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.
Conclusion: Call quality We get a decent call quality in the earpiece of the HTC Windows Phone 8S , with strong and relatively clear sound, without notable distortion. The microphone on the handset, however, relayed our voice to the other end somewhat muted and crackling at times, and since there is no second mic on the 8S, ambient noise is quite distinctly heard by the other side as well.
Pros: Catchy and ergonomic design, microSD card slot
Cons: No front-facing camera, Subpar outgoing calls
Summary: 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.
Excerpt: Virgin Mobile surprised us this week by announcing it would be the first carrier in North America to carry the entry-level Windows Phone 8S by HTC. Coming in at a reasonable $279.99 outright, it’s an attractive and speedy Windows Phone 8 device with expandable storage and a great hand feel.
Excerpt: The microSD and micro-SIM slots are secured under a removable cap. Opening this cover is quite a tricky affair, and once inserted, it's very cumbersome to remove the SIM card. On the bright side though, the handset is quite sturdy and lightweight. The phone features a polycarbonate unibody design, with soft rubberized finish at the back, which helps with the grip. Undoubtedly, the 8S is one of the most beautiful sub-20,000 handset available in the market.
Pros: Sleek design; Sturdy build; Rich social networking experience; Great sound quality.
Excerpt: That's not to say that the HTC Windows Phone 8S is a bargain-basement handset, far from it. But you can pick it up for around £26 a month on contract, making it the first mid-range Windows Phone 8 device we've tested. (See also: best deals on Windows Phone 8S .
Excerpt: The HTC 8S is no Windows Phone flagship – it’s a budget offering that doesn’t come with all the power and glitz of smartphones like the HTC One , Samsung Galaxy S4 or Apple iPhone 5 . We’ve encountered its top-range sibling the HTC 8X before, and weren’t too impressed with its performance at that level. However, the mid-range HTC 8S turns out to be a much friendlier experience, especially for first-time smartphone users.
Pros: Smooth and swift interface, Easy to use, Fun and colourful finish, Decent sound and video quality for the price, Expandable storage, Budget price
Cons: Limited features, No front-facing camera, YouTube sound is bright, Apps are thin on the ground at the moment