Rated 5 out of 5Â by HectorC Best phone I have ever owned !
I love the 8X phone and I love the Windows Phone 8 operating system. I already owned a Windows Phone 7 and I enjoyed using it very much but Windows Phone 8 is a big improvement. The camera is pretty decent and the sound quality is awsome, especially when using earphones with Beats on. I wish HTC will provide some good apps like Nokia and it would be nice if they had more accessories for this phone. Well, you can't have everything but I am very satisfied and I have no problem recommending the Windows Phone 8X to everybody.
January 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Mason Extremely Sexy
it is called a great combination of an OS and a Phone
January 5, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by ClemBeDiddle Excellent Phone
This phone by far is the best phone I have owned. I have owned an iPhone and Samasung Nexus along with a variety of other droid's and blackberry's. IT is easy to use, great reception, battery life and apps. If HTC is listening a couple of quick comments:
1) the power button needs to more pronounced so it is easily used
2) move the volume buttons as there is a tendency to hit the volume buttons while pressing the power button
3) needs a better camera. It cannot auto focus and process pictures in more true to life images quick enough. unfortunately this is the only area where my nexus and iPhone were better.
I love the phone and may never go back to another OS or phone maker again!
January 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by MikeinMo Finally an Iphone replacement
I have for years been one of the Apple freaks that waited in line to get the 3gs then the 4 then the 4s then of course the 5. I am DONE, I played with the HTC 8x and all I can say is OMG, this is the best, fastest and most stable phone I have EVER owned, keep up the good work. Thank you
January 7, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by JaviLean Great Fast Phone!!!!
Awesome phone! Great design and its really slick. The app store is really disappointing.
January 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by JeepIslanderGuyNOLA Sexiest Phone Ever
Bought the Nokia 920 but kept going back to the AT&T store to feel up the 8X and finally succumbed. This is really an amazing phone, perfect for WP8 and has enough of everything to satisfy. I love this phone. Should be called much more than a "phone."
January 18, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Jmendenhall A great phone for beginners.
I have to say the HTC 8x was a pleasant surprise. Whenever I pull it out in a group of people, at least 2 people ask me a question about the phone or want to touch it. It is a great conversation starter.
It is a great phone for people who are diving into the smartphone world (or ditching their blackberries for something new) for the first time. It has all the apps you really want. Throw in the great camera and built in filters(who needs instagram!), you won't feel like you are carrying a device one or two generations behind its competitors.
I only have two complaints about Windows Phone 8. It is lack of native access to cloud music players Google Music and Amazon Cloud, and Bing maps (Turn by Turn and Transit directions please.)
January 29, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by TheFauxGeek New smartphones users should consider the HTC 8X
I would recommend any new smartphone user to try the Windows 8X by HTC because of its ease of use, great camera quality and out-of-the-box design. You can easily create contacts, setup e-mail with a personal signature to brag to your friends about your new smartphone (Sent from my Windows 8X by HTC). The camera quality is amazing considering this is a smartphone and I would say the best I have ever used. You can easily move from tile to tile, pin what's most important to you on your homescreen and, Customize by color and size and download the most popular applications. What I think productivity users will appreciate most is being able to create and edit word docs on the go and then save them in case you decide to finish up at home. The phone comes in so many cool colors, feels great to the touch and can easily fit in a shirt pocket no case required. Lastly for music lovers grab your favorite headphones and enjoy the Beats Audio Technology that allows for an amplified and clear music listening experience.
January 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by ScottS The best HTC I've ever had!
I've owned multiple generations of HTC phones and this is by far the best I have used. I also own a 920 from a competitor and I have to say the HTC 8X is a sweet device. Now that my eyes are getting a bit older, I love the size of the screen and the incredible resolution. The size of the case is the perfect balance to the screen size.
January 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by intensepreacher Windows Phones continue to improve
This is a review of the "Global" version of the HTC 8X.
I would have given the performance a full five stars however the phone takes a while to boot up, other than that the performance is great.
The material used for the back of the phone has a nice texture with good grip, it should be used on all phones.
The sound is very good, especially with the HTC blue took stereo headphones. My one complaint is a lack of a graphic equalizer, however that is not a big deal due to the improvement of the built in audio. I personally prefer having an EQ to adjust so that is one area lacking from the WP 7/WP 7.5.
The screen images are crystal clear and sharp, and the size of the screen is good.
There is still a limit on the availability of apps, such as I Heart Radio does not have an WP8 app yet. The ESPN, Weather Channel, Facebook, and Twitter apps are very good, better than the Android apps. (with the exception of Facebook)
I am pleased that this phone has integrated Windows Live messenger and Facebook Chat into the messaging feature as did the WP 7 and WP7.5, Android phones need that feature.
As with the WP 7 and WP 7.5 contact sync is simple and quick by with signing into Windows Live, Facebook, and Twitter. (duplicates are linked together and appear as a single contact on the phone)
The back facing camera takes wonderful photos. I have not yet used the front facing camera.
Having office on the phone has come in handy in the past as a college student.
I do highly recommend this phone.
January 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by RonR Great Phone
This is a great phone for both someone who is getting his first smartphone, or someone looking for something more simple than Android. When you first pick up the phone you will instantly realize how well it feels in your hand and how well built the phone is. The phone feels like it can survive a beating, and if you are going to be locked into a two year contract you should feel confident that the phone is durable enough to last more than that. One of my favorite thing about this phone is probably the dedicated camera button something that seems to be missing on most high end phones these days. The button feels good to press and is made in a way that it won't press itself in your pocket like other phones with dedicated camera buttons.
January 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by shahroom Great Phone
This phone is a head turner!!! Everything is perfect, I love the quality of the screen and Front facing camera. I wish the power button was in the side instead of the top of the phone... But, it's not a big deal! I recommend this phone...
January 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by sjaywu Well Designed and Captivating
In this review, I'm going to focus as exclusively on the hardware as possible, only venturing into software where HTC's exclusive WP apps are concerned.
This phone first met with complete skepticism from me, a previously very happy TITAN owner. The screen was far smaller and the storage no bigger than the phone I already had. When I finally had a chance to use the device and eventually own it however, that changed entirely.
The design is absolutely impeccable, and what I have come to expect from HTC. Pure machined precision, in comfortable soft touch material, with the curved glass screen sloping to meet the body at the edges. I know the lack of removable batteries is somewhat of a lightning rod issue, but I found the unibody construction of the phone made it feel more solid in my hand and gave me more peace of mind. One issue I did find with this curved glass is that it curves away so sharply that a screen protector is left with a somewhat unsightly line where it's not stuck on all around the edge.
The coloring schemes are quite nice and brilliant, and they give a good sense of personality to the phone, matched by equally vivid tiles when the phone is on.
The cameras on the device are arguably one of the best experiences. The main camera takes great pictures in daylight, and manages in low-light situation with a flash that is very quick, timed well with the relatively quick shutter. I would have liked to see more image stabilization and low-light optimization with regards to white balance and ISO, instead of me having to manually adjust them to try and maximize my shot in dark situations. The front facing camera was very impressive, with the wide angle lens really allowing me to either pack in more friends or get more surrounding scenery in as well. Before you dismiss it as a gimmick, I must say that getting the Capitol in the shot with a few friends around me at the Inauguration wouldn't have been possible if it were not for this phone.
The Beats audio was an interesting addition. Unfortunately, due to Microsoft restrictions on the device, there is no physical amplifier in the phone, rather, just a bunch of software tweaks to make things sound louder and in more surround sound. The speaker's performance is pretty good, but it's placement allows it to be muffled by a surface on accident pretty easily.
Call quality was great all around, with both the earpiece and speaker deliver loud and clear voice, with very little interference, and good results were reported by the other party as well.
The hardware buttons are great except that the power button is a little too far back and recessed and somewhat hard to press.
Battery life is great, and this is where the WP optimizations really show. I am getting a solid full day and a half every day with no signs of slowing down after a few months of solid use. Every day I listen to podcasts for at least 3 hours, with heavy web usage, app usage, and background tasks all day. My day starts at 8 and I end at 9 with about 46% left on average. That's incredible.
Finally, I'll go over HTC's exclusive apps experience. This is one area where the experience stumbles somewhat. They bolstered it on this device by adding an HTC clock tile that delivers the trademark HTC clock in the form of a live tile that adds live weather info and location. Clicking on it takes you to what was previously the HTC hub, which provides stocks, weather and news. All are great experiences, and the HTC hub is my primary source for stocks and weather, but the news experience is lacking compared to a good RSS reader. The exclusive apps are rather sparse, especially when compared to the leader in this aspect, Nokia. HTC not only has a long way to go in making unique apps that differentiate and add value, but also getting exclusive deals on third party apps like Nokia.
Overall, an incredible device that soundly beat my expectations of it, and another proud addition to my HTC collection. I look forward to seeing what their next phone is for WP with great anticipation.
January 31, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by popartist Beauty in Function
The 8X is a beautiful phone - I really like its form and lines. The curved back makes it seem really thin while making the phone very comfortable to hold. The finish on the phone feels very luxurious. The look is bright and bold, but also very classy. I think the 4.3 inch screen size is the perfect balance for viewing without being too unwieldy. The screen itself is quite vivid and bright for an excellent viewing experience. Have absolutely no complaints about the internal hardware either - everything runs smooth and fluid, call and data signal reception is great and the phone audio is very clear. The rear-facing camera, while its features are pretty basic, is perfectly fine for most photos on the go, and the front-facing camera is the best I've seen on a phone. The included HTC features such as photo filters and the weather app just add to the beauty of the phone. If you want a Windows Phone (and there is a lot to recommend it), then I would definitely say get this one - it's the best overall for combining style and function.
January 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by MommyMentor The Windows 8x is a Windows 8 Smartphone Leader!
I have been using the HTC Windows 8x for a few months.
Design-wise, you cannot get much better than the Windows 8x. The profile is streamlined with defined edges and soft material which offers comfort and added safety as your hand naturally hugs the 8x.
I love being able to design a custom home screen. I spent the first month on the hunt for the perfect design and then finally realized that is the beauty of the custom live tiles...they are always perfect because they can match my needs each and every day.
The ultra-wide angle camera is pretty amazing as well and captures an abundant amount of your environment when taking photos, even with the front-facing camera.
The battery has been stellar thus far and can last beyond 24 hours without a charge. With so many phones struggling to meet this challenge, the Windows 8x deserves accolades for accomplishing this in such a light weight design.
The Beats is a clear positive of this phone and stands out when compared to other devices, including iPods and other Droid smartphones.
As an added bonus, I love...love...love how colorful the 8x is! I have the blue with an orange case - so fun!
January 31, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5Â by Nazarius disappointed
Since I used to know that htc has a simple features for common people, i decided to buy this phone. Unfortunately, after a month using this phone, I have to tell you that I am deeply disappointed with this phone. It has no fm transmitter which I needed tin order to hear news every day ( streaming is very expensive and i cannot afford it). Moreover, my office uses a pop up message for its webmail, but since ie10 browser in this phone has no pop up setting to enable or disable it, i cannot open my webmail!!!! To conclude: it is a loss to trust in Microsoft, if we speak about smartphone :(
February 1, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by JayL The Most Portable Windows Phone 8 Device
Based on hardware alone, this is easily the most portable device running Windows Phone 8 on the market. It's only slightly bigger than the HTC 8S but both are remarkably smaller and lighter than other Phone 8 devices without compromising screen size. The front-facing camera has a wider capture angle than other phones and makes it easy to take group pictures. The body is easy to hold and the touch screen is very responsive. The end result is a device that feels solid in your hand and lets you easily see the work you're doing while on the run. It's a fantastic device!
February 1, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by sneakymoose Best smart phone on T-Mobile
I have the T-Mobile version of this phone, in the California Blue color.
This is an outstanding device! The phone looks fantastic and feels fairly good in the hand. It feels solid and high quality. The glass over the display sits slightly proud of the plastic casing. It looks fantastic as the glass is rounded over at all four edges where it meets the case. However, this also means the glass is exposed where it is weakest (its corners and edges) and will likely break if the phone is accidentally dropped onto a driveway or street. So I recommend getting a pouch or protective case for this device. I'm currently using the HTC S650 Slip Pouch -- it was designed for the One X and similar shaped models but it's working great for me with the 8X.
Call quality is excellent and the phone works well with wired headsets. (Bluetooth is also supported but I haven't tried that, yet.) The phone has excellent text to speech and speech recognition features including all the things you'd expect such as having text messages read to you and dictating texts to others, using your voice to make calls or dictate notes into OneNote, etc.
Battery life is ok. I was hoping for better, but I can go about a day on a single charge with low to moderate use of apps, games, and e-mail throughout the day. The battery is not user serviceable.
The Windows Phone 8 operating system on this phone is great. I find it to be much more consistent, reliable, and intuitive than the One S (which uses Android 4.0). Apps open quickly and things always move fluidly. T-Mobile and HTC bundle a bunch of mostly useless (in my opinion) apps with the phone, but the great thing is that you can easily remove each one. And if you decide you want one back later, you just reinstall the app from the store.
This phone includes a very high quality rear camera, but at the moment, HTC's camera software is missing many of the advanced features that they include in the One series of Android phones, such as a burst mode. Hopefully, HTC or third parties will add these capabilities back in soon. The phone also includes a good front facing camera for things like Skype video chats. The front camera on this phone is unique in that its lens has a very wide angle which allows for a much more natural looking environment around you when you're doing a video call or a self-portrait. At arms length, about 3 or 4 adult heads can fit in the frame.
T-Mobile includes Telenav Scout for turn by turn directions. However, it carries a monthly fee and isn't well integrated into the phone (meaning when you see an address in some other app or in a contact, it doesn't offer to open in Scout). Thankfully, you can easily uninstall Scout and pick up a free copy of Nokia's Drive+ software (with NO monthly fees!), which runs great, integrates seamlessly everywhere, has downloadable maps, voice turn by turn navigation, and a fantastic user interface.
For the security minded, the device storage is always encrypted (using BitLocker). You can set a numeric password (of at least 4 digits) for unlocking the screen, and you can separately set a pin for the SIM card if you want to. You decide what information is visible on the lock screen. You control which radios are on/off, so you can for instance turn off the NFC radio. You can remotely erase the find and erase device through the windowsphone.com web site.
If you have children, there is a great feature called Kid's Corner which you can configure to have the apps/games/music/videos of your choice on a special start screen that your kids can access without you needing to unlock the phone.
The Beats Audio feature activates automatically when headphones are plugged in. Or you can disable it if you want to. The audio sounds good with Beats, but as far as I can tell, it's just much louder than when Beats is turned off, and maybe some EQ settings are applied. I definitely preferred the SRS audio that was used on the HTC Radar 4G.
February 1, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by techSage A Well-Designed & Powerful Windows Phone
When you first use the 8X you realized what a nice phone it is and as you keep using it and seeing how well Windows Phone runs on it, you keep finding more and more reasons to like it.
February 2, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Bcheng Looks great, fun to use, but feels questionable
The 8x is a great looking phone - i got the blue one and it's definitely a looker. As it's quite boldly colored, i do get people asking what it is and people really do notice. Screen size is good, and the screen they've used is a nice, bright, high res screen. It's so much better than the low res screens that Windows Phone mandated in the past.
My unit felt a little flimsy sometimes, and I wonder if some of the small things could have been improved with more user testing. The camera button feels wobbly, and sometimes i can't tell if i've hit the detente for autofocus or if it's just that i've tipped it to one side. Some of the other buttons are also not raised too much, and i often find that i hit the power button and the volume buttons because i'm trying to grip and press simultaneously.
However, as a package, it's quite a nice phone, and i enjoy using it. The wide front facing camera is a neat feature as well - though i wish they had put it on the back. I'm not a vain person, i'd rather get the wide angle benefit on my main camera!
February 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Uboogerme 8 X the style.
This phone defines itself with style and productivity. I can't believe the features this phone packs. The fast processor more than keeps up with my lifestyle. Not too many phone manufactures gives you a choice on color. Holding the 8X is natural while texting my friends. Having kids you can get the WHOLE family in the picture with the front facing camera. Videoing comes with ease with the large screen size and the HD recording is brilliant. Also with the Beats Audio your kids sound like they're with you when on a trip or away at the office and Jay-Z sounds like Jay-Z not Jay-Whaaat? The features of the 8X alone changed me from an Android phone to a Windows Phone 8. I can't wait for what HTC can come out with next.
February 2, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by mistahsingh Most Beautiful Phone I've Ever Held/Used
The shining quality of this phone is its build design. Its beautifully constructed with a soft plastic uni-body and feels really natural while held due to its slight curvature. The screen also has a curve to it giving it a very smooth feel when maneuvering from right to left, vice versa. Its ultra thin and with all things considered, its simply gorgeous.
The OS is smooth, but as an android user for multiple years, I can never say I like anything but android. Windows is a very respectable OS and it is useful/practical, but it just doesn't feel familiar or natural to me (I've become accustomed to android). In summary, it does include Office-like applications which is awesome, has a great camera, has good battery life, but simply doesn't give me that customizable uniqueness that android gives you.
However, the drop-dead-gorgeous feel/look of this phone is enough to cope with not being an android phone (although I do have an android as well).
February 2, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by George264 A fantastic phone, dragged by Windows Phone
The HTC 8X has to be one of the best phones that HTC has made. It has all the features of a great phone, but WP8 is really dragging it. The design of the phone is so nice, I can't explain in words how well it fits in the hand and how nice it looks. It literally is a perfect fit for your palm and your fingers just wrap around the phone. When I showed it to my friends, they looked at it at first as just a phone, but I let them hold it, and they said "Holy cow. This is a really nice phone." They grip it and turn it around and look closely and realize that it really is a hidden jewel. It's a very simple look but so nice is a lot of ways. The camera on the phone is also really nice, I've taken some really nice shots with it in the sunset and at parties. Although, as I've said, the software drags it. The front facing camera is really awesome and is really clear, but it lags when I move it around, like it stutters. I'm pretty sure it's a Windows Phone problem, because a HTC One X with the same internals run perfectly fine and smooth. The software isn't all bad though, because it is a Windows Phone, it has a camera button which allows really steady pictures, and an easy to use interface. The start screen are very beautiful tiles which update which is cool when you can see your missed text messages flip through and your email. The web experience and the apps are probably the main problem. It doesn't have many of the apps on Android or iOS/iPhone, and the browser isn't as smooth, fast, or easy to use as let's say the iOS Safari or Android Chrome. That is in no way a fault of HTC though. It is a lack of focus from Microsoft to polish the software more and to get more developers to make let's say an Instagram app or maybe a good Facebook app.
A really important feature of this phone is the display. And let me just say the screen is absolutely beautiful. It is so bright and so colorful, and to just see how nice it is, go on the Youtube site and load a 720p or 1080p movie trailer and you can really enjoy how great it is. Even looking at pictures from Google can show how nice it is. The colors almost pop out at you. When you look at a website, such as The New York TImes, the text is so clear, that you can barely tell there are any pixels at all on the screen that makes up the text. I'd go as far as saying, that in terms of clarity it is better than the Retina Display. In terms of color, it is one of the best. The display definitely gets a 100 out of 10.
Really, this is an amazing phone. It looks great, it feels great, it has great cameras, and a gorgeous screen. Windows Phone has a learning curve and lacks in a lot compared to Android, but it is very nice, and I think with enough time it will be pretty good. Getting this phone now though, you really won't be losing out on much. It has basically all the best features of a good smartphone and you won't regret getting it.
February 3, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by HoJoshua A truly signature Windows Phone.
The 8X is one of the best Windows Phones out there today. Things that I noted during my review are below:
Probably the greatest attribute this device has, above all others, is its design. I have found that when people see the phone, their very first instinct is to touch it, and feel the soft-touch coating that few phones can match. More than just the material design, however, the internal layout of the device makes the device feel very different, and much more even in its weight distribution. The squared-off corners of the body only serve to emphasize the feeling that this device is a physical tile, and the sharp edge of the device makes it feel as if the phone is much thinner than the spec sheet would imply.
Both the external speaker and audio out jacks provide impressive sound quality with low noise, no doubt due to the 2.55V amp.
The screen is great, bar none. HTC has done a great job with a device that has accurate colors and amazing viewing angles, with more than adequate outdoor brightness. However, I did notice that some angles had a tendency to have slight color shift while others did not, most likely the result of the screen technology used. All in all, these were minor issues that did not detract from the experience.
The 2.1MP FFC had quality that really put it on another level. Video chats were no longer a mess of blur. The rear-facing camera was just as great, although the best shots required a steady hand and tap to capture rather than using the camera button, which required much more finesse as the impulse to release the camera button after taking the shot was required, in order to avoid shaking the phone during capture. Sharpness was also great, and general color accuracy and dynamic range was more than great.
Overall, antenna design was on par with other devices, although on the AT&T version it is much more willing to drop down to a lower air interface, ie LTE to 3G, 3G to E, even if the reception was identical. GPS was rock solid and could easily lock on to 13 foot horizontal and vertical accuracy, even when on a flight with no data connection to provide assistance data.
However, while HTC has more than done its job for the hardware, the software falls short. Make no mistake, while I would whole-heartedly recommend this device, power-users of Android devices would likely find themselves constrained, especially when it comes to things like custom ROMs, and obscure apps that are made for niche audiences. For everyone else though, this device is fantastic. The ease with which I was able to delete AT&T's unwelcomed bloatware was a great positive, and the cohesive experience delivered by applications, both third and first party, was great. WP8's browsing experience is flawlessly smooth, as is the entire OS, something that could not be said of Android, no matter what the version. The cohesive color scheme of the whole OS, matched with the color of the phone, really makes for an amazing experience.
In closing, I think HTC has done a great job on the hardware, but Microsoft has a ways to go with their OS. However, for those that want a clean, simple OS, the 8X is quite possibly the best way to show it off. Oh, and the flipclock tile is great.
February 4, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by treadwayj Power Packed
The 8X is a solid phone, with all the specs you would expect. The camera took great photos, and size of the phone is great for one handed operation, and music sounded great.
If you have never used a smartphone I won't take long to pick up how everything works, in fact I let a friend borrow if for a bit and he went and purchased one since it was easy to use.
February 4, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Oafed One of the best Windows Phone 8 devices
Great Windows Phone 8 devices. The hardware (screen resolution, multicore processor, etc...) is this device is now caught up with the industry. To make use of the GPS in the device you will want to download the Nokia Drive+ navigation application. Just a couple recommendations for HTC in the future: I would love to have a removable battery, and an micro SDCard slot. Overall this is a pretty awesome phone.
February 4, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by cwe640 Beautiful-on the inside & on the outside
I have had a number of smartphones, beginning with the iPhone 3G, continuing to the Motorola Droid, before falling in love with HTC (Thunderbolt, Droid Incredible 4G LTE). My latest HTC phone is absolutely beautiful-inside and outside. The 8X is a perfect size; not one of the number of phablets out there, but larger than the original iPhone size. It feels very good in my hands, and the soft rubber on the back gives a good grip. I can't go any further without highlighting my absolutely favorite feature: the camera. This. Camera. Is. Awesome. I've taken a variety of photos, inside and outside, portraits and action. (I have 22-month-old and 5-year-old boys.) The photos are absolutely gorgeous, and they stand up well against my point-and-shoot camera (a Canon Digital Elph).
I think the call quality and sound are very good. I have a relatively low voice, and I oftentimes have people tell me they have a hard time understanding me, particularly on cell phones. On the other hand, the people I spoke with said they could hear me loud and clear.
The only (small) critique I have of the phone is a reflection of the nascent stages of the Windows platform, rather than this particular phone. Coming from multiple Android devices, I had a bit of a learning curve to the Windows platform. The tiles on the homescreen, however, are intuitive and a real joy to use. The unfortunate part is that there just aren't as many apps on that platform... yet. The time will come, because beautiful phones like this are going to draw lots of people, and rightfully so.
February 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by EricJW 8 Times the Greatness with the 8x
If youâ€™re new to the smartphone game or if you just want to change up your experience a bit, you need to look no further than the Windows Phone 8X by HTC. With Windows Phone OS navigating the user experience, users who work with or own a PC at home will feel, well, right at home. Android, iPhone and BlackBerry users will find this refreshing, while first-time smartphone users will find this very welcoming.
One aspect of Android that keeps so many users close to its heart is the ability to customize. As HTC also produces Android phones, they kept that in mind and offered a main customization right out of the box: colored handsets. If you want to keep it basic, they offer black. But for those who want to set their phones apart from the crowd, you can choose from a deep blue, a vibrant red and an electrifying yellow. Once youâ€™ve picked the right device color for your life, you can change the color of the Live Tiles on the home screen as often as you would like.
What are Live Tiles, you ask? Iâ€™m glad you asked! Your â€œStartâ€� screen (the screen that is â€œHomeâ€� on your phone) contains tiles. It can hold as many or as few as you would like. You can pin people to your Start screen and even your favorite games. Practically everything on the phone can be shown on your Start screen.
Other commonly featured tiles are a time/date/weather tile, messaging, mail and phone. But youâ€™re not common, are you? If you donâ€™t use your phone for that whole talking thing very often, then you donâ€™t have to display it. Leave room for what matters most in your life, like your photos.
So why are they called â€œLive Tiles?â€� Live Tiles are â€œliveâ€� because they update. Of course the time, date and weather will keep you up-to-date, but so will the messaging tile to tell you if you have unread messages. Miss a call? Your phone tile (should you choose to display it) will let you know about that, as well.
Want more innovation? Thereâ€™s more innovation with the Windows Phone 8X! If you like to take pictures, then the 8X is definitely a phone to consider. The front-facing camera is equipped with a wide-angle lens that helps you get more in frame. Donâ€™t worry about dim rooms either. With a fast lens on board, the 8X is great in low-light situations, as well.
To bring all of the camera features together, HTC provided its users with an external camera button. Press it once to enter camera mode, press it again to take a picture. With so many people relying on their phones to be their cameras, why not make it something simple?
However, if youâ€™d like more control of the picture, feel free to dive into the vast array of settings available. I personally couldnâ€™t find a situation where the camera didnâ€™t take a great photo.
For those who rely on their phones as a music source, HTC had you in mind, as well. Beats Audio is a wonderful and welcome addition to any and all devices in my mind. Plug in any pair of headphones and quickly notice the difference. I constantly find myself hearing new tones and aspects of songs that Iâ€™ve been listening to for YEARS. And if you watch a movie on the 8X, youâ€™ll find that Beats Audio brings you about as close to a theater experience as youâ€™re going to get when paired with a 4.3â€³ screen.
In short: If youâ€™re looking for a great new phone, then get thee to a Verizon store and pick up an 8X! I definitely recommend it.
February 5, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by knrkquilter Just right
I love my HTC 8X. The case fits nicely in my hands and although the screen is a little big for my stubby fingers, it is not overly so. The touch screen responds smoothly and nicely. And the speed of this device is surprising. The device is extremely responsive and can handle multiple tasks very well. I really like the external button for the camera. Also, the buttons themselves are unobtrusive. You can feel them, even with callused fingers, yet they don't stick so far out that they catch on everything. The camera quality is amazing, both the front facing wide screen and the rear facing hi res. I don't need to use the flash all the time and I get great pictures. The battery could last a little longer. I get about two days worth of low to moderate usage. I was spoiled by my last phone with an extended battery. I do like that you aren't fighting the battery case all the time. It is all sealed in the back and fits very nicely in the hand.
February 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by IM0001 The Best all around Windows Phone 8 device.
After watching the web, seeing the announcement, and drooling over the device in stores, I finally received my very own HTC 8X. The 8X Booted up quickly, got through the setup screens and after popping in a new MicroSIM, the phone was ready to go. Since I already own a Windows Phone, retrieving my contacts was as easy as signing into my Hotmail account on the phone. (Even coming from an android device, just signing into your Gmail account with all your contacts backed up there should be just as easy.)
To start, this is a review about the phone and not the OS. Microsoft has created a fantastic OS and even though they have a few questionable changes (Like removing Bing Voice Nav with the Nokia Drive integration nowhere in sight yet) it still is a fantastic and easy OS to use and live with day to day.
First thing that pops out at you when you get this phone is the color, shape, and feel of the device. The phone feels very solid and thin without feeling too light in the hand. The shape and texture of the body also is pleasant to hold, easy to work with using a single hand, and doesn't have the feeling like it is going to slip from your hand or, if it does, break when it lands due to the solid and rigid construction. Even the screen is curved at the edges and being Gorilla Glass 2, should withstand bumps, scratches, and hopefully the occasional drop if one should happen.
The phone I got was blue and really is pleasing to the eye as well as attractive enough to catch the attention of people around you wondering what phone that is. In todays world of Black or White, it is refreshing to get some other colors from HTC and Nokia that really brings out a bit more personality without looking tacky.
Once you are done ogling the exterior of the phone and you power up that screen, you get a face full of that beautiful Super LCD2 display which is bright and vivid with amazing color and view angle. With the mix of the Blue Accented OS next to the Blue sides of the case around the screen, it just looks excellent (especially if you like the color Blue#. Not only that, but comparing the 720P screen to any past device with a WVGA screen, will make you never want to go back. The OS looks sharp through and through, HD videos look amazing, and pictures show every bit of detail. Text also looks great and makes browsing the web, checking e-mail, viewing a document, or reading a book a pleasurable experience.
Outside of the screen you have the audio component, while the external speaker is capable of a reasonable level of audio, it is what's inside that matters here, and paired with a good pair of headphones, you will get to benefit from the added bonus of the Beats Audio AMP build into the 8X. While on some devices this can be a software only tweak to make the audio sound "better" in certain situations or settings, in this case, the AMP actually does boost the quality and volume of the sound going to your headphones to an amazing degree. Just try it for yourself by turning off the Beats Audio in Settings while listening to music, and then with it on. The different is incredible and no device without the AMP has pushed the volume level as high as this could through the headphones I used #Klipsch S4's#. You definitely would not want to listen with the volume at full blast if you value your hearing. #Where the same worry is non existent without the AMP enabled#.
Now what about the camera? Being that it is one of the highest quality shooters HTC has put on a few of their devices, there should be no surprise that the pictures this 8X can take can be incredible. It is not only great at getting normal light and most low light pictures with good clarity and minimum of blur, but even giving this phone to a few relatives that are known for not taking a stable picture to save their life, it was able to take a picture quick enough to still come out great. Many of the pictures this phone has taken have ended up on Facebook for one person or another as their profile pic or even Profile Background. The camera also can capture great up to 1080P video which records smooth, looks good, and does a good job on adjusting to movement or light without tearing. We captured quite a few action shots snowmobiling and it did a great job capturing depth even with the shadows causing major issues for us humans to see in the powder snow.
The only downside the phone has is the limited onboard storage. 16GB was ample enough about two years ago, but in todays age of recording video in 1080P, taking 8+MP pictures, downloading thousands of music tracks, and installing more than 10 apps #seriously, Windows Phone games can really eat up the memory for some of the big good ones#, 32GB should be the new minimum standard, especially with no expandable storage and this day and age of Limited Data Plans. For most people, this will still not be a problem, but it is a downside that needs to disappear in future devices especially with the price of memory continuing to decrease and shrink in size.
Overall the entire phone pans out to be one of the best Windows Phones available. Not only due to the overall features and build quality, but also because it is available or useable on all carriers except Sprint #Curse your Sprint!# which leads more to follow in the success of the Samsung Galaxy SIII which is giving the user the option of getting the same fantastic phone on the Carrier of their choosing. If Nokia had done this with the 920 instead of sticking with just AT&T, HTC would have a lot more competition on their hands. As it stands the 8X is the perfect device to work with, live with, and enjoy with its ample battery, powerful 1.5Ghz Duel Core Performance, and 1GB Ram memory.
February 6, 2013