Summary: What it lacks in specs it makes up for in versatility, and I have no doubt that the 8S will find a cushy spot in the prepaid Canadian market. Considering the Windows Phone 8X is being heavily discounted by both Rogers and Bell at the moment, I’d be hesitant to suggest signing a contract for the 8S, but if it’s a sleek, well-made Windows Phone you want, and may have plans to upgrade in the next year or so, the 8S is by far your best bet.
Conclusion: If we had a to pick a favourite aspect of the Windows Phone 8S by HTC, it would have to been its overall look. Between the iPhone 5 , Galaxy S3 and Droid Razr M , we live in a sea of polished aluminum. In the past, we’ve claimed to prefer its feel, but HTC’s 8X and 8S have proven that a little aesthetic variety is indeed nice.
Summary: 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 push to get Windows Phone devices into consumer's hands.
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. It is worth a look at to see what an elegantly made phone feels like in the hand though as the design and build quality of this phone is fantastic and i commend HTC whole heartedly for that.
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. If you're looking for an affordable route into Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 OS, it's a good option.
Cons: Lacks Nokia's extra apps; Screen and camera are nothing special.
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 8S and Huawei Ascend W1.
Conclusion: The HTC 8S isn’t an over achiever, it does exactly what it was designed to do and nothing more and for the money, that’s ideal. HTC haven’t overpowered the handset to make up for the incompatibility of the OS as indeed, Windows Phone 8 is shaping up to be a far more competitive platform that its predecessor and some elements like the UI and physical design mean that the 8S appears to be punching above its weight.
Excerpt: The Windows Phone 8S by HTC has been a quiet little device, which has recently launched in a number of markets to compliment the more advanced HTC 8X. As a mid-level Windows Phone, the 8S sports hardware that’s powerful enough to process majority of tasks quickly, but it's main attraction is the affordable price tag.
Summary: The HTC Windows Phone 8S is the first Windows Phone 8 handset to fit into the mid-range price category. As such it's not quite the performer of the high-end Windows Phone 8 devices, but it's not so poor as to make it a bad deal. It offers solid performance and features for a reasonable price. Whether you prefer it to a similarly priced Android phone will depend on your own subjective preference of platform.