HTC Windows Phone 8X - california blue (8G - AT&T)
Manufacturer: HTC Part number: 6280765
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CNET editors' review
price range: $0.00 - $289.99
- Reviewed by: Jessica Dolcourt
- Reviewed on: 10/30/2012
- Updated on:11/02/2012
- Released on: 11/20/2012
The good: The HTC Windows Phone 8X's edgy design joins forces with a top-of-the-line processor, LTE speeds, and great call quality.
The bad: This phone's 8-megapixel camera took a few poor pictures, the buttons are too flush, and the OS lacks some key apps.
The bottom line: With top specs and a striking design, HTC's Windows Phone 8X makes a smart choice for anyone ready to dive into the Windows Phone OS.
Well Designed and Captivating
by Amos-E on July 26, 2013
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.
This phone first ...
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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20 out of 20 users found this user opinion helpful.
Best phone I've owned to date!
by MIDN on November 18, 2012
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 ...
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.
18 out of 27 users found this user opinion helpful.
Phone has been great so far, no problems at all.
by Hunkashoo123 on November 3, 2012
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 ...
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.
10 out of 10 users found this user opinion helpful.
Simply put: An amazing phone.
by pma7779 on December 13, 2012
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 ...
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.
8 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
by arabchefg on November 14, 2012
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 ...
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.
8 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
The easiest and best smart phone on the market!
by julianfds on December 23, 2012
Pros: Great screen, fast processor, good battery life, great camera, excellent headphone audio with Beats, and awesome OS.
Cons: No expandable memory and no removable battery.
Summary: I love Windows Phone 8 and I love my HTC 8X. I was leaning towards a Nokia Lumia 920 but there just wasn't the stock available in Australia at ...
Summary: I love Windows Phone 8 and I love my HTC 8X. I was leaning towards a Nokia Lumia 920 but there just wasn't the stock available in Australia at the launch date. HTC, on the other hand, were ready to go so I took the plunge...and I'm so glad I did. Although the 920's camera is supposed to be the "be all and end all" in low light, I'm perfectly happy with the shots I'm getting from my HTC. I'm also glad my phone only weighs 130 grams and not 185! The screen, which is in true 16:9, has to be seen to be believed and the processor is so buttery fast it would make a jelly bean melt! In summary, there are no bad apples in this bunch of goodies from HTC...if only people knew just how much simpler life is with a Windows Phone 8!
6 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Completely Awesome and greater than expected!!
by Metcho6 on November 21, 2012
Pros: The Screen is amazingly sharp and very bright. The phone feels thin and light in the hand and the screen is a perfect size at 4.3". The S4 processor keeps everything as smooth as glass and everything opens very quickly.
Cons: The camera could be a little better. Instagram not available YET.
Summary: I highly recommend this phone. The HTC 8X feels great in the hand, and its display has a higher pixel density than Apple's "retina" display, meaning the screen looks ...
Summary: I highly recommend this phone. The HTC 8X feels great in the hand, and its display has a higher pixel density than Apple's "retina" display, meaning the screen looks fantastic. Its incredibly sharp, and colors pop. The S4 processor makes everything you do extremely quick. There is absolutely no lag or stuttering. Windows Phone 8 is very easy to use and app selection is far better than I was expecting. Facebook, Twitter and even Draw Something are available. The HTC 8X has built in Beats audio which delivers clear bass through the headphones. I'm currently coming from the iPhone 4s and I must say Windows Phone is refreshing to use and offers many features that cannot be found in iOS. Anyone looking for something different Android and iOS should look into Windows phones.
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Top End Experience/ Best Smartphone I've Used
by rfs29690 on December 30, 2012
Pros: Excellent phone design/sleek/easy to handle
Unlimited Music with Microsoft LIVE
Experience of entire Microsoft ecosystem better than any previous
Cons: Battery not replaceable by user
MMS messaging (This is a Verizon issue with a "fix" in the works)
Summary: As a user of smartphones including all of the Iphones and one Android, I have had the experience of each system's +/-'s. First, I am certainly thankful for ...
Summary: As a user of smartphones including all of the Iphones and one Android, I have had the experience of each system's +/-'s. First, I am certainly thankful for all the initiatives brought to us by Apple. I consider Apple to be first to offer a "best" total smartphone/ecosystem experience. Android followed with an impressive alternative to Apple....but now.....I am asking /telling everyone that we have a new "best" choice for the total smartphone/system experience.....Microsoft Windows Phone 8....and on an HTC Windows Phone 8. First...the phone has excellent design features...sleek, and easy to handle....and then starts the user experience....there's LTE... LTE 4G offers vastly improved internet experience.....very fast. Second.....join Microsoft LIVE ($99 annually) and get access to unlimited music. just one part of the Microsoft ecosystem.....XBOX 360, Videos...all the system offerings....entertainment at a max. You connect to all of this...... Then there's the phone's NFC......so easy to use tap & send to share files....and things like payments via CC.....little used but will gain acceptance.....hence, the phone statement "futuristic phone". The use of Skydrive.....makes using the cloud so available for everything from pictures to audio/video to important documents. Skipping back to the mention of music....the phone includes the codec for Dr. Dre Beats audio technology.....huge sound whether into my earbuds or to audio input in my vehicle. From a professional use.....the inclusion of Microsoft Office.....and the Live Tiles updating constantly to show emails, messages..... The ability to tie all contact data into one location... PEOPLE... easily makes this the best "professional use" phone in my opinion. The screen quality is top notch...... easily matching/besting anything currently available. I will say that, perhaps, the camera is not as good as the Iphone 5 (I had this for 14 days before returning to buy the HTC). However, we're talking about "very difficult to measure" differences here. I did not feel that listing the camera item as a "Cons" was warranted....this is very subjective IMHO. I found all the APPS I wanted, or had been using with Iphone. Not that I don't believe that the number of APPS needs to be more plentiful at the Microsoft store.....these will continue to arrive. Thus far, the battery is lasting as I expect.....down to about 39% at the end of an average day. And that leads to one of my favorite "Pros".....wireless charging. I can't tell you how important this is.....as now, instead of fumbling around in the dark (trying not to wake my wife) to get the phone mounted on the charging unit on the bedside clock, I simply place it on the charging pad..... As I glean over my phone, I appreciate how much information is presented.....all part of the "Live Tiles"....new email(s), new messages, calendar summary, and more. The tiles are customizable as to location, and one of three sizes. This lets me keep my most important tiles at the top of the menu. Also, another phone "Pro".....use the phone as a personal hot spot....very easy to connect my Ipad or Microsoft Surface to this phone. So, overwhelmingly, I see this phone as a clear winner in the rather large offering of smartphones today. The combination of WP8 an HTC design.....we have some of the best technology ever offered......I look forward to using my HTC Windows Phone 8X everyday!Question was asked about email accounts setup. I have my company MS Outlook account setup with all folders and also a GMail account. Both work without issue.
Updated on Dec 30, 2012
Updated on Dec 31, 2012The combination of WP8 and HTC design.....
Updated on Dec 31, 2012Add>> I have found that the Klipsch earbuds S4A work perfectly with this phone....all controls work as designed.....so, another choice of earbud/headphone gear beyond the Dr Dre offerings. Also.....call quality....didn't say a thing about it above....but it's excellent. I've tested this in several places where I knew that signal loss occurred with other phones.....and this phone had one more bar than the previous phone at each location.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Smooth and Beautiful!
by MattManDo1ngAReview on February 19, 2013
Pros: - Polycarbonate body with rounded sides and smooth corners feels great in your hand.
- Front facing camera easily captures you and the whole scene!
- California Blue or Fire Engine Red are awesome and set the phone apart on a visual level as well.
Cons: - Battery life takes about 1 week of discharge and recharging to get the most life out of it. Easily longest lasting battery (73% by 5pm) I've ever seen in a phone.
Summary: Truly an awesome phone to hold an use! The 8X fits so smoothly in your hand as the rounded corners and Gorilla Glass screen seem to almost be made of ...
Summary: Truly an awesome phone to hold an use! The 8X fits so smoothly in your hand as the rounded corners and Gorilla Glass screen seem to almost be made of a solid piece of magic. The Polycarbonate body has a nice texture that doesn't feel cold like metal or lifeless like most plastic. Very organic feeling. There has been no need for me to use a cover as I didn't want to mess with the overall look and feel of the phone except I did find it easier to keep it clean (as with any device) as dirt and grime will eventually begin to show. Thankfully HTC makes colour matched hard cases as it would be a shame to hide such beautiful and unique coloured phones. The inclusion of a dedicated shutter button is a great and welcome addition and can also be set to wake the phone to capture images almost instantly. Very handy if you have kids or are trying to capture a moving target quickly. If you like music you'll appreciate the Beats Audio especially if you have a good set of headphones to maximize your listening pleasure. Overall an unbeatable choice for your next phone. Even my die hard Apple friends have made the switch and are happy they have. :)
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Amazing phone! Highly recommend.
by jwdubs1 on November 30, 2012
Pros: Everything - this phone actually is by far the best phone OS in the market - the layout, the ease of use, the ability to have everything and everyone linked to one profile.
Cons: battery life - that's all phones now - sometimes it stalls - but that is most phones - hold power down and do a quick reboot - happened 2 times in 3 weeks.
Summary: I just simply recommend over Andriod and IOS - both don't compare with this phone - this phone meets your needs - was well thought out - good job ...
Summary: I just simply recommend over Andriod and IOS - both don't compare with this phone - this phone meets your needs - was well thought out - good job MICROSOFT!
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.