There have been many Windows Phones making their debut ever since the new operating system debuted with version 8. And the HTC Windows Phone 8S looks like it can leave the competition biting the dust. Just in terms of price, the HTC phone is way cheaper than the Nokia Lumia, its closest competitor. If you’re looking for a good mid-range Windows 8 Phone, this might be the one for you.
The phone comes with a
- 1 GHz dual-core processor,
- 4 GB internal storage- with support for 32 GB microSD cards and 512 MB of RAM.
- The battery is a tad disappointing, a mere 1,700 mAh but do remember that the same number runs some pretty high-tech phones, so you’re not too badly off.
The main portion of the phone is one solid shade while the strip at the bottom of the phone is a different shade. This two-tone scheme is distinct to the HTC and it great to look at, no matter what angle.
It is a slim phone, perhaps the sleekest you might have set eyes on, at 120.5 X 63 X 10.3mm and the impression of thinness is further supported by curved edges. It is not a lightweight phone, weighing in at 113 grams, but some heft is good, endorsing the feeling that you have a good product on your hands and not a cheap version. While the finish is plastic, not glass or metal, the rubbery touch makes it easy to hold and doesn’t look tacky either.
Browsing the internet is simple, if a bit slow, on the HTC 8S. It comes with HSDPA and Wi-Fi. Scrolling through websites is a pleasure and words and images are crisp and clear. Connectivity is in the form of Bluetooth and GPS and the 3G speeds are pretty decent. The Wi-Fi tends to slow a bit, which can be annoying.
The 5 megapixel camera supports 720p video and there is no front facing camera, so video calls and the like, are out of the question. It comes with some options. You can create cool effects like negative or sepia and work with ISO, contrast, exposure, saturation and white balance.
The Bing Maps isn’t impressive but does a good job, being accurate and well laid out. In terms of apps, there’s not much to write home about here, except perhaps OneNote, the note taking app.
The HTC 8S is a good looking phone with a unique design to set it apart. Considering that it’s a mid-range phone, it is smooth and efficient and its inclusion of a microSD card slot places it above other, more expensive phones. On the downside, there’s a low battery life, slow internet experience and not much by way of apps and media. But it delivers on social networking and texting. If you’re keen on a Windows 8 phone that doesn’t cost the earth, you could think about the HTC 8S.
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