The HTC 8X is my first step into the world of Windows after years of being an Android user. I have to start my review by talking about the actual hardware. The 8X is one of the most beautiful handsets I've ever seen. My California Blue model is absolutely gorgeous and is contoured to fit in the hand perfectly. I was surprised at how light the phone is and the quality of the workmanship and finish. With the exception of the sim insert tray the phone is a complete unibody design with drilled in speaker grills on the front and back of the handset.
The screen is stunning, the display is better than the Iphone 5, colours are rich and the darker colours particularly black stand out.
The wide angle front facing camera is definitely a winner, not only is the quality of shots exceptional for a front camera particularly in natural light but the camera captures twice as much as a standard front facing camera making family portraits a breeze. The rear camera is also of a good standard if there is to be a criticism it would be that the camera functionality lacks some of the basic settings available on the HTC One Series handsets. As soon as these are added it will compliment perfectly the high quality rear lense.
The Beats Experience is what you expect but where the 8X really excels is the quality of sound from the phone speakers when you're not using Beats Enabled Headphones. The quality is the best I have heard on a mobile phone.
The phone performs really well in terms of speed, switching between applications and general scrolling. The built in web experience is excellent with the Internet Explorer browser and pages load faster than on my Android devices.
I do miss the lack of a FM radio but I hope this can be rectified in a future software upgrade. The app marketplace is beginning to expand and there are some good apps available but still lacking the choice available on Android or iOS. The Windows People Hub and Live Tiles are a great feature and the operating platform is a lot more user friendly and interesting than alternatives on the market. If you're an Xbox user than the 8X creates some great compelling options to connect up your devices. Microsoft Office functionality is also much welcomed and a feature you will definitely use.
Skydrive integration is brilliant and for the first time ever I am really using cloud storage, its simple, works in the background and requires very little set up.
Battery life has been surprisingly good, the phone gets me through a full day without a need for recharging and I am a fairly heavy user of data and am constantly switching the screen on to use apps. The battery life is definitely better than that on my Android device.
Overall I would definitely recommend the HTC 8X to anyone looking to upgrade. You get a stunning handset which feels great in the hand and is powerful and nippy when you use it. Be prepared for all and sundry to want to handle and play with the device it is definitely a crowd pleaser and easy on the eye!The build quality is better than anything on the market and you get an amazing camera experience especially if you're a heavy user of Skype or Video Calling.
The minor gripes I do have are more software and platform related and easily fixed as more apps come online in the marketplace. The 16gb storage is adequate for my current needs but I do think it would be useful to have the handset available in 32gb and 64gb formats especially as memory is not expandable.
A big thumbs up for the HTC 8X which marks a definite return to form for HTC.
Did viber, whatsapp, and other voice calling free programs working as on Android phones or not?
I am willing to buy the phone this week
Like other one said , you can change settings for background processes
Go to settings and swipe ur finger left , there u find it.
If u want to close all apps , press back button until you see home screen.Press it constantly till back button returns u to home screen and it no longer works beyond home screen (i.e u quit all apps , so there are no previous screens to go back) and back button again works when u launch an app.
I would like to inform you that the 8X was really good one phone in compared to any other windows phone coz of clearity n speed of the processor also the body line of the packing its very good. dont think catch up
hey guys,i have this phone 1 mounth yet,but i dont know how to stop background app,or they stop automaticly after i go to menu?
for.exp.when i use skype or some app.when out of app.they stop,why they dont runing?for use?
about the os.win8.its unexpected intresting and satysfyig for my needs,keep with that work.
hi ,i have been using this phone for 2 months and what a plesure.. i have no problem with android for my other phone was HTC desire, but this is difrentt and nice. looking for something cool and more funky then this is the phone. so nice that one of my friedns are going from iPhone to this. well done guys to HTC and windows!
After 2 months of use and coming over from Android platform background, I have to conlude this device is very good.
Design is outstanding, screen quality impeccable, processor power abundand. No lags, freezes, shutdowns. Ever. Of course I'd prefer to have an extra microSD card slot but saying that - I never fill 14Gb on a PHONE. Some of stuff is stored nicely in Skydrive and Dropbox and available anytime.
Battery life - average, I often make a 2 day run on a single charge, but I don't use the phone as a toy.
The win8 OS is supersmooth, reliable, covers almost all needs with lots of apps to choose from to customize and expand users experience.
Sure - user modifications are quite restricted, but great support is provided by both MS and community. Various issues are dealt with and constant upgrades are expected. My other devices run on Jelly Bean and Gingerbread and I can't say I truly prefer them in any specific way.
The only thing I really miss so far with winphone 8 is lack of a classic file manager and access to full phone file system.
Very nice phone and fast. camera is best.if someone wants to go for windows8 should be 1M RAM if less can not install all App.after install some App becomes more better
Honz, 02 Feb 2013Battery life time is too short
Windows dos'nt give you much to control
expensive for the fea... moreHi Honz,
the reply to your post is below,
This phone contains a little above average battery @ 1850 mah: the Battery life also depends on the usage of services--> it is a known fact that Windows platform consumes much lesser energy as compared to Android or IOS
The phone has a no nonsense appeal and provides a phenominal professional experiance which cannot be matched by any other platform
The phone provides integration of all the social networking fields in a single window, making it effortless for even an antisocial person :)
It surely has copy & paste function
It's cloud connectivity is phenominal, you will not be able to find any other phone which has capability of editing the documents of word, excel, powerpoint and sharing the same on a cloud platform for others to see and edit in real time.
so in case you are looking at a product to fool around with and waste your time in downloading non working aps and deleting, it ain't the device for you :).
Battery life time is too short
Windows dos'nt give you much to control
expensive for the features it have
android much better in my openion
not flexable device
No Radio withat price?
no task manager
no File manger
no even file copy
I really like the fone just cant get my head around some of it,like how to change txt msg alerts to your own instead of ones on the fone...if anyone knows pls let me know thanx
PCUser271, 29 Jan 2013@biogenester33 after 2 months of usage, I can say the battery is quite bad. maybe we should... moreMy T-Mo 8x lasted a day and a half with moderate usage and push e-mail with four mailboxes. It's far better than any iPhone or Android I've had, and that's not bad.
biogenester33, 28 Jan 2013Does ny one say how gud the battery performance is for the set....??@biogenester33
after 2 months of usage, I can say the battery is quite bad. maybe we should wait for the update that manage the performance.
and for those who are asking this phone is good or not, I was an android and ios user before this. and, apart from apps quantity and battery performance, this phone or windows phone is absolute good. the user experience is quite outstanding.
Does ny one say how gud the battery performance is for the set....??
Steven, 26 Jan 2013what about NFC? does it have NFC??? cause if it does, i'm gonna buy itThe Verizon one has NFC.
Steven, 26 Jan 2013what about NFC? does it have NFC??? cause if it does, i'm gonna buy ityes it does
Just bought this phone a week back all I can say the phone is good but the battery is ok with 3g data on I have to charge by evening and the Windows app store need to improve the database as some application I use in android is not available,using this phone as my second phone.
I can rate it 7/10