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HTC One M8 for Windows Review

HTC One (M8) for Windows 8

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Interface and Functionality

In addition to the uniform Windows Phone 8.1 experience, HTC throws in some of its own branded apps, which slightly enhances the experience, but not enough to catapult it over the stuff we’ve seen from Nokia.

Most folks probably might overlook it, but this is HTC’s fist smartphone to run Windows Phone 8.1, which sees several new enhancements and features to rival the same level of functional depth offered by rival platforms. For example, we have Microsoft’s digital voice assistant service Cortana, a new notifications panel that populates all of our notifications in one place, and even more customizations with the Start screen. We won’t go into detail regarding everything, since Windows Phone follows a uniform approach between devices, but HTC manages to throw in a few exclusives.

In the past, Windows Phones from HTC featured the HTC Hub, which was a dedicated app that brought the familiar look of its Sense UI. With this latest offering, similarly, HTC follows the same approach by throwing in a few staple features of Sense 6.0 that we’ve experienced before on the Android-powered M8. In particular, they include HTC BlinkFeed, HTC Camera, HTC Photo Edit, and HTC Sense TV. Obviously, they have to take the approach of offering these experiences in the form of dedicated apps, as opposed to being baked-in to the platform, since they need to adhere to the strict guidelines of Microsoft’s platform.

Comparatively, they provide the same functions as their Android counterparts, but in a way, we’re not too inclined to use some of them as frequently – such as BlinkFeed, because Windows Phone has its own social networking aggregation tool. In addition, we also have support for the HTC Dot View case and Motion Launch gestures, but they don’t offer the same depth as their counterparts on Android. Overall, the added HTC apps are nice, but it’s blatantly obvious that HTC didn’t do a whole lot of work in making them all that unique and different.

Processor and Memory

Just like other high-end Windows Phones, this one doesn’t have any shortages with its performance. It’s just snappy!

Armed with the same quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC coupled with 2GB of RAM, it’s not shocking that it exhibits the same snappy performance. From basic to intensive tasks, the phone is powerful enough to handle everything we throw at it.

Boasting 32GB of internal storage, it’s more than spacious for the most demanding multimedia buff – plus, it can be supplemented thanks to its microSD card slot. However, it’s still a pain to access because it requires that pin-hole sized tool to open.

Performance benchmarks

Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S5 36603
LG G3 30634
HTC One (M8) for Windows 28611
Nokia Lumia 930 24540.6
Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy S5 777.3
LG G3 947.2
HTC One (M8) for Windows 544.3
Nokia Lumia 930 520.3
Basemark OS II
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S5 1054
LG G3 951
HTC One (M8) for Windows 1088
Nokia Lumia 930 1016
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Internet and Connectivity

Hardly one to disappoint, the HTC One M8 for Windows was made for surfing the web in full fidelity. Not only do we get lightning fast page loads courtesy of its 4G xLTE speeds, but the experience through Internet Explorer is strengthened thanks to its quick page rendering, smooth navigational controls, and detailed display.

Yes, this phone is primarily meant to play nicely with Verizon’s CDMA network domestically, but it’s able to roam around the world thanks to its GSM radio. Just as before, it also packs connectivity features such as aGPS with Glonass, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, NFC, DLNA, and infrared.

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posted on 22 Aug 2014, 05:37 9

2. dushyant (Posts: 94; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)

ugliest OS on the prettiest smartphone..!! lol

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 05:43 20

4. Wiencon (Posts: 1870; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)

It's just your opinion, my is that WP is along with Sense the most pretty UI, but doesn't match M8 design. Lumias look incredible with WP.

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 05:52 12

6. SIGPRO (Posts: 1431; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)

OS is awsome, just work with it i was also sceptical. No more android for me!

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 06:10 3

8. dushyant (Posts: 94; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)

i once bought a lumia 710,
never even seeing a lumia again ever ..!!
did i mention ever....,

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 06:16 6

10. Takeharu (Posts: 210; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

The 710 was a low-end device running WP7 no wonder you didn't like it.
You should try some of the newer devices out there like this one or the Nokia 1520, they're quite good.
WP is just not my personal preference though since I heavily rely on Google services and I love to root/tweak my device.
You should give it a shot, it's come a long way.

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 06:24

11. dushyant (Posts: 94; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)

i don't even get what the real changes b/w 7 and 8 are ,
like you can change the colours and size of those stupid BOX'es, thts it
thats the best windows can do?? really?

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 06:47 4

14. Takeharu (Posts: 210; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

It's true that most changes between WP7 and WP8 are under the surface (different kernel, dual core support, etc) but the biggest change since WP7 is app support. It's still nowhere compared to iOS or Android but the app library is steadily improving and actually has some good apps these days (unlike when WP7 was around).
And yes, I'm not gonna lie that WP still has very little customization but it's still slightly better than iOS.

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 20:38 1

63. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 944; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)

I'm sorry, but it is A LOT more customizeable than iOS. The users only experience was with a first gen Lumia 710... that was probably bought way after initial launch.

Guess what, the iPhone 3G and the Motorola Droid are also going to suck if I buy them today...

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 07:38 2

19. nighthawk_al (Posts: 55; Member since: 23 May 2014)

Have you ever used a W.P 8.1 phone? I can assure you that it fulfills the needs of an above average user...

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 09:58 1

71. DrMoto (Posts: 18; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

Have you tried WP8.1, good sir?

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 06:41 8

12. Daniel.95 (Posts: 89; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)

Windows Phone 7 is so different to Windows Phone 8.1.
Windows Phone 8.1 gives AWESOME user exprience.

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 07:54 2

22. dushyant (Posts: 94; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)

Nothing windows has ever been AWSOME ever. period

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 08:10

24. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

While for me OS X is better, I have to admit that Windows 7 and 8 are pretty awesome (excluding IE and fugly POS-Metro-part of course).

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 08:26 3

25. elitewolverine (Posts: 5183; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

Then why even buy a win7 phone. That is like me not enjoying apple products and buying a macbook or ipod. But i do love their service as a tech support, bar non the best. I hate calling samsung daily or any other oem for that matter.

At any rate windows 8.1 or win 8 for phone, added so many things with the NT kernel it was no small leap, for support up to 64 cores and tons of others it was a under the hood change.

Nothing? well considering Android give MS billions a year to use MS inventions, i guess nothing has helped something.

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 23:06

52. dushyant (Posts: 94; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)

You see, you only get to know how exactly a device is ONLY AFTER YOU BUY IT.
Playing with it for a few mins at the store doesn't tell half the story.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 10:01

72. DrMoto (Posts: 18; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

I bought it, and your opinion is definitely illegit.

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 20:34

62. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 944; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)

Riggghhhhtttt... they just DEFINED the computing age.

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 14:35

45. hurrycanger (Posts: 1562; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)

Comparing to WP7, WP8.1 is absolutely awesome.
It's even much better than WP8, and I just can't stand WP8 anymore after using 8.1

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 05:37 11

3. Lt.Green (Posts: 397; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)

WP failed this phone.

posted on 30 Aug 2014, 11:59

68. Smarter (Posts: 59; Member since: 18 Jul 2014)

And the reason is here:

Feature..........................…........M8 Android..............................M8 WP

USB Host.........................…............yes...​....................................no
USB Otg..........................….............yes..​.....................................no
Dual Sim..........................….............yes..​.....................................no
Notification LED..............................yes..............​......…................no
60fps video…………………………yes…………​….………….no
Smile detection, Panorama,
Macro mode, Effects, etc……………yes……………………….n​o
Headphones output power (Volts)….1.2……………………….0.7
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)…………75………….…………….72

Personal adjustment of system…....better..............................w​orser
Availability.....................................w​orldwide........................US carriers
PA Rating............................................​.8.9..............….....................8

Moreover there is HTC Butterfly 2 which has the same size and design and it is water resistant unlike HTC M8 WP.

Now, do you know why Nokia selling numbers are so low? Do you think if Xiaomi, Lenovo and Huawei would sell phones with WP, will they be more succesful? So what is better choose a phone with Android or with WP?

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 05:51 5

5. waqarzec (Posts: 52; Member since: 09 May 2013)

No yahia.... They don't hate wp .... They hate htc...... O don't know why..... Every other site is praising htc one m8 for android as well as wp.... But they have given only 8.8 to one m8 android one e8 only 8.7 and know one m8 windows 8.....hey u pa..... Remember u cant decrease image of htc...... As all other sites favour them truly...... Are u being paid for all this

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 06:14 1

9. dushyant (Posts: 94; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)

i think 8.8 is fine, they deserve -1.2 for that s**tty camera.

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 05:57 1

7. Settings (Posts: 1591; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)

Now if this beast can dual boot Android and WP then the legacy continues...
Or will it be nice?

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 06:46 9

13. Deaconclgi (Posts: 405; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

I haven't seen a Windows Phone article on PA that makes use of Transparent Tiles yet. It is almost like every writer on PA refuses to show transparent tiles and what a difference it makes in the appearance, customization and modernization of Windows Phone.

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 23:34 1

56. hurrycanger (Posts: 1562; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)

I like them transparent tiles.

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 07:24 1

16. VLaRueC (Posts: 178; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)

It has been obvious from day one that writers don't pay attention to facts. I looked on my Nokia Phone for Nokia Music because John V. mentions I should have it. I don't.

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 08:28

26. elitewolverine (Posts: 5183; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

It should, all 7 of mine have had it, which phone and which country and which date was it purchased, was it brand new or 3rd party

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 20:40

64. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 944; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)

I think they've changed it to "MixRadio"

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 07:25 4

17. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2071; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

8? 8? How did the M8 Android get a 9? Just cuz it runs WP? Are you crazy John?

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 07:52 1

21. lalalaman (Posts: 631; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)

John v was never a fan of wp.....the one who is not biased here with wp is Michael h.

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 08:28

27. elitewolverine (Posts: 5183; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

Especially when it is the exact same phone. Are we reviewing the OS or the Device here PA?

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 09:17

33. amats69 (Posts: 1432; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

THE Android m8 got 8.8, which is i thnk not a fair score....its not that PA hate WP they also hate HTC.....and thats sucks

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 07:50 4

20. AJagtiani (Posts: 466; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)

8 is too low for such a beautiful phone with an awesome OS.

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 08:31 1

28. jellmoo (Posts: 1584; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

I'm sorry, but when you have what is essentially one device, with a version for two different platforms, you need to do a lot better than this to explain the scores. When the Android version scores an 8.8 and the WP version scores an 8, you really need to explain *why*. You need to do at least a basic comparison to show the differences.

This review was ridiculously lazy. Even by PA standards.

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 08:34 3

29. gazmatic (Posts: 795; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

Please. Do a direct comparison and the windows version beats the Android version. In both benchmarks and battery life. Side by side windows wins so how come it gets a lower rating?

Do a side by side comparison. That's not too difficult is it

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 08:57

32. nighthawk_al (Posts: 55; Member since: 23 May 2014)

I was also hopping to see a side by side comparison, not a review of an already reviewed phone's hardware...

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 08:55

30. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

Rather take the 930.

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 08:56 1

31. gazmatic (Posts: 795; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

The functions with the HTC apps are reduced in comparison to their Android counterparts
Its camera quality is still soft with its detail

STILL? STILL? Is this version 2 of this device?

Functions are reduced... It's not an android phone. It doesn't need android specific functions.

There is NO reason why this phone scores SO MUCH LOWER THAN THE Android version.


posted on 22 Aug 2014, 09:26 1

34. Teejay1100 (Posts: 115; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)

People still use Windows phone?? I never knew

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 11:21 2

35. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)

Yeah more people than ever before. It added 7 million new users to its user base last quarter.

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 11:39 5

37. Teejay1100 (Posts: 115; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)

That still doesn't mean anything because overall they are irrelevant. But having choice is good for consumers.

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 19:44 1

50. sgodsell (Posts: 3619; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

WP declined last quarter and its market shared dropped to 2.5%. So 255 million Androids last quarter were what? Nothing?

posted on 23 Aug 2014, 00:27 3

58. hurrycanger (Posts: 1562; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)

Give him a break. He didn't say anything bad about Android's share.

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 20:43

65. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 944; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)

Yea people still use Windows Phone. According to your logic, you owe me a "thank you"

In advance, you're welcome.

Having choice is good for consumers, using all platforms and being unbiased in writing posts and comments is good for your reputation as a commenter (cause right now you're spewing ignorance.)

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 11:26 1

36. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

It looks like the One M8 WP version has much lower headphone output voltage than the Android version.

The fact that Microsoft paid HTC to get Windows Phone running on the M8 and it still ends up just "meh" demonstrates so very clearly that it is WP that is bringing the hardware down.

Nokia struggled mightily with the deficiencies of WP, notably with the Lumia 1020. There was no quadcore support at the time, even though Microsoft was lying and telling everyone that the WP kernel was the same as the Windows kernel (which easily supports 4 cores).

Maybe WP9 won't be a POS like WP8, but so far, Windows for tablets, desktops and phones seems headed in a bad direction. Marketing can move product, but it won't keep people using that product.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 09:46

76. DSP96 (Posts: 19; Member since: 13 Oct 2015)

True. But still, a headphone output voltage of 0.732 volts is the highest in any windows phone. Also, gsmarena.com does a thorough test of audio quality with an external amplifier and sound system, and that test revealed that this phone is one of the best when it comes to delivering a perfect audio output, be it the speakers or the headphones. The output might be less powerful, but the way the phone can control distortion in output, even at peak volumes is amazing. This, and its android sibling are phones to which hardcore audiophiles can connect their expensive, sensitive and professional headphones and they wouldn't notice any distortion in output, even when they crank it all the way up. Truly, HTC do know how to make the sound chips for their phones.

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 13:16

42. gaara6775 (Posts: 738; Member since: 20 May 2014)

8.1 brought notifications etc. 9.0 will bring Widgets (may be). 10.1 may bring live wallpaper.oh wait, we still can't put a wallpaper on home.

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 14:53

46. dachino02 (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Aug 2014)

I don't think you realize that you actually can put on wallpapers. I got mine yesterday and it's a very slick UI. I use to have the HTC 8X, so i'm used to the OS, and I must say this phone is awesome. I don't see the big deal about iOS or Android.

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 14:03 1

43. jphillips63 (Posts: 220; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Also you're way off base with battery the windows version is getting as much as 70% more battery life over the android version. Do your research before you go posting lies and false info about manufacturers phones. I think it's time to start complaining to your sponsors on how you poorly do write ups and how you falsely do your reviews. I bet if the funds get cut off from enough complaints you'll get the picture

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 15:30 2

47. meanestgenius (Posts: 11473; Member since: 28 May 2014)

I have to agree with some of the comments here. I think 8 is too low of a score for this handset when Android version scored a nine. Both phones are nearly identical, save for the OS, which means that the score of 8 had to be based on the OS. Is there bias here in this review?

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 23:45

57. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

What's the issue? The HTC One with WP is clearly inferior to the HTC One with Android and so the WP version scores lower.

You might also notice that the hardware doesn't even work right on Windows, i.e. the headphone output voltage is less than half of what it is on Android. I'm sure there were tons of little things like this. At the end of the day, an "8" is quite generous. It really should be about 6.5 or 7.

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 20:45

66. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 944; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)

There is always bias... it's not like PA has the cream of the crop to work with anyways.

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 17:07

48. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 944; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)

Highly subjective concluding argument. Although I do think 8 is a low score (especially compared with 8.8 for the same phone running Android.) I understand that for its time, the M8 (Android) might have wow-ed PA more, but it is not like there has been a drastic change in the industry.)

Also I happen to think OEMs making the same phone run two OSs is efficient not "lazy".

Lastly, both phones running in normal mode do not offer the same level of battery efficiency. As more scrupulous testing has been done showing the M8 for Windows lasts a lot longer than the M8 (Android). So analysis on PA's end is "lazy", haphazard, and unprofessional. You can find the report I'm referring to with a simple Bing/Google search.

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 21:33

60. javy108 (Posts: 1004; Member since: 27 Jul 2014)

Less updates to M8 :C

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 18:53

61. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)

The M8 got a lower score because of WP? I agree. It's simply not that good. Simple.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 04:32

67. CarsonTiffany (Posts: 18; Member since: 31 Jul 2014)

The HTC One M8 WP version is worth our note since M8 Android has been so successful.M8 is really great phone, only one flaw to regret: the metal out shell is hard to hold ,thought it made the phone look premium.Better encase the phone with one sturdy case just like this one from casecoco: 3w casecoco.com/personalized-cases-for-others/htc-one​-m8-cases-165

posted on 30 Aug 2014, 12:48

69. mizuman (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Dec 2013)

HTC really failed this time with WP.

posted on 30 Aug 2014, 13:11

70. TheZorro (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Aug 2014)

Yep, totally agree with you.

posted on 09 Sep 2014, 04:12

73. CarsonTiffany (Posts: 18; Member since: 31 Jul 2014)

Only one color option for WP Version, then i think it doesn't have attract to those who like a unique phone. I am one of those.But M8 WP seems one great WP Phone. To get one unique functional phone, i consider buying one unique case for it. CaseCoco seems a great shop to personalize one's custom case.

posted on 26 Sep 2014, 17:43

74. sonianetty (Posts: 11; Member since: 21 Sep 2014)

i am windows lover, so i love it

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Display5.0 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (441 ppi)
Camera4 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
Size5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches
(146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm)
5.64 oz  (160 g)

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