We have been issued these phones for business as apparently Windows8 has the best encryption for mobile. What a shame they forgot about pretty much every other aspect of building a smartphone. Most of the inbuilt software is poor (Phone, Maps, People, Calendar, Music, Messaging)or pointless (Wallet, OneNote). And you can't delete these Apps which means there's no space to install better versions (it doesn't seem possible to install them to SD) even if there were any in the very limited App store. Updating the OS required me to uninstall the few decent Apps I had found. Probably just as well I don't have many apps as there's no way to organise them other than in an alphabetically scrolling list or on a single vertically scrolling homepage.
Few of the live tiles do anything useful, music syncing (with my Windows PC) is chaotic and Bing is the mandatory search engine - it's awful.
Please would Google add encryption to Android!!
iamarnab, 12 Apr 20138s is a shit phone...have been using it for the last 4 months..heres my take.. Software: Wha... moreThanks for your feedback which in my opinion is better than GSMarena's one. It didn't leave me with many uncertainties, and it get's directly to the point. I canceled this phone from my list, seems I am going to stick with Android for now.
8s is a shit phone...have been using it for the last 4 months..heres my take..
What can I say…windows has a history of making boring, unimaginative and the least user friendly operating systems since the dawn of desktop computing. For its mobile version, again I must say it is one of the prettiest OS on a hand held but also equally the least functional, the size of the OS is a massive 2GB?!!! On a phone that has 4GB (3.81 user space) of onboard space. To top it all it creates 1GB of files that you can’t remove and labels it, in true microsoft style, OTHERS. This leaves barely any space for any apps(I use Facebook, linked in, couple of games, Skype,)lyrics, dropshot apart from the bundled software that it came with)…with a strategy like that, no wonder they have the shittiest app store. Now with the new update out today, you have to reformat your phone to make 435mb of space to install it. I remember the days of android 1.6 where the ROM was a hardware limitation and one could only install softwares on the phone memory. A very frustrating experience that was thankfully rectified by an app by the name APP2SD freeing up precious space on you phone and liberating you from the tyranny of low memory space warnings. Microsoft, exercising better judgement has created its mobile software in the image (and size) of its desktop avatar….lazy buggers…incompetence and laziness, a winning combination when you target a product for the masses…after all that’s what we all are…
Gorilla glass prone to scratches and marks but this let down is nothing to the soft touch plastic finish…beware, this is not a finish as much as it is a coating, which has the following drawbacks:
It peels off…exposing shiny plastic underneath (blue, in my case)
It is the technological equivalent of Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy)…I hope they find a cure to that soon…
All in all, its the worst smartphone experience ever…it has the technology of the now but designed to perform a decade older…Usually one learns from others mistakes, things evolve and new technology should better if not match the current paradigm. Microsoft has decided that it will make the same journey of evolution that other OS’s did to reach some semblance of usable which, judging by its efforts so far, can be a while.
Currently the OS is still a monkey.
to low memory , you can t install apps on microSD and you have only 1 gb for apps. For exampple is imposible to intall a GPS software.
So if u want a phone only for few basic apps and talk is ok.
Minametry, 11 Apr 2013Does it support wifi hot spot? ?Yes it does have Wifi hotspot
TrackK, 11 Apr 2013wow another foolish & expensive launch by htc...if one goin to take this phone plz dont go... moreHTC 8S has Gorilla Glass, LED flash at the camera. While Nokia 520 doesnt. And this is only by taking a look of a few seconds at the specifications. Could be more. So they are not entirely the same, are they?
Sonnal, 11 Apr 2013Definitely Lumia520 or Lumia620You sure gsm arena says these phones aint the loudest and the quality aint as good?
What does the lightning bolt with a cog next to it mean? I turned my phone on this morning and it has just shown that symbol for hours. (i have an HtC 8s by the way).
wow another foolish & expensive launch by htc...if one goin to take this phone plz dont go instead buy Nokia Lumia 520, same specifications & only in 150euro unlike htc 8s 250 euro...why the fidd of 100euros if specs r same...wht the hell do htc co. thinks we r fool we aint c the major diff of price on same specs phone...& nokia will give warranty also
HTC now goin to fool us with this phone same specifications as compared to Nokia Lumia 520...then why price diff of 100 euro ??? do they think we r fool ??? hunh
I already have a Iphone 5. The music volume through the headphones is not very loud. The Iphone 4 and 4s was better.
So am looking really for a spare phone just for the gym and running with loud volume through the headphones.
I use to have the Nokia N91 and that was amazing.
So my choices are:
Or as its cheap the Nokia Lumia 520?
What should I go for guys?
Just purely for loudest music volume through headphones.
Nothing else matters as long as it works lol.
This my 3rd HTC phone, and I love this phone bcoz:
1. Beats sound
2. Gorilla glass display, just like my iPhone 4
3. Design just perfect, suits my personality
After using 2 iPhone, 2 Sumsung galaxy, and 3 HTC in last 3 years, I can say I'm really enjoying this HTC 8s, just as good as my iPhone 4. Only if windows had more apps as ios.
htc 8s and 8x sound identical loud and clear. personally i think even 8s have built-in beats amplifier like 8x, it sounds too good. both htc models are muuuch louder and better than all ipads and all iphones, (wich were the reference,the best music devices until now...). practically, htc with beats custom amplifier built-in is now very close to the supreme performance of nokia n91 with harman-kardon headphones amplifier. i use sony xb 500 and 700 on htc 8x. it is smashing!!
MGMRD, 09 Apr 2013Lumia 620 has the loudest mobile ever in windows OSyou lie !! htc 8s and 8x are more more more powerful. all nokia are very quiet on headphones. so up
DADDY!, 09 Apr 2013So which is the loudest phone through headphones then? HTC 8S Or Nokia Lumia 620?lumia 620 and all nokia are very weak on headphones. htc 8s and 8x are thde most powerful on the market right now. they sound louder and better on heaphones than any iphone or ipad