HTC One M8 for Windows vs Nokia Lumia 1520: first look
As we look far and deep into the Windows Phone space, there’s no denying that there’s a single company that’s been consistently delivering quality devices. Nokia, as we know, has a place right beneath Microsoft’s wing, so it’s no surprise to us that the Nokia Lumia 1520 is still one of the darling devices in the space. However, HTC is stirring things up and making a lot of commotion with its brand new HTC One M8 for Windows, which renews this relationship we though ceased to exist. Two devices, both running Windows Phone, but ultimately we need to find out which of the two is indeed the crown jewel for the platform.
Matching one another in resolution, the obvious difference between the two displays is the ridiculous size of the Nokia Lumia 1520’s screen. Specifically, it’s outfitted with an insanely large 6-inch 1080 x 1920 IPS LCD display, which makes the 5-inch 1080 x 1920 Super LCD-3 display of the HTC One M8 for Windows appear quaint in size. Regardless of that, we really like the look of the two displays, so it’s rather difficult to say with enough certainty which one we actually find more attractive.
Finally! We’re pitting a Windows Phone against another Windows Phone. Seriously, it’s been a long time since we’ve come across a Windows Phone aside from a Lumia branded one – so it’s refreshing to see HTC’s take on the platform. By now, we appreciate the enhancements Nokia has made to the traditional Windows Phone experience, but we’re equally pleased by what HTC is doing as well in the space. Generally speaking, the look, feel, and operation are uniform with the two, but it all boils down to the added enhancements each phone brings to the table. As much as we’d love to detail which of the two we prefer, it’s rather difficult to come to a conclusion until we spend more time dealing with HTC’s offering.
Processor and Memory
In our experience, high-end spec’d Windows Phones have shown us that they’re capable of delivering snappy responses with their operations. Despite having hardware that’s regarded as last-generation, the Lumia 1520’s quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC with 2GB is able to match the performance out of the newer quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of RAM used by the newer HTC One M8 for Windows. Then again, we have to reiterate that we’re spending only a short time checking out the two, but we’re guessing we’ll have a more concrete understanding of their performances the more we check out the HTC One M8 for Windows.
Yes, they’re both stuffed with an ample 32GB of internal storage, which can be supplemented by their microSD card slots.
Nokia has been quite busy in the Windows Phone front. From entry-level to high-end stuff, the company has been relentless in providing consumers with variety. Continuing to be a darling in the Windows Phone space, despite having been available since last fall, the Nokia Lumia 1520 is still the Windows Phone to beat. Needless to say, the HTC One M8 for Windows has a lot riding on its back, but it’s going to need more than its sturdy metallic body to take the crown away from the Lumia 1520.
HTC One M8 for Windows Phone vs Nokia Lumia 1520 first look
1. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3540; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
I'd still take the 1520... It hasn't failed me yet... Great camera, fast performance, the absolute best audio capture, terrific screen, great quality, looks very red, and with WP126.96.36.199 it's really a power house...
In my opinion the only WP device, or any device, that would be better than the 1520 is a 1530...
2. Hashed (Posts: 19; Member since: 17 Aug 2014)
I want to ask about the 3.5mm audio jack.
Any problems there after the update to wp8.1? music always playing from headphones when connected? does it effect voice calls when unplugged after listening to music?
I'm new to wp, and I'm loving it on my L630, but I really like the 1520 and thinking about getting it, or maybe waiting for the 1530.
Thanks, and have a nice day.
5. Gemmol (Posts: 535; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
I am confuse about your question, you ask if music is always playing in the headphones, well yeah if you have songs playing, but if there is no song playing then it would be regular, you would hear beeps in your headphones when you a message or email or some other notification, so in other words it do exactly as regular phones, no difference.......Voice calls do not get affected, if you rather speak on the phone instead of headphones just unplug it and it will transfer the sounds to the phone............its a really great device and it have a big battery longest i went without charge while using it the same amount I normally do with my LG G2 got me 4 days of use on my L1520, so the battery in other words is the best part of the phone for me because I tend to forget to charge sometimes, at least with this phone, I do not have to worry about charging or buying a extra battery
3. sks1969 (Posts: 84; Member since: 04 Mar 2012)
The video itself says it the Lumia's display > HTC display
4. Muzhhur (Posts: 245; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)
I like really the HTC! But I dont change my 1020 for any other device