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Admittedly, you bring up the size being a factor for you as well, but surely you don't think that's an objective negative.
Of course it's not objective negative but it is a still clear example of why I think this phone was a regression rather than an improvement over the previous model.

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it sounds like you think the entire phone is trash just because you're not pleased with the camera
It certainly isn't "trash" but it is still highly disappointing that the phone's improvements did not include such important (to many people) aspect as a rear-facing camera (with some features actually REMOVED). Which many other reviewers (such as GSMarena or The Verge) have also noted in their reviews.
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What does "Google Play Edition" actually mean?
There won't be carrier-specific "bloatware" (like for example At&t's "myAT&T" app and others, which you can't remove but can only disable). There also won't be "HTC Sense" launcher installed by default (just Google's own launcher) including things like "BlinkFeed" and such. Just take a look at the photos on Google's own page and compare them to photos at HTC's own site:
https://play.google.com/store/devices/details?id=htc_m8
It will also be completely unlocked and will work with any carrier's SIM card. Not to mention that "Google Play" edition will receive Android OS updates faster than carrier-specific versions.
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post #23 of 47
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Of course it's not objective negative but it is a still clear example of why I think this phone was a regression rather than an improvement over the previous model. It certainly isn't "trash" but it is still highly disappointing that the phone's improvements did not include such important (to many people) aspect as a rear-facing camera (with some features actually REMOVED). Which many other reviewers (such as GSMarena or The Verge) have also noted in their reviews.

Perhaps the big discrepancy here is that these major issues that you have with the phone are maybe in the lowest priority for me. I guess if I thought the most important thing (or maybe top just in the top 3?) on a phone was the camera, one that is lacking would cross it off the list of my future purchases. Since I don't, it seems kind of like someone not liking a meal because it wasn't arranged nicely on the plate; to me at this point in technology, extra camera quality is just kind of a garnish. I don't take many pictures and I have not been interested in tuning my eyes to the finer details of pictures which seems like a necessity to discern relative quality these days.
To drive the point home, in looking at the reviews you posted I'm kind of excited that the lowest score does appear to be in the camera. The high ratings in the other categories more than make up for the divot in the one for me.

That wasn't supposed to be a passive aggressive comment about valuing photo integrity as I do know that this is very important to a lot of people. If I had been more empathetic I would have surmised that you were one such person, sorry.
post #24 of 47
Picking this up ASAP. I love the HTC One(M7) and reading reviews on the new M8 version its even better. Now do I buy it in ATL or RIC once Im back from biz...?
post #25 of 47
Just ordered mine.

...And a couple cases to try.

...And two new MicroSD cards.



Guess we'll all see, huh? biggrin.gif



Thanks - T
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Wait, what makes you think they dropped the ball? I can't tell if you're suggesting that the M8 will feel like plastic such as the other competitors or if you're just including your reasoning for shunning the other android offerings. If the former, I would think that the metal finish would feel less like plastic then...plastic.
If it's the latter, I don't mean to say that I'm not a little disappointed too, but what are you specifically missing?


I only used HTC phones when I went Android I had the EVO, EVO 3D etc etc and I love the way HTC phones are made and feel. I was hoping they'll be more upgrades from the M7 to M8 but there isn't much of an upgrade. I'm gonna wait for the Snapdragon 805 hopefully it'll be in the new HTC Max
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HTC dropped the ball this round again, I hate Samsung, LG phones etc etc because they all feel like cheap plastic. I really miss flashing kernels and roms but I guess ill be upgrading to an iPhone 6 mad.gif

How exactly? And the Note 3 kinda fights the claim of 'cheap plastic'.

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Sigh. Again with the small batteries.

It's not about the battery size, but rather how the software (Sense 6 or vanilla KitKat) handles it.
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What does "Google Play Edition" actually mean?

It means no HTC Sense, which is a blessing in and of itself. Also, no carrier bloat (i.e. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile (cr)apps.
 
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The 5 MP front facing camera looks great, the rear camera looks just as bad as on the original One. The One consistently lost camera comparisons so why would they go with the same camera again? Especially when they ditch the OIS.

Also, I have a Lumia 920, which admittedly is a large phone for its screen size, and I'd rather go down a size than up. 4.5" with minimal bezels is perfect. 5" is acceptable if it's slim, but becomes an issue when you have it in your pocket and try to bend over.
Edited by B!0HaZard - 3/26/14 at 11:50am
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Woot! Getting mine on Friday! I can't wait!!! Plus, having a battery that lasts longer than an hour is going to be awesome (my current phone is dying).
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Woot! Getting mine on Friday! I can't wait!!! Plus, having a battery that lasts longer than an hour is going to be awesome (my current phone is dying).

Congratulations! As an owner of both the HTC One and S4, I'm sure that you will be extremely pleased with your purchase smile.gif
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