The HTC 8X is the kind of solid start that Microsoft needs for Windows Phone 8. A piece of hardware like this helps the OS make a great first impression, complementing it with its slender, comfortable build, powerful performance, and good (but not perfect) display.
There is a small amount of room for improvement, like its less-than-impressive rear-facing camera and somewhat mediocre battery life, but neither of these flaws are dealbreakers by any means, especially not when the phone has so much else to offer.
Depending on what your priorities are, this may be the high-end Windows Phone 8 to grab. If you prefer the peculiar design and are big on snapping photos with your phone, the Nokia Lumia 920 and its killer camera get the edge here. Otherwise, the 8X should be your top-notch new Windows Phone of choice.
- Beautiful build
- Outstanding performance
- Good display
- Forgettable camera
- Battery life just OK