HTC One (M8) for Windows
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The One M8 for Windows is worth considering if you're looking for a beautifully designed Windows Phone with fast performance.
- Beautiful aluminum design
- Above-average performance
- Good battery life
- Global LTE roaming
- Latest version of Windows Phone
- Missing some features unique to the Android M8
- Mediocre camera compared to competing devices
- Only one color option
- Difficult to quickly access the camera
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HTC One (M8) for Windows
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- 80AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE8 ReviewsGizmodo80HTC One M8 for Windows Review: It's No Lumia, ButIf you want eye-candy hardware, wrapped in a well-designed OS, then this phone could be a great pocket companion.Wired70HTC One (for Windows)Despite my camera hangups, the Windows Phone version of the HTC One is undoubtedly a good phone.Engadget90HTC One (M8) for Windows review: Same muscle, different soulThe One M8 for Windows is worth considering if you're looking for a beautifully designed Windows Phone with fast performance.Computerworld80HTC One (M8) for Windows: Top hardware for WindowsIf you are a Windows Phone user looking for a new phone, this is clearly the one to get.CNET80A winning flagship breathes new life into WindowsWhile 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.The Wall Street Journal70HTC One With Windows Phone: Another Great Phone YoIf 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.Business Insider80This Is The First Windows Phone That Deserves A GoIf 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.PocketNow90HTC One M8 for Windows review: just what it says oIn 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.
- 87AVERAGE USER SCORE6 Reviewsasteenbuck80December 11, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I had to buy this phone full price a few weeks ago after I shattered my 2 month old Lumia Icon.The Good:I love the look of the phone. The One M8 is one of the best looking phones out there I think. Comfortable weight, feel and build quality.Switching from the Icon to the One required almost no effort on my part. Almost all of my settings came over automatically just by logging in, including my saved WiFi networks, contacts, old texts, installed apps, etc. Even the network settings in the internet sharing came over. About the only thing I had to do was login to apps such as Facebook and Spotify again.Performance is pretty fast. About on par with my Icon. Apps open quickly, transitions and graphics are smooth. I haven't played anything much more graphic intensive than Words with Friends, so I can't speak for that (not a big phone gamer).The phone ships with Windows 8.1, so you don't have to worry about using the developer preview.The Bad:The Dual View camera, while "neat" is kind of gimmicky, and really I'd just prefer a better single-lens camera. And what is with the huge black ring around the lens?Apps are hit and miss. Most of the big ones are there, albeit some of them are developed by Microsoft. There haven't really been too many apps that I've desperately wanted and have been unable to find except for some specialty work apps (HipChat, Zoom video conference, etc). The biggest problem with apps is the QA. Most apps work great, but some are pretty much mailed in by the developer. The Draw Something app for example will launch, show the splash screen, and then freeze permanently on a blue background. It's the same sort of issue early app releases have on all platforms, but most developers don't spend too much time on the Windows app, so the issues stick around for longer. For the most part everything is good though.The dot screen. I like the idea of being able to see my notifications through the cover, but it presents a number of problems. 1) don't know if it's just my case, but the cover doesn't sit quite flat on the screen, so if the phone is sitting on a flat table, a slight breeze will cause the cover the shift, and the phone think it's being opened. Also, the dots in the cover don't uite line up with the dots on the screen making some of the notifications difficult to read. 2) If the cover is open, and I press the power button to turn the screen off, then close the cover, the screen turns on. Go figure. 3) When I open the cover, or press the power button, this phone takes f o r e v e r to bring up the lock screen so I can unlock the phone. I'm talking like 5-10s. Not sure if it's the phone, or the extra dot screen layer app running on top, but my Icon would wake up instantly.Bottom LineHonestly I wish I had bought another Icon. The One M8 isn't a bad phone, it just doesn't feel quite as polished as the Icon. I guess that's to be expected though, because Lumias are Microsoft's phones, and I think this is HTC's first Windows Phone. I'm fairly happy with it, but seeing as I have Verizon Edge, I'm not married to it forever.Engadget Reader90September 17, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 wide-view front-facing camera. The body is durable and sleek as ever.The Windows Phone OS, however, elevates the device even further. The clean lines and stylistic elements of the OS combine more seamlessly with the phone's design than the very differing and varied Android ecosystem. The match feels like a tighter fit. Secondly, I cannot stress enough how much battery life is improved.The difference is night and day. While the Android version struggles to get by with a day's usage on Power Saver mode, the same usage patterns on Windows Phone often have me plugging in the device with 40% left. These are the same apps and the exact same hardware. While it's not hard science, controlling for most of the variables shows that Windows Phone is the superior OS in this regard.The phone most seriously is lacking in its camera. Of course, night shots and low-light in general are made excellent by the design of the 4 Ultrapixel camera. No, they are not directly comparable with Megapixels, but at the end of the day, you get out a picture that is only 4 MP in size. This means that zooming is useless as it pixellates far too fast, and the only way to realistically zoom and get a decent shot is to get physically closer. In many cases, such as at an event, this is not possible, so you are out of luck. While I do like that HTC ported over their camera interface, which can be default instead of the standard Camera app, one thing that irks me the most is the lack of the dedicated camera button which usually comes standard on Windows Phones, and was one of the best features in my opinion. Instead, now I have to turn on the device, open the lock screen, navigate back to the Start screen, and tap the tile I pinned there. If I hadn't pinned it, I would have had to find it in my long list of apps to boot. This takes easily 5 times as long as it did before, and I often miss very quick events I would have captured with a different phone.Overall though, the device is such a gigantic step forward for the Windows Phone platform and especially above the last Windows Phone that HTC released, the 8X, which if you're keeping track was a port of the One X, over two years ago.Engadget Reader80September 15, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 521, Lumia 925).Overall, I'd recommend this phone to someone who wants a high quality, great looking device that is powerful but simple to use. Even with HTC's new HTC Advantage promises, I'd hesitate, at least a little, to recommend the phone to more tech-aware users who want to know that the manufacturer will keep it up to date and make improvements, or who are looking for the best phone camera.PROS:This is the exact same hardware as the HTC One M8 running Android, except this version runs Windows Phone. I've found WP to be more consistent across all the apps, easier to use, fast, and energy efficient. The device has Windows Phone 8.1 Update out of the box, and should get updates from Microsoft for the next few years. With Microsoft these days, there's little if any vendor lock-in compared to Google, and especially when compared to Apple.The HTC One M8 feels great in the hand. The all metal body actually has a bit more friction to it then the all plastic case of my previous phone, so I am not as concerned about it slipping out of my grip. It has a gently curved back and is a great width (not too wide). It fits well in the cup holder in my car or in my pocket.Battery life is amazing. On most work days for me, the phone is disconnected from the charger from 4:30a.m. to 10p.m. and still has about 60-65% charge remaining! At work, I'm in a room with spotty phone reception due to tin walls and a tin roof. With all of my past phones, this type of environment would have drained the battery really quickly. I use the phone for probably about 5 minutes every hour to check Twitter, e-mail, Facebook, texts, and the like.The display is excellent. Color reproduction is great, not overly saturated like AMOLED displays tend to be. It's very high resolution (1920x1080) which is great for photos and videos. Text and the tiles on the Start screen are smaller than I'd prefer, but for some common scenarios like text messaging and e-mail, this can be rectified through the ease of access settings. And theThe dual front facing speakers on this phone are excellent, particularly when you consider how small the drivers must be to fit in such a tight space. The audio quality is just slightly tinny (WAY less so than other phones) and overall I'd say it does well with mid-to-high frequency ranges at both low and high volume levels. HTC calls the speaker system BoomSound, and the feature optionally extends to headphones that you connect, where it alters the EQ curve and boosts the volume a bit. As you might guess, speaker phone calls benefit from the overall speaker quality, too.The camera software loads within 2-3 seconds. This could also be considered a con (it could be faster!) but it is faster than the load time for current version of Nokia's camera software on the Lumia 925. HTC's camera includes some nice prosumer options, including ISO, white balance, and exposure compensation. It supports burst capture, touch to focus, and panorama shots.The front facing camera is excellent. It has a nice wide viewing angle and it captures great pictures.CONS:HTC hasn't been a great steward of Windows Phone devices for the last few years now. They've put top end phones on the market like the HTC 8X, but then they rarely if ever provide any bug fixes or software improvements to them. I hope this device marks a turn around, but it's way too early to know. The few issues I've noticed so far are fairly minor, and I believe they can all be fixed in software, but this will depend on HTC's level of commitment to product quality and longevity.There is no dedicated camera button. For some reason, HTC did not place the camera icon into the action center's quick launch list by default, but this is extremely simple to rectify (settings > notifications+actions > pick camera as a quick action). Once you've got the quick action in place, it's super easy to access the camera.HTC's UFocus, Foregrounder, Dimension Plus, and other photo editing such as filters and frames are gimmicky. I'm likely to rarely if ever use these features on photos that I care about. The camera has 'ultra' pixels (the sensor has fewer but larger photo cells compared to most phone cameras). But, I wish the sensor itself were also larger, so the actual image resolution would be higher. Nokia cameras, including some considered to be mid-range such as the Lumia 925, take better photos. On a recent vacation, I was really happy that I also brought along my old Nikon D200 digital SLR camera.Sunlight readability is pretty average. That is to say, it's not easy to see what's on the display while outside in bright sunlight.I miss the Glance View feature from the Lumia 925. On that Lumia phone, I set it to keep the clock and key notifications displayed all the time, which was super handy. It also had a mode where you just wave your hand over the phone and the clock and notifications appear for about 10 seconds. HTC could implement that type of feature as part of its Motion Sense capabilities and I sure hope they'll consider it! The HTC One does support a similar type of functionality, but only when paired with HTC's Dot View accessory case.The power button is up top and easily pressed by accident while in my pocket or while pushing the phone into my pocket. This is a pretty minor thing, though -- I've put the device into a nice, inexpensive clear TPU case which both makes the button easier to locate when I need it, and significantly harder to accidentally press.Engadget Reader100September 13, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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.Jon-Paul90August 28, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Reception and Call QualityThe 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.DisplayThe display on the phone is super Bright with excellent colors and great crispness. The phone may actually be too bright as in low-light settings the phone is FAR brighter than it needs to be. Even in direct sunlight the phone is visible and bright.Battery LifeThis phone has some AMAZING battery life. Running a profile of Bluetooth, Wi-fi and LTE Wake up time of 5:30 AM i was able to go the full day and into the next with no charging.CameraOverall for Daily shots Good quality images. In low light conditions however the camera really shines and takes excellent low light shots with for less artifacts and noise. Zooming in however is not a great option.Ease of UseHTC used a beautiful pedigree from which to clone this phone and it shows. The Windows OS system runs super smooth on the phone. There are some weird lag issues with some of the third party programs which didn't happen on my HTC 8X. Overall however great phone and easy OS.Design, Form Factor, And FeelHave you seen the android version of the phone ditto for this one beautiful brushed aluminum giving it a amazing feel. However if you have a habit of dropping things you should definitely get a case for it.EcosystemA lot of publications talk about the App Gap on Windows phone but for most of the Major apps there's a version on Windows phone either official or third party.Engadget Reader80August 21, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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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