HTC One M8: One direction

HTC One M8: One direction

The Android scene is a crowded one with new devices in various shapes and sizes flooding the market everyday. It's not easy for one model to stand out but HTC's One M8 comes close. The M8 has a metal body with a build that screams class and quality, and it's curved just right so that it fits snugly in the hand.

Complementing the premium metal body is a beautiful full HD five-inch touchscreen. The display has good contrast, which makes it excellent for viewing pictures and videos. Visibility under direct sunlight is also a non-issue for the M8.

The smartphone has 16GB of internal memory for storing your files, apps and games, and if that's not enough it has a microSD memory slot that supports cards up to 128GB in size. This is a ­welcome addition as the previous HTC flagship phone did not have this feature.

Also, the smartphone comes in two sizes - those who want more on-board memory can go for the M8 with 32GB of internal storage.

Despite having only a 2,600mAh lithium-ion battery, we were pleasantly surprised by the M8's stamina. We didn't attempt to push the device to its limit but it lasted 1.5 days on a single charge which is impressive when compared to other large devices that barely last a day.

The M8 is not without its disadvantages. The metal body is nice but a little too smooth for our liking and it gets scratched too easily. It's a good idea to get a case for this device from day one but you will be hiding its beauty.

Due to the metal body, the M8 is a little on the heavy side - at 160g, it easily out weighs other models.

The smartphone also heats up easily. This is a common problem with most models on the market but you will feel the heat even more because it has a metal body.

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