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
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