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HTC Windows Phone 8X Review

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HTC Windows Phone 8X Review
Introduction:

Out of the woodworks, Microsoft is about to embark in yet another chapter in its mobile platform story. Rightfully so, they have a lot of support from longtime smartphone manufacturers who believe that there is a budding growth worth investing with Windows Phones. In fact, we all know way too well how there has always been a symbiotic relationship between the Redmond based company and Taiwanese handset maker HTC.

Would you believe that it has been over six months since our eyes last feasted upon a Windows Phone device from HTC? For those of you who might’ve forgotten, which shouldn’t be too surprising considering Window Phone device releases have been non-existent of late, it was none other than the HTC Titan II. Now that Windows Phone 8 is making a big push, the Taiwan based company is banking to see its HTC 8X being the premier smartphone for the platform out of the gate. Indeed, it’s treading a different path with its out-of-character design, but will it be enough to compete in the ring with some of today’s heavy hitters in the business?
HTC Windows Phone 8X Review

The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Stereo Headphones

Design:

It’s hard not to point it out, but some would argue that HTC took a bit out of Nokia’s playbook with the design of the 8X – especially when that the handset is available in a wide array of bright and flamboyant colors. However, upon closer examination, it’s a unique design that’s in stark comparison to the cold industrial designs we’ve seen attached to many of the maker’s previous efforts. Whereas Nokia’s Lumia handsets have flat top and bottom trims, the HTC 8X employs tapered angles around its sides that converge seamlessly together in the rear – giving it the illusion of having an even skinnier frame (0.4” thick). Wrapping our hand around it, the 8X feels comfortable enough as our hand perfectly hugs the contour of the smartphone’s rear.

In addition to that, the design is further complemented by its solid unibody construction, light feel (4.59 oz), and clean appearance due to its soft touch finish. Honestly, it’s appreciable in so many levels because we haven’t necessarily seen this kind of design from HTC, but more importantly, it goes to show that the company is willing to jump outside the box and experiment with other uncanny designs. Indubitably, the palatable color options surely sprinkles a dose of character and style to the handset, which is wonderful in being attention grabbers from the onset.

Wrapping our hand around it, the HTC Windows Phone 8X feels comfortable enough - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review
Wrapping our hand around it, the HTC Windows Phone 8X feels comfortable enough - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review
Wrapping our hand around it, the HTC Windows Phone 8X feels comfortable enough - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review

Wrapping our hand around it, the HTC Windows Phone 8X feels comfortable enough


HTC Windows Phone 8X Review

You can compare the HTC Windows Phone 8X with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

As usual, it’s sporting the usual trio of capacitive Windows buttons we’ve been familiar with beneath its screen, which are spaced far away from one another to reduce accidental presses. Yet again, the handset shows a nice balance with its design thanks to the color-splashed earpiece. Nearby, we find its ultra-wide 88-degree angle 2-megapixel front-facing camera that’s tucked away in the upper left corner.

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Capacitive Windows buttons - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review
Front camera - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review
 

Capacitive Windows buttons

Front camera


Although we love the uniform and flush look of the handset, we’re not particularly fond of its physical power button and volume control – mainly because they’re notoriously difficult to feel out with our fingers due to their flush appearance. However, we do appreciate the two-level shutter key that provides us instant access to the camera UI by long-pressing it. Rounding things out, there’s a 3.5mm headset jack, noise-cancelling microphone, standard mic, and microUSB port on the handset – the latter of which only offers data and charging connectivity.

Power key and 3.5mm jack (top) - The sides of the HTC Windows Phone 8X - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review
Camera and volume keys (right) - The sides of the HTC Windows Phone 8X - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review
microUSB port (bottom) - The sides of the HTC Windows Phone 8X - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review

Power key and 3.5mm jack (top)

Camera and volume keys (right)

microUSB port (bottom)

The sides of the HTC Windows Phone 8X


Around the rear, its 8-megapixel auto-focus camera stands out amongst other things due to the shiny metallic trim around its lens. Sure, it’s not a size that’s pushing the boundaries, but nevertheless, it features HTC’s exclusive ImageSense technology, ultra-wide f/2.0 aperture lens, LED flash, and the ability to shoot videos in 1080p. Towards the bottom portion of the rear, microdots line in unison to consist its speaker grill, but above that, the familiar Beats Audio logo reminds us that it’s going to offer us an exceptional audio experience.

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Rear camera - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review
Loudspeaker - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review

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Rear camera

Loudspeaker



Display:


It’s not a massive size that we find on here, but rather, it’s a modest 4.3-inch Super LCD-2 display that’s sporting a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. Comforting to say the least, it’s about darn time that Windows Phones moved up in resolution – especially all previous Windows Phones employed WVGA.

Visually, it‘s a beautiful thing to behold with its exquisitely sharp details (342 ppi pixel density), punchy colors, wide viewing angles, and good visibility outdoors – all of the characteristics of a wonderful screen. And just like on the HTC One X, the display curves slightly around the edge to provide a seamless transition between it and the handset’s trim. Knowing that we’ve seen this kind of display elsewhere, we’re not totally bonkers over it, but for a Windows Phone, there’s no arguing that it’s a delightful sight for sore eyes.

Viewing angles of the HTC Windows Phone 8X - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review
Viewing angles of the HTC Windows Phone 8X - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review
Viewing angles of the HTC Windows Phone 8X - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review
Viewing angles of the HTC Windows Phone 8X - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review

Viewing angles of the HTC Windows Phone 8X


Color production - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review
Color production - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review
Color production - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review

Color production





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posted on 29 Oct 2012, 14:11 18

1. sadaivadai (Posts: 156; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Good one .. but still would go with Lumia 920 ..

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 14:13 3

2. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


I feel the same here too, I love it but there something better around the corner, this doesn't mean I'm saying it's a bad phone.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 23:26 1

27. MeoCao (unregistered)


This is a ugly phone: too thick and looks like a toy not a serious device.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 04:43

31. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 527; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


why such a thick bezel HTC? It makes it look a bit dated,

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 10:01

43. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


8x as videocam is s**t.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgUzVEB6Ud8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyPd32rO-90
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hbl1fud3dg

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 14:41

48. GMC626 (Posts: 4; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


The bezels seem about the same size as those on the iPhone 5.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 04:45

32. StreetNerd (Posts: 821; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


thn just take a black 8X

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 04:53 1

35. thephonedude (Posts: 60; Member since: 27 Oct 2012)


It is not ugly.. its targeted for the younger crowd. Older business men and middle aged adults are not welcome.

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 02:54 1

58. thephonedude (Posts: 60; Member since: 27 Oct 2012)


This HTC has similar looks to the Nokia Lumia range... hate this design? hate nokia lumias.

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 03:59

59. nooraldeen (Posts: 49; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)


no 1 can hate this design or the Lumia's design , it's true that HTC copied the nokia deign but for some people it's a good thing cuz if some1 hates nokia and likes the lumia design then this is a perfect choice hhhhh :P

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 07:17

65. fredje (Posts: 4; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


I have one and I like the design and the material. it may be 1 cm thick but I feels perfect in the hand and looks and feels like a 0.8 cm device.

It doesn't look or feel cheap

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 14:45 3

10. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


this one is pretty good too. I like it
Ill wait until the lumia 920 to make my decision on which one is better

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 16:21 3

17. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4002; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


'O' Yawwwwn...me wait for the NineTwenty!

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 21:02

22. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)


So...you must be on at&t. Good for you. Hope you enjoy the terrible coverage, horrible reception, and worst customer service in history on your 920.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 22:41 4

26. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


at&t isn't that bad as it used to be...

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 00:30 3

28. johnny9000 (Posts: 50; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)


I love how anyone who has ever been burned by a company can make blanket statements like that. I've been a customer of AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. I have talked to great customer service reps on all 3 networks, and horrible ones. From what everyone tells me, there is a "best" customer service (US Cellular), but there is no way AT&T is the worst, not by a long shot. And network reception is all relative and depends on where you live.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 08:18

66. vzwapple83 (Posts: 5; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


Actually...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/06/consumer-reports-att-verizon_n_1132220.html

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 09:36 2

39. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


In short, the phone is exactly as expected: a good, solid product, which runs a good, solid OS with a few small gaps like app count (which isn't that important if the good ones that last a while are there), and it's priced very well to match. There wasn't anything broken, so nothing to fix, thus no sweeping huge UI changes. It's a OneX+ running WP8 with a slightly different body. If this were an iphone it would have gotten a 9.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 10:01

42. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


8x as videocam is s**t.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgUzVEB6Ud8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyPd32rO-90
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hbl1fud3dg

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 14:16 4

3. vikkmix (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Oh yeeah a HTC WP phone with GOOD camera!

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 14:30 1

7. Vikranth (Posts: 6; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)


A Good Camera...Then it shd be Lumia 920...

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 14:52 8

13. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


not all nokias have good cameras... my 3310 just gives me black screen

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 09:38 3

40. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


...you're seriously comparing a 3310 with a 920? Might as well be comparing a disposable camera with a Leica...

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 00:00

62. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


/saaaaarrrrrrccccaaaaaasssssssmmmmmmmm.......

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 14:17 7

4. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Damn, tech news are STORMING today. Hope everybody will be all right.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 14:45

11. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


I see what you did there :)

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 14:28 6

5. pookiewood (Posts: 631; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


You forgot about the Live Wallpaper/Lock Screen function.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 14:49

12. shirtlessrabbit4 (Posts: 40; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)


Amen! I knew there was quite a bit more that pa left out!

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 15:16 7

14. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


Not only that, They forgot about Xbox music, The Wallet, the new Skype, Skydrive, the new Office 2013, Smart glass......etc.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 21:11 3

23. snowgator (Posts: 3599; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Thank you both. WP 8 devices getting reviewed the day of the announcement? Not buying they spent a ton of time understanding it.

I truly do not expect an Android set of features yet. I am betting it is vastly better then WP 7, and that developers will be happier to develop for the wallet hub, the family hub, the new camera capabilities, ect.

I enjoy the WP experience. I just want improvements. And there are a TON.

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HTC Windows Phone 8X

HTC Windows Phone 8X

OS: Windows Phone 8.1 8
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Display4.3 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (342 ppi) S-LCD 2
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
1 GB RAM
Size5.21 x 2.61 x 0.40 inches
(132.3 x 66.2 x 10.1 mm)
4.59 oz  (130 g)
Battery1800 mAh, 11.3 hours talk time

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