Omio is now rounding up all the HTC 8S mobile phone reviews from the UK major tech titles.
This is all in order to bring you an all-inclusive and encompassing view of the opinions, from the various handset reviewers.
Windows Phone 8S by HTC review
With the HTC 8X taking the top spot of HTC’s Windows Phone 8 collection, the HTC 8S – or Windows Phone 8S by HTC, as it’s officially known – sits a step or two down from the top. It’s an entry-level Windows Phone and comes at entry-level prices.
It’s part of that relatively exclusive club, offering the latest software from Microsoft, promising a simpler approach to smartphones, a people-centric experience, with less time faffing and more time being productive.
But can the HTC 8S stand up against the devices from Nokia, which add more on the software side, and will this relatively low-spec device give you a Windows Phone experience to savour? And will it stand up against the sort of experience you’ll get from the abundance of affordable Androids?
The Windows Phone 8S by HTC comes in as an affordable handset for those wanting the Windows Phone experience on a budget. The quirky user experience is delivered here much as it is elsewhere but we can’t help feeling, thanks to the specs of the phone, that the 8S isn’t too far removed from the previous run of Windows Phone devices.
What you don’t get is the additional software that Nokia is pouring into its handsets to boost the offering. There is no company doing more to own the Windows Phone space, with this handset falling somewhere close to the Nokia 620, which you might want to consider as an alternative.
The HTC 8S is a nice little handset. It’s dependable without being groundbreaking, so while it might not get your pulse racing, it’ll keep you in touch.
HTC 8S Review
A vision in ‘colour-dipped’ polycarbonate, the HTC 8S continues the sterling work of its 4.3in sibling, the 8X, in flying the flag for supremely good-looking Windows Phone 8 hardware.
Priced just £180 on Pay as You Go with Three or on contract from less than £20 a month, it could be a two-tone dream come true for anyone struggling to wrap their mitts around the 8X or its Android counterpart the HTC One X+. But does the HTC 8S perform as handsomely as it looks? And can it trounce the mid-range Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini and Nokia Lumia 820?
HTC 8S review – verdict
The HTC 8S is obviously a great deal cheaper than both of those alternatives, though, and with its head-turning looks and excellent battery life, the 8S is a great choice for the budget-conscious gadget fan looking to board the colourful, customisable world of Windows Phone 8.
HTC Windows Phone 8S review
HTC have been a major Windows Phone player for a while now, arguably second only to Nokia in their output. With Samsung eating up much of their Android market share and Microsoft launching an exciting new version of Windows Phone, the platform is obviously going to be a key area of focus for the Taiwanese firm.
So it’s no surprise that they haven’t hung around to release some Windows Phone 8 handsets, with both the mid range HTC Windows Phone 8S and its big brother the HTC Windows Phone 8X competing for your attention.
The HTC 8S is a good all round handset. It doesn’t do a terrible job of anything but stylish looks aside it also struggles to stand out.
Pretty much every Windows Phone is great for messaging and social networks and this is no exception, while being able to expand the storage with a microSD card is always appreciated.
Equally the performance is generally pretty slick, which combined with the stylish design gives the impression of a more premium, expensive handset than it actually is.
But it leaves us wanting more. There aren’t any particularly compelling apps included and the Windows Phone app store is fairly lightweight compared to the competition.
Web browsing isn’t great, media is fine but does nothing to stand out, the camera is pretty average and battery life could be a whole lot better.
The low number of other Windows Phone 8 options, particularly as low priced as this, will certainly give it a boost.
Looking outside of Windows Phone 8 it doesn’t seem such great value for money, but if you’re set on Windows Phone 8 and don’t want to drop a huge amount on a handset then for the time being this a good buy.
HTC 8S review
HTC is one of the flagship phone-makers for Windows Phone 8. The HTC 8S is the mid-range model in the company’s line-up, with the HTX 8X being the flagship model. It is far cheaper than Nokia’s middle of the road Nokia Lumia 820, selling for around £220 SIM-free. It doesn’t have the giant screen and oodles of features link on the top-end phones but its keen price makes this 4-inch, dual-core mobile an excellent alternative to a mid-range Android phone.
The HTC 8S is officially called the Windows Phone 8S by HTC but HTC 8S seems to be the term most people are using so that’s what we’re going to stick with for the rest of this review.
The HTC 8S is an attractive early entry to the world of the new Windows OS. It looks and feels great, and sells at a very reasonable price. It also has the power to make Windows Phone 8 as quick as it should be, aside from the occasional glitch. Look too close, though, and you’ll realise there are a few tasty bits you miss out on. 4GB of internal memory isn’t enough for the system to thrive on, there’s no user-facing camera and the lack of NFC will lock your out of some potentially exciting future developments in Windows Phone 8.
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