HTC One M8 for Windows Unveiled
Are you crazy about HTC’s flagship phone but can’t stand Android?
Well, the Taiwanese phone maker has just what you need; HTC One M8 powered by Windows.
And it’s not just a basic Windows 8, it’s the latest version; Windows 8.1, which comes with all the bells and whistles; Action Centre, Live Folders, you name it. And, according to HTC, 10% more battery life than you get from the Android version.
Introduced just this week, you can get your hands on this baby for $600 or on a Verizon Wireless plan for $100.
The phone sports the Windows and Verizon logos and is currently only available for the Verizon network.
Apart from this everything else has been carried over from the original Android device to the Windows twin. The Windows phone comes wrapped in the same aluminium unibody as the Android phone, one of the features that endeared the HTC One to magazine editors and users the world over.
The cute, polished brushed metal finish is also in evidence on the new device, as are diamond chamfers and front-facing speaker perforations. When you flip the phone over you will be delighted to note that the dazzling Super LCD3 1080p display, all five inches of it, has been carried over as well.
So overall in the design department, the holder of the Android phone will have little to brag about to those who prefer to go Windows.
Except for the colours; the Windows phone is currently only available in the original dull silver while the Android phone can be ordered in a brighter silver or gold.
The dual camera with UltraPixel technology that makes that fascinating Zoe effect possible is also present in the HTC One M8 for Windows.
However, the Windows phone owners will be crushed to learn that the Zoe functionality and the dual capture mode are not offered by the camera app, though the interface for the two apps is similar. The same 5 MP front camera in the Android phone is present in the Windows phone.
When it comes to usability, the Windows version of the M8 matches its Android counterpart stride for stride. It comes with the BlinkFeed feature, which, instead of being available when you swipe right, is presented as one of the tiles on the home screen.
This will be music to the ears of those who are accustomed to the tiled setup of Windows 8.