Have anyone tried the HTC One M8 or traded for it?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Shaqq, May 22, 2014.

  1. Shaqq macrumors regular


    Jan 17, 2014
    I've traded my 5s about 3 weeks ago for the M8 and I actually like it a lot it's very fast and smooth like the 5s but I do miss my 5s I miss iMessages and some of the iOS Apps. What y'all think about it?
  2. hungx macrumors 6502


    May 8, 2012
    Davis, CA
    I was thinking about doing the same thing. I can't stand the large amount of bugs in iOS 7. I do have a cellular iPad Mini, though, so the transition will be easier for me. The only things I will miss are Touch ID and the camera.
  3. bushman4 macrumors 68020

    Mar 22, 2011
    Its a good looking cellphone. But Android is not the ecosystem that I would want. No Way!!!!!
  4. Robster3 macrumors 68000

    Dec 13, 2012
    I sold my 5S for a M8 then sold it for a S5, all my family have iphones but everyone has unlimited text plans so iMessage is not needed, i have a iPad and macbook so can use it on them if i want.
  5. El3ctronics macrumors 65816

    Mar 30, 2011
    Wow. Almost every single person I know who has used an HTC One M8 and a Samsung Galaxy S5 and said the M8 is the farrrrrrrrrrr superior device. What made you go in the opposite direction?!
  6. jamezr macrumors G4


    Aug 7, 2011
    I did the exact same thing. Camera.....camera......button placement. Logo wastes screen space. Not a fan of Sense.......Oh an did i say Camera? I take a lot of pics of my kids and the scenery while we are hiking. It is nice not to have to carry a separate camera. It is also nice that the S5 is water resistant while hiking around creeks and streams. I don't have to put it in a ziploc bag. But I loved the M8 while it had it. It is very nice phone. Very fast and optimized......
    Might get the M8 Prime if the camera is good....
  7. Shaqq thread starter macrumors regular


    Jan 17, 2014
    I usually like Galaxy phones but the S5 was way to laggy and buggy so I couldn't deal with it I tried lol. But I did like the new look of the S5 and the new TouchWiz. I love the M8 though how smooth and fast it is just like an iPhone . And the camera isn't that bad at all I be getting some very good pictures.
  8. PsstGreek macrumors 68040


    Oct 21, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    I had it for a few days when it came out. I ended up returning and going back to my iPhone 5.

    Sure it was a great phone overall. The camera is what killed it for me.
  9. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    I love my M8. Love Sense OS and how efficient and memory resourceful it is compared to touchwiz (which uses nearly double the amount of ram at any given stage).

    The camera is low res at 4mp - but it's not terrible. Indeed I'd argue I've taken better shots on it, than my Z2. There's certainly a tangible improvement over the M7 despite sticking to the same 4mp.

    Certainly as a camera it doesn't match the S5 however.

    Speed, fluidity, design coherence, continuity coupled with undoubtably imho the better looking of all the android phones i've owned this year so far, plus the great dot view case which I love - make it by far the best android handset so far for me 2014. It's negatives to me (mainly camera) are less of an issue than the negatives I've found for me on the other devices despite better cameras ....

    I'm in general very happy with the M8 for it to remain my primary android phone ....

    The S5 however is a fantastic phone overall too, just for me the fluidity of sense versus touchwiz in every day use was a bigger reason to keep the M8 over the S5. Had I not had access to another device for camera use however - I likely would have kept the S5.
  10. petvas macrumors 601


    Jul 20, 2006
    Mannheim, Germany
    I am a big Apple fan and have heavily invested in the Apple ecosystem. I always had iPhones, but when I saw the M8 I was impressed. I bought it, tried it for three weeks but then decided to go back to the iPhone. A couple of days later I started missing the big display, the great design of the M8 (which I believe to be better than the iPhone's), and this week I decided to get the M8 again!
    I think I have iPhone fatigue, and the M8 is a great phone. It has great gestures that are much more than a gimmick, has a very good battery life and to be honest, yes it doesn't offer the same integration as the iPhone with my Mac, but 99% of the things I need to sync, I can do them with no issues.
    Even Apps like 1Password are available (now in beta but coming on June 10th), so I can't really complain.
    I use Exchange for Mail and I have found great apps on Android, like Nine, that look and work great, much better than the stock iPhone mail.app.
    I don't know if I will go back to the iPhone when the iPhone 6 comes out. I might do that, but in the meantime I enjoy the M8. It's a great phone.
    I also got the Dot view case, which works really well.
  11. Shaqq thread starter macrumors regular


    Jan 17, 2014
    Yea I've been thinking the same thing I might go back to iPhone when the iPhone 6 come out but for now I'm fine with my M8.
  12. soulreaver99 macrumors 68030


    Aug 15, 2010
    Southern California
    My opinion is a little different from MRU but that's cool :cool:

    For me, to put simply - I love using the HTC One M8 (love how smooth and respobsive the phone is), but I really dislike the inconsistent camera. It takes great macros but anything else needs more effort to get a decent photo. The Z2 on the other hand, is my Android phone of choice for it's camera, awesome battery life and solid build. I've dropped it at least 3 times and there isn't a scratch on it and I don't use a case, knock on wood.
  13. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    Were like the ying and yang of the forum :D Same devices / opposite experiences :)
  14. Vegastouch macrumors 603


    Jul 12, 2008
    Las Vegas, NV
    I dont own either but have played with both and my Daughter has the S5. I'd buy the S5 over the M8. S5 camera is way better and the M8 is too tall. And i really dont care for an aluminum phone. Too slippery for me.


    You love it so much you will be trading it in soon :D
    Or whatever you do with all those gadgets
  15. Robster3, May 23, 2014
    Last edited: May 23, 2014

    Robster3 macrumors 68000

    Dec 13, 2012
    TW v Sense doesn't matter for me i use Nova launcher and after changing those settings in the S5 thread its fast and smooth, i am not that tech minded.

    M8 is only really a 4.5" screen because of onscreen buttons. S5 full 5.1"
    M8 notification light only blinks for 5 mins. Lightflow on S5 is great not on M8
    Call quality and reception better on S5, on Australia biggest telco has a blue tick which is better for rural areas.
    S5 is waterproof, lighter, shorter, not slippery, feels better to hold and no need for a case.
    S5 better camera
    The M8 screen is like 5S the screen can't be seen with polarised sunnys very well, i do a lot of driving and outside in Australia.
    S5 has wireless charging
    S5 Volume button and on and off buttons better positioned, not as touchy.
    And i really like the big bright dialer pad on S5 i make a lot of calls. The M8 seemed to lag a touch when entering numbers.

    M8 better speaker.
  16. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    I do have a plethora of choice that I can keep my M8 :D :) :p


    The onscreen buttons don't take up that much space, and with many apps supporting immersive mode you do get the full 5".

    I thought I'd hate onscreen buttons, but the difference of what you actually see on the display when you load an app side by side with the S5 is very small. Literally a line or two of text and that's it.

    But do appreciate others preferring capacitive buttons rather than on screen so they get all the screen, all the time. :)
  17. Robster3 macrumors 68000

    Dec 13, 2012
    I didn't mind the on screen buttons just didn't like losing the 1/2" of screen for most things. If i hadn't had the S5 and the M8 side by side to compare maybe i wouldn't of noticed, but going from a 5S i wanted a full 5". Main reason i swapped to Android.

    That and the notification light was probably something i should of looked into more before i got the M8, i didn't even notice in store just thought 5" meant full 5" like S5, never had a HTC before. My mistake.
  18. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    It's a stunning device but so is the S5. there isn't much between them apart from camera really.
  19. Shaqq thread starter macrumors regular


    Jan 17, 2014
    I had the S5 it's way to laggy, buggy, and the camera is not as good as I thought it would be. I usually love the Galaxy Series but the S5 was not how it should of been and it's Water resistant not Waterproof there's a difference. I haven't experienced no lag on the M8 at all and alot of people said the same.
  20. Robster3 macrumors 68000

    Dec 13, 2012
    *Samsung GALAXY S5 provides ingress protection against dust and water to a maximum of 1 metre for up to 30 minutes, allowing it to be certified to an IP67 rating. The back cover and USB port must be correctly sealed to protect against dust and water ingress.

    Water proof enough for me.

    You should of tried some of these:) Its a speed machine:p

    Enable ART
    Enable Developer Options
    Disable all carrier bloat and Samsung nonsense
    Change animation scale to .5
    Force GPU rendering
    Disable capacitive button lights. You know where to tap, even in the dark.
    Set screen brightness to auto
    Turn off any features you honestly don't use. Example: NFC, multi window.
    Turn off auto app updates in the play store. Keeps bloatware garbage from being installed and activated automatically.
    Add the active apps widget to your home and see when apps are starting to eat too many resources. When they become to much, open multi-tasking and close what you don't need.
  21. swoosh0217 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2007

    Not if your M8 is rooted... You can buy in the play-store an app called "Hide Soft Keys". See it for yourself... :)

    As you can see from this picture it auto hides the soft keys.


    Here I took a screen shot watching a youtube video


    You tap just right above the HTC logo and soft keys appear again...

  22. Robster3 macrumors 68000

    Dec 13, 2012
    Sorry not a phone rooter :p
  23. Shaqq thread starter macrumors regular


    Jan 17, 2014
    Oh ok lol I liked the phone it's just that to go thru all that to make it faster and smoother I don't like that the M8 is fast and smooth out the box. I don't like rooting and putting roms on my phones anymore I stopped doing that over a year ago. But I really like the way it looks and the design of it and I like TouchWiz but I just wish it didn't have those issues.
  24. Robster3 macrumors 68000

    Dec 13, 2012
    I have never rooted a phone, those things took 2 minutes and some i did on my M8 too, in the developer options.
  25. Tig Bitties, May 24, 2014
    Last edited: May 24, 2014

    Tig Bitties macrumors 68040

    Tig Bitties

    Sep 6, 2012
    I left the iPhone years ago for Android, just picked up the M8 last month, and have to say it's easily my favorite smartphone ever. Super smooth and fast, excellent battery life that lasts 2 days, and Sense 6 is a beautiful OS UI, very minimalistic.

    And the build quality and design is on par with an Apple product.

    I am rooted, running a custom ROM based off stock, but gives better performance and also longer battery life.

    I am actually satisfied for once with my smartphone, not looking for another right now.

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