Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th Apr 2014 22:13 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

HTC's latest flagship device, the One M8, is one of the best Android smartphones now available on the market, but what would happen to it if Google stripped the phone of some of its customizations? That's essentially what the Google Play edition of the new One offers. Plunk down $699 and you'll have access to an unlocked and (mostly) unadulterated version of the M8 with stock Android 4.4 (also known as KitKat).

While the market will deem the Galaxy S5 the best Android flagship of the current crop of phones, I personally think it's this one. However, if the major Chinese manufacturers manage to get Google Play editions, I honestly would see no reason for anyone to avoid them. Chinese OEMs like Oppo offer the same (or better) specifications, have top-notch build quality, and usually sport great community support - but at half the price.

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Comment by BenGildenstein
by BenGildenstein on Wed 9th Apr 2014 00:32 UTC
BenGildenstein
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2013-09-20

Have you used them both enough to make this judgement?

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RE: Comment by BenGildenstein
by WorknMan on Wed 9th Apr 2014 00:48 in reply to "Comment by BenGildenstein"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Have you used them both enough to make this judgement?


Of course he hasn't. He's just attracted by the metal. I'd love to see him post an article on why he loves this phone so much without mentioning 'metal' or aluminum. In fact, I'd like to see ANYONE do that ;) The HTC One phones are decent, but primarily sell based on their 'bling' factor. That makes me hate them almost as much as iPhones, because consumers don't tend to give a shit about what's on the inside, as long as the outside is shiny, and they'll look 'cool' while holding one.

I know some of you are going to mod me down for this comment; I just don't understand the desire to have phones that are more like fashion accessories. Shit, get a Nexus 5 for $200-$300 less.

Edited 2014-04-09 00:50 UTC

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Of course he hasn't. He's just attracted by the metal. I'd love to see him post an article on why he loves this phone so much without mentioning 'metal' or aluminum.


You're not much better, to be honest. You're always harping on how HTC One - phones aren't as good as other phones, yet never actually provide much in the way of good arguments for that. It seems like you just want to hate on it simply for hating's sake itself.

More-or-less all the reviews I've read have stated that the phones are great quality phones even if you were to disregard the aesthetics.

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Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

I'd love to see him post an article on why he loves this phone so much without mentioning 'metal' or aluminum. In fact, I'd like to see ANYONE do that ;)

I love the HTC One because it has probably the best speakers. It feels really solid. I am more than happy with its battery life. It has a really nice skin with useful additions. It has a nice camera interface. It starts up really fast. It has great performance and never feels bogged down.
I know you were just trolling but maybe someone might read you comment and take it for truth.

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RE: Comment by BenGildenstein
by sicofante on Fri 11th Apr 2014 15:24 in reply to "Comment by BenGildenstein"
sicofante Member since:
2009-07-08

Of course not. This isn't a news site. It's "Thom's personal blog" so don't expect anything but bias all over the place. I wish he at least acknowledged this with a proper domain name or at least a subtitle to the the OSnews name.

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