One M8 - £510
Why this smartphone is built for you
The HTC One M8
The HTC One M8 is a top-end smartphone running a version of Android KitKat that has been augmented with HTC's 'Sense' UI. It is an update to 2013's HTC One which adds a better camera, expandable storage and a bigger battery to what was already an impressive feature list.
This phone has a 5 inch HD touchscreen (slightly bigger than the 4.7 inches offered by its predecessor) that displays in 441PPI (Pixels Per Inch). The average PPI for a modern smartphone is 255.
The HTC One M8 has a 4 UltraPixel dual camera dual camera on the back. This is the first smartphone with a camera of this type and promises many more options when it comes to editing images and very detailed photos. UltraPixel cameras are designed to work better in low light than Megapixel cameras. To the naked eye, a 4 UltraPixel camera will produce images of roughly a similar quality to a 13 MP camera. The One M8 can also record video in up to 1080p and has a 5MP front facing camera for taking selfies and making video calls.
Performance is provided by a 2.3GHz quad core processor and 2GB RAM. Based upon its processor speed and memory, this phone receives an unmudlr performance rating of 93 out of 100.
The HTC One M8 has an estimated battery life of around 20 hours. The average smartphone battery life is around 10 hours. It has a battery capacity of 2600mAh (MilliAmp hours). The average battery capacity is 1950mAh.
1GB (Gigabyte) is equal to roughly 500 pictures or 250 songs. The One M8 comes with 16 or 32GB internal storage (depending upon the model) and an expandable memory card slot which makes it possible for you to add a further 128GB external storage. It also comes with Google Drive installed which gives you an additional 15GB of free cloud storage.
The One M8 comes 4G ready so can take advantage of high speed mobile Internet in locations where it is available. It has Bluetooth which enables it to communicate with other Bluetooth devices (such as a Bluetooth handsfree kit). It has Wi-Fi which means that it can connect to your home network or public Wi-Fi hotspots such as those available in many coffee shops, cafes or hotels. It has NFC compatibility which allows you to make contactless payments and share files with your friends. It is able to connect to DLNA and Miracast enabled devices (such as a laptop or smart TV) meaning that you can stream content both to and from your phone wirelessly and it can be hooked up to your TV or projector through an HDMI port (requires a microUSB to HDMI adapter).This phone also has an infrared blaster which gives it the ability to control most TV's or home cinema systems.
This phone comes in a dual SIM version (called the HTC One M8 Dual) that enables you to pop in two SIM cards at once and choose the one you want to use. This comes in handy if you are planning to use your phone abroad extensively or want to keep your business and personal calls separate.
The HTC One M8 has an FM radio, an MP3 player and dual front facing speakers with BoomSound, which HTC claims are 25% more powerful than last year's model. The One M8 is able to integrate with social media via designated Facebook and Twitter Apps and comes preloaded with Google Maps, Gmail, Chrome, Google+ and YouTube. Other apps, such as Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat and Spotify are available to download from the Google Play Store, along with the latest music, films, TV shows and games.
The HTC One M8 comes loaded with features, has a premium feel and an attractive design. This, coupled with excellent performance and an improved battery life, means that the HTC One M8 is the complete package. It offers many benefits over its predecessor and is regarded by many as the benchmark device of 2014 thus far.