The new HTC One M8 is one of the fastest and most impressive business phones around. The smartphone is an update to last year’s HTC One, adding a bigger display and better performance, while retaining the same all-metal body that gave the original its good looks and premium feel. And HTC upgraded the phone in other ways that will benefit business users, including longer battery life, handy software features and an easier way to unlock your phone so you can act on notifications and get back to work. To round out the package, the One M8 includes better, louder speakers and an innovative dual-camera setup that allows you to dynamically change the focus of your photos. Check out a full review of the HTC One M8 at our sister site Laptop Mag, then read on for five features that make it a great new business phone.
Packing Qualcomm's powerful quad-core 2.3-GHz Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB of RAM, the One M8 is one of the fastest smartphones on the market. That's a plus for business users who demand speedy performance from their smartphone. The One M8 can launch apps in an instant, and it's fast enough for serious multitasking. It has an impressive 64GB of internal storage, and also includes a microSD card slot for expandable storage, a feature that's missing many other flagship smartphones. That could benefit anyone who needs to store or download large files on their mobile device.
The new HTC One M8 has a bigger, better display than its predecessor. Its 1920 x 1080-pixel, 5-inch display is significantly larger than the original HTC One's 4.7-inch screen. Business users will appreciate the phone's sharp, colorful picture, and the extra screen real estate can help you be more productive. Big screens are more comfortable for basic tasks such as email and Web browsing, compared to the cramped displays on smaller devices. And they offer enough space for more involved tasks such as viewing and editing documents on your smartphone. The One M8's 5-inch display isn't as big as the screens on phablets such as Samsung's Galaxy Note 3, but HTC's phone is also more portable and fits more comfortably into your pocket or bag.
The One M8 offers a quicker, easier way to lock and unlock your phone. While unlocking most smartphones requires some combination of a button press and on-screen swiping or password entry, HTC's new Motion Launch feature lets you activate the display simply by tapping it twice. It's a small but time-saving feature for business users who constantly lock and unlock their phones to act on incoming notifications.
That's not all Motion Launch offers. The One M8 uses built-in accelerometers to determine when you pick up the device, at which point you can use several different gestures to launch applications. A swipe down launches the dialer; a swipe up wakes the display and opens your last-used app; and a swipe from left to right launches BlinkFeed, HTC's news feed application. Those gestures will help you perform tasks quickly and easily so you can get back to work.
Longer battery life
A big display and powerful hardware won't mean much if your smartphone runs out of juice halfway through the workday. The One M8 packs a much beefier battery than the original HTC One, letting it run for nearly 10 hours in tests that involved continuous Web browsing; that's more than two hours longer than average among comparable smartphones. Even with heavy use, the device should easily last through the end of the workday. That's good news for business users who rely on their mobile device to stay connected and productive when away from the office. And HTC said it will soon release an enhanced power-saver app that severely restricts background data when the phone is in standby mode, letting the HTC One M8 run for hours even when its battery is nearly dead.
Take one look at the HTC One M8 and it's hard to deny that the phone is a handsome device. Its sleek body is 90 percent metal, giving it a premium look and feel, especially compared with competing plastic phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S4. And the One M8's rounded corners and understated accent lines add a touch of sophistication that puts this phone on a par with Apple's iPhone in terms of visual appeal. In other words, this is a phone that business users can take seriously. And the metal unibody design adds more than good looks; it also makes the One M8 more durable.