HTC 8X Review
When HTC announced the 8X as their flagship Windows 8 Phone, I couldn't wait. I had a LUmia 900 at the time, but found it heavy and bulky in my suit pockets. I wanted something lighter, cooler, and definitely WP8. I've been a fan of HTC since the early WM6.x days, so I picked one up as soon as they became available in Canada..
The Qualcomm 1.5Ghz dual-core CPU does a wonderful job of keeping WP8 and all my apps running smooth as silk. No hiccups or delays anywhere, no matter what I'm running.
I quite like the 4.3 inch form factor. I've seen and worked with larger screens, but for my 'medium-sized' hands, it makes things difficult to use one-handed. I had the OneX for a while, and the 8x screen is great, it doesn't have the same 'pop' as the OneX.
The multi-cell 1800mAh LiIon batter easily lasts through a 24 hour period on my generally light use, even with LTE and BT turned on all the time. Although the WP8 O/S does a better job of power management, I still find GPS and WiFi to be major battery burners. There's no real need for NFC here in Canada (yet), so that's been turned off and I only use WiFi when I'm at home at the end of the day for downloads, updates, etc.
The 8mp main cameral is generally OK. Overall, it seems to be similar to the one in my OneX, but the pictures don't seem quite as crisp. It struggles in low light situations. The front facing wide-angle lens is great for including more friends and environment in sharing pictures, but it makes it difficult to get a realistic view of just yourself -- looks like you're shooting with a fish-eye lens.
Generally, the sound is pretty good, with solid sound coming from the speakers which work well even in noisy situations. The in call volume coming from the earpiece is good, but callers are sometimes difficult to hear in noisy situations, especially outdoors. Volume using the speakerphone is fine.
I find the Beats Audio (which works only on plugged-in headphones -- why not BT stereo headphones??) is too heavy at the low end. It's almost like too wide a spectrum is being emphasized, but without the bass end lacks 'sparkle' and precision.
Recorded Audio with video is OK, but gets mushy and distorted in loud situations (I think the 8X needs a better compression algorithm)
The 8X easily plays all the major formats and resolutions with ease. There were no sync problems between audio and video. Recorded video is good, but the auto-focus struggles and is slow, and again there are problems with low light situations.
Exterior and Build Quality:
With Microsoft's mandatory button placements for Windows Phones, it's hard to for manufacturers to find a way to differentiate themselves. HTC has done a great job with the 8X in making a sleak, easy-to-handle handset which is very good looking as well. The colours (mine is California Blue) attract attention and help them stand out in a crowd. (My teenage son though, prefers the non-descript black :-)
I've always been impressed with HTC's build quality and the 8X is no exception. Others have mentioned problems with colour wearing off on the corners, but I haven't seen any of this in the three months I've had the phone, but mine spends most of its time in business attire, not jeans.
Apps provided by HTC:
This is an area where HTC needs to apply more energy. With the O/S experience being pretty well identical on all WP phones, the best way to stand out is with the app suite available from the manufacturer or the cellular provider. The HTC portion of the WP Store is pretty weak, especially compared to the variety and quality of apps provided by other manufacturers.
This is one powerful phone. It's a joy to hold and own and is definitely at the head of the current pack of WP8 phones. I love it!
This is a great all around phone. I was kinda worried about coming from an android phone, but the ability to have most of the android capibilities on a Windows phone. i had all my music and email accounts from my android phone and could find most apps for the 8x as I did on my android phone. The camera has great quaility and plenty of apps for that too. It's got a 1.5ghz dual processor that makes playing games and surfing the web smooth and fluid. I would recommend this phone to anybody looking for the cutting edge in Windows 8 phone
I have had this phone for about 6 weeks now and I think its superb, looks so cool, fits nicely in your hand, the shape of it makes it feel a lot slimmer than it actually is. Great sounding Beats audio, if you like listening to music on your phone. The camera takes amazing shots, and an extra wide 2MP front facing camera to get all your pals in that all important photo. Battery lasts well, about a day and a half with normal usage. Well recomended!
A simple smartphone with character
The first Windows Phone 8 smartphone coming to market is always a liability. And we can say that HTC and quickly grabbed this opportunity well.
Focusing on hardware me, and leaving only a few small lines for the OS, I can say that HTC has struggled to put this piece of technology in our hands. Since the quality of construction materials used, so I took the 8X was led by a sense of beauty and security. All want a telephone robust and durable, but preferably not resemble a brick. HTC Mission accomplished!
This beauty combined with some of the latest technological specifications, such as a Super LCD2 screen, 720p 4.3-inch screen, a dual-core Snapdragon S4, NFC and supported by a sound beatsaudio, we are undoubtedly facing a high-end Windows Phone.
Of course these days, the issue of high-end becomes increasingly relative, as the speed of technological innovations from major manufacturers starting to become supersonic. We can not wonder too if our new smartphone after 6 months no longer feel so "new", but since it accomplishes its goals, we always say that this is a good phone. And here at HTC with its 8X not let your credit for more alien, not letting us look bad.
The Super LCD2 has excellent viewing angles, combined with a more than sufficient resolution (341ppi), not disappointed, either inside or outside, where despite the brightness, remains excellent viewing ease. The Gorilla Glass assures the durability and beauty of these characteristics covering practically the whole front of the body of 8X.
This body is gifted with slender lines and curves, which fit like a glove (silk) to our hands (regardless of size). The ratio of the screen size and thickness was really well done. Nothing to say also in the use of materials. Give a feeling of robustness perfect (despite the rubberized surface is subject to certain risks ...) and security.
Hardware buttons, the needed: power, volume and much desired button dedicated to camera. Just a reminder to the stylized and slightly projecting power and volume buttons, which are sometimes not the easiest to find ... at least in my case! At the bottom we find the microUSB standard, right next to the microphone. At the top, the output 3.5 mm microphone secondary and side access to micro-SIM. And nothing more. Simple and effective.
Inside we find an 8X 1800mAh removable battery, which provides us energy for a day of use under normal conditions. On a more personal note, I would like to start seeing better times and longer use. It seems that battery technology has not advanced much or not be a major issue? ... We also have an internal memory of 16 GB, without physical access, the minimum needed for normal use. Anyway, we can always bail us of cloud storage, with services like Microsoft Skydrive.
Speaking of cameras, we have a page with 8 MP f/2.0, allowing us to take pictures acceptable in low light conditions. The quality of the images is one that HTC has accustomed us. Good images with detail and vibrant colors. More than enough to post our photos in various social networks. The video is also acceptable, HD 1080p / 30 fps. Just did not like the service in low light conditions, revealing image with enough grain. The front camera is only reasonable, with 2.1 MP, finding that the 8X deserved something a little better.
Not going deep into the universe of Windows 8 OS, I can only say that a smartphone is easy to use, with the buttons as usual Back, Home and Search (customary and compulsory for all Windows Phone), and which easily gets used. The entire interface is simple, clear and easy to habituation, which makes this 8X accessible to anyone, whether beginners or advanced users.
One last reminder of something "strange". The hardware includes an FM radio module, which can not be used due to lack of available software! Blame Windows 8 OS or just something "forgotten"?
The 8X has a fantastic body, shows up well dressed, but not just appearances. Accompanied intelligence enough to compete with the best smartphones on the market to date. Specifications top and helps complete enough that the 8X remains present for some time. And if you're looking for a smartphone easy to set up, use and durable, it can be yours.
Ease of Use
Lack of FM radio
Store applications undeveloped
First, the design. HTC 8X has strong industrial design with bold color choices and beautiful polycarbonate finish. It feels great on your hand, and you look good holding it. The screen is gorgeous and at 4.3", single hand operation is still possible. The combination Windows Phone 8 interface and HTC's hardware technology will please your eye every minute of the day.
Next, performance. The smartphone is really smooth. There's no lag whatsoever. Multitasking is supported, and no fuss here. Web browsing leaves good experiences with multiple tab support (up to 6).
Beats Audio is a huge addition, it enhances sonic experience. Sound is clear and the amount of bass will please your ear. The camera and video is a strong point here. Photos are decent with right amount of details (as long as you take them under good lighting). Battery is not bad (it last one day on regular use) but it could've been better. The only issue I've encountered is storage. 16GB isn't that spacious these days. Sure, you get extra space from SkyDrive.
The Looks: What a stunning device! A solid and vibrant colour that makes the phone stand out - simple but stylish. The blue fits perfectly with the blue tiles on the phone and makes the phone look fabulous. The shape fits perfectly in your hand and feels VERY light and VERY thin.
The Power: A huge processor results in the operating system running super-fast - you'll never notice any lag or delays in anything you want to do. It makes doing all your favourite tasks quick and easy, taking no time at all.
The Screen: Although a bit big, making the phone huge in your hand, it looks fantastic. The colours are excellent and the resolution is superb. The blacks are very black, and even when the screen is on the 'Low' brightness setting it's easy to read wherever you are.
The Camera: The amazing 8MP camera takes shots that you'd think were on a digital camera. It launches quickly so you can take snaps instantly, and you can take many photos one after another without much wait in between.
The Battery: It's good. It's not fantastic. It's certainly not poor though. It'll last you a full day with reasonably heavy use though, so it's unlikely you'll be running out of juice half way through your day. A tip is to switch off all the background tasks and location settings that you'll never use - that'll save huge amounts of battery.
Things to think about:
- The operating system doesn't quite have a great Market for apps, but most are replaceable with alternatives.
- The device is quite big. If a huge phone isn't your thing, then the HTC 8S would be better for you - very similar, very quick operating system, and stunning design - it's even better looking than this 8X.
- Make sure you search through settings to reduce battery consumption.
Other than those small points, it's a great phone and a pleasure to use on a day to day basis. You won't be disappointed.
Based on hardware alone, this is easily the most portable device running Windows Phone 8 on the market. It's only slightly bigger than the HTC 8S but both are remarkably smaller and lighter than other Phone 8 devices without compromising screen size. The front-facing camera has a wider capture angle than other phones and makes it easy to take group pictures. The body is easy to hold and the touch screen is very responsive. The end result is a device that feels solid in your hand and lets you easily see the work you're doing while on the run. It's a fantastic device!
Windows is the world's ubiquitous OS - as far as PC's are concerned - yet a relatively small player in the world of mobile communication. Much of this is due, I feel, to the relatively meager specifications demanded by Microsoft for their phones. With the release of Windows Phone 8 that has changed dramatically - and for the better.
The HTC 8X is a fantastic example of what is now available for those users who either want a new experience, a (slightly) less walled garden, or a a simpler way of communicating.
HTC have delivered this opportunity in a package which at least equals their Android offerings in a variety of ways.
The construction is of a premium quality - both the form factor and the materials involved result in a aesthetically pleasing experience - one of the few phones you will often just hold so as to look at it.
Internally, whilst limited by Microsoft's specifications, both the screen and CPU combine to deliver a smooth and "hitch-free" experience whilst browsing or multi-tasking - the screen being especially pleasing to the eye.
Sound quality is outstanding - especially with high-rate MP3s - whilst video runs smoothly without lag.
The only points of concern would be the rather awkward power button (though the addition of a dedicated camera button is much appreciated) and the wanton pleasure the rubberized coating takes in picking up marks.
On the subject of the camera - I found the quality to be slightly less than other offering by HTC - but the addition of a wide angle lens allows for great, more group-friendly, shots.
In conclusion, the HTC 8X is a fantastic phone - and whatever your feeling about your preferred OS - the actual phone is a pleasure to use and well worth a try.
Functional, capable with amazing design. It's HTC 8X!
Made from Gorilla Glass 2 with curved edges making the screen itself top of the range. It has 341 pixels per inch with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels (720p) on a 4.3'' screen size. When you combine all of these things you are going to get amazing vivid colors, superb brightness and if you are in direct sunlight you can still see everything on your device. Crisp display is one of the things that separate this amazing device from others.
Dr Dre's Beats Audio technology is integrated in 8X, making it first Windows Phone 8 device that has Beats Audio technology integrated This is basically an amplifier in your headphone jack that will allow you to have very clear and amazing sound. Even if you are going to use large set of headphone it's going to be more then enough to pump the sound to them. This phone is going to take you seriously if you demand sound quality and it will provide it through multimedia, music and with voice calls.
One of big surprises when I got this phone in my hands is the camera, and dedicated camera button that should be a must have for mobile devices considering that we use our mobile camera more and more. Front camera has 2.1 megapixels and it's going to help you capture amazing clear shoots, and F2.0 aperture is going to make those shots even more amazing, While front camera can record 1080p video.
Main camera has 8 megapixels with auto focus and LED flash. BSI sensor is going to help with shots in low light environment It has F2.0 aperture and 28mm lens. Before pointing and shooting you can adjust shutter speed, color and resolution. The camera links you to a range of apps that are recommended for picture manipulation. While camera does not have burst more, nor panorama feature it's still amazing. My favorite is using it at 6 megapixels for taking wide screen shots, and 8 megapixel for very detailed shots that will really amaze you.
I just love the shape and the feel of the phone. It fits perfectly in my hand, pocket and on my desk. Colors are eye catching, and I can say that it draws a lot of attention because you don't see a lot of colored phones out there (mine is blue). Body curves make the phone very slim and you have a feeling that back just connects to the front of the phone. Back of the phone has an amazing finish that melts with your hand and it's not slippery so you can be sure that it will stay in your hand.
Embedded & rechargeable Li-ion Polymer battery with a capacity of 1800 mAh gives me more then a day of usage. With 3G and Wi-Fi activated it more then enough. Standby battery life is superb with 3 days with minimal use.
The phone uses Qualcomm's Snapdragon dual core 1.5Ghz processor with 1GB of RAM making it super fast, and user is presented with a fluid experience while using it. CPU and memory will allow you to keep that experience with everything you throw at it.
It supports fastest version of 3G, called HSPA+ that can really show you what speed is. GPS antenna with GLONASS allow you to use your favorite navigation apps from Marketplace. From connectivity you can find 3.5 mm audio jack, Bluetooth 3.1, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n and it's NFC capable.
One of biggest surprises that I got after connecting my 8X to my Ubuntu laptop is that file transfer works out of the box. You can understand my surprise that this works considering that Windows Phone OS is manufactured by Microsoft. I know that not many of you are using Linux as your main system but this is a big deal and it should be known if any other Linux users is considering in buying this amazing device.
I had my reservations about Windows Phone but now I must say that it's all gone. OS is fast, easy to use and very intuitive. From WP7 to WP8 you can see that Microsoft is doing a good job, and HTC recognized that. In case you have a reservation about the OS I would urge you to first try it out. As a big Android fan i was presently surprised.
I am not using a case with my phone because it feels great in my hand, it's not slippery and Gorrila Glass 2 provides great protection. I just feel safe using the phone as it is, and I would urge you to try holding the phone to see how it feels.
HTC 8X is an amazing device and it will exceed your expectations as it did mine. The phone is easy to use with smooth and very fast UI, and when you combine video and sound quality you get a superb device. This is the phone that stands our from others.
The best thing, hands down, about this phone is the feel of it in your hand. HTC has done an amazing job getting just the right finish on it, and this thin and slender phone feels amazing when you hold it. The pictures don't do it justice. I also really like that it comes in color, rather than the same old grey and white (I have the blue).
It's a solid performer and WP8 runs very well on it. I had some issues with audio cutting out, though that may have been the Audible app. The cameras are good, but not great. They perform excellent in outdoor lighting, but low light photos don't tend to come out great. The front facing camera has a neat feature: wide angle. This is a really great idea and something that will likely find its way to every other smartphone in the future. It just makes sense... when skyping or taking a picture of yourself and your friends, you just get a lot more in the picture.
Overall I like this phone a lot more than I thought I might, and I guess that says it all.
I'm using the 8X for almost two months now and I must say it totally rocks!
The camera's are very good with 8 and 2 Mega pixels and a wide-angle front-camera for much portrait fun! I love the physical button for the camera, so much easier to use than tapping the screen.
The 1,5 GHz duo-core processor gives the 8X great speed and smooth handling, you get where you want in no time at all, I noticed the 8X is mostly faster than other (new) phones from friends..
Listening to music is a treat! the 8X is my first HTC with Beats Audio and I love it! not only with headphones but also hooked up with my stereo!
I've heard some comments about battery life, but for me it is more than sufficient.. using it for a day is no problem and it gets new juice at night.. Also a WP8 update manages power better and that got rid of some usage.
My daughter regularly plays with my phone, but no worries anymore that she might mess up the settings thanks to a neat little plug-in named Play-corner. She can access all games from there and she loves it.
The overall feel and look are very nice, I know HTC is always trying to get this at the highest level, and they really succeeded with the 8X.
I can only say that I totally love the 8X and it replaced my Sensation without regrets, and I never thought I would trade it in for anything else..
The Windows Phone by 8X has to be one of the most distinctive smartphone designs I've had the pleasure to experience first hand. From the rubberized polycarbonate body to the curved gorilla glass the phone is top of the range and never have I been asked so much, "What phone is that?" by friends and casual onlookers alike. California blue was my weapon of choice but the other colour options are sure to ellicit similar head turning reactions. The 4.3 inch display hits the sweet spot for me personally in terms of size and allows you to effortlessly view media content without feeling like you're transporting a tablet in your pocket. The volume rocker, power and dedicated camera buttons all feel solid in operation and allow the phone to be used single handedly while on the move in an effortless fashion without excessive hand acrobatic skills being required. I am delighted with this smartphone and wouldn't hesitate in suggesting it to anyone!
I have been using a California Blue HTC 8X for nearly a month now and I must admit that while I was ecstatic by the design, I also had a lot of apprehension due to its fineness. The 8X is my first device from HTC thatís so beautifully crafted, so light that I find myself very often weirdly caressing the smooth polycarbonate material. My other HTC devices that Iíve owned look incredibly bulky and rude next to the 8X. This is most obvious with the grey Titan II sitting next to the lively California Blue device. HTC, through the design of the 8X, clearly wanted to re-invent itself and they have succeeded.
However, the HTC 8X is not perfect despite its eye-catching, flashy design. For a device that has a 4.3Ē screen, it is unusually tall. This is particularly noticeable when compared to the 4.7Ē Titan II. Thatís kind of weird when I have to reach the soft buttons at the bottom of the screen or the power button at the top. It requires much finger twist and a bit of Fantastic 4 Reed Richards elastic superpowers to use the soft buttons with just one hand. HTC should have gone with at least a 4.5Ē screen to make the device more usable. Thatís the price to pay to give the HTC 8X a gorgeous 1280x720 screen with pixel density of 342ppi. The Titan II is no match at this level. Photos are crisp; browsing the web is a pleasure.
The front camera is amazing with its ability to capture more in one photo than any other phones can handle. Itís just great to fit in my daughters and myself when doing video calls with Skype, but not so in terms of photo quality. But the pictures are still better than any other phones Iíve used though. The 8MP back camera offers good quality photos during day use and requires a little fiddling with the settings in low light conditions. Thatís not a real problem for me as I donít usually take photos after dark. Strangely, I find the picture quality on the 8X to be better than on the 16MP camera of the Titan II.
The HTC 8X is definitely the most fashionable device Iíve used so far. Every time I take it out, it manages to catch the attention of all those around me with an incessant emission of WOWs.
According to me 8X is the best phone ever made by HTC in terms of hardware. 8X has perfect size. Inspite of having 4.3 inch screen, the phone is very sleek. Infact the bezel is compact to accommodate easy one hand operation i.e one can access full screen from top to bottom easily. The phone comes in amazing colours, be it red, yellow, blue, pink and black. The best part is matching front ear piece grill in the same colour. Iím in love with the design of 8X. The phone has lovely curves on the back. 8X sports a beautiful polycarbonate unibody design with round corners. The back is matte rubber coating that makes the phone slip resistant and comfortable to hold.
8X comes with long lasting 1800 mah battery. It has wonderful battery life as the phone lasts for full day with continuous internet and sync on and moderate usage. Still, 8X is a light weight phone.
The display of 8X is very crisp and sharp.
8X comes with 8 mp back camera and 2.1 mp wide angled front camera. The camera quality is awesome. You can capture wide angled photos with front camera. The best part is dedicated camera button on the side, which according to me is must have in all handsets.
The 8X runs is very fast as it comes with 1.5 GHz dualcore Qualcomm S4 process and 1 GB RAM. Also 8X comes with inbuilt 16GB internal memory and Gorilla Glass display.
HTC 8X is amazing! The design of this phone is great. The curved back feels natural in your hand. It feels more grippable than my One X and slightly thicker, which aids in the comfort. The bright colours make it stand out and intrigue people which makes a good talking point!
New WP8x....fell on floor from a height of 2 feet..GROLlLIA Glass Screen broken.....
It's so wonderful to hear how many folks find their holistic satisfaction from HTC. As HTC is in my blood (Hox & Hox+ & butterfly) God bless HTC. HTC for life no matter what...
Being a power user concerned with portability, productivity and functionality combined in a smallest piece, I was looking for a phone which would fill the place of several devices and be a power phone rather than just smartphone. I was pretty inspired by the simple look of the Windows Phone 8 OS, and was looking for a perfect device to blend with this OS, and I came across the 8X, beautifully crafted, premium feel in hand, gorgeous display and awesome feeling when you hold it in your hand. My videos look amazing on its HD display and the touch is super responsive! One of the best things I like about this phone is the camera, the video recording of 1080p quality with 45fps is simply superb, came in handy during family functions! The speaker is quite impressive, is loud and clear. And I like the speaker grills at the back, it adds to the overall look of the phone.The phone is real thin and whenever I look at it, I always wonder how beautifully the unibody design is flushing with the display.
Now coming to some cons about this device, being a power user, I really felt 16gb to be very less, that limits my productivity and stuff I could do. There should've been a SD card slot to tackle this issue. It's really bad it offers only 16GB. Second thing is the battery life. It hardly lasts a single full day, and drain in screen off is considerable. I don't know if this is an OS issue, but definitely HTC should have done something to improve the battery life as they have done on the Androids.
Overall its a fun device to capture beautiful pictures (even in low lights I found them to be of good quality), to watch high definition videos, to type on the ultra responsive screen, and with beats, you also have a music system with you with good quality sound and sound effects.
So this is definitely a complete package for both work and play!
Looks & Feel :
The styling of the phone is truly inspired by the Windows ecosystem depicting various colours. But unlike most Windows phones available in the market, HTC has seriously made attempts to make it stand out in the crowd.Be it the tapered edges which makes it feel extremely thin and comfortable to hold or the extremely light weight chassis which makes it one of the most lightest phones available.
Similar to its Android counterpart, the use of polycarbonate makes up to a delightful feel in the hand.
Software & UI :
The fact that this phone has been made by HTC together with the Windows team has ensured the most smoothest experience of Windows 8 as compared to others. Be it the opening of apps or the updating of tiles, everything is picture perfect.
For someone like me who has been not the Android ecosystem since the beginning was a smooth transition and find it much better here.
Though one thing that might bother some of us is the lack of apps but most major apps are available or have a replacement.
The camera on the 8X was the first thing to catch my attention on this mighty beast. The amazing front facing camera is one of the best in the class and thanks to its ultra wide angle which assures you that no one will be missed out in the frame.
The rear camera is almost identical to the one on the One X+ with an incredible shutter speed. But I did miss out a few features I have on my One X+. For now it can be overcome by use of apps like Camera Pro which seamlessly integrates into the native camera app. But I would like HTC top port these features in the upcoming updates.
Battery Life :
For me with 3G on and with normal call time gives me a day and a half of juice. This includes about 2 - 3 hours of playing one of the most addictive games like Wordament. For heavy users the phone would easily last a day.
Video Playback & Music :
The 8X can play full HD content and thanks to the amazing integration of Beats Audio, listening to sound is a breath taking experience. To make the most out of your phone use a pair of Beats headphones.
The phone is a great option for existing Windows Phone users who wish to upgrade and also for those who want to make a transition from iOS or Android.
The phone seamlessly syncs with your Windows 8 PC. Mac users can also enjoy these goodies by downloading their desktop software.
Thumbs up for HTC for creating a masterpiece.
This is one of the best phones i have used. I ABSOLUTELY love it. HTC 8X is so light. My friends had compared it to their current phones and I tell you HTC 8X is the lightest of them all.Seems like it is made just right for the Windows phone8. If you are a girl like me who doesnt like bulky and oversize phones,I recommend u to buy this beauty My favorite thing about it is the wide angle Front facing camera..I always make my friends jealous showing off my front facing camera..The pics come out crystal clear... It has an amazing battery life. And I tell you this has an amazing audio.. nothing can beat the beats audio..And also the volume level is very high, u will be amazed. I love my HTC WINDOWS PHONE 8X...it is blue and it is very SEXY...i have gotten so many compliments for my sleek, stunning and sexy phone...!!!