Reviews and Problems with HTC Windows Phone 8X / C625e
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14 January 2013
Conclusion: HTC have worked well to give us a great looking phone that offers a satisfying user experience. If you’re looking for a different experience from iOS or Android, then this is one of the better Windows Phones out there.
Excerpt: HTC astounded a lot of people with the Windows Phone 8X. When the company’s CEO, Peter Chou, emerged on stage on a brisk New York day, few of the present press were expecting such a remarkable, compact and beautiful device.
Summary: The HTC Windows Phone 8X is sturdy, sexy and svelte, and, like Microsoft's OS itself, clearly differentiated from Android and iOS devices. We especially like the 8X's fast back camera and wide-angle front camera. This handset's biggest limitations are the comparatively small size of the Windows Store and its relatively short battery life.
Pros: Sleek sexy and colorful design, Bright vivid display, Beats Audio, Fairly fast and sharp camera, Wide-angle front camera
Cons: Relatively short battery life, No microSD card slot
Summary: Windows Phone has always been a bit of a gamble: why jump on board the Microsoft train when there are so many apps for iPhone and Android? Microsoft still hasn’t answered that question, but there’s no doubt it’s built a fluid and seamless operating system in Windows Phone 8 that even your gran could figure out. The Windows Phone 8X by HTC is just about as polished a showcase of this as you could hope for, with striking colours to match the OS.
Conclusion: Our final rating is going to be a 7.5 out of 10. The screen, audio amplifier, camera performance, and operating system are pretty impressive, but the pointy edges, poor microphone audio quality and impossible-to-feel hardware buttons can get quite frustrating. If you’re into great quality music playback, a high resolution screen, a thin form factor and gorgeous design along with some great integration with Microsoft’s ecosystem of Office, Windows, Xbox, Skype, etc.
Pros: + Gorgeous hardware design, + Feels thin due to its tapered shape, + Large 4.3″ Super LCD 2 screen, + Dedicated Beats audio amplifier, + Speedy camera, The Windows Phone 8X by HTC is currently available on some European carriers and will be available on AT&T, Verizon later this November. T-Mobile will have the Windows Phone 8X on November 14th for $149 or $199, depending on what kind of rate plan you choose.
Cons: - Poor call and audio recording quality, - Pointy edges make gripping the phone very uncomfortable, - Hardware buttons flush with the edges are difficult to find, - Battery life isn’t great, and the battery isn’t user-replaceable, - Camera doesn’t use the LED light to assist with autofocus, - Some of HTC’s fantastic customizations from older Windows Phones are currently missing, The Windows Phone 8X by HTC is currently available on some European carriers and will be a...
Conclusion: It’s rare that we have nothing bad to say about a phone. The HTC Windows Phone 8X sets a new bar for Windows Phone. It is the first WP8 device we can recommend to those hunting for a top-notch superphone over the holidays. With wide availability across AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon, the HTC Windows Phone 8X can compete head-to-head with the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3, and is more comfortable to hold and use than either of those phones.
Pros: Comfortable stylish design, Great hardware specs, Great screen quality, Fantastic camera, Available on most carriers, Windows Phone 8 Start screen rocks, Good audio quality
Cons: No micro SD, Camera not as good as iPhone 5, Xbox Music app needs update, App store still a bit weaker than Android and iOS
Conclusion: Taking into account the $99.99 on-contract price attached to the HTC 8X right from the onset, it’s at an attractive price point that would handedly reel in some curious bystanders. To HTC’s credit, we absolutely love the direction they went with the 8X’s design, as it seemingly stands out magnificently from the staple of cold industrial designs we’re normally bombarded with.
Pros: Stylish looking design, Exquisitely detail screen, Affordable price point
Cons: Few worthwhile improvements with WP8, Lackluster low lighting photo quality, Weak internal speaker