HTC fights back Lumia with the 8S, a Windows Smartphone [Review]

Overall, WP8 OS impresses, as usual but the phone lacks a proper sat-nav app. The handset is built well, looks smart and the sound quality is impressive. On the flipside, the camera and the mediocre screen disappoint.

Amongst the Windows phones, the Lumia 920 has been stealing the limelight from HTC’s earlier phone – the 8X. HTC’s new 8S though is a great fightback. Its slim enough at 10.3mm, and available in very bold colours – orange, blue apart from black and grey. The phone features a polycarbonate unibody design, with soft rubberized finish at the back. Its one of the most beautiful sub-20,000 handsets available in the market and the design and build quality is very good.

The 4″ S-LCD screen protected by Corning Gorilla Glass is sharp, with 800×480 pixels. However, colour reproduction is a letdown and the screen has a lower-than-average refresh rate. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 1 GHz dual-core CPU with 4GB internal storage keep the phone snappy enough. The 5 mp camera is average. The phone records 720p video, and sound quality is great. The handset’s call quality and network reception are good too as are Wi-Fi and 3G. The 1700 mAh Li-Po battery the 8S easily lasts for a normal work day.

HTC 8S
HTC 8S

Overall, WP8 OS impresses, as usual but the phone lacks a proper sat-nav app. The handset is built well, looks smart and the sound quality is impressive. On the flipside, the camera and the mediocre screen disappoint. Nevertheless, its a good deal at the 20k mark if you’re considering a Windows phone.

[This article has been curated from the original review by our Consumer Technology partner, Techtree.com. Read the detailed review here.]

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