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The Best Smartphones Out Right Now (That Aren’t an iPhone)

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HTC One M8

If you’re looking for an iPhone alternative, you might think your only other option is Android. But Windows has a pretty nifty mobile OS of its own, and if you’re already in the Windows/Microsoft ecosystem, it’ll sync up with your profiles to boot!

Whether you opt for the Android or Windows (yes it comes in both flavors) version, the M8 packs the same sleek look with a brushed aluminum exterior, a 5-inch, 1080p screen, and a 2300 mAh battery. Though its processor clocks in a touch slower than its peers at 2.3 GHz, it carries the same 2 GB RAM found standard on top-end smartphones.

In benchmarks, it’s worth noting that the Android version of the phone outperformed its Windows cousin, but the Windows version of the One M8 was generally a superior performer when compared to other Windows phones on the market. It’s possible this simply comes down to characteristics of the two OSes themselves.

One neat feature of the HTC One M8 (and the HTC One before it) are the dual forward-facing speakers that really help bring out the sound. If you’re a fan of watching movies on the go (and don’t use headphones to do so), this might be a valuable feature for you.

The primary complaint with the HTC One M8 is the photo quality, and if you’re big on Instagramming your day-to-day life, it’s possible that’ll be a sticking point for you. The phone actually has two separate rear-facing cameras, but they offer only 4 MP resolution (compared to the double-digit megapixels of the other phones on this list). The upside is that it can truly snap two pictures at once to allow you to play with focal distances and achieve even better clarity in HDR. The downside of course, is that the overall picture quality falls short of what we’ve come to expect from these devices. If that’s not your thing, however, the HTC One M8 is big on both features and looks, and offers a good value proposition.

Pros

  • Premium styling
  • Android and Windows options
  • Forward-facing speakers

Cons

  • Low-resolution camera
  • Windows version performs worse on benchmarks

HTC One M8 Smartphone (Android)HTC One M8 (Windows)

HTC One (M8)

Android: See it at Amazon (Unlocked) See it at Amazon (AT&T) See it at Amazon (Verizon)

Windows: See it at Amazon (AT&T) See it at Amazon (Verizon)

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