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HTC One M8 for Windows Review

HTC One (M8) for Windows 8

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Call Quality

With its signature speakers, conversations are easily conducted due to its powerful output.

HTC One M8 for Windows Review
HTC One M8 for Windows Review
As the earpiece is actually one of the stereo speakers, it really lends some help in the calling quality performance of the phone. Not only are voices exquisitely loud and commanding, but they’re for the most part clear and noise-free – making it very easy to hear our callers in extremely noisy environments. Lucky for us, that’s also the case switching it to speakerphone mode, where its dual front-firing speakers deliver a potent mixture of power and clarity. Lastly, our callers also benefit by being greeted to voices on their end of the line that are robust and lively.

Battery

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.”

Charging time

minutes
Lower is better
HTC One (M8) for Windows
187
Nokia Lumia 930
149
Samsung Galaxy S5
122
LG G3
120
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Conclusion


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




Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • The functions with the HTC apps are reduced in comparison to their Android counterparts
  • Its camera quality is still soft with its detail
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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: 2016; 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: 1844; 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: 258; 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: 258; 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: 948; 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: 5192; 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: 948; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)


Riggghhhhtttt... they just DEFINED the computing age.

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 14:35

45. hurrycanger (Posts: 1623; 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: 60; 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: 64; 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: 2291; 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: 1623; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


I like them transparent tiles.

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 07:24 1

16. VLaRueC (Posts: 182; 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: 5192; 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: 948; 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: 637; 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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