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The HTC One M8 is everything you want in a smartphone, and more

Richard Hall writes that an overload of smartphones these days means people have to choose carefully what to spend their money on. Luckily, the HTC One M8 makes that decision easier for them.
by Richard Hall Published: May 6, 2014

If you’ve been on the fence about what new smartphone you should buy, then be thankful for HTC, because they just made your decision a lot easier: Buy the HTC One M8.

Easily the best Android phone I’ve ever used, the One M8 is the perfect combination of design, functionality and technology. It truly is the latest-and-greatest piece of phone hardware out right now.

A quick glance at the general specs of the phone might not reveal anything Earth-shattering, but digging deeper shows why you shouldn’t judge the One M8 by its on-paper specs alone.

It has a 5-inch IPS LCD 1080p display that blows away the competition in terms of color balance and contrast. Everything looks crisp on this thing, including high-definition video.

The One M8’s nerve center is a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 quadcore processor, fueled by 2GB RAM and Android 4.2.2, with internal storage for up to 32GB worth of music, movies, photos and apps, and microSD expandable storage up to a whopping 128GB.

It also houses a 5-megapixel front-facing camera and an HTC Duo Ultrapixel rear camera, which essentially shoots images with two lenses and dual LEDs.

Picture perfect

In fact, the Ultrapixel camera is one of the best things about this device. As one lens captures the image, the other captures the scene, which bolsters the final product’s depth. Once the image is snapped, users have the ability to manually manipulate the image by doing things like cutting people out of the image just to drop them into another, adjusting the background and adding in visual effects.

While it’s not something most users will use a great deal, the good thing is it works well, like a PhotoShop-lite prebuilt into the camera app.

Since the photos are basically a 4-megapixel composite, don’t expect high resolutions you’ll find on other devices. Photographs are generally good enough, if not a little overexposed and noisy. The thing is, HTC is giving users a camera that is perfect for social media and other forms of digital sharing, so large resolutions aren’t necessarily vital.

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by Richard Hall
Digital Media Specialist
Richard Hall is an award-winning newsroom developer, editor and blogger for NewsOK. He was born in Austin, Texas, spent his childhood in southern California and has lived in Norman since 1999. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2008.
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