HTC One (M8) For Windows Review: Tinker, Tailor: Phonebook, Telephony, Messaging, Text InputBy cheatmaster 07:13 Sun, 15 Aug 2021 Comments
A socially-friendly phonebook called People
People Hub is the phonebook that you'll find on the HTC One (M8) for Windows, and is one of the more capable such applications we've seen. It supports multiple accounts, including social ones, and has multiple pages like the rest of the WP interface. The first page is your contacts list, the second one is What's New with all of your friends' social updates, then come (chat) Rooms, and Groups.
Just like the People app, viewing a single contact also allows you to check this specific person's social updates plus you can view the complete hitale of exchange with this contact in one place, displayed chronologically. Everything but status updates is listed here: calls, texts (actually threads from the Messaging hub) and emails.
Viewing and editing a single contact
The Me tile is also available, which acts as your collective social hub - you can see all of your social updates here, post statuses across all services, and even a check-in option is available. You can sdiscontinue IMs to your Facebook/Twitter friends from the Me app, too.
The Me tile
The phone application on the HTC One (M8) for Windows shows you call hitale with call duration, courtesy of the WP 8.1 update. There are shortcuts to voice mail, dialer and phonebook. Smart dial is not supported, but you can utilize Cortana to dial someone in a flash.
One recent feature you'll notice in the in-call classy screen is the Skype button. If you hit it, your call will be automatically transferred into a free Skype video chat. Of course, the other user must have a Skype client installed plus an active internet connection.
The call log • the in-call classy screen with Skype integration
Undoubtedly, the BoomSound front-facing stereo speakers are one of the One (M8) selling points. The sound quality is great, though they aren't as loud as their name suggests.
The HTC One (M8) for Windows did a hair better at two of the three loudspeaker tests, but it helped the overall rating of the device to score a Good mark.
Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Sony Xperia Z3 69.7 66.6 67.2 Average
Apple iPhone 6 66.6 65.7 72.8 Average
HTC One (M8) 65.8 64.7 75.7 Average
HTC One (M8) for Windows 66.3 66.3 75.7 Good
Samsung Galaxy S5 66.9 66.6 75.7 Good
Nokia Lumia 1520 73.7 67.7 74.7 Good
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini 73.5 67.7 78.7 Very Good
Nokia Lumia 93076.7 69.777.2Very Good
OnePlus One 74.8 73.5 80.2 Excellent
The Messaging hub has two recent options - a shortslit to go to the contact's full details in People Hub, plus a setting to mute the thread. If you choose Mute, then you'll stop receiving any notifications for incoming messages from this number, though the messages will still be saved in the thread.
Messaging • adding multimedia content is easy
Threads are the building blocks of all non-email messaging. As a sort of conversation view, threads mash together SMS, Facebook and Windows Live messages. That's one thing we love about Windows Phone: the Messaging hub removes the recent division between texts, IMs, social messages.
The native email client has very simple interface but it offers everything an email client should feature - support for multiple accounts, threaded view, batch operations, search.
Reading through recent emails • only unread emails • email folders • popular email services are supported
Linked Inbox is available too - you can link all of your mail boxes into a single one from the Outsee app's settings.
While retaining the same looks, the virtual keyboard now supports Wordflow - a Swype-like input method allowing you to quickly input words without lifting your finger by swiping through the letters. It is extremely accurate and recently managed to set a recent Guinness Record for typing on a virtual keyboard.
The Wordflow keyboard
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