Rated 4 out of 5Â by nisankubur A great all-rounder, sans the storage
First, the design. HTC 8X has strong industrial design with bold color choices and beautiful polycarbonate finish. It feels great on your hand, and you look good holding it. The screen is gorgeous and at 4.3", single hand operation is still possible. The combination Windows Phone 8 interface and HTC's hardware technology will please your eye every minute of the day.
Next, performance. The smartphone is really smooth. There's no lag whatsoever. Multitasking is supported, and no fuss here. Web browsing leaves good experiences with multiple tab support (up to 6).
Beats Audio is a huge addition, it enhances sonic experience. Sound is clear and the amount of bass will please your ear. The camera and video is a strong point here. Photos are decent with right amount of details (as long as you take them under good lighting). Battery is not bad (it last one day on regular use) but it could've been better. The only issue I've encountered is storage. 16GB isn't that spacious these days. Sure, you can get SkyDrive.
January 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Stephen82 A real signature phone for Windows Phone 8
The HTC 8X have redefined the Windows Phone experience, my last Windows Phone(Windows Mobile) device was the HTC HD2 a few years back.
The ultra wide angle lens of the front camera is simple fantastic, it can take in so much more and making a self taking group photo easy. The main camera does not have as much features as on HTC One X+, however, it work very well in low light situation, and does take great photo as well.
The Beats audio experience is the best of all windows phones up to date. It perform best when it is play pop and jazz, it simple like you are in a concert or recording studio.
It also run as smooth as silk, everything just done in a snap. The design is just stunning, nice curve, good grip and excellence screen.
For business user, you will have the best MS Office experience with the office mobile and exchange synchronization in all mobile. Another features is the auto sync with windows 8 device using Microsoft account.
Overall, this phone is great for both work and play. Redefined the Windows Phone experience. It a great phone to have!
February 1, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Adith76 Absolutely good but not the battery
After moving from Android-based HTC One S to Windows Phone-based HTC 8X, I got some new experiences. This phone is so fantastic with big screen, eye-catching, and great weight . I love the color options and material used.
The Kid's Corner is very useful since I have a daughter and always borrow my phone, for just playing the games inside.
But there are several issues:
- It needs memory expansion capability
- Camera app is not easy to use, I prefer One S to 8X
- Poor low light camera results
- No connectivity app (Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, Fligh Mode) at Start
- Need more internal app made by HTC team developer
February 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by muslim amazing
windows 8 have given us a whole new experience of operating system, , and now HTC have bring a greater way to experience windows 8, with its fast processer you'll never get a lag, its premium camera lets you take your greatest moment without a problem. overall, this phone will take you to another step of experienxing smartphone
December 16, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 Perfection
This phone is perfect! I love it much.............
December 16, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5Â by leagan Lack of functions!!
I am WP fans since WP7, was using Radar in the past. I feel so regret to 'upgrade' to X8 from my Radar.
First, there are downgrade in camera functions, which in Radar I have Scene and Panorama built-in in camera, but is gone in X8!!
Screen display brightness is too bright and high contrast, I was so proud with my previous Radar brilliant display, when turn to X8, the image display is so disappointed.
Sound quality, another which X8 suppose to be proud of, yet is another disappointment to me, the Radar come with 'nothing' in sound system, yet perform much better high quality sound that X8, which is lack of BASS in sound with whatever earphone I tried!
APPS is another problem with X8, no innovative, no new apps, no surprise! Other brand keep innovate their in house apps, provide free navigation software, yet HTC charge for its map's navi, keep with that few apps since WP7 age..
To me, I am still a WP fan, although my current phone is so... because I tried with N too, it preform excellent! If for me choose again, I will rather pay more for N.
I used Touch Diamond II, Radar until now X8, only feel so frustrated with the latter. I really hope HTC will look into it, to avoid lose in your loyal customer like me.
January 5, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 Died twice in the first month
Got my 8X from a dealer on 27-Dec-12. Within the first week, the phone died and could not reboot. Went back to dealer who sent it back to service centre. The phone was returned to me in a week and found to be ok. The phone died AGAIN on 25-Jan-13 and cannot reboot. Very dissapointing
January 26, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by ugwug I HEART THIS PHONE!
I will just be reviewing the HTC Windows 8X phone itself (not the operating system) as its the phone itself that matters. What I love about the phone is the vivid colours, mine being California Blue! It sits well in my hand, its matte finish on the back gives some sort of an anti slip quality and the slim dimension of it completes the look of this beauty. The buttons are flush with the body as a plus point for aesthetic purposes. I had to feel my way around to get to the buttons in the first week of having this phone. However, a month later on, I have familiarise myself with the location of the buttons. I do have a gripe about the location of the micro USB charging port; as I try to activate the phone by pressing the power button by gripping the phone with my third and fourth figure on the top right edge of the phone, my thumb inevitably ends up in the middle of the bottom where the charging port is located. The edges around the port actually creates an uncomfortable feeling when my thumb pushes against it. I have to keep reminding myself to keep my thumb away from it.
But of course, what I love most about the phone is its camera features. Its front ultra wide angle camera (back camera too) that makes photo taking a fun activity. Each time I whipped out the phone for a front shot with a group of friends, they canâ€™t help but marvel at the screen which covers such a wide area, one that they have not seen on any other phone. Why fun? Cos most of the time we try to see how many people can we actually cramp into a shot! Overall it takes very crisp photos and does well under low light conditions. However, the Auto White Balance seems to need some tweaking as shots still appear with a yellow tinge under incandescent light even with the Auto White Balance on or even when the White Balance is set under incandescent lighting.
The additional built in amplifier for Beats Audio does improve the sound through my audiophile headphones, it holds well at the highest level decibel without any distortion but I would have to say that end sound quality would also depend much on the quality of the song file itself. Unplugged, the phoneâ€™s speaker manage to deliver a wider and louder sound on its own albeit with far more treble as compared to bass, since Beats Audio only kicks in either with headphones plugged in or in car mode.
Battery life is fanstastic with the HTC 8X, I get about two days worth of battery life on one charge. This is based on the phone being on standby 24/7 and with me doing some web browsing, calls making, photo taking for about an hour to two hours daily.
Overall, itâ€™s a great phone to own and use and I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a change from the usual Android and IOS platforms.
January 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Bigmeat Great improvement from Windows Phone 7
Made a bold step to start using HTC Trophy as my first smartphone. Was attracted my the fluidity of the windows mobile OS, made a slight switch to andriod to try out but found the OS complicated and laggy. Made the switch to HTC 8X and never regret ever since. So fluid and colourful - I recommend orange as the theme!!!
December 21, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5Â by SugarCharlie Satisfying
I'm a graphic designer. And I put a high standard on every review I made on mobile phones, whether on the outlook, the software, etc. I think 8X really is one of the best Windows Phone so far, and it's beautiful! Been using it for a week, satisfying.
December 27, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5Â by cocoon23 Great Phone... Supposedly...
Love the phone to death... the features, the look, everything - But failed me twice - had to replace my phone twice and on both occassions, both died and never came back to life... My excitement and joy when i got the phone was replaced with disappointment and doubt on this model...
January 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Kelvinw The game changer
It is no surprise, when i saw the live updates of the release of the HTC 8X on Engadget, I knew i had to get one. There are just so many things desirable about this phone ; until now, i still find that it is one beautiful, efficient phone.
Lets first talk about it's main feature. Its camera powered by ImageChip. Continuing on HTC One X's impressive camera chip, the 8X did not fail to impress. Pictures taken were crisp and clear while bringing out the details of the subject. Impressive. There is even an 2.1 MP front facing camera with the super wide angle feature, having self-portraits is not a problem anymore. One can even get their friends to join in, credits to the wide angle camera.
Next, the bass pumping amplifier that is able to blast tunes without breaking a sweat. This is the future of mobile entertainment. "Audiophile-like quality" - I believe these few words say it all.
Finally, the aesthetic features of the phone. The matt texture of the phone is JUST SO COMFORTABLE. Try holding it in your hand, you will not want to let go of it. It feels so natural, it feels so small. It does not even feel like a HTC One X, this combines the meaning of SLIM and FEATURE PACKED.
Make no mistake, such a small phone is powered by Windows Phone 8. The lag-less interface you used to know, is now better with more features.
Why wait? Get your HTC 8X now, a windows phone.
February 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by WythyRed HTC 8X
I am glad I got this phone instead of the Nokia 920. With win8 this phone is really cool and can be customised to how you like it, I had the HTD HD7 but this is a lovely looking phone and feels the business. No gripes with the phone but like a lot of people on win8 I would like to keep Telephone contacts separate from Hotmail/Facebook contacts as it is not always easy to find the number your looking for, I have setup groups but this is not the way forward. HTC can you not design something that we could use to keep Telephone contacts separate?
This phone is the bees knees...
January 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Abid6814 The new benchmark for Windows Phone 8 handsets
The HTC 8X is my first step into the world of Windows after years of being an Android user. I have to start my review by talking about the actual hardware. The 8X is one of the most beautiful handsets I've ever seen. My California Blue model is absolutely gorgeous and is contoured to fit in the hand perfectly. I was surprised at how light the phone is and the quality of the workmanship and finish. With the exception of the sim insert tray the phone is a complete unibody design with drilled in speaker grills on the front and back of the handset.
The screen is stunning, the display is better than the Iphone 5, colours are rich and the darker colours particularly black stand out.
The wide angle front facing camera is definitely a winner, not only is the quality of shots exceptional for a front camera particularly in natural light but the camera captures twice as much as a standard front facing camera making family portraits a breeze. The rear camera is also of a good standard if there is to be a criticism it would be that the camera functionality lacks some of the basic settings available on the HTC One Series handsets. As soon as these are added it will compliment perfectly the high quality rear lense.
The Beats Experience is what you expect but where the 8X really excels is the quality of sound from the phone speakers when you're not using Beats Enabled Headphones. The quality is the best I have heard on a mobile phone.
The phone performs really well in terms of speed, switching between applications and general scrolling. The built in web experience is excellent with the Internet Explorer browser and pages load faster than on my Android devices.
I do miss the lack of a FM radio but I hope this can be rectified in a future software upgrade. The app marketplace is beginning to expand and there are some good apps available but still lacking the choice available on Android or iOS. The Windows People Hub and Live Tiles are a great feature and the operating platform is a lot more user friendly and interesting than alternatives on the market. If you're an Xbox user than the 8X creates some great compelling options to connect up your devices. Microsoft Office functionality is also much welcomed and a feature you will definitely use.
Skydrive integration is brilliant and for the first time ever I am really using cloud storage, its simple, works in the background and requires very little set up.
Battery life has been surprisingly good, the phone gets me through a full day without a need for recharging and I am a fairly heavy user of data and am constantly switching the screen on to use apps. The battery life is definitely better than that on my Android device.
Overall I would definitely recommend the HTC 8X to anyone looking to upgrade. You get a stunning handset which feels great in the hand and is powerful and nippy when you use it. Be prepared for all and sundry to want to handle and play with the device it is definitely a crowd pleaser and easy on the eye!The build quality is better than anything on the market and you get an amazing camera experience especially if you're a heavy user of Skype or Video Calling.
The minor gripes I do have are more software and platform related and easily fixed as more apps come online in the marketplace. The 16gb storage is adequate for my current needs but I do think it would be useful to have the handset available in 32gb and 64gb formats especially as memory is not expandable.
A big thumbs up for the HTC 8X which marks a definite return to form for HTC.
January 29, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by MikeH A beautifully crafted phone, with immense potential
I received my HTC 8X in blue. The phone looks visually stunning, far better than its 8S counterpart with its two-tone frontage. The phone feels great to hold and the screen is very clear, even in direct sunlight. It is easy to operate, although personally I would prefer the power button to be on the left, and where it is so flush (aesthetics rule on this beast), it sometimes takes two or three attempts to get it to switch on.
I was hoping for great things with the cameras. The front-facing camera certainly is super-wide angle, but I was left wanting on the quality of some shots from the main camera when compared to the HTC One X or even my old Sensation. It just seems a bit off focus sometimes. But I do have a proper camera for any "posh" shots I need to take.
The battery life is phenomenal. The first two charges were as expected, less than a day, then suddenly the battery life shot up and I can easily get almost two days out of a charge if I needm and that is with WiFi and Bluetooth enabled.
The phone is very powerful and deals quite happily with jumping from email to web to twitter to Business apps.
I will not comment on the Operating System here, suffice to say the jury is well and truly out after being on Android, but in terms of a beautiful phone for everyday business and personal use, the 8X has not disappointed.
January 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by MrJonPace The designers got this spot on
The only way you can start a review of this phone, is to talk about how well designed it is. It looks are sleek, its curves are beautiful and I can honestly see every new smartphone on the market in the next 24 months taking some inspiration from it. Iâ€™ve had the phone nearly two months now and it always draws admiring glances.
Apart from the phones glamorous looks, it also packs a hefty punch underneath. The first thing you will notice is the display is very clear and I enjoy looking at the Internet more on the 8X than I do on my HTC One X despite the screen being smaller, the touchscreen also responds to every touch well.
Although the WP8 music system is not the best I have seen on a phone, the sound quality on the phone is very high quality, especially through the loudspeaker which I use a lot to entertain my daughter!
HTC have also looked hard at the front camera on the phone, something which almost seems like an afterthought on many smartphones, in an age where we seem to be taking more pictures of ourselves with friends (admit it, weâ€™ve all done it, or at least seen them on Facebook!) it is good to see phone designers thinking of how we use a phone. The clarity you get from the front facing camera is like nothing I have seen, this is also true of what you can fit into the pictures I guess due to the wide angle lens. (My current record was taking a group picture of 10 of us in a pub!)
The tradition reverse camera is adequate, although I do have a few concerns over indoor pictures.
If you have made the decision to migrate to Windows Phone 8, or you are looking at your first smartphone I couldnâ€™t recommend this innovate phone enough. Its ease of use is a big plus point, you could hand it to your dear old Mum and she would be able to customise it to her tastes without any problems.
January 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by AshAmbrose The 8X is stunning to hold and use
The 8X is simply the nicest looking and feeling phone that I have ever used. It feels light but strong and the bold colours make it really stand out.
As well as being aesthetically pleasing the phone itself is very fast and has an awesome rear and front-facing camera.
I really like the fact that there is a physical camera button as it makes using and accessing the camera easier.
The beats audio and great screen make watching movies and listening to music really enjoyable and has actually allowed me to stop using multiple devices.
Overall its a great phone and the only down side that I can see is the lack of expandable memory.
If the Windows Phone OS is ever going to make an impact it will be with this phone.
January 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by southy A top quality smartphone
I have had this phone for about 3 weeks now and I think its superb, looks so cool, fits nicely in your hand, the shape of it makes it feel a lot slimmer than it actually is. Great sounding Beats audio, if you like listening to music on your phone. The camera takes amazing shots, and an extra wide 2MP front facing camera to get all your pals in that all important photo. Battery lasts well, about a day and a half with normal usage. Well recomended!
January 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by AndyGraham Amazingly designed
The HTC 8X is amazing!
The design of this phone is great. The curved back feels natural in your hand. It feels more grippable than my One X and slightly thicker, which aids in the comfort. The bright colours make it stand out and intrigue people which makes a good talking point!
January 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by StoneLaughterRL Can't think of anything which is too wrong with this phone...
What can I say? The 8X is light, pretty, fast and tough. It feels good in the hand - grippy without being sticky and a perfect shape. The lines aren't spoilt anywhere and the colour is a bold statement. Let me walk you around the phone.
The power button is at the top right; and while it's sometimes difficult to hit perfectly it doesn't irritate much. The SIM card slot, volume controls and camera shutter button are down the right hand side; made flush with the edge but easy to find and use. (Sometimes the camera button can be a little TOO easy to hit, but there are options in the settings to help). Charging is at the centre of the base (BIG plus point for me) and the left side of the phone is unadorned. The headset socket sits at the top left.
The display is simply stunning; the clarity and sharpness of just about everything it shows is delightful; and it's bright and strong too - even in sunlight it's easily visible. Accompanying the display on the front of the phone are the front-facing camera lens (top right), the earpiece (centre) and at the bottom the three Windows Phone keys back, start and search.
The main camera and flash LED are near the top of the back surface, and the loudspeaker is near the bottom in the centre. Mentioning the speaker brings me to playing music: this phone's built-in speaker is LOUD - and some of the best quality reproduction I've heard from a phone's internal speaker. That doesn't mean it'll rival even a small docking station - duh - but for a phone speaker it's excellent. Plug in some headphones and it is INCREDIBLY loud - you will very rarely need full volume on this beast.
Using the phone, I'm struck by the speed. Transitions are completely free of lag, stutter or slowness - everything feels extremely slick and responsive. Lots of pretty little animations are built into Windows Phone to provide feedback on what you do on the display, and even these don't faze the processing speed at all. Response of the network is adequate on Edge, excellent on 3/3.5G and WiFi.
Battery life is great; with moderate use I'm getting about a day and a half - light usage keeps it going for two days easily.
The cameras are brilliant - I'm really impressed with both (for different reasons). The main camera is FAST. Press the button and the pic is done; no lag (or at least, not more than 1/10th of a second). All the normal "Effects" and camera settings are present, and the flash is good and bright. Photos are great quality with good colour reproduction and pin-sharp focus. The front facer isn't quite as fast, but the difference compared to other phones is immediately obvious when you look at the display... it's INSANELY wide angle, with a viewable area of almost 90Â°. This means that you can fit in an awful lot of stuff, even when the subjects are only at arm's length. Snaps are by default at 1920x1080 on the front cam which is very reasonable. Videoing with both cameras is great, too!
Downsides? Well, there are some minor irritations but the phone is seriously good - they really are acceptable. Firstly, the power button, as mentioned above, could be tilted back a tiny bit away from the display to make it easier to find. With the front camera, it's very easy to get camera shake in anything less than daylight. It is impossible to charge the phone with the power off; as soon as you plug in power, it switches itself on and won't switch off (it restarts instead).
That's it - I hope you find it useful!
January 30, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by AlanH Almost Perfect... Almost
It's difficult to write a review while detracting from the phones operating system, it's natural that the hardware drives the software and vice versa, but blaming the hardware when generally the issues are due to the flaws of the software just isn't fair, so to the best of my ability this is purely a hardware review and I'll keep the OS talk to a minimum.
First things first... the look. The phone does look amazing, in a world of plastic phones and shiny covers, the svelte, almost suede moulding looks as elegant as it does dashing. The subtle buttons around the edges give the feeling of exquisite architecture where things just fit perfectly. The edge to edge glass looks and feels like smooth ice and it's a pleasure to hold. If I had to have 1 minor quibble (There always has to be a quibble), it's the ear speaker at the top of the glass, it looks out of place. I would rather they left the speaker part black to blend with the glass, or go one further and drill the holes directly into the glass itself. As I said, it's a minor and does little to take away from the phones glamour.
The screen itself is lovely, and at 720x1280 you'd have to smash your eyeball through the panel to find any pixilation. My biggest issue is with the brightness, and unfortunately this is where we need to lean towards the OS. You only have 3 options for brightness, low, medium and high, instead of the usual slider you get with other operating systems, and it's this I believe that betrays the screen and lets it down. I like my brightness up high, I like the text and images to pop, unfortunately the high setting makes the blacks show a tinge of gray. Medium on the other hands is too low and gives the same gray tinge to the whites. There is no happy medium here meaning that I will always be looking at the screen in annoyance, and that's just a shame.
Leading on to the camera, this has always been a sticking point for me with HTC phones. It saddens me that HTC can produce such quality hardware, then saddle it with a sub-par camera. We'll get the bad points out of the way 1st... low light. Video recording at low light is almost offensive, the frame rate drops significantly and throws in so much motion blur to compensate that it's just not worth it. Unless you're capturing first contact at night with aliens and you've got nothing else to hand, then just don't bother. Also be wary of areas with changing lights, the camera takes a while to adjust from low to bright and can take just as long to refocus properly. Day time shooting is fine, at times I think the saturation is too high which can tend to make the blacks bleed out the details, where on the opposite scale the front facing camera and feels like it doesn't have enough saturation. Speaking of which, regardless of saturation, the front facing camera is fantastic. Video calling no longer feels like I'm watching a pirated VHS tape from the 80's and I'd be more than happy to Skype away with anyone that has an 8X... this is exactly what video calling really needs to give it that much sought after boost. Equally self shots are awesome, and I feel quite happy taking a self shot with the front camera where others phones would lead me to switch them round and hope I hit the right area.
Usage wise this is a very slick and speedy phone, I saw little to no slow down at all and screen transitions were as fluid as you'd like. The one thing that stood out was the heat output, after even 10 minutes of moderate usage the phone put out a lot of heat to the touch. It's understandable as things never slowed down, so don't be put off by this, but just be warned that this svelte little body can get as hot as it looks.
As I said, I wanted to leave the OS out of this as much as I could. The only part where it affects the hardware is with the brightness and that may be fixed with a 3rd party app. If you're in the market for a Windows Phone, then you're well on your way to having one of the best with this one. However, if you like to record video quite a bit then the camera may put you off, and unfortunately there's no app to fix that. All in all it's a great phone, and you'll certainly get people talking when you show them the fantastic looks it has
January 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by adf00 A beautiful, well thought out device
I came to the HTC 8X as a total Android lover, fresh from the HTC One S and was interested in seeing what this phone had to offer over itâ€™s Android counterpart. Iâ€™ve been using the 8X for about a month now and figured it was time to take stock of the change in both phone and ecosystem.
Itâ€™s difficult to review a phone like the 8X without immediately talking about the overall aesthetic design of the phone. The One S was a great phone to use, but the 8X feels incredible to hold. Itâ€™s always sure to draw some attention every time I take it out of my pocket, and itâ€™s great to see HTC trying something different with their phones while still remaining incredibly well designed. Iâ€™m using my 8X without a case or screen protector because, firstly, I feel like putting it in a case would do it a dis-service. This thing was meant to be touched. I donâ€™t throw my phones around, but after a month of heavy use it still looks as pristine as it did when I first got it. The phone and screen are of a decent size, and the slimness of the phone exacerbates the already great design. If youâ€™re looking at getting an 8X, I would strongly recommend heading to a local shop and just holding it for yourself.
Another strong aspect of the 8X are itâ€™s cameras â€“ the front camera in particular was a welcome surprise, as itâ€™s something that I feel is often overlooked on similarly specâ€™d devices. In short, the front camera is actually very decent. For taking pictures of yourself with groups of friends or whatever takes your fancy, the front camera is more than adequate thanks to the wide angle lens. The main camera is also of a very high quality, though I must admit I think I preferred the overall experience with the One S which felt a lot snappier to use. Having said that, the pictures Iâ€™ve taken so far with the 8X have been of a good quality. Iâ€™m not an avid photographer by any stretch of the imagination, but itâ€™s great to see someone paying attention to an otherwise overlooked part of the phone which also makes it excellent for video calls.
The sound quality of the phone is excellent â€“ I like to listen to a lot of music when Iâ€™m out and about, though if you are going to listen to a lot of music with the 8X then I would strongly advise investing in a decent pair of headphones. I was using an old pair of earphones with my One S that worked fine but, possibly due to the more powerful amp in the 8X (2.55v vs. 1v), they didnâ€™t get on with my 8X, which is a shame as the audio quality is excellent when using the appropriate hardware. I havenâ€™t tried using Beats headphones with the 8X but I would imagine they would complement the phoneâ€™s built-in Beats Audio support nicely. The loudspeaker is also of a decent quality though, naturally, I donâ€™t tend to do a lot of listening with that.
Of course, thereâ€™s one thing Iâ€™d also like to touch on â€“ the operating system itself. I was a little wary going in and, if youâ€™re used to an Android or iOS-based device, the change might seem quite jarring. However, migrating from an Android phone was an absolute piece of cake. Setting up my accounts and syncing everything with my existing Google accounts was a doddle, and took about ten minutes to get everything sorted. Everything feels more â€œunifiedâ€� with the Windows Phone 8 OS â€“ log into one particular account and it stays syncâ€™d across the phone. One aspect I was concerned about was app support and I really shouldnâ€™t have been. Iâ€™d read a lot about how Windows Phone 8 features a less diverse array of apps in the store but I managed to find all of my Android favourites just fine. As the operating system matures I can only imagine this situation improving so if app support is an issue for you then Iâ€™d suggest doing some research first, as it wasnâ€™t an issue for me. As for the operating system â€“ I absolutely love it. It complements the excellent design of the phone perfectly and feels like it was designed with day-to-day use in mind. HTC have also included a couple of nicely integrated apps with the phone which are worth a look.
Overall then? This is an excellent phone, and I have more-or-less fully migrated from the One S to the 8X. Although tastes may differ, I would have to say that the phone and operating system suit my needs in a more immediate fashion than Android did, and I loved using Android. It really is a superb piece of kit and well deserving of your attention.
January 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by StingraysRhys Fantastic build
The Looks: What a stunning device! A solid and vibrant colour that makes the phone stand out - simple but stylish. The blue fits perfectly with the blue tiles on the phone and makes the phone look fabulous. The shape fits perfectly in your hand and feels VERY light and VERY thin.
The Power: A huge processor results in the operating system running super-fast - you'll never notice any lag or delays in anything you want to do. It makes doing all your favourite tasks quick and easy, taking no time at all.
The Screen: Although a bit big, making the phone huge in your hand, it looks fantastic. The colours are excellent and the resolution is superb. The blacks are very black, and even when the screen is on the 'Low' brightness setting it's easy to read wherever you are.
The Camera: The amazing 8MP camera takes shots that you'd think were on a digital camera. It launches quickly so you can take snaps instantly, and you can take many photos one after another without much wait in between.
The Battery: It's good. It's not fantastic. It's not poor. It'll last you a full day with average use though, so it's unlikely you'll be running out of juice half way through your day. You do have to watch it though and plan ahead, as lots of 3G usage will bring it down quickly. A tip is to switch off all the background tasks and location settings that you'll never use - that'll save huge amounts of battery. The battery isn't removable, so you can't carry a spare, which is a shame.
Things to think about:
- The operating system doesn't quite have a great Market for apps, but most are replaceable with alternatives.
- The device is HUGE - so you need big pockets! If a huge phone isn't your thing, then the HTC 8S would be better for you - very similar, very quick operating system, and stunning design - it's even better looking than this 8X.
- Make sure you search through settings to reduce battery consumption.
Other than those small points, it's a great phone and a pleasure to use on a day to day basis. You won't be disappointed.
January 31, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by RobSha Good, but not Android...
The modern astetics of the 8X are fantastic. The smooth finish, in this case, matte black, is great. It's good at resisting fingerprints and really feels solid in your hand. The rubberised coating is also good, ensuring that you can grip the phone without being over cautious about it slipping out.
The outer casing has the usual power button on the top and the volume rocker switch on the side. In addition, there is also a camera button. Pressing this when the phone is on, even when locked/sleeping, triggers the camera app to fire up ready to start shooting. A very useful little feature.
The lower screen has 3 soft buttons, back, home and search. The search tool, being from Microsoft is Bing. It works quite well. Results are presented in web, local and media tabs allowing you to filter for the type of result you need. The local tab lists local results for your search term. Useful in finding a product with a local stockist as a map is also displayed. From the map you can also access directions.
The 4.3" Super LCD 2 is one of the clearest I've seen. The colours are vibrant and sharp. I think screens shouldn't really go much bigger that this. It's still pocketable and usable. Certain other phones with larger screens look cumbersome and awkward. Yes, the big screen is great for surfing, playing games etc. it's just not suited to the back pocket of your 501's.
I like the tile layout on the home screen as it allows you to arrange important information and shortcuts to suit your own tastes. As an android user though I'm used to having several screens worth of icons to scroll through, rather than one screen that scrolls vertically. I found that some of the apps available free from Google Play are not free on the Microsoft App Store. For me this is not so much an issue but if the 8X was my only phone I'd be miffed that I had to pay. A stronger ecosystem will enable Microsoft to compete or a more level playing field, but it won't happen overnight.
I am a little disappointed with the WiFi connectivity. I have still to connect to my home network setup. The phone simply does not see the SSID on my wireless router. Numerous phones and devices connect without issue but the 8X just refuses. I don't know why.
The camera is also fantastic. The images and sharp and vibrant. I tried printing a few at A3 and they came out well. Would be nice to see some filter effects, but there are lots of apps that available that can do post processing.
Video is also pretty stunning. The camera can shoot at 1080P in widescreen format so is ideal for playing back on a large panel tv. Video uploaded to YouTube look very sharp.
Overall I really liked the 8X, but would I switch from my everyday One X. No. I suppose I just like familiarity and the services/features offered by an Android handset. HTC design is the best in the market at the moment with their phones looking sharp. I just can't warm to Windows Phone. It is almost there but I can't quite put my finger on what it's lacking. My One X just feels like it has more going for it. The hardware on paper is decent, I think that it is just let down by the software. It would be good to see how this phone handles JellyBean...
As a final note, as an avid user of Twitter, I love the interface on the Windows Phone version. The design of the screen just screams quality. The new MS tab style really suits this app. It is so intuitive to use you don't have to think what each button does, you just know.
February 4, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Mightydean HTC Windows Phone 8x
Initially very pleased with the phone, with its look and quality and features. Many a friend very envious of it. It definetly competes with iphone and I like the kids corner feature. However battery life is shorter that I expected and sometimes your using the phone and it cuts out and restarts itself for no reason. Otherwise great value for money.
February 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by craigmarc82 The best feeling smartphone I've ever held!
I have had the HTC 8x for a while now and I can honestly say it's the best feeling and well put together smartphone I have ever had the pleasure of holding!
The design of this phone is exquisite. HTC haven't missed a single detail and in my opinion it's the best looking smartphone available today. The tapered edges make the phone extremely comfortable to hold and it's easy to reach all corners of the screen.
The screen itself is simply stunning, one of the sharpest available at 720p hd resolution. Colours are vibrant and pop.
The camera is also amazing. Compared to my girlfriends iphone it's much better. The camera also has a dedicated shutter button which allows quick and easy access to the camera.
Sound is also awesome with integrated beats audio.
One of the biggest plus points for me over previous smartphones is the excellent battery life. A single charge will easily last more than a day with heavy use in my experience.
I really can't recommend this phone highly enough. I hope HTC carry this great design language forward into future smartphones.
If your in the market for a new phone BUY IT.
February 5, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 Top Quality Handset HTC (but Microsoft, my patience has limits)
+ Screen size
+ Screen resolution
+ Music sound quality
+ Ease of communicating
+ Uniquely customisable interface
+ Excellent cameras, both forward and rear facing
+ Camera button makes it easy to quickly take a photo
+ Great for gaming, integrated with XBox Mobile
+ Has NFC built in... we just need technology to make use of it!
+ Slim & light
+ Screen doesn't mark with fingerprints as easily as earlier phones
Areas for improvement:
- Battery life / No swapable battery
- No memory card expansion
- Volume control on the wrong side for my hand in a call (personal preference)
- sharp corners could have been rounded a little more
- Only interfaces neatly with Live, Skydrive and Bing (Disadvantage when all my cloud services are hosted by Google)
- Gets extremely hot using apps like Skype (which should be a native and well programmed app for Windows Phone)
In summary, would I recommend this handset? Yes, based on the hardware and interface. It's a delight to use. So easy and intuitive to use, I've introduced my mum to the slightly smaller 8S she loves it!
So all great, it has the potential to really take off... but companies need to start developing their apps for this platform too and soon. For now i'm having to use the 8X as a wifi hotspot and use all the apps on my old HTC Android handset. I won't be this patient forever.
February 5, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Asuma A smart (looking) Phone
Probably the best looking phone on the market today.
People with smaller hands will still find it comfortable to use, yet retains a good sized clear screen for viewing, Videos/pictures show up clear (I can comfortably watch a football game on it when out and about).
The front facing camera is the best out there by far, Nothing on the market comes close to it, the wide angle lens allows for group photos to be taken and no one has to miss out standing behind the camera taking it, having just had a new addition to the family it has been the most used feature, a quick snap and uploaded to facebook within minutes. To get the best from the camera keep the (default) 2 second delay activated, it allows for you to press the shutter and resteady your camera for the best shots, instant shoot can lead to camera wobble when pressing the shutter.
Battery life on the 8X is average, usually lasts me all day and I always charge during the night anyway (truthfully I've always charged overnight so haven't really taken notice of how little charge is left)
Connecting other devices to it's signal is easy to do and will automatically turn itself off if you take the phone out of range (useful as it is a heavy user on the battery if left on, it's the only time I've ran out of battery after forgetting to turn it off but having both devices close together)
I don't have much use for masses of storage, and cloud storage works fine for me, pics and video clips are my main uses and cloud storage works seamlessly for my needs.
The user interface is smooth and slick, I can't see any difference in speed between my 8X and One X when loading apps (I'm sure there will be some benchmark test that will state the true phones speed, but to the naked eye theres nothing between them.
All in all anyone buying this phone will not be disappointed, there is only one feature that it lacks, and that is an mhi to hdmi connection (allows the device to mirror it's image exactly on a hd tv, / recently discovered this on the One X and find it very usefull)
Windows marketplace is catching up with introducing the best apps and the phone works in sync with windows 8 desktop / laptops etc. if you read an e-mail on one it realises you've read it on another device.
Did I say it looks and feels great!
February 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by AshritShetty The best Windows phone ever
Looks & Feel :
The styling of the phone is truly inspired by the Windows ecosystem depicting various colours. But unlike most Windows phones available in the market, HTC has seriously made attempts to make it stand out in the crowd.Be it the tapered edges which makes it feel extremely thin and comfortable to hold or the extremely light weight chassis which makes it one of the most lightest phones available.
Similar to its Android counterpart, the use of polycarbonate makes up to a delightful feel in the hand.
Software & UI :
The fact that this phone has been made by HTC together with the Windows team has ensured the most smoothest experience of Windows 8 as compared to others. Be it the opening of apps or the updating of tiles, everything is picture perfect.
For someone like me who has been not the Android ecosystem since the beginning was a smooth transition and find it much better here.
Though one thing that might bother some of us is the lack of apps but most major apps are available or have a replacement.
The camera on the 8X was the first thing to catch my attention on this mighty beast. The amazing front facing camera is one of the best in the class and thanks to its ultra wide angle which assures you that no one will be missed out in the frame.
The rear camera is almost identical to the one on the One X+ with an incredible shutter speed. But I did miss out a few features I have on my One X+. For now it can be overcome by use of apps like Camera Pro which seamlessly integrates into the native camera app. But I would like HTC top port these features in the upcoming updates.
Battery Life :
For me with 3G on and with normal call time gives me a day and a half of juice. This includes about 2 - 3 hours of playing one of the most addictive games like Wordament. For heavy users the phone would easily last a day.
Video Playback & Music :
The 8X can play full HD content and thanks to the amazing integration of Beats Audio, listening to sound is a breath taking experience. To make the most out of your phone use a pair of Beats headphones.
The phone is a great option for existing Windows Phone users who wish to upgrade and also for those who want to make a transition from iOS or Android.
The phone seamlessly syncs with your Windows 8 PC. Mac users can also enjoy these goodies by downloading their desktop software.
Thumbs up for HTC for creating a masterpiece.
February 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by tuscanphil From Android to Win8-My Experience
Having come from an HTC Sensation XE running ICS 4.0.3, I thought I'd give Windows Mobile 8 a go and see how it held up on the new HTC 8X.
First impressions are that the phone is very comfortable to hold. The thin edges of the phone make it feel super slim even though it is only slightly thinner than the Sensation. Size wise it is thinner, wider and longer than the Sensation, whilst having the same size screen, but feels much less bulky in the hand.
The screen is the next thing that caught my attention, it's superbly clear with an excellent resolution and has a fantastic coating on the glass which makes it less susceptible to finger marks from screen taps and slides. The screen stays really clean without even trying. Due to the size of the phone, how comfortable it feels in the hand and the smoothness of the action when touching the screen, it is very easy to use one handed and only really needs two hands if typing, but this can also be done one handed.
Once powered on, the new Win 8 OS is fresh and clear. And there are several pre-loaded apps t check out the hardware features.
The sound is crisp and clear and the speaker has more than sufficient volume for easy listening, though head phones are a must in a noisier environment as youâ€™d expect!
The HTC 8X has 2 cameras, both of which give really good results. The front facing camera has a super wide angle lens so when you are taking photos of you and friends, it can get more of them into the picture. You can pinch zoom with both the front and rear camera to frame your photo extremely easily. As there is no flash on the front camera, you might expect it to be quite poor in low light but it works really well. The rear camera takes even better photos and has the added capability of an LED flash to help it out.
As with all smart phones, the battery life will always be an important feature. With a reasonable amount of 3G usage in the morning and evening, and a few calls as well, the battery will easily last for 2 days. Charging is very quick and can be completed in the evening of the second day so as not to need to leave it overnight.
The processor in the HTC 8X is superbly fast under Windows Mobile 8 and copes better then the HTC Sensation XE that has it replaced. Every action, swipe and transition is smooth and flows really well.
The buttons on the new HTC 8X are slightly recessed making the phone more streamlined and sleek looking. It does mean that sometimes you have to â€˜go lookingâ€™ for them as they can be easy to miss. The camera button has a half press feature to help with framing your subject which is really useful. I prefer the feel of the buttons on the HTC Sensation as they feel more solid and positive, but having said that, it doesnâ€™t take long to get used to the new feel of the HTC 8X buttons.
There is sufficient storage on the phone for my needs â€“ plus with Windows Skydrive there is the ability to store your data in the cloud and just reach in for whatever piece of data you need rather than having to keep it with you at all times.
My only gripe so far has been that the blue case of the phone has become slightly marked with black smudges where Iâ€™ve been putting it into my pocket. There are two small (penny piece) sized black smudges on the back, one on each corner and they donâ€™t seem to want to wash off.
Iâ€™m thoroughly chuffed with the new HTC 8X, especially in the fabulous blue colour and it has very quickly become my chosen phone in place of the HTC Sensation which is has replaced.
February 24, 2013