Pros Design is absolutely impeccable
Coloring schemes are quite nice and brilliant
Main camera takes great pictures in daylight
Speaker's performance is pretty good
Call quality was great all around
Battery life is great
Cons Can't replace the battery
Lack of an FM radio and microSD card slot
Summary In this review, I'm going to focus as exclusively on the hardware as possible, only venturing into software where HTC's exclusive WP apps are concerned.Edit:
This phone first met with complete skepticism from me, a previously very happy TITAN owner. The screen was far smaller and the storage no bigger than the phone I already had. When I finally had a chance to use the device and eventually own it however, that changed entirely.
The design is absolutely impeccable, and what I have come to expect from HTC. Pure machined precision, in comfortable soft touch material, with the curved glass screen sloping to meet the body at the edges. I know the lack of removable batteries is somewhat of a lightning rod issue, but I found the unibody construction of the phone made it feel more solid in my hand and gave me more peace of mind. One issue I did find with this curved glass is that it curves away so sharply that a screen protector is left with a somewhat unsightly line where it's not stuck on all around the edge.
The coloring schemes are quite nice and brilliant, and they give a good sense of personality to the phone, matched by equally vivid tiles when the phone is on.
The cameras on the device are arguably one of the best experiences. The main camera takes great pictures in daylight, and manages in low-light situation with a flash that is very quick, timed well with the relatively quick shutter. I would have liked to see more image stabilization and low-light optimization with regards to white balance and ISO, instead of me having to manually adjust them to try and maximize my shot in dark situations. The front facing camera was very impressive, with the wide angle lens really allowing me to either pack in more friends or get more surrounding scenery in as well. Before you dismiss it as a gimmick, I must say that getting the Capitol in the shot with a few friends around me at the Inauguration wouldn't have been possible if it were not for this phone.
The Beats audio was an interesting addition. Unfortunately, due to Microsoft restrictions on the device, there is no physical amplifier in the phone, rather, just a bunch of software tweaks to make things sound louder and in more surround sound. The speaker's performance is pretty good, but it's placement allows it to be muffled by a surface on accident pretty easily.
Call quality was great all around, with both the earpiece and speaker deliver loud and clear voice, with very little interference, and good results were reported by the other party as well.
The hardware buttons are great except that the power button is a little too far back and recessed and somewhat hard to press.
Battery life is great, and this is where the WP optimizations really show. I am getting a solid full day and a half every day with no signs of slowing down after a few months of solid use. Every day I listen to podcasts for at least 3 hours, with heavy web usage, app usage, and background tasks all day. My day starts at 8 and I end at 9 with about 46% left on average. That's incredible.
Finally, I'll go over HTC's exclusive apps experience. This is one area where the experience stumbles somewhat. They bolstered it on this device by adding an HTC clock tile that delivers the trademark HTC clock in the form of a live tile that adds live weather info and location. Clicking on it takes you to what was previously the HTC hub, which provides stocks, weather and news. All are great experiences, and the HTC hub is my primary source for stocks and weather, but the news experience is lacking compared to a good RSS reader. The exclusive apps are rather sparse, especially when compared to the leader in this aspect, Nokia. HTC not only has a long way to go in making unique apps that differentiate and add value, but also getting exclusive deals on third party apps like Nokia.
Overall, an incredible device that soundly beat my expectations of it, and another proud addition to my HTC collection. I look forward to seeing what their next phone is for WP with great anticipation. Lastly, I suggest check for great deal for this HTC Windows Phone 8X at -> Windowsphonepicking.blogspot.com/p/htc-windows-phone-8x.html
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Updated on Dec 27, 2013
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Pros Sleek design, tough scratch-resistant glass, beautiful and unique OS that is simple and what phones should strive to be. Excellent reception quality, works well on Verizon's network, and has many smart features that set it apart from other phones
Cons No expandable memory, smaller number of apps available (but growing daily)
Summary I think Windows Phone has finally reached a maturity that allows it to play hard ball with the other top dogs (those being iOS and Android). It's simple OS structure allows for more time to be spent outside of the phone. The simplicity presented is gorgeous and it sets the bar high for innovation with the live tiles. As far as the actual phone features are concerned, it works very well on Verizon's network and I've had no issues so far. I've owned both Android and iPhone and can say I have enjoyed this more already. We seem to mistake "more customization" offered by the latter phones as perks when instead they are only distractors. Sure the Windows Phone is not for everybody. The person who genuinely enjoys downloading and tinkering with a boatload of apps may find more solace in the iPhone. Those wanting a high level of customized features and open source apps (or those that just want to stick it to Apple) Android may be the right phone for you. But if all you want is a phone that gets the basics and nails 'em, a phone that lets you check all of your social ins and outs with an easy, laid out format, and lets you get back to life outside the phone, then Windows Phone is an amazing product. I love how simple and elegant yet efficient it is. If you're ready for a break from the norm and want to see a phone that is embracing different, then you'll love Windows Phone. Can't recommend this phone more highly.
Pros Great screen
Thin, beautiful, ergonomic design
Great OS and synergy with other Microsoft services
Amazing sound quality with headphones
Cons Isn't as feature-packed as the Lumia 920
Summary I have had no problems with this phone and it's been great. I have it synced with my Microsoft account, which stores all settings, passwords, documents, pictures, and more in the cloud. Between my Windows 8 desktop, my Xbox, and my 8X, the synergy that comes with Microsoft's ecosystem is the best I have experienced, far better than Google and Apple's.
Pros Amazingly fast, great multitasking, great design. Before this phone, I was a dedicated android user (only because windows wasn't there yet) and I owned a Galaxy S. The galaxy is smaller and weighs less but oddly enough the HTC feels lighter.
Cons It would be nice if there was a notification of some sorts for new email, messaging, etc. I guess I'm just accustomed to Android and the light up soft keys to let me know of any notifications.
Summary A number of reviews stated that a con was the lack of apps. Yes there is a lack of apps and I notice also but I wouldn't say that is a con of the HTC phone. The reviews are about the phone, not the OS.
If you want an amazing phone and are anti-apple (which is totally understandable) then windows 8 is the way to go and HTC Windows 8X is the perfect phone to complement and amazing OS.
"Awesome phone!"on by arabchefg
True piece of technology for the future
Cons No expandable memory
Summary Being a T-mobile customer for over 10 years, I wasn't about to switch carriers for the Nokia 920. I must say that I am thoroughly impressed with the HTC 8X...especially that it is running Windows 8:)
Syncs up with ALL my microsoft products seamlessly...MS has somehting to cheer about...just have to have the open minds of people to accept and appreciate a true product that integrates your life.