Unboxing the Verizon HTC One (M8) for Windows

Sure, the awesome HTC One M8 for Windows came out last week, but it is never too late for an unboxing, especially if you are curious as to what is inside the box (cue Brad Pitt and Se7en quote).

Combined with a second phone coming in to our home base and we figured we would take the time to give you the tour.

Looking for our full review? Check back later this week as we put this metal beast through some final tests.

Sound off in comments if you have the One for Windows on Verizon and your thoughts so far, or hop into our One M8 for Windows forums to chat with others.


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Unboxing the Verizon HTC One (M8) for Windows


16Gb one is ONLY in the US.  Everywhere else we have the proper 32Gb version with wireless charging that AT&T demanded removed so they could sell their own proprietary charging cases.

I have a red 1520 and could have got any of the other colors too.

I don't really like the looks of this phone... much prefer Lumia design. But I also hope they sell a LOT of them! WP needs a hit!

I'll second that. It does look nice but if I got one for free I would be trying to offload it for some $$$ towards the 830 :)

They already have the SKU in their system for it. I'm good friends with a TMMob mgr. Even though I'm on ATT I still keep my ears to the ground

The rumor is it will make its way to the 4 big U.S. carriers. Hope this rumor turns out right because then it will definitely go worldwide!

The more I see this phone, the more I like to see WP in it. And I'm not even an HTC fan. If I could forgive the camera choice, I'd probably buy this when it comes out internationally.

I used to be a huge HTC fan on WinMo. Their WinPhone offerings have been less than Lumia quality, and I doubt the canned in these things is up to Lumia standards either. The Review will be very interesting

Might want to do a run down of differences. So far, I've discovered: No disable for haptic feedback, no equalizer, no call or sms blocking.

FWIW, I have yet to see that on two devices. Then again, my 8X used to have that problem, so it is plausible, though I'm hesitant to call it a widespread issue just yet.

Even my 8X used to have rebooting issues in the beginning but it got fixed on its own.
Apparently some people figured it was the loose sim card in the slot and adding a small piece of paper with the sim resolves the problem. Could be the same thing with M8.

Also I am sorry to ask here but seems like forums don't have an answer yet and I feel only you are the one who could possibly get some first hand information.. What's the status of HTC working out firmware for 8X so that it could run the update 1 and hopefully the upcoming updates too. Usually HTC is the first one to push out updates but this time they are just delaying it. Could this be because they don't want M8 to suffer if they push the update for 8X now?

That would make sense. Windows Phone is set up so that inserting a SIM forces it to reboot. A loose SIM card seems like a very plausible explanation.

Hey Dan, I have 820, 920 & 1320 and have just rolled them back and updated, they all start with the light theme until I verify my account and install backup. They are all Aussie handsets.

Same here, in Australia and rolled back my 625 two days ago to get Cyan and it started set up with the light theme. 

Yep, it's a WP8.1 feature to start the setup process in the light theme.

I found this out when I reset my Lumia 810 that has WP8.1 dev preview.

Yup. For whatever reason, WP8.1 changed the default theme (at least during set up, anyways) to be the white theme. Why? Dunno.

Catches your attention, though. A very flashy intro to WP I guess, haha!

Looks like a solid phone. Currently have the 8X and I've loved it. Was considering the Lumia Icon for my next upgrade, but I will have to give this some serious consideration. Certainly the Icon camera would have a leg up, but if the screen on the One and the sound is better, and the camera is as good as the 8X, this might be my next phone.

Icon screen is better. One's speakers are better. Icon's headphone sound is better. I would stick with an Icon if space wasn't an issue for me and if it felt as good in the hand as the M8.

I am a Windows phone nut, had every windows phone on T-Mobile till the hd7, them I went with a AT&T Titan unlocked but found out I can't tether. So I got a Nexus 5 because I wanted at least a 5" phone on T-Mobile, but I have been waiting and waiting. Been tempted to get the 1520.3 unlocked but wants to see what T-Mobile will do because I'm missing WiFi calling. Hope the exclusive crap will stop and so we all can enjoy.

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First of all, I'm a grown up and I don't engage in such stuff, this is the main reason I don't comment on here but just read the articles. The fact that I'm using a Nexus I'm trolling? Windows Mobile phone or Windows Phone 7,8,8.1, they are all windows phone right? Yes the experience is different but its still Windows and that's my preferred OS.I got a sidekick 2 when I first came to T-Mobile from Sprint, then my next phone was the MDA, Wing 2, Touch Pro 2 then the HD7 and then an unlocked Titan from AT&T.

Then I kept waiting for T-Mobile to get at least a 5" phone and it never came. I'm hesitant getting the 1520 because of the missing WiFi calling just as in the nexus 5. I'm hoping to get at least a 5" phone from T-Mobile officially so I can take advantage of the payment plan. Don't just call people trolls.

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damn sucks you wanted a bigger screen, I would recommend the Lumia 925. I had to leave Sprint and went to Tmobile for the cheaper prices and was debating to get a new flagship device (I still had the Evo Lte) but I just went with the Lumias camera lol

anyway, if you really like big screens, from the reviews ive read, you wont lose with the Lumia 1520.

Btw I think Wifi Calling app from Tmobile is terrible. I uninstalled it from the 925 it was interrupting my calls and what not I would miss notifications.

Yea, I got one from newegg about 6 months ago but it was a little small for me. Will decide by November if no flagship phone comes to T-Mobile with at least 5" either to get the 1520.3 or move on.

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The white theme is my favorite (paired with orange accent & a Lumia 930 green startscreen)
Dan, you don't need more buttons on the headphone with Windowsphone. A Single Tap on the button plays\pause music, Double Tap skips music, Triple Tab rewinds & a long Tap starts Voice commands (I don't know about Cortana though, it doesn't work with international HTCs)

Dan, can you operate this phone one handed comfortably or is it awkward? Those Boom Sound speakers sure are great, but they add a lot of height to the device.

I got really tired waiting for a decent WP phone from TMobile, so 2 days ago I went to a Microsoft store and got an HTC One for the full price (they also gave me the HTC Dot case for free). I cut my TMo Sim card to fit in the nano slot and the phone works very well on TMo network including LTE. There is only 1 thing I don't like - there is no option to turn off haptic feedback on the navigation bar - it's completely useless and irritating. As for the case, it's actually not bad.

Sleek device to inbox, Hearing that it's faster than the Android counterpart, so eagerly waiting on a detailed comparative performance review

Will this device firmware be supported to the next version of WP OS (9?)??? Do I want to look back at HTC recent track record?
I am from the school of Lumia 900 (the beta test is over). I know, I get it, it's not Nokia's fault 100%, BUT they knew.

I have the icon,m8 &1520. The 1520 is the better device of the three. The icon has a better camera than the m8 but the m8 is just a sexy looking phone and overall it's getting as much use as my 1520.. The icon is pretty much now sitting on the bench waiting to play

Why wait? All Verizon phones are unlocked. Bought mine Sunday in Microsoft store in Buffalo.... Happy as a pig I shit back in Toronto on Koodo. Will toss in a Tmobile sim when back in the US. I've had so so many phones. Never since the HD2 have I loved a phone more.

On the Android version of the HTC One M8, if you double press the single button on the headphones, it will skip tracks on your music. Does this phone do the same? I hope it does.

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I picked mine up last Tuesday a week ago and swapped it out Sunday because it reboot itself 4 times on me. My new has rebooted twice already

My M8 is running flawlessly so far and I'm taking great pleasure in calling it "the One for windows". It's smooth and fast and its only one certain apps that I ever see 'resuming' (audible is very bad for this). I had to do a factory reset when I got hone from the Verizon store due to the sales rep apparently having no clue about the 8.1/ windows OS, but since then I have encountered no problems. Battery lasts from morning to night with my moderately high usage and has around 15% left when I plug it in at night. I'm very with my purchase.

Hey Daniel, I'm wondering if HTC is going with white as the default because they don't have an equivalent to the ClearBlack polarizer - does the black background not blend into the bezels as well as it does on higher-end Nokias?

thank you for reminding me about the Clear Black polarizer, I keep on forgetting that feature....

Baffles me that few OEMs include accessories like the headphones. Don't all iPhone still come with those? Nice to see HTC throw some in. As for the Light background being default, the white Lumias generally come like this too I believe. My gf's 822 did and my 920 boot up to light by default upon reset. Anyways, that's a nice looking phone. Hopefully HTC support it more than their last phones. Such great hardware only limited by lackluster software support (that IR on top would be pretty nifty if they keep the app updated).

Hey Dan,

Someone may have be me to it but the White theme isn't an HTC thing I think its 8.1 in general. My 1020 was having hard reboot issues with 8.1 Dev Preview and everytime it did it started in the white theme until everything synced up.

Spent some time playing with one this past Sunday while brother in law was ridding himself of his iPhone and was really impressed with it. They had it hooked up to a Bose system and was using it to play the music for the store. Happy to see a Windows Phone as the center of attention at a store. This phone is worthy of it.

Has anyone else had an issue to where the phone randomly resets itself? Not factory reset but just reboots. Any help would be appreciated

Hello boys and girls... For all your answer her in compare of NOKIA and other Windows phone like HTC, SAMSUNG,ETC.. The in depth matter is next Microsoft will sell it's hand sets only by itself under the brand name Nokia..
1: They will not sell there of mobile to is to other manufacturer like HTC, Samsung from the next OS wp9..
2: Why HTC is back in update for the hardware for its recent hands sets,HTC 8S & HTC 8X
The reason being wrong rom supplied to the company by removing important files which will make them difficult to upgrade the phone or use the phone for further update..
(a)Cortana not working because no options to change the phone language to US
(b) Call filter will not work because of OS patch
(c) SMS filters will not work
Many are there in depth sensor control.. Camera controls
display enhancement 8x has more display pixels but still lack behind Nokia 920-925
In short Microsoft handed over them just a raw rom with minium grade...
For HTC cannot do any thing at the movement till Microsoft comes for there help..
Updates are been received for low price mobile like,520)525-530 etc. But not HTC 8x which is same as 928
It's all fault of HTC not Microsoft as they did not understand the how Microsoft works and was on there mind.
1st option for HTC update with firmware
The only way to update 8.1 with grd update and firmware was complete rom update at at service center which's is very eraser and loss of in app data

2nd option for HTC update with firmware
The other option is update from HTC for which they have to reset complete OS and restore the phone data which requires a lot of thinking and lots of coding and lots of risk..

So HTC is back in update.. Wait and see HTC will have to do 1 option or 2 option

Request if you are buying Windows OS phone think again.

I am big fan of Windows phone..
Do right justice

OP, how much did HTC pay you to write so many freaking posts about that phone? The amount of posts about HTC M8 is too damn high.

Yaah that's a hell of marketing for M8....even the WP Central guys...boosting it a lot. Not even 1020 didn't got so much praise and topics....May be they pay a big amount for these peoples

We haven't had a flagship phone in a while and it's nice to have an OEM like HTC come back to WP.   There's no need to suggest that WPC is being paid.   Us readers are just as interested in this phone as the writers here at WPC are....

@Liviu Avram

How much did you get paid to write that comment? You work for Nokia or Samsung?

See, I can say bullshit things to on the internet. This is fun.

VERY nice looking phone and I will be very interested in it when it comes out for AT&T.   However there's two things I will really miss if I were to get it.   First would be Glance.   It's a feature that I didn't really think I'd like but I really like it.   I like being able to simply pass my hand above the screen and have it display the time, notifications and whatever background I've set up.  Second feature is of course Qi charging.   My 920 has it as does the new Nexus 7 I bought a couple of weeks ago.

I'm really quite sad that the Icon/930 doesn't have Glance or an SD Card Slot.   So close yet so far.....

currently i'm looking for a replacement for my 2 year old lumia 920. and i strongly tending to take an android-based sony xperia z2/z3. the htc one for windows is not available (yet) and its camera is not what i'm looking for. the only real option i have for windows phone is the 930. and it's just too big and heavy (in relation to screen size). so, i really don't know what to choose even as a big windows phone fan.

it's not only perception. it's also about the app situation. e.g. here in germany major apps i would like to use (public transportation, banking, etc.) are just not there. and furthermore: it's also a problem regarding features. e.g. cortana is just not available for germany. and i highly dought it will be in the next months. especially if you have a look at the bing-quality here in germany where cortana is based on.

tough times for the platform...

Not bad, nice looking phone besides looking like the SAME EXACT phone as the Android version....I really would look at this phone but, due to it's flaws I see, I will skip over it (the MicroSD support would be big tho)....(No phsical buttons, no camera button and a weak camera compared to the ICON)

HTC headphones ? Cool. I still have about 2-3 sets of headphones whem I had my HTC Trophy. They work really good with the FM radio on my ICON and when I had my Trophy. My $150 Sony earbuds suck as an Attenna, not even close to the HTC ones...

So, even if you have a high end set if headphones, KEEP the HTC ones for when you want to use the FM radio...

I've watched many an unboxing, and this is by far one of the most boring ones, painful almost. Why did you fixate on the junk inside that no one cares/already knows about. Delicately (violently) open the box and quickly toss it aside after removing the device from it, caress the phone, turn it on, say how great it feels, swipe through a couple screens while the device is running, viola. That's it.

It's nice to see HTC is teaming up with Microsoft again after so many years. I wish they release more HTC windows phone which Is not costly but mid ranged