HTC One M8 for Windows ReviewHTC One (M8) for Windows 8
HTC’s duo camera system is present here, giving us some cool post focusing effects, but its overall quality doesn’t differ whatsoever.
Quite frankly, we didn’t expect anything different with the camera’s quality – just because it’s using the same hardware as before. After snapping a few photos, it becomes instantly clear that are no drastic differences with its quality. For what it’s worth, it takes some good looking photos. Are they better than the other handful of flagships out there? No, but its quality is still nonetheless effective enough to make us happy. Sure, it’s lacking in the details department, but its various uFocus effects sprinkle that professional look to our shots.
At the same time, the camera’s 1080p video recording quality doesn’t differ. By the looks of it all, its quality in general is pleasing to the eye, as long as there’s sufficient lighting around. By default, the phone has its focus locked when recording, which means that adjusting is done via touch focus. Turning it off, though, the camera is constantly adjusting the focus on the fly. Frankly, it’s a nice option, but it seems a bit too sensitive – causing certain situations to become out of focus.
Fitting for all sorts of multimedia functions, we’re really excited to find a Windows Phone with a built-in IR blaster.
Considering that Nokia offers its Nokia Music app on its phones, we were hoping to see some sort of similar customization with the music player for the HTC One M8 for Windows. Unfortunately, there’s none of that here, since we’re only given the stock music player. Thanks to its dual front-firing speakers with HTC BoomSound, it impresses us with its powerful tones – though, it seems as though its output is a smidgen less than its Android sibling.
With all the ingredients for a proper video watching experience, the phone is essentially perfect for the occasion. From its vibrant screen to its stereo speakers, it definitely delivers the goods in this particular area.
Interestingly enough, an IR blaster makes its appearance on a Windows Phone. Although it’s not a rare occurrence amongst Android smartphones, it’s undoubtedly the opposite for Windows Phone – so we’re pleased to know that it’s here. Basically, with the aid of the HTC Sense TV app, the phone is transformed into a universal remote.
Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
HTC One M8 for Windows Review - Camera and Multimedia