HTC One (M8) for Windows

85
Engadget
Score
85

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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HTC One (M8) for Windows review: Same muscle, different soul

Summary

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

Pros
  • Beautiful aluminum design
  • Above-average performance
  • Good battery life
  • Global LTE roaming
  • Latest version of Windows Phone
Cons
  • Missing some features unique to the Android M8
  • Mediocre camera compared to competing devices
  • Only one color option
  • Difficult to quickly access the camera
HTC One (M8) for Windows review: Same muscle, different soul

Since Windows Phone's humble beginnings, Microsoft has been the underdog in the wireless industry. Four years later, nothing's changed -- except, perhaps, a few more percentage points of market share. Even then, it's got a long way to go before catching up to Android and iOS. Let's give the company credit for pushing forward, improving its platform and not giving up, though: When I reviewed the last major OS update, I said I could finally use Windows Phone as my daily driver. The one element that Microsoft continued to lack, however, was buy-in from large phone makers. They put more focus on Android products, which meant anyone interested in Windows Phone had a small selection of devices to choose from.

For Microsoft, it's time to experiment with a new, simpler approach. The software giant has buddied up with HTC to convert the One M8, its Android flagship, into a Windows Phone. That's all there is to it. There's absolutely no change to the hardware -- and it's a fantastic idea. If it fails, neither company loses much from the deal; since they're using an existing phone, the cost of design and engineering is far lower than it would be on a standalone device. If it's successful, it may inspire other manufacturers to follow suit, resulting in a market with a wide variety of Windows Phones to choose from. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, right?

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Scores

Engadget

85
 

Breakdown

Reception and call quality
9.0
Display
8.0
Battery life
9.3
Camera
6.0
Ease of use
8.0
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Specs

One

Type
Smartphone (Windows Phone)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
32 GB
Screen size
5 inches
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Specs

One

Type
Smartphone (Windows Phone)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
32 GB
Screen size
5 inches
View Full Specs
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