AT&T currently offers the largest and most advanced portfolio of Windows Phone 8.1 devices – all connected to the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network,6 covering more than 300 million Americans. Today AT&T announced two new Windows – powered smartphones (one exclusively) available at AT&T stores nationwide and att.com. If you love the Windows operating system and looking for a new smartphone for as little $0 down on the AT&T Next Plan check out the new Windows powered Nokia Lumia 830 and HTC One (M8) below.
NOKIA LUMIA 830
The thinnest Lumia smartphone to date, the Lumia 830, available on Nov. 7 online exclusively at www.att.com and in AT&T retail stores. The Lumia 830 has an attractive design blending metal and polycarbonate that feels slim and sleek in your hand. Built for a life on-the-go, the smartphone takes outstanding pictures with the 10 MP PureView™ camera and allows you to enjoy your favorite Windows experiences, including Xbox, Skype, Office and Bing. You can also sync your digital life with OneDrive, while sharing special moments on your favorite social media networks and enjoy popular Windows Phone apps.
Want to add a little personality to your device? Cortana, available on Windows Phone 8.1, is the only smartphone assistant who learns your interests and can set reminders by people, in addition to time or location. Plus, with Fitbit you can tap into a custom Cortana experience inside the Fitbit app to make tracking faster and easier. By speaking to Cortana, you can quickly log any of the 350,000 foods in the Fitbit database by saying things like, “Fitbit, I ate lasagne for dinner,” or “Fitbit, I had coffee with breakfast.” You can also create silent alarms for Fitbit trackers and, coming soon, you’ll be able to use Cortana to log activities.
HTC ONE (M8) WINDOWS
The HTC One (M8) for Windows can help you take amazing pictures with the HTC Duo camera, which features two cameras that work together so you can choose what parts of the scene you’d like to highlight, even after you’ve taken the shot. You can blur backgrounds, change focus, or add 3D-style dimension and depth.
The Windows powered HTC One (M8) also includes key features such as:
- Storage –32 GB of on-board storage (portion of memory occupied by existing content), with the option to expand it by 128 GB via MicroSD card slot packs a serious memory punch.
- Display – Made for making the most of your entertainment experience, the HTC One (M8) for Windows has a 5-inch full High Definition display with 440 pixels per inch.
- Microsoft Office – Microsoft Office super users can stay productive outside the office with the suite of Microsoft Office mobile apps. You can view and edit your Word, Excel and PowerPoint files on the move without losing important formatting when you switch from your computer to your smartphone.
The all-metal HTC One (M8) for Windows will be available on Nov. 7 online at www.att.com and in AT&T retail stores. You can purchase the HTC One (M8) for Windows at $0 down on an AT&T Next plan including $27.92 a month with Next 182 or $33.60 a month with Next 12.2 You can also purchase the smartphone for $199.99 with a two year commitment or $669.99 with no annual commitment.
Are you thinking about upgrading to your next Windows phone soon? What are some of your favorite features of the new Windows powered devices available at AT&T? Share your thoughts below.
After the well-recieved launch of the HTC One M8 last week, some of our readers have asked if I really think the HTC One M8 could replace my standard iPhone 5S. After careful consideration, I have come to the conclusion that not only is the HTC One (M8) a better device than the iPhone 5S, but some of my favorite features of the new HTC One sync so well with my lifestyle that it tempts me to give up and replace my iPhone 5s altogether. Don’t believe me? Here is a list of five ways the new HTC One beats the iPhone 5s. Are they reason enough for you to make the switch from iOS to Android?
The TV Remote feature is a godsend for a girl like me, I misplace my remote control all of the time – but I never misplace my phone. Not only does the device act as a remote, but it also suggests new programs based on your television show preference and interests. Your HTC One is able to power on your TV, change the settings, control the volume, and switch between channels. The HTC One’s IR blaster even has exceptional range, so much so, it even worked when it wasn’t pointed directly at the TV or cable box. The Sense TV software is extremely powerful. It provides detailed information on TV shows and movies, and gives you the ability to easily switch between them. The app provides complete TV schedules through the channel guide and includes built-in notifications to ensure that you never miss your favorite shows again.
If you’re an iPhone user that has more photo editing apps than any other apps on your photo – listen up! One of my favorite things about the HTC One M8 is its Zoe camera mode. Tapping on the shutter button records continuous still photos and video simultaneously. This might not sound like too big of a deal, but it’s a godsend when trying to capture action shots on the go. The resulting photos and videos are automatically remixed into multimedia videos thanks to the phone’s Highlights feature. I’ve spent way too many hours of my life editing and sharing photos using various editing and sharing tools. None of them are as easy and satisfying as uploading a Highlight to Facebook, tagging a few friends and calling it a day. Zoe is like your magical editing genie in your HTC – no additional editing apps required.
The HTC One features a 5″ display that delivers full 1080p resolution (1920 x1080 pixels). The HTC One’s display is an inch bigger than the iPhone 5s and is simply better suited for everything from reading news to watching movies. It’s not that the iPhone 5s’s display is bad, it’s just that it’s stuck somewhere between 2010 and 2012. Apple introduced the Retina Display back in 2010 with the iPhone 4, kept it the same in 2011 with the iPhone 4s and stretched it out a bit in 2012 with the iPhone 5. Nothing changed for the iPhone 5s display in 2013 and now we’re stuck in in 2014 with an iPhone 5s with a display that’s too small for getting the most out of our 4G LTE networks and more powerful apps. (And even though the HTC One is slightly larger, I can still operate and maneuver the device with one hand without worrying about fumbling or dropping the phone.)
The HTC One M8 has a pair of BoomSound speakers facing forward. They’re loud and produce stereo sound that’s far superior to the mono sound piped out of the iPhone 5s’s single speaker. It’s easier to hear movie dialogue on the HTC One than the iPhone 5s. Games and movies have way more depth to them on the HTC One than the iPhone 5s because sound is actually split into left and right channels, just like when listening through headphones.
Isis Mobile Wallet / Google Wallet
The HTC One supports both Isis Mobile Wallet and Google Wallet payment solution. This means users can pay with their phones rather than credit cards at many retailers by simply tapping the HTC One when checking out. That might sound trivial to some, but it’s always nice to have alternative ways to pay. [Tap, Pay and Go With Isis Mobile Wallet]
HTC believes in caring for your device, even after you’ve taken it home. So much so, that if case you ever drop or damage your phone HTC offers a free one-time cracked screen replacement within the first 6 months. You also get 50GM of free online storage (that’s extra storage above and beyond taking advantage of the external memory slot.) and a host of new software and updated features. Discover all the added freebies at HTC.com/advantage.
Now of course your iPhone 5S still maintains the lead in accessory variety, app availability, music management and support – but when it comes down to pricing, this just might be a key factor that’ll change your mind. The HTC One is already available from Verizon Wireless for just $199 with a contract. Which is $100 less than the 32GB iPhone 5s, and that’s just the beginning. Verizon’s already offering a free HTC One with the purchase of an HTC One, which drops the price down to $100 each. If HTC and its partners are offering these kinds of deals right off the bat, imagine what we’ll see in a few months. Verizon Wireless has a bit of a head start selling the HTC One (it’s available now in stores and online). If you’re looking to buy the HTC One on other carriers, you’ll have to wait until next week – when it becomes available on over 230 carriers on April 10th.