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10 HTC One (M8) for Windows features you won't get on a Nokia Lumia smartphone

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10 HTC One (M8) for Windows features you won't get on a Nokia Lumia smartphone

So, it looks like the rumors were on the right track. HTC just announced a Windows Phone 8.1 variant of its HTC One (M8) flagship, and it is coming to the U.S. as a Verizon exclusive. And it may not look like it, but HTC's new model could be facing some serious competition in the Windows Phone segment – a segment dominated by Nokia and its Lumia series. 

Still, The HTC One (M8) for Windows has quite a few tricks up its sleeve. In fact, we've made a list of 10 notable features of HTC's WP8 smartphone that you won't get on a Nokia Lumia, at least not with any of the current Lumia models. Check them out and let us know if the One (M8) for Windows is a phone you'd love to own.

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posted on 19 Aug 2014, 10:06 4

1. DogeShibe (Posts: 955; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


I like Duo camera and Dot view case!

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 10:09 14

2. Wiencon (Posts: 260; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


11. 4MP camera

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 10:14

3. DogeShibe (Posts: 955; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


That is one confusing comment. What's your point?

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 10:23 3

6. hurrycanger (Posts: 1293; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


You don't get that in any Lumia smartphone. I think that's the point.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 10:28 3

7. DogeShibe (Posts: 955; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


I was wondering if his comment was sarcastic...

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 10:40 1

11. hurrycanger (Posts: 1293; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


In other words, you can't get such lack of details in any Lumia phone (Lumia 520 has 5mp).
Or some people prefers to say: that 4mp camera sucks.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 22:13

31. -box- (Posts: 3879; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


It's not bad for shading, but it means you won't be shooting desktop-quality or printable photos unless using a well-created setup, and in that case better to have a dslr.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 10:17

4. lorenzattractor (Posts: 64; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Actually, never getting this phone as it's Verizon exclusive...

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 10:21

5. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2010; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Pureview or no camera B)

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 10:35

8. SIGPRO (Posts: 508; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


Sure led flash? i will take Xenon flash over led! Lumia 1020!
The blur effect.....euhm Nokia refocus!

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 10:39

9. DogeShibe (Posts: 955; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Refocus is an app.
But I use Lens Blur (published by Nokia developer) for blur effect ... Better than anything else...just wish that images had more details.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 10:40 3

10. faptastic (Posts: 7; Member since: 19 Aug 2014)


Great! Now let's turn that around.

A Lumia 930 will offer over a HTC One M8: Sunlight readability, clearblack screen, curved screen, Dolby Digital recording, a FAR superior rear-camera in every single way. Insanely better video recording. Hugely better audio recording due to a much better HAAC software and hardware implementation. A (to me personally) better camera application with Nokia Camera. The 930 has a better price too. You're missing out on a pretty impressive list of Nokia only applications and additions that Cyan/Amber/Black adds to WP8.1 as well (think of things like Nokia Beamer and so on). HTC also doesn't offer the supersensitive touch that all Lumia's offer. The leaky bootloader HTC uses isn't helping either for security. Without a secure bootloader the entire devices loses it's security, and security is one of Windows Phones biggest selling points.

And then we have the list of features that Lumia isn't supposed to offer:
1. Front facing stereo speakers, well, you got that one.
2. All-metal design. You mean the design that limits reception and decreases call quality? Scratches easier and only pretends to be more rigid/solid than the Lumia 930's metal sides?
3. Oh gosh it has a minor CPU upgrade! It's Windows Phone here, the OS that beats most modern mobile devices with a dual core cpu from 2010. You won't notice the difference. The GPU difference is extremely small. That's not really a hot selling point if you ask me. Especially since this influences the price to where it could end up to 30% more expensive than the Lumia 930.
4. Oh we're back to IR again?! Wow. And my TV has this beautiful app on my Lumia that gives it a Wi-Fi remote. Sad thing this only supports a specific number of American features and has no use outside of the USA. Especially since people outside of the USA use different devices and systems that are impossible to support for an app like this.
5. Great! It has a good flash. If only it didn't have such a horrible camera, maybe it'd actually be useful. But so far, even with or without flash, the Lumia 930's pictures beat the HTC m8 pictures anytime. Even on colours.
6. HTC camera app? Don't we have Nokia Camera on our Lumia's? That's not much different. We do get refocus and it's been shown that with the terrible camera the M8 has, the second camera isn't helping much! Nice gimmick that fails in real life unfortunately for HTC.
7. Wow there's a 5MP camera on the front. But the target audience of HTC doesn't make that much selfies usually and beyond selfies it has no use. It may have 5mp, but the quality of the Lumia 720 frontcamera is suprisingly close to that of this 5MP shooter. Don't we know by now that megapixels don't mean everything? Perhaps we're going back in time.
8. Oh there's the overrated RSS reader blinkfeed. We have Weave and Bing News and WP has built-in proper social media support. This is useless.

The history of support from HTC for their WP models is a bit sad and slow too.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 10:43 1

12. faptastic (Posts: 7; Member since: 19 Aug 2014)


To add:
9. Lumia's support this too. There's no cover for it yet, but the WP8.1 update1 (that all Lumia's are going to get!) does support this, so anyone can make such a cover. We do have Glance screen, unfortunately the 930 doesn't do this. Failure on Nokia's part there.
10. HTC Advantage is US only. Meaningless for the rest of the world. You do realize that HTC is referring to the 15GB of Onedrive access here right? You do NOT get anything extra in terms of cloud storage. You get the same 15GB that anyone with a Lumia gets too! (and anyone with just a Microsoft account for that matter). And the timely updates? Well I have to see it to believe it, and even then the updates are made by Microsoft and don't require much of any input from HTC to begin with. Easy to promise such a thing. We're not talking Android here.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 10:51

14. DogeShibe (Posts: 955; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


K .

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 11:22 2

17. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Apart from the camera and wireless charging, there aren't any distinct advantages the 930 has over the One M8 with WP.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 14:38 1

22. lalalaman (Posts: 388; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


The distinct advantage is Nokia goodies in software it self I think....nokia has done a pretty good job in making wp useful on software side

But wait , I think the advantage on hardware side is most importantly is rear camera,yes wireless charging (not needed in htc as it has great battery), colors, price point.oled display, and all the audio recording things......bt I honestly say that hyc is better in many other ways.....only the price was lower.....there is a $200 diff unlocked , damn it

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 11:30

36. gaara6775 (Posts: 517; Member since: 20 May 2014)


You're a HTC hater. Go play with your plastic lumia. Don't compare 720 front cam with m8 as it doesn't stand in front of m7's front cam so m8 is way out of its league.
Be happy in your fairyland.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 10:48

13. hameed1989 (Posts: 47; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


Well this looks interesting....Now all those Android vs Windows Phone peeps have a platform to fight for!!
Brace yourselves.. Windows Phones vs Android Fights are Coming!!

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 10:55

15. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1162; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


wtf is with dual tone flashes? why not just make an LED flash that has the similar emitted light as to a two toned one?

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 11:00

16. DogeShibe (Posts: 955; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Maybe coz two toned flash works better?

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 06:45

33. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1162; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


in what way? compared to a dual LED flash that emits a similar color of light like a two--toned led flash

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 11:25

18. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 691; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)


Or just put in a xenon flash, which thrashes every single LED setup... Like the 1020.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 16:14

26. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3562; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Actually, the 1020 has both!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 06:47

34. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1162; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


but xenon has the risk of bulkness ,and consumes more battery than led.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 11:41

19. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3750; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


"wtf is with dual tone flashes? why not just make an LED flash that has the similar emitted light as to a two toned one?"

I believe the camera software analyzes the scene and then fires the two tones of a dual tone flash at different intensities or has one on or off, whatever is best for the scene.

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 06:50

35. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1162; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


hmm, if this actually happens, then ok.
but might confuse the people because it flashes an additional light. they might move after the first flash resulting to double people shown

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 12:46 1

20. Aplusk (Posts: 108; Member since: 10 Nov 2013)


upcoming dual sim nokia lumia 730 with 5mp front facing cam for selfies.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 16:13

25. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3562; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Please don't say the word Selfie ever again... Don't say it..

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 02:22

32. Aplusk (Posts: 108; Member since: 10 Nov 2013)


haha ok. . . . .but why you feel like not saying that ?

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 13:27

21. tigermcm (Posts: 752; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


htc advantage: timely updates........hahaha define timely please HTC

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 15:25

23. yep_its_ed (unregistered)


Why does the slideshow title say 8 features, but has 10?

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 16:04

24. justttclassified (Posts: 16; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


It's a beautiful device.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 17:45

27. gigaraga (Posts: 1381; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


But isn't this making the already good HTC One M8 more restricted? (due to OS)

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 18:49

29. theguy2345 (Posts: 296; Member since: 24 Jun 2014)


I think it is good, because you are no longer restricted to which phones you can get with each OS. They should do this with more phones. More options are less restrictive

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 18:47

28. theguy2345 (Posts: 296; Member since: 24 Jun 2014)


This phone is amazing because it is high end and has a SD card slot. And not everyone wants a 6 inch phone.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 20:33

30. justttclassified (Posts: 16; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


It's a beautiful device.

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