Unboxing: Windows Phone 8S by HTC

It's getting well into 2013 now, and so the steady flow of devices to review has begun once again. While we're still waiting on a Samsung ATIV S to arrive, the third flagship Windows Phone 8 device in direct competition with the HTC 8X and Nokia Luima 920, we've managed to snag a Windows Phone 8S by HTC - their lower-end model designed for those who want a cheaper, more portable smartphone running Windows Phone.

You can check out an unboxing of the HTC Windows Phone 8S in the video above, including some initial hands-on impressions of the device. After using the device for around 15 minutes while setting it up, the quality HTC construction including fantastic textured polycarbonate becomes immediately clear, while the standard S-LCD display at 800 x 480 is noticeably of a lower quality compared to the HTC 8X's 720p Super LCD 2.

I'll have more solid opinions of the HTC 8S later on in a full review, and for some anecdotal stuff as I go through writing my review you can always follow me on Twitter.

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Same here, I bet this phone would attract a lot of attention and since it's low end, could likely be free on contract too.

bdsams said,
Same here, I bet this phone would attract a lot of attention and since it's low end, could likely be free on contract too.

The 8X is $50 on contract a lot of the time. Why bother saving $50 on a $2000 contract (2.5%) to get a vastly inferior phone? That's why a lot of these low end phones aren't coming to the U.S. It'd make a good prepaid or no-contract phone though.

I can't get a 620, I'm on Verizon. Plus, of all the Windows 8 phones out there right now, the 8s looks the nicest IMO. Too bad they couldn't have made the 8x with the the same chassis design. I'm so sick of Verizon's lousy phone offerings, though. We get 2, soon to be 3 models and none of them are the ones I've been thinking about getting. I might have considered the 822, but it looks nothing like they 820; they made it ugly, wtf?!

8s users, I have a question. Since WP can't intall apps on SD-card, do you feel yourselves uncomfortable with only 4 gigs of built-in memory? I'm looking forward to replace my Mozart with something fresh.

It all depends on your needs. How many apps do you have on your current phone? I only use my phone for calling. So the 4gb space isn't an issue.

A few people have been complaining about running out of space too quickly after only installing a few applications.

From a completely new device there is 1.45 GB of free space, which if you install a lot of stuff is probably not going to be all that much

I've had my 8S since Christmas, and it is very annoying not being able to install apps to the SD card. 4GB isn't enough space. Windows takes up 2GB, and there's another 1GB of 'other', which I assume is app/game related. Leaving only another 1GB to install apps. I've found now that I have to delete apps if I want more, and I don't have THAT many at the moment, maybe 20-25 apps.

I got this phone before Christmas when it first came out in the UK and then I sent it back to next day. Not because I didn't like WP8 or the phone but because it only has 1.3GB for apps. It says 4GB but 2GB is taken up by the OS and then about 700MB by built in apps. To top it off the "other" storage section just grows out of control and takes up all the space that's left after little use. I only wanted to install 20 apps, all utility apps I use on a daily basis and I couldn't without maxing out the storage. HTC killed this gorgeous phone by only giving it 4GB of storage and it really annoys me as I wanted this phone. It's one of the few windows phones that not the size of a house brick!

Richard Cousins said
.. it only has 1.3GB for apps. It says 4GB but 2GB is taken up by the OS and then about 700MB by built in apps. To top it off the "other" storage section just grows out of control and takes up all the space that's left after little use. I only wanted to install 20 apps, all utility apps I use on a daily basis and I couldn't without maxing out the storage. HTC killed this gorgeous phone by only giving it 4GB of storage and it really annoys me as I wanted this phone..
Hopefully the next one they release after this will have major improvements on storage. I agree, the phone looks nice, and the OS is great, but that kind of storage sours the deal for me.

Thats a really nice looking phone, i really like the white toolbar section at the bottom. HTC really seem to be coming back with some really solid devices. Before the 8 series most of the HTC's ive seen seemed to be falling to bits. The phone looks really sculptered. I had a quick play at an expo of the 8x i think it was, it's the other Windows Phone and i really likes the rubber'ish coating and the fact it was shaped to your hand, it felt really comfortable to hold.

Was having breakfast with some friends last week. One of my friends asked me if I wanted to see his new phone, so I was expecting an iPhone or an SG3, but to my surprise he ended up pulling out the HTC 8S, I was also surprised by the build quality, felt nice and seemed to be pretty fast in terms of performance. When I asked him why he chose the 8S he told me that he wanted something different, he liked the way it looked and that Windows Phone looked cool.
Not something I was expecting to see or hear that day.

After owning an 8S for about a month now, I am liking it a lot. However there are a couple of issues. One is the inability to store apps on an SD card (look above to read more). Also, the phone cannot distinguish sound between whether headphones are connected or not. I bought this as a replacement for my iPod, so I like to listen to music, but volume level 30 is too loud, so I have it on 14. Disconnecting the headphones leaves it on 14, which makes the ringer and other sounds very quiet. It should be like an iPod Touch/iPhone which remembers which the volume level for headphones connected and not.

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