This is a continuation of our HTC One (M8) review, where we previously talked about the smartphone's design and build. As of Tuesday morning, the HTC One (M8) arrived at several Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint stores in the Los Angeles area. Let's take a look at the unit's performance:
You won't find a single smartphone on the market that operates faster than the HTC One (M8), which is helped by Android's new KitKat 4.4.2 operating system. KitKat brings a much better operating system, including a tighter integration with Google search and faster performance. Layered on top of that is HTC's most recent revamp of its Sense UI, version 6. We were able to run several programs at once without seeing a drop in speed. At first, we thought 2GB RAM might not be enough for a smartphone in 2014, but the HTC One (M8) provesdus wrong.
The front speakers on the HTC One (M8) are a marvel of technology. They sound really good and can almost fill a small room. The BoomSound feature adds a lot of bass and feeling to your music and videos. We wish HTC would have spent as much time on the camera as they did the speakers.
The 4MP ultra-pixel camera is somewhat of a joke. Many of our pictures in low-lit situations turned out grainy. The colors are also diluted in the pictures as well. The 1080p videos, with no video stabilization, aren't strong either. The camera isn't a deal killer, but it is definitely a disability for the HTC One (M8)
For those that don't remember, the HTC One M8 is a phone too. It's a pretty good one, but not excellent like the iPhone 5S. I could hear users on the other side perfectly, but some said my voice had a slight robotic twinge to it. I was using it on Verizon's 4G LTE network throughout the San Fernando Valley area in Los Angeles.
Part 3 is coming soon!