HTC Windows Phone 8S

76
Engadget
Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
76

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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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.
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Reception and call quality

83
 

Display

65
 

Battery life

77
 

Camera

55
 

Ease of use

80
 

Design and form factor

80
 

Portability (size / weight)

80
 

Media support

80
 

Durability

85
 

Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)

60
 

How It Stacks Up

88

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88
 

Critic

82
 

User

93
 
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78
 

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84
 

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81
 

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80
 
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87
 

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83
 

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90
 
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Critic

82
 

User

93
 
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