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Critique: HTC Just one (E8) for Sprint

 

The screen lock button is on top. Since the E8 loses the IR transceiver, HTC moved the button from the side to the middle. It has a decent profile and good travel and feedback. The microUSB port and headphone jack are both on the bottom, in the same places they are on the M8. The E8's battery is sealed up inside. No battery swapping for you.

The E8 is a decent piece of hardware. It loses the raw appeal of the M8 to my eyes, but still manages to look good and function well. HTC One M8 lovers who are on a tighter budget can pick up the E8 and still find plenty to fawn over.

There are no buttons on the front of the phone, as the E8 uses on-screen buttons to control Android. The SIM card tray is buried in the left edge of the phone, in the exact same spot as the M8. You need a paperclip or SIM tool to eject it. The memory card slot is on the right edge with the volume toggle below it. I have to complain a bit here. The volume toggle is among the worst buttons I've ever encountered on an HTC smartphone. Not only is it hard to find, but the travel and feedback are atrocious. The down half often got stuck and wouldn't pop back up, requiring me to press the upper part to unstick it. This, of course, often raised the volume when my intent was the exact opposite. That was frustrating, to say the least.

The screen lock button is on top. Since the E8 loses the IR transceiver, HTC moved the button from the side to the middle. It has a decent profile and good travel and feedback. The microUSB port and headphone jack are both on the bottom, in the same places they are on the M8. The E8's battery is sealed up inside. No battery swapping for you.

The E8 is a decent piece of hardware. It loses the raw appeal of the M8 to my eyes, but still manages to look good and function well. HTC One M8 lovers who are on a tighter budget can pick up the E8 and still find plenty to fawn over.