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Making a distinctive phone these days is hard. Device manufacturers have to deal with product cycles of less than a year, a generally homogenous set of components to choose from, and the very basic prerequisite that a modern smartphone feature an all-glass front with a minimally thin back. These issues all factor into the "conveyor belt" look and feel of the common handset, and yet the Windows Phone 8X defies them all.

Sitting just above the loudspeaker is that familiar B logo signifying that this is a Beats Audio-enhanced phone. What that means in terms of electronics is a special Beats amplifier, powering both the rear and 3.5mm audio outputs, plus increased voltage to the headphone jack to provide sufficient power to drive the more demanding types of headphones.

The bright colors are complimented by a seamless unibody shell, which has a gentle arc and curve to it. Add to that rounded edges, a flush camera, and a rubberized coating, and you have a very comfortable phone to hold.

The 8X also has your standard audio jack, Bluetooth 3.1, NFC capabilities, a Micro USB charging port, and 4G LTE connectivity on AT&T and Verizon. Our LTE speeds have been pretty standard, as has phone reception.

The HTC 8X has an 1,800mAh battery, which is about standard for a larger smartphone. Windows Phone has a decent battery saving feature and manages life better than Android devices, so you can expect a full day of juice out of the 8X. Because you have the ability to control background tasks, battery life is in your hands more than most phones. Smart users should be just fine with the 8X.

HTC has clearly put a huge amount of focus on the design of Windows Phone 8X and the end result is one of the most distinctive looking phones on the market. In a world of boring, black slabs, the Windows Phone 8X stands out for all the right reasons. Its vibrant colour options and curved, clean lines immediately set it aside from most other smartphones on the market.

HTC's design team says the 8X is what they would imagine a Windows Phone 8 Live Tile to look like if it jumped out of the screen and morphed into a phone. Well, not exactly, but you get the picture. The 8X's flat, glossy screen contrasts nicely with the polycarbonate shell and you can immediately tell this phone has been designed specifically for the Windows Phone platform. The device comes in California Blue, Graphite Black, Flame Red and Limelight Yellow colour variants and each model has a matching Windows Phone 8 interface theme to suit. The combined look is bold, distinctive and attractive, though we remain convinced that our 'California Blue' review unit is more purple than blue.

HTC says the edges of the Windows Phone 8X have been sculpted to fit comfortably in a users hand and said it worked hard to produce a phone without bumps or protrusions. At 10.1mm thick and weighing 130g, the 8X isn't the thinnest or lightest smartphone on the market, but it defies the specifications sheet to look and feel svelte. The matte surface hides fingerprints well, too, and the grippy nature of the finish means the phone doesn't easily slip out of your grasp.

While the design of the HTC Windows Phone 8X is attractive, there are some ergonomic issues. Firstly, the device is almost the same height as the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Samsung Galaxy S III yet it has a smaller 4.3in screen. The tall, rectangular shape makes the 8X easy to hold with one hand, but it's hard to reach the very top of the screen with your thumb when navigating through the phone.

Secondly, the physical buttons on the 8X are completely flush with the body. While this adds to the look, it also creates some questionable ergonomics. The edges of the phone are smooth and rounded, but the corners are sharp and dig into your fingers when held. We also found the corners uncomfortably dug into our ear when we were holding the phone up to talk.

The biggest annoyance, however, is the power button. Due to the tall design of the 8X, it's very uncomfortable to press when you're holding the phone with one hand. We also found that we accidentally bumped the volume buttons on the right side whenever we moved our hand to lock the screen. The camera button, too, is flush with the body of the phone and offers poor tactility. It makes capturing steady photos an issue.

The HTC Windows Phone 8X comes with a 4.3in super LCD2 display with a 720p resolution of 1280x720. It's one of the brightest and most vibrant displays we've used on a smartphone. HTC says the screen has been designed to sit closer to the actual glass on the front, creating the illusion that its contents are almost floating on the surface. We've seen this before on a number of previous devices, but the combination of HTC's physical design and the vibrant Windows Phone 8 OS makes it a standout here.

One downside to the HTC Windows Phone 8X's design is the lack of expandable memory. While we can understand the fact that a card slot would have spoilt the clean lines and shape of the phone, we would have appreciated more internal memory. The 8X only comes with 16GB of storage, with 14.56GB available to store apps and files on.

The HTC Windows Phone 8X is one of the first devices to run the latest version of Microsoft's Windows Phone platform, Windows Phone 8. The first thing you'll notice is speed: the 8X is a fast and slick smartphone. We didn't experience any lag whatsoever when flipping between apps, scrolling through long lists or opening apps like the camera. Basic day-to-day tasks on the Windows Phone 8X are smooth and responsive. Scrolling, especially in the Internet Explorer browser, is smoother and faster than most Android phones we've used. All in all the combination of the Windows Phone 8 OS and the 8X's hardware makes for a speedy and efficient device.

The most useful HTC addition, however, lies at the bottom of the settings menu. Attentive phone settings consists of three options that utilise internal sensors like the gyroscope and the accelerometer. The settings will lower the ring volume when you pick up the phone, increase the ring volume while the 8X is in your pocket or bag and enable you to flip over the phone to mute the ringer during an incoming call. These aren't new features (they've been available on many HTC Android devices in the past) but it's good to see them included here.

The default Maps application on Windows Phone 8 is accurate and far more comprehensive than Apple Maps on the iPhone 5. It doesn't offer a native turn-by-turn navigation feature like Android phones, but Nokia's Drive app will eventually add that feature when it becomes available for non-Lumia devices at a later, unannounced date.

It's not simply about the number of apps here, but the number of important apps that have become popular on smartphones. A few examples include Dropbox, Pocket, Instagram, Spotify, Pinterest, Pulse News and Flipboard. These apps and many more may eventually come to the platform, but they're not available right now. It's an issue that we suspect will prevent most average consumers switching from iOS or Android to a Windows Phone.

The front camera is perhaps the most interesting feature of the HTC Windows Phone 8X. The 2.1-megapixel lens has an ultra-wide angle 88 degree lens that captures almost triple the area of most other front-facing smartphone cameras. We found it worked well for front-facing video calls through Skype, especially if you're using the phone to keep in contact with family. However, the quality of both still images and video through the front-camera are disappointing.

The HTC Windows Phone 8X includes Beats Audio qualities, which noticeably enhances bass and works across all applications. However, unlike some other HTC Android devices, the 8X doesn't come bundled with a pair of Beats-branded headphones.

In 2012, the smartphone market was exploding with some insane competition. Mobile operating systems were desperately trying to catch up to Apple and the iPhone. During this time, platforms like WebOS and Blackberry were still in the game. But they were on their way out, as they struggled to create an ecosystem of apps as Android and iOS had done. However, not everyone had given up to Google and Apple just yet, as Microsoft pushed its new Windows Phone platform on a large assortment of new smartphones.

Windows Phone shared more similarities with iOS and Android than BlackBerry did, in the sense that it focused more on the on-screen keyboard and a better app marketplace. Microsoft also benefited from having many different hardware manufacturers creating high-end devices that ran the Windows Phone OS. The vast variety of phone options, with top-of-the-line specs, put Windows Phone right up there with Android and iPhone, even if only for a very brief period.

But after using the phone for more than a few minutes, people begin to notice that many of the most popular apps from the time were missing. Many popular apps like Instagram, and even YouTube were completely missing from the Windows Phone store. Without apps to support the most popular social media platforms at the time, Windows Phone was a hard sell.


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