As far as looks are concerned, the One M8s all-metal construction with a brushed metal design really stands out and makes the phone appear different from most plastic bodies found in the market. Sporting rounded edges, the phone stays comfortable in your hands even if you hold it for hours. What further helps is the curved back, which ensures the phone fits your hand with natural ease.
Stacked internal components allow a mere 9.35 mm thin construction. The display screen, flanked by two speaker grills on each side, looks smart and on top of the screen is the front 5-MP camera.
The left edge of the phone has the SIM card slot (which can only be opened with a pin provided) and the right edge houses the volume rocker key and the micro SD card slot. The top edge gets a unique plastic striplike you get in remote controls. In fact, it is a remote control! The strip hides an infrared emitter that can be used to control your TV, DVD and other electronic items after applying some settings.
The strip also houses the power button. On the rear you get two camera lenses. The bottom edge gets the micro-USB/charging port and the 3.5-mm headset jack. In fact, the form factor of the One M8 is such that even though it is large in size (5-inch screen), the phone is relatively comfortable for one-handed usage.
The 5-inch, full HD display is quite bright and the screen is clearly visible even under the sun. Further, viewing angles are great and colours produced by the screen are vivid. The display is, without doubt, one of the brightest you will get to see in the market today. The phone gets some useful features such as the Car Mode (shows larger versions of music controls, maps and dialler) and Kid Mode (restricts what a child can do when you give him or her your phone).
The One M8 is powered by the Android 4.4.2 KitKat, the latest version of the operating software. Its processor is the 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core and the phone comes with a 2 GB RAM and 16 GB storage. The 2600 mAh battery has a claimed standby time of up to 496 hours and a talk time of up to 20 hours, which we found to be correct. In fact, last Sunday we heavily used the phoneclicked photos (100), captured videos (20 minutes), browsed the web (2 hours), watched two movies and listened to music (30 minutes) and yet had 20% charge left at the end of the day!
On the rear of the camera, as I said, are two lenses. The second lens (on top of the primary lens), while it doesnt capture images, actually helps in detecting and separating backgrounds and foregrounds as it scans depth and adds that information to the picture. With a little bit of experience, you can do a whole lot with HTC One M8s cameras. A beautiful feature is the slow motion video recording mode.
Competing with the likes of Sony Xperia Z2, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Apple iPhone 5S, the HTC One M8 is a powerhouse of a phone
Estimated street price: Rs 49,990