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  1. cbreze's Avatar
    nice screen shots would be cool i kinda want a clear pic of the nav bar for an idea i have and also to see what unique settings and enhancements HTC made :P
    Have you seen this?
    Here is how the new Nav bar works on the HTC One M8 for Windows | Windows Phone Central
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    08-21-2014 11:28 PM
  2. night26's Avatar
    You can double tap to unlock then hit search button for Cortana like normal, but the dot case makes it one step, just swipe down.
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    08-22-2014 12:15 AM
  3. Great deal's Avatar
    Cant wait to see what MS bring out next year, if they use this phone as a benchmark (will be better ofc) it will be amazing.
    08-22-2014 05:42 AM
  4. cbreze's Avatar
    I'm noticing how much better Cortana sounds coming thru these awesome speakers. Like she's sitting right next to me. I'm liking this sound system better even than I thought I would. Everything thru them just sounds richer , fuller and more clear. Not tinny.


    This isn't a bug just something I noticed. The double tap to wake works consistently when you are holding the phone in hand. When its sitting on a table its hit and miss getting it to wake up. Kinda defeats the purpose of having in sleep mode on a bedside table. If your already holding it the phones not the only thing awakening. Maybe better in this situation to reach over and press the power button to wake it up. Or better yet have an awesome night clock app which I've yet to find a decent one in the store.
    Last edited by cbreze; 08-22-2014 at 01:39 PM.
    08-22-2014 10:36 AM
  5. kevinm25a's Avatar
    Picked mine up yesterday, had purchased the Icon, but when I went into the Verizon store, I found that I really liked the M8 better.

    Surprisingly, the IPS display on the M8 is actually superior to the AMOLED on the Icon to my eyes. Considering I almost always prefer the color pop and super dark blacks of AMOLED, this IPS panel is amazing. Not quite as black, blacks, but the color reproduction is fantastic. The one thing I miss from the Icon is the Color profile settings. The M8 only has adjustments for Brightness, and as usual its Auto, Low, Med, and High, no sliders. Unlike the Icon, the Auto setting works really well, and never seems to go to dark.

    As everyone else has said, the all metal chassis is fantastic looking, and feels about like a river rock or pebble in the hand. In fact it can be pretty slippery if you have wet or sweaty hands. It is also noticeably lighter than the Icon, same width, and about 1/4" longer due to the Boomsound speakers.

    Ahhh, those speakers, man what a difference. This was one of the main deciding points for me on this phone. Unlike most folks around here, I really don't use the camera much, other than to snap a whiteboard here or there, so it made no difference to me. The sound however really matters, as I use speaker phone on and off all day, and listen to music the rest of the time. This thing sounds amazing. Deep, rich, full sound, and there is even enough separation between the speakers that you get a full stereo effect when in Landscape.

    The power button on the top of the phone takes a little getting used to, but it works pretty well. The on screen navigation buttons are no big deal, and give you several options on how they operate. Slide up to show, slide up to hide, auto hide and show based on actions, and hit a small arrow to hide, and swipe up to show. Pretty easy to setup the way you like it.

    Battery life is better than the Icon, I'm still testing, but so far this phone came off charger last night at 10 pm, its now 1 pm, 15 hours later, and I have 82% battery, even after installing a bunch of apps, listening to a lot of Pandora, taking calls etc.

    The SDXC slot is a fantastic addition, I keep all my music there now. This phone is unlocked, and will work with LTE on Verizon, and T-mobile. AT&T however will only get 2g/3g, no LTE.

    Another interesting thing I have noticed is that the M8 consistently has 1-2 bars better signal strength than the Icon here in Dallas. WiFi and Bluetooth too have much higher signal strength, than the Icon. Not sure if that is due to better hardware, better antenna, or the all metal chassis, but there it is.

    I use the proshot app with the camera, and as far as functionality goes, it looks to be the same with the same options. Blinkfeed, is something that was sorely needed for Windows phone. Since flipboard has yet to bring an app to WP, blinkfeed does a really good job of aggregating my news, articles, social media in one easy to read place, Love it.

    As for performance, it is noticeably quicker than the Icon, especially when restarting, opening large apps, etc.

    Overall, this is a fantastic device, and really will come down to what features/functions are most important to you.

    If your a camera geek with a need for a high end phone camera, the Icon is the way to go. If you prefer the design, signal strength improvements, and blinkfeed additions, then give the M8 a look, its one hell of a nice device.
    08-22-2014 01:36 PM
  6. RichHowerton's Avatar
    Upgraded one of my old lines to this phone. Really nice device. Battery life is better than the icon. Bluetooth range is better than the icon. Put in a 128gb SD card. Was able to put all my music and some movies. Wow. Lots of room still on the card. Loving Cortana, and speakers. Now that I can't use mix radio, back to Xbox music. Xbox music is so much better now than before, much easier working with playlists. Loving 8.1 and notification center. Camera decent, but icon is better. Lighter than the icon. If this phone had icon's camera it would be the perfect windows phone.

    But since I am talking about the perfect windows phone....give me a slide out keyboard like the touch pro/2 had, and wireless charging.
    Last edited by RichHowerton; 08-24-2014 at 09:14 PM.
    08-24-2014 08:55 AM
  7. cbreze's Avatar
    Loving Cortana, and speakers. If this phone had icon's camera it would be the perfect windows phone.
    Doesn't Cortana's voice sound great coming thru those speakers? Like she's sitting right next to you. :)
    While the camera is decent and I'm fine with it, it is the only thing lacking from my icon. The rest is all good. I still have my icon and can make quick comparisons like speaker quality. I'm kind of surprised other manufacturers haven't jumped on this 2 speaker option. I had an E90 Nokia communicator back in the day that had dual speakers. Really makes speaker phone calls much more pleasant.
    Side note: Yesterday I wanted to run the battery down completely for its first full complete charge to possibly help with conditioning. Well I didn't think I was going to make it before I fell asleep. Finally as I was crawling into bed I saw it had shut itself off,(@2%) and this was after I threw everything I could think of at it to wear it down. Now I know where it shuts down at and from the lo warning at 10% to 2 % shutdown took 2 hours, dropping very slowly. This battery seems very good and I thought id miss wireless charging, but with this beast I can go all day and then some, so don't need that feature it seems. Happy with my decision to pick up a ONE. :)

    EDIT: Just occurred to me I've been up almost 2 hours using my ONE lightly in that time and its still pegged at 100% charge. My icon same usage would always be down to 92% or so by now. I do believe this device is handling battery usage better. Oh, and it does charge to 100% not 99% like the icon. Sweet!
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    08-24-2014 11:31 AM
  8. Mr. MacPhisto's Avatar
    For those who have the M8, how do you like the onscreen softkeys? I'm concerned that the familiar "three-dots" menu button is too close to the Search button, is it easy to trigger that accidentally?
    Picked mine up today. It's my second HTC. My first was My Trophy, a phone that I never had one problem with. As much as I loved my two Nokias, I did have a few issues on that end. They did get fixed and the phones were still great ones.

    This phone is slim, superfast, and this battery does not like draining even when gaming. My brother has a One M8 that drained a bit faster doing less work - and that phone gets good battery life on the Android end. I'm a bit disturbed that HTC can make such a well designed, thin phone with such great battery size while Nokia made big bricks like the Icon with smaller mAh batteries and no microSD support. And I like Nokia/MS quite a bit, for the record, but this phone is just as well designed. I still have my 928 for backup but also primarily because the mic system on that thing (and the Icon) is astonishing, so I will take it to concerts with me.

    As for the Nav Bar - love it. Have it set to my Theme Color, so nice to be able to get variation down there. It hides easily and comes back easily. No issue accidently searching when tapping "..." - no issues accidently launching Cortana anymore period. I prefer the Onscreen keys, though I would like to have the hardware camera button for launching (I rarely used it for taking the picture), but I will get used to launching HTC Camera or ProShot.

    Here's a screen cap with the Nav Bar on the Start Screen with it colored.
    htc-one-m8-start.jpg
    08-24-2014 09:10 PM
  9. Mr. MacPhisto's Avatar
    One more thing. Superfast reboot. It has not done any autoreboots, but I have rebooted it and it is superquick. It takes about 15 seconds. My 928 took about 45. Also shuts down faster, though still will automatically power on if plugged in via USB for charging. Wish it wouldn't do that.
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    08-24-2014 09:19 PM
  10. pdt's Avatar
    I've had an HTC 8X since it first came out on Verizon a couple years ago. It was the best phone I've ever had. I was dragging my feet on upgrading it, but planning to get an Icon. But when the new HTC came out with better battery life and an SD card slot, I decided to go for it. I'm very happy I did - as good as the 8X was, the M8 is even better: faster, bigger brighter screen, more storage, louder clearer speakers, all the things the previous posters said.

    My only complaints so far: The case is a little slippery, compared to the 8X, so I'm more worried about dropping it. Easy to solve, of course. Also, WP 8.1 has a couple of annoying bugs that still need to be fixed, especially with bluetooth.

    Overall, though, I'm very pleased and am learning new ways to use the device. Cortana makes a big difference of course, but also the combination of big bright screen, speed, and Nokia software improvements mean that the navigation experience is vastly improved. And it is liberating to have all my data, photos, movies, etc. with me when I'm out and about. I'll probably carry my tablet around less often.
    08-26-2014 05:55 PM
  11. AR2186's Avatar
    After a few days with the phone, I am amazed at how long the battery lasts (looking straight at you Lumia Icon w/ 8.1 sitting on my desk). I had 55% today when I left work, which is about double the best I got with my Icon.
    08-26-2014 06:30 PM
  12. tbolt76's Avatar
    I got The One on Friday as a replacement for my Icon.
    The HTC One is slimmer and a lot better looking than the Icon.
    As far as performance, with WP 8.1 on both, there is not really a distinguishable difference.
    Having the SD slot is probably the number one reason I jumped from the Nokia (added a 128GB immediately).
    The soft keys (charm bar?) is a plus, but do take a bit to get used to.
    One thing I already miss from The Icon is the dedicated camera button.
    Although the camera launch was slow, it was nice to be able to launch from sleep mode/lock screen.
    This leads me to what I really want to talk about, the cameras.
    The camera, which is the big sticking point from what I have seen, is not as huge of a difference as it is made to be.
    The HTC camera app for one, is significantly better than Nokia's app, and you need to use that to take advantage of the refocus and 3D features.
    The camera is overall faster at taking pictures, press to shot, but the focus is a tad bit slower.
    Once you get the image, in focus, they come out sharp and color accurate.
    The exposure seems to be about 1/3 of a stop dark, but I like my pictures a tad dark, so it is not a problem for me.
    In the HTC (as well as the Windows) camera app, you can adjust the exposure compensation, so it is an easy fix.
    My biggest complaint or missing feature, is being able to crop the image while maintain a fairly usable image.
    There is no contest, with eth 20MP shooter on the Icon, I could do a 50% crop and still have a clean, usable image.
    With the HTC there is little room for enlarging the image (aka digital zooming).
    Although, with the larger pixels on the HTC camera, low light performance is better.
    While you may see people mention that the images are just as dark, where the HTC One shines is getting better details in the dark settings, with less noise.
    All in all, The HTC One and Icon perform nearly the same. The biggest difference is form factor, the camera and the external speakers.
    08-26-2014 08:16 PM
  13. etphoto's Avatar
    I posted this in another thread. I only had my HTC One for a couple of days. Yesterday I put in a 13 hr day at work. Used my M8 - what I would consider moderate use but probably most would think is lite use - and forgot to charge my phone over night when I went to bed. Got up this morning and it still had a 50% charge. My 8x would never been able to do that.
    08-27-2014 08:29 AM
  14. microhaxo#WP's Avatar
    Here are some pics taken from the htc one m8:
    https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resi...nt=photo%2cjpg
    https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resi...nt=photo%2cjpg

    All taken with the default microsoft camera app (htc camera is too buggy atm)

    Night shots are extremely painful without a Focus assist light.
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    08-27-2014 03:06 PM
  15. lparsons21's Avatar
    Just got back from the Verizon store and after playing around with the Icon and the M8, the M8 went in my pocket!!

    What a sweet phone! I'm coming from an iPhone 5 and it is so nice to have some real color and pop on the screen. The bigger screen makes typing almost OK for my fat fingers. It will take a bit of getting used to as things are so different. But as of right now, I LIKE IT!!


    Sent from my 23-n010 using Tapatalk
    08-27-2014 03:25 PM
  16. unstoppablekem's Avatar
    Just got back from the Verizon store and after playing around with the Icon and the M8, the M8 went in my pocket!!



    What a sweet phone! I'm coming from an iPhone 5 and it is so nice to have some real color and pop on the screen. The bigger screen makes typing almost OK for my fat fingers. It will take a bit of getting used to as things are so different. But as of right now, I LIKE IT!!





    Sent from my 23-n010 using Tapatalk

    Welcome to Windows Phone! :D
    08-27-2014 06:54 PM
  17. unstoppablekem's Avatar
    Here are some pics taken from the htc one m8:
    https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resi...nt=photo%2cjpg
    https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resi...nt=photo%2cjpg

    All taken with the default microsoft camera app (htc camera is too buggy atm)

    Night shots are extremely painful without a Focus assist light.

    How is the HTC Camera app buggy? Could you explain?
    08-27-2014 06:55 PM
  18. scotiez's Avatar
    I picked up my HTC One M8 on Thursday the 21st. I was on IPhone 4s then the IPhone 5 for the last 3 years but I was getting tired of Apple. Plus I have word documents that are secured with a password and my iphones would not open them. I wasted money on apps that say they could open them and they never worked. So I went to the Verizon store cause I was checking out phones online and I wanted to see the HTC One M8 in person, The store didn't even have one out on display. I had to ask about it and since they couldn't show me how it was to operate I took my partners word for it cause he has had a windows phone for several years now. So far I am very happy with the HTC One M8, Its great on battery life, Larger screen, and it syncs so well with my laptop and desktop cause both of them have windows 8.1. OHHH and the most important thing.... It opens up my secured word documents. I am very happy. I will probably be with a windows phone for a very long time now.
    08-27-2014 08:58 PM
  19. LuckeeeShot's Avatar
    I'm curious about that as well. I have had zero issues with anything. Maybe I got lucky?
    08-27-2014 09:00 PM
  20. microhaxo#WP's Avatar
    How is the HTC Camera app buggy? Could you explain?
    Lots of bugs.
    • If you take a photo and immediately try to look at the result, it force closes. Waiting 3 seconds before viewing prevents the crash.
    • if you take a photo and view it (waiting 3 seconds to prevent crash) and you delete it. After confirming you want to delete it, often the image goes away, you are shown a black screen with the ability to delete, share or edit, the image is gone so clicking any of those options crashes the app.
    • af and ev lock occurs when you tap to focus but hold your finger on the spot. Normally a good behavior but it doesn't work at all. It actually breaks af completely. After doing so you are unable to re focus on anything unless you completely close the app and re open. There is no way to unlock af and ev lock once you enable it.

    Just to name a few.
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    08-27-2014 09:18 PM
  21. LuckeeeShot's Avatar
    Wierd I just did everything you posted and it worked flawlessly
    08-27-2014 09:47 PM
  22. Genesis Coupe's Avatar
    love the reviews and the heads up on this post.
    08-27-2014 09:54 PM
  23. cbreze's Avatar
    I've had no trouble with the HTC camera but I prefer proshot.
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    08-27-2014 09:58 PM
  24. unstoppablekem's Avatar
    I picked up my HTC One M8 on Thursday the 21st. I was on IPhone 4s then the IPhone 5 for the last 3 years but I was getting tired of Apple. Plus I have word documents that are secured with a password and my iphones would not open them. I wasted money on apps that say they could open them and they never worked. So I went to the Verizon store cause I was checking out phones online and I wanted to see the HTC One M8 in person, The store didn't even have one out on display. I had to ask about it and since they couldn't show me how it was to operate I took my partners word for it cause he has had a windows phone for several years now. So far I am very happy with the HTC One M8, Its great on battery life, Larger screen, and it syncs so well with my laptop and desktop cause both of them have windows 8.1. OHHH and the most important thing.... It opens up my secured word documents. I am very happy. I will probably be with a windows phone for a very long time now.
    Like I said to someone else, welcome to Windows Phone!

    And your device when I click your avatar on the website says you have the Android M8, not the WP M8.
    08-27-2014 10:05 PM
  25. unstoppablekem's Avatar
    I've had no trouble with the HTC camera but I prefer proshot.
    ​Does ProShot have the ability to become the default app?
    08-27-2014 10:05 PM
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