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Review: HTC One (M8) is a masterpiece with one major flaw

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LA Gadgets Examiner Rating: B+

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On Monday, the HTC One (M8) will start arriving at T-Mobile stores all over the country. Sprint should start receiving the much-loved smartphone in the middle of the week. On Saturday, we talked to several Verizon stores in the Los Angeles area and they still have several units in stock. It's possible that 2014's HTC One may run into the same problems of 2013's HTC One--great reviews won't necessarily move people to the stores.

Basic Specs:

Operating System: Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)
Dimensions: 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm (5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 in)
Weight: 160 g (5.64 oz)
Screen: 5-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixels
Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 2600 mAh battery
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad-core 2.3GHz
Memory: 16GB or 32GB internal memory, 2GB RAM, microSD card reader
Camera: Dual 4MP, 2688х1520 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash

Build and design

There was obviously a lot of thought that went into the design of the HTC One (M8), because it is the slickest smartphone we have ever held. The smartphone, with its aluminum body, oozes quality. Its smoothly curved back and matte finish make you not want to let go, unless you are holding it up to watch videos or view pictures for a long period of time.

The phone feels heavy--mostly because the bulk of the weight is concentrated in the middle of the phone. As a comparison, the Galaxy Note 3 weighs more, but feels lighter. You really have to hold the HTC One (M8) with one hand in front of your face for more than a couple minutes to understand what we are talking about. It's not a deal killer, but it is an inconvenience.

Screen

Last year's HTC One proved that an LCD screen can still come out on top and this year's model has the best display we have ever seen on a smartphone. (We are sorry, Apple and Samsung.) The 1080p screen may have less pixels per inch than last years model (this year's model has a larger screen), but the human eye can barely tell a difference. The color saturation and accuracy on this screen is absolutely perfect.

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