Rated 5 out of 5Â by Andi09 WOW
Having had many phones I made the jump to windows and HTC, and do you know what it was the best thing i did. Even though the OS is still in its infancy everything just works. Everything about the phone is crisp clean and stylish. What is there not to like about the phone, it is powerful has a great camera and Windows 8 works beautifully with the phone.
This is the future
November 22, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5Â by markyd Good, but..
Overall the quality of the phone is good, it is nice and light, the camera takes a decent picture (at night as well as in the day) and the battery life is reasonable for a smartphone.
The only issue is that it reboots randomly (multiple times per day in my case) and I get "SIM Error" errors every now and again (Have to reboot the phone for it to detect the SIM again).
Seems like an issue with WP8 or the HTC 8X firmware as quite a few people have been reporting this issue.
November 22, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by fergal2527 This is an amazing phone
this is the best phone i have ever had and i have had a lot of phones i like the easy of youse and it has a great battery life
November 21, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by gavlar i wont touch another iphone
this is my first htc windows phone n what better way to start a review than with superb phone ive had iPhones for the last few years and never thought i would find another phone that could even get close to it well I HAVE im very impressed with the look feel quality of the touchscreen and not to mention the speed very quick at browsing the htc windows 8x beats the iPhones ive had in most ways it has a much better camera with flash but not as many camera features but its a camera it takes a photo clear and in very good quality ive also found it much quicker at browsing the net and just as easy to use the touchscreen for me is high quality games and apps on this phone are pretty good plenty to choose from but got to admit the iPhones do have more to choose from and thats as bad as it gets but im sure its gonna catch up in the future the only other thing i would say is not enough theme colours to choose from and typical in phone ringtones again though plenty to choose from Ive had great fun re-arranging the tiles size and location to personalise my style and colour to reflect how my day is going red for about to blow a gasket to yellow for happy days n blue for a i cant be bothered mood lol one feature i find brilliant is kids corner where you can let your kids play on your phone and no need to worry about them calling anyone by accident as they cant access the main phone features whilst in kids corner all in all i would recommend this phone to anyone its fantastic will never touch another iPhone it really is everything at once 5/5
November 23, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by maxik012 Excellent phone! As they say it has been made for each of us.
From the first moment I knew that HTC 8X is going to be a star in a smartphone world.Maybe Im not a big fan of technology but Windows 8 looks astonishing.Pictures which I've captured in the store were incredible!Social networking was never so easy.If you wanna be up to date with your friends, news etc. all you have to do is look at your home screen which you can personalize however you want.And obviously Beats Audio... the sound is just amazing.I could talk about 8X for hours but its not the same.You have to explore it by yourself!
November 22, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5Â by romeo8800 very good phone!
Handset ia really good handset, you will not be disappointed!
Really nice finish with the polycarbonate material, nice curve fits well in the palm of your hand and available in several different funky colours.
The screen is very good, what you expect from HTC.
Beats audio as standard; beats amp gives you crystal clear sound through your headphones. Loudspeaker is decent but other windows phones like the lumia 820 and 920 are better for superior volume.
The camera is very good; good resolution and software behind it captures good quality snaps even in low light conditions as it has a very good aperture spec for a phone. High def video is also impressive. Quick capture is faster than most phones. Puts it up against Sony mobile, Sony are always known for there excellent camera phones. Front camera has a wide angle lens allowing wider pictures and good use of Skype, if you want others in the call next to you!
Software with tiles is easy to operate and very smooth; internet browsing is quick; just need more apps! Xbox is a great addition and adds another usp against the likes of PlayStation mobile on Sony. Office on the go is a really nice touch! Less need for carrying a laptop!
Battery is pretty much what you would expect from a smartphone.
Definitely worth going for! Dont go for an iPhone, you will regret it!
November 25, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by 1stRaven Excellent Everyday phone
Just recently purchased one of these as a replacement for a Sony Xperia S and the nightmare that was android. Windows phone is a like a breath of fresh air, being so simple to use.
The HTC 8X allows the operating system to shine, with the great screen and lightweight chassis. The beat audio adds that little extra to your mp3's and when paired with a decent set of headphones, blow even the good Sony Walkman experience out of the water.
Only gripes are the lack of Micro SD on it but no phone has everything these days and the benefits greatly outweigh this downside.
November 25, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Nicola22 A great phone for work and play.
I use the HTC8X phone. It's really got things covered for both work and play. Listening to music on my way to work sounds amazing with the built in Beats audio. Xbox Music allows me to stream music when I'm bored of my current tracks.
The browser is fast, web pages load quickly.
The built in Office Hub means I can edit documents on the train and post to my SkyDrive and then pick them up on my work PC.
I'm a bit of a social butterfly, so having a great camera and a built in way to share photos across Facebook, is fantastic. I also love the Me tile, one easy way to share updates across LinkedIn, FB and Twitter.
More and more 3rd party apps are becoming available everyday. I'm loving the new Natwest app.
February 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Jonesy188 Suprise and delight!
The first thing everyone comments on is how nice the phone feels to hold. The design and materials are lovely.
The OS is simple to navigate and although it takes a bit of time to get used to pinning your apps and playing around with the sizing of the live tiles, very quickly I became addicted to how this helps you to maximise the functionality of the phone.
I mostly use my phone for texts, calls, facebook, twitter and news apps like The Guardian. I particularly like how you can pin certain sections of the app, such as 'Life and Style' to your Start screen, so you can go straight into it, rather than navigating the whole app.
This phone is great, although I feel like I may only be scratching the surface of it's capabilities - I'm looking forward to finding out what else it can offer!
March 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by idlelimey Excellent Handset, Outstanding OS
The 8X delivers in a perfect form factor with durable and high quality finishing. It feels impossibly thin in the hand and materials used are reassuringly grippy.
The screen is very bright and there are no problems reading in direct light. Beats audio gives punchy playback and when coupled with an Xbox Music Pass you will not be left wanting for more music on the device.
Windows Phone 8 is outstanding, a satisfying evolution of Windows Phone 7. For social functions, it cannot be beaten. The app store gets bigger and better every day although you will find that most every app you use is already in the catalogue.
Gaming is unrivalled as new Xbox Live enabled games are added regularly. On the HTC 8X games run smooth and load quickly. The screen comes in to its own again here.
Calls are crisp and clear and messaging is exceptionally well handled.
If you're looking for a high-end phone with simple, get-in get-out software look no further. You've just found it.
March 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by emmski4u great phone
Been used to the i phone and fancied a change love this phone and its live tiles and the slim design perfect for listening to music with built in beats audio
April 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by RichN A stunning phone in a cool package
I really enjoy my HTC 8x. The phone is really well built, in blue at least looks great, and is well sized (not as overly large as other 5"+ Android handsets.
The only drawback I have is that some key apps (BBC iPlayer i'm looking at you) are missing on Windows Phone. Otherwise it is great, especially the nokia maps.
April 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Stonelaughter A cracking phone - you'll love it.
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!
May 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by staff a great camera and an os
i think it has only one disadvantage which is battery life but it deserves 5 stars against it .it made me became a great fan of Microsoft :):)
May 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Bykersac An excellent choice for everything
The overall use is fantastic. Its light weight and well designed. Windows is a breeze to use and the Store is always increasing with new and better apps. I recommend this phone if you are into entertainment.
May 23, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by JMC41 Great Phone
Having changed my phone from the Nokia Lumia 720 (due to problems), HTC was the next choice. The phone does everything that is needed and the audio/camera are brilliant. The only problem encountered is connecting to the local radio station (to listen to live footie matches!) whilst at work. This phone does not pick up FM frequency which is a shame. Although there is an App, there is a considerable LIVE time delay.
The Games App is fab, due to being able to connect with your Xbox. You can see if your kids are still playing on it, even though you've said "No More!"
Overall, I would definitely recommend this phone.
May 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by tituslivius battery life hmmm.....
This phone is the most amazing thing i ever had. In my opinion Samsung and iphone are far from this phone. The only down point is the battery which you get used to. For me it lasts from 7 o'clock to 8 o'clock on heavy/ moderate use so its not that bad. Im not going to repeat what other people have said but this phone is the next generation. In the future if windows solves the battery problem and adds more apps i do not see why this phone should be better than iphone because people are looking for new things but apple is always the same .hope it helps people looking for a amazing phone!
May 25, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by sm1thy07 * * * *
xbox music is a bit pricey and i wish it had adobe flash player and a few more every day apps but they have got better since I brought phone back in november
May 29, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 Not yet ready
In my opinion, Microsoft released this way too early, there is one significant issue effecting all WP8 users, the "other storage" issue, I have no idea what it contains or why it eats up 8.5 GB of space, just gradually getting worse and worse, I have 1 game installed and various other apps, can't download or install anything major as i only have 1 GB of space free now.
This issue has been riding for 8 months now according to other users, I only got my phone in January but I have always had this issue, until they fix the issue I wouldn't get a WP to be honest
June 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by andyl a brilliant phone
I love the design of this phone it feels so good in your hand
the operating system is very good and i love the live tiles and its so easy to post on your social sites
and the group tile is very good to keep in touch with your friends or interasts
i would recommend this phone to anyone
July 8, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5Â by Nathan332 Okay phone but a few problems
This is a great phone, fast and fluid and i would give it a 5/5 but i have had quite a lot of problems with this phone and they are beginning to really annoy me now
these are the following problems i have come across with this phone
- Tends to turn itself off without any warning
- Audio jack has somehow broke and is now useless
- Always getting sim error and no service
- The volume button locks at a certain volume and cannot be changed unless you turn the phone off
- The screen had completely gone at one point which required me to reset the phone
- The memory tends to fill up from absolutely nothing
Overall this phone has been a real pain and has caused me quite a few problems but past all of the negative parts it has also being a brilliant phone to have just make sure you haven't being ripped off with a dodgy model :/
August 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Abid6814 HTC has bought it's A game to the Windows Mobile Platform
The HTC 8X is my first step into the world of Windows after years of being an Android user. I have to start my review by talking about the actual hardware. The 8X is one of the most beautiful handsets I've ever seen. My California Blue model is absolutely gorgeous and is contoured to fit in the hand perfectly. I was surprised at how light the phone is and the quality of the workmanship and finish. With the exception of the sim insert tray the phone is a complete unibody design with drilled in speaker grills on the front and back of the handset.
The screen is stunning, the display is better than the Iphone 5, colours are rich and the darker colours particularly black stand out.
The wide angle front facing camera is definitely a winner, not only is the quality of shots exceptional for a front camera particularly in natural light but the camera captures twice as much as a standard front facing camera making family portraits a breeze. The rear camera is also of a good standard if there is to be a criticism it would be that the camera functionality lacks some of the basic settings available on the HTC One Series handsets. As soon as these are added it will compliment perfectly the high quality rear lense.
The Beats Experience is what you expect but where the 8X really excels is the quality of sound from the phone speakers when you're not using Beats Enabled Headphones. The quality is the best I have heard on a mobile phone.
The phone performs really well in terms of speed, switching between applications and general scrolling. The built in web experience is excellent with the Internet Explorer browser and pages load faster than on my Android devices.
I do miss the lack of a FM radio but I hope this can be rectified in a future software upgrade. The app marketplace is beginning to expand and there are some good apps available but still lacking the choice available on Android or iOS. The Windows People Hub and Live Tiles are a great feature and the operating platform is a lot more user friendly and interesting than alternatives on the market. If you're an Xbox user than the 8X creates some great compelling options to connect up your devices. Microsoft Office functionality is also much welcomed and a feature you will definitely use.
Skydrive integration is brilliant and for the first time ever I am really using cloud storage, its simple, works in the background and requires very little set up.
Battery life has been surprisingly good, the phone gets me through a full day without a need for recharging and I am a fairly heavy user of data and am constantly switching the screen on to use apps. The battery life is definitely better than that on my Android device.
Overall I would definitely recommend the HTC 8X to anyone looking to upgrade. You get a stunning handset which feels great in the hand and is powerful and nippy when you use it. Be prepared for all and sundry to want to handle and play with the device it is definitely a crowd pleaser and easy on the eye!The build quality is better than anything on the market and you get an amazing camera experience especially if you're a heavy user of Skype or Video Calling.
The minor gripes I do have are more software and platform related and easily fixed as more apps come online in the marketplace. The 16gb storage is adequate for my current needs but I do think it would be useful to have the handset available in 32gb and 64gb formats especially as memory is not expandable.
A big thumbs up for the HTC 8X which marks a definite return to form for HTC.
February 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Pacey Iconic!!
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.
February 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by 23Fish 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 :)
February 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by southy Superb phone
I have had this phone for about a month 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!
February 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Ashrit The best Windows phone till date !
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 7, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by jdpjamesp A wonderful piece of design
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.
Sadly there is no MicroSD slot on this phone meaning 16GB is 16GB and thatâ€™s that. Itâ€™s not a massive issue of course, but it is disappointing.
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 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by andy l an outstanding phone
this is an outstanding phone it;s a thing of beauty and its like a old friend in your hands,it fits snugly in your hand.the tiles are very good and easy to use if you want a website on your frontscreen you just pin and a tile appears you can enlarge your tiles to suit you.photo hub is good always changing through your photos that are on your skydrive and the people hubs revolve around all contact pictures,ie /twitter,facebook.the operating system runs as smoothly as butter and its a delight to use htc as excelled in the design and working systems on this beauty,i highly recommend - best phone i have tried this year going to be a favourite
February 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by MikeH A beautifully crafted phone, with immense potential
I received my HTC 8X in blue. The phone looks visually stunning, far better than its 8S counterpart with its two-tone frontage. The phone feels great to hold and the screen is very clear, even in direct sunlight. It is easy to operate, although personally I would prefer the power button to be on the left, and where it is so flush (aesthetics rule on this beast), it sometimes takes two or three attempts to get it to switch on.
I was hoping for great things with the cameras. The front-facing camera certainly is super-wide angle, but I was left wanting on the quality of some shots from the main camera when compared to the HTC One X or even my old Sensation. It just seems a bit off focus sometimes. But I do have a proper camera for any "posh" shots I need to take.
The battery life is phenomenal. The first two charges were as expected, less than a day, then suddenly the battery life shot up and I can easily get almost two days out of a charge if I need and that is with WiFi and Bluetooth enabled.
The phone is very powerful and deals quite happily with jumping from email to web to twitter to Business apps.
I will not comment on the Operating System here, suffice to say the jury is well and truly out after being on Android, but in terms of a beautiful phone for everyday business and personal use, the 8X has not disappointed.
February 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by dodgylegs Stunning Phone. Iconic Design
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.
February 7, 2013