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HTC Windows Phone 8X User Reviews

9.3 Based on 41 Reviews

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Camera9.3/10
Multimedia9/10
Internet9.1/10
Call quality9.3/10
Battery8.8/10
Reception9.2/10
Display9.7/10
Build quality9.7/10
Text input9/10
Everyday usage9.2/10
UI speed9.7/10

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bver100
posted on 14 Feb 2013, 21:09 (Posts: 0; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)

8

Looks great, fun to use, but feels questionable

bver100 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

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!

Build quality 7/10
Reception 8/10
Call quality 8/10
Internet 7/10
Multimedia 8/10
Camera 8/10
UI speed 9/10
Everyday usage 9/10
Text input 8/10
Display 8/10
Battery 8/10

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cleavatron
posted on 14 Feb 2013, 20:35 (Posts: 0; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)

8

Exceptionally designed

cleavatron has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

Love at first sight. When I first encountered the 8X, I knew that this is a phone I just had to have. The form factor is perfect for single handed usage while not compromising the integrity of the display. Speaking of which, is probably one the most brilliant displays HTC has ever produced. The subtly convex glass enhances the transition animation and gave it a pseudo-waterfall effect as if the previous screen is dribbling off the edge. The 8X is truly a showcase of HTC's prowess in hardware design.

Build quality 10/10
Reception 8/10
Call quality 8/10
Internet 8/10
Multimedia 10/10
Camera 8/10
UI speed 10/10
Everyday usage 7/10
Text input 6/10
Display 9/10
Battery 5/10

Pros

  • Beats Audio
  • XBox Live
  • Office 2013 Mobile
  • Wide-angle front Camera

Cons

  • Battery Life

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bayusuputra
posted on 14 Feb 2013, 19:02 (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)

9

Head turner

bayusuputra has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

Design, Build Quality and Ergonomics:
The device is designed to blend with the Live Tiles and HTC has done a very good job doing so. Built quality is superb, there is no light leaks and the screen is perfectly flushed into the chassis, making it very sleek and seamless. The only complain I have is that the volume button can rattle. Ergonomic wise, I can handle the phone well with one hand. The device is cleverly designed with tapered sides, which makes it feel really thin. The lightweight of the phone helps in single handed operations, too. Nothing to complain in terms of shape and weight. The screen size is perfect for me. My only gripe is that the positioning and the flushed power button make it a little hard to operate it. Nothing serious. Camera hardware button is great and has nothing to complain about. Responds very well. Capacitive buttons give a good tactile respond, not vibrating too hard nor too soft.

Display:
Blacks are sufficiently dark. Sunlight legibility is good, if not great. It is sufficiently visible under bright tropical sunlight with medium brightness. Viewing angles, however, suffers if viewed from extreme angles, especially from the corner view. Have to be noted is that, these are really extreme angles, so daily usage will not be affected at all.

Audio:
I am a music lover, and my biggest concern about this phone was the audio quality. I am very accustomed to customisable graphical EQ, which I couldn't find in the WP Store. But, turns out that the standard...  

Build quality 10/10 Polycarbonate body is nice to touch and doesn't feel cheap
Reception 9/10 Sometimes, 3G/HSPA connections got dropped in a confined space. Otherwise it's great
Call quality 9/10 Volume could be louder.
Internet 9/10 Minus Flash, but not so much a disadvantage, page load and rendering is superb.
Multimedia 8/10 Can't play FLAC files!!! and limited format supported, blame Microsoft.
Camera 10/10 Very capable for quick shot without compromising quality.
UI speed 9/10 I must admit, WP8 is margarine smooth. Sorry, Project Butter.
Everyday usage 10/10 It just works. That's it.
Text input 9/10 I really miss a better auto correction keyboard like Swiftkey.
Display 10/10 Viewed head on, it's brilliant. That's it.
Battery 8/10 It could be much better. Should've gone with 2100 mAh, I don't mind another 2mm of waistline. It probably won't make a difference, since it already feels slimmer than the GS3.

Pros

  • Design
  • Ergonomics
  • Ease of use

Cons

  • Ecosystem
  • Media support

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Ljuba
posted on 14 Feb 2013, 16:04 (Posts: 0; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)

10

A work of art that can handle its stuff

Ljuba has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

This is a masterpiece that has to be seen to fully understand the intricacy of the design. A work of art to look at and a pleasure to hold and use. HTC has gone great lengths to perfect the design and the materials used in creating this phone. Under the bonnet hardware is completely matched to the outer design performing even better than the specs would suggest. And than you fire up the camera. From this point on you will forget about your regular point&shoot camera as this phone will make it redundant! Fantastic pics, HD video, great performance. In a nutshell all you could ask for. Everything on this phone is smooth and well balanced, from the design, to the hardware and battery. Everything just simply works. If you're thinking about a Windows phone, think no further!A massive recommendation from me!

Build quality 10/10
Reception 10/10
Call quality 10/10
Internet 10/10
Multimedia 10/10
Camera 10/10
UI speed 10/10
Everyday usage 10/10
Text input 10/10
Display 10/10
Battery 10/10

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JusticeFreedom
posted on 14 Feb 2013, 15:39 (Posts: 0; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)

9

Top Device

JusticeFreedom has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

After 3 weeks of using my HTC 8X (California Blue), i am starting to find my phone more appealing everyday.

You will need to get used to the UI, but it's very intuitive. Even the less experienced users will be having no problems getting around windows phone 8.

The best feature on this phone is the wide angle front camera. It's more clear than any other phone on the market today. Because of the wide angle, it's also no problem to take selca's with a group. The main cam is really sharp and clear, even under dark circumstances.

The buildquality is very good. I couldnt detect any movement or cracks in the housing.
The coating on the back feels very pleasurable and it gives more grip. It wont make you feel like the phone will drop out of your hands. The sides are tapers. This makes the phone feel smaller than it actually is.

the 4,3" screen is very clear despite the 1280x720 resolution.

The only cons are that not all the populair apps we see on android and iOS devices are available on windows phone 8. Although this shouldnt be a reason for you not to buy this device. The most popular apps like facebook, whatsapp etc are available for WP8.

WP8 certainly has potential and i think that MS will be adding more features in the next big updates.

Build quality 8/10
Reception 8/10
Call quality 7/10
Internet 8/10
Multimedia 8/10
Camera 9/10
UI speed 8/10
Everyday usage 9/10
Text input 7/10
Display 8/10
Battery 8/10

Pros

  • Wide-angle frontcam
  • overall feel of the housing
  • size of the deviceq
  • great buildquality

Cons

  • not all apps available at this moment.
  • missing certain features like statusbar.

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apexpredation
posted on 14 Feb 2013, 15:37 (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)

10

Beauty in Simplicity

apexpredation has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

If you are looking for a new device that is packed with functionality and wrapped in style then the HTC 8X is for you. I have been using the 8X for about a month now and I am in love with it. The designers have really out done themselves with this one. I can easily describe the outer style with one word, Smooth. There is not a sharp spot anywhere on this thing, instead, HTC decided to turn every corner into a curve. A great decision I must say. it is comfortable to hold, practically disappears in your pocket, and it is pleasing to the eyes, Especially with all the brilliant color choices.

The screen is crisp and full of rich colors and responds to your touch without any delays. The sound quality is very surprising. Not only does it have Beats audio integrated in it but the headphone port and loud speaker are amplified! This doesn't mean that its just louder but also cleaner sound. The 8X can easily replace you current MP3 player.

The camera, although lacking stock extras like Panorama and HDR which come on other HTC devices, is very capable of capturing those precious moments. The front camera goes where others cannot, with a 88 degree wide angle lens you can get the whole group in the shot along with a highlight of where you are.

Being a Windows Phone, it is all about productivity. The customizable live tiles on the home screen are great, you can get so much information with just one quick glance. The integrated office apps and SkyDrive access makes keeping on top of...  

Build quality 9/10
Reception 10/10
Call quality 10/10
Internet 9/10
Multimedia 9/10
Camera 10/10
UI speed 10/10
Everyday usage 10/10
Text input 10/10
Display 10/10
Battery 10/10

Pros

  • Simple yet Very functional UI
  • Beautiful Screen
  • Fast Processor
  • Great camera

Cons

  • no SD card Slot

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zaxcer
posted on 14 Feb 2013, 12:48 (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)

9

Excellent phone!

zaxcer has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

HTC has done it again. Incredibly fast and powerful device that fits nicely in the hand. To me, 4.3" is perfect size for a smartphone that you can easily use one handed. Beats audio really does enhances the sound.

Build quality 10/10
Reception 10/10
Call quality 9/10
Internet 9/10
Multimedia 9/10
Camera 9/10
UI speed 10/10
Everyday usage 9/10
Text input 9/10
Display 10/10
Battery 8/10

Pros

  • build quality
  • camera
  • sound

Cons

  • small battery

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MrFish
posted on 14 Feb 2013, 11:07 (Posts: 0; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)

10

A joy to own

MrFish has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

I have had my California Blue 8x for a couple of months now and I have to say, it is a fantastic device. It looks great, is very aesthetically pleasing to the eye and to the hand, it is just the right dimensions for me, the screen spills off the edges and the tactile grippy finish adds to the pleasing feel of the front. The rear of the 8X is just as pleasing with its thin, curved edges. HTC as usual have paid attention to the details and have nailed it yet again.
The 8X is really smooth on the inside, the dual core innards are really zippy and it doesn't lag whatsoever. WP8 does take a little getting used to but once I had readjusted from Android it was a refreshing change and a pleasure to use.
The battery, once bedded in easily lasts me all day long and more, standby life is phenomenal too. HTC's use of Beats Audio means that their phones in recent times have sounded great thru headphones, well, the 8X has a dual amplifier on board and music thru the phones speaker has to be heard to be believed, I haven't experienced anything like it, the volume is really impressive and with headphones it sounds divine too.
My favourite part of any smartphone is the camera and the 8x has two. The rear 8mp is great (it is missing Panorama and Burst mode but I think they will arrive in a future update) but the real winner here is the 2.1mp wide angle front facing camera (88degrees no less) I am so impressed with it in fact that I am doing a photo a day project (along with some friends) called...  

Build quality 10/10
Reception 10/10
Call quality 10/10
Internet 10/10
Multimedia 10/10
Camera 10/10
UI speed 10/10
Everyday usage 10/10
Text input 10/10
Display 10/10
Battery 10/10

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techman001
posted on 14 Feb 2013, 09:56 (Posts: 4; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)

10

Refreshing Smartphone Experience

techman001 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

The HTC WP8X provides a welcomed unique experience in a sea of smartphones that are seemingly all the same.

The Hardware itself is thin and light, easy to use with one hand and fits in a shirt or pants pocket.

The screen is bright, reproduces colors accurately and likewise sharp. The screen has a higher PPI then the iphone 5, and you can see the difference when looking at them side by side. The Gorilla glass provides welcomed protection and added durability to the vibrant touch screen.

The HTC design team clearly thought the phone through and aimed to make it a cut above the rest in an increasingly crowded market. The color accents give it that extra personal and unique look.

The audio is above average. No static, and voices are crystal clear. The speakerphone is plenty loud. Call quality and reception was at the top of it’s class and I did not suffer any dropouts. It does not support wifi calling yet, though that is a minor nuisance.
The operating system is where this phone really shines above the others. The iphone’s iOS has become stale and boring. Little has changed in the years since it’s inception and is frequently playing catchup to android os and now windows phone os. The windows phone takes the phone os to the next level. Instead of boring rows of icons, it uses live tiles that provide instant information and you can launch the app directly from it.

WP8 is also a master of pulling information. The people hub links with facebook, twitter, my Exchange and LinkedIn...  

Build quality 10/10
Reception 10/10
Call quality 10/10
Internet 10/10
Multimedia 10/10
Camera 9/10
UI speed 10/10
Everyday usage 10/10
Text input 10/10
Display 10/10
Battery 9/10

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MrJonPace
posted on 14 Feb 2013, 09:24 (Posts: 0; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)

9

Iconic Design

MrJonPace has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

The only way you can start a review of this phone, is to talk about how well designed it is. It looks are sleek, its curves are beautiful and I can honestly see every new smartphone on the market in the next 24 months taking some inspiration from it. I’ve had the phone nearly two months now and it always draws admiring glances.

Apart from the phones glamorous looks, it also packs a hefty punch underneath. The first thing you will notice is the display is very clear and I enjoy looking at the Internet more on the 8X than I do on my HTC One X despite the screen being smaller, the touchscreen also responds to every touch well.

Although the WP8 music system is not the best I have seen on a phone, the sound quality on the phone is very high quality, especially through the loudspeaker which I use a lot to entertain my daughter!

HTC have also looked hard at the front camera on the phone, something which almost seems like an afterthought on many smartphones, in an age where we seem to be taking more pictures of ourselves with friends (admit it, we’ve all done it, or at least seen them on Facebook!) it is good to see phone designers thinking of how we use a phone. The clarity you get from the front facing camera is like nothing I have seen, this is also true of what you can fit into the pictures I guess due to the wide angle lens. (My current record was taking a group picture of 10 of us in a pub!)

The tradition reverse camera is adequate, although I do have a few concerns over...  

Build quality 10/10
Reception 9/10
Call quality 9/10
Internet 9/10
Multimedia 9/10
Camera 9/10
UI speed 10/10
Everyday usage 8/10
Text input 7/10
Display 10/10
Battery 9/10

Pros

  • Front Camera
  • Design
  • Display
  • Battery Life

Cons

  • Lack of Apps

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drichter92
posted on 15 Jan 2013, 17:46 (Posts: 0; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)

10

Never going back...ever...

drichter92 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review

I went from an iPhone, then 2 Android phones, and now this one. I found myself perplexed at first. The style, the actions, everything seems so different from iOS or Android. At first I was feeling a little out of place overall. After a day it started to grow on me. The little quirks, lack of apps, and differences where uncomfortable...but at the same time I felt like this was really a phone to be excited about and to give it time. After 3 days the little quirks where worth it 100%. There where tons of the RIGHT apps all the sudden. The simplicity and beauty of the overall phone is just astonishing. I find it strange that some people dislike it but I think it is beautiful, fluid, unique, and modern. The apps are less common but the more users the more the Store keeps growing. The actual apps I have noticed are almost all far more dynamic and exciting than their counterparts on other OSs. I keep seeing people freak out about not having Google support but it can hold on its own without Google. I would just say try this phone or even just the Windows Phone 8 OS in general...it can only get better and for being an early adopter you will probably get a lot out of it. They already are giving you perks like a thank you app. I would recommend this 100%
P.S.-The design is striking.
Screen- AMAZING
Camera- Sometimes my shots are crazy good and sometimes not...luckily it is easy to snap several at once.
Battery- Lasts FAR longer than any other phone I have had (I also keep the brightness...  

Build quality 10/10
Reception 9/10
Call quality 9/10
Internet 7/10
Multimedia 9/10
Camera 10/10
UI speed 10/10
Everyday usage 9/10
Text input 9/10
Display 10/10
Battery 10/10

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uneedhelp
posted on 08 Jan 2013, 10:57 (Posts: 19; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)

10

htc 8x

uneedhelp has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

coming from an iphone 4 this is way better.Very fast, Beautiful screen love the wireless charging.It intergrates with window 8 on my p.c very well and just an all over gem.The O.S is missing a few apps but overall the apps on this os are a lot better quality than the rest.

Build quality 10/10
Reception 10/10
Call quality 10/10
Internet 10/10
Multimedia 10/10
Camera 10/10
UI speed 10/10
Everyday usage 10/10
Text input 10/10
Display 10/10
Battery 10/10

Pros

  • Awesome everything

Cons

  • none

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haikallp
posted on 05 Jan 2013, 23:40 (Posts: 69; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

8

HTC 8X in a glance

haikallp has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

Bought the HTC Windows Phone 8X in December 2012. Have to say, for a phone with 4.3" is slighlty bigger than other phones of the same display size. This should not bother most people though. At first glance, the phone is beautiful and looks slimmer than it actually is. It also has a great display, albeit not an AMOLED panel. Battery life seems to be below average and requires a daily charge or sometimes twice a day with heavy usage.

Build quality 8/10
Reception 8/10
Call quality 9/10
Internet 8/10
Multimedia 7/10
Camera 8/10
UI speed 8/10
Everyday usage 8/10
Text input 8/10
Display 8/10
Battery 7/10

Pros

  • Display
  • Design

Cons

  • Below average battery life
  • Limited storage capacity

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PuffQ
posted on 04 Dec 2012, 22:08 (Posts: 0; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)

9

Finally, innovation returns to Redmond and we have a Microsoft contender!!!

PuffQ has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

I am not going to call this an iPhone nor Android “killer” as all devices have their merits. Being in IT, I have had the opportunity to play with them all and I am very glad that Microsoft finally has a phone worth recommending. It is a solid operating system with a great user interface that is very responsive.
It matches feature by feature my last Android and then some. I am very, very impressed with the overall versatility of the phone and its ability to synchronize work email flawlessly, give you xBox and facebook – and did I mention that is all works together so seamlessly?!
I am really pleasantly surprised Microsoft! I honestly believed that my review would have been to bash Microsoft to death again for being so lame, but they actually have a contender here!

Build quality 10/10
Reception 10/10
Call quality 10/10
Internet 8/10
Multimedia 8/10
Camera 7/10
UI speed 10/10
Everyday usage 9/10
Text input 7/10 Really miss swype!!
Display 10/10
Battery 8/10

Pros

  • Usability
  • Responsiveness
  • Feature rich
  • Easy!
  • Solid device.
  • Skype
  • Email functionality flawless!

Cons

  • Needs more storage (expansion slot)
  • App market is "thin" (swype!, nook, huluplus)

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mpulliam123
posted on 04 Dec 2012, 19:31 (Posts: 0; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)

10

So far I am LOVING the HTC 8X

mpulliam123 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

I have had my 8X for a little under a month now and I must say I love it. I was deciding between this and the iPhone 5. I had gotten bored with iOS and how much it hasn't changed. I wanted something new and this was it. On the plus size it is faster, has bigger and better screen resolution, and feels smaller even though it isn't. The bezeled edges make it feel paper thin and also make it not stretch your pocket, you can barely tell it is there. It is heavier than the iPhone 5 but that give it a high quality feel rather than it seeming cheap. The camera is awesome and the front camera is incredible, the best I have ever used or seen. I highly recommend this phone as long as you are willing to adopt a new OS, if you are fine with the iPhone's same ole' same ole' then the faster performance, better screen and better feel may sway you.

Build quality 10/10 Feels solid, soft back grips your hand and weight feels high quality, not cheap
Reception 10/10 Haven't had any problems. Service compared with my sisters iPhone 4 was the same and LTE has been good everywhere it is offered
Call quality 10/10 Haven't had any issues on my end, people say I sound clear
Internet 10/10 Fast internet, pages load quickly and render skipping a step
Multimedia 9/10 Somewhat difficult to learn at first but now that I have used the phone more I am getting use to it
Camera 9/10 Camera is awesome. Focus takes a little longer than I would like but
UI speed 10/10 Launches all app very quickly
Everyday usage 10/10 Incredible battery life
Text input 10/10 Very sensitive and has a great learning system for words
Display 10/10 Better display than iphone 5.
Battery 10/10 Lasts a very long time, even with constant use

Pros

  • Great Sceen
  • Great Battery Life
  • Awesome Cameras
  • Fast Processor
  • 4G LTE
  • Wifi
  • NFC
  • Lightweight
  • Thin
  • Very Responsive

Cons

  • You'll have to learn WP8 (not a con for me but is for some people)

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RightAsRain
posted on 27 Nov 2012, 22:10 (Posts: 0; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)

7

Nice Phone - OS not Ready

RightAsRain has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

I really want Windows Phone 8 to be amazing. I can see for sure now that it will be...some day. It is just NOT ready for prime time. No basic finance apps (Wells Fargo, BoA, etc)...no Spotify...no functional Java client...it is just NOT ready. I am an IT manager and we really want the Microsoft uniform model to work. Windows 8 PCs, Windows 8 Tablets, and Windows 8 Phones. Trust me....that will make life so much easier to manage for our 10,000+ users. The footprint is there...but it needs to be filled in.

But as far as the HTC Windows 8X phone is concerned, this device is nice. Smooth lines, fast features, conveniently placed button and navigation. The battery life is just okay. The BEATS audio feature is cool and the screen is very brilliant. Of course, you can't go wrong with Gorilla Glass either. I like this phone. Just needs a more robust OS to go along with it.

NOTE: Do not expect to replace your iPhone with Windows Phone 8 devices yet. They are just NOT there yet.

Build quality 8/10
Reception 7/10
Call quality 7/10
Internet 5/10
Multimedia 7/10
Camera 8/10
UI speed 10/10
Everyday usage 2/10
Text input 8/10
Display 10/10
Battery 6/10

Pros

  • Nice Phone

Cons

  • Bad Operating System (as of now)

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