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HTC Windows Phone 8S Review

HTC Windows Phone 8S

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Call quality

HTC Windows Phone 8S Review
We get a decent call quality in the earpiece of the HTC Windows Phone 8S, with strong and relatively clear sound, without notable distortion. The microphone on the handset, however, relayed our voice to the other end somewhat muted and crackling at times, and since there is no second mic on the 8S, ambient noise is quite distinctly heard by the other side as well.


HTC hasn’t yet given official talk times from the 1,700 mAh battery unit inside the 8S, but we didn’t notice anything abnormally good or bad around the battery endurance, and it should suffice to carry you through a day or two, depending on the usage.


HTC has made a mucho sympatico handset with the 8S, shaping it in a two-tone ergonomic bod, with very easy one-handed operation. It has skimped a bit on the camera quality, and not even included one for video chat, but the rest of the readings are solid, and there is even a microSD slot for storage expansion, which you don’t see often with HTC these days.

Its direct competitor is the Nokia Lumia 820, which is capable, but more expensive and more unwieldy to handle. The indirect competition is the real threat here, though, as the iPhone 4 sells for just $50 more SIM-free, and has much more apps to choose from.

When we come to Android, the picture turns even bleaker for the HTC 8S, as there is an abundance of handsets just above its $350 price spot, which could take on it, including HTC’s own One S, but phones from Samsung and Sony, too, which are no less capable, like the Galaxy S III Mini, or the Xperia P with its bright display and 8 MP camera on the back.

Software version: 8.0.10211.204

HTC Windows Phone 8S Video Review:


  • Catchy and ergonomic design
  • microSD card slot


  • No front-facing camera
  • Subpar outgoing calls
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posted on 18 Dec 2012, 09:16 3

1. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4328; 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: 455; 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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