The Good The HTC Windows Phone 8X's edgy design joins forces with a top-of-the-line processor, LTE speeds, and great call quality.
The Bad This phone's 8-megapixel camera took a few poor pictures, the buttons are too flush, and the OS lacks some key apps.
The Bottom Line With top specs and a striking design, HTC's Windows Phone 8X makes a smart choice for anyone ready to dive into the Windows Phone OS.
What a Windows phone should be
When you see it in person, there's no question that the HTC Windows Phone 8X is a premier smartphone on any platform. That it happens to run Windows Phone 8 signals a shift in the luster and credibility of Microsoft's mobile future. It has the processing power, the LTE speeds, and the camera quality to stand on its own. And you know what? The tailored handset makes thelook goooood.
The 8X also inherits its operating system's edgy interface, NFC sharing, and built-in integration with Microsoft Office 2013.
Yet the Windows Phone 8X isn't without its flaws. The camera isn't quite as consistently good as other top smartphone shooters (it isn't as good as the Nokia Lumia 920, for one.) Missing or underdeveloped apps in Microsoft's mobile OS may also turn some people off. When it comes to such a tight battle between top phones -- be they Windows, Android, or iOS -- small details like those could make the difference between getting bought and getting shelved.