Rated 4 out of 5 It's actually not that bad :O
In all honesty, it' a pretty good phone. I only got it recently in white, i would have preferred yellow but they didn't have it. Otherwise, i think the overall look is remarkable however the apps aren't all that. I do like that fact it is a windows phone and that does make life easier and i will carry on buying windows phone because it just suits my lifestyle (especially when i use outllook a lot). Despite that, the only thing is that Samsung phones in a way does beat windows phone but i think that's only because i bought the 8S, if it was 8X i think i would be considering what i am saying. Seriously, if you're looking for a decent priced windows phone buy the HTC 8S, it's worth it! :D
November 16, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5Â by floyd88 poor, nothing works and wont connect with pc
very confusing phone to use compared to an android. htc is very sloppy build quality and for the past 2 months my phone does not allow me to use the camera/internet or many other basic features. The phone will not even connect to a pc or let me do a reset!! stay away and buy a sony!!
August 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by rocker1234 OWsome
Great phone with an owsome price!!! superb games !!! perfectly owsome
July 2, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Rythf Love the sleek design, but.....
Had this phone for less than a week and it has hanged on me 4 times. I didn't install much apps, just the usual whatsapp and map apps. The only way out of getting out of the hanged format was to turn it off and on again, while it is being charged.
Its so frustrating. I love the windows features but, seriously, I didn;t have much memory space to play with.
Could that be why it hanged a lot?
February 17, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5Â by Weihonglim 4Gb memory is not enough
HTC WINDOWS PHONE 8s , htc only built in 4gb it's not enough for apps . The memory card can only store pictures , music only . It's so disappointing .
The things I like is the screen .. It's very nice , and the keyboard too. .
May 28, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 Pretty Horrible
I join the others to say that the memory is not enough. When i got the phone, there was less than 1 GB memory left. I am very careful in what apps i put in. when i delete an app, the memory does not seem to increase. I use an SD card or all my stuff, only OS and apps on the phone, and there isnt enough space. In addition, I used the My M1 service to extract my usage info, and this phone would give me only data usage and not phone or sms usage. I overused the phone and had a big bill. All you need is one bill like that, and you would be better off with a phone that does not have these hangups. Windows 8 is also proving to be a huge disappointment. I will not get another windows phone and I will not get another HTC. Both the phone and the OS are horrible. The battery has to be charged every day. It is very slow when connecting to social media. It is a windows phone but the google search is faster and better than bing, go figure that one out.
September 17, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5Â by Reuben101 Apps unable to save to S.D card.
Relatively good phone except for the fact that you cannot save apps to your s.d card. The phone storage is only 4 gigabytes, and when 2 of those four are taken up by the operating system it leaves barely any space for apps. Much better buying an iPhone or a samsung galaxy
September 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Muffinman Incredible device
The htc 8s is an amazing phone and is complemented well by the amazing windows 8 os.
Firstly the design, there is not a nice looking phone on the market FACT. The phone feels comfortable in your hand thanks to the curved back and it's screen size is perfect for you to be able to use the phone one handed. The phone itself is also very light.
By sticking with windows, HTC have really achieved their goal of making a phone personal to you. I love being able to access all my social feeds in one place by using the people app, and also being able to make groups for those that matter most to me. My only dissapointment here would be that the os is quite large and only leaves you with about 1.3gb internal storage.
The 8s display is rich and clear and although there are much better screens out there, the 8s still does a fantastic job.
The camera is a bit of a let down but in all honesty how many people can actually say they use their camera that often? For just catching the occasional hilarious moment or other memory you want to keep the 5mp camera will be fine.
Of course beats audio is a fantastic addition to the phone and in future if I decide to spend some money on a decent pair of headphones beats will be the only ones for me!! Regardless the music is still crisp and clear without them.
Overall I'm hugely impressed with HTC. For months I was debating whether or not to make the switch, but now I'm glad I did. I've got a phone that suits my lifestyle and you should too!
February 19, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5Â by home2barry 4GB memory space is not enough
the 4GB memory on the Windows Phone 8S by HTC, is very disappointing and is clearly not enough for the users. You can expend your memory using a microSD card only to save photos, music and videos. But NOT apps. The Windows Phone 8 operating system takes up more than half the memory, leaving about 1.5GB for apps.
I would recommend not getting this phone.
December 21, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Linafaux Not a bad phone at all, but depend on you're needs.
Reactive, Windows os is the best. Informations on a look so great. Long efficient battery if you dont have to use 4 g all the time. Size and the back touch is perfect for me (like a rubber plastic).
I give a good quote for the price. Usage i do with it, is prepaid phone.
If you are looking on memory for apps(games and you need a lot) pass you're way. But most winows apps are low on memory because it is based on updates.
The worst i see? he dont have compass. To look on the stars is not perfect. I have to do it manualy.
For most apliance, if you use it as a phone for prepaid. You will have a great phone. Good fealings, light, fast to charge and a windows very nice os.
Dont forget to protect the beauty screen, It is a gorilla glass, but to keep it for a while better to keep it as a new when you prepaid for two years.
I like windows 8 os. Faster than iphone 4. More sight on what happen instantly.
April 1, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Happyannie Excellent phone
This is a lovely phone and suits my needs perfectly. I would imagine if you are a big apps/internet user then you might want to try a different phone. However, texting is what I use the most and the facility to enlarge the font is a great asset. Had to phone HTC customer support recently and the agent was excellent. He solved my issue and I would have no hesitation contacting again.
March 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by RiceKrisp1n A masterpiece of a smartphone.
I love my HTC 8s. Its cool, colorful design; the fantastic Beats audio, The big screen, indestructible build quality, the high quality 5MP camera, the nice HTC apps and the SD card compatibility. I chose this phone because I use my mobile as an MP3 player and the music on this is highly impressive. I love the new Windows Phone 8 OS. Very functional, beautiful, and intelligent. The only thing I would change is the internal memory size which does get eaten by the "Other" section but this is a windows problem.
Overall this phone meets and exceeds my needs and I am thoroughly satisfied!
April 16, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5Â by Savvyshopper I should have listened to the reviews!
Having gone from an Andriod HTC to this Windows 8 phone I thought I would see many improvements I would not miss my old android. How wrong I was. I have waited before writing the review, however I just do not like this phone or the operating system. This phone seems such a backward step on so many levels I would not know where to start. If you want games, make calls text etc then I would suggest a different phone. This phone looks good and has good call quality. Even the music with Beats Audio is a letdown. Not sure what the purpose of the phone is, but I dont think i will last 2 years on my current contract. My old HTC is already being charged..........
January 19, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5Â by Meh500 Good htc bad software.
Htc's effort on the hardware of this phone is great. However the 'other' section under the phones storage constantly grows an grows for no apparent reason. Without installing any extra apps etc it grows until it fills your phone. People are upset their having to reset their phone often.
February 18, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5Â by paigekenny RUBBISHH!!
Very disappointed with the phone, NO DECENT APPs... camera isnt even good the quality is s*** so their advertising is false... wish i had stuck with me samsung galaxy now will have to pay out more money for one that is good and has an up to date market like apple and android!!!
February 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by hydra phenomenal.
absolutely fantastic windows phone. all apps take at least a mb so don't worry about the memory.
February 20, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Antonia a bit disappointed but equally happy.
Ever since I saw this phone I knew I wanted it, then I read all the reviews and how disappointing the hone actually is but then I got it for myself and I realised I'd made the right choice by ignoring the reviews and just buying it anyway.
I was impressed by nearly everything on the phone, it's easy to use and it looks great, I'm really into music but was really disappointed when I seen it didn't have volume adjustment, I was so shocked at the fact that you had to keep your music at one volume, but apart form that I was happy I bought the phone.
June 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by benvarga1995 Great Windows Phone Phone 8
This Phone is great for everyday use.I switched from an iPhone 4s because I got bored of it and also it didn't looked as good as this Htc 8s.
The good bits
-camera is great event if it is only 5mega pixel
-It looks modern
-feels great in hand
-very easy to use
-operating system is easy to use
-it freezes sometimes
-it picks up finger prints very easy
-The apps are not as good as on ios and Android
I would recomend this phone every day of the year,I'm very happy with it!!!
March 22, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5Â by sogoy step up from windows 6 & 7 but step down from android phone
ok i liked this phone but when i start using it i was dissapointed but let me start with the pro first
1- nice design
3-the touch option -step up from windows 6 -
4- the alarm work while the phone in silent mood - it was problem in windows 6-
5-you can add your Google account and sync all your contact
1-no front camera
2-you dont have the variety of apps offered by apple store or google store
3-internal memory only 4gb and you cant move apps to sd card
4-you need to add the ringtones to the main memory using windows phone app if you need to add your own ringtones
5-i added some ebook but also you cant use them unless they are on the main memory
5-you can only use sd card ro store music and video and photos
6-compass direction is not supported
it can show you where you are but the direction your heading to
7-the alarm sound is low
8-the sound in general is low specially ringing volume
March 29, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by JamesMartin Best phone I've had to Date
Brilliant Phone, but battery only lasts for a decent amount of time if you keep wifi, bluetooth, data roaming etc off. when you switch them on, the battery downgrades even on standby. Overall, very pleased!! :)
October 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by editor So much better than the iPhone
This is such a clean and nice interface. The battery is lasting up to 6 days which compared to my iPhone is just superb. At first I got annoyed by the simplicity of windows, now I love it. Nice phone, great feel and works as a phone which is significant if you have owned an iPhone.
April 23, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5Â by DavidC Inadequate specs for the Windows 8 OS
Physically this phone is great it looks good, nice size and weight and generally it is easy to use.
However, HTC have equipped it with inadequate internal memory (4GB) to make it extremely annoying. I do not have the need for many apps, indeed my phone settings show I have only installed 115.73MB worth of apps - yet the phone does not have enough free memory to install the Updates to the operating system.
A massive 2.02 GB is used for the operating system and 1.17GB for the mysterious 'Other' - with no way of deleting anything from this 'Other' section. As it stands I am unable to apply updates to the operating system as the phone does not have enough free space. So say goodbye to new features, improvements, security updates, etc. I don't know who is ultimately to blame - Microsoft for this 'Other' storage issue and not allowing apps (or the 'Other' storage) to be moved to the SD card (my SD card has 14.54GB free!!) or HTC for producing a phone with such woefully inadequate storage.
The Windows Phone 8 operating system is great, this phone is not equipped to keep it updated, ultimately the small memory means I regret buying this phone and I think you probably will too.
May 15, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5Â by Michael123 A Disappointment
This is my third HTC phone. I had owned HTC Cruise and HTC HD2 before. I was extremely happy with both of them. My parents gave me this smartphone as a gift because my HD2 broke down.
Unfortunately, I must say I am disappointed with HTC 8S. It's completely different from what I had expected it to be. The phone itself isn't bad. For instance, its design is beautiful. The screen is quite good as well. However, Windows Phone is a letdown -- and that's putting it mildly. There aren't many useful applications for this operating system. And many of those that are available cannot be downloaded because the phone doesn't have enough free storage. The primary problem is that Windows Phone doesn't allow users to save application data to SD card. Therefore, I can't find any decent application for turn-by-turn GPS navigation, for example. The same problem is with several foreign language dictionaries which contain pronunciation files.
I believe Microsoft goes down the path I can no longer follow. That is why I've decided to sell this phone after only two since I received it. I suppose it's my last HTC phone, too. I'm not keen on buying a phone with Android, so I have only one option left.
Overall, I would recommend this product to anyone who doesn't need much from their smartphone. That is, if you want a good-looking gadget for making calls, texting, listening to the music, and browsing the Internet -- then go for HTC 8S. I'm sure you'll be happy with it.
July 17, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5Â by hankay stick to android phones
i recently swopped to htc window 8s phone, well what can i say the phone is awful. I gave up a htc desire hd for this phone and i really wish i hadn't, It has no storage space for anything and you can't transfer any files to sd card, don't get this phone.
August 16, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5Â by SKID JUNK
WHAT A LOAD OF JUNK WONT CHARGE HAD AS UPGRADE
REMOVED FROM BOX PUT ON CHARGE BUT DID NOT WORK
GOING BACK TO SHOP FOR DIFFERENT PHONE
March 20, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 A good all round phone but far from perfect
Windows phone 8 is very nice to use and with Skydrive, I am able to sync all my computer documents with my phone and even edit them with the built in microsoft office.
My only problem with the phone is the apps; the store is not as well stocked as other operating systems stores and then when you do download them you can't store them, the phone only comes with 4gb internal memory and then when you do put in an external memory card you are unable to store apps on it which is a bit of a letdown really.
January 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Bucca Possibly the best phone i've had yet.
For an average of Â£200, I believe this phone is very cheap in relation to what you receive. If you find this wasn't the phone for you, or you can find faults in the phone, you should have put your hand in your wallet and dug a little deeper. You get what you pay for. I, on the other and have gone from a HTC Wildfire, to the HTC 8s. An astronomical difference in software, and design. Being a designer myself, I have to have the exterior as supreme as the interior. In other words, i like to have a good looking phone. Not only does the mobile make a statement, but the shape makes it comfortable, and also makes it appear thinner than what it really is. I love the built in battery idea. - no more problems with the back of the phone constantly clicking off.
The one and only issue i had with this phone, was that it is supposed to be durable, with gorilla glass. I dropped mine 3 days in, from a approximate height of 20 centimeters. Smashed. Luckily i have insurance. Think i was the first person in the world to break a HTC 8s.
January 27, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Siii Excellent phone for the money
I'm not sure how many apps other people want to install but I have no problem with the storage space and the SD card slot works well once you realise you must leave the phone on when inserting/removing.
The camera is a bit disappointing as there is a long delay (5 seconds) to take the photo after pressing the button.
March 9, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5Â by DutchX2 If only
If only you hadn't introduced the very flawed idea of just including 4GB or memory. I assumed that the expansion slot would resolve this but the software doesn't allow apps to run from the SD card nor can you move the cache folder (also known as "other) to the SD card.
The only way to clear the cache is by doing a hard reset with all associated work such as backing up and restoring from back up only to find that start screen doesn't get backed up and so have to start organising that again... I just had to do that as the 1.15GB "other" took up meant couldn't do the OS upgrade :-(
All-in-all, a simple upgrade took me hours to complete!!!!!
This makes the phone unworkable for any normal smart-phone use that is not very technical! If I was I would have bought an Android...
Unless using solely for calls and texting - DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE!!!!!!
March 26, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5Â by Scaroni '...could have been a great phone'
One of the best looking Windows 8 Phone's on the market. Easy to use, not ridiculously sized and light enough to operate one handed, without feeling like it'll shatter into a million pieces should you accidentally drop it.
Whilst I never base the purchase of a phone on it's style, it would have been nicer to have a range of colours more widely available and not have to go with the standard blue, however, this is the least of my problems.
There are major issues that Microsoft and HTC need to address, such as the 'other' storage issue that eats up your entire phone space for no apparent reason. You can delete all your pictures, videos, internet history and your endless angry bird 'new star wars edition' apps, yet this will still make no real difference.
You cannot install apps onto an SD card and you need at least 10MB to carry out a software update which Microsoft and HTC are still working on to fix the problems. The thing that may tip some of you over the edge is the 5 megapixel camera and it's lack of instamatic haze, particularly for hipsters who want new age fun, with a vintage feel.
All in all, it is more of a 'could have been a great phone', there's a lot of things to love about this Windows phone, especially given its price range but disappointingly this beautiful phone is let down behind the brains of the operation.
June 3, 2013