We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
 

HTC Windows Phone 8S video review


The HTC Windows Phone 8S is an inexpensive Windows Phone 8 handset with a 4in displaySee Group test: What's the best smartphone

It has a two-tone body with a rubberised finish. At 10 point 3 milimetres it is far from the thinnest phone around, but it doesn't feel bulky.

The 8S has a 4-inch Super LCD Gorilla Glass display. Its resolution of 480 by 800 pixels means it has a pixel density of 233 pixels per inch. Windows Phone 8 looks as bright and cheery as ever.

The 8S has curved edges, and a sturdy polycarbonate construction. You won't need a case, but the screen does attract a lot of finger marks.

Above the screen is a relatively thick bezel and a single speaker. The usual touch panel with three Windows Phone icons lies at the bottom, in a strip that's a different colour to the rest of the phone.

Around the back you'll find the only camera - a 5 Megapixel snapper - along with an LED flash. You can add what HTC calls 'lenses' - special add-ons such as a barcode scanner. It can also shoot 720p video.

The smooth panel comes away to reveal a SIM tray and microSD card slot. This mechanism feels robust but, unlike a SIM tray, it does leave you open to losing the cover.

Around the sides of the 8S you'll find a camera button, volume rocker, and on/off switch. These are all fairly easy to find and use, although for some reason the on/off switch at the top is almost flush with the edge of the phone. Also on top is the headphone jack.

The 8S has a dual-core processor, and 512Meg of RAM. It managed a decidedly middle-of-the-pack result in the SunSpider JavaScript test. We didn't find that web browsing was slow, though, just not very zippy.

General performance is similar: there's nothing wrong with the 8S, it's just not super fast.

You get only 4 GigaBytes of onboard storage. There is, as we've mentioned, support for microSD cards of up to 32Giga, which is handy.

The battery is relatively tiny and just about gets through the day with moderate use.

You get 802.11n Wi-Fi, as well as Bluetooth 3.1, 3G and GPS.

HTC Windows Phone 8S review: verdict

The HTC Windows Phone 8S is the first Windows Phone 8 handset to fit into the mid-range price category. As such it's not quite the performer of the high-end Windows Phone 8 devices, but it's not so poor as to make it a bad deal.
It offers solid performance and features for a reasonable price.

Whether you prefer it to a similarly priced Android phone will depend on your own subjective preference of platform.

We award three and a half stars.

Video Source: PC Advisor
Article Author:
Video Category: Review

Share this video



Comments

Most Popular Videos
Samsung Galaxy S5 waterproof dunk test video play video

Samsung Galaxy S5 waterproof dunk test video

We see if the Galaxy S5 can survive a proper dunk in water in this video.
watch video »


5 reasons why PCs are better than Macs: Mac vs Windows PC - which is best? play video

5 reasons why PCs are better than Macs: Mac vs Windows PC - which is best?

What is best: Mac or PC? Here we examine five key areas, and help you to decide if you should buy a Mac or a Windows PC or laptop. (Answer: get a Windows machine.)
watch video »


Video: Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2 is a seriously impressive tablet that blows away other Androids play video

Video: Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2 is a seriously impressive tablet that blows away other Androids

The Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2 is a huge tablets for those who want to do more simply watch movies, play games and surf the web. Here's our Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2 video review.
watch video »




IDG UK Sites

Amazon 3D smartphone release date, price and spec: The hologram phone?

IDG UK Sites

iPhone 5s review: why the iPhone 5s is still the best phone you can buy in 2014

IDG UK Sites

Passwords don't work: here's four ways to fix them

IDG UK Sites

The art of rebranding: Creative agency The Neighbourhood explains how & why it rebranded