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Monday, May 26, 2014

HTC One M8 Harman Kardon Smartphone


I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom CentralConsulting #MC for Sprint. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and to thank me for participating. 

My 11 year old has been wanting a cell phone so bad (like most her age). I don’t mind her having one, but also wasn’t sure which one would be best. Luckily we are able to try out multiple Sprint phones to see. It also gives us a chance to see how responsible she is at using one.




She was so excited the day the phone came. We received the HTC One M8 Harman/Kardon edition.  Not only did we receive the phone but we also received a Harmon Kardon Onyx Bluetooth speaker.


The first thing we noticed about the phone is the huge screen size. It has a 5 inch full HD 1080p display. It’s a little heavier than some but not a big deal. It’s an android phone and the operating system is Android 4.4. Once we got the phone up, we got her all signed into her email, facebook and games that she loves to play. The phone is super easy to use and navigate. Since we live in a little bubble that doesn’t get great service, we have had a booster since we moved into our new house. With the booster, our service is great. We have unlimited data, but since we use Wi-fi at home it really doesn’t matter. Since the day she got it she has been texting her friends and us. I do have to say, it is handy when she goes someplace without us, that we can still reach her.


When I went to put her micro SD card in, I noticed that I had to use a pin to get the fake place holder out and then insert the SD card. If I want to take it out for any reason, I will have to use a pin go get it out as well. Luckily I wouldn’t be taking it out very often, but do find it a little troublesome, especially if we are out and about and need it for something. Not a huge deal, but if it were a push type, that you just push it in and it pops out would be a lot easier. That would be the only thing I would really change on this phone, otherwise I would recommend it to people.



Sprint has a new feature, or it is new to us. It’s called Spotify. It is a music streaming service. You can do the free version or premium. The free version allows you to listen on mobile, tablet and computer. There are ads with the free version. The premium is $9.99 and allows you to play any song, anywhere, download music and listen while offline, with no audio ads and no commitment.

Like I said above, we also received the Harmon Kardon Onyx Bluetooth speaker. I was more excited about this than Mya was. Not only is the speaker Bluetooth but it’s also cordless. You can charge it up, and it has a 5 hour battery or keep it plugged in. The sound is great, clean and crisp.  We have a game room, and this is a perfect speaker for that. We can play pool, Foosball and other games while listening to music way better than before.

I went to Sprint’s website and saw that they are having a special right now with this phone for a limited time. Purchase this phone the HTC One M8 Harmon/Kardon edition for $0 down on the Sprint Family plan, try Spotify for 6 months, plus add the Onyx Studio Speaker for just $99.99. This is a really good deal as they usually sell the speaker for $399.99!


Disclosure: The above item was received in order to facilitate review. I have not been compensated for this post. Top Notch Material blog will always provide honest opinions, beliefs or experiences on products reviewed. We will only recommend products or services that we feel are of benefit to our readers. If you have any questions, please contact me at Katrina dot Gehman {at} gmail com. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

18 comments:

  1. I so need a smartphone, the plans sounds great too, thanks for sharing ^_^

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  2. My friend has Sprint and uses Spotify all the time and she loves it!!

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  3. Sounds like a great deal. Thank you for the information.

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  4. That looks like an awesome phone and that speaker is awesome!

    Michelle F.

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  5. The pin looks tricky but the screen size and features looks really cool.

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  6. Spotify is an app that's always advertised by 96.3. It's good to try it soon.

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  7. HTC - my all time favorite. I had Desire C some time back

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  8. So nice for you to be a part of this review and isn't it better if you can do this also on youtube.

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  9. sounds like a nice smartphone, I like the full display!

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  10. I love HTC phones... they are so solid and stylish. One M8 is a masterpiece <3

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  11. That is a pretty sweet looking smartphone. My boys had prepaid cellphones at 8 years old and that was 10 years ago. They were used for just incase or emergencies.. But now forget it, they are texting machines.

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  12. My phone just died on me so I will need to shop for a new one. Great review!

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  13. I've heard a lot about this phone and seen some rave reviews. This Sprint plan seems like a really good deal too! I'll be saving up for this one lol

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  14. We have also been looking into cell phones for a tween and haven't been able to make a decision. Your post was very helpful by explaining the screen size, specifications of the phone and best of all, the deal Sprint has going on right now. We are definitely going to look into this. Thank You!

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  15. I would love to have a smartphone. I haven't had a cell phone for about 6 years and a smartphone would be excellent. There are many apps I would like to be able to use while around town or at a store that would be fun, beneficial or would help us save money while shopping. I am hoping my disability claim gets approved soon so maybe I can have an income and be able to afford a smartphone and provider plan.

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  16. Looks like an awesome phone! Love the new layout and name! I want one of these. I LOVE Spring!

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