HTC One M8 for Windows Review
With its signature speakers, conversations are easily conducted due to its powerful output.
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.”
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