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HTC One M8 now available in-stores: 10 things you need to know

The HTCOne M8 has now arrived to more markets, both in-store and online, Before you decide whether or not the M8 is right for you, there's at least 10 things you should keep in mind.
April 11, 2014
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Although the HTCOne M8 has been available through select carriers since day one, today the M8 arrived to several other networks across the globe, including T-Mobile.

We’ve talked about the HTCOne in-depth over the last couple of weeks, but now that it’s here, let’s take a look at 10 things you might want to know about the HTCOne (M8) before deciding if its the right device for you!

1. HTCOne (M8) review

Before you run out and buy the HTCOne (M8), be sure to check out our full review. This will give you a better idea of whether the HTCOne is the perfect fit.

2. What’s new in software?

The HTCOne (M8) is the first handset to feature the all new Sense 6.0. Sense might not be a major jump over Sense 5 and 5.5, but it does add UI improvements, a refined BlinkFeed experience and much more. Another big change with Sense 6.0 is the new Motion features, which allow you to answer calls, unlock your handset and open the camera using simple gestures.

HTC’s latest version of Sense also now includes a new Extreme Power Saving mode, designed to maximize your handset’s battery life in emergency situations when your battery is close to dying.

3. A premium device, not a plastic one

HTC has made it pretty clear that one of its stand-out features is that it offers a premium design, not a plastic one. It has also openly insulted Samsung for sticking to their plastic design approach.

4. HTC’s top features

In addition to an improved premium design and Sense 6.0, there are several other aspects where the HTCOne (M8) including the camera, audio and improved battery life.

Speaking of the former, the HTCOne (M8) continues HTC’s semi-controversial approach of using “UltraPixels” and focusing less on megapixel count and more on taking better low-light pictures and more. The HTCOne’s back camera might only be 4MP, but it actually produces pretty solid pictures and now includes a dual-camera as well.

For a better look at the HTC’s top features, you’ll want to check out the below video, or head here for the written component.

5. The competition

The HTCOne M8 is a solid handset, but maybe it’s not for you. Some of the other competition worth checking out includes the Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2 and the Oppo Find 7.

6. Worth upgrading?

The HTCOne (M8) is a very noticeable improvement over the original, but is it enough of an upgrade to merit trading in the previous-gen HTCOne (M7)? Check out our hands-on quick comparison to get a better idea.

7. Where do I get it from in the US?

You can find the HTCOne M8 through all the major carriers, both in-store and online.

AT&T – $199 on contract
Sprint – $199 on contract
T-Mobile – $0 with monthly installments
Verizon – $199 on contract

8. Accessories

Probably the coolest accessory for the One (M8) is the new smart cover, called the Dot View case. The Dot View case not only keeps your phone protected — double tapping on the screen with the cover on will show the time, weather and notifications.

9. The color options

The HTCOne (M8) will be offered in three colors initially: brushed Gunmetal gray, Glacial Silver or Amber Gold. Some of these colors will only be available through specific carriers.

10. There’s a Google Play Edition for stock Android fans

Finally, it’s worth noting that stock Android fans don’t have to settle for Sense 6.0 with the HTCOne (M8). Officially, Google offers a Play Edition handset that comes with stock Android, and there’s also an unofficial way to convert existing models — though it’s obviously not directly supported by HTC.