HTC 8X: Windows Phone 8 Excellence

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HTC 8X: Windows Phone 8 Excellence

The HTC 8X is the new Windows Phone 8 flagship from the Taiwanese manufacturer all set to go head to head with rival devices from Nokia and Samsung. But does the HTC 8X have what it takes to outshine Nokia’s Lumia 920 and Samsung’s ATIV S? Let’s take a look.

HTC 8X Lookin’ good

At first glance the HTC 8X is a really cool looking phone. Available in blue, red, grey and fluorescent yellow, the colour variants scream out that this smartphone is modern and cutting edge. Taking design cues from the original Nokia Lumia range, the casing features square corners which are slightly softened, preventing them from being too pointy in pockets. Although the handset has a thickness of 10.12 mm, it actually looks a lot slimmer thanks to its curved back that tapers down towards each of the edges, creating a sleek and streamlined chassis.

The HTC 8X is relatively lightweight in comparison to the Nokia Lumia 920

It’s only when you actually pick up the phone that you can tell just how well built it is. At 130g the HTC 8X is relatively lightweight in comparison to the Nokia Lumia 920’s hefty 185g. However this doesn’t detract from the quality and it still has a premium feel despite being light. The polycarbonate unibody chassis is also textured, soft and slightly rubberised, giving the user a bit of extra resistance when gripping it.

Dream screen

On the front of the device is a 4.3-inch HD LCD display that stretches all the way to the edges of the smartphone, framed by a narrow border created by the casing. The screen is certainly impressive, and the images produced are really crisp picking out even intricate details and colours of what’s on the display. Compared to the AMOLED screen sported by the likes of the Nokia Lumia 920, the LCD display doesn’t achieve blacks that are as deep, but nevertheless the colours are still really eye-catching and stand out.

8MP Snapper

The camera is yet another area where the HTC 8X impresses, and the 8 megapixel snapper produces some great photos that are sharp and colourful. What is a bit odd is that the default setting for picture taking is 6 megapixels, so if you want to take photos of the highest possible quality you’ll have to nip into the settings and shift it up to 8 megapixels. It’s not a massive qualm, but does seem a bit weird, and if users aren’t aware of this they may not use the camera to its full potential.

HTC 8X 8 Megapixel Camera

HTC 8X Camera Specs & Features: 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, Video record and Playback 1080p@30fps, continuous autofocus, video light, Secondary 2.1 Megapixel camera.

The front-facing camera is a highlight too as it features a wide angle lens, meaning those shots you get at arm’s length can cram even more mates in. The addition of a dedicated camera button means snapping is quick and speedy as well, even from the lock screen.

Internal Storage

One niggle we have with the HTC 8X is that the 16GB internal memory can’t be expanded, which is annoying when you consider it’s little brother the HTC 8S has a microSD card slot meaning its memory can be expanded to 32GB. However, the HTC 8X comes with 7GB free SkyDrive cloud storage, so when combined with the 16GB means there should be more than enough space to store files, photos, videos and music.

Hands On With The HTC 8X

Overall the HTC 8X is a great all rounder, with a cracking design, vivid display, and a camera capable of taking great photos. So, if the Windows Phone 8 operating system has caught your eye, and it’s a flagship handset you’re after, the 8X would be our recommendation.

This guest post was written by Phones 4u’s Abbi Cox.

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