HTC 8S Review: an Elegant Entry Level Windows Phone 8 Smartphone
3 April 2013
Excerpt: The HTC 8S is currently HTC’s lowest priced Windows Phone 8 entry, and yet it sells for about 3 thousand pesos more than the Nokia Lumia 620. Is the higher price justified? Can this make you forget about similarly-priced but better spec’d Android phones? Let’s find out.
Conclusion: As for whether I would recommend the device to anyone? Yes I think it is definitely aimed at the younger generation and first time buyers, whether they be buying a smartphone in general for the first time or buying a windows phone 8 device for the first time.
Nokia Lumia 620 vs. HTC 8S vs. Huawei Ascend W1 review
26 February 2013
Excerpt: The Windows Phone 8 phones that we've reviewed so far - the Nokia Lumia 920, Lumia 820 and the HTC 8X - were all high-end phones with high-end prices. More affordable Windows Phone 8 smartphones are starting to appear, and today Hardware.Info is taking a closer look at the Nokia Lumia 620, the HTC...
Summary: Entry-level Windows. A dual-core processor, 512 MB RAM and a 4-inch screen for 260 Euros (~$346). In cooperation with HTC Microsoft tries to pull smartphone users away from the Android and iOS camp. But is Windows Phone 8 with weaker hardware still fast enough and competitive?
Pros: Expandable memory via microSD, 4 different colour variations, Good build quality, Responsive menu controls, The unique design and the very good haptics.
Cons: Low resolution display, Small memory for apps and games, Limited feedback from the keys, Built-in battery, No video-out, A higher resolution display and more storage versions.
Summary: The HTC Windows Phone 8S has a lot going for it. For those that want a different experience and a design that stands out, the 8S is worth considering. However, there are some disadvantages with that choice.
Summary: The HTC 8S -- also known as the Windows Phone 8S by HTC -- is a fun and funky looking handset that feels speedy to use despite its modest processor and has a good all-round line up of features for its price.
Pros: Refreshingly different design; Slick and modern Windows Phone 8 OS; Dual-core processor; MicroSD card.
Cons: Lacks Nokia's extra apps; Screen and camera are nothing special.
Conclusion: HTC has made a mucho sympatico handset with the 8S, shaping it in a two-tone ergonomic bod, with very easy one-handed operation. It has skimped a bit on the camera quality, and not even included one for video chat, but the rest of the readings are solid, and there is even a microSD slot for storage...
Pros: Catchy and ergonomic design, microSD card slot
Cons: No front-facing camera, Subpar outgoing calls
Conclusion: HTC very nearly nailed the Windows Phone 8 market. The 8S is well designed and a great size: not everybody wants a huge smartphone, and many people who told us they liked the design of the 8X but wanted something scaled more like an iPhone 5 had no such complaints about the smaller model.
Excerpt: HTC's second Windows Phone 8 device follows the same design as its bigger brother, the 8X, with a unique look and feel that's separate to the company's Android devices. It's another big bet on Windows Phone 8 for HTC and one that the company hopes will appeal to the masses as Microsoft continues its...