T3’s Libby Plummer gets her hands on HTC’s new hero

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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.

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