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A beginner’s guide to the HTC One M8: Major features, “how to” videos, and more

Last week, HTC unveiled one of the most highly awaited smartphones of 2014, the One M8. The One is a flagship phone that has an active following among serious Android fans, and its current iteration is our first glimpse into what a superphone looks like in 2014. It came out a couple of weeks ahead of the Galaxy S5 (which is due at the end of next week), and some months ahead of the iPhone and whatever other top phones this year might bring, which puts it in a unique position that comes with some major advantages and disadvantages.

We've been spending a lot of time with the HTC One M8 since its launch, and we've shot a fair bit of video. We've rounded up the best of that video in this article so you can get to know the HTC One M8, and if you've just bought one, you can learn about some of its cooler features.

So tuck into this lot, and of course you might want to check out our full review of the HTC One M8, too.

HTC One M8 hardware walkthrough

This is just a quick look at the One's hardware. It covers that hairline aluminium shell, the 5-megapixel front-facing camera, the tiny remnants of plastic on the exterior, and then all the wonderful innards, right down to the Snapdragon 801 processor.

Notice the silky smoothness of that display in action.

Dot View case deep dive

A case that makes a smartphone cooler is a rare thing, but the Dot View case is exactly that. It's your call if it's worth £35, but this is a very cool, very functional case for the M8.

How to use Motion Launch

This one's all about getting to know the HTC One M8's super-slick, surprisingly useful Motion Launch gesture system.

How to use Blinkfeed

The M8 has HTC's Sixth Sense, which means a redesigned version of Blinkfeed. It's quite nice and it's got some powerful reading features, all of which are explained in this video.

How to change the One's theme colour

This might be obvious to some people, but I didn't think it was intuitive so I recorded this. While using Blinkfeed I found the white-on-green text to be less than ideal so wanted to change it. This is not done through the specific app, it's a system-level setting. Once you know how to do it the process is obvious, but it wasn't from the get-go.

HTC Mini+ with the One M8

The HTC Mini+ is an £85 Bluetooth accessory for the One M8 that acts as a controller and as a phone. Yes, it's a tiny phone for your smartphone.

Sounds ridiculous? It could actually be really useful, and if you are the type of person who uses your phone to connect to your TV or stereo, you might get a lot of use out of a device like this.