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Samsung Galaxy S5: unboxing and hands-on video

Omio has already run hands-on and unboxing images of the Samsung Galaxy S5, where it’s now the turn of the video treatment.

We start off by booting up the phone, showing just how fast it really is – which is followed by covering the retail box contents.

Mentioned next is the 5.1-inch FHD screen, with its comparison to the S4′s display.

The quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm 801 CPU is noted, with its 2GB of RAM; 16GB of internal storage and microSD card support.

Detailed is the fingerprint scanner, used for unlocking the phone, among other features.

The rear’s 16MP camera, with its 4K recording is seen in our footage, with the heartrate sensor’s location.

We walk you through the OS, pre-installed apps, demoing the heart rate monitor, before moving onto the camera improvements.

Those are the 0.3 second focus and capture speed; selective focus: the refocusing of subjects in a shot, plus the HDR one-shot capture and 4K UltraHD recording.

Download boosting is then shown, with its 4G and Wi-Fi bonding, plus setting up the fingerprint scanner is covered.

Ultra power saving is highlighted, with its long battery life extender; new look settings menu and Android KitKat can be seen.

Finally, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is shown compared to the S5, along with the HTC One (M8).

 

Samsung Galaxy S5: unboxing and hands-on pictures

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is the new flagship mobile phone from the South Korean outfit, where it is now available for free, on contracts from £33 a month.

We are now publishing these unboxing and handset shots of the 2013 S4 successor, showing all its key features.

They cover its design, specs, software capabilities and more.

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The S5 comes with a 5.1-inch full high definition, 1,920 x 1,080, display – a slight increase to the S4′s 5-inch FHD screen.

It measures 142mm tall, 72.5mm wide, with a thinness of 8.1mm – weighing in at 145grams.

Built-in to the home screen button is a fingerprint scanner, for unlocking the mobile; adding security to PayPal payments, and keeping parts of the phone private – such as apps or pics.

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On the rear, is a 16-megapixel camera, increased from the S4′s 16MP snapper.

It also has a heart rate monitor, located under the camera.

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Above, is all the retail box contents, which include the phone, quick start guide, USB lead and power adaptor, plus a set of in-ear phones.

This is a phone that is powered by a quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, with 2GB of RAM; 16GB of internal storage, plus support for 128GB microSD cards.

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The S5 also features a new layout to the S Heath app, showing steps taken, calories burnt and more.

This also displays the heart rate of the user, with its new hardware (see above).

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Thanks to the new CPU, 4K or UltraHD video recording is possible with the mobile phone – where this footage is natively viewable, on 4K TVs.

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On top, is the new option screen to the camera functions, these are along the lines of selective focus and HDR improvements.

The former allows the refocusing of subjects in a shot, after it has been taken, while HDR now combines the three HDR shots of the S4 – into one.

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Other notable additions to the Samsung Galaxy S5 are the inclusion of a download booster, plus the built in scanner.

The first, can combine both 4G and a Wi-Fi signal, to increase download speeds.

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S5′s home button houses a finger prince scanner, used for unlocking the handset, adding security to PayPal purchases, among other functions.

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This pic notes the ultra-power saving mode, offering 5.8days on standby, with 47 per cent battery life.

That is achieved by putting the phone in a black and white mode, offering access to a limited amount of apps (customisable).

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These two highlight the phone is running Android 4.4.2 KitKat, while below, is the mobile under a running tap – showing its waterproof capability.

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The trio of pics show the news aggregator on the phone, similar to HTC’s BlinkFeed; following that, are the apps menus, with all the pre-installed software.

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Lastly, is the S5 (on the left) compared to the Samsung Galaxy S4, and below, the HTC One (M8) – with Omio, running from the browser.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 sees 150% sales increase

Popular high street handset retailer Carphone Warehouse has seen increased sales of the latest Samsung flagship phone – the Samsung Galaxy S5, compared to last year’s model.

It has said sales were up 150 per cent on launch day, versus the S4′s same event.

This is on its tariffs that start at £27.99, with the phone costing £199.

Accompanying that Orange plan is a 500MB data allowance, 1,000 minutes and an unlimited text message bundle.

CWP is also running a £100 trade in promotion, for existing mobile phones, which will ease that upfront cost hit.

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is available for free on £42 a month with the seller, with a 3GB data limit and unlimited calling and texting – on Vodafone.

“The advanced 4G capabilities of the Samsung Galaxy S5 were a huge point of interest and 95% of customers purchasing the smartphone this weekend have taken out 4G contracts.”, comments Carphone Warehouse spokesperson.

“The new smartphone has been designed to be used all the time and synchronize seamlessly across all aspects of a customer’s life.”

“Having access to high speed internet wherever you are is part of this, so it’s no wonder that getting a 4G contract has been essential for most of the customers buying the new handset.”

“Along with the brilliant sales, the Samsung Galaxy S5 has also had some of the biggest pre-order numbers ever, so we weren’t surprised to see the Samsung fans out in full force this weekend. S4 sales at launch last year were not easy to beat but the S5 has smashed them so far and it will be interesting to see if this continues over the coming months.”

Mobile Phone Review Roundup: Samsung Galaxy S5

Omio is rounding up all the Samsung Galaxy S5 mobile phone reviews over the past week from the major tech titles in the UK.

This is all in order to bring you an all-inclusive and encompassing view of the opinions, from the various handset reviewers.

 

Pocket-Lint

Samsung Galaxy S5 review

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is likely to be one of the best selling devices of 2014. It is the successor to the incredibly successful Galaxy S4 that, despite the attempts of HTC, Sony Mobile and LG, sold by the truckload.

But the launch of the SGS5 was overshadowed by rumour and hype that made it difficult for Samsung to match expectations. Talk of a metal body and higher-resolution display weren’t to prove true, with Samsung’s big play instead being focused towards health.

But the Samsung Galaxy S5 matches if not betters its contemporaries in many areas. Is it the smartphone to take the Android crown this year, or is this just more of the same from Samsung?

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Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is a fantastic handset. The design could be seen as playing it safe, although the addition of waterproofing and presenting a compact and lightweight device has much merit, as does continued access to the battery.

The software updates don’t make huge changes compared to its predecessor, although things feel a little more advanced and a little less cluttered than previous Samsung handsets. This is still Samsung doing what Samsung does best, however, and as much as we’re ambivalent about the sometimes cartoony looks in some areas, we love the interlinking connectivity and the breadth of customisation and features on offer.

But the unique point really comes down to the combination of fingerprint scanner and the heart rate sensor. The wider play to promoting a healthy lifestyle is commendable, and although it ties together Samsung’s wearable and mobile devices, we’re wondering whether it will gain traction over existing systems. If nothing else, we love the at-a-glance step counter if you’re using your phone as a pedometer.

However, we just want daily things to be a little faster: we want the screen to blink on the instant we hit the standby button, we want folders to pop open slightly faster and those user interface transitions to be slightly slicker.

But all that aside, the Samsung Galaxy S5 hits all the important spec points: the camera is a great performer, the display is excellent, and hardcore games play fast and fluid thanks to the onboard power. Yes it might be a handset playing it safe, but there’s a huge amount of scope for the S5 to deliver beyond its current worth with ever-advancing apps. As it stands, with what we’ve got right now, this is still one excellent smartphone. Read the full Samsung Galaxy S5 review on Pocket Lint.

– Check out all the Samsung Galaxy S5 deals on OMIO today!

 

The Register

Gimme a high S5: Samsung Galaxy S5 puts substance over style

Samsung is the world’s dominant mobile phone manufacturer – but does that mean it’s the best? Its latest release is the Galaxy S5, a mainstream phone designed to sell in huge numbers. It’s big, with a 5.1-inch screen, measuring up at 142 x 73 x 8mm, so it won’t suit smaller mitts.

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The Reg Verdict

Make no mistake, this phone is going to be very popular. It has plenty of cool innovations and decent features, from the efficient fingerprint scanner to the heartbeat monitor. And more usefully it includes improved battery life, good water resistance and a better camera. The HTC One (M8) is more glamorous, the Xperia Z2 feels more solid. But this is powerful and good-looking enough to persuade Samsung loyalists and floating voters with ease. Read the full Samsung Galaxy S5 review on The Register.

– Check out all the Samsung Galaxy S5 deals on OMIO today!

 

Stuff

Samsung Galaxy S5 review

You know what you’re getting with the Samsung Galaxy S5 before you even unbox it, because this is a 2014 superphone. Big, bright screen. Oodles of power. Brilliant camera.

We’d expect every one of the big smartphone players to get those bits right on their flagships – after all, they’ve been refining these models for years. From now on it’ll be the little details that separate the best-in-class from the also-rans; those seemingly trivial aspects of everyday usability that make the difference between a phone that’s lovely to live with and one that’s merely a tool.

Galaxy smartphones are known for going big: on screens, specs, software tricks and, of course, sales. The S5 is no exception, but the small stuff can be just as exciting as the headline features, and that’s what the S5 will need to get right if it’s to become the very best.

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SAMSUNG GALAXY S5 VERDICT

There’s plenty to brag about with the S5 – a glorious screen, superb camera, Multi Window apps, fingerprint scanning. If the tweaked build and cleaned-up user interface are anything to go by, Samsung is taking design – inside and out – seriously.

And yet, while it does everything you expect from a 2014 flagship phone, it doesn’t quite go above and beyond to the same extent as the HTC One (M8), which is that little bit slicker, more stylish and joyful to live with.

It’s a mighty close call, though, and Samsung fans have no reason to be disappointed. The fact is, this is a smartphone that’s just millimetres from greatness. Samsung’s problem is that its competitors are closer still. Read the full Samsung Galaxy S5 review on Stuff.

– Check out all the Samsung Galaxy S5 deals on OMIO today!

 

TechRadar

Samsung Galaxy S5 review

The Samsung Galaxy S5 can be defined by one word: evolution.

The camera has evolved to give clearer, faster snaps. The fitness-tracking abilities of the S5 are enhanced over the Galaxy S4 by packing in a more powerful S Health app and a dedicated heart rate monitor on the rear. A fingerprint scanner adds to the most secure Galaxy phone ever made.

The battery is larger, the screen bigger and brighter, the processor quicker and the design altered.

The spec sheet certainly doesn’t let it down: a 2.5GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 2800mAh (removable) battery, 16 / 32GB of memory (with up to 128GB extra through microSD), one of the world’s most vibrant screens that’s been extended to 5.1-inches and added biometrics.

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Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is a great phone – the problem is we’re now in a world where stunning smartphones are becoming the norm.

Samsung seems to banking on the fact it knows there will be some people out there who will buy its devices no matter what, else it would have jumped to a more premium design.

Some might think I’m overstating my disappointment in how the S5 looks, but this is a critical part of the buying cycle. You can’t rely on brand recognition and loyalty for long if competitors are making something that can cause design envy.

And there’s the divide in terms of how to deliver a verdict on the best Samsung phone ever: if you’re excited about what Samsung does, you’ll love this phone. The brand has definitely done a lot to make it more useable and deliver things you’ll actually use, such as a better, faster camera and health info.

But if you’re on the fence, or in the iPhone camp, it would be easy to decry this as a mere update to what came before, offering uninspiring design and a feature set that doesn’t mark it out well enough from the competition.

Samsung has done enough with the Galaxy S5 to still be one of the top smartphones of 2014, and I would still recommend it as a solid, if unspectacular, smartphone that ticks the boxes it needs to and very little more. it just squeaks in as a 4.5-star phone, largely due to the fact that it’s got an excellent screen, great battery and high-end specs combined with a strong camera – and that spells a decent smartphone to me.

If you’re a Samsung fan, this is the phone you should buy without question. If you’re more agnostic, there’s better out there. Read the full Samsung Galaxy S5 review on TechRadar.

– Check out all the Samsung Galaxy S5 deals on OMIO today!

 

Trusted Reviews

Samsung Galaxy S5 review

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is the most anticipated Android phone of the year. It has rivals, but no other Android has managed to summon quite as much excitement as this one.

It offers plenty of upgrades over its predecessor the Galaxy S4, including a much-improved screen, redesigned software and a slightly better camera. However, there are some parts that aren’t quite perfect too. We’re not in love with the design, the new heart rate sensor will be a bit pointless for many and the fingerprint scanner is fiddly.

If you’re willing to forgive that the phone doesn’t look or feel as expensive as you might hope, this is a great phone we’d be happy to recommend.

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Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy S5 fits happily into the role of Galaxy S4 successor. It’s a phone with some significant improvements over that model. It lacks the style of its nearest rivals, but it more than delivers on every other point and has a truly oustanding screen. Read the full Samsung Galaxy S5 review on Trusted Reviews.

– Check out all the Samsung Galaxy S5 deals on OMIO today!

 

T3

Samsung Galaxy S5 review

It’s finally here, the Samsung Galaxy S5. A couple of months after its initial launch at MWC in Barcelona, Samsung’s latest contender has ditched the bloatware in a bid to take on the likes of the HTC One M8, Apple iPhone 5S and Sony Xperia Z2.

We’ve been playing with the new handset day and night for the past few days and we’ve been terrifying ourselves with the new heart-rate monitor and scanning our digits with the fingerprint scanner. We’ll be updating our review shortly with more thorough testing including how it works with the Samsung Gear 2 and Samsung Gear Fit.

As we’ve mentioned, Samsung’s latest offering is facing some stiff competition. Last year, we named the HTC One our smartphone of the year and this year HTC has produced and ever better phone, Apple’s still going strong with its iPhone 5S and who knows what 2014 could bring in the form of the rumoured iPhone 6. Plus there’s the Sony Xperia Z2 which is due to land shortly and looks set to be its best smartphone yet.  So let’s get down to it and find out if the Samsung Galaxy S5 is up to the challenge.

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Samsung Galaxy S5: Verdict

We called the Samsung Galaxy S4 a thing of beauty and the S5 is even better. It feels better, looks better and does more than its predecessor.  S Health is a great addition and a genuine alternative to other fitness and health apps out there. What’s more, the camera is much improved and the interface feels cleaner and less cluttered.

Is it the best smartphone out there? We said that the S4 couldn’t match the HTC One’s gorgeous and demure styling, it remains the case with the S5 and the HTC One M8 although, Samsung is getting closer and in terms of innovation and power,  the S5 narrowly takes the crown.

As with the S4, the S5 is undoubtedly going to be a very, very popular phone and deservedly so – it’s the best Android smartphone yet. Over to you, Apple. Read the full Samsung Galaxy S5 review on T3.

– Check out all the Samsung Galaxy S5 deals on OMIO today!

 

uSwitch

Samsung Galaxy S5 review

Hot on the heels of the HTC One (M8) comes another top-of-the-range Android smartie, the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Despite the odd snitty review, the S4 was a runaway success, selling more than 40 million units, and helped Samsung to become the biggest mobile phone company in the world.

So there’s a lot riding on the Galaxy S5. Let’s find out how it stacks up.

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Verdict

The S5 is another very good Android phone. It’s not a huge leap over the S4, but in today’s mobile landscape, most successors aren’t huge improvements on their predecessors.

Samsung has stripped away the gimmickry and focussed on improving the features people actually use, and for that it should be applauded. Read the full Samsung Galaxy S5 review on uSwitch.

– Check out all the Samsung Galaxy S5 deals on OMIO today!

Nokia Lumia 630: hands-on pictures

Nokia has announced the entry level Nokia Lumia 630 3G mobile phone, along with the 635, 4G version.

These are the new affordable Windows Phone 8.1 devices, with a 4.5-inch screen and quad-core 1.2GHz processor.

There is also 512MB of RAM built-in; 8GB of internal storage and support for microSD cards – up to 128GB.

Onboard is a 5-megapixel camera, with the two versions being defined by a matt case (3G) and glossy removable rear (4G).

The 3G model is due out at the end of April, beginning of May, whereas the other model hits the streets, end of June, start of July.

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Nokia Lumia 930, Nokia Lumia 630 and 635 announced, as first Window Phone 8.1 mobile phones

Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Nokia has unveiled its first devices to run the new Windows Phone 8.1 operating system – the new flagship Nokia Lumia 930 and entry level Nokia Lumia 635, plus its 3G counterpart, the ‎Nokia Lumia 630.

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The 930 is the UK version of the American Verizon network exclusive Nokia Lumia Icon, with the same specs and design.

These are a monolithic looking body, and a  full high definition 1,920 x 1,080 AMOLED 5-inch screen‎. That is the largest display used in a Nokia phone, discounting the 1520 and 1320 phablets.

Powering it is a quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, with 2GB of RAM 32GB of internal storage.

The Lumia 1520 camera can be found on the rear, with in the form of a 20-megapixel PureView, Zeiss snapper.

‎This handset it set to succeed the slim Lumia 925 and 920, where it will ship with the new Microsoft mobile phone OS.

It’s new features are the Cortana, voice activated personal assistant, a drop down notification centre and a Swype, fast text entry keyboard – plus more personalisation ‎of the mobile.

That is to be rolling out to current Windows Phone 8 devices, over the next coming months – with Cortana arriving late, 2014.

Nokia’s Lumia 635 and 630 are its new entry-level handsets, with a 4.5-inch ClearBlack IPS LCD screen.

It builds on from the popular 520, but curiously, it has a smaller display than its predecessor the Nokia Lumia 625.

That was the first 4G phone from the company, with a low price point.

These new devices ship with a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU, with 512MB of RAM; 8GB of internal storage and support for 128GB microSD cards.

There is a 5MP camera on the rear, where it also has fitness trackers onboard, called Sense Core and accompanying Bing apps.‎

Nokia has said the Nokia Lumia 630, with its single and dual-SIM options (3G) will ship in May, along with the Lumia 635 (4G) model, where the higher end Nokia Lumia 930 will arrive in June.

Samsung Galaxy S5: cheapest deals, with total cost of ownership spreadsheet

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 has now gone on pre-order, with a delivery date of around the 11th of April, where all the networks have listed their prices.

Omio has given this a little while to settle down, with the possible price changes – where we are now publishing a total cost of ownership figure, for each of the key retailer’s cheapest Samsung Galaxy S5 offering.

That takes into account the upfront cost of the S5, with the line rental, multiplied by 24 months, and those two costs added together.

We have also listed the data, minutes and texts on offer, for each deal – with our own recommendation on the best overall deal.

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The first 4G network in the UK has listed the mobile, starting at £32.99 a month, with a cost of £259.99 for the phone.

That comes with a 4GB (4G) data allowance, plus unlimited minutes and text messaging.

Three

UK’s newest 4G carrier has the lowest charge for the new Samsung mobile, at £69.

This is on a £38 price plan, which has a 2GB (4G) data limit, 600 minutes and unlimited texting.

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This network has the lowest costing tariff, priced at just £13 a month.

That is with a high, £649.99 cost for the phone, with its contract coming with a 500MB (4G) data offering; 500 minutes, plus unlimited text messaging.

Vodafone

The 3G tariff carries the lowest monthly figure, at £34.

There is a cost of £169 for the handset, with the tariff accompanied by a 250MB (3G) data allowance, with 300 minutes and an unlimited text allowance.

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The best deal: data

EE has a 4GB offering, with Three coming in next, with 2GB; O2, third, with 500MB and last, Vodafone at 250MB.

EE would therefore offer the most data, but with the highest TCO, at £1,051.75

The best deal

Our recommendation would be Three, with the lowest upfront handset price and the second cheapest total cost of ownership – at £981.

It has a 2GB data allowance, the second best offering, with 600 minutes and unlimited text messaging.

There is the added bonus of free 0800 number dialling, along with 0845 and 0847 numbers capped at 5p a minute – all saving you money.

4G EE enabled in 12 more places

Formerly Everything Everywhere, now just EE has announced that it is available in a dozen new towns across the UK, including Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

These are noted to be Antrim, Coleraine and Newtownabbey in Northern Ireland; Bridgend and Pontypool in Wales; Livingstone in Scotland; and Burnley, Leigh, Macclesfield, Nuneaton, Sittingbourne and Tamworth in England.

Also being upgraded, are key routes between Edinburgh and Glasgow, Cardiff and Swansea.

That is cited to meet the growing demand for fast connectivity, on the move.

Our 4G rollout is continuing at an industry-leading pace, reaching more and more people in places right across the UK.” said Olaf Swantee, Chief Executive Officer, EE.

“We’re connecting major towns to make sure that consumers, commuters and businesses have 4G where they live and where they work.”

“As well as expanding our 4G network into new areas, our teams are switching on new 4G sites in our existing 4G cities and towns to make the EE network experience even better.”

This news comes a short time after the introduction of a new entry-level 4G tariff, costing just £13.99 a month.

That includes a free 4G mobile phone, with a 500MB data allowance, 500 minutes and unlimited text messages.

Mobile Phone Review Roundup: HTC One (M8)

Omio is rounding up all the HTC One (M8) mobile phone reviews over the past week from the major tech titles in the UK.

This is all in order to bring you an all-inclusive and encompassing view of the opinions, from the various handset reviewers.

 

Pocket-Lint

HTC One (M8) review

The HTC One (M8) has been officially announced, having been more comprehensively leaked than any previous smartphone device in recent years.

There’s plenty of interest and anticipation too. With Samsung and Sony launching flagship devices at Mobile World Congress 2014, HTC is looking to steal the show by announcing that its new handset is available on launch day. That’s right, you can go to the shops and buy a new HTC One right now.

The big question is whether HTC has created the best of the flagship bunch? Is this the device that will halt the downward slide at HTC and win back the fans? We’ve spent the past week digging into its every detail to find out. Drum roll please, here’s our comprehensive HTC One review.

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Verdict

HTC is passionate about smartphone design and you can see the consideration that has gone into the new HTC One. It’s difficult to criticise the quality of the solid build, which eclipses many other devices. It sticks very much to the concept behind the 2013 model, so if you own the older device, then you’ll love how the One has evolved in 2014.

The new phone is a large device and that may be a consideration for some. But it feels slightly easier to manage than the likes of the Sony Xperia Z2 thanks to the curve of the back that sits so nicely in the hand. The gesture controls make it easy to access too, as you don’t have to stretch for the access button.

But the new HTC One isn’t just about design. It’s also hugely powerful and a pleasure to use. It can fly though intensive tasks and the addition of the microSD card slot is a real benefit too, satisfying an old but still very important demand.

HTC has continued to push camera innovation and should be commended for committing to something that’s different, even if its success rate isn’t 100 per cent. This isn’t about pushing megapixels, it’s about unlocking new functionality which can be effective and about thinking differently. But there will be plenty who still see the advantages of having more megapixels that otherwise lack here.

Finally Sense 6.0 moves HTC’s Android skin on a step, continuing to refine the user experience, trim away unnecessary excesses and support you with native functionality that actually matters. There’s still some bloat, but sections such as Gallery are much enhanced.

Overall, the HTC One (M8) is a wonderful reinvention of the 2013 handset we liked so much. There’s innovation, refinement and new features aplenty that make it a shining example of a flagship device. The bar has been set high with what will be one tough act to follow. Read the full HTC One (M8) review on Pocket Lint.

– Check out all the HTC One (M8) deals on OMIO today!

 

Stuff

HTC One (M8) review

The original HTC One was (and still is) a mighty fine phone. One of very few Androids that could rival the iPhone in the looks department while also doing everything else we expect of a flagship phone, it was a shoo-in for our 2013 Smartphone of the Year Award. And then, at the last minute, the LG G2 arrived and stole its thunder. And who could’ve seen that coming? We certainly didn’t.

HTC’s plan to reclaim the top spot in our smartphones Top 10 is a straightforward one: More of everything. More screen, more power, more battery, more cameras and even more metal.

More isn’t always better, but in the case of the HTC One (M8) it’s done just the trick.

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HTC ONE (M8) VERDICT

Chucking more of everything at your flagship phone seems an all-too easy way to get yourself to the top, but in HTC’s defence it’s not nearly as simple as it sounds.

There’s a careful balancing act to be achieved. A bigger screen requires more power, more power requires more battery, and all of these things require more room – hard to find without messing up a design thought by many to be the most stylish ever to grace an Android handset.

But HTC has achieved just that with the One (M8), and introduced other features that might initially seem comparatively trivial but could well be the things that people use and appreciate most on a daily basis.

Within a matter of weeks we’re going to see the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2 and possibly even the LG G3. We’ll be mighty surprised if every one of them isn’t more powerful and more pixel-packed than the M8.

But will they actually perform better, and will they be as nice to hold and to live with? That’s far less certain – but it won’t be long before we find out. Until then, enjoy your time at the top, HTC. Read the full HTC One (M8) review on Stuff.

– Check out all the HTC One (M8) deals on OMIO today!

 

TechRadar

HTC One (M8) review

I’d hate to be a phone designer these days, trying to achieve unique and exciting features in a jaw dropping package for what is essentially a screen with some extra bits and pieces surrounding it.

So it’s all the more impressive that HTC, fresh from making the best-looking phone of 2013, has managed to make the HTC One (M8), a phone crammed full of power and great features while improving the design that won it so many accolades.

The poor naming aside, the One (M8) is a phone that takes the superb DNA of last year’s device, improves it in nearly every area and then packs it full of all the latest technology…and still finds space to pack in a microSD card slot.

On top of that the chassis has been retooled to now be made of 90% metal, up from around 70% last year, and the result is a brushed aluminium design that seems compelling the second you lay eyes on it.

HTC One M8 review (37)-900-90

Verdict

The HTC One (M8) is a brilliant smartphone with very few flaws. Its main strength is design, but I don’t think that’s a negative thing as many brands still seem keen to race on specs rather than attracting users when they wander into a shop to a buy something for two years (at a rather high price).

It doesn’t really skimp on specs though – even the weaker camera has some rationale behind it, rather than something to apologise for – and the audio capabilities, be it the Boomsound speakers or the music reproduction, are excellent.

You could say that, Duo Camera aside, there’s no real headline feature of the HTC One (M8), but that would do it a disservice as the brand has made a phone that really impresses at nearly every turn.

I’m not sure the sharable Zoes will take off initially, nor are the Video Highlight and Blinkfeed services up to the level where you can call them factors in purchase. But at least HTC has decoupled these apps from the main OS, so when it upgrades them you won’t be left waiting for a massive software update to change things.

If the HTC One (M8) isn’t the smartphone of 2014, I’m very, very excited to see what the competition will come up with as this handset strikes the perfect blend of design, performance and innovation without really compromising in any area. Read the full HTC One (M8) review on TechRadar.

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Trusted Reviews

HTC One M8 review

The HTC One M8 is the most important phone of the year for HTC. It is the company’s top model, and takes over from the HTC One. That phone proved to be HTC’s best-selling phone ever.

After HTC made a few odd design choices in the HTC One Max, we were concerned the One M8 might be a dud. But our fears were ungrounded. This is sure to be remembered as one of the best phones of the year, and it clearly outpaces it key rival the Samsung Galaxy S5 in some respects. But not all.

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Verdict

HTC set a very high bar with the HTC One and the HTC One M8 continues that trend. There are one or two things about the camera that need work, but in every other department the HTC One M8 is a modern classic. Read the full HTC One M8 review on Trusted Reviews.

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uSwitch

HTC One (M8) in-depth hands-on review

HTC has just unveiled the HTC One (M8) as its new flagship phone, competing with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Sony Xperia Z2 for the title of top-tier device of the year.

In a move that some have questioned, it’s been branded the One M8 as a way of carrying on the lineage of last year’s phone, which will now be called the HTC One (M7).

uSwitch attended a pre-briefing for the device, where we were afforded plenty of hands-on time with the phone. As well as a detailed video walkthrough, we’ve also got some juicy hands-on shots for you.

But if all that’s not enough for you, here’s a more in-depth look at the handset, where we’ll give you a better idea of exactly what HTC’s latest brings to the table.

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Conclusion

This is another solid offering by HTC. And it’s got the added advantage of being in peoples’ hands ahead of its competitor’s 2014 flagship phones, as it’s available to buy today.

It’s also good-looking handset and puts some of its Android rivals to shame. But the star of the show is the twin-lens camera, which makes the One M8 ideal for photography enthusiasts.

In the minus column, though, we’re not sold on the name, which mass-market punters could easily confuse with it predecessor.

Time will tell if this is all seen as a game-changer, and if it is enough to capture the attention of buyers looking to switch. But we can say for certain that HTC has at least given itself a chance of bucking market trends and returning itself to the smartphone makers’ top table. Read the full HTC One (M8) in-depth hands-on review on uSwitch.

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HTC One (M8) – unboxing and hands-on video walkthrough

HTC has launched the HTC One (M8), as its new flagship mobile phone. This is a device that is now the company’s top-tier handset, succeeding the HTC One (M7) – from 2013.

Omio has already published hands-on and unboxing pictures, where it’s now the turn of the video version.

We start with displaying all the boxed contents, which includes the phone and the Dot View, see thru case.

This moves on to covering all the specs, such as the FHD 5-inch screen, quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU, microSD card and dual, front-facing stereo speakers.

Its new design is mentioned, along with the dimensions and its 90 per cent metal body.

The rear Duo Camera is then detailed, with its more depth captured, with refocussing post photography function.

Motion launch gestures are specified and the way the phone can be awoken from standby mode, by double tapping the display, along with its other features.

BlinkFeeds improvements and HTC Sense 6.0 are stated on our footage, where all the pre-installed apps are shown – such as Zoe, which is covered and its unbundling to Google Play.

HTC’s M8 customisation elements are noted, with the fonts and extended battery life feature – allowing 60 hours of life at 20 per cent power.

Also shown is the refocussing of pictures, with uFocus, and the moving picture, dimension plus.

Wrapping up, is the Dot View case. That protects the phone, along with allowing access to the screen, with a minimised UI on the display – showing functions such as time, weather and notifications.

That is along with the 2013 HTC One, compared with the HTC One (M8), covering its design and features.