Rated 5 out of 5Â by Ivanvu You just gotta love this amazing device!
Functional, capable with amazing design. It's HTC 8X!
Made from Gorilla Glass 2 with curved edges making the screen itself top of the range. It has 341 pixels per inch with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels (720p) on a 4.3'' screen size. When you combine all of these things you are going to get amazing vivid colors, superb brightness and if you are in direct sunlight you can still see everything on your device. Crisp display is one of the things that separate this amazing device from others.
Dr Dre's Beats Audio technology is integrated in 8X, making it first Windows Phone 8 device that has Beats Audio technology integrated This is basically an amplifier in your headphone jack that will allow you to have very clear and amazing sound. Even if you are going to use large set of headphone it's going to be more then enough to pump the sound to them. This phone is going to take you seriously if you demand sound quality and it will provide it through multimedia, music and with voice calls.
One of big surprises when I got this phone in my hands is the camera, and dedicated camera button that should be a must have for mobile devices considering that we use our mobile camera more and more. Front camera has 2.1 megapixels and it's going to help you capture amazing clear shoots, and F2.0 aperture is going to make those shots even more amazing, While front camera can record 1080p video.
Main camera has 8 megapixels with auto focus and LED flash. BSI sensor is going to help with shots in low light environment It has F2.0 aperture and 28mm lens. Before pointing and shooting you can adjust shutter speed, color and resolution. The camera links you to a range of apps that are recommended for picture manipulation. While camera does not have burst more, nor panorama feature it's still amazing. My favorite is using it at 6 megapixels for taking wide screen shots, and 8 megapixel for very detailed shots that will really amaze you.
I just love the shape and the feel of the phone. It fits perfectly in my hand, pocket and on my desk. Colors are eye catching, and I can say that it draws a lot of attention because you don't see a lot of colored phones out there (mine is blue). Body curves make the phone very slim and you have a feeling that back just connects to the front of the phone. Back of the phone has an amazing finish that melts with your hand and it's not slippery so you can be sure that it will stay in your hand.
Embedded & rechargeable Li-ion Polymer battery with a capacity of 1800 mAh gives me more then a day of usage. With 3G and Wi-Fi activated it more then enough. Standby battery life is superb with 3 days with minimal use.
The phone uses Qualcomm's Snapdragon dual core 1.5Ghz processor with 1GB of RAM making it super fast, and user is presented with a fluid experience while using it. CPU and memory will allow you to keep that experience with everything you throw at it.
It supports fastest version of 3G, called HSPA+ that can really show you what speed is. GPS antenna with GLONASS allow you to use your favorite navigation apps from Marketplace. From connectivity you can find 3.5 mm audio jack, Bluetooth 3.1, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n and it's NFC capable.
One of biggest surprises that I got after connecting my 8X to my Ubuntu laptop is that file transfer works out of the box. You can understand my surprise that this works considering that Windows Phone OS is manufactured by Microsoft. I know that not many of you are using Linux as your main system but this is a big deal and it should be known if any other Linux users is considering in buying this amazing device.
I had my reservations about Windows Phone but now I must say that it's all gone. OS is fast, easy to use and very intuitive. From WP7 to WP8 you can see that Microsoft is doing a good job, and HTC recognized that. In case you have a reservation about the OS I would urge you to first try it out. As a big Android fan i was presently surprised.
I am not using a case with my phone because it feels great in my hand, it's not slippery and Gorrila Glass 2 provides great protection. I just feel safe using the phone as it is, and I would urge you to try holding the phone to see how it feels.
HTC 8X is an amazing device and it will exceed your expectations as it did mine. The phone is easy to use with smooth and very fast UI, and when you combine video and sound quality you get a superb device. This is the phone that stands our from others.
February 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by drtolson Head of the Pack!
HTC 8X Review
When HTC announced the 8X as their flagship Windows 8 Phone, I couldn't wait. I had a LUmia 900 at the time, but I
found it heavy and bulky in my suit pockets. I wanted something lighter, cooler, and definitely WP8. I've been a fan of HTC since the early WM6.x days, so I picked one up as soon as they became available in Canada.
The Qualcomm 1.5Ghz dual-core CPU does a wonderful job of keeping WP8 and all my apps running smooth as silk. No
hiccups or delays anywhere, no matter what I'm running.
I quite like the 4.3 inch form factor. I've seen and worked with larger screens, but for my 'medium-sized' hands, it makes things difficult to use one-handed. I had the OneX for a while, and the 8x screen is great, it doesn't have the same 'pop' as the OneX.
The multi-cell 1800mAh LiIon battery easily lasts through a 24 hour period on my generally light use, even with LTE
and BT turned on all the time. Although the WP8 O/S does a better job of power management, I still find GPS and
WiFi to be major battery burners. There's no real need for NFC here in Canada yet, so that's been turned off and I only use WiFi when I'm at home at the end of the day for downloads, updates, etc.
The GSM #cellular# radio is more sensitive that other phones I've had, especially in the LTE range. I get better reception on LTE with the 8X than any other LTE-capable phone I've owned.
The BT radio is good, with the usual range and capabilities. I just with WP8 provided a more inclusive BT profile with some of the more advanced features beyond audio.
GPS uses the American and Russian satellites, so location fixes are quick and accurate.
I was very pleased to see that the 8X included support for the 5Ghz Wi-Fi bands. Other phones I've had just wouldn't even see the signal at all!
The 8mp main cameral is generally OK. Overall, it seems to be similar to the one in my OneX, but the pictures don't seem quite as crisp. It struggles in low light situations. The front facing wide-angle lens is great for including more friends and environment in sharing pictures, but it makes it difficult to get a realistic view of just yourself -- looks like you're shooting with a fish-eye lens.
Generally, the sound is pretty good, with solid sound coming from the speakers which work well even in noisy situations. The in call volume coming from the earpiece is good, but callers are sometimes difficult to hear in noisy situations, especially outdoors. Volume using the speakerphone is fine.
I find the Beats Audio #which works only on plugged-in headphones -- why not BT stereo headphones??# is too heavy at the low end. It's almost like too wide a spectrum is being emphasized, but without the bass end lacks 'sparkle'
Recorded Audio with video is OK, but gets mushy and distorted in loud situations #I think the 8X needs a better
The 8X easily plays all the major formats and resolutions with ease. There were no sync problems between audio and
video. Recorded video is good, but the auto-focus struggles and is slow, and again there are problems with low light situations.
Exterior and Build Quality:
With Microsoft's mandatory button placements for Windows Phones, it's hard to for manufacturers to find a way to
differentiate themselves. HTC has done a great job with the 8X in making a sleak, easy-to-handle handset which is very good looking as well. The colours #mine is California Blue# attract attention and help them stand out in a crowd. #My teenage son though, prefers the non-descript black :-#
I've always been impressed with HTC's build quality and the 8X is no exception. Others have mentioned problems with
colour wearing off on the corners, but I haven't seen any of this in the three months I've had the phone, but mine spends most of its time in business attire, not jeans.
Apps provided by HTC:
This is an area where HTC needs to apply more energy. With the O/S experience being pretty well identical on all WP phones, the best way to stand out is with the app suite available from the manufacturer or the cellular provider. The HTC portion of the WP Store is pretty weak, especially compared to the variety and quality of apps provided by other manufacturers.
This is one powerful phone. It's a joy to hold and own and is definitely at the head of the current pack of WP8 phones. I love it!
February 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 Review : Windows Phone 8X by HTC
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 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Tokyo Great New Taste!
By far this phone is amazing!
The People app and Me app literally make it so you don't need to download a Facebook or Twitter app. With the Live Tiles it is easier to see your updates without opening an application, or just to view latest updates. It of course doesn't have all the apps that IOS or Androids have, but they are coming in!
The display is the best in the world! With a pixel density much higher than the eye can see, even higher than IPhone's Retina display it delivers quality graphics. Strong back light, big screen, and Gorilla Glass makes it nice, even under sunlight.
Since I have gotten my 8X is has never frozen or gave me any glitches. The dual-core 1.5ghz processor makes opening multiple applications easy, and gaming smooth!
Size & Design:
When I first thought about getting this phone what scared me was the huge size. Before this I had Blackberrys, plus I wear tight jeans. I was afraid it might be too big for my pockets. Fear not, it is slim and has a nice finish to make it go in and out of your pocket with ease! Plus it looks extremely elegant, and feels amazing!
The phones has fast search features with BING, extremely unique built-in apps, beautiful design, and is extremely fast!
*only complaint; no external memory. Besides that it comes with a 16GB built in memory and 7GB memory in the cloud. So it might not even be that necessary.
February 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 The Best Phone ever made by HTC
According to me 8X is the best phone ever made by HTC in terms of hardware. 8X has perfect size. Inspite of having 4.3 inch screen, the phone is very sleek. Infact the bezel is compact to accommodate easy one hand operation i.e one can access full screen from top to bottom easily. The phone comes in amazing colours, be it red, yellow, blue, pink and black. The best part is matching front ear piece grill in the same colour. Iâ€™m in love with the design of 8X. The phone has lovely curves on the back. 8X sports a beautiful polycarbonate unibody design with round corners. The back is matte rubber coating that makes the phone slip resistant and comfortable to hold.
8X comes with long lasting 1800 mah battery. It has wonderful battery life as the phone lasts for full day with continuous internet and sync on and moderate usage. Still, 8X is a light weight phone.
The display of 8X is very crisp and sharp.
8X comes with 8 mp back camera and 2.1 mp wide angled front camera. The camera quality is awesome. You can capture wide angled photos with front camera. The best part is dedicated camera button on the side, which according to me is must have in all handsets.
The 8X runs is very fast as it comes with 1.5 GHz dualcore Qualcomm S4 process and 1 GB RAM. Also 8X comes with inbuilt 16GB internal memory and Gorilla Glass display.
February 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by KaiB Awesome phone, great experience!
This phone is one of its kind! HTC did an awesome job in designing a phone that feels different, looks different and behaves different than anything else you will find. At the same time the user-experience is absolutely amazing and falls right in line with the new Windows Phone 8.
February 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by MattManDo Smooth and Beautiful!
Truly an awesome phone to hold an use! The 8X fits so smoothly in your hand as the rounded corners and Gorilla Glass screen seem to almost be made of a solid piece of magic.
The Polycarbonate body has a nice texture that doesn't feel cold like metal or lifeless like most plastic. Very organic feeling. There has been no need for me to use a cover as I didn't want to mess with the overall look and feel of the phone except I did find it easier to keep it clean (as with any device) as dirt and grime will eventually begin to show. Thankfully HTC makes colour matched hard cases as it would be a shame to hide such beautiful and unique coloured phones.
The inclusion of a dedicated shutter button is a great and welcome addition and can also be set to wake the phone to capture images almost instantly. Very handy if you have kids or are trying to capture a moving target quickly.
If you like music (who doesn't) you'll appreciate the Beats Audio especially if you have a good set of headphones to maximize your listening pleasure.
Overall an unbeatable (see what I did there?) choice for your next phone. Even my die hard mApple friends have made the switch and are happy they have. :)
February 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by sextitanic Amazing Device
Front camera has 2.1 megapixels in wide-angle that easy take self-snapshot.
4.3 inch 1280 x 720 resolution for a PPI of 342 to show Exquisite display.
very colorful and pretty thin, not also vision impact but only one hand operation.
It's a brilliant phone all I need.
February 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by catthegreat awesome smartphone
I have had blackberries, androids, and this is my first windows phone. I love, love love it. It is super easy to use, even with no instruction. Even though I still have google products, they work on this phone. The way contacts/people are listed is great - it integrates all my social networks to one tile. The camera is amazing, and I can back up photos immediately to the sky drive. The battery life is AMAZING! The only downside is not enough apps yet, but I am sure they are coming. Great job, HTC.
February 5, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Kobayashi One amazing phone
I'll start with a quick summary: All-day battery life, good reception, high durability, sleek design, great camera.
Going over each point:
Battery: On an average day (100-200 texts/IMs, occasional Facebook, 2-3 picture share/texts), starting out 100% at 10am, by 10pm, I'd have at least 30-40% left. Plenty enough before it reaches the charger. Which, by the way, can be charged wirelessly with QI charging pad.
Reception: At times, I could receive and send text messages from underground in some subway stations. Data connection is decent enough on LTE (Verizon), but needs work. I occasionally get between 7-10mbps downstream, 2-5mbps upstream. On my Rezound I can occasionally pull between 15-20mbps downstream. Could be radio throttling to conserve battery life. Could be something else.
Durability: I'm not accident-prone, but I've had better days. Dropped the phone from my hand twice. Onto concrete floor. No scruff or scratches. Works just fine. The screen is pretty good at not getting scratched.
Design: Here's something I wish HTC could fix. The power button is located way too far up on top of the screen, making it somewhat difficult for one-hand operation. Other than that, I love the way that all the buttons are flushed with the body. I'm also surprised as to how thin and light the phone is.
Camera: Wide-angle front-facing camera does a great job at self-portrait with friends. The rear camera is also good for daily snapsnots. Rich, vibrant colors without being oversaturated. Nice touch: dedicated shutter button with access to the camera app at any time the screen is active. I haven't tried video recording, but I expect it to perform well.
February 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Pedah As a Early adopter of Windows Phone, and a long time HTC User, I knew I had to have the 8X. Was it though, going back to Basics?
It seems like Windows Phone has been playing catch up since it was first released, yet it has developed strongly over the last three years. With it HTC have also developed, and the HTC 8X is light years away from the HTC Mozart that I had initially.
It definitely could be said that HTC had been in a design rut, that goes back to the HD2, and it is only recently with the One X that there has been a change, sleeker, different materials, and a lot more power under the hood.
Then the 8X [and 8S] come along, and it is a really dramatic change. It's not about size, it's about feel. When I compare the 8X to my Titan 2, same height, different width, different depth and weight. The difference in style is phenomenal though, yet some of my favourite things about HTC devices are preserved.
There is something about the finish on all the HTC devices I've had, that is warm, alive, tactile, matt, that even on the 8X, even though it's body construction is polycarbonate, is a pure pleasure in the hand.
In fact the 8X is hard to put down, and rather transfixing, I find myself holding it and looking at it, caressing it and rolling it over in my hand, it feels connected.
The 720p screen, 4.3" is beautiful, and coming from a larger screen, is much more vibrant and sharp than I would have thought. Web browsing and image editing on the phone gives really accurate colour matches to what I see on the PC.
I am not much of a music user, but using the phone to watch video, the on board speakers are more than adequate, and I do not find them distorted or scratchy.
Having used Windows Phone for a long time I do use a certain amount of preferred apps, and the WP keyboard still eclipses all other OS keyboards that are not third party. The suggestion engine in WP8 is incredible.
If the 8X was a real step up from my former HTC devices, it's really in it's network speed, always connected is the modern catch phrase, and with the 8X it's true.
Over all it is a feast for the eyes, the hands and the mind.
February 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 Amazing audio experience and stunning visuals.
This has been a wonderful device for me. I wasn't "sold" on the Beats thing. Mainly because I've never actually listened before. I can say, after using the HTC 8X, it has re-written my music enjoyment. And it isn't just the bass either. The whole spectrum is wonderful to listen too. The screen is bright and video on YouTube looks amazing. The cameras are so much fun. Never before have I been able to capture a group of friends using the front facing camera. Now, with the Wide Angle lens, it's a snap.
February 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Ljuba Incredible piece of hardware
This is a masterpiece that has to be seen to fully understand the intricacy of the design. A work of art to look at and a pleasure to hold and use. HTC has gone great lengths to perfect the design and the materials used in creating this phone. Under the bonnet hardware is completely matched to the outer design performing even better than the specs would suggest. And than you fire up the camera. From this point on you will forget about your regular point&shoot camera as this phone will make it redundant! Fantastic pics, HD video, great performance. In a nutshell all you could ask for. Everything on this phone is smooth and well balanced, from the design, to the hardware and battery. Everything just simply works. If you're thinking about a Windows phone, think no further!A massive recommendation from me!
February 8, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by fillip Title: Great to look at, great to hold and great to use
The summary says it all really it looks and feels awesome and it's a joy to use. Beats audio quality is excellent and the quick snapping camera produces good results although low light performance isn't the best I've seen. Only criticism I have about the handset is the flimsy feeling buttons. Everybody comments on how cool it looks and I agree with them I recommend to anyone Android or iOS to give Windows Phone 8 (especially on the 8X) a try it does everything you really need in a really slick and modern feeling way .
February 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by khix21 screen size
it must be 5inch screen size to look great & handy.
February 8, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by sparuchuri Great phone but a little pricey
I've had my Windows Phone 8X since just after Thanksgiving. I was really excited to get it because it was so much lighter than the Lumia 920, and just felt better in my hand.
My initial impression is that the phone feels _tall_. I put it side by side with an iPhone 5 and it's actually just barely taller, which makes me think it's just the narrowness of it relative to all the Nokias that makes it look so tall. The only downside to the height is that the lock screen button is still on the top right corner, so it can be a bit far to reach.
The body is a lovely soft touch coating, in a color I have affectionately named 'blurple', but HTC calls 'California Blue'. I love when a manufacturer takes the extra initiative, and having the matching earpiece color and even the OS color is really impressive. My only real complaints are that the buttons are so subtle along the sides that it can sometimes be hard to really push them- especially the lock screen which can be a bit of a reach for small hands.
Inside, the 8X is blessed by pretty much the best Qualcomm hardware on the market. It's wicked fast, never lags, and the OS is gorgeous when rendered on the vivid LCD screen.
The only real reasons I've taken away a star are: high-ish price (with a Lumia 920 32gb running just 99, it's hard to compete), the hard to push lock button, and the fact that the soft touch on my corners has begun to wear down a little bit.
I think this is a fantastic phone that you'd be much happier owning than literally ANY Android phone on the market.
February 8, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5Â by copperalex NO NAVIGATION SYSTEM? 8GB of memory?
Ok, I just got the 8X WP8, after staying for 4 years on the iPhone and Android phones. I have to say that I LOVED the design of the phone, I got the yellow one on AT&T. Phone is light, slick, stylish and the sharp edges actually make the phone feel much thinner that it is. Really the best design out there in my opinion.
Also, great battery power. I talked on the phone all day for my work - in speaker mode, and it lasted me the entire day. The iPhone died after a few hours of speaker usage.
WP8 operating system is ok, has some stuff better than IOS/Android and some stuff worse, that can be expected. It's missing ALOT of good apps and you always have to get paid apps for the ones you get them for free in Android/IOS, but, I can live with that.
What is really mind-boggling however are the following cons for the phone:
1. IT DOESNâ€™T HAVE A NAVIGATION SYSTEM!!! It has several map apps, but they are all worse than what IOS 3.6 was!!! I was used to using my IOS navigation (without turn by turn directions), and in that one you can at least look at the screen while you are driving and navigate pretty easily. In this phone, the directions are so hard to read that you will either get killed, or lost. I have tried everything â€“ EVERYTHING â€“ to give this phone a fighting chance. Downloaded every paid app on the Windows Market that has half a decent review; but it really doesnâ€™t matter, because after you use them a few times: a) the apps crash just after launching them, or b) your GPS location doesnâ€™t update. I travel for work in different cities every week, and the GPS location was showing that I was still in Denver, while I was in San Francisco!!! The location services on the phone showed the correct location, but all the navigation systems I used (gMapsPro, TurnByTurn 3D, GPS Navigation, Garmin Pilot, etc.) do not receive this info and they do not update. Therefore, USELESS. These are paid apps I might add.
2. 8GB of memory. Should I say more? What good is a smart-phone if you canâ€™t store anything in it? The blue color comes in 16GB but the yellow one ONLY comes in 8GB. You hardly have enough room to store some apps. Forget about pictures or music. Videos are completely out of the question.
3. WP8 doesnâ€™t have a standard voice-recording app!!!
4. WP8 doesnâ€™t record the call duration on phone calls!!!
I mean, these are standard features that the iPhone 3G had, and that was almost 4 years ago!!! How can HTC not see they are soooooo far behind the competition?!? I mean, who makes these product decisions?!? Is it so difficult to offer a yellow phone in 16GB, when you already offer it in other colors? Is it so difficult to partner with a company that makes a navigation app and standardize it for HTC phones so it doesnâ€™t crash everytime you start it? Nokia has Nokia Drive (which is excellent by the way) on the Lumia 920. Why is it so difficult for HTC to get one of their own?
If HTC would fix at least the navigation and memory problem, I would switch to the X8 in an instant, but without them, I am sorry but why settle for a phone that can do so much less when there are so many other options out there at the same price nonetheless?
February 10, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by fongil Great Design, Great Phone
The HTC 8X is a beautiful phone with its ergonomic and visually stimulating design with a unique approach to Windows phone 8.
The main features that I feel stand out about the 8X is the beautiful display screen, the keyboard, the outer design, the battery, and the simplicity of Windows phone 8. The screen makes colors pop and it provides great viewing angles. With the user interface of Windows, the display provides brilliant contrast. Also, a 4.3â€� screen provides the perfect fit for all users. As for the keyboard, it is the best most responsive keyboard out of every smartphone. It is fast and provides a unique experience for all who uses it. I think it is a lot better than the android keyboards. The outer design is also what makes the 8X stand out. It fits well in your hand and it redefines how a phone feels when using it. The battery is amazing. It lasts all day and then some. Lastly, the Windows phone 8 provides a simplistic, modern approach to the user interface. It allows people to multitask, spend less time checking for updates, and easy access to all their application. The transition between applications, the home screen, and different tiles are smooth and visually stimulating.
The features that I think lack on the HTC 8X are the camera, lack of main applications, and limited amount of customization. I love HTCâ€™s cameras are the best out of all smartphone carriers but the camera on the HTC 8X is not up to par. It doesnâ€™t provide the clarity that the camera other HTC phones have. Also, there arenâ€™t a great variety of customizations or effects in the camera application. Also, many applications do not support windows phone 8 like instagram. I find this difficult because I love instagram and it is hard for me to switch to a phone that lacks this application. Other applications that it lacks are Scramble with Friends and other famous games and applications. Lastly, even though you are able to resize live tiles, change tile colors, change the lockscreen picture, I think Microsoft can add more customization options on Windows phone 8. Most applications donâ€™t have the option to have a live tile.
I am a huge android fan but the HTC 8X got me to experience Windows phone 8 and appreciate it. Although there are some downsides to switching, I love my HTC 8X and would recommend it to anyone.
February 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by mnaeh Premium build quality Windows Phone!
In short: elegance and simplicity.
This phone clearly stands out from the WP crowd because of its outstanding design, which is already well established trademark of all HTC flagships. Discreetly curved straight lines leave the impression of serious and professional. During the first encounter with this beauty you cannot ignore how compact and firm it feels in hand, very lightweight and perfectly balanced. Its body is made of a single peace of high quality polycarbonate, coated with an extra layer which gives an impression of rubberized finish. With this in mind, together with form factor that follows 4.3" screen, it is almost impossible for this phone to slip out of your hand, and it's a pleasure to use it single-handed. For all of you who want to stand out from black classic, this phone comes in three more trendy colors, very characteristic and vibrant. Resolution, color and overall screen quality are really exceptional.
Camera is extremely fast and precise, with excellent auto focus and awesome wide angle, not yet very common for smartphones. HTC dedicated extra attention to front facing camera as well, giving it a wide angle, which is super convenient for taking self portraits. For all of you who prefer hardware "click", there is a dedicated shutter key which can also be used to unlock the phone and go straight to camera.
With moderate usage battery can hold up for two days, making the life easier for those of us who sometimes forget to connect it to charger every night. If you are into music, there is Beats Audio enhancement, doing a pretty good job for everyday casual listening. If you are a hardcore audiophileâ€¦ well, you probably won't listen to the music from your phone in the first place ;) For me, Beats is a win.
Powerful hardware makes WP runs like a breeze. Navigation through menus is fluent and you'll probably need to consult the dictionary for a word "stutter" :) Graphic experience of WP itself reminds me of gaming console interface: all graphic details are clean and simple, without too much unnecessary clutter, which elegantly goes with the great hardware, completing the superb experience.
February 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by techman01 Great Experience
The HTC WP8X provides a welcomed unique experience in a sea of smartphones that are seemingly all the same.
The Hardware itself is thin and light, easy to use with one hand and fits in a shirt or pants pocket.
The screen is bright, reproduces colors accurately and likewise sharp. The screen has a higher PPI then the iphone 5, and you can see the difference when looking at them side by side. The Gorilla glass provides welcomed protection and added durability to the vibrant touch screen.
The HTC design team clearly thought the phone through and aimed to make it a cut above the rest in an increasingly crowded market. The color accents give it that extra personal and unique look.
The audio is above average. No static, and voices are crystal clear. The speakerphone is plenty loud. Call quality and reception was at the top of itâ€™s class and I did not suffer any dropouts. It does not support wifi calling yet, though that is a minor nuisance.
The operating system is where this phone really shines above the others. The iphoneâ€™s iOS has become stale and boring. Little has changed in the years since itâ€™s inception and is frequently playing catchup to android os and now windows phone os. The windows phone takes the phone os to the next level. Instead of boring rows of icons, it uses live tiles that provide instant information and you can launch the app directly from it.
WP8 is also a master of pulling information. The people hub links with facebook, twitter, my Exchange and LinkedIn accounts and feeds updates from my contacts together. It does not matter where the updates are coming from, information is presented cleanly and uniformly for each of my contacts. How simple; how revolutionary.
When you post an update it sends it to all your services. Something neither iOS or android currently do natively. You must download a 3rd party app to do it with them.
As far as applications, most every application that I used on Android and iOS are present on WP8 or at least an equivalent that works the same, or in some cases better.
This is a phone that needs to be seen in-person to appreciate the full experience. The operating system is fresh and unlike anything you have used before and is a pleasant relief from the antiquated iPhone and Android OS's. This phone sets the bar with innovation and people are pleasantly surprised when I put it in their hand. This is definitely a phone you need to have on your list to checkout when you pickup your next smartphone.
February 14, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by MomoRocks Lovely Looking Phone
The Windows 8X is a beautiful looking phone. I enjoy the different color options. The sleek design and slimness makes the 8X feel and look great in the palm of my hand. The screen is bright. This phone runs fast and works smoothly. I love the camera quality and the front wide angled lens is perfect for taking selfies! My only complaint about this phone is that there are a lack of apps (Instagram) which Windows Mobile is mostly to blame. Other then that I would recommend this phone to anybody. I think this is also a great "Mom phone" for a first time smart phone user!
February 19, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5Â by chemicallove Dont buy it yet
I loved this phone. And when switching to it I was totaling willing to make some concessions. Obviously I was willing to work with a significant reduction in available apps. In fact, I used five apps regularly on my android and when I switched, windows 8 only had one of them. There were other apps that were similar just not the ones I used. However, I knew that going in, and was ok with it. Once you figure out the OS itâ€™s fun and different and itâ€™s what I wanted. The color is great, and it was light weight, fit great in my hand and in my pocket. I liked it. I wanted it and I bought. It takes great photos! I loved it so much, I bought it three times.
It just didnâ€™t work out, especially as a phone. Good olâ€™fashion voice calls, were disaster. There were days where 3 out of 5 phone calls were complete failures. The one-way-audio was a huge problem, people could hear me but I could not hear them and no amount of hanging up and redialing or restarting the phone would help. This was a known issue and software updates were supposed to take care of it. It didnâ€™t. Every one of my devices was new and out of the box, not refurbished, and was running the current software. If people I called used Bluetooth headsets, I could not hear them. I was told to tell them to power cycle their blue tooth device. Seriously!? This is very inconvenient and hard to implementâ€”especially in business. All my associates use blue tooth. But it wasnâ€™t only an audio/blue-tooth issue, it was a general audio issue, I also couldnâ€™t hear people who were using their device normally, i.e. no head set. The one way audio was a huge constant problem. Make sure you ask about any "known issues" when buyingâ€”thatâ€™s the jargon the sales reps will understand. Also the phone shuts down by itselfâ€”also a known issue. I could not pair with any bluetooth device. There is no forward button for the internet browser, super annoying but I was willing to overlook it. I was really stoked for this phone. Widows 8 is cool. But I would wait for the redesign and go with a second or third generation model when they come out. Too glitchy.
February 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Citadel12 Good stuff
Especially for those enthused with an older Windows Phone, this gadget is an impressive update. Coming from WP7 on an HTC Surround, it became clear that many people had the same issues with 7 as I did, and a great effort was put in to smooth these quips out. Though I am not an app user myself, I am quite aware that the market is simply not the same as with Android or iPhone users, but I believe that the overall experience on this Windows device was better than any comparable competitor.
Large screen, durable, lightweight, quick-responding, etc. Good stuff.
February 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Mathew love this phone
This is my first smart phone and man, what a phone. Was used to ios because of my iPod and I wanted something simple and different. Love the colors and design. Buttons along the side at little. Of a pain but with an otter box commuter case that problem runs out the door. Would like the option to change some things like from Bing to google or yahoo or what not. And the ability to turn off rotation. Would also like to set a photo for the home screen but that may happen in the future. And since the apps are new just need to keep updating them to make them easier to use. Love this phone!!!! Love the blurple color!
February 28, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Razakan Excellent Phone, but needs more support from HTC
The phone and OS work quite well together. I have been using this phone since November and never regretted not buying the Lumia 920. The only complaints I have are dirrected to HTCs support of the WP8 OS. I had a HD7 before this phone and in the 2.5 years I've used HTC WP devices theyhave only have 6 exclusive apps. Compared to the 50+ apps that Nokia has added in the past year, it makes me feel HTC doesn't really care about the WP users yet.
However the 8x is a beautiful phone and I love the feel of the phone. The Beats audio is only when plugged into a headphone jack. On a higher scale range I would give this phone a 8 / 10.
March 5, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5Â by Aesop Reliability awful
I purchased the phone on Dec 4, 2012. Worked fine for 1 week then randomly shuts off. Happened 2-3 times a day until it wouldn't turn on anymore. Hard resets did nothing. Went back to store and got a new one. Now is starting to happen again Feb 22, 2013 - present. Everything else on the phone is superb. Should have gone w/ Lumia or Iphone.
March 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 Escellent Cellphone
The best phone I've ever had!, I've always had htc phones, but this is the best of all
March 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Proximo Phone is great, but MS can do better with windows
This phone hardware has every quality you can ever think of. The processor speed is great, and the web interface and migration are also great. What I don't understand is why Windows cannot have an independent YouTube application, instead of directing users to the mobile YouTube site. Most videos on YouTube these days do not allow mobile license devices to stream...Honestly I was a bit frustrated. Other than that this phone has the best integration and connectivity you can ever think of. You really donâ€™t need most social media third party app in order to use this phoneâ€¦and if you are an enterprise person, this phone is the best for you based on usage and security wise. The security is superb, the calibration is smooth, and the best of all, It never freezes for even 0.0001m/s. I love this phone but Microsoft PLEASE give us Instagram, get an official well developed Facebook app, and thanks for giving Temple Runâ€¦FREE because I know yâ€™all like selling stuffsâ€¦:)
March 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Lhernana2j Wow!!
By far the best phone I have ever owned. So beautiful. It handles everything with ease. HTC makes the best phones bar none. Quality throughout and Windows 8 is unbelievable. I am anxiously awaiting the HTC One so I can have the best of both worlds!!!
March 28, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5Â by RebeccaA alstor1013
I am greatly disappointed with my HTC Windows 8 phone. I enjoy the Windows functioning system however, the actual phone is aweful. I've had nothing but problems with it lately. I have to put it on speaker whenever talking on the phone, otherwise my cheek will press the end call button and I lose the call. I keep getting a sim card error and if I turn the phone off and back on the error goes away. If I put it in my purse, many times it will change itself to vibrate only so I miss calls. Even the touch screen doesn't seem to work like it should. I have to press the tile two or three times to get to the app. I also have problems getting it to transform from horizontal screen to verticle. It may be my phone is just not functioning correctly. As of right now, I will not be purchasing another HTC phone in the future.
April 1, 2013