It has a 20.7MP sensor that&rsquo;s physically large (1/2.3in in size), giving it excellent light-gathering capabilities, and the camera also features a Background Defocus mode, which takes two shots and merges them together to give the impression of a short depth of field.</p> <p>On the video front, it can record 4K footage (at a resolution of 3840 x 2160) or 120fps 720p footage for super slo-mo playback. Plus, SteadyShot image stabilisation helps videos look rock solid even when your hands aren&rsquo;t.</p> <p>The results are often incredible, rivalling those you&rsquo;d get from decent compact cameras; only <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia-lumia-1020/review">Nokia&rsquo;s Lumia 1020</a> gives it any real competition as far as smartphones go. Admittedly, it&rsquo;s not the easiest camera for a novice to use, and the Superior Auto mode doesn&rsquo;t always give you perfect results. But learn to get the best from it and you&rsquo;ll reap the rewards.</p> <p>HTC has also put a lot of effort into the One (M8)&rsquo;s photo and video skills, but it&rsquo;s taken an entirely different approach to the Sony. As with the original One, the rear camera uses a sensor with bigger &lsquo;UltraPixel&rsquo; sites, but fewer megapixels - a mere 4MP, like the original One. What it means is that low light images are less noisy and sharper, but also that you can&rsquo;t zoom in to crop your shots without them looking blocky.</p> <p>Still, an iPhone 5s-style dual LED flash helps deliver more natural-looking skin tones and, most interestingly, there&rsquo;s a second rear camera that captures &lsquo;depth information&rsquo;; this essentially allows you to refocus shots after you&rsquo;ve taken them (a little like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lytro/review">Lytro camera</a>). As far as video goes, there&rsquo;s 1080p but no 4K. </p> <p>On the front-facing camera, er, front, the One (M8)&rsquo;s has a 5MP sensor and 1080p video capabilities, while the Xperia Z2&rsquo;s has a 2.2MP sensor, also compatible with 1080p. So if you&rsquo;re a selfie addict, the M8 has an advantage here. </p> <p>Overall though, the Z2 is the clear winner here. In low light the HTC just pips it, but in almost every other situation the Sony leaves its rival in the dust. </p> <p><strong>Winner: Sony Xperia Z2</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/10-best-apps-htc-one-m8/feature">The 10 best apps for the HTC One (M8)</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8)&#039;s dual lens rear camera" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-dual-cameras.jpg?1397736139" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The Sony Xperia Z2 camera app" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-camera_1.jpg?1397736139" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Peak Performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both the Sony Xperia Z2 and HTC One (M8) feature a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 running at 2.3GHz, but Sony pairs it with 3GB of RAM while HTC has plumped for 2GB.</p> <p>That might suggest that the Z2 will be the more powerful of the two, but in our tests there was very little to choose between them. The HTC One (M8) scored 36,149 in our AnTuTu benchmark test while the Z2 managed 32,504 - not really enough of a difference to worry about.</p> <p>The fact is, these are the two most powerful phones we&rsquo;ve ever tested. Both tear through HD movies and graphics-heavy games, both will do you proud in day to day use. That said, we did suffer the odd stutter when testing the Z2, and we also noticed it heating up when shooting 4K video. The problem was severe enough to make our handset quit shooting on occasion, and for that reason we&rsquo;re going to award this round to the HTC. But it&rsquo;s a close thing.</p> <p><strong>Winner: HTC One (M8)</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature">Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z2 being put through its paces" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-elysium.jpg?1397736139" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8) showing AnTuTu" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 AnTuTu" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-antutu.jpg?1397736139" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power to spare </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Stamina is another area where the Z2 looked better on paper but can&#39;t quite best the M8 in the real world.</p> <p>It has a far bigger battery - 3200mAh to the HTC&rsquo;s 2600mAh - but also a bigger screen to power and the net result is that neither is noticeably better than the other. Both have impressive battery-saving modes, both will last a day&rsquo;s general use, both still lag way behind the class leader, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review">LG G2</a>.</p> <p>All of which means that this round is another draw.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g2/htc-one-m8-vs-lg-g2/feature">HTC One (M8) vs LG G2</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Both phones have excellent battery-saving modes" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-photos-screen_2.png?1397736139" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Blink or you&#039;ll miss it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both phones use Android 4.4 KitKat for their operating system, but each has its manufacturer&rsquo;s own touches applied.</p> <p>In the case of the HTC One (M8), that means the new Sense 6.0 interface - which builds on previous versions by improving BlinkFeed, HTC&rsquo;s &lsquo;social reader&rsquo;. Now BlinkFeed was already a very tasty bit of software, aggregating your social media feeds and favourite news sources into one scrollable, magazine-style format. Previously sources were limited to official partners, but now you can add any site with an RSS feed and the software also learns which sites you like best and thus prioritises them.</p> <p>Other nice touches include the ability to turn on the screen by tapping it twice, or to swipe from various sides to go straight into BlinkFeed, your last-opened app or your home screen.</p> <p>Sony traditionally goes for a more hands-off approach when skinning Android, but it has made a few tweaks for the Z2. One of these is a Smart Backlight feature, which automatically turns off the screen when you&rsquo;re no longer looking at it - good news for battery life. As with the One (M8) you can also wake the phone with a simple double-tap.</p> <p>Truth be told, there&rsquo;s not much between the two here, but we&rsquo;re so enamoured with BlinkFeed that the HTC triumphs again. Given that the app will soon be available to download on all Android devices, we might have to revisit this category in the near future.</p> <p><strong>Winner: HTC One (M8)</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/ultimate-setup-htc-one-m8/feature">The best cases, headphones and accessories for the HTC One (M8)</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The superb BlinkFeed in action" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-blinkfeed_0.jpg?1397736139" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A sound choice </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As far as features go, neither phone can compete with the multi-talented <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5</a>. Fortunately for them, that handset&rsquo;s not part of this test, so they needn&rsquo;t worry about it.</p> <p>Instead, they can be content with matching each other by both packing the usual likes of NFC and Bluetooth and trumping the competition with their really rather good front speakers. The HTC&rsquo;s are louder, the Sony&rsquo;s slightly better sounding. Neither quite does enough to take the round though, so it&rsquo;s another tie.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Both phones also have excellent speakers" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-build-front_2.jpg?1397736139" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Much as the Z2 might have looked like the better phone on specs alone, when we came to test both handsets it was clear that the M8 is the one we&rsquo;d want to live with.</p> <p>That said, there&rsquo;s not a huge amount between them, and personal preference will play a big part in determining which is best for you. If a top quality camera with bags of versatility is a must, the Z2 is the better bet. Conversely, if the design flair and charm of BlinkFeed float your boat, you&rsquo;ll want to shell out for the M8.</p> <p>For us, the Sony is just a bit too awkward to handle, the M8 a more desirable phone to own and use on a daily basis. For that reason we&rsquo;re giving the overall nod to the HTC.</p> <p><strong>Winner: HTC One (M8)</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The 10 best smartphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="And the winner is..." alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z-vs-htc-one-m8_0.png?1397736139" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2-weigh/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> HTC One (M8) Smartphones Sony Xperia Z2 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:02:21 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1434214 at http://www.stuff.tv Cheaper plastic HTC One M8 could be on the way http://www.stuff.tv/htc/cheaper-plastic-htc-one-m8-could-be-way/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The One M8 could be getting a wallet-friendly sidekick </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Would you ditch the plastic for a smaller price tag?" alt="Cheaper plastic HTC One M8 could be on the way" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/HTC_One_M8-review-blinkfeed-2.jpg?1397527176" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One M8 is</a> currently Stuff&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">best smartphone in the world</a>, and HTC looks set to spread the M8 love even further with a cheaper plastic variant.</p> <p>According to Chinese site TMTpost&#39;s source, the Taiwanese tech giant is planning to release a plastic-clad version of the HTC One (M8) which will be substantially cheaper than the M8 at around US$480 or &pound;290.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/cheaper-plastic-htc-one-m8-could-be-way/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/htc/cheaper-plastic-htc-one-m8-could-be-way/news#comments HTC One (M8) Smartphones Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:31:31 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1435427 at http://www.stuff.tv Ultimate setup: HTC One (M8) http://www.stuff.tv/htc/ultimate-setup-htc-one-m8/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The M8 is already our favourite smartphone in the world - but you can make it even better by teaming it with these cases, headphones and accessories </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The M8 is a lovely phone, but that doesn&#039;t mean you can&#039;t make it better..." alt="The best cases, headphones, accessories for HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/M8_PerRight_GunMetal.jpg?1397697435" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>How do you improve upon perfection? By taking perfection down the shops with you, and treating it to the full complement of accessories including headphones, a case and stereo dock.</p> <p>But wait! You can&#39;t just buy any old kit for a phone such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8)</a> - it&#39;s too beautiful to be teamed with anything that&#39;s less than beautiful itself, for starters. Plus, to get the best out of it you&#39;re going to want gear that&#39;ll take full advantage of the M8&#39;s key features.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/joe-minihane" title="View user profile.">Joe Minihane</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fitbit Flex </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fitness wristbands are about as ubiquitous as Man United defeats these days. But the Fitbit Flex and the HTC One (M8) have a special relationship.</p> <p>Simply snag the official Fitbit app, key in your details and get moving. Once you do, the Flex will track the distance you cover and calories you burn, serving up &lsquo;awards&rsquo; badges directly into your new phone&rsquo;s BlinkFeed social media aggregator. A clever little hook up that means you can always keep track of your fitness. Or lack of it.</p> <p><strong>&pound;80, <a href="http://www.fitbit.com/uk/store" target="_blank">buy the Fitbit Flex here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/top-ten">The 10 best wearable gadgets in the world</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The HTC One (M8) has Fitbit integration" alt="The best cases, headphones, accessories for HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Fitbit-Flex.jpg?1397697435" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pioneer SC–1223 K AV Receiver </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The HTC One (M8) comes laden with AV features. Prime among them is HTC Connect, which lets you seamlessly connect to a slew of compatible audio kit for easy streaming of your tunes. Pioneer&rsquo;s superb SC&ndash;1223 K is one such product, a supremely featured amplifier that&#39;ll make your mobile-shackled tracks sound stunning - and all at the touch of a button. Because while the M8&#39;s built-in speakers are very decent, your Spotify playlists are always going to sound better through a proper system. Just add speakers for audio excellence.</p> <p><strong>&pound;450, <a href="http://www.petertyson.co.uk/ebuttonz/ebz_product_pages/pioneer_sc-1223.shtml?googlecpc&amp;gclid=CPqdwp232L0CFanjwgodoqMANA" target="_blank">buy the Pioneer SC&ndash;1223 K AV Receiver here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="This Pioneer works seamlessly with HTC Connect" alt="The best cases, headphones, accessories for HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Pioneer-1223.jpg?1397467648" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC One (M8) Dot View Cover HC M100 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Getting overly excited about smartphone covers is a sure sign that you&rsquo;re more than a little bit hardcore. But the simple fact is that the official Dot Cover for the One (M8) is the coolest one we&rsquo;ve ever seen. Why? Well, it&#39;s more than just a phone protector. Double tap it to get weather and time info, cleverly displayed through the dot patterns on the cover, as well as message and call notifications. And because it only uses a small portion of the screen, notifications won&#39;t drain battery life to the extent that they might.</p> <p><strong>&pound;35, <a href="http://shop.emea.htc.com/uk/p_htc_store_product.aspx?i=258559" target="_blank">buy the HTC One (M8) Dot View Cover here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/10-best-apps-htc-one-m8/feature">The 10 best apps for the HTC One (M8)</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Dot View Cover is a genius idea, basically" alt="The best cases, headphones, accessories for HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-review-dot-view-case-time-weather_4.png?1397697435" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pebble Steel smartwatch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are plenty of times when you&#39;re not going to want to remove your M8 from the safety of your pocket - when it&#39;s tipping it down, for instance, or when you&#39;re walking down a dark alley in a T-shirt that says &quot;Mug me&quot;. But what happens when you feel the tell-tale buzz of a new message from deep within your jeans? The solution is to kit yourself out with a smartwatch - and as far as we&#39;re concerned, that smartwatch should be a Pebble Steel. It now has the looks to ensure it&#39;s not out of place next to the M8, will display all of your notifications on its battery-sipping E Paper screen and can even tell the time too.</p> <p><strong>&pound;150, <a href="https://getpebble.com/steel" target="_blank">buy the Pebble Steel here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4000" height="3000" title="The lovely Pebble Steel" alt="The best cases, headphones, accessories for HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pebble-steel-review-metal-strap_0.JPG?1397697435" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spotify Premium </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Seeing as the new One (M8) packs BoomSound stereo speakers that deliver 25% louder sound than those of&nbsp;its predecessor, you&rsquo;re going to want to stream heaps of tunes without the interruption of ads for second&ndash;rate movies. And in that regard, Spotify Premium remains the very best service out there. A mere &pound;10 a month will let you ditch those pesky ad breaks, as well as giving you the chance to stash tracks offline on your new phone. </p> <p><strong>&pound;10/month, <a href="https://www.spotify.com/uk/#premium" target="_blank">buy Spotify premium here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/30-greatest-audiophile-albums/feature">30 essential albums for audiophiles</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Premium phone, premium tunes" alt="The best cases, headphones, accessories for HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/spotify-premium.jpg?1397697435" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SoundMagic ES20 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The M8&#39;s front speakers are excellent (did we already mention that?), but there might occasionally be times when you don&#39;t want to subject your fellow passengers to low&ndash;grade R&amp;B jams on the bus. Not many times, admittedly, but there are some. And on those rare occasions, you&#39;ll need some quality in-ear headphones. The SoundMagic ES20s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/10-best-cheap-headphones/feature">were among our pick of the 10 best cheap headphones on the planet for good reason</a>,&nbsp;offering a cosy fit with a clean and sharp sound normally found in far fancier rivals. Not bad for a mere &pound;25.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&pound;25, <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/SoundMAGIC-ES20-Sound-Isolating-Earphones/dp/B00EVSXQP8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1395319930&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=SoundMagic+ES20" target="_blank">buy SoundMagic ES20 headphones here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/headphones/top-ten">The 10 best headphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The SoundMagic ES20 - great bang for your buck" alt="The best cases, headphones, accessories for HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SoundMagic-ES20.jpg?1397382913" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Griffin Woodtones </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If in&ndash;ears aren&rsquo;t your thing, then Griffin&rsquo;s sharp Woodtones cans will be the perfect complement to the sleek design of your new phone. That wood finish will make you feel like your old man kicking back and listening to his Bowie LPs in the &#39;70s. Plus the warm, laid-back sound won&rsquo;t overwhelm when you crank up the volume.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&pound;70, <a href="http://www.planetgizmo.co.uk/Griffin-Technology-Universal-WoodTones-On-Ear-Headphones.html" target="_blank">buy Griffin Woodtones headphones here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Griffin Woodtones will look the part next to your M8" alt="The best cases, headphones, accessories for HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Griffin-Woodtones.jpg?1397697435" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC Fetch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s nothing worse than losing your keys. Well actually, there is - losing your phone. Ensure you don&#39;t lose either with HTC Fetch. This handy fob attaches to your keys (or anything else you choose) and will warn you if you stray too far from your phone. It can also be used to make your phone ring, within 15 metres, if you can&#39;t locate it - and if you misplace your keys, you can use the phone to make your Fetch buzz instead. A map function even lets you see when the two were last together, and it&#39;ll work as a shutter button for the M8&#39;s camera too.</p> <p><strong>&pound;35, <a href="http://www.htcaccessorystore.com/uk/p_htc_item.aspx?i=252282" target="_blank">buy HTC Fetch here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2958" height="2215" title="HTC Fetch could save your sanity" alt="The best cases, headphones, accessories for HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC-fetch.jpg?1397697435" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> AwoX Striimlight SL-B10 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Streaming speakers are a great addition for any smartphone. But how about one that also doubles as a lightbulb? Well AwoX&rsquo;s Striimlight does just that. It makes our list because as well as Bluetooth smarts it is also HTC Connect certified, meaning it will work seamlessly with your M8. Shove it into any lampshade, hook it up to your phone and it&rsquo;ll play tunes while lighting up your lounge. Crazy, but it might just work.</p> <p><strong>&pound;90, <a href="http://www.htcaccessorystore.com/uk/p_htc_item.aspx?i=260453&amp;phone=259879" target="_blank">buy the AwoX Striimlight here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/geek-accessories/top-ten">The 10 best geek accessories in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sound from your ceiling" alt="The best cases, headphones, accessories for HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Awox-Striimlight.jpg?1397382913" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Netflix </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The eyeball&ndash;stroking display on the One (M8) has been boosted to 5&ndash;inches, with a hefty 441 pixels per inch (ppi). That&rsquo;s a slight dip on last year&rsquo;s effort, but you&rsquo;ll struggle to tell the difference in use. A screen that good is ideal for watching movies on the move and at &pound;6 a month, a Netflix subscription is a must. Whether you&#39;re enjoying Netflix exclusives such as <em>House Of Cards</em> or catching up on classics like <em>Breaking Bad</em>, your commute just got a lot less hellish.</p> <p><strong>&pound;6/month, <a href="http://www.netflix.com" target="_blank">buy a Netflix subscription here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8/feature">HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5 - which is best?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="You&#039;ll literally never be bored again. Alright, not literally" alt="The best cases, headphones, accessories for HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Netflix.jpg?1397460460" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/ultimate-setup-htc-one-m8/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/htc/ultimate-setup-htc-one-m8/feature#comments Geek accessories Headphones HTC One (M8) Smartphones Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:55:15 +0000 Marc McLaren 1435291 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Netflix kicks off 4K service, Raspberry Pi shrinks and Hotline Miami 2 gets a trailer http://www.stuff.tv/htc/fully-charged-netflix-kicks-4k-service-raspberry-pi-shrinks-and-hotline-miami-2-gets-trailer/new <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Let our round up of the best gadget and tech news be your perfect segue into the day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="House of Cards: now in 4K" alt="House of Cards: now in 4K" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/house-of-cards_0.jpg?1397025181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Netflix starts streaming in 4K </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Netflix has kicked off its long-promised 4K streaming service, with selected material (including the second season of <em>House of Cards</em>) available in Ultra HD format. Of course, you&rsquo;ll need a 4K TV or projector to watch, as well as a decent broadband connection. Netflix&rsquo;s 4K bitrate is around 15Mbps, which isn&rsquo;t up there with the richest Ultra HD sources available &ndash; but given that it&rsquo;s available at no extra cost, we doubt many 4K telly owners will be too nit-picky about it.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/08/netflix-is-now-streaming-in-4k">TechCrunch</a>]</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 
Raspberry Pi gets even smaller </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Raspberry Pi was already one of the smallest computers around &ndash; and now it&rsquo;s even more tiny. The company just unveiled the Raspberry Pi compute module, which contains the processor and RAM of a Pi as well as 4GB of flash memory, yet measures just 67.6 x 30mm &ndash; the size of a piece of laptop RAM, in other words.</p> <p>You can read all the technical details over at Raspberry&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.raspberrypi.org/raspberry-pi-compute-module-new-product/">blog</a>.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/07/raspberry-pi-compute-module/">Engadget</a>]</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/raspberry-pi-model-b/review">Raspberry Pi Model B review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Raspberry Pi (right) and compute module (left)" alt="The Raspberry Pi (right) and compute module (left)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/raspberry-pi-compute-module.jpg?1397025181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Robert Downey Jr does another HTC promo </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Well, HTC is really trying to get its money&rsquo;s worth out of Robert Downey Jr. The <em>Iron Man</em> actor has already done his bit as &ldquo;official spokesman&rdquo; or whatever in an ad for the HTC One Max, and now he&rsquo;s back to talk about the HTC One (M8) and why it&rsquo;s so amazing. Except he doesn&rsquo;t really say why, he just acts like RDJ and says he thinks the phone is great. We think the ad is lazy but barely acceptable due to Downey&rsquo;s immense charm, but surely HTC has better ways to use him than this? Still, at least it means we get to hear Tony Stark uttering the words &ldquo;Mobile World Congress&rdquo;.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8) review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/bPNCzkTBEEs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bloody heaven! It’s a Hotline Miami 2 trailer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Time to don your animal mask, sit back and feast your eyes on the first &ldquo;proper&rdquo; trailer for <em>Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number</em>. The sequel to one of our favourite games ever made, it looks just as blood-soaked &ndash; if not more so, thanks to the addition of chainsaws and dual-wielded submachine guns &ndash; than the original, while promising the same incredibly difficult but addictive-as-Pringles gameplay. It&rsquo;s due out in the third quarter of 2014.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/best-games-ever-20-greatest-games-all-time/feature">Best Games Ever: the 20 greatest games of all time</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/exg_OxsaHyY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Gaming HTC Netflix One (M8) Raspberry Pi Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:32:25 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1435072 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The first two of 2014&#039;s flagship phones are here – but which should you buy? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The HTC One (M8) and Samsung Galaxy S5 square up" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-01.jpg?1397653233" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Deciding which smartphone to upgrade to is the hardest thing in the world. Seriously - it&#39;s on a par with naming your firstborn, or deciding which pizza to go for after a night on the town.</p> <p>Well, your choice just got even tougher - because the first of 2014&#39;s flagship smartphones have arrived, in the form of the&nbsp;Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8).</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DESIGN AND BUILD </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At first glance, there&#39;s only one winner here. The HTC One (M8) is a truly beautiful thing - all brushed metal, subtle curves and precision-engineered speaker grilles. It&#39;s a bigger phone than its predecessor the HTC One, and might have lost a smidgeon of design flair due to its rounded edges, but at the same time that makes it more comfortable in the hand.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Galaxy S5 could never really be described as beautiful. Striking, maybe. Practical, definitely. But not beautiful in the way that the M8 is. For starters, it&#39;s a wholly plastic affair, and while Samsung&#39;s wisely given it a nice, grippy back, it just doesn&#39;t feel like the kind of lovely <em>objet d&#39;art</em> that you&#39;ll be wanting to fondle at every opportunity. Neither is it as solid as it might be - sure, it doesn&#39;t creak in the way that the S4 did, but pump up the volume through the built-in speakers and you&#39;ll hear the back vibrating.</p> <p>Live with the phones for a few days and the Samsung closes the gap a little. The fact that it&#39;s water- and dustproof to IP67 is a major bonus given how often we drop our phone down the toilet (that&#39;ll teach us to play games when we should be, uh, attending to our business), while the removable battery could be useful on long journeys. It&#39;s also shorter than the M8 but no wider and has a bigger screen - those expertly milled speaker grilles on the HTC may look nice, but they sure do increase the bezel size.</p> <p>Overall though, we&#39;ve got to give this category to the M8. It&#39;s one of the best looking and best built phones we&#39;ve seen, and any owner of one will be proud.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: HTC One (M8)</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/10-best-apps-htc-one-m8/feature" target="_blank">10 of the best apps for the HTC One (M8)</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The HTC One (M8) is a truly beautiful thing" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/M8_PerRight_GunMetal.jpg?1397653233" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The Samsung Galaxy S5: plastic fantastic?" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s5-three-quarter_0.jpg?1397653233" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SCREEN </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ooh, this is a close one. The HTC One (M8)&#39;s had a major spec bump from the original One, getting a 5in full HD screen where its predecessor had to make do with a 4.7in effort. A pixel density of 441ppi is high enough that you really won&#39;t notice the individual pixels, and both text and icons are incredibly sharp. It&#39;s plenty bright enough, serves up vibrant colours and has excellent viewing angles, with our only minor gripe being that the palette tends a little towards the green side.</p> <p>Despite the S5&#39;s slightly smaller shell, Samsung&#39;s managed to find space for a slightly bigger 5.1in Super AMOLED display. Like the M8 it has a 1920x1080 resolution, giving it a pixel density of 432ppi; you won&#39;t notice any difference between them on that front. What you might notice is quite how bright and vibrant the S5 is - it&#39;s superb for outdoor viewing, adjusts cleverly to different lighting conditions and doesn&#39;t fade even when viewed at extreme angles.&nbsp;</p> <p>Ultimately, we can&#39;t choose between them - they&#39;re both too good to be losers in this round.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: draw</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Samsung&#039;s screen is a stunner..." alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_42_1.jpg?1397653233" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="...but the HTC&#039;s is gorgeous too" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-blinkfeed_4.jpg?1397653233" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> POWER </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Another close call here. Both these phones are powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB of RAM, with the only difference being that the S5&#39;s core is clocked at 2.5GHz to the M8&#39;s 2.3GHz. In our tests, the M8 achieved a massive AnTuTu score of 36,149, with the S5 racking up&nbsp;29,730.</p> <p>All of which is great, without necessarily telling us a lot about how they fare in the real world.&nbsp;</p> <p>Well, both phones tear through the latest 3D games and both play full HD videos without a flicker of protest. The S5 makes more obvious use of its power through software features such as Multi Window, but the M8 seems a little slicker when scrolling through home screens and opening apps and widgets. So, given that you&#39;ll likely be doing a lot more of the latter than the former, we&#39;re going to give this round to the M8.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: HTC One (M8)</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The HTC racks up a massive score on AnTuTu" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-lockscreen_4.jpg?1397653233" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s more than one type of power, of course, and the S5 has the advantage when it comes to battery life. </p> <p>Inside that shell you&#39;ll find a&nbsp;2800mAh cell, which in standard Android flagship fashion lasts for a full day&#39;s use. It&#39;s not quite up there with the LG G2 for longevity, but the&nbsp;new Ultra Power Saving Mode helps: switch it on and 30% of battery will last another 3.3 days. Even with a mere 4% it&#39;ll survive the half hour until you get home. What&#39;s more, the battery is swappable. Now we don&#39;t know how many people actually buy a spare battery and carry it around with them for emergencies, but&nbsp;a battery that can be replaced with a fully charged alternative is always going to beat one that&#39;s stuck inside its (admittedly quite pretty) metal shell.&nbsp;</p> <p>The M8, meanwhile, gets a 2600mAh battery that again lasts for roughly a normal day&#39;s use. Just a slightly shorter day. So the S5 definitely takes this round.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Samsung Galaxy S5</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The S5&#039;s removable battery could come in handy" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_11_1.jpg?1397653233" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Two entirely different approaches here, with the S5 going for the cram-the-megapixels-in strategy and the M8 for the let&#39;s-make-it-good-for-the-real-world angle. But which is better?</p> <p>In general daytime use, it&#39;s got to be the S5. It&#39;s superfast, focusing in an incredible 0.3s; well, that&#39;s what Samsung says - all we know is that it locks on in an instant. Colours are accurate, contrast is good and with 16MP to play around with, there&#39;s bags of detail to shots. Cropping in to pics is easy peasy too, thanks to the sheer number of pixels on offer.&nbsp;</p> <p>Give it more challenging conditions and it&#39;s a different matter. In low light, images are too grainy, plus Samsung&#39;s ditched the Night Mode from the S4 and replaced it with a Picture Stabilisation option. Fine, except that that option is now hidden away inside a menu. All of which means that you won&#39;t get great results from it down the pub.</p> <p>The HTC One (M8) is pretty much its polar opposite. Its snapper has a mere 4MP sensor, but as with the original One, it uses bigger &#39;Ultrapixel&#39; sites for benefits in low light. But that&#39;s not all. The M8&#39;s gained a second sensor and lens and a second flash. The new sensor/lens combo is there to capture depth information, giving the phone Lytro-like refocus-after-you&#39;ve-taken-picture skills. And it works really well. The S5, meanwhile, uses software to do a similar thing, but with less impressive results.</p> <p>The M8&#39;s new flash improves colours in murky conditions - specifically skin-tones - which further adds to the HTC&#39;s advantage when you&#39;re shooting indoors or at night. But cropping is a no-no, because there&#39;s not much information in a 4MP photo.</p> <p>Choosing between the two approaches is tricky - it&#39;s like saying which is best out of chocolate and cheese. So we won&#39;t attempt it - this round&#39;s another tie.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Snap! And snap again! (Two cameras, see)" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-duo-camera_4.jpg?1397653233" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both these phones run the latest version of Android, 4.4 KitKat, but each has its own skin on top. The M8 gets HTC&#39;s Sense 6 interface, and very nice it is too. Chief among its attractions is BlinkFeed - a beautifully balanced blend of social media updates and news from your choice of topics, which sits on a screen of its own. The Sense 6 version can also handle RSS feeds, which is nice, plus it learns what you like and presents that to you first. It&#39;s not quite enough to beat the S5&#39;s interface on its own, but BlinkFeed is definitely a big string to the M8&#39;s bow.</p> <p>As an OS, Sense 6 is fairly restrained and nicely customisable. Other than giving you BlinkFeed, it doesn&#39;t ram itself down your throat with unnecessary apps, and that&#39;s fine by us. It does have a few other nice touches, though, including the ability to turn on the screen by double-tapping the phone and to swipe straight into BlinkFeed or your last-opened app even when the phone is off.</p> <p>The S5 gets Samsung&#39;s TouchWiz skin, and the good news is that it&#39;s finally been toned down from the in-your-face version we&#39;ve seen on previous Galaxy phones. Icons are simple, key apps such as the S Planner calendar have been cleaned up and stripped back, and all the Samsung bloatware - sorry, essential apps - are nicely tidied away within their own folder.</p> <p>The big new feature is My Magazine, which is powered by Flipboard and aims to serve up a BlinkFeed-like experience. It doesn&#39;t quite succeed, with nowhere near as many customisation options and no way to integrate calendars and RSS feeds, but hopefully future updates will improve it. And of course you get all of Samsung&#39;s other software tricks as seen on the S4 - eye tracking tech, the S Health app and much, much more.</p> <p>Personal taste will go a long way to determining which of the two you prefer, but for us, the HTC&#39;s cleaner interface and useful touches such as tap-to-unlock and BlinkFeed beat the throw-everything-at-it approach of the S5.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: HTC One (M8)</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="My Magazine on the Galaxy S5" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_35.jpg?1397653233" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="BlinkFeed on the HTC One (M8)" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-main.jpg?1397653233" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OTHER FEATURES </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Bit of an uneven contest, this category. The S5 is awash with extra talents, while the M8 sticks to the tried-and-tested. So on the Samsung, you get a fingerprint sensor, heart-rate tracker and super-fast downloads. And on the M8 you, er, don&#39;t.</p> <p>The S5&#39;s fingerprint scanning doesn&#39;t work as well as it does on the iPhone 5s, but you can use it to pay for Samsung apps and authorise PayPal transactions and the like, which means it&#39;s more than just a fancy way to unlock your handset. The heart-rate tracker integrates with the S Health app and checking your pulse soon becomes quite addictive thanks to the array of graphs on offer. The Download Booster feature, meanwhile, uses Wi-Fi and 4G together to speed up your downloads. Obviously.</p> <p>The HTC lacks none of the essentials but, dual sensor camera aside, offers little functionality that the S5 doesn&#39;t. Both devices have upgradeable storage via microSD. Both have NFC. In fact the only other features it has which the S5 doesn&#39;t are its front speakers - still the best we&#39;ve heard on a phone, and a genuinely useful thing to have. That said, this category is all Samsung&#39;s.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Samsung Galaxy S5</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung&#039;s heart-rate tracking in action" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_49_1.jpg?1397653233" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As head-to-heads go, you won&#39;t get much closer than the HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5.</p> <p>In many ways they&#39;re similar phones - both have big, beautiful screens, both have more power than they realistically need, both run the latest, and greatest, version of Android. But it&#39;s the differences between them that ultimately decide this battle.</p> <p>If you&#39;re looking for a phone with masses of extra features - from fingerprint scanning to heart-rate-tracking to waterproofing to a removable battery - then you should go for the Galaxy S5.</p> <p>If you&#39;re more bothered about owning a beautiful object, both in terms of its physical build and the software that runs on it, then you&#39;ll be better off with the HTC One (M8).</p> <p>For us, the extras you&#39;ll get from the S5 don&#39;t compare to the joy you&#39;ll gain from the M8. And that&#39;s why it&#39;s our overall winner.</p> <p><em><strong>Overall winner: HTC One (M8)</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best smartphones in the world right now</a>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="And our winner is... the HTC One (M8)" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/M8_3V_Silver.jpg?1397653233" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Android flagships square off </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8/feature#comments Android Galaxy S5 HTC One (M8) Samsung Smartphones Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:32:04 +0000 Marc McLaren 1435052 at http://www.stuff.tv 10 best apps for the HTC One (M8) http://www.stuff.tv/htc/10-best-apps-htc-one-m8/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Just acquired the beautiful new flagship smartphone from HTC? Here are the first apps you should download </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8)" alt="HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-one-m8_0.jpg?1396939297" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The HTC One (M8) is a wonderful phone, and we suspect many of you will be splashing your hard-earned readies on one soon (if, indeed, you haven&rsquo;t done so already). With that in mind, we&rsquo;ve compiled a list of essential apps and games to get you started.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) review</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Threes! (£1.20) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This ingeniously simple puzzle game has spawned a legion of shameless rip-offs (including <em>2048</em>, which has, somewhat tragically, become more popular), but while these clones might have half-inched its essence, they can&rsquo;t match its charm. <em>Threes!</em>&rsquo;s music and visuals are almost as important as its number-crunching tile-shuffling, and it&rsquo;s quite simply a joy to play &ndash; then compare your top score to your friends&rsquo; and realise that you have a lot to learn.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=vo.threes.exclaim" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/drop-everything-and-try-threes-maddeningly-addictive-perfect-puzzle-game/news" target="_blank">Drop everything and try Threes! &ndash; a maddeningly addictive, perfect puzzle game</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Threes!" alt="Threes!" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/threes.jpg?1396939297" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pocket (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Previously called Read It Later, Pocket is a brilliantly useful app if you&rsquo;re the sort of person who comes across interesting web articles all the time &ndash; but doesn&rsquo;t have the time to read them. Now you can simply stick them &ldquo;in your Pocket&rdquo; for perusal at a time when you do have a few moments to spare, and because Pocket works in the cloud, you can add pages using one device and read them from another.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ideashower.readitlater.pro" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pocket" alt="Pocket" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pocket_3.jpg?1396939297" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> VSCO Cam (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Take full advantage of the One (M8)&rsquo;s classy UltraPixel camera with this wonderfully tasteful photo editing and sharing app. VSCO Cam lets you tweak a wide variety of criteria (exposure, contrast, sharpness, colour temperature etc.) as well as crop images and apply a series of adjustable filters that are far more subtle than Instagram&rsquo;s equivalents. Finished images can then be shared to social media (including Instagram and Facebook) or VSCO&rsquo;s own eminently elegant Grid platform.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vsco.cam" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="VSCO Cam" alt="VSCO Cam" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/vsco-cam.jpg?1396939297" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wunderlist (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A smarter way to make a to-do list, Wunderlist syncs across all your platforms and its lists are shareable, meaning you can easily set up group tasks as well as personal agendas. Should you upgrade to the paid Pro edition, you can break down complex tasks by adding subtasks, and make your lists richer and more detailed via attached images, PDFs, videos and even soundbites.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wunderkinder.wunderlistandroid" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1440" height="900" title="Wunderlist" alt="Wunderlist" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wunderlist_0.jpg?1396939297" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cut the Rope 2 (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Given the original <em>Cut the Rope</em>&rsquo;s popularity, it seems amazing that it&rsquo;s taken so long for a sequel to emerge. But emerge it finally has &ndash; and it&rsquo;s free, albeit with in-app purchases sprinkled throughout to sour your fun somewhat. With enough new in-game elements to justify a download even for seasoned rope-slicing veterans, it&rsquo;s a physics-based gem.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zeptolab.ctr2.f2p.google&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jwyCaO9J9Qw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Arcus Hyper Local Weather (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Arcus uses the Forecast.io API &ndash; as seen on iOS app Dark Sky &ndash; to predict weather in a specific location with unnerving accuracy. About to leave the house and not sure if those clouds are ominous enough that you need to pack a brolly? Consult Arcus and it&rsquo;ll tell you exactly what&rsquo;s going to happen over the next hour: when the rain will start, when it will stop and how heavy it&rsquo;s going to be. Because of its hyper-local focus, we&rsquo;ve generally found it far more useful than more wide-ranging weather apps.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arcusweather.darksky" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Arcus Hyper Local Weather" alt="Arcus Hyper Local Weather" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/arcus.jpg?1396939297" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Reddit Now (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Reddit is a rich source for all sorts of great stuff on the web, but reading the web version on a phone is a total pain in the eyes. Enter Reddit Now, which makes subreddits far more visually appealing. You can swipe along the top bar to move between different subreddits, and if you login with your own Reddit account you can customise the layout as well as comment and post from your phone. It&rsquo;s ad-supported, but you can remove those by shelling out &pound;1.50.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.phyora.apps.reddit_now" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="768" title="Reddit Now" alt="Reddit Now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/reddit-now.jpg?1396939297" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android Device Manager (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Android version of Find My iPhone, Device Manager is an official Google app that allows you to locate a misplaced phone or tablet (as long as it&rsquo;s associated with your Google account, that is). You can view the device&rsquo;s location on a map in order to find it, and if you can&rsquo;t you can remotely reset its screen lock code or erase all data on board. One of those apps you&rsquo;ll hopefully never have to use &ndash; but one that everyone should have on their Android phone.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.adm&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="768" height="1280" title="Android Device Manager " alt="Android Device Manager " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-device-manager.jpg?1396939297" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hungry Oni (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A cutesy, twitchy puzzler in which you control Oni, an ogre who eats items falling from a tree. Controlled simply with your thumb, the game allows Oni to eat only items coloured the same as the tree leaves &ndash; and these can be changed by consuming special rainbow leaves. It&rsquo;s a basic premise, but as you rise through the levels things become thumb-testingly frenetic.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.futuretrostudios.hungryoni&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Rm2aQ_bYazI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> WhatsApp (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Facebook paid out US$19 billion for this messaging app, and once you&rsquo;ve started using it you can (sort of) understand why: it&rsquo;s robust, supports swift cross-platform IMs and group chat, incorporates emoji and allows you to attach all sorts of useful &ndash; or just fun &ndash; things to messages including sound clips and location data. And it&rsquo;s free. You just have to cross your fingers that Facebook is doing something totally innocent with all your data.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.whatsapp" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="480" height="800" title="WhatsApp" alt="WhatsApp" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/whatsapp1.jpg?1396939297" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Android apps Android games Apps and Games HTC One (M8) Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:50:39 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1434986 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC One (M8) vs LG G2 http://www.stuff.tv/g2/htc-one-m8-vs-lg-g2/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC&#039;s heavy hitter takes on the former Android king in this flagship slobberknocker </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="940" height="705" title="The gloves are off. Ding ding" alt="Which is better? HTC One (M8) vs LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-one-m8-vs-lg-g2.jpg?1397639277" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>HTC has brought back the One, and dodgy brackets aside, it&#39;s an absolute beast with killer looks to match.</p> <p>So naturally we&#39;re pitting it against the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2 </a>- one of the best Android superphones that money can buy.</p> <p>It&#39;s South Korea&#39;s finest against Taiwan&#39;s new contender. But who will win?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) review</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Metal meets plastic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The HTC One (M8) is simply gorgeous. From organic round curves to a solid metal body, HTC has gone all-out on the design front, and it&#39;s paid off. The M8 is one of the sexiest smartphones we&#39;ve ever held, and no other Android phone can match its build quality.</p> <p>The LG G2 isn&#39;t ugly by any means, and we&#39;re big fans of its minimalist front. Its plastic build does let it down though, and its rear power and volume button placements might not be everyone&#39;s cup of tea, although we rather like them where they are.</p> <p>The G2&#39;s footprint is substantially smaller than the M8&#39;s though, thanks to its wonderfully slim bezels. The M8&#39;s excuse for its larger size is a decent one however. Its two front-facing speakers might take up room, but they&#39;re very impressive indeed.</p> <p>The M8 wins for with its premium build and microSD slot, which the G2 lacks.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Winner:</em> <strong>HTC One (M8)</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The HTC One (M8) in the middle, surrounded by its predecessor and G2 rival" alt="Which is better? HTC One (M8) vs LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8_9_0.jpg?1397639277" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Looking pretty good form behind" alt="Which is better? HTC One (M8) vs LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-build-rear_2.jpg?1397639277" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="567" height="425" title="The marmite of smartphone buttons" alt="Which is better? HTC One (M8) vs LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_6006_2.JPG?1397639277" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen showdown </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both the HTC One M8 and LG G2 have superb 1080p displays, serving up bright whites, rich blacks and vibrant (but not over saturated) colours , along with excellent viewing angles.</p> <p>The G2&#39;s screen is slightly bigger at 5.2 inches while the One M8&#39;s display measures in at 5 inches.</p> <p>While the ppi difference is negligible, we have to applaud LG for squeezing in a slightly larger screen into a smaller body, which might make it a little easier for one-handed use despite its larger size.</p> <p>The extra real estate offered by the G2 will appeal to movie fans and readers alike, so the G2 scrapes ahead of the M8 in this round.</p> <p><em>Winner:</em> <strong>LG G2</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" title="Sexy slim bezels" alt="Which is better? HTC One (M8) vs LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g2-review-main_3.JPG?1397639277" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Sharp, bright and colourful" alt="Which is better? HTC One (M8) vs LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-blinkfeed_3.jpg?1397639277" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Say cheese </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Here&#39;s where things get interesting. The G2&#39;s 13MP camera is excellent and it takes detailed photos in both light and dark conditions, helped greatly by its optical image stabilisation.</p> <p>The One M8 on the other hand mixes things up a bit. For starters, it&#39;s kept the same 4.1 UltraPixel camera that graced the original One. But it&#39;s got company.</p> <p>A second lens above the main module records depth information, which means that you can focus on different subjects in a shot after you&#39;ve taken it, Lytro-style.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g-pro-2/mwc-2014/lg-g-pro-2-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">LG G Pro 2</a> achieve this post-shot refocusing effect with software, but the One M8&#39;s dedicated second lens means that it excels in this area.</p> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="400" src="https://vine.co/v/MO7QbtitUa1/embed/simple" width="400"></iframe></p> <p>The G2 lacks this functionality completely and it&#39;s a big win for the M8, assuming it&#39;s a feature you plan on using regularly. Even if you think it&#39;s a gimmick, it could come in very handy for photos which accidentally have the intended subject out of focus.</p> <p>The One M8 also performs well in lowlight conditions, and its dual-LED flash provides more realistic colours and skin tones, in a similar way to the flash module found on the iPhone 5s.</p> <p>The G2 does capture finer details, but unless you&#39;re planning on cropping into or printing out large photos, you&#39;re unlikely to notice any major differences when uploading photos to the likes of Facebook.</p> <p>Throw in 4K video recording and 120fps capture on the M8 (which the G2 lacks) and HTC comes out on top in the camera round.</p> <p><em>Winner:</em> <strong>HTC One (M8)</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Double trouble" alt="Which is better? HTC One (M8) vs LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-duo-camera_3.jpg?1397639277" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Strength and stamina </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On paper, the M8 is the slightly more powerful device thanks to its newer 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor.</p> <p>While the G2 rocks a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, both phones have 2GB of RAM, and despite the M8&#39;s superior benchmark scores, you won&#39;t notice a difference in performance.</p> <p>Games, apps, multitasking, videos, music, browsing - you name it, they&#39;ll eat through it like a ravenous beaver at a wood chipper buffet.</p> <p>Both devices also have excellent battery life, lasting more than a day if you&#39;re careful. HTC takes this one step further with a power saving mode which freezes all apps but retains messaging and phone call capabilities.</p> <p><em>Winner:</em> <strong>Draw</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Basic, but a battery life saver" alt="Which is better? HTC One (M8) vs LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-review-extreme-power-saver_4.jpg?1397639277" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="The G2 goes on and on..." alt="Which is better? HTC One (M8) vs LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_6035_0.JPG?1397639277" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both HTC and LG have shunned stock Android in favour of their own skins, which offer additional treats on top of Google&#39;s stock OS.</p> <p>The G2 has taken the Samsung approach by shoving in tonnes of features, which can get a little confusing. Some of them are truly useful though, and the G2&#39;s guest mode will come in very handy for occasions when you want to protect your personal data and apps form prying eyes.</p> <p>We love LG&#39;s Knock On feature too, which lets you double tap the screen to turn it on and off.</p> <p>The One M8 matches this however and takes it even further by allowing you to bypass the lockscreen altogether, or open up the last used app, depending on which direction you swipe the screen from.</p> <p>The M8&#39;s Dot View cover is also a stroke of genius, providing retro-style information with a quick double tap. From weather info to notifications and answering calls, it&#39;s a great innovation that&#39;s fun to look and and use.</p> <p>The One M8 comes loaded with HTC Sense 6.0, and it&#39;s far easier on the eyes than LG or Samsung&#39;s Android skins. BlinkFeed has improved too, allowing you to add custom RSS feeds and integrate device information form the likes of Fitbit, letting you to track your stats directly from the BlinkFeed screen.</p> <p>For looks, innovation and functionality in one sleek package, the M8 edges out ahead again.</p> <p><em>Winner:</em> <strong>HTC One (M8)</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Funky eh?" alt="Which is better? HTC One (M8) vs LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-review-dot-view-case-time-weather_3.png?1397639277" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The G2 is packed with tricks" alt="Which is better? HTC One (M8) vs LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_6034_0.JPG?1397636383" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="BlinkFeed 2.0 is better than ever" alt="Which is better? HTC One (M8) vs LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-blinkfeed-2_2.jpg?1397639277" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The HTC One has replaced the G2 as Stuff&#39;s best smartphone in the world, bumping LG&#39;s champion down to second place.</p> <p>That&#39;s no mean feat, and it&#39;s a well-deserved victory.</p> <p>The M8 wraps up power, innovation and a gorgeous Android UI into a premium metal package, and it&#39;ll take something special to knock it off its pedestal.</p> <p>With the mysterious G3 waiting in the wings however, it might not be too long before LG has its revenge&hellip;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3: price, specs release date - everything we think we know</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="And the winner is..." alt="Which is better? HTC One (M8) vs LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-lockscreen_3.jpg?1397639277" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/g2/htc-one-m8-vs-lg-g2/feature#comments G2 HTC LG One (M8) Smartphones Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:40:37 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1434720 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC One (M8) http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2014&#039;s first flagship phone has landed, and it&#039;s an absolute corker </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8) review" alt="HTC One (M8) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/HTC_One_M8-review-main.jpg?1397657904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The original <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc-one/review">HTC One</a> was (and still is) a mighty fine phone.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £550.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The most powerful phone we&#039;ve tested </div> <div class="field-item even"> Beautiful build and styling </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Slick, fluid and flawless in operation </div> <div class="field-item even"> Fun and useful camera features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UltraPixels prioritise light over detail </div> <div class="field-item even"> Won&#039;t stay top of the power charts for long </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More metal </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Wondering what the &ldquo;M&rdquo; in &ldquo;M8&rdquo; stands for? It&rsquo;s &ldquo;metal&rdquo;. Apparently this is the eighth-generation metal HTC &ndash; hence M8. And you thought it was just try-hard text-speak.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s actually 20% more metal in the One (M8) than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc-one/review" target="_blank">original One</a> (roughly equivalent to a jump from Iron Maiden to Slayer), and while the original One looked rather like a plastic phone with metal panels, the One (M8) feels as if it&#39;s been hewn from a single piece of cool, smooth aluminium.</p> <p>There are some Stuff staffers who feel some of the original One&#39;s design flair has been lost on the M8, due mainly to the rounded edges, but no-one can deny the improved ergonomics of that perfectly rounded back. This is a phone that fits in the hand beautifully &ndash; even more so than its predecessor, despite nearly a centimetre increase in height and 2.4mm increase in width. Depth stays the same at 9.3mm.</p> <p>If you like the machined lines across the back of our sample phone, best go for the same Metal Grey finish &ndash; the Arctic Silver and Amber Gold variants don&rsquo;t have that lovely little aesthetic flourish. All three are pretty in their own right, but to our eyes Metal Grey suits the One (M8) best of the three anyway.</p> <p>Beautiful machining is a big part of the One&rsquo;s appeal, from the rows of tiny, meticulously cut holes for the speakers at top and bottom (more on which later), to the light-catching bevelling on every edge, including around the camera lenses. It&rsquo;s a little strange, then, that the volume rocker protrudes rather a long way from the right edge. It makes it easy to find without looking, but it&rsquo;s a slightly sharp blemish to the otherwise impeccably dressed body.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3388447706001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3388447706001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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Phabletophobes need not panic, though, as the M8 is no finger-stretching giant - rather, it&#39;s had a fairly modest size increase from the original One&rsquo;s 4.7in display to a new 5in panel.</p> <p>But the 1920x1080 resolution remains, and that means there&rsquo;s actually been a slight drop in pixel density from 468ppi to 441ppi. In general use that&rsquo;s an imperceptible loss, and text and icons (some of which have increased in size to make use of the larger display) are very sharp indeed. Colours are satisfyingly vibrant but never over-cooked, and off-axis viewing is very impressive indeed.</p> <p>Compare an HD video side-by-side and there is a marginal loss in sharpness compared to the original One. The palette leans just a little towards the green side, too, but neither of these traits are noticeable without going all nerdily comparative. What is immediately noticeable to anyone with eyes is that extra display space, which makes a far bigger (and entirely positive) difference than either of those minor flaws. Be in no doubt - this is a really beautiful screen.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/htc-one-m8-vs-iphone-5s/feature">HTC One (M8) vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8) review" alt="HTC One (M8) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-blinkfeed.jpg?1397657904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The HTC One (M8) is the fastest phone we&rsquo;ve tested.</p> <p>With an <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.antutu.ABenchMark" target="_blank">AnTuTu</a> score of 36,149, it&#39;s way above the old <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc-one/review" target="_blank">HTC One</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S4</a>, and a little better than the likes of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/sony-xperia-z-ultra/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z Ultra</a> and even the mighty <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 3</a>. The numbers aren&rsquo;t vastly higher, but going right to the top is a massive symbolic win for HTC.</p> <p>But as a petrolhead would have it &ndash; power&rsquo;s no good if you can&rsquo;t put it down on the track. And the One M8 definitely puts it down on the track. In the comparatively short time we&rsquo;ve so far had with it, we&rsquo;ve thrown everything we possibly can at it - HD movies, graphics-intensive games, benchmarking tools, constantly updating apps &ndash; and we&rsquo;re yet to see so much as a stutter. The fast fluidity of everything it does makes living with the new One an endless pleasure.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s all down to a new chip, the <a href="http://www.qualcomm.com/snapdragon/processors/801" target="_blank">Qualcomm Snapdragon 801</a>. In many ways it&rsquo;s &ldquo;simply&rdquo; a juiced-up Snapdragon 800, but that&rsquo;s still enough to power HTC&rsquo;s flagship to new heights in smartphone performance.</p> <p>Will it stay on top of the performance charts for long? We suspect not. The Snapdragon 801 will also power the incoming <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5</a>. Whether Samsung can use it to create a user experience that&rsquo;s faster and smoother in real life than that of the One (M8) is another question altogether &ndash; we can&rsquo;t wait for that particular showdown.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8) review" alt="HTC One (M8) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC-One-M8-review-antutu.jpg?1397657904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8) review" alt="HTC One (M8) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-benchmark.jpg?1397657904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC One (M8) Tech Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Operating system</strong> - Android 4.4</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong> - Quad-core&nbsp;Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 @&nbsp;2.3GHz&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong> - 2GB</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong> - 5in LCD, 1920x1080 resolution (441ppi)</p> <p><strong>Camera</strong> - 4.1UP and dedicated depth sensor rear, 5MP front</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong> - 16/32GB (microSD expandable by up to 128GB)</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong> - 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong> - 2600mAh</p> <p><strong>Dimensions/weight</strong> - 146x71x9.4mm/160g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More cameras </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ok, &ldquo;more cameras&rdquo; is a little misleading &ndash; &ldquo;more lenses&rdquo; is probably more accurate.</p> <p>HTC continues to conscientiously object to the megapixel war, instead sticking to its light-gobbling UltraPixel guns. The One (M8) has basically the same 4.1 UltraPixel sensor as was found on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc-one/review" target="_blank">original One</a>, but now it&rsquo;s joined by a dedicated depth sensor to create what the company&rsquo;s calling a Duo camera. And the Duo camera is quite a thing.</p> <p>Remember the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lytro/review" target="_blank">Lytro</a>, the camera that could focus after your snap was taken? The One (M8)&rsquo;s basically got one of those built-in. Take your picture, select the UFocus option and tap a point on-screen and that becomes the focus point, with all around blurring in a beautiful bokeh effect. And it&rsquo;s not a fire-once feature &ndash; you can tap to change the focus point as much as you like.</p> <p>You can scream &ldquo;gimmick&rdquo; all you like - we&rsquo;re pretty confident that many more people will make use of the refocus effect than will ever crop, blow-up or print their smartphone snaps.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="362" mozallowfullscreen="" msallowfullscreen="" oallowfullscreen="" src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/99712217@N05/13412727733/in/set-72157642922011403/player/" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="640"></iframe></p> <p>That&rsquo;s key to HTC&rsquo;s approach. The One (M8) loses out to the likes of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a> when it comes to fine detail, but that&rsquo;s only really exposed through close scrutiny and zooming. Use your pictures as most do &ndash; for sharing holiday snaps, food porn and selfies &ndash; and the One looks just as sharp. What&rsquo;s more, it&rsquo;s got a really nicely balanced, realistic-but-vibrant colour palette, and is a cracking camera for capturing party action &ndash; the sensor finds light where others see only darkness, and when it&rsquo;s finally defeated by lighting conditions the dual-LED flash works to balance colours and produce natural skin tones.</p> <p>If you do want a gimmick, you can have one. Dimension Plus essentially 3Difies your picture by using the depth sensor to work out the edges of a selected object. You can then use the phone&rsquo;s motion sensors to alter the angles. While not flawless (it can be confused by some edges, creating a fun warping of the image), it&rsquo;s pretty impressive tech. The problem is that there&rsquo;s no real purpose to it &ndash; you&rsquo;ll do it a handful of times in your first weekend with the phone and then never touch it again.</p> <p>You will, however, make use of the Zoe Highlights Video feature long into your phone&rsquo;s life.</p> <p>Much loved by existing One owners, Highlights groups all of your pics and video from particular moments and events and turns them into a fun montage. It might sound a little like what grandparents do when they get back from holiday, but believe us when we say the results are far cooler and far less boring than that. What&rsquo;s more, Highlights are getting more social with the One M8. You and your friends can share your pics and video from the same event and the software automatically combines them all into one video, even going so far as to time-synch the lot so that you can get different angles on the same moment. Seeing as we were testing the only final One M8 in the UK, we weren&rsquo;t able to give this feature a go, but that won&rsquo;t be a problem for those who buy the phone &ndash; there are even going to be compatible apps for other Androids and even iOS devices very shortly.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8) review" alt="HTC One (M8) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-duo-camera.jpg?1397657904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watch the Duo Camera refocus feature in action </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/MO7QbtitUa1/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Pretty simple, this one. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc-one/review" target="_blank">old One</a> had a 2300mAh battery, the new One (M8) has a 2600mAh battery. It&rsquo;s little surprise, then, that the M8 outlasts its predecessor. What&rsquo;s more surprising is that in our usual battery rundown test (looping HD video, half brightness, Wi-Fi on) the One (M8) matched the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2&rsquo;s</a> power drain, dropping a mere 6% every hour.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s impressive, but it doesn&rsquo;t mean the HTC can match the superbly frugal LG in general use. In fact, over a weekend we found ourselves charging the One M8 just as much as the regular One - it&#39;ll last the day but not much more. Unless, that is, you deploy its genius Extreme Power Saving mode, which kills everything apart from a Kids Mode-style screen of Phone, Messages, Emails, Calendar, Calculator and a big Exit tile. More than worth it for a 40% longer battery.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/htc-one-m8-vs-samsung-galaxy-s5-weigh/feature">HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8) review - Extreme Power Saving" alt="HTC One (M8) review - Extreme Power Saving" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-review-extreme-power-saver.jpg?1397657904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More intelligent news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The One (M8) brings with it the new version of HTC Sense, Sense 6.0, and while it&rsquo;s overall not a huge departure from 5.0, the sixth Sense (HTC&rsquo;s pun, not ours) does make Blinkfeed even more awesome.</p> <p>For those who aren&rsquo;t already familiar with it, Blinkfeed collects social media posts and news from your favourite sources, together with calendar appointments, and gathers them in a beautifully presented pane of your Home screen. You&rsquo;re not just limited to the 1400-odd official HTC content partners, but can add any RSS feed you like. More impressively, the HTC now monitors your activity, works out what most interests you and presents that first. Make it your default Home screen and every time you turn the phone on you&rsquo;re treated to a snap shot of the news and friends&rsquo; activity that&rsquo;s most interesting to you. In the time we had with it, Sense 6 Blinkfeed was brilliant, and it should become even better the more you use it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/10-best-apps-htc-one/feature">11 of the best, most beautiful HTC One apps</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8) review" alt="HTC One (M8) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-blinkfeed-2.jpg?1397657904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More sensors </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Well, just one more sensor &ndash; a barometer &ndash; but what&rsquo;s clever is that several of the existing sensors (gyro, accelerometer, proximity sensor) now remain awake even when the phone is asleep. This always-on Sensor Hub means some fun new features such as integrated Fitbit tracking - you can now track steps, distance and calories without a physical tracker as on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review">iPhone 5s</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>It also introduces <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a>-like wake functions.&nbsp;When the screen is off you can double-tap to wake it and double-tap to blank it again, allowing you to quickly check the time or your updates. You can also swipe in from the right to get to your homescreen, or from the left to fully open Blinkfeed. From the bottom unlocks to the last app you had open, and from the top is voice calls. It all makes the One (M8) a quicker, slicker device day-to-days.&nbsp;</p> <p>Perhaps the most awesome use of the new sensors, though, is the Dot View Case (&pound;tba). Double tap its rubbery dot-matrix cover to get retro time and weather updates or see if that vibration was a message or email. And turn morning alarms off by swiping the clock animation through the case. We&#39;re loathe to cover the One (M8) up but Dot View wins us over.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/4-reasons-youll-really-really-want-htc-one-m8/feature">4 reasons why you&#39;ll really, really want the HTC One (M8)</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8) review - Dot View case " alt="HTC One (M8) review - Dot View case " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-review-dot-view-case-alarm.png?1397657904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8) review - Fitbit" alt="HTC One (M8) review - Fitbit" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-review-fitbit.png?1397657904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8) review - Dot View case " alt="HTC One (M8) review - Dot View case " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-review-dot-view-case-time-weather.png?1397657904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watch Motion Launch &amp; Dot View Case in Action </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/MO7Jg7b2EHq/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More volume </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>HTC and Beats have parted company, but that doesn&rsquo;t mean the new One isn&rsquo;t serious about sound. On the contrary, the BoomSound stereo speakers at the top and bottom are 25% louder than those on the previous One, which is obviously brilliant news for anyone trying to have a peaceful journey to work on the bus.</p> <p>In fairness, the speakers do also sound better than before, producing clearer voices from YouTube videos and less tinny audio from games, but honestly, unless you really need someone else to hear what you&rsquo;re playing, please use headphones &ndash; they sound infinitely better and they won&rsquo;t annoy everyone around you.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE - <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/10-best-cheap-headphones/feature" target="_blank">10 of the Best Cheap Headphones reviewed</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8) review" alt="HTC One (M8) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-build-top.jpg?1397657904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC One (M8) Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Chucking more of everything at your flagship phone seems an all-too easy way to get yourself to the top, but in HTC&rsquo;s defence it&rsquo;s not nearly as simple as it sounds.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s a careful balancing act to be achieved. A bigger screen requires more power, more power requires more battery, and all of these things require more room &ndash; hard to find without messing up a design thought by many to be the most stylish ever to grace an Android handset.</p> <p>But HTC has achieved just that with the One (M8), and introduced other features that might initially seem comparatively trivial but could well be the things that people use and appreciate most on a daily basis.</p> <p>Within a matter of weeks we&rsquo;re going to see the arrival of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z2</a>&nbsp;and possibly even the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3</a>. We&rsquo;ll be mighty surprised if every one of them isn&rsquo;t more powerful and more pixel-packed than the M8.</p> <p>But will they actually perform better, and will they be as nice to hold and to live with? That&#39;s far less certain - but it won&rsquo;t be long before we find out. Until then, enjoy your time at the top, HTC.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Smartphones in the World right now</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-m8-all-your-questions-answered/news">HTC One (M8) - all your questions answered&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8) review" alt="HTC One (M8) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-lockscreen.jpg?1397657904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC One (M8) - your questions answered </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You asked us tonnes of questions about the HTC One (M8), and we delivered. Here are some snippets from our full <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-m8-all-your-questions-answered/news" target="_blank">in-depth HTC One (M8) answers page</a>, which you should definitely check out if you want to know everything there is to know about HTC&#39;s newest superphone.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-m8-all-your-questions-answered/news" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) - all your questions answered</a></strong></p> <p><strong><em>What does the HTC One (M8) do that&#39;s actually new and innovative? Or is it just an update? - Ross Hanson (@azraeel), Twitter&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>What&#39;s the biggest difference to the M7? - @MrScatterbrain, Twitter&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>The original One was so great that it finally had me defect from iPhones, is there sufficient difference to warrant an upgrade? - Michael Cogley (@employeeofapple), Twitter</em></strong></p> <p>Excellent questions, Missrs. Hanson and Scatterbrain. And of course our HTC-loving &quot;employee of Apple&quot;. The one feature we haven&#39;t seen on a smartphone before is UFocus - that&#39;s the ability to refocus photos after you&#39;ve taken them, so you can change the subject of your image after you&#39;ve taken it. We&#39;re impressed that the One (M8) has bottled the Lytro camera&#39;s superpowers in its depth sensor camera. Lytro was an excellent idea but it was an expensive standalone camera with a tiny screen and limited appeal.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Galaxy S5 boasts a similar feature, albeit thanks to software trickery, so we&#39;ll be putting the two head to head when we get an S5 to test - based on our S4 and HTC One comparisons, the Samsung should have the stronger camera overall with more detail than One (M8)&#39;s four UltraPixels can offer.&nbsp;</p> <p>Elsewhere, the microSD support, tweaks to BlinkFeed and Extreme Power Saving mode are all useful additions to the original HTC One. It feels like more than just an annual update - the changes are meaningful.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A truly brilliant, beautiful smartphone, and a new benchmark for 2014&#39;s other flagships to beat</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC One (M8) review: &quot;A truly brilliant, beautiful smartphone&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The new best smartphone in the world, tested </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review#comments Android HTC One (M8) Smartphones Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:42:54 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1429091 at http://www.stuff.tv Video: HTC One (M8) review – the best Android phone on the block http://www.stuff.tv/android/video-htc-one-m8-review-best-android-phone-block/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It can’t have been easy improving one of the best smartphones of 2013 – but HTC has pulled it off and the result is something spectacular </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Video: HTC One (M8) review – the best Android phone on the block" alt="Video: HTC One (M8) review – the best Android phone on the block" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/HTC%20One%20M8.png?1396054855" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3388447706001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3388447706001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/android/video-htc-one-m8-review-best-android-phone-block/video#comments Android HTC One (M8) Smartphones Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:49:11 +0000 Lucy Hedges 1434501 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC One (M8) - all your questions answered http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-m8-all-your-questions-answered/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You&#039;ve read our review, but we haven&#039;t stopped testing HTC&#039;s new superphone. So - what do you want to know? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8) review" alt="HTC One (M8) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/HTC_One_M8-review-benchmark.jpg?1395922334" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The HTC One (M8) is the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">best smartphone on the planet</a>. And we&#39;ve tested it to within an inch of its life. But if you&#39;re thinking about buying one, you&#39;ll want to know everything there is to know about this metal masterpiece.&nbsp;</p> <p>That&#39;s why we&#39;ve gathered all your social media questions here in one place, making inquisitive Stuff readers wildly (OK, mildly) famous in the process.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UFocus </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>What does the HTC One (M8) do that&#39;s actually new and innovative? Or is it just an update?</strong> -&nbsp;</em>Ross Hanson (@azraeel), Twitter&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>What&#39;s the biggest difference to the M7?</em>&nbsp;-&nbsp;</strong>@MrScatterbrain, Twitter&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>The original One was so great that it finally had me defect from iPhones, is there sufficient difference to warrant an upgrade?</em>&nbsp;-&nbsp;</strong>Michael Cogley (@employeeofapple), Twitter</p> <p>Excellent questions, Missrs. Hanson and Scatterbrain. And of course our HTC-loving &quot;employee of Apple&quot;. The one feature we haven&#39;t seen on a smartphone before is UFocus - that&#39;s the ability to refocus photos after you&#39;ve taken them, so you can change the subject of your image after you&#39;ve taken it. We&#39;re impressed that the One (M8) has bottled the Lytro camera&#39;s superpowers in its depth sensor camera. Lytro was an excellent idea but it was an expensive standalone camera with a tiny screen and limited appeal.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Galaxy S5 boasts a similar feature, albeit thanks to software trickery, so we&#39;ll be putting the two head to head when we get an S5 to test - based on our S4 and HTC One comparisons, the Samsung should have the stronger camera overall with more detail than One (M8)&#39;s four UltraPixels can offer.&nbsp;</p> <p>Elsewhere, the microSD support, tweaks to BlinkFeed and Extreme Power Saving mode are all useful additions to the original HTC One. It feels like more than just an annual update - the changes are meaningful.</p> <p><strong><em>More info on UFocus would please me greatly.</em>&nbsp;</strong>-&nbsp;Ben Stinson (@bunjiweb), Twitter&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>How good is the UFocus capability? Gimmick or worth it? </strong>-&nbsp;</em>Matt Targett, Facebook</p> <p><strong><em>Like to see some photos with the new depth of field &quot;Bokeh&quot; effect.</em>&nbsp;</strong>- State of Emergency (@SOE_MUSIC), Twitter&nbsp;</p> <p>Definitely more than a gimmick, chaps. Tapping to refocus provides a new way to get creative with your snaps. It&#39;s not useful for every image, and to get the best results, you&#39;ll end up staging shots (like our office Mario, above). But it&#39;s fun to play around with and we&#39;re sure you&#39;ll use it.</p> <p>Word of warning: you won&#39;t be able to use UFocus with any shots you&#39;ve zoomed in to take. There, we&#39;ve told you.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">Check out our Flickr gallery of HTC One (M8) images in the full review.</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="U-Focus on the HTC One (M8) " alt="U-Focus on the HTC One (M8) " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-review-ufocus.png?1395922334" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8) review" alt="HTC One (M8) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-duo-camera_2.jpg?1395922334" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MIcroSD Support </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong><em>What&#39;s the largest microSD card it will take?</em> </strong>-&nbsp;Mark Williams, Facebook&nbsp;</p> <p>The One (M8) will work with 16, 32, 64 and even 128GB microSD cards. The built-in storage comes in 16 and 32GB flavours - about 6GB is taken up by the system. </p> <p>If you&#39;re wondering where the microSD card goes, it&#39;s the new drawer on the right hand edge of the HTC, above the volume rocker, symmetrical with the nanoSIM drawer.</p> <p><strong><em>Can third party apps be saved to the microSD card?</em></strong> - Yossi Grosskopf, Facebook&nbsp;</p> <p>Yes third party apps can be saved to a microSD. HTC says this does depend on the apps but you can track where everything is saved under &#39;Apps&#39; in Settings with lists for downloads stored on the device and externally.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review"> The HTC One (M8)&#39;s full spec sheet adorns our in-depth review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8) microSD" alt="HTC One (M8) microSD" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC-One-%28M8%29-review-microSD.png?1395922334" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery Life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong><em>Battery life!</em><strong>&nbsp;</strong>-&nbsp;</strong>Hoonam Naini, Facebook</p> <p>We&#39;ve deduced there&#39;s a question in your brief message Hoonam. And it&#39;s a good&#39;un.&nbsp;</p> <p>The One (M8)&#39;s 2600mAh battery is only slightly better than its predecessor&#39;s. It lasts a day or a day and a half if used carefully. In our battery rundown test (HD video, Wi-Fi on, half brightness) it dropped just 6% an hour, matching the LG G2 - so if its video playback you&#39;re after, you&#39;re in luck.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you&#39;re a HTC One owner hoping for a real boost in battery, you might be disappointed. That said, the Extreme Power Saving mode (pictured) can be set to automatically switch on at 15, 10 or 5% - it kills data when the screen&#39;s off and nixes everything apart from key apps (calendar, phone, messages). At 5% that gives you a claimed extra 15 hours of use, and in our experience, the battery barely budges while the device is in this mode.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8) review - extreme power saving mode " alt="HTC One (M8) review - extreme power saving mode " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-review-extreme-power-saver_2.jpg?1395922334" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC Versus The World </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong><em>Should I get one to get away from the iPhone 5? </em>- A</strong>lex Nicolson (@ANicolsonphoto), Twitter&nbsp;</p> <p>iOS still has the best apps and the iPhone 5s still offers the smoothest smartphone experience on the market, but we think you should do it, Alex. Our reviewer Sophie jumped ship from the iPhone to the HTC One and isn&#39;t going back. Bigger screen, live widgets, BlinkFeed, UFocus and microSD expansion - plenty of reasons the HTC trumps the iPhone. One caveat - the iPhone has a more consistent main camera, so it does depend in part on how important phone photography is to you.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here&#39;s an&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/htc-one-m8-vs-iphone-5s/feature">HTC One (M8) versus iPhone 5s versus showdown</a>, just for you.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Is there a big speed difference versus the HTC One?</strong></em> Jason Smith, Google Plus&nbsp;</p> <p>The One (M8) is powered by a Snapdragon 801, not the 600 in the One - but the original HTC ran smoothly to begin with. Performance alone isn&#39;t a reason to upgrade, both HTC handsets do a beautiful job of running Android. According to the AnTuTu scores, the One (M8) is on top of the smartphone charts for now with a score of 36419 and it&#39;s a beast for gaming.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Is it better than a Galaxy S5? </strong>-&nbsp;</em>Julian Garlinge (@julesg73), Twitter&nbsp;</p> <p>We don&#39;t want to call that one yet, Julian. But the S5&#39;s release date is mere weeks away so we&#39;ll be pitting these two heavyweights against each other very soon. For now, take a look at how they square up in our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/htc-one-m8-vs-samsung-galaxy-s5-weigh/feature">HTC One (M8) versus Samsung Galaxy S5 weigh-in</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>Is it better than...&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <p>Yes! It&#39;s the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">best smartphone money can buy</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>For now.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="HTC One (M8) versus iPhone 5s " alt="HTC One (M8) versus iPhone 5s " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-vs-iphone-5-04_0.jpg?1395922334" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BoomSound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/MOOUrTK7xI0/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/MOOPH0OxiEu/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Side by side video of BoomSound volume levels please </strong>Ben Stinson<strong>&nbsp;(</strong>@bunjiweb), Twitter</p> <p>You win the Most Demanding Question Prize Ben. HTC One up top, HTC One (M8) below. The quality on Vine isn&#39;t amazing but you should be able to hear the difference in volume.&nbsp;</p> <p>Click the volume button in the top left to have a listen.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MISC </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Why the hell is the bezel/chin so MASSIVE? </strong></em>David Pye, Google Plus&nbsp;</p> <p>David - we agree. It&#39;s a tall phone with some wasted space on the front - the G2 with its barely there bezels would suit you. But it looks beautiful and it&#39;s still impressive engineering considering there&#39;s a bigger 2600mAh battery under the hood too.&nbsp;</p> <p>Another reason the &#39;chin&#39; looks so big is that there&#39;s no capacitive buttons anymore, there&#39;s onscreen Android buttons instead. Personally we reckon this is prime thumb-resting space.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>What does it smell like?</strong></em> John Slater, Google Plus&nbsp;</p> <p>Smells like a machined metal unibody to us, John. With a hint of a whole company&#39;s hopes and dreams captured and piped into that smartphone body.</p> <p>And notes of jam donut. Oh wait, that&#39;d be the jam donut.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Where and when can I get the UK version of the dev device?</strong></em> Martyn Haigh, Google Plus</p> <p>We take it you mean the Google Play edition, Martyn. Read more info in our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc-one-m8-google-play-edition-goes-sale/news">news story here</a> but previous Google Play editions haven&#39;t made it to the UK. We&#39;ll ask HTC and update the story for you.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8) review" alt="HTC One (M8) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-lockscreen_2.jpg?1395922334" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sense 6 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>How close to the Nexus experience is this? Have they messed around with Android much?</strong></em> Andrew Bradley, Google Plus&nbsp;</p> <p>Not too much, Andrew. Sense is one of our favourite Android skins, precisely because it doesn&#39;t meddle unnecessarily, and it&#39;s sleeker and slicker than ever. Some icons have been subtly redesigned but it&#39;s very similar to previous iterations of Sense. The only thing that might annoy you if you like stock KitKat is BlinkFeed, its scrolling news and social feed. It can&#39;t be turned off but it can sit quite nicely to the left of your main homescreen.&nbsp;</p> <p>The main differences between Sense 5/5.5 and Sense 6 are the onscreen buttons, as you would get on a Nexus, the new ability to change the colour &quot;theme&quot; of the UI and updates to what can be included in BlinkFeed. Now Fitbit progress and Zoe Highlights, for example, can show up here too.&nbsp;</p> <p>You can always install a custom launcher on the One (M8) too but we doubt you&#39;ll need to.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sense 6 on the HTC One (M8)" alt="Sense 6 on the HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC-One-M8-Sense-6.png?1395922334" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Sense 6 on the HTC One (M8)" alt="Sense 6 on the HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC-One-M8-sense-6-settings.png?1395922334" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="BlinkFeed on the HTC One (M8) " alt="BlinkFeed on the HTC One (M8) " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-blinkfeed.png?1395922334" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-m8-all-your-questions-answered/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-m8-all-your-questions-answered/news#comments HTC One (M8) Smartphones Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:10:18 +0000 Sophie Charara 1434344 at http://www.stuff.tv 4 reasons you'll really, really want an HTC One (M8) http://www.stuff.tv/android/4-reasons-youll-really-really-want-htc-one-m8/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Specs can only tell you so much - here are the real-world treats you&#039;ll get from HTC&#039;s new flagship </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="4 reasons why you&#039;ll really, really want an HTC One (M8)" alt="4 reasons why you&#039;ll really, really want an HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/HTC%20One%20M8%20Features.jpg?1396410325" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">So you&#39;ve read our stories about when&nbsp;the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc-one-m8-price-and-availability-wheres-it-cheapest/news" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) will be available</a>, what hardware it has packed within its aluminium unibody, and how <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/htc-one-m8-vs-samsung-galaxy-s5-weigh/feature" target="_blank">it fares against its immediate rivals.</a></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LED flip cover: so damn cool (and pretty useful) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-84cf6f01-f820-931f-3ebe-a11faf07d78e">HTC&#39;s new flip cover isn&#39;t the first to let you see notifications without having to open it, but it is by far the classiest.</p> <p dir="ltr">Rather than customising its user interface to fit into a small transparent window on the cover, it lights up specific pixels on the screen which then beam through small holes in the cover to form an LED-like notification screen.</p> <p dir="ltr">Compared to what Samsung and LG have done with their flip covers, HTC&#39;s effort uses less pixels but reveals full-sized notification. Plus, you can interact with the whole cover, rather than a small limited space,&nbsp;to accept or reject calls and check the weather.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Did you know</strong>: Power consumption when viewing and interacting with notifications in this way should be lower, as the cover only activates essential pixels on the screen to create the LED effect</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="4 reasons why you&#039;ll really, really want an HTC One (M8)" alt="4 reasons why you&#039;ll really, really want an HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC%20One%20M8%20LED%20cover.jpg?1396410325" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motion Launch: tap and go </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-84cf6f01-f821-057a-5d47-85370640813a">Alright, so HTC borrowed an LG trick in letting you wake the phone by tapping on the screen. But don&#39;t hold that against it - because by adding gestures and motion features, HTC&#39;s improved the idea.</p> <p dir="ltr">On the One (M8), for example, you can swipe upwards to wake the phone and launch the last opened app. To perform the same function on other devices, you&rsquo;ll probably need at least four actions - press the power button, swipe to unlock, go to the task manager and select the app. Other options include launching straight to BlinkFeed and to selected widgets.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Did you know</strong>: You can activate the camera by pressing the volume button when you remove the phone from your pocket. Don&rsquo;t worry, you can&rsquo;t pocket-shoot - the shortcut only works when the phone changes its orientation</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="4 reasons why you&#039;ll really, really want an HTC One (M8)" alt="4 reasons why you&#039;ll really, really want an HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC%20One%20M8%20Motion%20Launch.jpg?1396410325" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Improved BlinkFeed: more news sources </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-84cf6f01-f821-c02a-7f7e-ed6a0e5163a6">HTC did a fine job of integrating a Flipboard-like news feed into its user interface when it launched BlinkFeed with the original HTC One. A sort of cross between an app and a homescreen, it displays social network updates from Twitter and Facebook alongside articles from HTC&#39;s official news partners and presents them in a lovely, glance-friendly layout.</p> <p dir="ltr">The good news is that BlinkFeed&#39;s been improved for the launch of the Sense 6.0 on the HTC One (M8). For starters it&#39;s no longer restricted to official channels - you can just add an RSS feed to BlinkFeed, and it&rsquo;ll appear as a topic within the news curator. Though we suggest you keep Stuff&#39;s own news feed in there, whatever other changes you make.&nbsp;More impressively still, it&#39;s now more intelligent, analysing the news you&rsquo;ve been reading and suggesting stories and channels it thinks you&#39;ll like.</p> <p><strong>Did you know:</strong>&nbsp;Apps are also integrated with BlinkFeed. If a YouTube video appears in the feed, clicking on it will launch the YouTube app, rather than bringing you to the web page</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="4 reasons why you&#039;ll really, really want an HTC One (M8)" alt="4 reasons why you&#039;ll really, really want an HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC%20One%20M8%20BlinkFeed.jpg?1396410325" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera: features trump megapixels </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-84cf6f01-f822-c3ea-1536-bb9719b2a9ec">The One (M8)&#39;s UltraPixel camera is twice as good as the one on the original One. Because where there was only one on the One, there&#39;s two on the One (M8). OK, this could get very confusing...</p> <p dir="ltr">Let&#39;s start again - the important thing here is that the M8 has two rear cameras. One has a &#39;standard&#39; UtraPixel sensor, the other exists specifically to measure depth of focus. Put them together and you&#39;ll be able to focus and re-focus on pictures after you&#39;ve taken them via the new UFocus feature. You can already do all of this on some other phones via software tricks, yes, but capturing two images concurrently will reduce the lag time and will give you a more accurate photo.</p> <p dir="ltr">The One (M8) also has two LED flashes. Without stating the obvious about the inspiration behind it *cough*iPhone5s*cough*, all you really need to know is that when using the M8 in low light it&#39;ll now adjust the flash output to get better results with skin tones. Which should be some compensation for the person you&#39;ve just blinded with two flashes.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Did you know:</strong> The One (M8) is smart enough to alert you when your finger blocks the second rear camera</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc-one-m8-vs-samsung-galaxy-s5-weigh/feature" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="4 reasons why you&#039;ll really, really want an HTC One (M8)" alt="4 reasons why you&#039;ll really, really want an HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC%20One%20M8%20Camera_0.jpg?1396410325" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/4-reasons-youll-really-really-want-htc-one-m8/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/4-reasons-youll-really-really-want-htc-one-m8/feature#comments Android HTC One (M8) Smartphones Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:29:57 +0000 Marc McLaren 1434288 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC One (M8) vs iPhone 5s http://www.stuff.tv/apple/htc-one-m8-vs-iphone-5s/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC&#039;s new One is flying the flag for beautifully-designed Android phones – so how does it fare against perennial rival the Apple iPhone 5s? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iPhone 5 vs HTC One (M8)" alt="iPhone 5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphone-5s-vs-htc-one-m8.jpg?1396429055" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>HTC has taken the wraps off its latest smartphone&nbsp;&ndash; the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)</a>.</p> <p>While its name might not exactly roll off the tongue, it&#39;s a gorgeous phone; wrapped up in curvy metal, with an innovative camera and an improved version of HTC&#39;s Sense UI.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Death to all but metal </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The M8 improves upon its predecessor&#39;s metal-and-plastic design with a gorgeous build that feels like a single piece of metal &ndash; available in brushed steel, silver and gold variants. It&#39;s hefty, at 160g and 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm, but its newly-curvy surface fits in the hand even more neatly than the original One. HTC&#39;s attention to detail can be seen in the&nbsp;gorgeous micro-drilled speakers and brushed-metal finish, though the phone&#39;s&nbsp;chunky bezel is slightly less welcome. Opinion is divided as to whether the M8&#39;s row of on-screen buttons is an improvement over the previous One&#39;s bezel-based buttons, too.</p> <p>The iPhone 5s sticks with Apple&#39;s tried-and-trusted design philosophy, a metal-and-glass build that delivers only incremental changes over the iPhone 5.&nbsp;Apple may have been conservative, but it&#39;s hard to improve on the iPhone&#39;s design, a beautifully-engineered slimline slab of anodised aluminium. It&#39;s an ergonomic marvel; Apple&#39;s refusal to join in the screen size war means that it&#39;s perfectly suited&nbsp;for one-handed use, with carefully-placed buttons helping it feel just right in the hand.&nbsp;Like the One (M8), it&#39;s available in three finishes: Space Grey, silver and a subtler-than-it-sounds white-and-gold finish.&nbsp;</p> <p>The most substantial change? Apple&#39;s replaced the Home Button with its new Touch ID fingerprint sensor, of which more later.</p> <p>The One&#39;s the closest an Android phone has come to matching Apple&#39;s design and build quality &ndash; but the fact remains that the iPhone is the yardstick by which smartphone design is measured.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong>&nbsp;iPhone 5s</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8)" alt="HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-01.jpg?1396429055" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iphone-5s_0.jpg?1396429055" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8) vs iPhone 5s" alt="HTC One (M8) vs iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-vs-iphone-5-01.jpg?1396429055" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power! Unlimited power! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The HTC One (M8)&#39;s spec sheet is as impressive as you&#39;d expect from an Android flagship in 2013. You get a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, coupled with 2GB of RAM. 16GB or 32GB of onboard storage is a bit stingy, but you have the option of up to 128GB microSD card storage, correcting one of the previous One&#39;s few flaws. Power comes courtesy of a 2600mAh battery, with a new low-power mode offering a claimed 15 hours of life on just 10 per cent battery.</p> <p>The iPhone&#39;s 1.3GHz A7 processor and 1GB of RAM look somewhat scanty in comparison, though in everyday use it handles everything you can throw at it with ease. The wonders of having developers optimise their apps for a single platform, no doubt &ndash; and for apps that require location data, Apple&#39;s M7 motion co-processor helps to lighten the load on the A7 by processing motion sensor data. Apple&#39;s much-vaunted 64-bit architecture has yet to deliver on its promise, though.</p> <p>The iPhone&#39;s 1560mAh battery is a little bit small for a modern phone, and on raw capacity the HTC wins out; we&#39;ll have to wait for a full test of the M8&#39;s battery life before we can make a fair comparison between the two.</p> <p>In terms of sheer grunt, the M8 wins out here; it&#39;s the fastest phone we&#39;ve tested.</p> <p><strong>Winner: </strong>HTC One (M8)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iphone-5s-01.JPG?1396429055" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="HTC One (M8)" alt="HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8_38_0.jpg?1396429055" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen Gems </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Where once it ruled the roost with its Retina displays, Apple has rather been left behind when it comes to screens. Its 4in, 1136x640 display hasn&#39;t changed substantially since the previous generation, delivering 326ppi. A few minor tweaks to the display have resulted in better contrast and a little bit of extra detail.</p> <p>The HTC One (M8)&#39;s display, by contrast, is a substantial 5in, 1080p affair that&#39;s sharper than the iPhone at 441ppi. Vibrant colours and a wide viewing angle make the most of all that extra screen real estate &ndash; it is a beautiful display, and easily bests the iPhone&#39;s effort.</p> <p><strong>Winner: </strong>HTC One (M8)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8) vs iPhone 5s" alt="HTC One (M8) vs iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-vs-iphone-5-03.jpg?1396429055" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lens flair </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>HTC has doubled down on its Ultrapixel camera &ndash; literally. It packs what HTC&#39;s calling a Duo camera; a 4.1MP snapper coupled with a dedicated depth sensor for Lytro-like refocusing tricks. What initially seems like a gimmick proves to be rather useful in practice, allowing you to tweak pics to your heart&#39;s content. The Ultrapixel camera does make for lower-resolution snaps, though, and the promised improvement in low-light performance isn&#39;t really noticeable enough to warrant the trade-off for bigger pixels. But unless you&#39;re planning to print your pics, the M8&#39;s snapper is plenty sufficient for the Instagram food pics and Facebook baby snaps that are the mainstay of most phone cameras. Round the front there&#39;s a 5MP camera, which easily bests the iPhone&#39;s 1.8MP FaceTime camera for selfie snaps.</p> <p>The iPhone 5s sticks with an 8MP sensor for its main camera, &ndash; albeit with some subtle upgrades over its predecessor. Like the HTC One, it features a dual LED flash for more natural flesh tones, and boosted pixel size for improved low-light performance, making for&nbsp;bright, punchy images.. The Camera app, meanwhile, is a &quot;delight&quot;; quick to open, with easily-accessed filters and a simple burst mode.</p> <p>With the latest smartphones packing cameras with up to 41MP sensors and 4K video capability, neither phone is at the cutting edge of camera technology &ndash; so if you&#39;re choosing between the M8 and the 5s, it&#39;s fair to say that the camera isn&#39;t your highest priority.&nbsp;It may not have the raw power of the iPhone&#39;s camera, but the M8&#39;s extra features are genuinely useful on a day-to-day basis, so it wins this round.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> HTC One (M8)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8)" alt="HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-camera.jpg?1396429055" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iphone-5s-camera.jpg?1396429055" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sense 6 vs iOS 7.1 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPhone 5s packs Apple&#39;s iOS 7.1, which finally brings the operating system&#39;s visuals in line with Jony Ive&#39;s minimalist hardware design. It&#39;s slick and speedy, with intuitive, useful features. Android fans may complain that the Control Centre, with its handy bank of buttons, is lifted from similar &#39;droid docks, but who&#39;s interested in point scoring? What matters is how it works in day-to-day use, and iOS 7.1 is simple, feature-packed and smooth. The iPhone&#39;s Touch ID fingerprint sensor is typical of Apple&#39;s approach &ndash; it makes unlocking the phone and paying for apps and music that little bit easier.</p> <p>Apple&#39;s App Store continues to lead the field, too &ndash; there&#39;s none of the fragmentation that you get on the Android platform, which means that Apple users can usually expect to get apps and updates first.</p> <p>HTC&#39;s Sense 6 UI is no slouch, though. Built on Android 4.4 KitKat, it&#39;s slick and engaging, with a new tap-to-unlock feature and gesture controls for quick access to the homescreen and BlinkFeed. BlinkFeed itself has been improved, too;&nbsp;the social media and news aggregator is no longer limited to HTC&#39;s official selection of feeds. You can now add any RSS feed you like, making it a brilliant at-a-glance snapshot of your world.</p> <p>As ever, the choice between Android and iOS comes down to personal preference &ndash; but with Sense 6, the HTC One (M8) is on an equal footing with Apple&#39;s iOS 7.1.</p> <p><strong>Winner: </strong>Draw</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iphone-5s-ios-7-1.jpg?1396429055" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8)" alt="HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-05.jpg?1396429055" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8)" alt="HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-06.jpg?1396429055" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="567" height="425" title="HTC One (M8)" alt="HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8_37_0.jpg?1396429055" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The HTC One (M8) has shot to the top of our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">Top Ten Smartphones</a> list, and with good reason &ndash; it outclasses pretty much every phone out there in terms of build quality and power. The M8&#39;s camera may cause some quibbles, and if you&#39;re blessed with small hands you may find its bulk daunting, though.</p> <p>The iPhone 5s is certainly the M8&#39;s equal in terms of design; Apple&#39;s aesthetic sensibilities are second to none, and it&#39;s beautifully complemented by the iOS 7.1 operating system. But but on pretty much every other spec, it loses out to the newcomer. Faced with a phone like the M8, Apple needs to up its game.</p> <p><strong>Verdict: </strong>HTC One (M8)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8) vs iPhone 5s" alt="HTC One (M8) vs iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-vs-iphone-5-04.jpg?1396429055" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8) vs iPhone 5s" alt="HTC One (M8) vs iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-vs-iphone-5-02.jpg?1396429055" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android&#039;s new champion takes on Apple </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/htc-one-m8-vs-iphone-5s/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/htc-one-m8-vs-iphone-5s/feature#comments Apple HTC iPhone 5S One (M8) Smartphones Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:52:43 +0000 Stephen Graves 1434265 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in http://www.stuff.tv/android/htc-one-m8-vs-samsung-galaxy-s5-weigh/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> When smartphone giants collide, expect a monumental fight for supremacy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in" alt="HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/HTC%20One%20M8%20vs%20Samsung%20Galaxy%20S5.jpg?1396409176" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc-one/review">HTC One</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review">Samsung Galaxy S4</a>&nbsp;were two of last year&#39;s best Android phones, so it&#39;s no suprise that their successors are prime candidates for the Best Phone in the World 2014 title.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design: metal vs plastic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-2f0dea91-f772-c5f4-c2c1-b6dc07831ed4">Fact: metal is always more appealing than plastic when it comes to smartphone bodies, so the One (M8)&rsquo;s aluminium unibody design gives it a big advantage over the Galaxy S5&rsquo;s polycarbonate chassis.</p> <p dir="ltr">The One (M8)&rsquo;s rear has&nbsp;a lovely brushed-metal effect, and it feels more natural to hold than the Galaxy S5&rsquo;s plastic and oddly pockmarked body. The One (M8) also fits better in our hands thanks to its curved body and rounded edges and although it&#39;s a tad thicker at 9.35mm to the Galaxy S5&rsquo;s 8.1mm, you won&#39;t notice the difference in use.</p> <p dir="ltr">All that metal does have one disadvantage, of course - the One (M8) weighs 160g compared to the 145g Galaxy S5. Is that a problem? Not for us. And it does mean that the M8 has a much more solid feel. On the other hand, the Galaxy S5 is both&nbsp;waterproof and dustproof - good news if you&#39;re the adventurous type (or just clumsy), and a definite bonus over the HTC, which lacks any sealing of the kind.</p> <p dir="ltr">If you prefer physical touch buttons, the Galaxy S5 retains the signature back, home (doubling up as a fingerprint sensor), and menu buttons. Clean enough, but in comparison to the One (M8)&rsquo;s front, which is all screen, the HTC scores higher in aesthetics. The back and home buttons are displayed on-screen, and the menu button, which was annoyingly absent on the HTC One, makes its return.</p> <p dir="ltr">So which do we like the look of most overall? Based on our brief time with both devices, we&#39;d have to go for the sleek and sexy One (M8).</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Winner</strong>: HTC One (M8)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in" alt="HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC%20One%20M8%2003_0.jpg?1396409176" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in" alt="HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC%20One%20M8%20LED%20cover_0.jpg?1396409176" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in" alt="HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9965_2.JPG?1396409176" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in" alt="HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9981_1_0.JPG?1396409176" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen: pixel war </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-2f0dea91-f773-4ba4-fdb0-1628f58bc36a">Sticking anything less than a 1080p display on any flagship smartphone these days is akin to making a car with only 3 wheels. Fortunately, you can expect 1920 x 1080 pixels on both the One (M8) and Galaxy S5. Purely based on specs, the One (M8)&rsquo;s slightly smaller 5in display has a higher pixel density than the Galaxy S5&rsquo;s 5.1in screen. But unless you remove your glasses and press your nose to the One (M8)&rsquo;s display, you won&rsquo;t really notice the slight difference in sharpness and colour quality.</p> <p dir="ltr">What the Galaxy S5 has over the One (M8) is a Super AMOLED display, which theoretically produces much richer colours. But the One (M8) shines equally bright with its Super LCD 3 display, delivering vibrant colours vibrantly. Both units also offer excellent quality at wide viewing angles, allowing us to view fine text at the edge of the screens with ease.</p> <p dir="ltr">On paper, both devices are on par, and it&rsquo;ll take more than just a brief glance to determine if the difference between AMOLED and Super LCD displays swings our vote either way.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Winner</strong>: Undeclared for now</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The 10 best smartphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in" alt="HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC%20One%20M8%20Screen.jpg?1396409176" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="740" height="555" title="HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in" alt="HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Galaxy%20S5%20Screen.jpg?1396409176" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera: Two is better than One </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-2f0dea91-f773-a6d8-85f0-192a1c6b3436">The leaks and rumours surrounding the One (M8)&rsquo;s dual camera system were so ridiculously accurate, all HTC had to do was admit they were correct. The second rear camera is included to record depth information, working in conjunction with HTC&rsquo;s UFocus feature to re-focus images after they&rsquo;re taken. Not exactly a new concept, it&#39;s an idea which started with the Lytro camera and was soon available as a&nbsp;software update for Nokia&rsquo;s Lumia phones. Even LG and Samsung have the after-image focus on their&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g-pro-2/mwc-2014/lg-g-pro-2-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">LG G Pro 2</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a>&nbsp;respectively.</p> <p dir="ltr">But with two cameras, the One (M8) has the distinct advantage of capturing depth information better and faster than its competitors. Depth adjustment is also much more accurate, as images are taken simultaneously rather than one after another. The lag between images, together with any slight movement, could potentially create blurrier photos for after-image focusing.</p> <p dir="ltr">With the same UltraPixel sensor as its predecessor, low-light imaging remains the One (M8)&rsquo;s strength. The only downside is the use of a lower 4MP - or rather UP - count, so images that are zoomed in will have less pixels to display. With a 16MP rear camera, the Galaxy S5 will have pixels to spare even when zoomed in. Ironically, the One (M8)&rsquo;s front camera is pegged at 5MP, delivering more pixels than the Galaxy S5&rsquo;s 2MP affair. For selfie addicts, this may be enough reason to sway your decision.</p> <p dir="ltr">Like the iPhone 5s, the One (M8) has dual-LED flashes, more for improving skin tones than increasing the flash exposure for low-light photography. The Galaxy S5 lacks that, though its autofocus speed is significantly faster than the One (M8). It&#39;s also packed with clever software tricks to get the most out of your snaps, though for our money&nbsp;the One (M8)&rsquo;s imaging features are implemented with more finesse.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ultimately, this one is too close to call. The M8&rsquo;s focus on low-light photography will appeal more to some, but for general, everyday shots, we&#39;d imagine the S5 would often produce better results. So let&#39;s call it a draw.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Winner</strong>: Tie</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/mwc-2014/video-samsung-galaxy-s5-hands-review/video">Samsung Galaxy S5 hands-on video</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in" alt="HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC%20One%20M8%20Camera.jpg?1396409176" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in" alt="HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC%20One%20M8%20Camera%2002.jpg?1396409176" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in" alt="HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Galaxy%20S5%20Camera_0.JPG?1396409176" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in" alt="HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s5-camera_0_0.jpg?1396409176" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power: the beast within </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-2f0dea91-f774-0ef1-9ff3-44ececbb3013">Qualcomm&rsquo;s quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor powers both the One (M8) and Galaxy S5. The former is clocked at 2.3GHz, the latter gets a clock speed of 2.5GHz. Both devices are loaded with 2GB of RAM for multitasking.</p> <p dir="ltr">All of which means there&#39;s unlikely to be much between the two in terms of power. And given how impressed we are with the incredibly smooth performance and high AnTuTu score of 36,149 for the One (M8), that bodes well for the S5.</p> <p dir="ltr">Battery mileage could swing slightly in Samsung&rsquo;s favour, with a larger 2800mAh capacity compared to the 2600mAh battery in the One (M8). In our tests we experienced a drop of 6% per hour with HD video looped at 50% brightness and an active data connection for the One (M8). We expect a similar mileage for the Galaxy S5, despite its slightly larger 5.1in display.</p> <p dir="ltr">Overall, the One (M8) is a smooth and powerful beast, but until we abuse the Galaxy S5 with the same level of stress testing, we can&rsquo;t in good conscience give a solid verdict as yet.</p> <p><strong>Winner</strong>: Undeclared for now</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/mwc-2014/mwc-2014-samsung-galaxy-s5-revealed-10-things-you-need-know/news">10 things you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S5</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in" alt="HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC%20One%20M8%20Performance.jpg?1396409176" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in" alt="HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9985_0_1.JPG?1396409176" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Usability: Have a KitKat to make Sense </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-2f0dea91-f774-5895-135e-5161b6bab49c">Though both Android phones are equipped with the latest KitKat version, their user interfaces are as different as night and day. The only similarity is the use of simpler and flatter icons on both devices.</p> <p dir="ltr">Though the Galaxy S5&rsquo;s user interface is much cleaner than its predecessors, HTC already has a headstart with clean UIs. In particular, Sense 6.0 lets you install customised fonts, and feels more organised with colour-coded basic apps for easier identification. Its Flipboard-like news curator BlinkFeed also receives a massive improvement, adding support for RSS feeds rather than limiting you to official news channels partnered with HTC. Furthermore, BlinkFeed takes note of what you&rsquo;ve been searching for, and recommends more news based on your interests.</p> <p dir="ltr">Gesture controls are significantly different between both Android devices. Samsung continues with its signature eye-sensing and hand-waving gesture controls, though in reality these features aren&rsquo;t heavily utilised or practical for everyday use. HTC, on the other hand, took some notes from LG, introducing a tap-screen-to-wake-phone feature. Dubbed Motion Launch, it also includes swiping gestures when the phone is asleep to quickly activate BlinkFeed, launch the last-used app, and call up widgets.</p> <p dir="ltr">While it doesn&rsquo;t have a heart-rate monitor like the Galaxy S5 does, the One (M8) will integrate with Fitbit seamlessly. Wear a Fitbit accessory, sync it to the HTC device, and you can track your workout regime and fitness level just as accurately.</p> <p dir="ltr">In essence, the One (M8) is all about useful, practical features, rather than subscribing to the &ldquo;more is better&rdquo; logic. That&#39;s enough for it to take this category.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Winner</strong>: HTC One (M8)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in" alt="HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC%20One%20M8%20Usability%2002_0.jpg?1396409176" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in" alt="HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Galaxy%20S5%20Usability_0.JPG?1396409176" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-2f0dea91-f774-ac9a-e216-2d81324b8f95">HTC has a track record of making great phones. The side-by-side comparison of the One (M8)&rsquo;s hardware and features with those of the S5 shows that it&rsquo;s an even match.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">What sets the HTC device apart from its rivals is its incredibly detailed and beautiful design, along with an equally appealing Sense user interface. With its weatherproofing, heart-rate tracking and multitude of software features, the Galaxy S5 isn&#39;t without plus points either - but it&#39;s going to have to be some phone to beat the One (M8).</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in" alt="HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC%20One%20M8%20Verdict.jpg?1396409176" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/htc-one-m8-vs-samsung-galaxy-s5-weigh/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/htc-one-m8-vs-samsung-galaxy-s5-weigh/feature#comments Android Galaxy S5 HTC One (M8) Samsung Smartphones Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:28:48 +0000 Marc McLaren 1434286 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC One (M8) announced - here are 12 things you need to know http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-m8-finally-announced-here-are-10-things-you-need-know/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> After months of rumours and leaks, HTC&#039;s 2014 flagship makes its onstage debut at last </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8) finally announced - here are 10 things you need to know" alt="HTC One (M8) finally announced - here are 10 things you need to know" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/M8_3V_GunMetal.jpg?1395765566" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://HTC One (M8) price and availability: where&#039;s it cheapest?" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)</a> is, without a doubt, the most leaked gadget we&#39;ve ever seen. From blurry spy shots to full-blown 14 minute YouTube videos, we knew almost everything there was to know about it before it stepped into the official spotlight.</p> <p>But we digress. The M8 is real. It&#39;s lovely. And here&#39;s everything you need to know about it:</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>1. It&#39;s got a bigger screen</strong><br />HTC has upped the size of the One&#39;s screen to five inches, and like the Galaxy S5, it&#39;s stuck to 1080p. HTC has also ditched the capacitive navigation buttons for onscreen alternatives, although there&#39;s still a fair bit of bottom bezel.</p> <p><strong>2. It&#39;s got three cameras</strong><br />That&#39;s right. Three. Two on the rear and a 5MP offering on the front. The primary camera on the rear is the same 4MP UltraPixel camera found on the One, but the real story here is the M8&#39;s secondary camera which captures depth information with every shot.</p> <p>That means that subjects in photos can be re-focused after you&#39;ve taken the shot, Lytro style, and it&#39;ll come in very handy for fixing photos up after you&#39;ve indadvertedly blurred out someone&#39;s face by accident.</p> <p>The front camera is also capable of 1080p video recording, while the rear throws 1080p HDR video into the mix.</p> <p><strong>3. BoomSound returns</strong><br />Or to give it its less ridiculous name, dual front-facing speakers are back, which is a very, very good thing, given how impressive the original One&#39;s speakers are.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8) finally announced - here are 10 things you need to know" alt="HTC One (M8) finally announced - here are 10 things you need to know" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/M8_3V_GunMetal.jpg?1395765566" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>4. microSD slot!</strong><br />That&#39;s right media hoarders - the One (M8) has an honest to goodness microSD slot. Guzzle that music. Gorge on those movies. Download ALL the apps.</p> <p><strong>5. It has a cool Lite Brite flip cover</strong><br />Well, that&#39;s not the official name, but the M8&#39;s flip cover is, in our eyes, just as awesome as Hasbro&#39;s classic toy. Perforated with holes, a quick double tap of the cover reveals a pixellated clock and weather forecast, courtesy of the M8&#39;s ability to detect when the cover is attached and turn its display on accordingly.</p> <p><strong>6. Battery bump</strong><br />HTC has increased the battery size from 2300mAh to 2600mAhm, which should help squeeze out a little more usage. The One (M8) also has a battery saver mode similar to the one found on the S5, which freezes all apps but still allows basic functions like phone calls and texting.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/M8_DotMatrixCase_GRAY.jpg?1395765566" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>7. Sense 6.0 </strong><br />Sense returns with minor, but welcome changes. The standout update is Blinkfeed which is now even more useful thanks to its ability to read any RSS feed. It also learns what you like, presenting that information first.</p> <p>Like the LG G2, you can also double-tap the One (M8)&#39;s screen to wake it. Better yet, you can swipe in form the left to go straight to Blinkfeed, form the right for the homescreen and from the bottom to enter your last used app. Simple, but incredibly useful.</p> <p><strong>8. More metal, more curves</strong><br />The One (M8)&#39;s body packs in 20% more metal that the original One and that, combined with its rounder edges, makes it one of the sexiest smartphones around. Our favourite finish is MEtal Grey, which has brushed lines across the aluminium - a detail that&#39;s not present on the Arctic Silver and Amber Gold variants.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8) finally announced - here are 10 things you need to know" alt="HTC One (M8) finally announced - here are 10 things you need to know" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/M8_3V_Gold.jpg?1395765566" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>9. More power</strong><br />The M8&#39;s got a boost in the power department too, thanks to its quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor. That&#39;s the same as the One found in the Galaxy S5, albeit clocked very slightly lower.</p> <p>Like the S5, the M8 has stuck to 2GB of RAM, and it&#39;ll arrive in 16GB and 32GB flavours, along with 4G support, a barometer, 802.11ac Wi-FI and NFC.</p> <p><strong>10. What&#39;s in a name?</strong><br />The HTC One (M8)&#39;s name might confuse you, and we wouldn&#39;t blame you. HTC has told stuff that the &#39;M&#39; stands for metal, while the eight stands for, well eight. Any guesses so far?</p> <p>That&#39;s right. It&#39;s HTC&#39;s 8th metal phone. Clever eh?</p> <p><strong>11. Stock Google fans rejoice</strong><br />The HTC One (M8) will also land in a Google Play Edition suit, which means simple, clean, stock Android for Google fanatics who like things to be kept as pure as possible.</p> <p><strong>12. Price and release date</strong><br />The One M8 will be on shelves today in select Carphone Warehouse stores in London, and you can also order it via phone if you you live outside the capital.</p> <p>EE has also announced that it&#39;s offering the M8 from tomorrow, 26 March, for &pound;30, on a &pound;38 per month contract with 4GB of monthly data for the duration of the contract - twice the normal amount if customers sign up before 10 April.</p> <p>It&#39;ll also chuck in a free European destination to one of 12 EU countries so that you can &quot;use unlimited calls and texts abroad&quot;, presumably while seeing some sights in the process.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc-one-m8-price-and-availability-wheres-it-cheapest/news" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) price and availability: where&#39;s it cheapest?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8) finally announced - here are 10 things you need to know" alt="HTC One (M8) finally announced - here are 10 things you need to know" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/M8_3V_Silver_0.jpg?1395765566" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-m8-finally-announced-here-are-10-things-you-need-know/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-m8-finally-announced-here-are-10-things-you-need-know/news#comments HTC One (M8) Smartphones Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:14:20 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1434267 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC One (M8) launch liveblog http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-m8-liveblog/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Be excited: join us for up-to-the-minute coverage of HTC&#039;s launch event </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8) launch liveblog" alt="HTC One (M8) launch liveblog" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/M8_PerLeft_GunMetal.jpg?1395762769" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The long wait is over.</p> <p>The follow-up to one of the outstanding smartphones of 2013, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc-one/review">HTC One</a>&nbsp;has been announced. Until the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review">LG G2</a> showed up, the One topped <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">Stuff&#39;s list of the best phones in the world</a>, and the One M8 has retaken its position at the top.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-m8-liveblog/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-m8-liveblog/news#comments HTC One (M8) Smartphones Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:34:50 +0000 Stephen Graves 1434192 at http://www.stuff.tv