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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Even if I was a millionaire.
by Anon on Wed 9th Apr 2014 04:19 UTC
Anon
Member since:
2006-01-02

I wouldn't spend more than $200 on a smartphone.

Especially not now Android phones such as the Moto G exist!

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darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

I wouldn't spend more than $200 on a smartphone.

Especially not now Android phones such as the Moto G exist!

Agreed. My iPhone 4S gave up the ghost recently and I got a Moto G to replace it. For the most part I couldn't be happier, though a removeable battery would have been a nice plus. Still, for $200 US, I'm not going to complain. I can honestly say it's the best smartphone I've owned in years, at just the right balance of price and features. The only things it lacks compared to higher end phones are LTE and NFC, neither of which I care about. NFC isn't deployed widely enough at this point to worry about it, and LTE's still a battery hog on most of our networks here. On top of that, you get an Android that's as close to stock as I've ever seen from an OEM other than Google, and the few things they have added are just extra apps rather than os modifications. Some of their apps are actually useful, like Assist (their enhanced do not disturb app). Plus it's not gigantic and still fits in my pocket. Motorola's got a winner here. Here's hoping they keep it going with updates (so far so good) and that they continue the product line.

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BallmerKnowsBest Member since:
2008-06-02

I wouldn't spend more than $200 on a smartphone.

Especially not now Android phones such as the Moto G exist!


You can get a Lumia 520 for just over half that amount... (trolololol)

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