HTC One M8 for Windows ReviewHTC One (M8) for Windows 8
With its signature speakers, conversations are easily conducted due to its powerful output.
Same battery capacity, same results – so its performance is better than average.
Going with the same sized battery as before, a spacious 2600 mAh capacity one, it’s enough to easily get us through a solid one-day with no worries about being at a critical level before bedtime. Indeed, there’s a “battery saver” mode that’s available if you’re concerned, but it doesn’t see the same level of strictness that we find with the Android-powered M8’s “extreme power saving mode.”
Getting down to business, there’s no arguing that HTC is once again in the game of making Windows Phone smartphones. After a lengthy wait since its last offering, we’re relieved to see that they’re able to deliver a polished, high-end phone that’s competitive in the space. However, there’s still a part of us that wishes for something original – rather than just taking the original flagship, and swapping out the software for Windows Phone 8.1. You can say that it’s a lazy approach, but nevertheless, it’s just nice to see them in the game again.
Sporting a promotional price point of $99.99 out of the gate, it’s absolutely relieving to find this “new” phone being competitive. Despite the aggressive approach, we have to point out that a formidable option, the Nokia Lumia Icon, is available for free through Verizon – so that’s something to think about. On top of that, we also have to mention other elites in the Windows Phone space, like the Lumia 930 and 1520, which have proven to be fully-equipped offerings.
All in all, the HTC One M8 for Windows reestablishes HTC as a premier force in the Windows Phone landscape, one that’s been dominated by Nokia of course. For all of its prowess, it just doesn’t feel “new” enough to give it a leg up over the existing competition. Specifically, its camera quality just can’t compare to the stuff that Nokia’s PureView cameras on its high-end Windows Phones are capable of producing. Stick with it if you’re in love with its design! If not, you ought to think about some of the aforementioned models as an alternative.
Software version of the review unit:
Software: Windows Phone 8.1 update
OS Version: 8.10.14141.167
- Premium construction that looks very different from other Windows Phones
- HTC enhances the software with its signature Sense experiences
- $100 promotional price is an aggressive mark for a new, high-end phone
- Fantastic call quality
- The functions with the HTC apps are reduced in comparison to their Android counterparts
- Its camera quality is still soft with its detail
2. dushyant (Posts: 94; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)
ugliest OS on the prettiest smartphone..!! lol
4. Wiencon (Posts: 1674; 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.
6. SIGPRO (Posts: 1208; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)
OS is awsome, just work with it i was also sceptical. No more android for me!
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....,
10. Takeharu (Posts: 194; 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.
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?
14. Takeharu (Posts: 194; 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.
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...
19. nighthawk_al (Posts: 48; 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...
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.
22. dushyant (Posts: 94; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)
Nothing windows has ever been AWSOME ever. period
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).
25. elitewolverine (Posts: 4909; 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.
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.
72. DrMoto (Posts: 18; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
I bought it, and your opinion is definitely illegit.
62. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 944; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)
Riggghhhhtttt... they just DEFINED the computing age.
45. hurrycanger (Posts: 1551; 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
68. Smarter (Posts: 59; Member since: 18 Jul 2014)
And the reason is here:
Feature..........................…........M8 Android..............................M8 WP
Smile detection, Panorama,
Macro mode, Effects, etc……………yes……………………….no
Headphones output power (Volts)….1.2……………………….0.7
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)…………75………….…………….72
Personal adjustment of system…....better..............................worser
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?
5. waqarzec (Posts: 46; 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
9. dushyant (Posts: 94; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)
i think 8.8 is fine, they deserve -1.2 for that s**tty camera.
7. Settings (Posts: 1435; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)
Now if this beast can dual boot Android and WP then the legacy continues...
Or will it be nice?
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.
16. VLaRueC (Posts: 174; 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.
26. elitewolverine (Posts: 4909; 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
64. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 944; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)
I think they've changed it to "MixRadio"
17. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2060; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
8? 8? How did the M8 Android get a 9? Just cuz it runs WP? Are you crazy John?
21. lalalaman (Posts: 623; 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.
27. elitewolverine (Posts: 4909; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
Especially when it is the exact same phone. Are we reviewing the OS or the Device here PA?
33. amats69 (Posts: 1358; 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
20. AJagtiani (Posts: 466; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)
8 is too low for such a beautiful phone with an awesome OS.
28. jellmoo (Posts: 1438; 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.
29. gazmatic (Posts: 794; 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
32. nighthawk_al (Posts: 48; 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...
31. gazmatic (Posts: 794; 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.
IT'S THE SAME PHONE
34. Teejay1100 (Posts: 114; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)
People still use Windows phone?? I never knew
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.
37. Teejay1100 (Posts: 114; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)
That still doesn't mean anything because overall they are irrelevant. But having choice is good for consumers.
50. sgodsell (Posts: 2982; 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?
58. hurrycanger (Posts: 1551; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)
Give him a break. He didn't say anything bad about Android's share.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
43. jphillips63 (Posts: 214; 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
47. meanestgenius (Posts: 8789; 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.