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 HostedAdmin Top-End Business Phone
Although I am primarily a business user, I also utilise a lot of the multimedia functionality in a phone so require a good all-round device.
It has to be able to function well with regards all aspects of connectivity; from getting a good signal in almost all instances and places, to being able to connect via WiFi or Bluetooth as and when required through to being able to handle synching my multiple email accounts in real-time throughout the day without the battery giving in prematurely.
The phone is always responsive, easy to get a comfortable and secure grip of at all times, very light and all with a top-end finish and elegant design. Camera shots are excellent too. Ports for charging and headphones are well placed and easily accessible. Camera button does occasionally get pressed accidentally but you can turn off the option for it to 'wake' the phone. Music playback is clear and crisp. Video playback is silky smooth.
Only hardware feature that I feel slightly let down by its absence is wireless charging but overall no complaints. Would have been nice to have either greater storage on-board or the option to utilise a Micro SD card but again, not a massive issue.
Overall, great combination of excellent hardware and - for me - by far the best mobile OS around makes the 8X a winning combination for work [and for play!]
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 5 out of 5Â by Lon3Wo1f HTC 8X â€“ Iconic looks in a fantastic phone
What can I say about the 8X to do it justice? I have the California Blue 8X and it stands out so much among the mostly black crowd of phones that I catch people looking at it to try and see what I'm using. The shape feels great in my hand and with a 1280x720 resolution 4.3â€� screen it has more than enough screen for anything youâ€™d want to do on a phone from games, short videos, viewing photos or even actual phone functions like sending text messages.
The screen itself is vibrant with colours showing through sharply and with images full of detail. The matching HTC tile set adds an impression that the colour is flowing from the case throughout the phone and is a nice touch. Unlike a lot of phones recently the 8X includes a physical camera button. Itâ€™s a Windows Phone 8 standard but HTC have given the camera button, volume rocker, power button and camera lens surround a splash of colour that further adds to the one colour look.
The cameras on the phone are very good with sharp detail, good colour balance and contrast throughout. The main camera is 8MP and while there are 13MP cameras coming out on phones any digital photographer will tell you that a quality 8MP photo is better than an average 13MP photo. A special mention has to go to the front facing camera due to it being 2MP and using an extra wide angle lens allowing you to do video chats in 1080p. HTC showcased it using the #HTCGoesFullFrontal Twitter campaign and itâ€™s great for group photos or even putting yourself in a picture with a memorable background.
Audio quality is great with Beats Audio mode adding depth to music when using a wired headset. Some may not like it but personally I think it adds a little extra punch to music and listening to music without it now feels strange. If you use the phoneâ€™s speaker you canâ€™t use Beats Audio but sound is still pretty good with no distortion occurring at louder volumes.
The internal hardware is very good with a dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait CPU from Qualcomm which is a top performing chip in any phone. Itâ€™s coupled with 1GB RAM and in use Iâ€™ve never noticed it slow down and lag or stutter as I have with other phones I've used. Storage is a choice of 8GB or 16GB with no expandable storage option. It may be a deal breaker to some but itâ€™s more than enough for my needs. The battery, too, is non-removable but more than adequate for a dayâ€™s use or more at 1800mAh.
Overall I absolutely love the phone and it powers through any task I have for it without breaking a sweat.
January 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by CraigFish A joy to own
I have had my California Blue 8x for a couple of months now and I have to say, it is a fantastic device. It looks great, is very aesthetically pleasing to the eye and to the hand, it is just the right dimensions for me, the screen spills off the edges and the tactile grippy finish adds to the pleasing feel of the front. The rear of the 8X is just as pleasing with its thin, curved edges. HTC as usual have paid attention to the details and have nailed it yet again.
The 8X is really smooth on the inside, the dual core innards are really zippy and it doesn't lag whatsoever. WP8 does take a little getting used to but once I had readjusted from Android it was a refreshing change and a pleasure to use.
The battery, once bedded in easily lasts me all day long and more, standby life is phenomenal too. HTC's use of Beats Audio means that their phones in recent times have sounded great thru headphones, well, the 8X has a dual amplifier on board and music thru the phones speaker has to be heard to be believed, I haven't experienced anything like it, the volume is really impressive and with headphones it sounds divine too.
My favourite part of any smartphone is the camera and the 8x has two. The rear 8mp is great (it is missing Panorama and Burst mode but I think they will arrive in a future update) but the real winner here is the 2.1mp wide angle front facing camera (88degrees no less) I am so impressed with it in fact that I am doing a photo a day project (along with some friends) where we use the front camera to do a self shot for the whole of 2013...
All in all a great handset and I am really glad that I choose the 8x. I am positive you will love it too :)
January 31, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 Great Design
The first thing you notice about this phone is its looks, it is so very different, the texture the shape all flow into one, Then the under the hood is great, very fast fluid and buttery smooth it is a phone you want to hand around to show off. The display is probably one of the best I have seen. The blacks ARE black , great contrast and colour it really complements out the windows os . Though I have seen some complaints about the camera I don't really expect my phone to be as good as my dedicated camera, and I have to say I have no complaints. the sound quality is very good across a wide range of music. Overall this is a very good phone verging on the excellent when it comes down to design and build quality. This is a phone that is about being an individual.
January 31, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by jdpjamesp A wonderful piece of design
I've had my HTC 8X for around a month now. As a bit of background, I came from a HTC Wildfire S, so I have HTC in my blood. I also thought I had Android in my blood, even if it was an old version, but the opportunity arose to get an 8X and so I thought I'd give it a try.
When the phone arrived I first noticed that it was very nicely packaged in a compact white box. Whilst this doesn't have an impact on the future use of the phone, it gives a good first impression of a sleek and well designed piece of kit. The phone was snugly packaged up inside the box with a screen protector expounding some of the phone's best features. There was also a very neat looking key to open the SIM tray. All in all it's a very smart package that makes you want to get the phone on charge as soon as possible.
I loved the look of the phone too. the sharp corners and the cushioned back make the phone look super-slim. The black slab of glass on the front oozes class and the way the blue polycarbonate sticks through the screen to form the front speaker is a thing of beauty.
Once I had the phone charged and some apps loaded I was immediately impressed at the speed and fluidity of the device. You might expect that coming from a Wildfire previously, but this was very very good. In fact, on testing against a friend's Samsung S3, we found the 8X loads apps quicker and looks smoother when working.
Longer Term Impressions
One of the first thing I notice about using the phone in public is that I keep getting asked what phone it is. People really love the blue colour, the thin look of it and the general design.
I love the sound quality with Beats Audio on. The quality does depend a bit on what headphones you are using. I tried some cheap ones and it was awful, but when I plug in my Bose IE2 buds the sound really comes alive.
A lot of people criticise the availability of apps in the store, but I have found a decent offering for almost everything I need, and plenty that I don't but have still installed.
I love the fact that I can completely customise my home screen with the tiles. I can get all the things I need at the top of the screen for quick fire access, as well as easy visual cues (such as the wife's birthday is next week!) to keep me out of trouble.
I have heard from other 8X users that the soft touch coating on the corners of the device tends to start to flake quite quickly. I have therefore purchased a case for the phone (HTC Doubleshot if you're interested), but that does make the phone very slightly chunkier looking which is a real shame.
I am not completely satisfied with Windows Phone 8, but that's not HTC's fault at all and so doesn't belong in this review.
It's a little disappointing that the Global GSM version of this phone doesn't have LTE capabilities. I gather that some devices in the states do (depending on carrier), so it's a shame it's not built in as standard on all devices.
This is a cracking piece of kit. A lot of people will shy away from it because it's not Android, but I reckon those people are really missing out. WP8 is quite simplistic, yes, but there's time for Microsoft to deal with that, and in the meantime you are getting a top notch phone that looks nice, does the job, sounds great, and will make you the envy of anyone with a grain of design consciousness in their DNA!
February 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by ste1164 Fantastic phone recommend to anyone!
This is a great phone by HTC, the best windows phone. The main feature about the phone is its design. The colours and shape is so different. Many people have asked about the device because they are curious of what it is. The screen is also fantastic, one of the best in mobile. Whilst there aren't as many apps as android or iOS there are plenty of alternatives. The phone is extremely smooth, quick and the battery life will last a day easily. The camera takes fantastic photos any time and is quick so you can catch those special moments. The front facing camera is wide angle so if you want any portrait shots with friends you can capture them all. Beats in the phone improves the sound quality when listening to headphones, it is even better than the iPhones! If you want to use the external speaker that has been given a boost with the built in amp so you can increase the volume without distortion.
February 1, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by kalougri Enjoying my first foray into the windows phone world
I have not used a windows phone since owning my first android device, a G1. I had lost faith in the platform after so much unreliability with it.
I have had my brand new windows phone 8x now a good few weeks and spent a while getting to know the features and how it all works. I've managed to transition mostly really easily from android to windows phone. Some things needed a little research, such as adding my multiple Google calendars but have managed to get it all set up as I like it. I don't find it as customizable as my android device but it's perfectly fine and does what I need it to do. I can do most of the things I'm used to with android, social networking, web browsing, kindle reading, emailing etc easily. Battery life is great, easily lasts a day and a half with regular use which is a welcome change from a lot of smartphones out there.
The biggest wow for me has been the camera. Such great quality pictures coming from this phone. The app itself is simple to use and has a few settings you can play around with
It's a lovely size and the design and colour are really striking (i have California blue)
All in all I'm very impressed by how much windows phone has improved in the last few years. It's a completely different experience, simple and easy to use and seems fairly reliable!
February 2, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by paulnadams Quality and Beauty combined in a handset
This has got to be one of the most beautifully designed phones I have held in my hand.
At first I thought the colour might be a big garish (Atlantic Blue) but it looks so stylish that as soon as I opened the box, my fears went away.
Also, for a 4.3" phone, it really looks and feels incredibly compact and has a very smale profile in the pocket or in the hand...I love how this handset looks and feels.
Battery life is very good on this phone (once again, better than I expected it to be) and, though I am still not completely in love with Windows Phone as an operation system (though this is without a doubt, the BEST it has ever been), the HTC 8X would easily be my recommendation to anybody wanting to get away from IOS and try something fresh, innovative and new.
Top marks to HTC for design and quality - as always
February 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by fotis fast, thin and beautiful!
So where do we start? Take this: wide angle front facing camera! Can't understand why nobody though of this before. but of course, thats because only a brilliant company like HTC can re-invent the front facing cameras! Cant describe how useful this renovation is, especially because a big part of the pictures i take with my phone are taken using the front facing camera.
From a design prospective the phone is slick, thing and elegant. looks really well built and very fashionable, out of the ordinary. I know up until now everybody was buying black and white smartphones but this little phone adds some colour to your life!
The material used in the back gives you a good grab on the phone, a feeling that the phone is secure in your hands and you can use it without being too careful not to drop it. The slightly curved glass in the front is shiny and makes a good match with the display, which its bright and has very good viewing angles.
Battery life is at least surprising! having at least 4 different smartphones in the last 3 years i can say that HTC 8X has the longest lasting battery. with medium use you can easily make 2 days of use, where on my previous smartphone I wouldn't get a full day.
Conclusion: Really nice piece of hardware, well build, and well designed.
February 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by megct Fantastic design and camera
I think the top two features of this phone are its design and its camera. The front facing camera is absolutely fantastic and rivals some of the main cameras I've had on phones in recent years. You can take some stunning photos with the back camera too, and view them on the incredible screen. The design is sleek and elegant and receives many compliments. I have the blue design and it really stands out from the boring black and silver phones on the market.
February 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by dodgylegs Stunning Phone. Iconic Design. Beautiful Tech.
I've not reviewed on here before but felt the need to in regard to the HTC 8X. It's simply stunning.
I'm blown away with the 8X. The biggest decision for me was whether to cross platform to Windows 8 as I have been an Android boy since day one. I'm also a huge fan of HTC phones so the decision to stay with HTC for this device was a given.
Apple and Samsung may lead the way in sales, but for me, HTC's product design and build quality is and always has been unparalleled. SECOND TO NONE. No one and nothing come close.
And this is where the 8X has blown me away. It just looks and feels stunning in the hand. I bought the California Blue model because it made a nice change from Black/Grey/White handsets. It's also a gorgeous looking shade of Blue, one where no photo does it justice. It's a real head turner.
But it really does feel like a premium/luxury product. And that is why I adore HTC.
So to the phone's features. Well Windows 8 has impressed me - and there's more and more apps in the store each day. And more developers are committing to the platform too.
The Camera is awesome. One of the best, if not, THE best I've known. It's certainly as good as the one on my One X handset. The front-facing camera is the best I've seen on any phone I've ever owned. Actually shocked at how good it is.
I work in music and have been impressed by the Beats Audio integration on HTC handsets and it again sounds great on the 8X. It's a nice touch, especially if you have a good pair of headphones too.
The Live Windows tiles are great and the interface is easy to get the hang of in minutes. AsÂ said previously, more and more apps are being added all the time which is great.
This handset is a real stunner. I just wish all smartphone manufactures had the real eye for detail and care into the materials and build quality as HTC have because the 8X is a stunning piece of kit. From a design point of view, I think this will prove to be an iconic design product for HTC because if all future handsets feel and look as good as the 8X then this will be a huge turning point for HTC. The company I love.
February 4, 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 5 out of 5Â by RohRoh Amazing
The best phone that I have ever used. It is fresh it's new its sleek. The software is a change to ( what now is boring) ios and android. Love the durability as I have a history of breaking phones. The camera is amazing and I love the social site integration with facebook twitter etc. I also love live tiles. It means I no longer miss birthdays and the calendar shows up on my front screen. I like having my mail in 3 separate tiles and it's great they all have slightly different symbols. It's also good as I had no problems setting up my 4 email accounts wher as on the other softwares it was always a pain . What can I say, if you ask me it's the best phone on the market
February 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by GandalfGreyhelm Windows Phone Comes Of Age
Windows is the world's ubiquitous OS - as far as PC's are concerned - yet a relatively small player in the world of mobile communication. Much of this is due, I feel, to the relatively meager specifications demanded by Microsoft for their phones. With the release of Windows Phone 8 that has changed dramatically - and for the better.
The HTC 8X is a fantastic example of what is now available for those users who either want a new experience, a (slightly) less walled garden, or a a simpler way of communicating.
HTC have delivered this opportunity in a package which at least equals their Android offerings in a variety of ways.
The construction is of a premium quality - both the form factor and the materials involved result in a aesthetically pleasing experience - one of the few phones you will often just hold so as to look at it.
Internally, whilst limited by Microsoft's specifications, both the screen and CPU combine to deliver a smooth and "hitch-free" experience whilst browsing or multi-tasking - the screen being especially pleasing to the eye.
Sound quality is outstanding - especially with high-rate MP3s - whilst video runs smoothly without lag.
The only points of concern would be the rather awkward power button (though the addition of a dedicated camera button is much appreciated) and the wanton pleasure the rubberized coating takes in picking up marks.
On the subject of the camera - I found the quality to be slightly less than other offering by HTC - but the addition of a wide angle lens allows for great, more group-friendly, shots.
In conclusion, the HTC 8X is a fantastic phone - and whatever your feeling about your preferred OS - the actual phone is a pleasure to use and well worth a try.
February 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by TomKelly Excellent choice for Windows Phone
Having used the 8X for around a month now I have to say I am nothing but impressed by this device. It looks and feels like no other phone out there.
If you're thinking of grabbing a Windows Phone handset then this is the one to have. The feel and texture of the device just makes it feel so good in the hand. It's the first device I've had where I haven't wanted to go straight out and buy a protective cover for it. With its gorilla glass screen, I haven't needed to either!
For me, my phone has to be right up there as an entertainment device and this doesn't dissapoint. From the superb cameras, both front and back, to the beats audio the 8X delivers on every level.
February 5, 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 isitasexyfox Simply stunning!
Every once and a while a phone will come along and leave you speechless due to its design, this is one of them.
The phone is just a beauty to behold, never before have I had people stop me and ask what I was holding! Amazing build quality and a stunning screen make this a keeper.
I have the California Blue version and every time pull it out of my pocket it puts a smile on my face. It is a SOLID phone with an amazing camera and OS, I urge you to try this out. It is a decision you shall not regret.
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 3 out of 5Â by Demo Apps really disappointing
Cannot even get BBCiplayer which i understood was available to any device. BBC say no plans to develop either, cannot get sky as you cannot load adobe flash player so a lot of your games are rubbish too. Why have Microsoft put there name forward when nothing that resembles the computer works???
February 12, 2013