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HTC Windows Phone 8S

HTC Windows Phone 8S
alaScore 88

1233 reviews

Dec, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1233 reviews of HTC Windows Phone 8S. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the price and design. The performance and usability also get good comments.

size, usability, performance, design, price

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the HTC Windows Phone 8S is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for HTC Windows Phone 8S

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 122 user reviews of HTC Windows Phone 8S from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the design and price. The portability and performance are also appreciated, whereas there are some critical reviews about the reliability. The camera and durability get mixed reviews.

usability, performance, portability, price, design

reliability

73% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HTC 8S Windows Phone - Atlantic BlueHTC 8S Windows Phone - Atlantic Blue

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for HTC Windows Phone 8S

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of HTC Windows Phone 8S from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.ca. Reviewers really like the camera and portability. The durability and screen also get good feedback.

screen, durability, portability, camera

100% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: BRAND NEW HTC 8S 850 3G -WINDOWS 8 UNLOCKED- BLUE MODELBRAND NEW HTC 8S 850 3G -WINDOWS 8 UNLOCKED- BLUE MODEL

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: James Rogerson (techradar.com)

HTC 8S review

 

One of the first Windows Phone 8 devices, but does this mid-range handset impress?

Stylish design ; MicroSD card slot ; Great social network integration ; Good for messaging

Lacklustre battery ; Slow browser ; Only 4 GB of internal storage ; No smart dialling

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...

Apr, 2013

Expert review by: (t3.com)

HTC 8S review: Hands-on

 

The Windows Phone 8S by HTC is the affordable alternative to the HTC 8X

Sep, 2012

Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

HTC 8S

 

An affordable way to get on board the Windows Phone 8 train.

Cute, quirky design, Comfortable curvy back, Expandable storage via microSD slot, Speedy dual-core processor

Fairly low resolution screen, Strongly constrasting colours won't be to everyone's taste, Only a 5MP camera

May, 2013

Expert review by: Jim Martin (pcadvisor.co.uk)

HTC Windows Phone 8S vs Nokia Lumia 820 video comparison review

 

The HTC Windows Phone 8S and the Nokia Lumia 820 are the cheapest Windows Phone 8 handsets around. The 8S has an understated two-tone design. At 10.3mm thick it is far from the thinnest phone around, but it doesn't feel bulky and at just 114 grammes,...

Feb, 2013

Expert review by: Matt Egan (pcadvisor.co.uk)

HTC Windows Phone 8S video review

 

The HTC Windows Phone 8S is an inexpensive Windows Phone 8 handset with a 4in display. See Group test: What's the best smartphone

Feb, 2013

Expert review by: expertreviews.co.uk (expertreviews.co.uk)

HTC Windows Phone 8S

 

An impressive budget Windows Phone 8 handset with a good camera, but Nokia's Lumia 620 rival takes the crown

Jan, 2013

Expert review by: Matt Egan (pcadvisor.co.uk)

HTC Windows Phone 8S vs Nokia Lumia 820 smartphone comparison review

 

The Nokia Lumia 820 is a bit smaller than the massive Nokia Lumia 920, but much bigger and heavier than the 8S. At 68x124mm it's about as tall as the iPhone 5 but a little bit wider than the 8S. Nokia claims it's a reasonable 9.9mm thick but we...

The HTC Windows Phone 8S is the first Windows Phone 8 handset to fit into the mid-range price category. As such it's not quite the performer of the high-end Windows Phone 8 devices such as the bottom-of-the-high-end Lumia 820, but it's not so poor as...

Jan, 2013

Expert review by: Matt Egan (pcadvisor.co.uk)

HTC Windows Phone 8S review

 

The HTC Windows Phone 8S is a relatively inexpensive Windows Phone 8 smartphone with a 4in display. As such it brings a welcome note of variety to the Windows Phone 8 market, as the smattering of handsets available on the latest Microsoft platform tend...

The HTC Windows Phone 8S is the first Windows Phone 8 handset to fit into the mid-range price category. As such it's not quite the performer of the high-end Windows Phone 8 devices, but it's not so poor as to make it a bad deal. It offers solid...

Jan, 2013

Expert review by: Stuff.tv (stuff.tv)

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...

Dec, 2012

Expert review by: (whathifi.com)

HTC 8S

 

A capable and fun, if feature-light, Windows Phone experience for a great budget price

Smooth and swift interface ; Easy to use ; Fun and colourful finish ; Decent sound and video quality for the price ; Expandable storage ; Budget price

Limited features ; No front-facing camera ; YouTube sound is bright ; Apps are thin on the ground at the moment

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:1700
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Call management

Auto-redialing: Yes
Call blocking: Yes
Call divert: Yes
Call hold: Yes
Call timer:No / Yes
Call waiting: Yes
Caller ID: Yes
Conference call: Yes
Image stabilizer: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Speed dialing: Yes
Vibrating Alert: Yes
Voice dialing: Yes

Camera

Auto Focus: Yes
Built-in Camera: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Flash type:LED
Front Camera:No / Yes
Geotagging: Yes
Image stabilizer: Yes
Main camera resolution (numeric):5
Night mode: Yes
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 2.8
Rear camera resolution (numeric):5
Second Camera:No / Yes
Sensor Type:CMOS
Video recording: Yes
Video recording modes:720p
Video stabilizer: Yes

Certificates

Body SAR (EU):0.639
Body SAR category (EU):B
Head SAR (EU):0.721
Head SAR category (EU):B / C

Design

Colour of product:Black / Black, Blue / Black, Red / Black, White / Blue / Grey / Grey, Yellow / Red
Form factor:Bar / Clamshell
Protection features:Water Resistant

Display

3D playback: Yes
Display diagonal:10.2
Display number of colours:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:480 x 800 / 800 x 480
Display Type:LCD
External display: No
Orientation sensor: Yes
Screen shape:Flat
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen: Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes

Keyboard

Keyboard layout:QWERTZ

Memory

Internal RAM:0.5 / 512

Messaging

Chat: Yes
E-mail: Yes
Instant messaging (IM): Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service): Yes
Short Message Service (SMS): Yes
Text prediction system:T9
Text-to-speech message reader: Yes

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:AAC+, MP3 / AAC+, MP3, WMA / AAC, AMR, ASF, M4A, MP3, MP4, WAV / AAC, AMR, ASF, M4A, MP3, WAV / AAC, AMR, ASF, M4A, MP3, WAV, WMA / AAC, AMR, ASF, M4A, MP3, WMA / AAC, AMR, ASF, M4A, MP4, WAV / AAC, AMR, ASF, M4A, WAV, WMA / AAC, AMR, ASF, MP3, MP4, WAV, WMA / AAC, AMR, ASF, MP3, MP4, WMA / AAC, AMR, ASF, MP3, WAV, WMA / AAC, MP3, WMA
Equalizer: Yes
FM radio: Yes
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, TIF / JPG
RSS reader: Yes
Speakers:STEREO
Supported video modes:720p
Video compression formats:MP4
Video formats supported:3G2, 3GP, ASF, MP4, WMV / 3G2, 3GP, MP4, WMV / 3GP, ASF, M4V, MP4, WMV / 3GP, ASF, M4V, WMV / 3GP, ASF, MP4, WMV / MP4
Voice codecs:AMR

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS): Yes
GLONASS: Yes
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite): Yes
Position location: Yes
Wi-Fi positioning: Yes

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE, GPRS, GSM / GSM
3G: Yes
3G bands supported:2100 / 900 / 900,2100
3G standards:HSPA, WCDMA
4G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR / 3.0 / 3.1
Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
SIM card capability:Dual SIM / Single SIM
SIM card hot swapping: Yes
SIM card type:MicroSIM / MiniSIM
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Other features

Active toolbar: Yes
Camera included: Yes
Connection to PC: Yes
EDGE: Yes
GPRS: Yes
Java technology: Yes
Music player: Yes
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Polyphonic ring: Yes
Ringer type:MP3
Rotating: Yes
T9 text input: Yes
Total Storage Capacity:4
Video Playback: Yes
Voice Recording: Yes
Volume Control:Digital
Wireless Connection: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Battery pack: Yes
Cables included:AC, USB / USB
Quick start guide: Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Customisable video ring tones: Yes
Direct printing: Yes
Exchange support: Yes
Flight mode: Yes
Microphone mute: Yes
Office support: Yes
Operating system installed:Windows Phone / Windows Phone 8.0, Windows Phone
Operating System Version:8 / 8.0
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts / Icons, Menu, Shortcuts, Themes, Widgets / Icons, Menu, Shortcuts, Widgets / Menu, Shortcuts
Proximity sensor: Yes
Subscription type:No subscription
SyncML: Yes
Themes:Audio, Changeable colour, Pre-themes, Screensavers, Wallpapers / Screensavers, Wallpapers
Video call: Yes
Windows operating systems supported:Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Basic x64, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter x64, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 8, Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows 8 Enterprise x64, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Pro x64, Windows 8 x64, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Enterprise x64, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate x64, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Home x64, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Professional x64

Ports & interfaces

Charging connector: Yes
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Lightning connector: Yes
TV-Out : Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB connector type:Micro-USB A / Micro-USB B
USB port: Yes
USB version:2.0

Processor

Processor Cores:2
Processor family:QUALCOMM
Processor frequency:1
Processor Model:S4

Software

Exchange support: Yes
Office support: Yes
Operating system installed:Windows Phone / Windows Phone 8.0, Windows Phone
Operating System Version:8 / 8.0
SyncML: Yes
Windows operating systems supported:Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Basic x64, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter x64, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 8, Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows 8 Enterprise x64, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Pro x64, Windows 8 x64, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Enterprise x64, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate x64, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Home x64, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Professional x64

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / No / SD
Internal RAM:512
Internal storage capacity:4
Maximum memory card size:32
Memory card hot swapping: No
USB mass storage: Yes

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Video

Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.03
Height :12.1 / 6.3
Weight:113
Width:12.1 / 6.3