HTC 8X Review

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Using the HTC 8X has been great so far, the hardware is fairly good, but I'd have to say that it wasn't as impressive as the Nokia Lumia 920 to me. But if your looking for a lighter phone with the HTC build quality, then go for it. Let's start with...

HARDWARE

CAMERA:

The camera isn't the best, but it's better than most. It sports a 8 megapixel camera with auto focus, LED flash, and BSI sensor (for better low-light captures). While the BSI sensor is supposed to be better with low light, the Nokia Lumia 920 camera beats it in low light conditions hands down.

A problem with the back facing camera is that it overexposes images slightly from my experience. But this problem was isolated to a few situations. Most of the time the camera works quite well in fact.

The front facing camera gives you 2.1 megapixel front camera and 1080p video recording which makes Skype calls work well, if you ever use it. I, for one, never really use the front facing cameras on phones.

I did notice some overexposure issues when taking photos from the front facing camera. Other phones didn't have the same problems, but it wasn't horribly over exposed.

Here are some photos taken with the camera.

SCREEN:

The screen for the HTC 8X is very good. It has a 4.3-inch 1280 x 720 Super LCD 2 display with Gorilla Glass 2 coating. This makes for a very pleasant experience, gone are the days for seeing rough edges around the tiles as some of the WP7 devices did. The higher resolution makes the OS feel more visually appealing.

BUILD QUALITY:

The build quality of the phone is quite nice. It has a matte feel to it when your holding it and feels nice and light. One of my problems is with the unlock, volume, and camera buttons on the side and top of the device.

Instead of protruding slightly out from the phone, the buttons are flush with the body, making them a little tough to hit every now and again. Like many issues with this phone, they are very minor, so don't let that discourage you from getting one. You will most likely get used to it after a while.

Overall, the feel of the device in your hand is quality. I've already mentioned the weight being on the lighter side, but the device is also thin with rounded edges. The device is a little more curvy than the Lumia 920.

PERFORMANCE:

It has a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor with 1GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage, WiFi, NFC and an integrated 1,800mAh Li-ion battery. Even though some Android phones are coming out with 2GB RAM and qyuad-core processors, the device speeds along without any noticeable slowdown. Windows Phone 8 is a fast and smooth OS and even though the specs aren't top of the line, it feels quick.

There's also quadband radio support for GSM/GPRS/EDGE, HSPA/WCDMA, and LTE. Phone calls work perfectly for most, AT&T did produces some dropped calls as usual, but the volume of the phone call was very easy to hear and crisp. Overall as a phone it works very well.

SOFTWARE

Overall the Windows Phone 8 OS is very polished. And if you've read my previous reviews of Windows Phone 8 devices, you will know that I am a big fan of the social integration the phone has. This phone is no different, it has the same OS; however, it doesn't have all the apps the Nokia phones do.

The Nokia phones have apps such as Words with Friends, YouSendIt, PGA Tour, and some other exclusive. These apps are only available on the Lumia phones. While many of the apps wont sway your decisions I still wanted to note that Nokia has their exclusives.

HTC on the other hand really doesn't have much more in terms of apps; where Nokia has things such as their variety of "lenses" which are apps that are addons to the stock camera app which enhances functionality. They also have Nokia Music, Nokia Drive, Nokia City Lens, and others. To me this shows that Nokia is pushing harder to make a better experience for the user and that honestly showed when I was using the HTC 8X.

CONCLUSION

While Nokia has some differentiating features from the HTC 8X, it doesn't dispel the fact that the HTC 8X is a great phone. And if you are on Verizon it is the best Windows Phone to choose. If your on AT&T I'd have to suggest the Lumia 920. But in the end you would have to play around with each device before making your decision.

If our readers have any preference when it comes to Windows Phones or any phones, sound off in the comments.