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HTC One (M8) for Windows
The HTC One (M8) for Windows combines a stunning design with the unique Windows Phone 8.1 and innovative HTC features. Enjoy the sleek look of a full-metal unibody. Get help managing your life with Cortana, a virtual personal assistant. Take photos with more depth and more light using the Duo Camera.
Enjoy a Stunning Design
The HTC One (M8) for Windows, a Verizon exclusive, provides a premium, inspired design that features a full-metal unibody. Tapered edges make the smartphone look slim and sleek, while soft curves make it a joy to hold. The display adds to the smartphone’s premium style, with 5 inches of Full HD viewing.
Get Advice from Your Personal Assistant
Meet Cortana, the virtual assistant built into this Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone. Cortana learns your habits every day and provides useful reminders and recommendations, such as offering traffic and weather alerts before you head to work.
Capture Great Photos and Enhance Them
Take professional-looking photos with more depth and more light using the Duo Camera on the HTC One (M8) for Windows. After you capture a photo, change the focus on objects with UFocus and add 3D style to your images with Dimension Plus.
Replace Your TV Remote Control
Cut through the clutter of remotes with HTC Sense TV. With a built-in infrared transmitter, universal remote and visual TV program guide, the HTC One (M8) for Windows will become the starting point of your living-room entertainment experience.
Hear Audio with Balance and Clarity
Dual front-facing stereo speakers and HTC BoomSound make your music, videos and games sound powerful. The amplifier offers balance, boosts bass and delivers clear vocals.
Engage with a Rich Content Experience
Browse information from your favorite sources on your Start screen with HTC BlinkFeed. Keep up on topics you care about from sports and technology to games and fashion.
|Video||HTC Duo Camera, f/2.0, 28 millimeter wide angle lens, 2x LED, Smart Flash and 1080P Camcorder||5MP front–facing camera and 1080P Camcorder||Video Formats: H.263, H.264, VC1, MPEG–4|
|Battery||Non–removable 2600 mAh Li–Ion||Usage Time: Up to 21 hours||Standby Time: Up to 15.5 days|
|Memory/ Processor||32GB on board memory + 2GB RAM /Supports up to 128GB microSD Card (sold separately)||2.3 GHz Quad Core Processor|
|Music||Music /Audio Formats Supported: MP3, WMA, WMA pro, AMR–NB, AAC–LC, AAC+, eAAC||Headset: 3.5 millimeter Audio Jack|
- Size (LWH): 2.78 inches, 0.37 inches, 5.77 inches
- Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Network Compatibility: LTE
Brushed Metal Design Wrap-around unibody frame curved to fit your hand. Built to inspire envy. Crafted from the ground up, the HTC One (M8) features a bold, brushed metal design. Stacked internal components allow a mere 9.35mm (0.37") thin construction and a curved, ergonomic shape that fits your hand with natural ease.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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 the
The 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.
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.
Using Cortana with the front facing speakers is just awesome, if you want to show off what she can do the whole room can certainly hear if you want them to. Also thanks to the newest update (8.1) anyone that says the Windows phone OS is lacking behind in term of functionality is dead wrong. As for the apps, yes there aren't as many killer 1st party apps out there, but the robust 3rd party market makes up for it.
That battery life. So wonderful. If you are doing research and you see articles about how much better the battery life on this is versus it's Android counter-part they are correct. I've got a day and a half of moderate use and I'm just now at 21% again the battery life hype is real people!
Do yourself a favor and get this phone, who cares if your friends of family make fun of you. Give it a shot, it will definitely meet and/or exceed your expectations.
DO. NOT. GET. THE. WINDOWS. VERSION. I can't stress this enough. I've been a Windows phone user for 6 years now and I can't take it anymore. Literally no first-party app support (AMAZON just discontinued their app. AMAZON. Think about that for a second.) Nothing works. Every app crashes. Reading an article? It'll probably crash. Checking twitter? That will crash. The Instagram app is STILL IN BETA!
I thought this would be helped by the Windows 10 release. I held out for so long hoping that it could drive developers to care about WP. It didn't, and here we are.
I write this with a heavy heart because the Windows phone interface is gorgeous perfection. The keyboard, lock screen, tile system, system sounds, are all the best available. It's too bad all you get that's even remotely functional is an email client.