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HTC Windows Phone 8S Review

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Interface and functionality

Windows Phone 8 does a few things extremely well, like social network contacts integration in the People hub, and lock screen notifications, and the HTC 8S takes full advantage. HTC has even provided live lock screen wallpapers for its weather app, for example, so you can have some nicely animated forecasts right upon unlocking the phone.

UI of the HTC Windows Phone 8S - HTC Windows Phone 8S Review
UI of the HTC Windows Phone 8S - HTC Windows Phone 8S Review
UI of the HTC Windows Phone 8S - HTC Windows Phone 8S Review
UI of the HTC Windows Phone 8S - HTC Windows Phone 8S Review

UI of the HTC Windows Phone 8S


The company has also customized the handset a bit from the uniform WP8 look, providing the HTC hub with news, stocks and weather info, which can be pinned on the homescreen as live tiles. The proprietary Connection Setup and Photo Enhancer apps we have on the HTC 8X flagship are present here, too, but not the preloaded utility apps from the 8X, like Flashlight.

The weather app - HTC Windows Phone 8S Review
The HTC hub - HTC Windows Phone 8S Review
HTC Windows Phone 8S Review

The weather app

The HTC hub

 


Processor and Memory

The dual-core 1 GHz Snadragon S4 Plus is a more humble iteration than the S4 we find in the WP8 flagships, but the Windows Phone UI is very frugal, so you don’t notice much difference. We also tried a game like Asphalt 5, which ran fine, despite the Adreno 305 GPU, so it’s a safe bet you won’t feel underpowered with the HTC 8S most of the time.

The RAM situation might make a difference, though, as the 8S comes with 512 MB, which is half of what the bigger WP8 brothers do. Multitasking will thus be more limited, with Windows Phone closing running apps more often, though we checked to see 7-8 snapshots running on average when you long-press the back key. Loading games and apps seemed a bit slower than on the 8X for example, though.

A small complaint is the paltry 4 GB amount of internal memory, which is not enough today by anyone’s standards, but since you get a microSD card slot under the removable bottom panel, plus 7 GB of SkyDrive storage, it’s no biggie.


Internet and connectivity

The IE10 browser on the HTC 8S is as good as always, snappily panning, scrolling and zooming the websites around. Redrawing seemed a bit choppy at times, but all in all, it’s a decent experience.

Web surfing with the HTC Windows Phone 8S - HTC Windows Phone 8S Review
Web surfing with the HTC Windows Phone 8S - HTC Windows Phone 8S Review
Web surfing with the HTC Windows Phone 8S - HTC Windows Phone 8S Review
Web surfing with the HTC Windows Phone 8S - HTC Windows Phone 8S Review

Web surfing with the HTC Windows Phone 8S


The HTC 8S can download data with up to 42.2 Mbps speeds if your HSPA+ network allows it. It features Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and A-GPS radios, too.

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posted on 18 Dec 2012, 09:16 3

1. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2992; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


First of all, the black and white look gives me an Xperia NXT feel (way too much).
And secondly, I'll wait for Lumia 620 :) Better hardware and cheaper if i'm not wrong!!

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 09:45 1

2. Shubham412302 (Posts: 297; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


yes i was even going to comment the same
lumia620 has same specs and cheaper
and even has 4gigs more inbuilt
and lumia 820 is better than tis and has same price

posted on 23 Dec 2012, 05:01

11. Senthilblr (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Dec 2012)


lumia 620 is ok eventhought the design is infrioir . but how you saying lumia 820 is same price. it will be around 27000. so dont distract people with these kind of illogical statistics.

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 11:30

3. iDroid8 (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


Yes and it has front camera too-wonder why HTC didn't put one in this

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 14:36

8. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


that was one of my concerns for this phone...........even though im still using android (and plan on continuing for awhile) i checked the review out on youtube of this phone and thought it was just flat out gorgeous! but remembered that it doesnt have a front facing cam.... :( kinda weird that they did that

but if the lumia 620 is better like you guys say, i just hope its not to damn bulky like the other nokia phones!

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 05:44

14. iDroid8 (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


no its not-surprised me too, there!

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 13:18 1

4. Scorpion (Posts: 69; Member since: 28 Apr 2012)


The design looks alot like SONY Xperia S or P. I'm not for endless lawsuits, but HTC is an innovative company. It's not like them.

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 14:14 2

5. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1043; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


I love the design, not the specs.

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 14:36

7. XperiaUser (unregistered)


this is the best looking WP around at this price ,i will definitely choose 8S over Nokia 620 coz of its design only . :D

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 14:23

6. nando2do (Posts: 53; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)


so, if the pictures are taken from htc they look pale and less of color BUT if is taken from IPHONE then the color is REAL? oh! didnt know that..

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 14:33

9. jimjam (Posts: 232; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)


Should have got an 8 not a 7.5 (nor a 7.8!)

posted on 23 Dec 2012, 00:38

10. TitoP (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Dec 2012)


I can finally upgrade and I really want a 4GLTE phone. Since it looks like Sprint isn't getting any WP8 phones anytime soon, I've been thinking about getting one of these since we have AT&T in New York. I really want to test out these 4G LTE speeds for transmitting my graphics design work.

posted on 24 Dec 2012, 18:12

12. Seanburns (Posts: 4; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


I got one of these from ThreeUk store last week and so far no issues whatsoever with it. It runs fast,no issues with 512 RAM,looks and feels greats well built too. Screen is very nice and can read well outdoors too. Call quality signal is solid. I got blue one and it is nice. HD video seems better than the photos but photos are only decent in sunlight but there is a slight left handside focus blur but nothing cannot live with until maybe an update fixes it. I got it for £179

posted on 25 Dec 2012, 05:36

13. Samsomesh (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


Waiting for lumia 620....

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 08:12

15. Koprivetina (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)


This phone is having some serious issues with sound during calls. I got replacement 3 times, and problem wasn’t resolve. With poor HTC support I was forced to change this phone for Nokia Lumia 610.

posted on 06 Jul 2013, 12:46

16. Apoorvtheman (Posts: 42; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


A cute looking phone I want it!!

posted on 07 Jul 2013, 20:22

17. apple4never (Posts: 889; Member since: 08 May 2013)


i never got in ear headphones with mines :(

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 09:46

18. Katie_Raw_ (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


Love the Windows 8 on it but as the phone, it is shockingly terrible. Because Windows isn't as popular, there isn't as many apps as the Apple or Android. The storage space on it is so bad. The phone it's self takes up over half the storage (and there isn't much on the phone to start off with!) I have no apps, music, video, messages, pictures or anything on my Windows 8S yet it keeps flashing up that i have no storage space left. It won't even update because of 'no storage space'. The camera is alright and the music can be good as well. Well, apart from the fact the phone doesn't allow you to turn up the volume on some of your songs from your memory card. This is only sometimes and to fix it you have to turn your phone off and then back on. The phone can also sometimes freeze, for multiple reasons. The phone, turns off apps while you are using them (for me it was temple run before i deleted it for more space with it didn't create). The battery life is alright, stays on for a full day when using it a lot. The Windows home screen is very useful and i love the tile thing, it is just a shame about the actual phone by htc.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 17:26

19. apple4never (Posts: 889; Member since: 08 May 2013)


had mine for a long while now, no problems like that, and no phone comes wth anything on it before hand other then proprietary stuff

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 06:13

20. Katie_Raw_ (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


I bought mine at the end of March and there has been problem after problem. Sometimes it won't even charge. Mine was new but i don't know, maybe i just got the unlucky phone but that has been my experience with it. It isn't the first time htc haven't used good memory on their phones either.

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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) S-LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8627, Dual core, 1000 MHz, Krait processor
512 MB RAM
Size4.74 x 2.48 x 0.40 inches
(120.5 x 63 x 10.28 mm)
3.99 oz  (113 g)

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