HTC One (E8) review: Traveling light

Traveling light

GSMArena team, 01 August 2014.

HTC Zoe

HTC Zoe is a mini social network centered on sharing photos and videos. A landmark feature is the cool Highlights videos, which are created automatically for each album.

HTC Sense 6 features Zoe as a standalone multimedia app, which requires you to sign in with your HTC account the first time you open it. Captured photos and videos are automatically compiled into a Zoe video highlight reel.

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HTC Zoe

Creating a Zoe is easy. You simply choose from the available images and rearrange them in order you like. Themes and soundtracks are available in case you want to be extra creative. Once finished editing, you can easily share Zoes.

Zoe also allows you to collaborate with friends on the same project. You can send requests and combine your media content into the same Zoe. Keep in mind that the app doesn't work in all regions.

Slideshow-happy gallery

The regular image gallery stacks photos together in albums, which can be organized by the date they were captured or the source they come from. Location-based sorting is also available.

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Gallery

As usual, there is an array of available options at your disposal. You can edit, share, highlight, and delete images. You can also set them as backgrounds, assign them to contacts, add them to a specific album, or print them.

Once you open an album, the first and biggest thumbnail is reserved for slideshows. Once you tap it you can customize if you want an effect added over the photos and what sort of music you would like to play.

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Slideshows

The gallery supports viewing your images in their full resolution. You can easily pinch-zoom to 1:1 magnification.

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Looking at a photo

The display on the HTC One (E8) is more than adequate in both size and quality to allow for enjoyable image consumption.

Video player lacks subtitle support

The video player on the HTC One (E8) has a rather simple interface. There isn't a dedicated app - you just pick a video from the gallery.

You get a Play/Pause button and a slider to scrub through the video, a button to capture images from the video, volume slider, and sharing options. All of these hide automatically after a few seconds.

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Video player

The HTC One (E8) video player had somewhat spotty video codec support. It did not play DivX videos, but MKV files on the other hand weren't a problem all the way up to 1080p. WMV videos were trouble-free as well. For the most part, XVID played but had issues with the sound AAC and AC3 coded sound.

Subtitles were also not supported, with no options to enable them nor did they automatically playback if in the same folder as the video file.

Great music player

The HTC Sense 6 music player features a similar layout as the one in the previous version. The flattened interface design however makes the setup look fresh.

Your music library is organized by Artist, Album, Songs, Playlists, Genres, Podcasts or Folders (we don't see this last option very often). The phone will also easily stream songs over DLNA.

The music player can automatically look for and download Album art and artist photos (you can limit it to Wi-Fi connections only), and search for lyrics.

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Music player

There's no equalizer on board. You have the option to toggle BoomSound audio on or off when you have the headphones plugged in. Like we mentioned already, you cannot adjust this feature when playing through the speakers.

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Now playing

The FM Radio is aboard with RDS support. It automatically saves available stations and has one of the simplest interfaces we've seen. There are play controls - play, stop, skip and a loudspeaker option.

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FM Radio

Audio quality up there with the best

The HTC One (E8) put in a stellar performance in our audio quality test. Just like most of its stablemates we've tested recently it had excellently high volume levels to go with a perfectly clean output.

The smartphone produced some of the best scores we've seen in the test, while remaining louder than just about any non-HTC smartphone out there. The One (E8) is one of the easiest to recommend handsets if you are looking to get a proper audiophile experience.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
HTC One (E8)+0.02, -0.09-94.993.80.0010 0.013-90.6
HTC One (E8) (headphones)+0.03, -0.08-94.993.80.0034 0.031-75.5
HTC One (M8)+0.04, -0.10-95.493.40.0012 0.010-93.2
HTC One (M8) (headphones)+0.04, -0.08-94.993.90.0014 0.018-79.7
Oppo Find 7+0.04, -0.10-93.893.10.0053 0.177-94.4
Oppo Find 7 (headphones)+0.70, -0.20-93.791.50.013 0.446-52.6
Samsung Galaxy S5+0.02, -0.08-96.393.30.0017 0.0089-95.2
Samsung Galaxy S5 (headphones)+0.01, -0.08-96.393.30.0095 0.018-61.9
LG G3+0.02, -0.08-99.498.90.00160.035-100.0
LG G3 (headphones attached)+0.02, -0.09-93.793.30.00600.032-78.5
Sony Xperia Z2+0.02, -0.08-88.290.10.00630.013-88.9
Sony Xperia Z2 (headphones attached)+0.08, -0.04-84.787.60.1200.066-60.2

HTC One (E8) frequency response
HTC One (E8) frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.

Reader comments

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