HTC One M8s review
The Legend Continues
My HTC One M8s review highlights a great opportunity for those who aren’t looking to spend heavily on the new HTC One M9. The HTC One M8s is an updated proposition of the HTC One M8 yet it will be cheaper than the original so this is a deal well worth snapping up!
The build quality of the HTC One M8s is almost identical to that of its predecessor which means prospective consumers will enjoy the premium feel of a smartphone crafted from a single aluminium block. All three colour options (Gunmetal Grey, Glacial Silver and Amber Gold) will have wide appeal and the HTC One M8s weighs 160 grams with a body that is 9.5mm thick.
The 5” full HD screen has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels which equates to 441 pixels per inch. There is plenty of processing power inside with an octa-core 64-bit processor and 2GB RAM. A healthy 16GB internal memory will satisfy most users but there is a memory card slot formatted to accept cards of up to 128GB for those who download or photograph heavily.
Phone Set Up
The set up of the HTC One M8s will introduce you to Android Lollipop which now has a new look. Any apps or games that you don’t find pre-installed can be downloaded from Google Play.
HTC BlinkFeed fills the home screen and streams online content that can be personalised to include your choice of news and sports updates as well as Facebook and Twitter posts.
The HTC One M8s sounds great with HTC BoomSound stereo speakers mounted on the front with their very own dedicated amplifiers. By directing the sound at you these speakers deliver all of the volume you could desire but HTC Connect is built in for easy content streaming onto other mobile connected devices in your home.
Motion Launch is a real effort saver so it is well worth giving this feature a go. Simply lift the phone to your ear to answer calls, access apps with a single swipe, double tap the screen to wake up the device and use your voice to instigate calls to your contacts.
Connectivity to the internet couldn’t be better with Wi-Fi for your home and at hot-spots and 4G for everywhere else. Navigation and location based services are handled with GPS rounding off a complete set of features that can be built upon by downloading more of your favourite apps.
Camera & Video
The 13MP camera on the HTC One M8s replaces the UltraPixel camera that we saw on the original device. This means that your photographic efforts are captured with far more definition although results in low-light might not be quite as good.
The HTC One M8s has kept the Duo Camera configuration and this takes post-production to new levels. There are four key features explained below that will have you producing photographs like pro:
- Ufocus - This feature allows you to change the point of focus by typically tapping on a subject’s portrait. The remainder of the photograph receives a a slight blurring and the results is simply superb because of the extra depth and layer recognition captured by the Duo Camera.
- Seasons - This is a bit of a gimmick and allows you to place seasonal items on top of your photos such as snow flakes or leaves.
- Foregrounder - This feature allows you to work with the different layers of your photos. You can create the effect of motion with zoom blur to get a result that is usually achieved by twisting a zoom lens on a pro-camera. Sketch, Cartoon and Colourise can be used as well to add effects to individual layers as opposed to the whole image.
- Dimension Plus - This feature gives you the closest results possible to a 3D effect and allows you to shift your perspective by tilting the phone.
The Duo Camera can also be used with copy and paste. This means that you can accurately cut out a subject from a photo and then add it to another background image.
The remaining camera features include a 5MP selfie camera that works with the HTC Eye Experience to give you control over the camera with voice or visual cues. Selfies can be touched up prior to taking the shot and for a bit of fun you can blend your face with someone else’s. Video recording at 1080p quality, a dual tone LED flash and the option to take side-by-side photos using both cameras are also included.
The battery on the HTC One M8s has been boosted up to 2,840mAh (2,600mAh on the M8) and the new 64-bit processor and Android OS are more energy efficient giving you a serious power boost. A talk time of up to 20.25 hours can be achieved or you can enjoy up to a month of standby!
HTC One M8s verdict: With a reduced price in comparison to the original and the addition of a better camera, Android Lollipop, 64-bit processor and a larger battery the choice is clear; buy the HTC One M8s, it really is a great deal!
Written by: Michael Brown