85

Same muscle, different soul

85

This is the first time in years that a user can select a device's hardware and software at the same time; you usually have to choose one and then live with the other. People who already use and love Windows Phone now have a flagship option that isn't the latest Lumia device. This phone won't end the platform wars by showing undeniable proof that Windows Phone trumps Android or vice versa; both devices clearly have pros and cons in different areas, and it ultimately comes down to your personal preference.

If your go-to OS is Windows Phone, the M8 is one of the best options, thanks to great design and solid performance. The Lumia Icon still has a bit of an edge, but you'll be happy with either device. If given the choice between M8s, I'd go with the Android version for now because HTC's had much more time, experience and flexibility to get things right on that platform. The performance is a bit more optimized in most cases, and it comes with more of the HTC-branded functionality that makes the One M8 unique. But isn't it nice to finally have a choice?

Critic reviews

7.9
8 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    9.0
  • Display
    8.0
  • Battery life
    9.2
  • Camera
    6.0
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    8.6
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.7
  • Media support
  • Durability
    10
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    6.7

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User reviews

8.8
5 reviews
  • Reception and call quality | 2 comments
    9.2
  • Display | 1 comment
    9.6
  • Battery life
    9.6
  • Camera | 1 comment
    7.6
  • Ease of use
    8.8
  • Design and form factor
    10
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.8
  • Media support
    10
  • Durability
    9.2
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    7.6
9.0
Engadget Aug 27, 2014

The One M8 for Windows is worth considering if you're looking for a beautifully designed Windows Phone with fast performance.

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8.0
CNET Aug 25, 2014

While its camera isn't best-in-class and Windows Phone's underwhelming app selection still stings, the elegant and sophisticated HTC One M8 is an enticing alternative to Nokia models.

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8.0
Gizmodo Sep 18, 2014

If you want eye-candy hardware, wrapped in a well-designed OS, then this phone could be a great pocket companion.

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7.0
The Wall Street Journal Aug 19, 2014

If you're tired of the current options and can live without the apps and services that set the Internet abuzz, the HTC One (M8) for Windows is a great device and it's just $100 with a two-year contract at Verizon.

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7.0
Wired Aug 28, 2014

Despite my camera hangups, the Windows Phone version of the HTC One is undoubtedly a good phone.

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8.0
Business Insider Aug 23, 2014

If you don't mind missing out on the best apps, or you just like using Microsoft's services like Bing, Outlook, and Office exclusively, then the HTC One is the first Windows Phone you should consider buying. But I suspect that's a minuscule slice of the smartphone market.

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9.0
PocketNow Aug 27, 2014

In short, this is one of the finest Windows Phones ever created. If it’s a Microsoft smartphone you’re looking for, and you have no need for a PureView camera, you can’t do better than the HTC One M8 for Windows.

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8.0
sneakymoose sneakymoose

I've been using the HTC One M8 for Windows as my daily driver for about 2 weeks. I received the phone free from HTC as part of a testing and seeding program. I've previously owned other HTC Android and Windows Phone devices (Nexus One, Radar 4G, One S, 8X, One M7) and some Nokia devices (Lumia...

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9.0
sjwu sjwu

The One M8 for Windows, despite being identical in terms of hardware, is actually a meaningful upgrade over its android fraternal twin in many ways. The same understated and elegant design remains, as do the extremely loud BoomSound speakers, beautiful and crisp screen, and high-resolution...

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8.0
bosh bosh

Much, much nicer than my last Windows Phone. Really like NOT having the capacitive buttons at the bottom. WP8.1 is nice to use. Phone looks beautiful. Very happy.

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9.0
jpspiderman jpspiderman

Reception and Call Quality The call quality is perfect. From the calls that I've made I'm loving the sound coming out of the speakers of the phone. The phone has kept a better LTE signal than previous phones that i've had. Even in previous Dead zones i get some signal now. Display The display...

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10
ezk1993 ezk1993

Beautiful new body for Windows Phone. The One M8 is a stunning phone that offers great features. Boomsound is awesome and the ir blaster (a first for Windows Phone) is nice. The camera is fine, but nothing spectacular especially when compared to the Lumia Icon.

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