Poll: Is the HTC One (M8) the best Windows Phone ever?

Poll: Is the HTC One (M8) the best Windows Phone ever?
The HTC One (M8) is one of the best Android smartphones in history. In fact, if it weren't for its not-awesome camera and the "can't please everyone!" issue of its elongated and slippery, but awe-inspiring metallic exterior, we'd outright say that it's the best Android smartphone ever. Its design is universally impressive - you cannot *not* react when you meet this phone in person, and the reaction is never one of indifference. 

Its stand-out looks are complemented by what is absolutely the smoothest and sleekest custom Android implementation available. Last, but not least, there's the excellent hardware profile - from the contemporary Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB RAM, all the way to the brilliant 1080p display and the BoomSound speakers whose sound quality is yet unmatched.

Now, all of this goodness is heading towards fans of Microsoft's Windows Phone. And the question is, is the HTC One (M8) for Windows the best Windows Phone to have appeared so far? Yes, one could say that none of its salient qualities are something a Lumia phone doesn't offer. Aluminum body? There's the Lumia 930. Brilliant 5-inch display? The 930 has it too. Camera? The Lumia 930 runs circles around the One (M8) with its 20MP PureView camera, although the One M8 has a much better front snapper. Hardware? The Lumia 930 is a close match, sans the excellent BoomSound speakers.

What the Lumia 930 doesn't have is the feel of holding a handset that's as perfectly put together as the HTC One (M8). A smartphone like that is much more than the sum of its parts. It's the way they integrate to form a cohesive whole that makes reaching for the device in your pocket a seamless, yet special moment. It's the way it sits in the hand, respecting with its cold, stern, military-like construction. 

The original HTC One (M8) isn't just another "big-screen Android phone". It's a self-sufficient "HTC phone" - a thoroughly polished device with tons of mojo and personality that is exciting to have as your personal smartphone. The Lumia 930 - which is the best all-around Windows Phone to date - doesn't have that. As great as it is, it's merely a rebranded Lumia Icon with nothing especially "iconic" about the way it looks or works.

All the key ingredients for establishing the same iconic level of presence - apart from Sense 6 - carry over to the HTC One (M8)'s Windows Phone variant. Alas, the weak parts carry over, too. But this is the first time Windows Phone users receive a smartphone that literally looks and handles as well as a HTC One (M8) does. Is the HTC One (M8) for Windows the best Windows Phone ever? Yes? No? Voice your opinion in the comments section below - we're eager to hear it!

Is the HTC One (M8) for Windows the best Windows Phone ever?

Yes
54.02%
No
45.98%

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36 Comments

1. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Most powerful, but camera kills it

4. talon95

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Exactly what i was going to say. I have the Androind M8 so take my comment for what it's worth but the M8 camera is major disappointment. Dual cameras are a software gimmick that can be better accomplished with the stock android camera on an S5, so why waste it on two poor hardware sensors instead of one high quality one.

31. sgodsell

Posts: 6740; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Its a great phone. But this one has WP on it. So no.

23. Doakie

Posts: 2470; Member since: May 06, 2009

If I was forced to buy a high end Windows Phone it would be a Lumia 930. As it is I just ordered an AT&T Lumia 635 last night for $89+tax from the Microsoft Store. If I ever paid more than $100 for a Windows Phone I'd feel like I was getting ripped off. There are some crucial apps missing from their ecosystem that changes the way I use my phone. Like Dropbox, Xfinity TV Go, HBO GO, Google Keep, banking apps, Safeway, a good file manager, Chromecast ability in apps, the list goes on. Either way I love the WP UI, that's what brings me back to it from time to time. Now my 635 is going to be my primary phone during the span of me selling my Note 3 waiting to buy a Moto X2.

27. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

It is a great phone , BUT SORRY, when it comes to hardware ... No thing is comparable with Nokia

33. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Microsoft owns WP8 and now owns Nokia. I would just buy Lumia if I want WP phone for the best support.

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

No. The Lumia 1520 takes the crown.

7. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Yes, the 1520 is so far technically the best WP device you can get. It has the most to offer.

8. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

But it's huge for most people! Heck, I still can't hold it comfortably even after using it for a pretty long time. That's why I'm gonna be trading it for a One M8 with WP.

14. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

HTCftw should be your new username :)

15. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Lol I'm a WP fan. If any company other than Nokia come out with a compelling WP offering, like this one, I'll buy it, regardless of HTC or even Samsung!

16. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Even I like WP :)

28. Manti123

Posts: 207; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

Common guys .... Nokia is unbeatable

3. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

By this logic, you can take any android flagship and say it's the best Windows Phone ever.

5. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Best looking, most powerful. Camera sucks. The length/size sucks because of the useless black HTC bezel. I'd still take it over most Lumias.

6. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Yes, it is, even though the camera is underwhelming, it's good enough for the average Instagram and Twitter share.

29. hurrycanger

Posts: 1754; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

It sure is. As long as you don't crop or zoom, you'll get good photos from that camera. Sometimes I use my dad's old DSLR and that thing is like... 6.1 MP, but it takes awesome shots.

9. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

I think its is best in 5 in club....better than lumia 930 but camera beats it I think the best wp uptill now is lumia 1520.....just awesome, a little big though

10. NateAdam8

Posts: 420; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Camera Sucks but it was dead as soon as it HTC said it's a Exclusively for Verizon.

11. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

The Classiest? Yep. The Best? Nope.

12. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Now the WP camp is devided since most of the guys using wp are typical MS fanboys but they like acknowldegement (like all other minorities out there), guess what? Its a mess in the camp

13. LeBrownJames

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 17, 2014

No. Because the camera sucks.

20. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

Are you stupid? You don't want a phone because the camera sucks, you rarely use the camera.

17. kalalemuhammad

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 14, 2014

The best windows phone by far is the lumia 1520. Even as I am posting this from the Android m8, I will still maintain my position that in the wp ecosystem it is inferior to 1520, especially in productivity.

18. newbey123

Posts: 696; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Yes, easily best windows phone, but I still prefer Android platform.

19. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Yes. It is the best. Only thing that is not the best is Verizon exclusivity.

21. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

WHAT so many voted yes? I'm VERY VERY surprised by this...

22. meanestgenius

Posts: 21353; Member since: May 28, 2014

I think the Lumia 1520 is the better overall handset.

24. freebee269

Posts: 541; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

I'd take the lumia 1520 or 930 over this HTC one for windows. Camera is a big selling point for me. On android I go with the phone that has the best camera because I use it a lot. This htc one for windows has an inferior camera to the other 2 I mentioned. Also in my opinion the design isn't much better than the 1520 and 930. They are very good designs in their own right. W the wp ecosystem already has the 2 best phones.

25. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Lumias are better. they're made for wp and the high end ones have awesome cameras. the htc has one of the most terrible ones

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