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T-Mobile joins the HTC One (M8) for Windows party

Verizon Wireless was the first to gain access to the HTC One (M8) for Windows. The largest wireless carrier in the United States announced the phone on August 19, pricing it at $99 with a new, two-year contract. Later that day, AT&T decided to crash in on Verizon Wireless’ early exclusive by announcing that it too would carry the device at a later date.
Now we’re learning that T-Mobile will also carry the HTC One (M8) for Windows. Although the wireless carrier doesn’t give an exact date for when the smartphone will be available, it does say that it will launch this fall:
It should be noted, however, that while Windows Phone in general is praised for its performance (even on low-end hardware), some hiccups were noted in Verizon Wireless’ version of the smartphone. The Verge reports:
It doesn’t perform as smoothly or as quickly as its Android counterpart. Everything feels a little slower on the Windows version for some reason, with animations that stutter and hesitate. It’s a bit out of character for the M8, which is a very fast and responsive Android phone… Perhaps HTC has some tuning to do to make Windows run better on the M8’s hardware.
Engadget witnessed similar issues:
Games run smoothly with few to no frame skips, but the same titles on Android were consistently more fluid. Occasionally, the processor on the Windows version would slow down, making games extremely choppy for around 15 seconds, after which it'd smooth out for two or three seconds before returning to its frozen state. A reboot usually cleared up the problem, but I've never run into similar issues on the M8 for Android.
Despite the performance issues, it’s good to see that HTC is at least giving Windows Phone a chance. It’s now up to consumers to see if it’s worth the effort, and they will soon have three carriers to choose from when making that decision. Sprint is the only major U.S. wireless carrier that hasn’t announced that it will carry HTC’s latest smartphone. However, we have the feeling that an announcement can’t be too far away at this point.

Source: T-Mobile via Twitter

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By maevinj on 8/28/2014 3:54:55 PM , Rating: 2
Nobody over at WPCentral is reporting any issues about the phone being laggy. Even when compared to the Android M8.
There is however a Major issue with the WP M8 rebooting multiple times a day if an app isn't left running or if you're not using the Dot View case

RE: Funny..
By Alexvrb on 8/28/2014 8:34:20 PM , Rating: 2
I hope HTC gets that sorted soon.

RE: Funny..
By Mitch101 on 8/28/2014 10:15:44 PM , Rating: 2
Strange I suspect they are people using 99 cent chargers or ones without enough current to keep up with charging the battery while the phone runs. Ive seen this so many times a super high end phone with a 99 cent charger from e-bay.

RE: Funny..
By lexluthermiester on 8/29/2014 10:37:53 AM , Rating: 2
I've seen that too. And people wonder why their batteries burn out in less than a year...

RE: Funny..
By SuicideNinja on 9/1/2014 4:42:43 PM , Rating: 2
I suspect it has to do with which apps are being used. I have had very few issues with WP8.1 outside of a few apps. The lockscreen beta is an example...

What's the point?
By lexluthermiester on 8/29/2014 10:35:55 AM , Rating: 1
HTC is releasing a phone that has similar specs as it's Android model. But the problems with WP isn't the hardware it runs on. It's the software itself.

So HTC is taking a turd and in great "Mythbusters" style, polishing it to a glimmering shine. Shiny though it may be, a turd is still a turd...

So why bother?

RE: What's the point?
By acer905 on 8/29/2014 12:21:59 PM , Rating: 2
HTC is releasing a phone that has similar specs as it's Android model.

Not similar, literally the same hardware. It is the same phone, just flashed with a different ROM and some different logos/branding stickers.

This gives them the ability to offer consumers a choice without the cost of developing, manufacturing, and launching a completly new phone.

If people buy it, they win. If people don't, it can probably be easily reset to the Android version, so the loss is very small.

That is the point.

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