Windows Phone HTC 8x Review

Windows Phone HTC 8x Review

Is it finally time to buy a Windows Phone? Now that the HTC 8x is out, the answer may be yes. After being overshadowed this year by Samsung in the Android smartphone category, HTC has produced a phone that Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile will carry. Both HTC and Microsoft are beyond excited and a lot of consumers are, too. The new flagship phone packs high-end specs into a sleek device that’s incredibly bright and easy on the eyes. The unlocked version comes with a sharp 4.3-inch 720p LCD 2 display and superfast dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor from Qualcomm.

Design

The first thing you’ll notice is the color, which is vivid neon (blue, yellow, red and purple) and looks like it glows in the dark. It’s a welcome break from the more sedate smartphone offerings in the market, but also comes in black if you prefer low-key. Holding the HTC 8x is very comfortable, and you can feel the slight curve of the seamless, polycarbonate shell nestled in your palm. The round edges and rubber coating also make it touch-friendly. The controls are discreet (power button and volume control are on the upper right corner), but there’s no place for a replaceable battery or memory card slot in the unibody (you use a special tool to insert the micro SIM). The front is all LCD display with the earpiece up top and the Back, Home, Search touch controls at the bottom.

Wndows Phone HTC 8x

Features

The screen of the Windows Phone 8 is more customizable in this model, letting your resize Live Tiles for more space. It takes some getting used to if you’re coming from the iPhone or Android interface though. The HTX 8x lets you chat as a group (with the new Rooms feature) and share digital content like photos and notes with your friends and family. There’s also Microsoft Wallet for storing credit card info, Camera Lenses that supports camera app integration and lets you easily apply filters to photos, and Kids Corner, a custom Start screen that protects your personal stuff while letting the kids play around with apps you approve of. Another cool feature is Data Sense that lets you track data usage, but it’s only available for Verizon subscribers.

Performance

The 4.3-inch screen is not immense, but easily as sharp as Apple’s retina display. The optical lamination also gives it less reflection, resulting in rich blacks and natural colors. The 1.5GHz S4 processor (also powers the U.S. version of the Samsung Galaxy S3) and 1G RAM is a decent jump from Windows 7, and you’ll notice that the OS is more responsive. According to Engadget.com, the WP8 is the quickest Windows Phones they’ve tested so far. Calls and audio quality are loud and clear on the speaker and even better with earphones plugged in. A fully-charged battery lasts a whole day with normal use, but only 2.5 hours on a max CPU usage test.  Sadly, there’s no way to expand the 16GB internal memory. The Windows app store also trails way behind Google Play and the App store, but Microsoft boasted that they already have 46 of the top 50 apps. The rear 8-megapixel camera is very good, but the iPhone 5’s camera is better in terms of color reproduction and depth.

HTC 8x Windows Phone Side

HTC 8x Windows Phone Pros:

Stylish and comfy design

Sharp and beautiful display

Fast processor

Great camera

Very good audio quality

HTC 8x Windows Phone Cons:

No micro SD slot

No removable battery

Camera not as good as the iPhone 5 camera

Limited Windows apps

Verdict:

The Windows Phone HTC 8x certainly deserves to be Microsoft’s flagship phone, with its beautiful design, solid specs and a fast processor. The camera, battery life, memory and app store can be improved on, however. Overall, it’s a contender if you’re on the market for a super phone this holiday season.

One Response

  1. Dexter_Cole Says:

    I bought my Smartphone because it was having best audio quality in the Smartphone market on that time, but high quality mega pixel camera could be an extra benefit in it. My friend would love to read about this new window phone as she is looking for a new phone, thanks admin.

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