HTC 8S review

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

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The HTC 8S comes with a 5MP camera on the back. There's no front facing camera, so video calls, webcam and checking yourself out on the bus are all off the table.

5 megapixels is pretty standard for a mid range handset, though some way behind the 8 megapixel snappers found on most higher end phones like the Nokia Lumia 920.

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There are a few options to play with on the camera. You can turn flash on or off, change the exposure, contrast, sharpness, white balance, saturation and ISO, as well as adding a handful of effects such as sepia or negative.

Surprisingly there aren't any actual scene modes, there are enough options that you can probably get the camera optimised for most situations but that takes' time and knowledge. It would certainly have been nice if there were a few basic ones like night and action.

What you do get are different 'lenses', which add new features and options to the camera. The only one that comes pre-installed is 'Bing Vision', which is basically just a Barcode and QR code scanner, but you can find more on the store, such as one which translates printed text.

There's also a dedicated camera button, which makes taking photos a lot easier than on handsets which require you to tap part of the screen.

All things considered while it won't be winning any awards it's not a bad camera at all for a mid range handset, though a few scene modes would have definitely helped.

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Despite only having a 5 megapixel lens the camera is capable of taking some fairly decent photos.

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It takes a decent stab at landscapes, though the background can become a bit muddy.

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Close up's aren't as crisp as we'd like but they could be a lot worse.

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There's no action mode, so unsurprisingly fast moving vehicles end up a little blurred.

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Poorly lit interiors come out quite dark and grainy if you don't use flash.

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With flash there's a noticeable improvement as the image becomes a lot brighter and clearer, however it doesn't eliminate the noise.

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Night time shots fare poorly, though given the absence of a night mode this is to be expected.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory4 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyWindows Phone 8S
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourAtlantic Blue
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameHTC
Screen Size10.2 cm (4")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)113 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.1
Operating System VersionWindows Phone 8
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density233 ppi
Height120.5 mm
Width63 mm
Depth10.3 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameWindows Phone 8S Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineWindows Phone 8S
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, G-sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number99HSS008-00
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationThe smartphone to match your life at work and play. Our unique design immediately sets you apart in a sea of smartphones with playful, brightly coloured devices that look as if they've been dipped in a bucket of paint. Even better...enjoy a strong, long-lasting battery via the powerful dual-core performance.

Exclusive Beats Audio™ built-in serves up immersive, studio-quality sound for all your entertainment. Plus, a physical camera button lets you instantly point, shoot and share while a free SkyDrive account means that wherever you go, so does your content. And don't forget about the cool, clean look of Live Tiles that put personalization readily at your fingertips.

Boldly coloured design.
This smartphone stands apart with its eye-catching, bright, playful original look and its bold colour accent that looks as if it's been dipped in a paint pot. Pair that with the cool, clean coordinated design of Live Tiles and you have a device that rivals (dare we say leads?) the other guys.

High-performing battery.
Stay connected while charging your phone less than other phones-thanks to the 1GHz dual-core processor for powerful performance and an optimized battery. Plus, never be without your content again-photos, documents and more are easily accessible on your free 7GB SkyDrive account.

Studio-quality sound and entertainment.
Don't just listen to your music, feel it with Beats Audio™ built-in. You get deeper base, crisper vocals and detailed high notes for music, games, movies and videos. Then, lose yourself in the music and games you love with Xbox Gaming and Xbox Music, where you have access to more than 17 million tracks.

For the photographer in you.
A physical camera button, accessible even from the lock screen, lets you instantly point, shoot and share images from the 5mp, 720p autoflash camera. Create inspiring, original photos with the built-in lenses and show those images on the big, vibrant display. And never again be without your photos and videos. They're now quickly accessible, easy-to-manage, secure and automatically backed up on your free 7GB SkyDrive account.
Limited Warranty1 Year