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HTC One M8 for Windows Review

HTC One (M8) for Windows

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Interface and Functionality

In addition to the uniform Windows Phone 8.1 experience, HTC throws in some of its own branded apps, which slightly enhances the experience, but not enough to catapult it over the stuff we’ve seen from Nokia.

Most folks probably might overlook it, but this is HTC’s fist smartphone to run Windows Phone 8.1, which sees several new enhancements and features to rival the same level of functional depth offered by rival platforms. For example, we have Microsoft’s digital voice assistant service Cortana, a new notifications panel that populates all of our notifications in one place, and even more customizations with the Start screen. We won’t go into detail regarding everything, since Windows Phone follows a uniform approach between devices, but HTC manages to throw in a few exclusives.

In the past, Windows Phones from HTC featured the HTC Hub, which was a dedicated app that brought the familiar look of its Sense UI. With this latest offering, similarly, HTC follows the same approach by throwing in a few staple features of Sense 6.0 that we’ve experienced before on the Android-powered M8. In particular, they include HTC BlinkFeed, HTC Camera, HTC Photo Edit, and HTC Sense TV. Obviously, they have to take the approach of offering these experiences in the form of dedicated apps, as opposed to being baked-in to the platform, since they need to adhere to the strict guidelines of Microsoft’s platform.

Comparatively, they provide the same functions as their Android counterparts, but in a way, we’re not too inclined to use some of them as frequently – such as BlinkFeed, because Windows Phone has its own social networking aggregation tool. In addition, we also have support for the HTC Dot View case and Motion Launch gestures, but they don’t offer the same depth as their counterparts on Android. Overall, the added HTC apps are nice, but it’s blatantly obvious that HTC didn’t do a whole lot of work in making them all that unique and different.

Processor and Memory

Just like other high-end Windows Phones, this one doesn’t have any shortages with its performance. It’s just snappy!

Armed with the same quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC coupled with 2GB of RAM, it’s not shocking that it exhibits the same snappy performance. From basic to intensive tasks, the phone is powerful enough to handle everything we throw at it.

Boasting 32GB of internal storage, it’s more than spacious for the most demanding multimedia buff – plus, it can be supplemented thanks to its microSD card slot. However, it’s still a pain to access because it requires that pin-hole sized tool to open.


Internet and Connectivity


Hardly one to disappoint, the HTC One M8 for Windows was made for surfing the web in full fidelity. Not only do we get lightning fast page loads courtesy of its 4G xLTE speeds, but the experience through Internet Explorer is strengthened thanks to its quick page rendering, smooth navigational controls, and detailed display.

Yes, this phone is primarily meant to play nicely with Verizon’s CDMA network domestically, but it’s able to roam around the world thanks to its GSM radio. Just as before, it also packs connectivity features such as aGPS with Glonass, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, NFC, DLNA, and infrared.

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PhoneArena rating:
8Good
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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