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Monday, October 21, 2013

HTC 8 x review with camera samples :

HTC 8X is definitely a incredible design and ergonomic. Windows 8 apps are a welcome change from iOS. Among the three ecosystems, I prefer Android, Windows 8, and iOS in that order. The phone has a 4.3" Super LCD 2, 720x1280 resolution, 342 ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 2. Glass 2 is overlooked. Glass 3 is in the making and supposed to be even better. Stating following because this is highly underrated in reviews.

 From Corning's Gorilla Glass specs; WHAT MAKES GORILLA GLASS SO DAMAGE RESISTANT? The unique composition of Gorilla Glass allows for a deep layer of high compressive stress (created through an ion-exchange process). This compression acts as a sort of "armor," making the glass exceptionally tough and damage resistant. Ion exchange is a chemical strengthening process where large ions are "stuffed" into the glass surface, creating a state of compression. Gorilla Glass is specially designed to maximize this behavior.

1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Krait processor, 16 GB internal flash, 1 GB RAM NO microSD slot! Battery is 1800 mAh Li-ion battery. Compared to a high end Android Galaxy Note II, which has a battery of 3100 mAh Battery. Battery is also not removable. __Not having a storage expansion slot is a bummer for lot of people! Not being able to remove battery is a double bummer.__ 8 MP camera is awesome, and HD videos were fantastic. For me, storage expansion and removal of battery is very important, so I was disappointed. This is the downside the unibody design.

This Phone is more buttery smooth compared to  HTC Titan I and II which is pre Windows 8 (7.5). Apps are very smooth on 8X even compared to Nokia Lumia series. Apps are limited in Windows 8 marketplace. Yes, we have heard this a gazillion times. I tried with Navigon which turned out to be great in giving voice directions.

Price: $318

Detailed specification :

  2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
  HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 - for AT&T
4G Network LTE 700 MHz Class 17 / 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
Announced 2012, September
Status Available. Released 2012, November
  Dimensions 132.4 x 66.2 x 10.1 mm (5.21 x 2.61 x 0.40 in)
Weight 130 g (4.59 oz)
Display Type S-LCD2 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.3 inches (~342 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 2
  Alert types Vibration; MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
 - Beats Audio sound enhancement
  Card slot No
Internal 16 GB storage, 1 GB RAM
  GPRS Yes
Speed HSPA+; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL (LTE only for AT&T version)
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band
Bluetooth Yes, v3.1 with A2DP, EDR
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
  Primary 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus
Video Yes, 1080p@30fps, check quality
Secondary Yes, 2.1MP, 1080p video
  OS Microsoft Windows Phone 8, upgradeable to WP8 Amber
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon
CPU Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait
GPU Adreno 225
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email
Browser HTML5
Radio FM radio
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java No
Colors California Blue, Graphite Black, Flame Red, Limelight Yellow
 - SNS integration
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player
- MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
- Document viewer/editor
- Video/photo editor
- Voice memo/command/dial
- Predictive text input
    Non-removable Li-Ion 1800 mAh battery

HTC 8 x Camera Samples:


There's no doubt that the HTC Windows Phone 8X is an impressive smartphone. It's one of the best smartphones seen from HTC, not just with Windows Phone, but over their whole range. It's improved on many of the concepts from the One X series, and it benefits hugely from the Windows Phone OS, which follows it's own design and usage paradigms. Despite one or two minor flaws that are easily forgiven, the HTC 8X is right up there with the equivalent models from Nokia and Samsung.

In fact the 8X is already attempting to reach out to as many potential customers as possible. The roll-out of the Samsung ATIV S is relatively slow, and the decision of Nokia to make the Lumia 920 a network exclusive handset in many regions limits the growth opportunities of the Finnish handset. That leaves the high street retailers wide open to accept HTC as their main Windows Phone handset for the festive period.

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