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The Smartphone Features of Your HTC One (M8)

By Bill Hughes

In addition to the basic capabilities of any entry-level cell phone, the HTC One, which is based on the popular Android platform for mobile devices, has other smartphone capabilities:

  • Internet access: Access websites through a web browser on your phone.

    Until a few years ago, the only way to access the Internet away from a desk was with a laptop. Smartphones are a great alternative to laptops because they’re small, convenient, and ready to launch their web browsers right away.

    Even more important, when you have a smartphone, you can access the Internet wherever you are — whether Wi-Fi is available or not.

    The drawback to smartphones, however, is that their screen size is smaller than that of even the most basic laptop. On the HTC One, you can use the standard version of a website if you want. You can pinch and stretch your way to be able to read the information on the screen.

    To make things a bit easier, many popular websites offer an easier-to-use app that you can download and install on your phone. Essentially, the website reformats the information from the site so that it’s easier to read and get around on the mobile environment. The figure compares a regular website with the app version of that website.


  • Photos: The phone comes with a very intelligent camera, but it also can organize and edit photos.

    The photo app on your phone helps you use the digital camera on your HTC One to its full potential. (It would almost make sense to call the HTC One a smartcamera with a built-in cellphone!)

    Studies have found that users of regular cellphones tend to snap a bunch of pictures within the first month of phone usage. After that, the photos sit on the phone (instead of being downloaded to a computer), and the picture-taking rate drops dramatically.

    The HTC One image management application is different. You can integrate your camera images into your home photo library, as well as photo-sharing sites such as Picasa and Flickr, with minimal effort.

  • Wireless email: Send and receive email from your phone.

    On your HTC One, you can access your business and personal email accounts, reading and sending email messages on the go. Depending on your email system, you might be able to sync so that when you delete an email on your phone, the email is deleted on your computer at the same time. That way you don’t have to read the same messages on your phone and your computer.

  • Multimedia: Play music and videos on your phone with the best built-in speakers on the market. Or, you can plug in external speakers.

    Some smartphones allow you to play music and videos on your phone in place of a dedicated MP3 or video player. On the HTC One, you can use the applications that come with the phone, or you can download applications that offer these capabilities from the Play Store.

  • Contact Manager: The HTC One lets you take shortcuts that save you from having to enter someone’s ten-digit number each time you want to call or text a friend. In fact, the Contact Manager application, called “People,” can track all the numbers that an individual might have, store an email address and photo for the person, and synchronize with the program you use for managing contacts on both your personal and work PCs!

  • Digital camcorder: The HTC One comes with a built-in digital camcorder that records live video at a resolution that you can set up to and including full-HD.

  • Mapping and directions: The HTC One uses the GPS (Global Positioning System) in your phone to tell you where you are, find local services that you need, tell you how good they are, and give you directions to where you want to go.

  • Business applications: The HTC One can keep you productive managing documents while you’re away from the office.

    Whether your company gives you an HTC One for work or you buy your HTC One yourself, you can use the HTC One to work with Microsoft Office applications.