HTC Windows Phone 8X

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Reviewed by kingraven24 (Currently owns)

HTC are really trying to make a name for themselves with Windows Phone. And for good reason, as there's a lot of upside to making a killer WP8 device. The 8X does a great job in having its own identity and standing out on looks alone. Currently, I own a few different WP8 and WP7 devices (Titan 2, Focus, Radar, Lumia 920, 8X), and out of all of them, I love the 920 the most overall. But what makes the HTC WP 8X such a cool device is the Beats audio. Don't let anyone call it gimmicky. I plugged a pair of Monster Inspiration headphones (ironically advertised to the right of this review as I'm writing it), and was BLOWN AWAY. I pulled up Kill The Noise's "Rockers" and "Black Magic Pt 2" to test the audio capabilities. The headphones sounded great, but when I engaged the Beats audio, it took everything to the next level. The phone also features wide-angle camera technology for video chatting,. Nothing is bad about this phone. The Super LCD 2 screen is sharp. However, I had hoped HTC were going to throw down a 4.5-4.7" screen, like their Titan series. In addition, the ergonomics of the phone leave something to be desired. It doesn't fit in my hands as gently as a Lumia 920, so I'm not as excited to handle the phone. The HTC 8X is a great relaunch for the company in the Windows Phone market, one that shows the could be more serious about making a killer WP handset than Android handsets. To repeat what one editor said, I'm excited for the phones that build upon the 8X and Lumia 920, as they're likely to be incredible devices that cast shadows over the rest of the handset industry.

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  • Battery life 7
  • Ecosystem 9
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