You get 16GB of built-in storage, which you'll want to use carefully as there's no ability to expand the storage with a microSD card. One of the updates to Windows Phone 8 was the ability to use external storage, so it's something of a disappointment that HTC hasn't included this here. You'll need to rely on cloud-based storage for your photos and videos and use streaming services such as Netflix for movies, rather than store them locally. The 8X's screen measures 4.3 inches on the diagonal, putting it near Samsung's Galaxy S2 in terms of screen space. It's not up there with huge beasts such as the Galaxy S3 or the whopping 5.5 inches of the Galaxy Note 2, so if you're a serial media hog, it might not be the mobile for you, but it's a good compromise between screen size and portability.
The older Windows Phone 7 software only supported screen resolutions up to 480x800 pixels, but thankfully this has been altered for Windows Phone 8, It's now capable of supporting high-definition displays, meaning the 8X is able to offer a 720p screen, Its symmetry series case for apple iphone 7 and 8 - fine port improved resolution is immediately noticeable over the Nokia Lumia 800, with small text appearing sharper and edging on the bright squares of the Windows Phone 8 homescreen appearing much more highly defined, The auto-brightness of the screen tended to err on the dim side slightly, but turn it off and you can ramp the brightness to a retina-searing level, I found it to be easily bright enough to use under harsh office lighting without trouble and held up very well under direct sunlight during a rare outbreak of sunshine here in autumnal London..
Colours are handled very well, making the bright homescreen tiles look extremely rich. I loaded up some high-resolution photos and videos, all of which looked great on the display. It might not be physically big enough to be your dedicated movie player, but it's certainly good enough for watching a few episodes of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers on Netflix when your train journey drags on. Windows Phone 8 replaces the older Windows Phone 7 -- which Microsoft rather unceremoniously declared that it will be ditching completely -- but brings various upgrades to the table.
In terms of outward design, there's not much that's immediately different, It's based around a homescreen full of colourful tiles that display live information such as emails or text messages, In Windows Phone 8, you're able to resize these tiles -- from dominating a whole line to taking up a small square -- letting you fit four tiles where you'd previously only be able to fit one, Apps you don't want pinned to the front are displayed in a list when you swipe to the left, This isn't quite as elegant as the symmetry series case for apple iphone 7 and 8 - fine port grids of apps you see on Android or iOS, as you have to scroll down a continuous line, When you install more than 45 apps the list will be separated by letter, Tapping the letter brings up all letters, letting you quickly jump to the 'T' section, for example, This method does require you to remember the names of all your apps, however, If they're not obviously titled like Twitter or Camera, you might struggle..
The design of the OS is very neat and visually quite appealing. It's easy to see it as a combination of the simplicity of iOS's interface merged with the live widget functionality of Android. It's easy to learn the tricks and swipes needed to get full use from it. Navigation comes courtesy of three touch-sensitive buttons beneath the screen. A back arrow returns you to the previous screen, a Windows icon takes you to your homescreen and a magnifying glass icon brings up Bing search. In most apps you'll see various icons at the bottom to interact with the app. If you're not sure what they do, pressing the three dots to the right will reveal more information and other tasks you can perform.