10 HTC One (M8) for Windows features you won't get on a Nokia Lumia smartphone

So, it looks like the rumors were on the right track. HTC just announced a Windows Phone 8.1 variant of its HTC One (M8) flagship, and it is coming to the U.S. as a Verizon exclusive. And it may not look like it, but HTC's new model could be facing some serious competition in the Windows Phone segment – a segment dominated by Nokia and its Lumia series. 

Still, The HTC One (M8) for Windows has quite a few tricks up its sleeve. In fact, we've made a list of 10 notable features of HTC's WP8 smartphone that you won't get on a Nokia Lumia, at least not with any of the current Lumia models. Check them out and let us know if the One (M8) for Windows is a phone you'd love to own.

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One (M8) for Windows
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(22h 3G talk time)



1. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

I like Duo camera and Dot view case!

2. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

11. 4MP camera

3. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

That is one confusing comment. What's your point?

6. hurrycanger

Posts: 1769; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

You don't get that in any Lumia smartphone. I think that's the point.

7. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

I was wondering if his comment was sarcastic...

11. hurrycanger

Posts: 1769; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

In other words, you can't get such lack of details in any Lumia phone (Lumia 520 has 5mp). Or some people prefers to say: that 4mp camera sucks.

31. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

It's not bad for shading, but it means you won't be shooting desktop-quality or printable photos unless using a well-created setup, and in that case better to have a dslr.

4. lorenzattractor unregistered

Actually, never getting this phone as it's Verizon exclusive...

5. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2362; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Pureview or no camera B)


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Sure led flash? i will take Xenon flash over led! Lumia 1020! The blur effect.....euhm Nokia refocus!

9. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Refocus is an app. But I use Lens Blur (published by Nokia developer) for blur effect ... Better than anything else...just wish that images had more details.

10. faptastic

Posts: 65; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

Great! Now let's turn that around. A Lumia 930 will offer over a HTC One M8: Sunlight readability, clearblack screen, curved screen, Dolby Digital recording, a FAR superior rear-camera in every single way. Insanely better video recording. Hugely better audio recording due to a much better HAAC software and hardware implementation. A (to me personally) better camera application with Nokia Camera. The 930 has a better price too. You're missing out on a pretty impressive list of Nokia only applications and additions that Cyan/Amber/Black adds to WP8.1 as well (think of things like Nokia Beamer and so on). HTC also doesn't offer the supersensitive touch that all Lumia's offer. The leaky bootloader HTC uses isn't helping either for security. Without a secure bootloader the entire devices loses it's security, and security is one of Windows Phones biggest selling points. And then we have the list of features that Lumia isn't supposed to offer: 1. Front facing stereo speakers, well, you got that one. 2. All-metal design. You mean the design that limits reception and decreases call quality? Scratches easier and only pretends to be more rigid/solid than the Lumia 930's metal sides? 3. Oh gosh it has a minor CPU upgrade! It's Windows Phone here, the OS that beats most modern mobile devices with a dual core cpu from 2010. You won't notice the difference. The GPU difference is extremely small. That's not really a hot selling point if you ask me. Especially since this influences the price to where it could end up to 30% more expensive than the Lumia 930. 4. Oh we're back to IR again?! Wow. And my TV has this beautiful app on my Lumia that gives it a Wi-Fi remote. Sad thing this only supports a specific number of American features and has no use outside of the USA. Especially since people outside of the USA use different devices and systems that are impossible to support for an app like this. 5. Great! It has a good flash. If only it didn't have such a horrible camera, maybe it'd actually be useful. But so far, even with or without flash, the Lumia 930's pictures beat the HTC m8 pictures anytime. Even on colours. 6. HTC camera app? Don't we have Nokia Camera on our Lumia's? That's not much different. We do get refocus and it's been shown that with the terrible camera the M8 has, the second camera isn't helping much! Nice gimmick that fails in real life unfortunately for HTC. 7. Wow there's a 5MP camera on the front. But the target audience of HTC doesn't make that much selfies usually and beyond selfies it has no use. It may have 5mp, but the quality of the Lumia 720 frontcamera is suprisingly close to that of this 5MP shooter. Don't we know by now that megapixels don't mean everything? Perhaps we're going back in time. 8. Oh there's the overrated RSS reader blinkfeed. We have Weave and Bing News and WP has built-in proper social media support. This is useless. The history of support from HTC for their WP models is a bit sad and slow too.

12. faptastic

Posts: 65; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

To add: 9. Lumia's support this too. There's no cover for it yet, but the WP8.1 update1 (that all Lumia's are going to get!) does support this, so anyone can make such a cover. We do have Glance screen, unfortunately the 930 doesn't do this. Failure on Nokia's part there. 10. HTC Advantage is US only. Meaningless for the rest of the world. You do realize that HTC is referring to the 15GB of Onedrive access here right? You do NOT get anything extra in terms of cloud storage. You get the same 15GB that anyone with a Lumia gets too! (and anyone with just a Microsoft account for that matter). And the timely updates? Well I have to see it to believe it, and even then the updates are made by Microsoft and don't require much of any input from HTC to begin with. Easy to promise such a thing. We're not talking Android here.

14. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

K .

17. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Apart from the camera and wireless charging, there aren't any distinct advantages the 930 has over the One M8 with WP.

22. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

The distinct advantage is Nokia goodies in software it self I think....nokia has done a pretty good job in making wp useful on software side But wait , I think the advantage on hardware side is most importantly is rear camera,yes wireless charging (not needed in htc as it has great battery), colors, price point.oled display, and all the audio recording things......bt I honestly say that hyc is better in many other ways.....only the price was lower.....there is a $200 diff unlocked , damn it

36. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

You're a HTC hater. Go play with your plastic lumia. Don't compare 720 front cam with m8 as it doesn't stand in front of m7's front cam so m8 is way out of its league. Be happy in your fairyland.

13. hameed1989

Posts: 47; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

Well this looks interesting....Now all those Android vs Windows Phone peeps have a platform to fight for!! Brace yourselves.. Windows Phones vs Android Fights are Coming!!

15. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

wtf is with dual tone flashes? why not just make an LED flash that has the similar emitted light as to a two toned one?

16. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Maybe coz two toned flash works better?

33. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

in what way? compared to a dual LED flash that emits a similar color of light like a two--toned led flash

18. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Or just put in a xenon flash, which thrashes every single LED setup... Like the 1020.

26. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Actually, the 1020 has both!!!!!!!!!!

34. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

but xenon has the risk of bulkness ,and consumes more battery than led.

19. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"wtf is with dual tone flashes? why not just make an LED flash that has the similar emitted light as to a two toned one?" I believe the camera software analyzes the scene and then fires the two tones of a dual tone flash at different intensities or has one on or off, whatever is best for the scene.

35. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

hmm, if this actually happens, then ok. but might confuse the people because it flashes an additional light. they might move after the first flash resulting to double people shown

20. Aplusk

Posts: 120; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

upcoming dual sim nokia lumia 730 with 5mp front facing cam for selfies.

25. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Please don't say the word Selfie ever again... Don't say it..

32. Aplusk

Posts: 120; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

haha ok. . . . .but why you feel like not saying that ?

21. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

htc advantage: timely updates........hahaha define timely please HTC

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