HTC One M8 for Windows vs Nokia Lumia 1520: first look

As we look far and deep into the Windows Phone space, there’s no denying that there’s a single company that’s been consistently delivering quality devices. Nokia, as we know, has a place right beneath Microsoft’s wing, so it’s no surprise to us that the Nokia Lumia 1520 is still one of the darling devices in the space. However, HTC is stirring things up and making a lot of commotion with its brand new HTC One M8 for Windows, which renews this relationship we though ceased to exist. Two devices, both running Windows Phone, but ultimately we need to find out which of the two is indeed the crown jewel for the platform.


Wow! These two couldn’t be any more attractive, since they bear many quality characteristics that help elevate their overall designs. Even though the Nokia Lumia 1520 is constructed out of polycarbonate plastic, it’s the sturdy variety that gives its construction that extremely solid. And best of all, its hard lines and iconic Lumia design language, help to keep it in favorable regard to the metal constructed HTC One M8 for Windows. Needless to say, we can’t complain about the two, but that choice of going with a brushed aluminum chassis gives HTC’s product a very slight edge.


Matching one another in resolution, the obvious difference between the two displays is the ridiculous size of the Nokia Lumia 1520’s screen. Specifically, it’s outfitted with an insanely large 6-inch 1080 x 1920 IPS LCD display, which makes the 5-inch 1080 x 1920 Super LCD-3 display of the HTC One M8 for Windows appear quaint in size. Regardless of that, we really like the look of the two displays, so it’s rather difficult to say with enough certainty which one we actually find more attractive.


Finally! We’re pitting a Windows Phone against another Windows Phone. Seriously, it’s been a long time since we’ve come across a Windows Phone aside from a Lumia branded one – so it’s refreshing to see HTC’s take on the platform. By now, we appreciate the enhancements Nokia has made to the traditional Windows Phone experience, but we’re equally pleased by what HTC is doing as well in the space. Generally speaking, the look, feel, and operation are uniform with the two, but it all boils down to the added enhancements each phone brings to the table. As much as we’d love to detail which of the two we prefer, it’s rather difficult to come to a conclusion until we spend more time dealing with HTC’s offering.

Processor and Memory

In our experience, high-end spec’d Windows Phones have shown us that they’re capable of delivering snappy responses with their operations. Despite having hardware that’s regarded as last-generation, the Lumia 1520’s quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC with 2GB is able to match the performance out of the newer quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of RAM used by the newer HTC One M8 for Windows. Then again, we have to reiterate that we’re spending only a short time checking out the two, but we’re guessing we’ll have a more concrete understanding of their performances the more we check out the HTC One M8 for Windows.

Yes, they’re both stuffed with an ample 32GB of internal storage, which can be supplemented by their microSD card slots.


If there’s one area that Nokia has been particular in differentiating its phone from the competition, it’s in the camera department. Interestingly, though, HTC is focusing on the same thing with its new Windows Phone smartphone, as it’s packing a duo camera system to deliver some neato effects to photos post shot. Specifically, they’re achieved thanks to its 4-megapixel “Ultrapixel” camera, which has another rear camera to measure depth information for those snazzy post photo effects. In contrast, the Lumia 1520 plants its feet firmly into the ground by gathering attention with its 20-megapixel PureView camera, which as we know, is known to capture an insane amount of detail. Only time will tell us which of them will prove to be the more viable option for shutterbugs.


Nokia has been quite busy in the Windows Phone front. From entry-level to high-end stuff, the company has been relentless in providing consumers with variety. Continuing to be a darling in the Windows Phone space, despite having been available since last fall, the Nokia Lumia 1520 is still the Windows Phone to beat. Needless to say, the HTC One M8 for Windows has a lot riding on its back, but it’s going to need more than its sturdy metallic body to take the crown away from the Lumia 1520.

Related phones

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)
Lumia 1520
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3400 mAh(25.1h 3G talk time)



1. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I'd still take the 1520... It hasn't failed me yet... Great camera, fast performance, the absolute best audio capture, terrific screen, great quality, looks very red, and with WP8.1.1.1 it's really a power house... ...... In my opinion the only WP device, or any device, that would be better than the 1520 is a 1530...

2. Hashed unregistered

Hello rodneyej1, I want to ask about the 3.5mm audio jack. Any problems there after the update to wp8.1? music always playing from headphones when connected? does it effect voice calls when unplugged after listening to music? I'm new to wp, and I'm loving it on my L630, but I really like the 1520 and thinking about getting it, or maybe waiting for the 1530. Thanks, and have a nice day.

5. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

I am confuse about your question, you ask if music is always playing in the headphones, well yeah if you have songs playing, but if there is no song playing then it would be regular, you would hear beeps in your headphones when you a message or email or some other notification, so in other words it do exactly as regular phones, no difference.......Voice calls do not get affected, if you rather speak on the phone instead of headphones just unplug it and it will transfer the sounds to the phone............its a really great device and it have a big battery longest i went without charge while using it the same amount I normally do with my LG G2 got me 4 days of use on my L1520, so the battery in other words is the best part of the phone for me because I tend to forget to charge sometimes, at least with this phone, I do not have to worry about charging or buying a extra battery

3. sks1969

Posts: 108; Member since: Mar 04, 2012

The video itself says it the Lumia's display > HTC display

4. Muzhhur

Posts: 261; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

I like really the HTC! But I dont change my 1020 for any other device

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