To be clear, the HTC One (M8) Harman Kardon edition is a great phone. It runs fast; its speakers are amazing; its HD display is gorgeous; and it has the single nicest build of any flagship released this year. You can’t start with the One (M8) as your base and end up with something mediocre.
But the Harman Kardon edition comes pretty close. Almost every addition that’s been thrown in here drags the phone down from its original high, whether it’s HTC’s awkward paint job, Harman Kardon’s inconsistent audio tricks, or Sprint’s constant poking and prodding at your wallet. And I haven’t even mentioned that Sprint’s LTE network still lags behind its competition through all of this.
I admire the idea of a high-end “music phone,” but at this price, with this messy software, I can’t tell you to consider the One (M8) Harman Kardon edition. The standard One (M8) does every worthwhile thing this variation does, and it’s still the HTC phone to get.