Updated on:Oct 24, 2016
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HTC One E8 Dual Sim (Red, 16 GB)
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HTC One E8
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Overall User Rating (4.4 Out of 5 based on 314 ratings)
Overall: Let me start by saying that this is the HTC One M8 in a polycarbonate shell instead of Aluminium, with a better camera and superior battery performance. Why? Because the camera is plain better than the UltraPixel gimmick that HTC had gone with earlier and the battery performs better for reasons unknown. Only a fool would pass on this and buy a Moto X 2014 instead (18,000 to replace a broken screen on the Moto X 2014, really?). This phone blows the competition out of the water.
I have been using it for 15 days now as a daily driver and this device has NOT disappointed. That being said, it isn't perfect and has some issues to iron out, which will be done one the Lollipop update comes out in Q1 2015.
Also, the best part about this phone was that it supports CDMA and GSM (HSPA and LTE) in the first slot and GSM (2G) in the second. The CDMA capability isn't documented anywhere for some reason. Not even on HTC's website. The version they sell here in India is the M8sd, the other dual SIM model is a GSM only device and is exclusive to China.
+ Great camera
+ All day long battery; I am getting 24 hours of standby including my sleep hours and it still remains with 20% juice. Oh and I talk on the phone for 6 hours daily.
+ Support for ART. I think everyone should enable it in the "Developer" settings. This improved my battery tremendously.
+ SDCard support; very few devices come with this nowadays and you need to pay crazy amounts for more storage. Not with this phone, though. It supports SDCards upto 128GB because of the exFAT filesystem compatibility.
+ Great sound; HTC may have lost the BEATS branding which was lame anyway, but their sound is still kick-ass!
+ Sense is probably the best Android customisation; way better than Xperia and TouchWiz.
+ Dual SIM with CDMA support in Slot 1. This is truly a world phone.
+ Feels great in the hand because of the design.
+ Notification lights; I was using an iPhone before this, so I am excited about this. Sorry.
+ Speed and performance; goes without saying but the performance is flawless and there is no lag in the device at all.
+ Not prone to dents like its metallic brother, the M8; it is polycarbonate and doesn't dent at all.
- SDcard not writable with Filemanagers right now; this is more of a KitKat limitation though but HTC has not supplied with a filemanager that can do it either. This will be sorted out in the Lollipop update that comes out in Q1 2015.
- Camera navigation is a little slow at times, very rarely but it happens, so I am putting it down as a con.
- Slower updates when compared to the M8.
- No developer love; No CyanogenMod, MIUI, Paranoid Android for this yet. Hardly any activity on XDA-Developers forum either.
- Lack of tools availability; Rom Update utilities aren't supplied by HTC to restore to factory if something goes seriously wrong. You need to visit the service centre.
- Bezel-less design seems prone to screen cracks on a fall
- Lack of accessories; the M8 cases do not fit either
- LTE options disabled as of now. Though they will be enabled in the Lollipop update.
- Too many versions globally to call it a flagship model. There's M8sw, M8ss, M8sd, M8sx, you''' go crazy.
- Very less information available on this device. Nowhere on the box or HTC's website, does it say that it supports CDMA as well as GSM, which is weird.
- Charger supplied sucks. 1A and slow as hell.
So, I have been using it with Reliance CDMA and it works perfectly. Even on EvDO, it gives me great battery life. I can say that I am satisfied with the device. Just hope the Lollipop update comes quickly.