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HTC M8 Stuck In Dock Mode

Have you ever had your HTC M8 get stuck in Dock Mode? Even after restart, you see it send you randomly into Dock Mode or Car Mode…  After this happened to me recently, I spent some time looking around and troubleshooting on two different devices and found a few easy things to try.

First off – DON’T RESET YOUR DEVICE (yet)…

The first things to ask yourself if this has just started happening to you:

  • Have you installed any apps recently?
  • Have you been near a pool, the beach, snowboarding or maybe dropped the phone in some dirt?

 

Test #1:

Clean your USB Port… If you are the type of person that puts your phone through intense usage or really exposes your phone to the elements, this is where you should start. The first time I noticed this issue I had been at the beach taking some photos, and about 45 minutes later the HTC M8 went crazy. A few days later I decided to take an older HTC M7 and do a quick test. I dropped it into the sand (dumb, I know), but guess what? It started the Dock Mode almost instantly.

Test #2:

Do you have a Dot View case? Have you had any magnets around your phone? What I have noticed, and others around the web-based on a quick Google search, is since HTC has a magnet sensor in the device, it may go into Car/Dock Mode in some cases where magnets are nearby.

Test #3:

Look at all recently added apps (ones you have downloaded in the last 24 hours or so. Remove them. Some people have also found relief in simply Disabling the Dock app. Personally I would rather know what was causing the issue instead of just turning off notifications. But if determined to do it – Go into the App Manager, not the app drawer. Settings>App Manager> it will open to “Downloaded” apps. Change downloaded to “All” by swiping left. Find the app “Dock”. Click “Disable”. Then reboot. Ideally, you should not see Dock to show up again.

 

 

 

If none of these troubleshooting methods work for you, I recommend restarting your device in Safe Mode to see if it continues. If so, you probably have a hardware issue (similar to what I mentioned in Test #1). If you don’t have the issue anymore while in Safe Mode, you have a software issue. 

 

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8 Go Head-to-Head

Recently I was able to compare the Samsung Galaxy S5 to HTC One M8. and here is what I got out of it.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One m8 review

Design

The Galaxy S5 did’t go bold or change much from all before regards to design, but it you will notice sharper corners and a new dimpled plastic for the back and I’m guessing it’s for extra grip.

The Galaxy S5 is dust and water resistant up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. Kind of nice around pools, the beach, or kids. The Home now integrates a fingerprint sensor, while on the back there’s a heart rate monitor right below the camera, next to the flash.

HTC One M8 is definitely a reminiscent of the HTC One from 2013, but the new handset ditches the buttons and have added them as part of the software. The HTC One M8 also has rounder corners, and it’s taller and wider than its predecessor, mostly because it has to accommodate a bigger display. No buttons + larger screen makes for a lot of landscape.

HTC One M8 might not be water and dust resistant like the Galaxy S5, might not sport a fingerprint sensor nor a heart rate monitor, but includes a dual lense camera on the rear of the phone.

Without a doubt, the HTC One M8 is the best looking smartphone in town, and wins the Design section.

HTC One (m8) vs Samsung S5

Display

There were rumors going around that both manufacturers might advance their screens to Quad HD technology, but the Full HD resolution ended up being the final choice for both, and quite frankly that’s good enough for any phone.

Samsung Galaxy S5 packs their 5.1-inch Super AMOLED screen Gorilla Glass 3 protection with 1080 x 1920 resolution, 432 ppi pixel density, while HTC One M8 sports a 5.0-inch Super LCD3 screen with Gorilla Glass 3 protective layer has the same 1080 x 1920 resolution but a slightly higher pixel density of 441 ppi.

Because both come with great contrast and brightness on both the S5 and the M8 have similar sized screens, this section ends as tie.

Dimensions

HTC’s One M8 measures 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm and has a weigh of 160 grams while the Galaxy S5 is 142 mm tall, 72.5 mm wide, 8.1 mm thin, and weighs 145 grams.

The metal body of the One M8 increases the weigh of the smartphone and the curved back makes it thicker. The Galaxy S5 is more compact and lighter than the HTC One

Samsung Galaxy S5 wins the Dimensions section.

Connectivity

The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, IR blaster, and microUSB 3.0, USB On-the-go, USB Host.

The HTC One M8 sports HSDPA, 42 Mbps (21 Mbps – AT&T), HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, IR blaster, and microUSB 2.0, USB On-the-go, USB Host.

I don’t know what all of that mess means, its just in the specs and for the most part they are identical.

The biggest thing I have found is the S5 is using Bluetooth 4.0 and microUSB 3.0, compared to M8 which has standard BT 4.0 and microUSB 2.0.

I’ll say Samsung wins the Connectivity section, but not sure if it is really that much of a “win.”

Memory

If you like multitasking or like having media (music, videos, or whatever) on your smartphone, Android phones are the best bet for this, but you need to make sure you have RAM and storage.

Both the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 comes with either 16 or 32 GB of storage and support for microSD cards up to 128 GB. Both handsets arrive with 2 GB of RAM so the multitasking experience will be similar.

The Memory section comes out as a tie.

Processor

The HTC One M8 boasting a Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801 SoC with four Krait 400 cores clocked at 2.3 GHz and quad-core Adreno 330 GPU, while the Samsung Galaxy S5 with a Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 chipset with quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 CPU and quad-core Adreno 330 GPU.

The 200 MHz higher clock speed of S5′s CPU is not enough to tell any difference when I opened up different apps or loading multiple different things, so I’m saying the Processor section is a tie as well.

Battery Life

HTC One M8 packs a non-removable Li-Po 2,600 mAh battery, which performed fairly good when I tested. The HTC One M8 would last more than 36 hours from one charge.

The Galaxy S5 comes with a removable Li-Ion 2,800 mAh battery that should be capable of getting the handset through about 48 hours of usage. Based on this, I was able to estimate about 48 hours on one charge, but was not able to completely try this since I was not able to hold the S5 for 2 days. When I was able to test the S4 it would get about 36 hours, so I’m guessing the new OS and processor, the new battery should get some more time.

Because of this and the fact the S5 has a removable battery, the S5 wins the Battery section.

Operating System

Both smartphones I tested ran Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box, but man the UI is going to be much different due to the skins the two manufacturers applied over the base Android OS.

HTC One M8 comes with Sense 6.0 UI on top of it. HTC kept BlinkFeed, the aggregator introduced with the original HTC One but now supports more sources and is not as front and center as before. One really cool software feature of HTC One M8 is Motion Launch, which is actually package of gestures that allow you to quickly wake up your device. For example if you double tap on the screen while it’s off, the device will wake up to show you notifications. Swipe to the left to unlock, to the right to bring up BlinkFeed, or hold the device in portrait mode and press the Volume buttons to launch the camera app. Although these shortcuts I have found so far, there may be more, and will take a little bit of time to remember each of them. You can also use “Extreme Power Saver” to turn off all types of apps and UI features to make your battery last a ridiculous amount of time; just do not plan on watching streaming video or something like that when you have this mode set.

The Galaxy S5 has the latest version of TouchWiz UI installed on top of Android 4.4.2 which brings all the software features of its predecessors and several more. The handset is now capable to re-focus after a picture was taken with Selective Focus, to turn the display black and white and shut down unnecessary processes to drastically improve battery life courtesy of Ultra Power Saving Mode, similar to the feature HTC One M8 has.

The Galaxy S5 has far more software features, I find the S5 software bloated and the One M8′s Motion Launch more useful for my daily use. 

That being said HTC One M8 wins this section.

Camera

As a hobbyist photographer, and not able to carry my DSLR with me every where, I have come to appreciate a nice camera built into a smartphone.

The Galaxy S5 features a 16 MP primary camera LED flash, Dual Shot, Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, and support for 4K@30fps and 1080p@60fps video recording. After some research, I was able to find the specs for the sensor size which is 1/2.6” sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size.

The critized 4 MP UltraPixel camera HTC One M8 has continued to use is now a Dual lense. The sensor size here is  a  1/3” sensor size, 2µm pixel size which is larger that the S5 making it as good (if not better than a 16 MP sensor Samsung uses. The HTC One M8 camera also has autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash,automatic simultaneous video and image recording, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, HDR, panorama, and 1080p@60fps video recording capabilities, while the UFocus feature allows the user to choose the focus point in a picture after it was taken. The HTC One M8 is going to produce much better photos in dark or poorly lit situations and offers lots of features for situations S5 just can’t control enough.

Both are going to out perform any iPhone and all other Android devices out there, so you will not go wrong with either.

I will say the HTC One gets the Camera section, but depending on the photos you are planning to take keep in mind these are both great cameras.

Conclusions

With the HTC One M8 have an amazing metallic design verses a plastic finish Samsung’s, and HTC One’s cleaner/less bloated Sense 6.0 skin, HTC One has some major advantages. The S5 will be lighter and more compact and an excellent battery, with the ability to pop a new one in if needed, may be deal breakers for some. The HTC One’s camera is more diverse and works best for my situations, but some may find the S5 okay for their use.

There were many sections Display, Connectivity, Processor, Price, and Memory, because the two handsets have similar sized displays, almost identical connectivity features, using the latest and greatest Quaclcomm chipsets, are similarly priced, and have the same amount of RAM and storage.

In my past experiences, I personally find HTC develops great hardware from the HTC Hero and HTC Evo, both at their time were well ahead of their time. Last year when they rolled out the HTC One and now the HTC One M8, they are worth looking at for your next phone.  The problem for HTC though is people who buy their phones do not feel the need to upgrade every 6-12 months because their phone is too slow, as with most Samsung users I know, so the numbers of Samsung units sold is higher.

Agree or disagree with my thoughts, let me know.  I’m open to feedback.