The main reason to be excited about the HTC 8X isn't in the phone itself, but what lies inside it. It's the first phone we've seen running the latest version of Microsoft's mobile operating system, Windows Phone 8. Like Windows Phone 7 before it, it's fun and easy to use and offers a bunch of neat features. Its main drawback, however, is its distinct lack of apps. While there are a few gems like Netflix and WhatsApp, there's nothing like the catalogue available on iOS and Android. If you're a serial app addict, Windows Phone 8 won't satisfy you.
The phone itself is rather sharp though, Its 4.3-inch, 720p screen is extremely bright and colourful, The 1.5GHz dual-core processor pumps out enough juice to make swiping around the tiles a nippy experience, Design-wise, the 8X's minimal aesthetic is likely to appeal to the more fashion conscious among you, While Windows Phone 8 offers an attractive interface, it doesn't seem to do a whole lot to tempt users away from Android or iOS, The People app iphone xs / x tough grip - metallic blush/clear is certainly handy and there's a whole plethora of cool little tweaks to enjoy, but the barren app store isn't going to satisfy real smart phone lovers..
If simple software and a truckload of apps are your thing, you can pick up the iPhone 4 from £319. If you want the customisability of Android and a similarly well-stocked app store then Samsung's Galaxy S2 is a wise choice at £305 SIM-free. The 8X doesn't do much to put itself above either of these and with a higher asking price, it isn't a wise choice unless you have your heart set on buying a Windows Phone. HTC normally doesn't stray too far from its familiar design -- many of its Android devices look pretty similar. Thankfully, it's put more effort in creating something eye catching this time out.
It's still clearly from the same minds that built the beefy One X, but it borrows design tips from Nokia's Lumia range, The back panel is a matte, rounded plastic affair with gently curving corners, You'll be able to spot the HTC logo as well the the Beats 'b' at the bottom, The front is dominated by a single piece of glass, which curves at the edges to meet the plastic casing, It's a very minimal, monolithic look, but I think it's extremely stylish, If elegant, linear lines are your thing you'll probably appreciate the iphone xs / x tough grip - metallic blush/clear 8X's look, My review model came in black, but we've previously seen it in purple which I found rather appealing -- it certainly stands out from the crowd..
The rounded design makes it extremely comfortable to hold in one hand, helped as well by its slender 9mm thickness. It's only 132mm long and 66mm wide too, making it very pocket-friendly. At 128g, it's weightier than Apple's new iPhone 5, but it's far from what you'd call heavy and at no point did I feel weighed down by it. Around the edges you'll find a power button, camera shutter button and volume rocker, all of which I found to be easy to press, without feeling loose and plasticky. There's a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top and a micro USB port on the bottom for charging and data transfer.