I’ve been seeing the HTC Windows Phone 8x on TV commercials and I got curious. I have experienced using gadgets on the iOS, the Android system and the Blackberry OS, but I haven’t tried using any mobile gadget on the Windows OS — that is, until I had the awesome opportunity to actually review it.
Here are some of the features of the HTC Windows Phone 8x:
– Processor: Qualcomm® S4 1.5 GHz, Dual-core
– Operating System: Windows
– Memory: Total storage: 16 GB, available capacity varies, RAM: 1 GB
– Dimensions: 132.35 x 66.2 x 10.12 mm
– Weight: 130 grams with battery
– Display: 4.3 inch super LCD 2 touch screen with HD 720p resolution Gorilla® Glass 2
– Network: GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz HSPA/WCDMA: 850/1900/2100 MHz LTE:700/850/AWS/1900 MHz
– GPS: Internal GPS antenna with GLONASS
– Connectivity: 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, NFC capable, Bluetooth® 3.1, Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
– Camera: 8 megapixel camera with auto focus, LED flash, and BSI sensor (for better low-light captures), F2.0 aperture and 28mm lens, 1080p video recording, Dedicated HTC ImageChip
– Battery: Embedded & rechargeable Li-ion Polymer battery, Capacity: 1800 mAh
– Special Features: Studio-quality sound with Beats Audio™ built in
Since call quality really depends on the carrier you choose and your location, I won’t focus on that. I will instead focus my review on the device itself. I can say though, that AT&T has good coverage in my area.
The HTC Windows Phone 8x is so customizable and I love it because of that!
It’s like having a different phone anytime you want! You can change your wallpaper, the sizes and layout of the tiles and the background which can be light or dark (see 3rd to 6th photos below). You can also change the theme color to represent your mood for the day (see 7th to 12th photos below). There are actually 21 colors that you can choose as your theme. Awesome, right?
One of the first things I noticed about the Windows Phone 8x are the live tiles. I love that some tiles, specifically the Photos and the Me tiles, are constantly moving to show saved photos. These are the tiles at the bottom of the screens in the photos above. As you can see, a different picture is shown on the tiles for each photo I took.
Love music? Then you’ll definitely love the fact that it has Beats Audio in it! It’s one of the best sounding phones I’ve tried so far.
The phone also takes great photos and videos. There are 7 resolution levels for the photos you want to take (VGA, 2048×1152, 2048×1536, 2592×1458, 2592×1952, 3264×1836 which is the default, and 3264×2448). And there are 4 resolution levels for videos (1080P which is the default, 720P, VGA, and QVGA). So even in your photos and videos, this phone offers you settings that fit your need. If you’re wondering about video quality, here’s a video of my son which my husband recorded using the HTC Windows Phone 8x. We used the default resolution for this video. In case you’re curious the word “bagsak” which we kept on saying in the video means “knockout”. 🙂
I think the only thing about any Windows Phone out there that doesn’t really match its competitors is the number of apps available. Though there are over 120,000 apps available for Windows Phones, that’s very little compared to huge number of apps available for Android and Apple devices. But if you are open to exploring apps that aren’t exactly the same as the ones you’re used to, then this won’t be much of a problem. It’s actually fun discovering new apps and games on the Windows Phone.
All in all, I can say that this phone would be great for anyone who loves all kinds of media. It produces awesome sounds, photos and videos that you would be proud to share with friends and relatives. It may take you a bit of time to get used to the operating system and its different apps but once you get the hang of it, you’re going to love it!
You may purchase the HTC Windows Phone 8x at www.HTC.com. Depending on the carrier you choose, price ranges from $99 to $199 with a plan.
UPDATE: After just 4 months of lightly using the HTC Windows 8x, it died on me while I was trying to transfer my media files from the phone to my Macbook via the Windows Phone app. I searched online for possible fixes to the problem and tried various suggestions without success. According to a techie person we talked to, it seems like it was a motherboard issue. 🙁