T3’s Libby Plummer gets her hands on HTC’s new hero
HTC has upped the ante of the already rather striking One with a sturdier body and bigger screen. It’s easy to adjust to the M8’s larger dimensions, though, as, while it’s bigger and heavier than the original, the slightly curved and heavily polished M8 chassis sits well in your palm.
The Lytro-like ability to refocus photos easily after you’ve taken them is a smart party piece, as is the parallax mode, which creates stills that appear to move when tilted. With a quick-use “Selfie” mode and edit tools galore, you could find yourself spending all day just playing with the camera.
The cleaner and more colourful look of HTC’s BlinkFeed aggregator, like Windows Metro meets Flipboard, is welcome, too, with the new quadcore processor ensuring it runs without any noticeable lag or lack of fluidity.
Throw in the decidedly funky Dot Matrix case and you have a thoroughly stylish smartphone with a neatly nostalgic edge. It won’t be long before some bright spark creates some form of 8-bit game to go with it – my money’s on Pong. While it’s too soon for a final verdict, this bigger, slicker One is looking the part.