Rated 5 out of 5Â by urbandave Amazing desing and hardware togheter
An excellent design, perfect to the touch and fits great in the hand. Also an intelligent design that dhace the phone look extremely thin, yet is robust and resilient. A hardware running Windows Phone 8 makes great, no lags or problems. Best, a camera up to the top and a front camera unsurpassed image quality and optics. You have a whole new world to discover playing with the front camera and thanks to HTC has stopped being an accessory in unused mobile phone. I recommend it without hesitation to anyone!
January 31, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Jimm A Handy Tool
I use my 8X for project work as a dramatist. The ease of having pdf versions of scripts, apps to write down ideas, minute meetings and keep a schedule of all my appointments is brilliant. Add to that the fantastic way I can use the high spec cameras to take photos to later share with collaborators - whether design inspiration, costume ideas, location ideas - is fantastic.
This phone feels like a mobile office and portfolio wrapped up in one. And when a project is finished, I can easily transfer everything to my computer, ready to start on the next one. Superb.
January 31, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by jonfromlondon A standout and unique smartphone
HTC has done well with the 8X, offering a unique product design and colour options that is far removed from the usual bland industrial design favoured by other manufacturers.
Thanks to the tapered design, the 8X feels great in my palms. The 4.3" display is perfect for me, not too small and not too big. Coupled with Windows Phone 8, it is perfect for one handed use. All I need to do is swipe. The display isn't quite as brilliant as the One X, but it is still good and more importantly, sharp.
Powered by a screaming fast Snapdragon S4 SoC with dual core Krait CPU, the 8X is fast. The already fast Windows Phone gets a well needed boost. Operations are instantaneous, and any lags are minimal. The only thing that would hold this phone back is your mobile connection speed.
The 8MP f/2.0 camera is good, but not great and suffers from noise. But images still turn out pleasant and it was capable of capturing images at low light. Great for capturing images for use on web pages and social networks, but it won't replace your compact camera yet.
However it is the front facing camera that blew me away. While the image quality is average, the use of ultra wide angle lens impressed me. I can now easily capture group shots with my friends without too much hassle or lending my phone to a stranger.
The battery life is adequate. I do wish HTC would have either included a removable battery option, or increased the battery capacity, even if it means increasing the thickness of the phone by 1mm. It will between half a day to a full day depending on usage. Power users will likely want to top up throughout the day.
All in all, I like the 8X. It is a unique device that stands out among the sea of bland smartphone design. The lack of expansion slot and battery life will put off some people, but as a whole, HTC has done really well with crafting the 8X.
January 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Peter1 My HTC 8X Review
For those who are willing to try an alternative to android the htc-8X is the high end handset to consider
Design wise: the 8X is just top class with its full polycarbonate unibody and only 130 grams its just feels perfect in the hand to my opinion this is definitely the handset to beat when it comes to design and hardware
Display: The black gorilla glass display with its slightly curved edges is a joy to watch and absolutely top of the range 341 pixels per inch on a 4.3 inch displays is just excellent
sound: as an extra sweetener the 8X comes with beats audio technology and an amplifier in the headphone jack which cranks up to 2.5v compared to the 0.5v we seen an previous handsets more then enough to pump up the volume on a large set of headphones
Processor: the qualcomm snapdragon dual-core 1.5ghz is blazing fast and is definitely a serious step up compared with the previous wp 7 handsets
Camera: the 8mp main camera and the incredible 2.1mp wide angel front cam are flawless it amazes me everytime I use them
Video resolution is excellent recording in 1080p wich is more the sufficient to watch your videos on the big screen
Conclusion: after a month with the 8X I must say I am plesantly surprised its's been a perfect experience so far,
Overall the HTC 8X is a worthy windowsphone torchbearer.
January 31, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by fares windows
its agood phone specially windows system, i love it ,thanks HTC go alawyes forward and i will be alwayes with you.
January 31, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by adazamim Elegant, productive, social and simply HTC!
Windows Phone 8X by HTC is, exceptionally, elegant!
The touch, the feel, the look the size and the weight are just perfect!
Pleasantly stylish and thin to have it in my hand, in my pocket or to put it on my desk!
4.3â€� screen makes it the best screen resolution ever on Windows Phone with HD720p.
Vivid images and vibrant colors on whatever color theme I decide to switch to!
My lock screen is set to â€œHTC Senseâ€�.
Weather, location and time are there beautifully.
Time and weather are a glimpse away from the HTC Hub Live Tile!
I love HTC HUB where news, which matters to me are always handy.
Personal emails and work emails?!
No problem! All there!
Notes via OneNotes and Evernotes always at my fingertips!
With Windows Phone 8X by HTC, my self-portraits now have room for all my friends to show up all our emotions ï�Š
Ultra-wide-angle front facing camera gives me the best quality photos ever from a front facing camera on a smartphone!
When itâ€™s time for my favorite music, I just plug in my earphones and I enjoy ultra-clear voice.
Beats Audio sound booster/enhancer is now a must and a standard demand ï�Š
Iâ€™m socially connected wherever I go!
Facebook and twitter are in my pocket!
I never get lost, when I have Bing Maps with me.
Never asked for information about something I needed to know, or a song I needed to identify or even a QR code I needed to scan!
I have Bing search! Just a click on a softkey and Iâ€™m on ï�Š
Simply the best phone in the world of the new Windows Phone 8!
January 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by HamdirR Simply the Best Windows Phone 8
Letâ€™s first begin with the main highlights of this device, design, build quality, screen and camera!
When you first meet the 8x you will have a pleasant surprise, itâ€™s just gorgeous and immediately hits you with its finest build material, the unibody shell is very rigid and has a very nice texture with excellent grip, the screen is protected by a metal frame and all the hardware button are made from metal of the same color as the phone, I have the funky blue version but after meeting the matte black 8x with its metal, black and glossy HTC logo I realized itâ€™s looks even better, it screams class and upper end, words will not explain it enough until you meet the 8x in person.
The design is so good that everyone who has seen this phone was blown away.
The second best thing about this device is the screen, itâ€™s razor sharp! At 340ppi itâ€™s actually higher than Appleâ€™s retina display, colors are also expertly calibrated, the screen is laminated so it appears seamless and floating over the gorilla glass surface, it's matches the One X now legendary SLCD2 screen, but certain angles don't match the flawless view angles on the One X. The screen is 4.3 inch which might feel small for One X lovers but size will always depend on your taste.
The third best thing about this phone are the cameras, yup both cameras, the main camera offers everything good in the One X camera and improves it further, mainly the low light performance is much improved over the One X with better lighting and less noise, I was just a little disappointed it misses the fast shutter burst mode on the One X.
Meanwhile the front camera has one of a kind wide angle lens where you can grab an entire room with one click, itâ€™s almost surreal, perfect for taking pictures of yourself with friends/family, itâ€™s also outputs in high quality with perfect colors and little noise (unlike the usual front camera quality) you will never run out of fun ideas using this camera, I just have one complaint which is the slight slowness in the viewfinder, I guess it was inevitable with such high quality processing. The main camera however is very speedy with super fast shutter speed and did I mention it has a dedicated physical camera button?
Video capture is excellent and HTC also offers photo enhancement software out of box, once you grab a photo you can edit and improve it using the photo enhancer app, in short itâ€™s just an excellent and fun phone for photography.
Audio quality is equally excellent on every output thanks to the built-in amplifiers. As for battery life, I donâ€™t usually abuse my device beyond phone, camera and social features, in other words I donâ€™t spend hours at the browser or gaming and so the phone easily lasts over one day, sometimes closing two days.
Iâ€™m usually an Android user, but the windows operating system felt surprisingly intuitive, things are so much simpler to do and the minimalist/unified elegant UI feels like a nice fresh change. I really like the touch keyboard and the improvements offered by The windows OS, the OS I known for being buttery smooth and itâ€™s even faster with the 8x speedy S4 dual core processor, and despite being a â€œclosedâ€� OS itâ€™s still a lot more practical than iOS, for example you can access your phone storage by simply plugging it to your PC and you can share files with any other device using Bluetooth, I'm just annoyed most 3D games on the windows store still do not yet support 720p screen and therefore they look pixelated on the super dense screen, HTC/Microsoft should aggressively push developers to better support their OS and provide more apps.
In short compared to the much bulkier less attractive lumi920 and like many expert reviews concluded, the HTC 8x is simply the best Windows Phone 8.
January 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by RickNelson I LOVE THE 8X
I love this device, just flat out love it. The form factor is perfect for one hand and two hand holding. The screen is fantastic for viewing videos. I have been missing the camera shutter button and so glad HTC brought it back with the 8X. The camera alone is a huge WOW for me. The quality of the images are amazing. I am talking crystal clear photos and videos. The front facing camera with the wide angle lens allows me to take brilliant self shots and I can have all my friends and family in one shot. I like to vlog and the clear video that the front camera can record is a huge plus for me. The audio quality is top of the line in my opinion. I havenâ€™t had any issues with hearing someone in noisy places and they can hear me very clearly. I also love the Beats integration that HTC did. I donâ€™t own Beats headphones but you donâ€™t need them to hear the difference. The high notes are clearer and the bass is ear bursting. I would recommend getting Beats headphones just to enjoy the full experience. I have not had any lag while using the device and I am what they call a power user. My phone is with me 24/7 and I am always on it. Having a dependable device at all times with awesome battery life is a must for me. Speaking of the battery life, I can make 2-3 days with light usage and 1-2 days with heavy usage. To me heavy usage is YouTube, Music, emails, phone calls, texts, etc.. I use the 8X for everything.
January 31, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Luisant817 HTC Windows 8X Review
Its a great phone,I like the screen size and display look really good. Also the sound on this phone is excellent. The phone design is one of the best I seen. Also has a great front facing camera and rear camera.
January 31, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Zman A very good device that could be polished
Having had my HTC 8X for about 2 months now, I think the 8X is a very good sign of what is to come. Though I personally am a little disappointed in the windows phone 8 sector, I am aware that it's microsoft's problem and not HTC's. In terms of the phone itself, it is a beautiful device. The polyester-ish feel to the back is just sublime and doesn't get old. The dual core processor can run window's os very smoothly. My biggest problem with the device belongs to the buttons and charging ports. For me personally, i think the power button is not very accessible. Also, the charging port and headphone jack are on opposite sides which makes plugging in music while charging quite space consuming.
All hardware issues aside, the screen is GORGEOUS. The front facing camera was splendid and gave me & my gf quite a lot of sweetshots. The screen is definitely the biggest hit though. 4.3 inch is perfect for my smaller-than average hands. Love it.
I'm really looking forward to some fixes on the glitches, but am nonetheless extremely satisfied.
January 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by RagUK Perfect Palm & Pocket Pal!
A light powerful machine that fits in the palm of your hand.
Sometimes your phone can be a hindrance. Make your palm and your pocket uncomfortable (especially if youâ€™re wearing those awful pants again)! But not the 8x!
The 8xâ€™s slender design is light and sexy. It fits perfectly into the palm with all its buttons easy to touch without any need of your primary hands companion (the other hand). Because of the slim design it is so simple to navigate the OS, so you can be in and out of life with minor interruption to your daily tasks.
Taking a phone call? Thatâ€™s right, show off that sweet Californian blue style youâ€™re digging or many other vibes available exclusively from HTC Windows Phones.
The HTC 8x has exclusive apps too. My particular favourite is the HTC tile that shows me the date, time and weather all on one tile, of which no other phone can offer. Not forgetting the awesomeness that is built into the 8x too, HTC SENSE. Thatâ€™s right HTC Sense is very popular across HTCâ€™s phones and it is here too on the 8x!
Thatâ€™s not the only exclusivity this phone has... Like music? Then what are you still doing without this phone!? Built in to the 8x, exclusive to HTC is Dreâ€™s Beats Amplifier. Imagine your favourite tunes, now imagine them enhanced by one of the most popular music brands in the world & feel your music come to life.
Lastly one ultra cool tech the 8x has is its front facing camera. You will find no other phone capable of giving you wide angle shots that can fit you and your entire family in, in front of Big Ben!
If youâ€™re looking for a smart, easy, memorable experience that is extremely affordable compared to todayâ€™s Smartphone prices with a phone that can get you in and out of the important stuff, then look no further the 8x is your answer.
The 8x is the perfect palm & pocket pal, ready for the future, waiting for you.
January 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by saslax beautiful with nice sound effects
The smoothest,fastest and easiest phone to use,it has given me a spectacular display to my satisfaction.the 8x has a nice video quality and sound effect with the beats audio.the pictures i take with the 8x keeps people around me talking about the phone.the design of the 8x attracts the eyes and its a very light phone that you cant get enough of it when held.the HTC 8x stands out from its competitors
January 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by s199 Beautiful Device!
While very functional and capable, this phone's biggest claim to fame is it's amazing design. I have never held a phone that is it's equal.
Sound quality is really good on this phone. While I think the beats thing is a bit gimmicky, it doesn't change the fact that of the 4 smartphones I've had over the years (and media players) this cranks out the loudest, and clearest sound. That includes call quality too! (it is phone after all). If sound quality is important to you, take this phone very seriously.
Front facing camera is the best on the market bar none. Rear facing camera is very good too, but not quite as good some others I've used (though pretty darn close).
Screen is just the right size for me (though some may find 4.3" too big). Screen is what you would expect from top-tier smartphone and is one of the best from a color accuracy/brightness/glare perspective. The resolution is plenty high giving this a great crisp display (though not retina, you can't notice the difference even when holding it right up to your face - I did this with an iPhone4s).
I love the shape and feel of the phone, it fits so nice in my hand, and in my pocket since it has a nice slim tapered body. The color is very eye catching (mine is the blue one) and EVERYONE I know comments on how striking it is.
Battery is average. Easily gets through the whole day for me, though not quite 2.
I don't use a case (doesn't really need one because of the gorilla glass on the front and whatever you call that grippy material on the back). Had it for about a month now and it's actually taken a few mild tumbles onto the floor. Not even a scratch on it so I'm pretty impressed so far.
If you're considering this phone, all you need to do is hold one in a store and you'll probably like it.
MY ONE GRIPE:
Windows Phone 8 aside (it's still maturing), this phone has all the bells & whistlers save one important one for me - a microSD slot. It's true that with cloud storage it's not as important to me as it used to be, but I still miss having one.
Windows Phone 8 is very very easy to use and pretty intuitive, it does offer more out of the box than Android/iPhone IMHO, but still has to catch up in the app department. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I would challenge anyone to actually use it before dismissing it as you will probably be pleasantly surprised on how nice WP8 is to use - as someone who has had iOS & android stuff, I was quite impressed and look forward to seeing how the OS progresses. I will say that there are one or two apps I do miss from Android (my previous phone)
January 31, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Dlanod A refreshing alternative to iPhone or Android
I decided to try a Windows Phone after getting a bit bored with iPhone and Android. I looked at the Nokia Lumia 920 but for me it was too big and cost nearly another Â£200 sim free.
I'm pleased with my 8X - it's fast, the OS is great, the screen is awesome and the sound is excellent. It's well made and easy to hold.
Couple of niggles (1) the power on button is more difficult to use than it should be, and for a phone that has no other way of waking up apart from the dedicated camera button this is a bit of a design flaw; and (2) not HTCs fault I know, but on such a great phone for music I NEED Spotify.
So overall, I think this is the best WIndows 8 Phone out there at the moment.
February 1, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Zaki A Complete Package for Work and Play
Being a power user concerned with portability, productivity and functionality combined in a smallest piece, I was looking for a phone which would fill the place of several devices and be a power phone rather than just smartphone. I was pretty inspired by the simple look of the Windows Phone 8 OS, and was looking for a perfect device to blend with this OS, and I came across the 8X, beautifully crafted, premium feel in hand, gorgeous display and awesome feeling when you hold it in your hand. My videos look amazing on its HD display and the touch is super responsive! One of the best things I like about this phone is the camera, the video recording of 1080p quality with 45fps is simply superb, came in handy during family functions! The speaker is quite impressive, is loud and clear. And I like the speaker grills at the back, it adds to the overall look of the phone.The phone is real thin and whenever I look at it, I always wonder how beautifully the unibody design is flushing with the display.
Now coming to some cons about this device, being a power user, I really felt 16gb to be very less, that limits my productivity and stuff I could do. There should've been a SD card slot to tackle this issue. It's really bad it offers only 16GB. Second thing is the battery life. It hardly lasts a single full day, and drain in screen off is considerable. I don't know if this is an OS issue, but definitely HTC should have done something to improve the battery life as they have done on the Androids.
Overall its a fun device to capture beautiful pictures (even in low lights I found them to be of good quality), to watch high definition videos, to type on the ultra responsive screen, and with beats, you also have a music system with you with good quality sound and sound effects.
So this is definitely a complete package for both work and play!
February 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Jonescifer Awesome Cellphone
All in all an awesome phone. Fast and Sleek.
The buttons are a little hard to press or find but other then that the phone is really great. ( the camera button DOESN'T get pressed accidentally.)
February 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by TMan71 Bye Bye Android
I've been an android user for years and this is my first Windows Phone. I was a bit nervous about making the switch but can't even begin to explain how happy I am now that I did. The primary reason for the switch is for the email/office integration features.
The phone itself is very thin and light (especially coming from a Droid 4), and the screen is perfectly sized IMO (bigger than my Droid 4 but not too big). The feel of the screen is very smooth and is very bright and colorful. It's nice that I won't have to put a screen protector on with the Gorilla glass and hinder the quality.
The phone is very responsive and is extremely easy to navigate. Having only three buttons, it's pretty straight forward - especially for a novice user.
So far the call quality is very good as well.
The OS itself is amazing. I love the tiles - which make the Android and iPhone screens seem archaic. There are waaaay more apps out there for this phone that what I imagined - plenty to cover my needs and more (and I'm an avid tech geek). The integration that MSFT has built into Windows 8 between the phone, pc, tablet, etc. is definitely a time saver and a breath of fresh air. No more need to download 3rd party apps for email, contacts, file sharing, etc.
Overall, I highly recommend!
February 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by ROKSTARRE CHRISTMAS ALL OVER AGAIN
I BOUGHT THE TROPHY WHEN IT CAME OUT FOR VERIZON ON DAY 1 AND HAVE LOVED IT FOR IT'S INGENUITY AND CREATIVITY...AND FOR IT'S XBOX INTEGRATION.
BOUGHT THE 8X AS SOON AS MY CONTRACT RENEWAL CAME AROUND AND HAVE FELT LIKE CHRISTMAS ALL OVER AGAIN. LOVE THE RESPONSIVENESS, THE CONTROL, AND THEY DESIGN. WISH IT HAD MORE APPS/GAMES - BUT I'M SURE THEY'LL COME ALONG.
HELPS THAT I CAN GAME/WORK/SOCIAL CONNECT ALL IN ONE PHONE - WORK AND PLAY ALL IN ONE FUNCTIONING PHONE IS IDEAL AND THE 8X COMPLETES THAT.
ALSO LOVE THE KIDS CORNER, SO I CAN SET UP EVERYTHING MY KIDS NEED AND NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT IT AT ALL.
February 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by ApexPredation Beauty in Simplicity
If you are looking for a new device that is packed with functionality and wrapped in style then the HTC 8X is for you. I have been using the 8X for about a month now and I am in love with it. The designers have really out done themselves with this one. I can easily describe the outer style with one word, Smooth. There is not a sharp spot anywhere on this thing, instead, HTC decided to turn every corner into a curve. A great decision I must say. it is comfortable to hold, practically disappears in your pocket, and it is pleasing to the eyes, Especially with all the brilliant color choices.
The screen is crisp and full of rich colors and responds to your touch without any delays. The sound quality is very surprising. Not only does it have Beats audio integrated in it but the headphone port and loud speaker are amplified! This doesn't mean that its just louder but also cleaner sound. The 8X can easily replace you current MP3 player.
The camera, although lacking stock extras like Panorama and HDR which come on other HTC devices, is very capable of capturing those precious moments. The front camera goes where others cannot, with a 88 degree wide angle lens you can get the whole group in the shot along with a highlight of where you are.
Being a Windows Phone, it is all about productivity. The customizable live tiles on the home screen are great, you can get so much information with just one quick glance. The integrated office apps and SkyDrive access makes keeping on top of things, both work and personal, a breeze. And although there are not as many apps as other OS markets, there are many high quality and very useful ones that will leave you feeling, 'why do I need so many apps anyway I have everything I need here.' Plus like any app market, it is growing fast.
My only gripe would be there is no SD slot to extend your storage capacity. Considering all the free cloud storage you can get, its not a huge deal breaker.
In all I think the 8X is a beautiful and highly functional device that can meet, if not exceed, your demands of your mobile needs.
February 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Frostythesnowman Outstanding device, meets me needs perfectly
The Windows Phone 8X by HTC is a great phone all around.
The build is exactly what I expect of HTCs, very slick look with an excellent in-hand feel. I've gotten many complements about that specific aspect, the 8X is extremely comfortable to hold with the curved back and sides. It's got the in-hand comfort of a much smaller phone, very smart design.
Music sound quality is quite good, get a decent pair of headphones and it works very well as a PMP. It drives my heavier pair of headphones better than the average smartphone too which is great, a result of the Amp.
The 4.3" 720x1280 9:16 screen is excellent. The Windows Phone live tiles pop very nicely and with accurate colours. As expected with a 341ppi display, items on screen are rendered with exceptional detail and crispness. I've unfortunately put a trio of scratches the display in the 3 months I've owned it, seems Gorila Glass 2 isn't quite a match for granite. If you are super picky about keeping it flawless a cover isn't a bad idea, though I believe it looks better with a few scratches than with a piece of cheap plastic mucking it up.
Battery life is great, not exactly class leading, but I believe all but the most heavy users will be satisfied with it. I regularly finish my 7AM to 4PM day with 55-65% left. On 3.5G browsing Reddit it takes about an average of 10% off the battery to browse for around 35 minutes, screen at medium, for a real like example.
Software is Microsoft's Windows Phone 8. It is an excellent system, in my not-so-humble opinion it's a nice breath of fresh air compared to Android and a much more pleasant user experience. Everything is just so much cleaner looking and more pleasant to use. The whole system is extremely fluid, not a hint of slowdown anywhere. System maintenance and upkeep required is also non-existent, unlike Android.
February 1, 2013
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