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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

AnTuTu
Higher is better
HTC One (M8) for Windows 28611
Nokia Lumia 930 24540.6
Samsung Galaxy S5 36603
LG G3 30634
Sunspider
Lower is better
HTC One (M8) for Windows 544.3
Nokia Lumia 930 520.3
Samsung Galaxy S5 777.3
LG G3 947.2
Basemark OS II
Higher is better
HTC One (M8) for Windows 1088
Nokia Lumia 930 1016
Samsung Galaxy S5 1054
LG G3 951
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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: 1920; 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: 1519; 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: 225; 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: 225; 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: 5188; 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: 1572; 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
Mhl.......................................….....​....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

Apps................................…...........​..more....................................less
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: 55; 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: 1718; 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: 1572; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


I like them transparent tiles.

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 07:24 1

16. VLaRueC (Posts: 179; 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: 5188; 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: 2072; 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.

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Display5.0 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (441 ppi)
Camera4 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
2 GB RAM
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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