HTC One M8 Android Smartphone
We published our video review of the new HTC One (M8) phone last week, but I wanted to elaborate on some of the points we made in our discussion, taking into account another week of testing and some additional thoughts that didn’t make it into the discussion. Like I said in the video, this HTC One is an important phone for HTC, given the company’s struggles to catch up to the likes of Samsung in the Android handset marketplace. But it also doesn’t seem to have the impact of last year’s HTC One, which was a radical redesign from HTC’s earlier Android phones. While it does have a completely new body design, this year’s HTC One really feels like a mid cycle upgrade, akin to coque iphone 4 s animaux Apple’s 3GS/4S/5S phones. That’s not a bad thing at all. In fact, it allows me to better evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of HTC’s design choices, having had another year to live with Android and more recent phones like the Nexus 5. Testing this phone coque iphone 5s armée helped me recognize my own priorities and preferences when it comes to smartphones.
Let’s jump right into my thoughts on those distinguishing attributes, and why they’ve led me to stay with coque huawei p8 lite 2015 or rose the Nexus 5.
Size, Weight, and Build
The new HTC One is a big phone. It’s not as massive as the Galaxy Note or that silly curved LG Flex, but it reaches the limit of what I would consider a reasonable size for a phone you keep in your jeans pockets. Though the HTC One technically has the same 5 inch LCD screen as the Nexus 5, it feels substantially heftier due to its weight and body design. Even without he dedicated Android buttons of last year’s HTC One, the M8’s metal chassis is taller and its edges less beveled. So not only is it actually physically gabarit coque iphone 5 bigger than both its predecessor and the Nexus 5, it does a worse job hiding that bulk too.
Reviewers have commended coque iphone mentali the HTC One’s build quality as being solid and sturdy, and there’s no doubt that it is. The brushed metal back of the HTC One feels more rigid than the Nexus 5’s plastic casing, and it doesn’t attract finger smudges coque iphone 5c silicone paris like the Nexus 5. But I can’t help but choose the slimmer build, tighter bezel space, and lighter weight of Google’s phone. That’s how good a job LG did building coque iphone 5c wasted the Nexus 5 for Google it feels like a 4.5 inch phone with a 5 inch screen. It’s similar to how I felt about Apple using an aluminum back for its iPhone 5/5S instead of the glass back of the 4/4S. The glass back is nicer and more aesthetically pleasing, but the weight advantage of the metal back makes a big difference.
Physical vs. Software Buttons
I don’t really miss the dedicated buttons of last year’s HTC One, especially since the newest version of Android automatically hides the navigation bar (and notification bar too) to go full screen in certain apps. Software buttons don’t take up coque noire huawei p8 lite 2017 much screen real estate on these 5 inch phones, but it’s unfortunate that HTC had to keep the extra bezel «chin» space below the screen the part with the HTC logo on the new HTC One, even though there are no dedicated buttons there. I also have realized that I am only comfortable using software buttons when there’s some form of haptic feedback. Some people don’t like coque huawei p8 lite 2017 jack skellington the vibration associated with the nav buttons, and you can disable it in Settings>sound.
1080p LCD Screen
Both the HTC One and the Nexus 5 use LCD panels, and I still believe that HTC sources better panels that LG for their phones. Viewing angles and brightness on both phones are comparable, but like with the original HTC One, the M8’s LCD screen coque iphone 6 hippopotame is slightly more vibrant than the one on the Nexus coque iphone gravité 5. The color temperature is also a little cooler on the HTC phones; when going back to the Nexus 5 after a month with the HTC One, white backgrounds looked red tinted.
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HTC One’s UltraPixel Camera
Curiously, the UltraPixel camera in the new HTC One has been coque iphone 5 ford both praised and lambasted by other reviewers. The people who like it credit the large pixel sizes in the 4MP sensor for taking good low light images, and the ones who hate it say that it’s been far surpassed by the cameras in the iPhone 5S and Galaxy S5. I initially was really impressed with the images taken on the HTC One they’re far better than what I’ve been able to take with the Nexus 5 but my opinion of the camera soured when I transferred those photos to view on my desktop monitor. The HTC One’s photos, when blown up on 30 inch panel, look grainy and compressed. But that doesn’t diminish the fact that they still look good on the HTC One’s screen. And after thinking about it for a while, I think that’s perfectly acceptable. A cameraphone’s photos should look best on the phone they’re taken with, since that’s where they’ll most likely be reviewed and enjoyed. These aren’t photos I’d ever blow up and print I wouldn’t do that with any smartphone’s photos but they look great on the HTC One and when shared on social networking apps.
Something else that’s changed since we shot the video review christian lacroix coque iphone 5c is that Google updated its native Camera app. I didn’t like the radial menu dial on the previous stock coque iphone 6s métal camera app, and the new app simplifies controls while adding a bokeh simulation feature. I installed it on the HTC One, and it’s still nowhere near as useful or versatile as HTC’s own camera app. HTC’s camera lets you adjust exposure compensation by half stops (very useful coque huawei p8 lite dur since I almost always step down), set manual ISO, and tweak coque iphone 7 nantes white balance. There’s actually a full «manual» mode that lets you tweak every setting (even shutter coque huawei p8 lite glitter speed!) independently, making me wish there was an easy way to mount the phone on a small tripod. HTC’s panorama sweep and 360 degree modes are smoother than Google’s, and the image stitching more accurate. The better camera app alone is why I wouldn’t choose the Google Play version of the new HTC One over a carrier model…