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HTC Windows Phone 8S Review

HTC Windows Phone 8S

Posted: , by Daniel P.



The phone is equipped with a 5 MP camera on the back, and has an LED flash, but no front-facing cam. The camera interface doesn’t stray from the typical WP8 menus and options, allowing you to adjust contrast, sharpness, exposure, saturation and so on. It also throws in face detection and a few color effects, and that’s about it.

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

Camera interface

The pictures the HTC 8S takes exhibit blandish color representation and noise is very often too much, though we get enough detail for the resolution. Bright spots get overexposed at times, but there are no glaring white balance issues, and the p
hotos are sharp.

Video is recorded with HD 720p definition, and maintains fluid 30 fps. It looks a tad bland in terms of colors, just like the stills, but the footage is sharp and detailed enough, provided that you hold the smallish phone very steady. The recorded sound is clear enough, too, as long as it is not too noisy around.

HTC Windows Phone 8S Sample Video:

HTC Windows Phone 8S Indoor Sample Video:


The WP8 Music + Video hub houses your media collection, and the minimalistic interface makes it easy to browse and play your stuff. The handset’s loudspeaker sound is of fairly average depth and clarity, though it is comparatively strong.

Music + Video hub - HTC Windows Phone 8S Review
Music + Video hub - HTC Windows Phone 8S Review
Music + Video hub - HTC Windows Phone 8S Review
Music + Video hub - HTC Windows Phone 8S Review

Music + Video hub

The HTC 8S plays DivX/Xvid files out of the box, but MKV support is a no-go, and the stock player is with a pretty basic interface. Pop in your microSD card, and your movies and music will be immediately added to the media hub, which is handy.

Video player - HTC Windows Phone 8S Review

Video player

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posted on 18 Dec 2012, 09:16 3

1. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4319; 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: 453; 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 (unregistered)

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: 103; 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: 1237; 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 (unregistered)

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: 195; 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: 44; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)

A cute looking phone I want it!!

posted on 07 Jul 2013, 20:22

17. apple4never (Posts: 1064; 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: 1064; 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
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1000 MHz, Krait processor
0.5 GB 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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