“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”
That’s a quote that probably didn’t come from the Buddha, one I’ve seen it tossed around the internet since I was a teenager. It always struck me as bad advice: some of the most important lessons I’ve ever learned were a direct result of my own “reason” and “common sense” being proven utterly, profoundly wrong. Sometimes, as that other tiresome saying goes, you just need to see something to believe it.
If you’re a smartphone nerd like the rest of us, that’s probably how you feel about the HTC One M8 for Windows. (Don’t play; you know that segue was smooth.) Generally, we’re used to seeing some variation in hardware when a popular device on one platform jumps ship to another; even if it’s just a few minor aesthetic tweaks, manufacturers usually take the opportunity to make some change to highlight the underlying software shift.
Not so here. Aside from a few silkscreened decals, the HTC One M8 for Windows (formerly the “HTC One W8″ of rumors past) is physically identical to its Android-running counterpart. As HTC put it to us, the phone –from guts to gunmetal exterior– is the same exact ingot of aluminum we reviewed back in the spring … except here it’s running Windows Phone 8.1 instead of Android.
That makes the HTC One M8 for Windows one of the smoothest, sexiest Windows Phone handsets ever to hit the market, which maybe goes some way toward answering the “why” posed above. There’s more we have to tell you about this device; check out our continuing coverage on Pocketnow’s home page, and let us know down in the comments what you want covered in our full review!