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Initial impressions: HTC One (M8)

The HTC One (M8) made its way into Verizon stores on Wednesday and we have our hands on one right now. We will soon give a more detailed review, but wanted to write about our first impressions, which are mixed.

The HTC One (M8) is a beautiful smartphone with an ugly camera.
The HTC One (M8) is a beautiful smartphone with an ugly camera.
National Gadgets Examiner
HTC One (M8)
National Gadgets Examiner

First of all, we must say that the HTC One (M8) is the best designed smartphone yet. It is a little large, but feels slick, expensive, and lacks the plastic feeling of phones from Samsung or LG. The screen is absolutely brilliant and displays colors even better than 2013's HTC One. Thumbs up to HTC for this!

The 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor really moves this phone along. Last year's HTC One was fast enough, but this year's version is blazing fast. The 2GB RAM allows you to run several programs at once without the unit slowing down much. We wish HTC would have included at least 3GB of RAM, which Samsung does with the Galaxy Note 3.

There is one main problem with the HTC One (M8): the camera. HTC has the same 4.1MP resolution UltraPixel camera from 2013's model. HTC says bigger pixels mean more, but they fail to prove it with this camera. While most other high-end smartphones offer the ability to take 4K resolution videos, the HTC One is still stuck with 1080p capabilities. That is so 2012! The fact this camera doesn't offer image or video stabilization features is a real bummer.

Cameras on smartphones are far more important than they used to be since people are shedding their regular digital cameras. A couple years back, HTC could easily get away without having a premium camera. This definitely isn't the case in 2014 and HTC really dropped the ball on this.

Please check back with us soon as we will have a more detailed review after using this extensively for a couple more days. We are not so sure it will be sad giving the HTC One (M8) back to Verizon after our review.

Twitter: @ddeino