HTC Windows Phone 8X

8.0
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Reviewed by ziplobob4 (Currently owns)

I've had bad experiences before with HTC handsets: breaking hinges, dislodged charging ports, etc. The 8X however makes me forget all those bad experiences in a heartbeat. It is easily the most beautiful phone I have ever seen and anyone who sees it sitting on a table stops to look and hold it. When HTC said it would be the most comfortable handset to hold, I whole heartedly agreed but I have uncommonly large hands so my opinion is less influential than those with average hand sizes.

The Pros:

- Attractive
- Light Weight
- Scratch Resistant
- Excellent Camera (not on the level with the 920 or iPhone 5 but very close in normal lighting conditions)
- Responsive Screen
- Unibody Polycarbonate Design
- WP8 (has enormous improvements over WP7.5)
- Amplified Headphone Jack
- Good Call Quality

The Cons:

- WP8 is still an infant and I've already experienced sound and feature glitches
- Front facing camera captures at a slow frame rate
- No micro-sd card slot
- Screen washes out blacks at diagonal viewing angles but has excellent viewing angles vertically and horizontally
- Noticeable heat when using LTE
- Beats audio feature is a gimmick (creates lots of distortion).

Conclusion:

Overall the HTC 8X has thoroughly impressed me. I would recommend it to anyone ready for a new mobile experience like that of Windows Phone 8. If you've been waiting to get onboard with Windows Phone the 8X is your ticket in. Keep in mind however that WP8 is still a new operating system and that while there are many improvements it isn't the most reliable operating system available. If your looking for unending stability and a massive ecosystem go back to iOS because its lonely and cold here in windows. Want to control every bit of your phone and multitask your butt off? Go back to Android, windows is turning into a walled garden with little to no control over your background tasks. If you however want a great mixture of what iOS and Android encompass; customization with simplicity, Windows Phone might be down you alley.

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  • Design 9
  • Display 8
  • Camera(s) 7
  • Reception / call quality 8
  • Performance 8
  • Software 7
  • Battery life 7
  • Ecosystem 6
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