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HTC Windows Phone 8X Review

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HTC Windows Phone 8X Review
Proving to be right for the occasion, the HTC 8X manages to deliver the goods when it comes to call quality. Finding good things on both ends of the line, the earpiece produces natural sounding voices with zero evidence of distortion or background noise – while our callers mention experiencing the same thing. However, the only blemish is found with the speakerphone quality, as it’s very low in volume and produces a hint of distortion.

In our time testing out the 8X, it manages to maintain a solid connection to the network in high coverage areas – with no major fluctuations with its signal strength. Additionally, it didn’t drop any phone calls as well.


Battery:

Carrying along an 1,800 mAh battery inside of its body, it doesn’t invoke something that would make us believe it’s going to last for the long haul. Instead, its performance is average at best, giving us a good one day of life with normal usage – and that’s strictly using the handset with HSPA+ only. Needless to say, 4G LTE connectivity will deliver results that are going to be considerably less than that.


Conclusion:


Taking into account the $99.99 on-contract price attached to the HTC 8X right from the onset, it’s at an attractive price point that would handedly reel in some curious bystanders. To HTC’s credit, we absolutely love the direction they went with the 8X’s design, as it seemingly stands out magnificently from the staple of cold industrial designs we’re normally bombarded with. When you talk about the wow factor, they’ve really hit out of the ballpark with this one, but resounding beauty is more than skin deep.

Microsoft has been dormant of late, but with the arrival of Windows Phone 8, they hope to gain some incremental traction. Unfortunately, that’s not the case here because they’ve done very little to keep the platform moving at the same feverish rate as its main rivals. Yeah, we’ll give it that Windows Phone 8 has some attractive visual elements to it, like its Start Screen, but aside from that one notable item, there’s nothing drastically different to make existing users jump for joy. Moreover, we’re dismayed to find that HTC barely made a concentrated effort to refine the experience in some way.

Ultimately, the HTC 8X is surely a strong competitor in the Windows Phone camp, but as we look at the broader spectrum, it pales in comparison to some of the smartphone elites out there. Absolutely, its stylish looks and affordable price point are a great combination to win over some people, but there’s still the matter of that other premier Windows Phone 8 device in the Nokia Lumia 920.

Software version of the review unit:
Software: Windows Phone 8.0
OS Version: 8.0.9903.10
Firmware revision number: 1532.20.10022.401


HTC Windows Phone 8X Video Review:



Pros

  • Stylish looking design
  • Exquisitely detail screen
  • Affordable price point

Cons

  • Few worthwhile improvements with WP8
  • Lackluster low lighting photo quality
  • Weak internal speaker
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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: 264; 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: 1109; 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: 700; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


thn just take a black 8X

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 04:53 1

35. thephonedude (Posts: 56; 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: 56; 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: 48; 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: 2997; 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: 44; 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: 3729; 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: 1109; 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: 3729; 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: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


/saaaaarrrrrrccccaaaaaasssssssmmmmmmmm.......

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 14:17 7

4. _Bone_ (Posts: 2106; 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: 562; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


You forgot about the Live Wallpaper/Lock Screen function.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 14:49

12. shirtlessrabbit4 (Posts: 39; 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: 3197; 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.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 21:50 2

24. pookiewood (Posts: 562; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


Yeah I don't get it! Spend some time with it before making a decision on it. Very weird.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 14:29 8

6. smallworld (Posts: 434; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


"Few worthwhile improvements with WP8" I expect the same cons for the Lumia 920.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 14:31 2

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


Good review, but there are many things missing.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 14:31 4

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


Rock on Buddy..The Hero of Windows Phone Ecosystem is Lumia 920...

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 15:54 2

15. GoBears (Posts: 335; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Not a bad device but I think the Nokia 920 is much better. I really hope MS does some fast upgrades to this OS. If this is the OS that Nokia is betting the bank on, then they are in bigger trouble than I thought.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 16:19

16. Schmao (Posts: 302; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)


Whatever happened to the special audio amplifier? Doesn't seem like it is anything useful...

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 17:22 1

18. papss (unregistered)


What others have said.. If its not the 920 it's not worth the Upgrade

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 17:58 1

19. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)


I thought the windows 8 UI was going to better; maybe the Nokia 920 will get a 9

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 22:34

25. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


How? His review will be the same across the board. If it's not customizable or has an Apple logo, no WP will ever get a 9 plus. You see these people don't pay attention to Joe b. when he does his presentations. All they care about is "where is the phone? What does it have in it?"

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 18:32 2

20. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Best design out there.. beats the 920 convincingly.
That said, the screen should be bigger and the phone should be thinner to make this look really shine.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 04:50 1

33. StreetNerd (Posts: 700; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


bigger? 4-4.3 inch perfect.... bigger is like a brick in ur pocket

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 19:04

21. papss (unregistered)


Right..

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 02:26 1

29. psysect (Posts: 49; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)


like it..good spc..It has Mini amplifire..
im waiting for it ..lumia too expensive.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 04:52

34. StreetNerd (Posts: 700; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


yea true story.... i just sold my Lumia 800 for 200 euros and pre-ordered the 8S for 270 euros off contract.

my contract will be till march 2013, by thn i will get a real high end WP8 device(surface phone maybe?)

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 04:21 1

30. dblue45 (Posts: 77; Member since: 26 Aug 2009)


I believe this is the first Windows Phone to get 7.5+ from Phonearena. Hats off to HTC! Great job.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 08:06 1

38. snowgator (Posts: 3197; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Both the Focus S and the 900 got "8". I am waiting for the first WP to break that barrier.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 06:30 1

36. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


this is already available?!

wow so early!! but still would go for lumia 920 instead!

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 06:32 1

37. MitchellSheehan (Posts: 5; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


Mr John. Kindly tell me what features are lacking. Id like to know. Please be specific. Coz from where I see it, Its a winning platform here.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 09:47

41. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Don't be upset, he also says it can't take good pictures in the dark and has a "blah" internal speaker... like every other phone in the history of everdom.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 11:59

44. b1acktiger (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 May 2012)


The Display and the Camera makes the difference with 8x. the light weighted design and beats audio amplifier is +1 for 8X. I see the 920 wave is hitting the whole WP8 devices. The range of colours and light weighted of 8X impressed me.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 04:15 1

49. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1109; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


the audio amplifier has a catch on 8x..coz it only works through headphones..
on the other note, nokia lumia 920 has dolby digital software. i saw it on the settings. its for headphones aswell.. so they are tie on headphones.

lumia 920 built in speaker is louder... reason? because its bigger than htc since thinner phones cant put better speaker inside...

so the +1 is for nokia here.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 14:14

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


Phone Arena,you talk rubbish. Windows 8 & iOS non of these OS need quad core. We don't need quad core in a mobile phone. Android is so resource heavy and laggy even the GS3 lags. Android is the only one that needs quad core. You talk crap reviews

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 14:31

47. gulfu (Posts: 5; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


nokia will make undi pants next...

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 06:28

51. picassimo (Posts: 14; Member since: 31 Oct 2012)


The area of Township, NJ that the reviewer took pictures of, I'm wondering how the streets look right now after Sandy.

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=%09150+Quakerbridge+Mall++Lawrence+Township,+NJ+08648&hl=en&ll=40.212441,-73.943481&spn=2.240029,4.938354&sll=42.062327,-87.932094&sspn=0.136111,0.308647&hq=150+Quakerbridge+Mall++Lawrence+Township,+NJ+08648&radius=15000&t=m&z=8

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 12:11

52. Altair (Posts: 320; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


Only thing you need to know about this HTC device is:

Cheap copycat -> see how long you can throw it or puke on it!

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 13:10

53. Aslam (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Oct 2012)


HTC WP phone will build a competitive with Nokia Lumia 920 or Samsung Galaxy Note 2 !http://www.gsmsouth.com/

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 09:41

56. nooraldeen (Posts: 48; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)


the htc 8x already lost the fight against Lumia 920 , im not saying it's a bad phone. it's good but not enough to beat the Lumia 920

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 10:09

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


The initial reviews of the Nokia 920 haven't been decisive over the 8x.

http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/02/nokia-lumia-920-review/

http://www.pocket-lint.com/review/6042/nokia-lumia-920-windows-phone-review

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 04:15

60. nooraldeen (Posts: 48; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)


the specs sheet is a thing and the performance is another thing , it's true that there is not a big difference between the 2 but the lumia is better
both have 8MP camera but the lumia's camera is better and the screen is better (u cant tell the difference between the 768 or 720 in res or the 332/342 ppi) but it's considered better and also the lumia got a faster refresh rate so there is reduced blur when moving the UI ir the text . both don't have a SDcard slot . so the lumia is better with it's 32 gigs , the 8x is 16 gigs . so if some1 will have to choose between the Lumia or the 8x the Lumia is a better choice unless that 1 didn't want a bulky phone :)

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 06:22

54. adrikfog (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


The design is absolutely wonderful. Love HTC and can't wait to try out WP8 for myself!

http://www.agorabiz.com/annonces/immobilier-d-entreprise/boutique/location

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Display4.3 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (342 ppi) S-LCD 2
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960, Dual core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
1024 MB 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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