After Apple’s iOS and Android from Google, the highest operating system would be Microsoft’s Windows Phone. Until recently, Windows Phone was something you would mainly see on Nokia devices, which is the case of the Lumia 930 as well, but not that long ago, HTC stepped in and saw the platform fit for their flagship device, the HTC One M8. The original One M8 runs Android, but the newer version has been equipped with Microsoft’s offering. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at both the HTC One M8 and the Nokia Lumia 930, to see which one is the best device and which one makes better use of the Windows Phone OS.
Both devices present high-end premium build, with metallic finish and classy look. The HTC One M8 has its whole body made out of aluminum, while the Lumia 930 also uses the metal, but with a combination of polycarbonate for the back panel. While the HTC device features a slight texture, the Lumia comes in a matte finish.
Extending from just the nature of the phone’s build, we could say that the metallic finish on the M8’s chassis nicely complements its other features that give it an elegant look, such as the curved back and rounded edges. Also, the One M8 houses two large speakers on the front panel, above and below the display, which is an HTC-associated feature. For the moment, the phone only comes in Gunmetal Grey, but other metallic colors may appear in the near future.
The Nokia Lumia 930 adopts a different style than the HTC’s round, smooth design, and presents a rather blocky look. It is quite thick, easy to grip, and it gives users a premium feel when it is held.
Both devices come within a metallic unibody chassis, although neither are water or dust resistant. The composite mixture used for the Nokia handset seems to be more durable, as the soft aluminum build of the HTC device leaves it more vulnerable to damage.
The display units used for the two phones are similar, but not identical. They both come with 5 inch displays that feature 1080p resolutions and no less than 440 ppi in pixel density, but, however, they differ in terms of screen technology. While the HTC’s LCD3 screen provides high quality images, a high contrast and great white purity, the Lumia 930 comes with an even better AMOLED technology that brings much better blacks and higher performance rates when exposed to extreme conditions such as direct sunlight.
The similarities between the two devices continue in the hardware department where, although not identical, the specifications are similar enough for average consumers to not be able to tell the difference in terms of performance. The HTC One M8 comes with a Krait 400 Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, which slightly over the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, also with Krait 400 architecture. In help of the processing units, there are 2 GB of RAM for each device, as well as the same graphics processing units. In terms of storage memory, there 32 GB of internal space for both handsets, with a microSD card option for the One M8, which can boost its capacity up to 128 GB. All these specs are powered by a 2400 mAh battery in the Lumia’s case, which was tested, and managed to come out with 70% battery remaining after almost three hours of full brightness video recording. The HTC has a slightly bigger battery, with 2600 mAh.
Speaking of video, we should also note that the camera in the HTC model has no chance against the PureView technology-equipped Lumia 930, which is considered one of the best cameras available, with its 20 MP lens.
Other than the Infrared featured on the HTC, both devices come with the standard connectivity options like Bluetooth, WiFi, NFC, or LTE.
Although the transition from Android to Windows Phone resulted in a very nice Windows Phone device, the HTC One M8 is still on Nokia’s turf, and can’t really match the Nokia Lumia 930 which wins this one due to its very impressive battery life, superior camera and top notch display.
You can get the Lumia 930 for about $530 on Amazon, while on the same site, the Windows Phone HTC One M8 is available for about $600
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