Affordable price point
Taking into account the $99.99 on-contract price attached to the HTC 8X right from the onset, it's at an attractive price point that would handedly reel in some curious bystanders. To HTC's credit, we absolutely love the direction they went with the 8X's design, as it seemingly stands out magnificently from the staple of cold industrial designs we're normally bombarded with.
Elegant, latest WP8 OS
When we reviewed earlier Windows Phone handsets, we were told the platform needed time to bed in.
It's had that and it's evolved but we can't help feeling there are still a few areas it really is left lacking. Things like the poor media support are inexcusable and these are places where Microsoft is to blame more than HTC.
We're sure it will be fixed but it takes the gloss off a new purchase when things like this don't work flawlessly.
Colorful and eye-catching design
The 8X is available on AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, so you have no excuse not to pick one up. It's a toss-up with the Lumia 920: if you love music, the 8X is for you. But if you're a shutterbug, you can't beat the 920's outstanding camera. In the end, only choose either if you don't need obscure apps, because you won't find them on Windows. But if you're willing to give the software a shot, the 8X is a solid choice.
Boasts a 1280x720-pixel HD resolution
I am going to hold my hands up and say that I used to be a massive fan of anything made by HTC. I have owned, in total, around seven different Android handsets by the Taiwanese giant, including the Hero, Desire, and Sensation XE. But whilst my love has been transferred to Samsung in more recent years, I was very keen to get my hands on the 8X and to see what HTC would do with the Windows Phone 8 operating system.
Rubbery finish is pleasant to the touch and aids grip
The HTC Windows Phone 8X is the best all-rounder of the Windows Phone 8 smartphones we've tried. It has a different and less comprehensive selection of pre-loaded apps to Nokia models, but the hardware is better than the identically priced Lumia 820.
Gorgeous design and cool colors
The HTC is unique looking, absolutely stunning and we love the color selection. It's a quality piece of hardware with an excellent HD display, Beats audio and it's plenty fast. Windows Phone 8's app selection is gaining steam and the OS is now robust enough that it's a good time to try Windows Phone. The HTC 8X's biggest problem in the US is the bargain priced yet high end Nokia Lumia 920 that sells for less and doubles storage while adding excellent free navigation.
In the world of Windows Phone 8 devices, there isn't a big selection at the present time, but Nokia is clearly trying to make its presence know. The Lumia 822 is a solid device with good features that complements its $100 on contract price. We like its overall design and comfortable feel, and the 4.3 " ClearBlack AMOLED display shows relatevely accurate colors and is bright enough for outside use, even if the resolution isn't the best we've seen.
Pleasing ClearBlack AMOLED display
Though we always recommend getting the best phone you can since your contract payments will far exceed the price of the phone, the Nokia Lumia 822 is a heck of a lot of phone for free with contract. It has a vibrant ClearBlack AMOLED display that's visible outdoors, the same CPU and RAM as more expensive Windows phones, a very good camera and Nokia's excellent app bundle. If you're OK with the looks and the lower resolution display compared to the more expensive HTC 8X, go for it.
Well built, pleasant to hold and look at chassis
The Nokia Lumia 510, the Windows Phone handset that is expected to become Nokiaâ?? s most affordable one, has now finally gone official. The device features a spacious 4-inch WVGA screen and a 5-megapixel auto-focus rear camera recording video in VGA resolution at 30fps. The Lumia 510 runs on Windows Phone Mango, but it will get updated to Windows Phone 7.8 bringing the new home screen with smaller live tiles.
Nicely designed interface
if your mind is set on Windows Phone, the Lumia 510 is by far the most affordable option. As a reference, the WP8-powered equivalent, the Lumia 620, costs good 100 euro more. Windows Phone 7.8 may miss on a lot of opportunities that are readily available to the next generation of the OS, but it's got plenty to offer to users coming from feature phones.
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