I had the red version, but you can also get it in green, navy and black. All the colours are two tone, so the red one has an orange base, for example, while the navy version has a blue base. They all look very distinctive and while they might not be to everyone's taste, they're certainly a refreshing break from the norm. The plastic used on the rear and sides of the phone has a slightly rubberised feel and the slimness of the chassis, plus the rounded corners, help it feel very slight and comfortable.
The base of the phone has a microUSB port for charging and syncing it with your computer and although the battery is fixed, a panel on the base of the phone slides off to give you access to the micro Sim and microSD card slots, The latter symmetry series star wars case for apple iphone x and xs - gold bb-8 is still not all that common on Windows Phone handsets, so it's good to see HTC including one here, The 8S runs on Windows Phone 8, the latest version of Microsoft's mobile operating system, Windows Phone has a very fun and modern feel, as it's centred around a single, scrolling homescreen that you place live titles onto for apps, contacts and shortcuts, These tiles are now resizable, with two or three different iterations to choose from depending on the type of app that they're associated with, You can also scroll left to view an entire list of all the apps stored on your phone and then pin them to the homescreen by pressing and holding their icon..
There are lots of nice graphical effects dotted throughout the OS, including a 3D tear away effect that's used to transition from the homescreen to the opening page of an app as you launch it. One of the best features of the OS is its People Hub. This is a central place where you can view your contacts and social networking feeds from mates and colleagues. This works across a range of social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. You can read more about Windows Phone 8's features in our HTC 8X review.
On Nokia's Windows Phone handsets you get quite a few extra apps, including Nokia Drive for voice guided navigation and the Nokia Music free streaming service, HTC doesn't offer anything comparable on the 8S, Instead you get a fairly boring HTC app that just shows weather information and news and stock updates, There are also some simple HTC-only apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace, including a Flashlight app that uses the camera's LED flash as a torch -- symmetry series star wars case for apple iphone x and xs - gold bb-8 hardly ground breaking stuff, You'll also find a Beats Audio option in the settings menu, but this a pretty basic bass and treble enhancer and not as good as the RSR effects available on the old HTC Radar..
The lack of a navigation app is a bigger issue, as although you can get turn by turn instructions in Bing Maps, you don't get voice guidance, so it can't act as a sat-nav. The first great smartphone of 2015. Beautiful and bold..with complications. The new no-compromise MacBook. A stellar on-ear headphone. Crave-worthy curves for a premium price. The Good Refreshingly different design; Slick and modern Windows Phone 8 OS; Dual-core processor; MicroSD card. The Bad Lacks Nokia's extra apps; Screen and camera are nothing special.
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