HTC One M8s
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About the Phone
What captured hearts: BoomSound speakers
The turn-off: the extremely subpar battery life. And the fact that you would be searching around in vain for a battery replacement nowadays.
You might have been wowed by HTC’s One M8 phone, even though it was a bit on the costly end for you. So you talked yourself out of buying it. After some time, you hear about the One M8s – the follow-up to One M8 after the arrival of One M9. This one seems to be within your budget. And even better, they say, it retains the lineage of One M8 to a large extent – a fact that promises to sate your thirst for a new phone.
But before you venture to step out and make the purchase (or just order it online), take the time to go through the review below.
HTC One M8s, 2GB RAM with 16GB inbuilt memory, costs Rs. 12,000. The phone measures 5.76 x 2.78 x 0.38 and weighs 160 gm. Its internal memory can be upgraded to 256 GB via a microSD card. It has a 5 inch Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors and Gorilla Glass top coating, which comes with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. It has a 5MP front camera and a 13MP rear camera. It has a 2,840 mAh Li-ion battery, and runs Android 5.0 (Lollipop) using a Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615. For graphics, it has a Adreno 405 GPU.
The design is lovely, and is quite similar to HTC’s One M8. But in this phone it is a bit thicker. The back is made of aluminum and the edges are curved, giving the phone a premium feel in the hands. It is also a bit more weighty than most people would prefer their smartphones to be. There are two trays for 2 cards – a microSD card and a SIM card.
You might be used to the power button at the side, but HTC One M8s has it on the front. This would lead to a kind of disorientation in new users. You can also tap twice on the screen to wake the phone up, but again, this will take some getting used to.
The screen is decent but is nothing remarkable. There is a lot of over-saturation. Greens, especially, stand out so that they pierce the eye with an unwelcome intensity. And no, you can’t change it either. You’ll have to live with it, unfortunately.
The resolution, again, is good but nothing that would wow you. There is a bit of that’s-hardly-noticeable granularity on the screen and even for an LCD, the black levels stay good after amping up the brightness.
The HTC One M8s uses an SLCD2 panel even though SLCD3s are available, and it uses Gorilla Glass 2 when version four is already common in the market. It cannot be passed off as antique, though, and users who are used to the newer screens will feel the difference.
Overall, the screen stays sharp despite the intensity of colors.
One M8’s UI is different than stock Android. The home screen is the same as you get with Android, however, the apps menu scrolls vertically and not horizontally which can give a cluttered experience – and it is not visually pleasing either.
The BlinkFeed feature is as good as ever and is a great way to keep up with news from whichever domain you like. You can remove and customize it at whim, that too quite easily.
The graphics card is good. But again, like most of One M8s’ features it’s just that. Good and nothing special to talk about.
With a 13MP and 5MP rear and front camera respectively, the M8s’ sensors are fine. Nothing to brag about really.
There are issues with exposure and the shots tend to look soft. The front camera performs no better than other low-pixel cameras.
You would think that a camera has problems only when used in low light but use the One M8 in sunshiny, well-lit corners and you wouldn’t be totally impressed. The end result is good but fails to satisfy because of the tiny specks in the photographs that give a slightly grainy appearance.
The battery, when viewed in terms of numbers, is great. However, when the phone is actually used, the battery turns out to be a quick loser. No matter how well you might have charged it, expect the power levels to drop around dinnertime.
The battery saver mode isn’t very helpful as it brings up its own host of issues by putting a cap on the mobile internet, CPU speed, and the display intensity. The extreme power saver mode actually changes the UI but allows you to access the basic features.
There is also the issue of heating. A phone, when kept on the desk without being used, would be expected to be normal. But for mysterious reasons, the One M8s has that warm touch to it that makes you wonder what could possibly be taxing the phone so much.
You can pass on this one, really. There are lots more in the market that would be much better off in the long run without giving you troubles of various kind. There is little change from One M8 which isn’t a very motivating factor when deciding to buy a phone. If the little fluffs are tweaked out, it would make a great buy. The battery issue at least needs to be urgently sorted.
In the meantime, skip ahead. We are ready to look at the next phone.