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.
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: 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.
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: We weren't expecting a lot from the Windows Phone 8S to be honest. Although we like the operating system very much, the high-end WP8 phones such as the 8X had left us wanting more, considering that they are priced so high. We imagined that the low-cost 8S would cut too many corners to make it an interesting option. But we were wrong. The 8S is one of the nicest mid-range phones currently available.
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 expansion, which you don’t see often with HTC these days. Its direct competitor is the Nokia Lumia 820 , which is capable, but more expensive and more unwieldy to handle.
Pros: Catchy and ergonomic design, microSD card slot
Cons: No front-facing camera, Subpar outgoing calls
Conclusion: In the pursuit of bigger and bigger phones, it feels like a void’s been left for reasonable sized, reasonably priced smartphones. For those who don’t want or can’t afford a top notch iPhone, the Windows Phone 8S by HTC fills that admirably. Despite a few kinks in Windows Phone, and the lack of Nokia’s maps, Windows Phone finally feels like the My First Smartphone that Microsoft’s been aiming for, and for newcomers, the Windows Phone 8S is the best example of that yet.
Pros: While we’ve enjoyed the three Windows Phone 8 blowers that have hit stores so far - the Windows Phone 8X, Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 - none of them have been, to put it politely, slim. If the Lumia 920 is a tank, the Windows Phone 8S is a Smart car. The four-inch screen is sharp, colourful and just the right size for those without basketball-player paws. And the hardware too is beautiful: the sturdy, curved plastic shell feels deceptively premium, and we love the t...
Cons: Most of the problems we have with Windows Phone 8 can be laid at Microsoft’s door, and until the next update, we’re going to keep bringing them up. Multi-tasking is still confusing (You can only go back to where you were in an app via the multi-tasking tray - reopening from the start screen reloads the entire app); Internet Explorer does a poor job of rendering websites built for Android and iPhone mobile browsers; the People Hub doesn’t load updates in the background...