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3 of the best HTC One M8 features

John Sprout-smith
 


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Not only does the HTC One M8 look the way you’d expect a premium smartphone to look, HTC have also worked hard on improvements and some new features that set this phone apart from the smartphone crowd.

Here’s a look at the kind of innovation we’re talking about – the 7 things we love most about the HTC One M8.

1. BlinkFeed

OK, so it’s not new if you have an HTC One M7 but it will feel a bit different. Anyone who hasn’t used BlinkFeed before is in for a cool surprise!

BlinkFeed acts like a hub for all your social media accounts and subscriptions. It’s like your own personalised news service where everything you’re interested in is curated in the one place.

Although it might take a bit of getting used to there are lots of advantages to this – the most obvious one is not having to move around between apps on your home screen to go from Facebook to Instagram to Twitter and so on. Unless you want to do something complex, pretty much everything you’d normally do on social can be done right there inside BlinkFeed.

2. MotionLaunch

The HTC One M8 is a pretty big phone and obviously HTC knows it because they thought to feature it up with MotionLaunch. With the power button at the top of the phone, turning the phone on with one hand is simply out of the question for some people and who wants a smartphone that you need two hands to use?

MotionLaunch solves the problem with some cool gesture based actions that will not only power up your phone with a double-tap but also get you right into the functions of the phone with a strategic swipe.

MotionLaunch lets you do things like:
Wake up the phone by picking it up and double-tappingGet to the home screen with a swipe to the leftGet to BlinkFeed with a swipe to the rightGo to voice dialling with a swipe downGo back to where you left off with a swipe upImmediately get to camera mode but picking the phone up in landscape mode and pressing the volume button… and more.

3. Duo camera

HTC is a genuine contender in the smartphone camera competition. The HTC One M8 has 2 rear cameras, the 4 megapixel UltraPixel camera and the UFocus camera which captures depth data to allow you to do some cool things with your photos like adjust the focus, blur backgrounds and plenty more. This is all possible because there is so much depth of field data captured, so if your subject wasn’t in focus, you can go back and adjust the focus in the image itself. There are also some fun 3D effects and other things to play with.

Although it’s only 4 megapixel, the extra functions you get with the HTC One M8 make it an awesome feature.


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