HTC Windows Phone 8X Review

Call Quality:

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

PhoneArena Rating:

8.0

User Rating:

9.3
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67 Comments

1. sadaivadai

Posts: 156; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

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

2. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 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.

27. MeoCao unregistered

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

31. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

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

43. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

48. GMC626

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

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

32. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

thn just take a black 8X

35. thephonedude

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 27, 2012

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

58. thephonedude

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 27, 2012

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

59. nooraldeen

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 21, 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

65. fredje

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 23, 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

10. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 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

17. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

22. PotDragon

Posts: 214; Member since: Jul 22, 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.

26. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

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

28. johnny9000

Posts: 50; Member since: Sep 10, 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.

66. vzwapple83

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

39. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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.

42. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

3. vikkmix

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Oh yeeah a HTC WP phone with GOOD camera!

7. Vikranth

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

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

13. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

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

40. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

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

62. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

/saaaaarrrrrrccccaaaaaasssssssmmmmmmmm.......

4. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

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

11. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

I see what you did there :)

5. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

You forgot about the Live Wallpaper/Lock Screen function.

12. shirtlessrabbit4

Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 07, 2012

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

14. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

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

23. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 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.
Windows Phone 8X
  • Display 4.3" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 1800 mAh(11.3h talk time)

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