HTC One (M8) review

Stunning design, loads of power and some big upgrades; HTC's done it again

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Verizon gets the new HTC One (M8) just like everyone else, but with the benefits and drawbacks of being a Verizon device. What do we mean by that?

To start, Verizon has a pretty solid and reliable network in most major cities, and in more rural parts of the country. Verizon typically has coverage in areas where AT&T and T-Mobile don't, which makes it ideal for many people not living in major metropolitan areas, or for those who travel a lot within the U.S.

The drawback is that you'll get a handful of Verizon apps, or crapware/bloatware, but they're mostly kept to a minimum. If you want, you can just keep them into their own folder and never have to worry about them. But they do take up space and memory, and you can't just go and delete them.

For the most part, the Verizon version of the HTC One (M8) is every bit as solid as any other version you'll find globally. Perhaps the only thing it can't do right now - and this goes for every U.S. version of the HTC One - is go into high-performance mode in Developer Options. This feature allows you to disregard the power-saving, battery-optimizing features and use the phone to its full power.

HTC One M8 for Verizon

As we demonstrate in our video, the HTC One (M8) for Verizon also works with the dot case. When you hit the power button to check the time or weather, you get a cool looking notification through the dots on the case cover. The only thing we don't like about the case is that it doesn't fold over to the back all the way without some pressure. It has a tendency to want to close, and it's also a little more cumbersome to take photos with the case installed.

The new HTC One (M8) is $199.99 with a two-year contract from Verizon, but as we mentioned in the video, you can get it for $149.99 if you buy it from Best Buy. If you're committing to a two-year contract, why not save $50 on the device?