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HTC Windows Phone 8X Review

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Camera:

Continuing to be an appreciated feature amongst all Windows Phones, it’s undeniably great having the ability to launch the camera app on the HTC 8X by long-pressing the physical shutter key at any moment – even when it’s locked! Not surprisingly, the interface hasn’t changed much with this latest version of the platform. At the same time, we continue to see the same set of useful manual settings and shooting modes we’ve come to see previously. Also included with the camera UI, certain apps offer support to the new “lenses” feature – like Bing Vision for camera-based searching. Noticeably absent, however, is the lack of contemporary features like multi-burst mode and the ability to snap a photo while simultaneously shooting video.

Camera interface - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review
Camera interface - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review
Camera interface - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review
Camera interface - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review
Camera interface - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review
Camera interface - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review
Camera interface - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review
Camera interface - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review

Camera interface


Talking the talk, HTC made sure to place a lot of emphasis regarding the performance of the 8X’s 8-megapixel auto-focus rear camera, which features HTC’s exclusive ImageSense technology and an f/2.0 aperture lens. However, when it comes down to it, there’s nothing worthwhile that would catapult it over other highly esteemed smartphones. Indeed, the results are pleasant looking for the most part, as photos are filled with so-so details and natural colors. In low lighting situations, however, the biggest distractions we find are the poor details and its inability to handle dynamic range, but to its credit, it’s not heavily flawed by the unprecedented amount of noise that other devices exhibit. In dark environment, images tend to appear out of focus because the flash doesn’t turn on prior to taking the shot – plus, the hard lighting casts a noticeable amount of over-saturation with colors.



The 1080p video recording quality fares a bit better, but its exposure adjustment is on the slow side. Exhibiting very few instances of artfacing with its quality, some of its highlights include its crisp details and smooth capture rate of 29 frames per second. However, there’s an apparent distortion with recording audio when heavy wind is present, but it’s not something that’s evidenced in calm environments.

HTC Windows Phone 8X Sample Video:




Multimedia:

Checkout the Photos Hub to preview some of our captured images, there’s nothing out of place with its layout or functionality. Of course, we’re presented with the usual sharing and minor editing functions in the Photos Hub, but there’s also HTC’s “Photo Enhancer” app that merely applies various filters. Even though the 8X is only able to use the “Tap + Share” function to send photos and videos between other NFC enabled Windows Phone 8 devices, we’re able to share them with Android devices via Bluetooth.

The Photos Hub - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review
The Photos Hub - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review
The Photos Hub - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review
The Photos Hub - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review

The Photos Hub


Being a familiar occurrence at this point, there’s nothing new in terms of visual presentation with the music player of the HTC 8X. Still, it’s something we view as modern looking – complementing the overall styling of the platform. Conversely, since it has Beats Audio support when using a pair of headphones, its bass and treble levels are cranked up tremendously to give it a heavier quality. HTC touts the built-in amplifier, for better and more powerful sound with various headphones. It should also improve the loudspeaker sound, but it is lacking any serious firepower; its quality has a neutral tone to it, but it drowns out very easily in noisy environments.

Music player of the HTC Windows Phone 8X - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review
Music player of the HTC Windows Phone 8X - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review
Music player of the HTC Windows Phone 8X - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review
Music player of the HTC Windows Phone 8X - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review

Music player of the HTC Windows Phone 8X


Beautiful display? Check. Fast dual-core processor? Check. Well then, considering it has those two specific items in tow, it’s the correct recipe in garnering a wonderful video watching experience. Better yet, the HTC 8X has support for a wide-array of video codecs out of the box – meaning, it’s able to play our 1080p videos encoded in DivX, H264, MPEG-4, and XviD. With its smooth playback, vibrant colors, and modest real-estate, it coughs up one fine experience, but then again, it’s lacking the comprehensive nature of other rival offerings – like the ability to wirelessly share videos with other devices.

Music+Videos Hub - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review
Music+Videos Hub - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review
Music+Videos Hub - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review
Music+Videos Hub - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review

Music+Videos Hub


Video player - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review
Video player - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review

Video player



Software:

Sadly, this is where the platform misses out greatly As much as Microsoft claims to have a healthy amount of over 100,000 apps in the Windows Phone Store, the platform is still lagging behind with quality third-party apps – there’s just no comparison! For example, the official YouTube app for Windows Phone does nothing more than open IE10 and redirects us to the mobile friendly version of the site. Worst yet, the HTC Hub is reduced to nothing more than aggregating the weather, news, and stocks – it’s the same thing we’ve seen already in the past! And as for the Bing Maps experience, don’t get us started, namely because it’s sorely lagging behind the competition in terms of comprehensive features that are essential in today’s world. However, we’ll give it credit for being a great device if you’re tied intimately to Microsoft Office.

Preinstalled apps - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review
Preinstalled apps - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review
Preinstalled apps - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review
Preinstalled apps - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review
Preinstalled apps - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review
Preinstalled apps - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review
Preinstalled apps - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review
Preinstalled apps - HTC Windows Phone 8X Review

Preinstalled apps



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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: 4003; 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: 3601; 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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