Rated 5 out of 5Â by mugetsu666 HTC Shines Again
This is a great all around phone. I was kinda worried about coming from an android phone, but the ability to have most of the android capibilities on a Windows phone. i had all my music and email accounts from my android phone and could find most apps for the 8x as I did on my android phone. The camera has great quaility and plenty of apps for that too. It's got a 1.5ghz dual processor that makes playing games and surfing the web smooth and fluid. I would recommend this phone to anybody looking for the cutting edge in Windows 8 phone
Pros: 4g, long battery life, music, volume level, touch screen, easy to use, great camera, processor, WiFi, memory, durable, keyboard, GPS, fun games, large screen, great web browsing, great for texting, useful apps, speakerphone
February 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by sbeecee Design that puts apple and android phones to shame
I've been using my 8X for several weeks now and I continue to be impressed with its design every time that I pick it up.
I've had a couple android phones and a windows phone in the past, but the 8X just seems years ahead of those and even my friends' iphone 5 and galaxy s3 phones. The apple and android phones out on the market right now just feel like big boxy volvos compared to this buttery smooth, svelte 8X. It may seem strange that the 8X feels so much better in the hand than other phones even though its dimensions are right in line with all the top smartphones, but here's why:
(1) The grippy back of the phone is tapered which may seem trivial, but it makes the phone feel tight and look razor-thin.
(2) The glass flows right into the housing to the point that you can't feel the seam where the glass stops and the housing starts. I love this.
(3) The combination of the grippy back and the gorilla glass 2 screen means you don't need a case. I don't care how thin other smartphones claim to be. Their exterior housings always look pretty, but also like magnets for scratches and slip-out-of-your-pocket crashes and cracks. As such, those other smartphones are only as thin as their dimensions ADDED TO the dimensions of the after-market cases you put on to protect them.
The third point bears repeating. I've become less interested in after-market cases over the years, but the 8X convinced me to not buy one, at all. The back is grippy enough that I don't feel the need to buy a rubbery case to prevent it from slipping out of my pocket. Additionally, it seems like every case I've ever bought ends up being a false promise. You want to buy a case to protect your phone, but unless you pop it off every night to clean out lint (which will lead to early case failure) that same lint and dust in your pocket builds up over time and rubs the finish off your phone- the very finish you were trying to protect! Using the 8X without a case feels so right.
The only possible gripes I've heard about the design are the right-angled corners (which could feel pointy if you insist on holding your phone with a death-grip; they feel fine to me) and the rounded back (which makes the phone rock back and forth if you lay it down on a desk to type a lot; I hold the phone in my hand and don't see why you'd type otherwise.)
The display is excellent. Sure, the pixel density is higher than the iphone5 or the galaxysiii, but the combination of microsoft's typography choices and the display are just fantastic.
The camera is as good as my point and shoot and the wide-angle front facing camera is a nice bonus when you can't find a friendly stranger to take a quick family photo.
There's not much to say about the processor. It's on par with all the other smartphones out there and when combined with the windows phone OS, there's not much I can throw at it to cause an error. Wifi connectivity is great and the phone finds and holds connections better than my previous phones.
The nearly-flush and color-matched power, volume, and shutter buttons are a nice touch and work great. The speaker and headphone are quality, though I'm no audiophile so the beats integration is lost on me.
The battery life is excellent, though I've found this to be the case with most windows phones. I just don't even think about plugging in until right before bedtime. I vividly recall unplugging my android phone, taking it to work, plugging it in all day, and then barely being able to make it through chores around the house without its battery level circling the drain.
My only complaints about the phone are the lack of an FM radio and microSD card slot. I would love to be able to take the onboard 16GB of memory up to 80GB with a card, but even with a bunch of photos, a good collection of music and, a long roster of podcasts constantly stacking up, I still have 5GB free. FM radio can be solved with apps like TuneIn, but I rarely use it, so FM is more of a nice-to-have than a need-to-have for me.
Buy it in one of the great colors they offer it in and be the envy of your friends.
February 8, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by GGHTC Not surprised, HTC has done it again
To be completely honest, I've always loved HTC phones. They are always sleek and awesomely perfect powerhouses that no only take a beating but don't age. The battery life far exceeded my expectations while both the front facing and rear camera out performed other phone cameras I've owned. The 8X is superbly fast and chock full of nifty features that will help aid in productivity.
February 9, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by kdhfup HTC 8x Verizon
I recently switched to the HTC 8x after using the Nokia Lumia 822 for three months and I am impressed. The 8x has a strong antenna so dropped calls are rear. Speaker quality is apparent during calls or when listening to music. The camera takes excellent pictures and has a powerful flash for night pictures.
Pros: Excellent call and music quality, powerful camera, attentive phone features, and light/sleek design.
Cons: HTC does not focus enough attention on apps, no external memory, and low battery life.
HTC sacrificed battery life and memory to produce a slim and light phone. I worry about the phones ability to operate for two years with only 16GB of memory. The next iteration of this phone must have a longer lasting battery and external storage capabilities.
Despite these limitations, the HTC 8x is a worthwhile investment.
February 10, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by LucianV HTC 8x A New Experience
Working for a carrier of the 8x and using Android for years now I decided to break the mold and try something different. While it has taken some getting used to, the HTC 8x is a nice change. The Camera quality is impressive, quick and crisp. Easy upload of your pics to the web in any social media. The keyboard is or seems to be more responsive than other phones. Video on the phone is exceptional, I love watching home videos and YouTube on the phone. I'm all about testing phones and seeing what they're capable of and multitasking is no problem with this phone. NOW, all that being said, a somewhat frustrating drawback that doesn't seem to have a fix is the apparant bug in the music player. Perhaps not ALL 8x phones but a good majority, No matter what program you use to play music will auto play when plugging or unplugging the phone from a wall charger, car charger or placing and unplacing on a charging mat. I've tested this and it seems to be a bug between the music player and the phones bluetooth. If bluetooth is off it does not happen. But when bluetooth is on, it happens everytime! Hopefully HTC will come up with a fix soon as this is a Great phone. Thanks HTC!
February 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by theFuturepresident High end funtionality meets high end style and they have a baby.
Okay finally its time. I have had this phone for about a week and I am absolutely in love with it. Windows Phone OS on this phone feels rock solid but smooth as silk. It is lacking heavily in the app department but if you appreciate epic pieces of hardware then it'll be worth the wait for Windows to catch up. Its battery is great but I feel a slightly longer lasting battery would make this The Holy Grail of smartphones but it will get you through a day or so easy. The lack of expandable storage is a pain but the SkyDrive is very easy to use. Just be sure to be strategic about when and how you use it if you must b mindful with data. The screen is the closest you get to a Retina display without getting the iPhone. All in all, this phone is amazing and really has the potential to help raise the WP8 OS to new heights outside what Nokia has done for the brand. Keep doing what you're doing Windows/HTC!!!
February 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Jukey Beautiful and Solid Phone
First of all, you've probably never held a Smart Phone that feels this good in your hands. It was designed to fit perfectly in the human hand and the build quality is great. The color selection is fun, and my California Blue gets a lot of compliments when people see it.
One of my favorite features of the phone is the wide-angle front-facing camera. I've never liked using front facing cameras before, because pictures are always way to close in. The camera on this phone gets everything in the picture, and picture quality is wonderful.
My phone has 16GB of storage, and it is going to be plenty, not worried about filling it up at all.
With all the tech that is loaded into this phone, it is surprisingly light, and even though the battery life, screen, and processor are all better than my last phone, it is much lighter. When I first started using it, I had to get used to the fact that my phone was in my pocket, even though it didn't feel like it.
Screen quality is one of the best you can find, with a very high resolution, great color, and bright enough to use outside during the daytime.
February 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by anakin78z Feels amazing
The best thing, hands down, about this phone is the feel of it in your hand. HTC has done an amazing job getting just the right finish on it, and this thin and slender phone feels amazing when you hold it. I also really like that it comes in color, rather than the same old grey and white (I have the blue).
It's a solid performer and WP8 runs very well on it. I had some issues with audio cutting out, though that may have been the Audible app. The cameras are good, but not great. They perform excellent in outdoor lighting, but low light photos don't tend to come out great. The front facing camera has a neat feature: wide angle. This is a really great idea and something that will likely find its way to every other smartphone in the future. It just makes sense... when skyping or taking a picture of yourself and your friends, you just get a lot more in the picture.
Overall I like this phone a lot more than I thought I might, and I guess that says it all.
February 16, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by fyiguy HTC 8X - full hidden Extras
I am a huge fan of HTC products, they not only take aesthetics in mind when designing a phone, but also functionality and the 8X follows that honorable tradition. I have owned many HTC phones in the past since they OEMed for other manufacturers and their quality is the reason I keep going back to an HTC branded device and the quality found in the 8X is no exception. I had originally opted to go with a NOKIA 810 on T-Mobile, but due to the lack of memory only 8GB (while the 8X doubles that at 16MB), sub-par cameras in the front and rear. I went with the 8X, which is decision I don't regret. The only thing missing is wireless charging, which only comes on the 8X on Verizon (hopefully all future phones will have this great feature). The 8X surpasses my experience with the 810 in many ways mainly memory and camera. I can install all my apps with out fear of widdling down space to make my essentials fit. The cameras on the 8X blows the 810 away the front facing camera has nice wide angle and shoots well for a low resolution front facing camera so you can fit in all your friends and family in self shots even in low light. The rear facing camera is super fast and takes pictures quickly.(on the 810 it would pause and hunt to focus and sometimes required a pre-flash to go off to take a picture, which was generally too late and very frustrating). The camera takes very nice shots and the added WP8 lenses and software enhance the photo taking and sharing experience. There is no lag in taking shots with the 8X and I am very pleased with the cameras.
The look, the feel and design of the 8X is superior as well. The soft touch finish and bold color really stand out when you first look and pickup the device and grabs a good amount of attention as well as making it easy to find. When holding it you can feel how the curved back molds to the curvature of your hand. The way the glass of the screen ends smoothly with the side edges makes swiping a true pleasure and adds to the user experience instead of hitting a bezel on the edge. The size is also thin and light that you hardly notice in your pocket.
The 4G radio is fast(with rumors of an LTE upgrade coming) in coverage areas and doesn't tax too much on the battery which for me lasts all day and will even squeak by into the next if I forget to charge it over night.
NFC works well, but is limited by the OS. It would be nice if an NFC tag and headphones were included in the box.
Since there are no headphones you will have to supply your own. If you have some fairly decent headphones/earbuds they will benefit from the built in chip-amplified audio courtesy of Beats Audio, which turns on when headphones are connected saving on battery life. The sound quality is definitely enhanced over other phones I have used when compared side by side with the same track. Great for an audiophile.
Great integration with the Windows Phone 8 software. The elongated screen makes the Windows Home/Start screen an overall better experience with Live Tiles. Location based search makes finding places of interest easy and seemless. I really like the integration of local deals found by Bing and Microsoft Wallet. Apps are slowly coming to the platform, but again slow is the key word. Developers aren't jumping to WP first, so make sure all your key apps are there before jumping aboard. There are enough third party apps to fill some of the gaps.
Navigation can be done via several apps including free turn by turn by NOKIA Drive + Beta, gMaps, Garmin, Navigon, etc. Warm up time is pretty quick depending on your surroundings and weather, but it is fairly quick and consistent.
If you are a gamer (XBOX especially) there is XBOX Live integration with achievements, smartglass,etc. Games seem to load quickly and the GPU doesn't have any lag when playing graphic intensive games.
Speech recognition works great (pressing and holding the windows key) in launching apps as well as for search, making calls, and texting. Third party apps like Ask Ziggy enhances this even more.
Video viewing is good either streaming via various apps or playing transferred video. The large wide screen looks good. I think the NOKIA 810 has better color reproduction and their dark filter makes blacks look better and its AMOLED display looks better outside than the 8x, but the 8x is still readable outdoors.
Music playback is very nice via the built-in music player formerly Zune Music now called Xbox Music, works well with Bing search for identifying songs and adding to your phone if you opt for the Xbox Music Pass. There are also several other streaming options available via Slacker,TuneIn Radio, Spotify, and soon an official Pandora app(third party one are already in existence), as well as many other options.
Transferring music,videos, and pictures is done via Windows Phone desktop software or Windows Media Player, I actually liked the older Zune desktop experience better.
There is no DNLA software like there is on their Android and older Windows Phone 7.X phones.
Like all HTC devices the microUSB connector is backwards so finding third party charging docks and accessories is hard unless you can take it apart and modify yourself.
Overall it is a great phone. Would love to have wireless charging and microSD slot for added storage, but so fare it works very well.
February 16, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by misfit0313 Beautiful Phone, Best Windows 8 Phone Available
First to start off this is a beautiful phone, the California Blue finish is amazing. The phone fits perfectly in my hand and it feels like a piece a jewelry, almost a fashion accessory. I am a die hard android fan, but Windows 8 is a nice change in pace. The cameras take great pictures, better than any camera in any other mobile device. The display adds to the beauty of the device, being crystal clear and images sharp.
February 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by htcfanone A Masterpiece
I was honestly blown away by this phone. Focusing only on hardware aspects, the camera is by far one of the best in the market at the moment. The front camera is a game changer. Build quality is great and the finish on the phone feels great. Audio output it also better than most devices. If you are looking for a windows phone, you found your calling.
February 18, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 excellent if not for one major issue
I love this phone especially the way it is made with an almost symbiotic relationship between it and windows phone 8. The only major draw back is the 16GB. It needs a minimum of 32GB hopefully the next version,of this phone will have better options. One last little niggle is the camera which occasionally is a bit off,in its saturation and flash reproduction. Other than these two minor issues the phone is fast , beautiful and does what it needs to do.
March 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Julesx Simplicity at it's best
Easy to use, good battery life, lovely design, easy to hold, and so good features, but the Windows Store could do with some more content. Also a Red Eye reduction app specificaly for the phone as the store apps are useless.
March 1, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by smathill362 good phone overall
I've only had the phone for a month or so now and i am very pleased with it. Although the lack of popular apps is a nuisance but the apps which you can get are very good and very high quality. The texture of the unibody design is very nice and the large screen is very clear and sharp, even if the black's are not pitch black. The camera is good but it takes a while for the autofocus to wake up and do its thing but the picture quality is very clear, much like the amazing beats audio. The buttons could be a little more raised out of the surface of the body as it can be very hard to find and push them sometimes. It could be a little more htc themed rather than just windows all the way. A good phone overall.
March 2, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Rivera121983 I Hate The Lack Of Apps
I love this phone. It's design is sleek and stylish. I love the fact that is runs so smooth and very fast. The only problem is the lack of apps. Before this phone I had the Samsung Galaxy S II, and I loved it. It had a ton of applications really worth the time and money. The apps on this windows phone can only be purchased through the HTC Store which is limited. I love this phone and the rest of its features but it really needs to step up and challenge itself or get some app advice from google play.
March 4, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by dewayudhi093 Surprisingly Great!! Quite easy to use
Just got it 2 weeks ago. Its a beautiful device, sleek design, just in the right size, feels very good in my palm, very, very smooth OS (appl*'s iOS was the smoothest until I tried this) worth every penny I've spend. Quite satisfied by far.
There are only some issues that I found like the lack of apps, typing issue especially about the blocking and lacks of editing features and I think its not as updatable as nok*a' Lumia as they keep updating apps and things and even make their own apps. Just wish HTC could give updates more often
March 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Oliver Excellent Phone
I've had the HTC 8X since launch and so I feel fairly qualified by now in reviewing it. Make no mistake about it, this is a high end phone without the high end price tag. I love the feel and weight of it (even though it's now in a case!# and it looks like the best phone I've seen, if I'm honest.
The specs are good but don't need to be the highest to run the very impressive WP8 software that it comes with. It is apparently very slick on every device it runs on, but that's not to say a good processor isn't a good thing. I can hardly fault this phone for ease of use, and its touchscreen is responsive and smooth to navigate with. App selection is decent, with some real quality apps in amongst comparatively few waste of time apps that rival platforms seem to have. Messaging and email is implemented very well, although there are a couple of bugs with messaging #FB Chat doesn't show as 'mobile' like other devices so people always think I'm on my PC, and you can't send offline FB messages#.
The keyboard is excellent and this is partly thanks to the ideal screen size of 4.3".
The front facing camera is also impressive but I'm not a massive user of cameras on my phone.
Battery life far exceeds my previous phone's offering #HTC 7 Mozart# but apparently could be better according to other people's more experienced views.
Finally, bundled productivity apps like Office and Skydrive are excellent, with the option of third party apps as well.
This is a complete phone for pretty much anyone. It's about time it gets the recognition it deserves.
March 15, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5Â by joenazy not as good as att rep told me it was
My 3g was almost as fast, very poor reception not att's fault we have very good reception in this area, inside a store, Kmart WalMart etc. Slow on dialing out, never had that trouble with my LG or Samsung I only took a chance on this HTC because LG and Samsung didn't have win8.
March 15, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5Â by LakersFAN Not a good phone
I had this phone for about 3 months now, and I'm getting drop calls, the quality of the calls are poor and most of the times when I make a call, people can't hear me but I could hear them. I wish I could exchange my phone. The battery life is poor. Not a satisfied customer.
March 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by starchaos First phone and it's awesome!
So this Verizon guy talked me into getting this phone and I'm glad he did, this might be my first phone but I assure you I know a lot about the technology from growing up on video games and computers.
This phone has a pretty fast CPU and it has enough RAM to really go all out, I haven't had even the slightest hiccup loading or running multiple games and apps.
This phone feels really durable and it's comfortable in my hand. I read up on gorilla glass and decided for a screen protector but after a month of use I haven't noticed one single scratch outside the protection of it. God help the screen protector itself but the phone is as shiny as it was when it came out of the box.
I don't know jack about audio equipment, and I have never tried any products made by monster but I leave the beats setting on, it gives my music more punch and sparkle.
I also have noticed that the phone speaker can get pretty loud and doesn't seem to distort.
The battery life is ok I guess, just look for some battery saver videos for this OS, there is a lot of settings that you can disable to save power. I can get about 7-8 hours, more if I'm working.
The rest of the phone is pretty much Windows 8, which I'm a fan of. I think with a touchscreen enabled device it's very fast, user friendly and sleek.
My only gripe is the app availability but within just one month I have seen some great apps cross over and I'm sure this being Microsoft and all, that the other apps will follow.
That's about it, if I forgot something that's tough just take my word for it and get the phone. SimCity just got done downloading and I'm going to see for myself how awesome always online DRM is. :)
March 20, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Rasul Excellent Experience
I wanted to try something other than Android for a change and HTC 8X with Windows 8 provided a great experience. It has the all the applications I was using with Android and has a right screen size. I think the battery doesnt last as long as I would have liked, but it is a great phone overall.
April 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Catsf Beautiful phone
I have to say this is one of the most beautiful phones I've seen. Especially without a case on, people stop me all of time and ask about the phone. The build quality if fantastic. The phone screen is bright, vibrant, and it feels great in your hand. I think the 4.3 inch screen is the sweet spot for me. It's comfortable to hold but still big enough of a screen to for video, games, etc.
The performance is very good. The response is smooth. It's very fast, and Verizon LTE works great.
I'm a big fan of windows phone OS. It's so efficient and clean. The Apps are coming along nicely and Nokia made it's two most important apps available for the HTC 8x, Nokia Drive (turn by turn directions) and Nokia Transport (public transportation directions).
A couple small gripes. The buttons are very flushed so they are not the easiest things to push. Finally the sound is a bit off sometimes. It seems to have some trouble when I use apps like audible and then use the phone getting the volume reset correctly. Probably a software bug of some sort. It doesn't happen often and it can be fixed with a reset of the phone but it's kind of an odd bug.
Overall, very happy with the phone. Just a gorgeous efficient phone from hardware to software.
April 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Steffanie LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!
I absolutely love my phone. It's intuitive, feels nice to the touch, responsive, quick and it has great battery life. Very pleased.
April 12, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by APRykhus Very reliable device, lots more features and multitasking
Two negatives:1-No FM Radio Tuner, 2-replaced SIMM
April 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Emeriss Great Phone With Mature OS
Windows Phone has come a long way and definitly shows with this phone. This slick design makes it feel lighter and thinner then it really is. Office, music, and any media are fluid with easy access from your other devices using skydrive. Over all a 9 out of ten the only con being unable to expand memory for those music lovers.
April 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by coffeeeeman great phone
This is an easy yet powerful phone. I am able to do a wide range of functions with little to know effort. No manual truly needed for this phone
April 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by bluesorrow the perfect phone
This be my third windows phone i had... my first windows 8. This phone feels so perfect in your hand. Very easy to use and very personal. The cameral is amazing. And im extremly impressed by the front camera.. when they said wide camera they ment that :) but yes i recomend this phone and also a very good all around solid windows phone
April 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by htc8x good phone
Good phone, needs better battery and more content.
April 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by worshipgurL Simply Personal . . .
First I'd like 2 say that this is my second run with an HTC, I had the Surround the first time around. And I'm not a foreigner when it comes to cell phones; I've carried one since Metro Mobile was one of the only cell phone carriers and I had a transportable phone in 1993. So, I feel adequate when it comes to writing a review and I can say this about the new Windows 8X: love it, love it, love it! Absolutely!! There are so many things I love about this phone, and everyday I finding something new! And I'm using it for absolutely everything. Nice job HTC. . .I am enjoying my new windows phone!
April 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by kickapow Best phone ever made
Every time I use this awesome phone it gives me excellent wifi and its connected
May 1, 2013