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A budget Windows Phone that doesn't compromise on style

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When we got our hands on the HTC 8X, we found it to be a worthy flagship, with a good balance of performance and design. Fortunately for the 8S, much of the design DNA has carried over. Naturally, the spec sheet differs dramatically, but only as you would expect for a phone aimed at a more mainstream section of the market. Some people might not fancy the sound of a 1GHz dual-core chip or 5-megapixel camera, and these people should indeed look elsewhere. But, if you want a phone that looks good, is reasonably priced and just gets the job done, then we'd happily recommend the 8S. And until the Nokia Lumia 620 arrives, the 8S has the stage all to itself. So, if you're not looking to wait, we suggest you start thinking about color options.

Critic reviews

6.9
8 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    8.5
  • Display
    6.6
  • Battery life
    7.7
  • Camera
    5.4
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    8.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.0
  • Media support
    8.0
  • Durability
    8.5
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    6.0

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User reviews

7.2
5 reviews
7.0
Engadget Dec 20, 2012

Some people might not fancy the sound of a 1GHz dual-core chip or 5-megapixel camera, and these people should indeed look elsewhere. But, if you want a phone that looks good, is reasonably priced and just kinda gets the job done, then we're hard-pressed not to recommend the 8S.

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7.0
Pocket-Lint Dec 18, 2012

The HTC 8S is a nice little handset. It's dependable without being groundbreaking, so while it might not get your pulse racing, it'll keep you in touch.

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7.0
SlashGear Dec 13, 2012

There’s certainly room in the market for a well-performing, affordable, compact Windows Phone 8 handset, but the HTC 8S lacks the all-round polish to fill that niche.

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7.0
CNET UK Dec 28, 2012

If you're thinking of making the move to Windows Phone 8, then the 8S is certainly an affordable and stylish route into Microsoft's OS. It feels very smooth to use and looks quite different to most other smart phones on the market.

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8.0
phoneArena Dec 18, 2012

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.

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8.0
GSM Arena Dec 18, 2012

With excellent build quality and a fresh youthful styling, the HTC 8S will easily get most people's attention. The Windows Phone 8 UI is also novel enough and, while it might lack the versatility of Android, it offers an arguably better looking alternative to those keen to try something new.

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7.0
TechRadar Dec 18, 2012

Looking outside of Windows Phone 8 it doesn't seem such great value for money, but if you're set on Windows Phone 8 and don't want to drop a huge amount on a handset then for the time being this a good buy.

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4.0
Mobiledia Dec 28, 2012

If you want to try Windows 8, the HTC 8S is a good mid-range option for budget-conscious consumers. It's a watered-down version of its sister phone, the HTC Windows Phone 8X, but it boasts some solid features.

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7.0
Vilaniousone Vilaniousone

This is a YEAR experience with this phone , now coming from having an LG Windows 7 phone, i enjoyed very much, almost fell in love with it lol jks. I became branded as a Windows phone user and enjoy the usage. Off the bat after two weeks with the phone I had software problems, returned it, got...

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6.0
Roflman Roflman

Hardware is pretty solid for the price except for the camera. The display is pretty good. The software OS (Windows Phone 8) looks awesome, but it lacks apps and variety. Overall nothing special. For the money not bad at all though.

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