The Windows Phone 8X by HTC (HTC 8X) was released back in November and we got our hands on one and have been using it for a while to give you all an in depth look at the phone and its good and bad points of the phone and not the OS… This is a review on the HTC 8X and not Windows Phone 8.
The aesthetics of the HTC 8X are extremely pleasing overall with a rubberized uni-body design; our 8X is the Blue colour and looks stunning.
The 8X is around 0.25 inches thick (iPhone: 0.3, SGS4:0.31) and the edges of the device are tapered which helps to make it feel even thinner.
The phone is 130 grams which is quite light weight compared to the Nokia’s high end offering the Lumia 920 at 185 grams, although does fall slightly short of the iPhones 112 grams.
The Back of the device features the camera, the LED flash, the Beats Audio logo, the Speaker grill and some regulatory logos and models numbers.
The Speaker featured on this phone is a powerful 2 watt speaker powered by a dedicated sound amplifier chip and sounds quite good for a mobile phone, the sound is clear and the bass is there but doesn’t really have the “Beats Audio factor”.
The camera is an 8 Megapixel auto focus camera with a BSI 28mm lens with an F2.0 aperture which is supposed to be better in low light conditions. The camera also features 1080p video recording and a dedicated HTC Imaging chip.
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The right hand side of the 8X is where the sim card slot, volume rocker and the camera button are placed, the volume rocker is nice to press and feels sturdy and I had no problems changing the volume of music when the phone was in my pocket. The camera button has a two-staged press: press it halfway and the camera will focus and down to full to take the picture. this again was nice to press and felt sturdy.
To insert the micros-sim into this phone you have to use the tool provided in the box and insert it into the phone, the slot is completely flush with the side of the phone and is completely unobtrusive.
The Left hand side of the phone is completely clean and has no buttons or slots on it, we wish HTC would have at least popped an SD card slot here though.
The top of the phone we can find a microphone, the power button and the headphone jack. The Headphone jack fits any 3.5mm headphone jack and gives out 2watts from the dedicated sound chip which we found to be plenty loud enough for any loud bus or car journey and the headphones supplied in the box are pretty good too.
The power button lets the phone down in our opinion, you have to reach to the top of the device to turn the screen on or off and sometimes you have to give it a couple of goes to press it.
The bottom of the HTC 8X has a second microphone and the micro USB port. The microphones on this phone are good, voice in calls sounded clear and recorded video also had a clear sound to it.
Moving on to the front of the phone, the place that your going to see the most of, this has the screen (obviously), the front facing camera, a speaker for calls and the back, start and search keys.
The screen on the HTC 8X is a 4.3″ Gorilla Glass 2 display with a 1280 by 800 (720p HD) resolution and 342 pixels per inch the iPhone’s Retina display is a 4″ screen with a 1136-by-640 resolution and 326 pixels per inch.
The screen is very crisp, looks fantastic and is very responsive however the colours are not as vibrant as you would find on a phone with an AMOLED screen.
The front facing camera is 2.1 mega pixels and features a wide angle lens, 1080p recording and an F2.0 aperture The quality of the camera is pleasing for a front facing camera but isn’t the best.
The three buttons on the front of the phone are all capacitive touch buttons, when pressed the phone gives off haptic feedback and they light up, the only issue we had with them is that they can be accidentally pressed sometimes which gets annoying.
Overall the HTC 8X is a very well designed phone (apart from the power button) and packs some nice features including a good camera, good sound quality and great in call sound. The bad points of the phone are the buttons on the front sometimes being pressed, the power button placement and the lack of expandable storage.
We will try to get our hands on the Lumia 920 to put the two high end Windows Phones head to head for a winner.
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