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conclusion:We like it

88

HTC's latest smartphone is much smaller than the company's recent flagship models, such as the One X+, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Its 4.3-inch HD display is one of the sharpest and brightest available on a smartphone, eclipsing even the Retina display on the iPhone 5. It includes a very good camera, a fast processor, and performs well on 4G LTE data networks from AT&T and Verizon (the phone is also available on T-Mobile, which is in the process of launching its LTE network). The 8X runs on Windows Phone 8, which improves on earlier versions of Microsoft's mobile OS with a more customizable start screen, a new version of Internet Explorer, and good parental controls. While the Windows Phone app ecosystem isn't quite as robust as iOS or Android, many key apps are already available for the OS, and more are being added daily. show more

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Critic reviews

8.1
19 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    8.4
  • Display
    8.4
  • Battery life
    7.2
  • Camera
    7.6
  • Ease of use
    8.3
  • Design and form factor
    8.7
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.2
  • Media support
    8.0
  • Durability
    8.1
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    6.9

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User reviews

8.8
96 reviews
8.0
Engadget Oct 29, 2012

The HTC 8X is a fantastic ambassador to Windows Phone 8, but we're longing for a similar phone running Android -- at least until a stronger app ecosystem develops for Microsoft's latest mobile OS.

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9.0
CNET Oct 30, 2012

With top specs and a striking design, HTC's Windows Phone 8X makes a smart choice for anyone ready to dive into the Windows Phone OS.

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8.0
Gizmodo Oct 29, 2012

If you're on the fence about making the switch, you probably want to hang back and see what the Lumia 920 looks like. Then, maybe wait a bit longer to see if the ecosystem actually manages to populate itself. But for the Windows Phone faithful, this is a hell of a makeup present from HTC.

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8.0
PC Mag Nov 6, 2012

I like the HTC 8X enough that as soon as I can find a model for T-Mobile, I'm going to carry it around as my primary phone for a while. For me, it's the best balance of Windows Phone power and usable size. If size doesn't matter to you, the Lumia 920 is an even better experience...

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8.0
Ars Technica Dec 9, 2012

Be prepared to at best be patient and wait for developers to take it seriously. At worst, be comfortable with the reality it may never rise to the top of any development studio's to-do list.

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7.0
Computerworld Nov 13, 2012

The HTC Windows Phone 8X is a slick, beautifully designed phone that shows off the new Windows Phone 8 software well, especially if you buy into the Windows 8 ecosystem of devices. It's fast and has a beautiful screen, although you may be put off by the limited storage.

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9.0
SlashGear Oct 29, 2012

With the 8X from HTC the Windows Phone platform has a new leader, being called the “signature handset” of Windows Phone 8 — and it delivers just the qualities that Microsoft was looking for. This embodies their OS’ style and design. It’s elegant, sleek, and powerful!

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9.0
Mashable Oct 29, 2012

The HTC Windows Phone 8X is set to go head-to-head against Nokia’s Lumia 920 and Samsung’s ATIV S in the Windows Phone marketplace. Windows Phone 8 shines on the 8X and the phone is a pleasure to both hold and carry around.

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9.0
SlashGear Nov 14, 2012

If you’re hankering for Windows Phone 8 specifically, the HTC Windows Phone 8X is easily one of our top choices on any carrier it’s with.

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8.0
SlashGear Nov 28, 2012

While it did take a little bit of time to get used to the UI, Microsoft clearly made a clean and and stylish mobile operating system, and it ran great on the 8X. Overall, if you’re wanting to stick with Verizon as a carrier ... the 8X is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a Windows Phone...

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8.0
Mobiledia Oct 29, 2012

If you're dead-set on a Windows 8 phone, it's really a toss-up with the Lumia 920. The 8X is better if you're a music devotee who'd like a lighter device, while the Lumia boasts a better camera. But either way, the 8X is a solid option for any Windows fan.

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8.0
The Telegraph Oct 29, 2012

The HTC Windows Phone 8X is a beautiful device with a delightful form factor. It is without doubt the best phone that HTC has made and has enough punch to be seriously considered alongside the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy SIII.

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8.0
phoneArena Oct 29, 2012

Ultimately, the HTC 8X is surely a strong competitor in the Windows Phone camp, but as we look at the broader spectrum, it pales in comparison to some of the smartphone elites out there.

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7.0
TechRadar Oct 29, 2012

The HTC 8X promised so much on paper and the excitement leading to it arriving was building up for us. Yet when it arrived, we found it to be a mediocre handset and this is the best of the two WP8 phones HTC is launching. Which means it's not even the best value.

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9.0
BGR Oct 29, 2012

If you’re willing to make do with Windows Phone in its current state and play the waiting game, I wholeheartedly recommend the Windows Phone 8X. This phone is awesome. The hardware is outstanding and the operating system is unique and smooth.

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9.0
Techno Buffalo Oct 29, 2012

There’s no doubt the Windows Phone 8X is a win for HTC. It’s a stellar device that does everything I expect from a Windows Phone, and more, and it gives me a ton of confidence for the future of Windows Phone overall.

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8.0
peter peter

It's hard to evaluate a Windows Phone without really reviewing Windows Phone itself, and it's hard for me to review Windows Phone 8 without bringing my own preferences as a mobile user into play. I will say that overall the 8X is a phenomenal phone, with some of the best industrial design I've...

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10
narbj narbj

This has got to be one of the nicest looking phones that i have ever owned. It's overall look is sleek and fits great in the hand! I have no problems typing and searching because the way its built allows the user to navigate through it with ease. When you first turn this phone on the vividness...

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9.0
gotomanners gotomanners

I’ve had the 8X for about a month so I’ve really had time to play around with it and I have to say it is a stunning device and a joy to use. Design: The HTC 8X is beautiful to look at and to hold(sometimes my gf gets jealous). It has a soft matte polycarbonate exterior which provides great grip...

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9.0
JFreiman JFreiman

Be a smart consumer and see why Windows Phones rate higher in user surveys than either Android or iPhones. I had the 8X until the Lumia 920 was released, at which point I gave the 8X to my best friend. I would have held on to it, but I missed not having the Nokia apps like Drive and Transit,...

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8.0
gaymergeek gaymergeek

starting off with this device is a HUGE learning curve from any other type of smart phone. the OS that is running on this device is very different but very simple to use. as a phone it works great, of course depending on your network you are on the quality of the call can increase or decrease....

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9.0
AhmadAAziz AhmadAAziz

Elegant, productive, social and simply HTC Windows Phone 8X by HTC is, exceptionally, elegant! The touch, the feel, the look the size and the weight are just perfect! Pleasantly stylish and thin to have it in my hand, in my pocket or to put it on my desk! 4.3” screen makes it the best...

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9.0
coffeeshark coffeeshark

I picked up the 8x from TMobile (blue/purple only at this time). As a WP7 user I am very familiar and comfortable with the OS, and I run everything through my Live ID, so this is a normal upgrade for me. I won't bother with an OS review, except to say that WP8 is well-done with few issues, and...

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9.0
ricardonunomelo ricardonunomelo

Um smartphone simples e com personalidade O primeiro smartphone Windows Phone 8 a chegar ao mercado é sempre uma responsabilidade. E podemos dizer que a HTC agarrou rápido e bem essa oportunidade. Focando-me no hardware, e deixando apenas umas pequenas linhas para o SO, posso dizer que a HTC...

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9.0
MrJonPace MrJonPace

The only way you can start a review of this phone, is to talk about how well designed it is. It looks are sleek, its curves are beautiful and I can honestly see every new smartphone on the market in the next 24 months taking some inspiration from it. I’ve had the phone nearly two months now and...

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9.0
mbriggs mbriggs

It is hard to write a review on the device and separate how the device works with the Windows Phone 8 operating system. While this hardware is really nice, it is the WP8 OS that really shines here and makes it a really nice phone. Windows Phone 8 has come a long way. As most corporations use...

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9.0
HamdiR HamdiR

Simply the Best Windows Phone 8 Let’s first begin with the main highlights of this device, design, build quality, screen and camera! When you first meet the 8x you will have a pleasant surprise, it’s just gorgeous and immediately hits you with its finest build material, the unibody shell is...

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