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Full Performance Review: HTC Windows Phone 8x

Nokia previously been marketing the Lumia that carries the Windows Phone 7.5 OS in some countries somewhat less successful, now even HTC presuming to launching the first phone with Windows Phone OS 8, called as HTC Windows Phone 8x. Carrying the name ‘Windows Phone’ on their types 8x has a myriad of advantages. What are they?

Design and Display

Dimension: 132.35 x 66.2 x 10.12 mm; Weight: 130 grams; Screen: 4.3 inch touch screen with Gorilla® Glass 2, 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.3 inches (~342 ppi pixel density), S-LCD2 capacitive touchscreen, 16 million colors .

HTC Windows Phone 8x dominates front parts with a screen. Below there are touch area for back button, home and search. Front camera is next to the earpiece.

HTC 8x Screen is not flat, almost similar to lumia that slightly convex. This design makes it convenient when wipe the screen either right or left. And gives us the ability to determine where the edges, where the middle.

Looks shaped like HTC’s Android smartphones. But this one looks much thinner. Even thinner than HTC One X. Our overall assessment of this phone comfortable to use. Moreover, due to the response of the capacitive touch screen. Highly qualified when navigating or entering some text.

Software Windows Phone 8

Operating System: Windows Phone 8.0.9903.10; Apps: People, Internet Explorer Mobile 10, Windows Marketplace, Mobile Office, Kid's Corner, Xbox.

Using Windows Phone 8 OS, this phone has a fairly simple interface. Not much changed from the previous series 7.5.

In first view, showing the lock screen interface. At this view, the way to unlock remained similar to the previous series. From here we will be presented with a display livetile somewhat different from the series 7.5. Because this series made livetile meet all parts of the screen that appears more optimal. A number of shortcut to a specific application placed in a boxes neatly arranged.

Unlike the previous series, on Windows Phone 8 you can resize box to 3 different sizes. Small cubes, medium cubes and boxy that extends from the end of left edge to end of the another edge. You can customize as you wish.

Sliding to the left, you will find the same look as the previous version, which is an application page. All applications installed will appear here without exception. To anticipate the length of this list is also available on the application page search feature. But if you do not want to be bothered, create a shortcut on the Start menu page or Pin to Start in order to displayed in a large box on the home page.

Other differences in the interface and software, from the previous version are: the ability to display a screenshot with the help of the start button and the power button menu, Internet Explorer 10 that supports HTML 5 and Kids Corner.

On the application Kid’s Corner is a place to sharing applications with your children. Where they will have their own Start menu containing music, videos, games and apps that you can specify.

Access will be through a separate lock screen. While in normal Lockscreen, you can swipe left to get to the Kid’s Corner. You can customize the appearance. Some people call it a second Windows.

But we can enable or disable the feature through settings menu. And this is a good effort so that your child does not access content that does not suitable their age.

Internet and Marketplace

Internet Explorer Mobile 10, support HTML 5

A number of features was less than satisfactory. One of them in Internet Explorer Mobile 10. In these applications sometimes imperfect desktop display page at the beginning when loading. You have to repeat it two to several times (refresh) to be displayed perfectly.

We also found weaknesses in availability of third-party applications in the marketplace. Because if one considers the number of applications on it, still below the iPhone’s AppStore and Google’s Play on Android.

Advantages Marketplace provides a TRIAL version for all games and paid applications. So that we can try each application can later decide to purchase it or not.

HTC Software

Apps: Beats Audio Enhancement, Photo Enhancer, HTC Start Menu, Converter, Flashlight, Connection setup.

In addition to the default application from Windows Phone, HTC also added some HTC applications built from one of the most interesting is the Beats Audio Enhancement and Photo Enhancer.

Beats Audio Enhancement will enhance the sound quality that came through Beats headset. While the photo Enhancer is a photo editing application that reminds us of Instagram.

Hardware

Chipset CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960, dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait, GPU: Adreno 225; Memory: 16 GB storage, 1 GB RAM; Battery: 1800 mAh Li-ion;

When used to navigate this phone, there is no significant problems. But when we used to play 3D games are still going on ‘lag’. Since this is the first Windows Phone 8 phones in our lab, so we can not compare it to other Windows Phone 8.

Although there are the same benchmarking application Android phone owned, the Antutu, however Antutu party itself admits its benchmarking results can not be compared head to head between phones from two different OS.

Besides Antutu, we also use WP Benchmark with scores as follows:

Antutu: 11,335
WP Benchmark: 219.57

Camera

Photo: 8 megapixel, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, geotagging, Video: 30 fps 1080p; Front Camera: 2 megapixel camera, 1080p video.

Advantages in HTC WP 8x is the camera resolution of 8 Megapixels brings to us the value of good capabilities.

The camera is able to compete with the 8 megapixel camera phone belongs to another, HTC added a shooting angle that feels more spacious than other phones with the same resolution.

On shooting in low-light conditions, the results tend to be somewhat yellowed but all features set to the normal position (flash in ON condition). Some bright colors sometimes swept away, but instead produces a surprising color effects. On the other hand, for some black & white objects actually displays neat and more clearly.

While in normal conditions, during the day, the image is not bad at all.

Plus

– OS Windows Phone 8
– 8 MP Camera
– Elegant Design
– No need to sync the Zune Software

Minus
– Internet Explorer less stable
– Applications in Maketplace less widely

Conclusion

As the first product of Microsoft, Windows Phone 8 in our lab, HTC Windows Phone 8x manages to look solid. Not only in terms of hardware, but also look cute on the OS. But unfortunately there are some negative sides we get. Simply put, HTC Windows Phone 8x presents a simpler interface that is easy to understand. But there is one positive side we see is now Windows Phone is no longer tied to the Zune player to sync with the presence of a special application for PC or Mac.

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