HTC Windows Phone 8X Review

January 14, 2013 by  
Filed under Reviews, Smartphones, Spotlight

HTC recently introduced their flagship device, the Windows Phone 8X based on the latest mobile OS from Microsoft. The device comes at a time where both Microsoft and HTC face stiff competition from other smartphone brands, so it’s interesting to see what’s in store for the 8X.

Build quality and design

The HTC 8x is built beautifully, and feels great in your hands. You’re able to access the screen easily and reach the buttons without any difficulty, though the power/unlock button was a nit hard to press (not sure if it was specific to my unit or all others). The HTC 8x comes in four different colors- Black, California Blue (looks more purple), Lime Light Yellow and Red.

The device has only a few buttons, mainly the Windows button to access the main screen, the back arrow, and a search button. On the right side of the device you will find the volume keys, the camera button, and the micro-sim slot, while on the top sits the lock screen button and earphones port. It’s not flat from the back, since the phone was given what HTC calls a ‘pyramid design’ which means the edges of the phone are thinner. The Windows Phone 8X doesn’t support microSD (although it is supported by the OS) and the battery can’t be replaced.

Specs and Comparison

The device can compete with other flagship devices in the market and was very smooth to use. Apps were quick to launch and everything responded fluidly.

General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
Sim Micro-SIM
Body Dimensions 132.4 x 66.2 x 10.1 mm (5.21 x 2.61 x 0.40 in)
Weight 130 g (4.59 oz)
Display Type S-LCD2 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.3 inches (~342 ppi pixel density)
Sound Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes – with Beats Audio sound enhancement
Memory Card slot No
Internal 16 GB storage, 1 GB RAM
DATA GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
Speed HSPA+; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band
Bluetooth v3.1 with A2DP, EDR
NFC Yes
USB microUSB v2.0
Camera Primary 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Video 1080p@30fps, continuous autofocus, video light,
Secondary 2.1MP, 1080p video
Features OS Microsoft Windows Phone 8
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon
CPU Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait
GPU Adreno 225
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass

Screen and Sound

The screen is scratch resistant thanks to Corning Gorilla Glass 2. It’s not the best screen we’ve seen when it comes to using it outside in the UAE sun but the SuperLCD2 technology works really well indoors.

The Windows Phone 8X supports Beats audio which provides you with a better audio quality than your average phone. Without a doubt, you’ll enjoy listening music on the 8X, however, bring your own headphones as the ones bundled with the device aren’t that great.

UI and Apps

Like all Windows 8 phones, Microsoft has improved the UI of the OS allowing you to be personalized with your device by re-sizing the tiles between three sizes and choosing between 20 colors. The lock screen has improved as well, you can now pick up to 5 notifications to be shown it while the background can be picked up from apps such as bing, flixter, CNN, and weather flow as well as HTC’s customized weather lock screen.

Coming to the Apps, although Microsoft has announced that the app store has crossed over 150,000 verified apps (Microsoft verifies the apps to make sure they are virus free before approving them), there are still many common apps like Instagram and Flipboard that are not available yet.

Unfortunately, the apps made by HTC are also not at a level as we saw with Nokia on their Windows Phone 8 based phones such as Nokia Maps and Nokia Drive which can both work offline, City Lens and Nokia music The apps built by HTC are HTC hub that shows you time, weather, stocks and news, a flash light app where you can use your led flash as a flash light, a photo enhancer that can provide you with some effects for your pictures, and a converter app where you can do a conversion for currency, power, speed, time zone, etc.

Camera

The pictures taken by the camera were very good in terms of quality and sharpness, though it wasn’t as impressive at low light as say the Lumia 920. The option to use lens effects while taking pictures is also great, and with the support of more apps your photography experience can get better.

Heat and Battery

After using the device heavily, we were able to get close to thirteen hours of usage without roaming turned on, and only when gaming for close to 30 minutes did we feel the phone getting slightly warm. In general the battery can easily last for about a day, but this again depends on your usage.

Conclusion

HTC have worked well to give us a great looking phone that offers a satisfying user experience. If you’re looking for a different experience from iOS or Android, then this is one of the better Windows Phones out there.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti Launch Review

October 14, 2012 by  
Filed under Web News

” NVIDIA’s last hurrah this year is the GeForce GTX 650 Ti, aimed at 1080p gamers who like to image quality and performance with power use, low noise and compact dimensions. We put it head to head with the Radeon HD 7770 and Radeon HD 7850, to see what you get in the highly competitive mid-$100USD range ”

Article Link: http://www.rage3d.com/reviews/video/nvidia_geforce_gtx650ti_launch_review/

Pulse-Eight Internal HDMI CEC Adapter Review

October 14, 2012 by  
Filed under Web News

In an HDMI A/V environment, Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) is the glue that ties components together into a cohesive unit–able to be controlled by a single remote without the hassle, or expense, of a normal universal as well as removing infrared’s (IR) line-of-site requirement for playback devices. Where there can be problems with the protocol, most often the root cause is linked to the unfortunate fact that CEC works [best] when every component on the HDMI bus supports it – which until recently has left home theater PC (HTPC) users out in the cold. Coming to market with anHDMI+USB dongle, Pulse-Eight brought this segment into the modern age, but with the form factor trade-offs demanded of an external adapter and lacking of wake-from S5 (soft- off) some compromise was still required. Fortunately for those with Intel Media Series motherboards offering an HTPC_HEADER like the DH61AG or DH77DF, Pulse-Eight is back with an internal solution able to correct both of these gaps.

ARTICLE URL: http://www.missingremote.com/review/pulse-eight-internal-hdmi-cec-adapter

Kingston 128gb Class 10 SDHC/SDXC Card Review

October 14, 2012 by  
Filed under Web News

Link: http://blog.testfreaks.com/review/review-of-kingston-128gb-class-10-sdhcsdxc-card/

Quote:
“For today’s review we will be looking at the 128 GB memory card. With this capacity you should never worry about running out of storage space on your DSLR. ”

Silicon Power Marvel M60 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

October 14, 2012 by  
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With prices of SSD drives taking a serious dive in the past 6 months (so did the quality of some) USB flash drives are not doing much better and so pretty much everyone can now carry at least 32GB of data without worrying about the cost. However capacity is not the only single thing that defines a USB Flash Drive and so leaving out consumers who care more about the design and size of one such device there are also those who care mostly about performance. Now performance (or speed) is perhaps the hardest thing to come by since most manufacturers nowadays pay more attention to size and design in an effort to keep cost to a minimum. So today our main goal is to find out whether or not the latest Marvel M60 USB 3.0 Flash Drive by Silicon Power is just all about looks like most similar devices in the market.

Article Link: http://www.nikktech.com/main/articles/peripherals/846-silicon-power-marvel-m60-32gb-usb-3-0-flash-drive

AVG Internet Security 2013 Software Review

October 11, 2012 by  
Filed under Web News

“The first thing long time AVG users will notice is the revamped interface. Gone is the more clunky yet still functional design of last year. In its place, we have a new tiled interface that will seamlessly blend in with Windows 8 upon its release later this year. The design is simple, straightforward and easy to understand. It also has all the options you would expect from a fully featured Internet security suite…”

Article URL: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/2051/1/

ROCCAT Savu Mid-Size Hybrid Gaming Mouse Review

October 11, 2012 by  
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Although once upon a time (roughly 2 decades ago) most of us used OEM keyboards and mouse sets (and were quite content) nowadays there are more of those products in the market than one can count aimed mostly towards gamers and professionals who require the highest possible accuracy and speed. Still the sheer number of such solutions currently available in the market along with their specifications and designs make it quite impossible for anyone to make the right choice so personally i choose to trust just a handful of all the PC peripheral manufacturers out (namely the proven ones) there and naturally ROCCAT is amongst them. So for the past 2 weeks we’ve been rather thoroughly testing their latest Savu Gaming Mouse which although not the best in their gaming mouse line still it proved to be more than a decent solution for people who are not after the best possible performance.

Article Link: http://www.nikktech.com/main/articles/peripherals/847-roccat-savu-mid-size-hybrid-gaming-mouse

HIS Radeon HD 7970 X Turbo Video Card Review

October 11, 2012 by  
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HIS has launched its custom version of the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition complete with a massive factory overclock. Could this overclock, along with the IceQ X2 cooling system, make it the fastest single card on the market? We will compare it to the MSI GeForce GTX 680 Lightning and a reference AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition to find out!

Review: http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/10/08/his_radeon_hd_7970_x_turbo_video_card_review

HIS Radeon HD 7970 X Turbo Video Card Review

October 11, 2012 by  
Filed under Web News

HIS has launched its custom version of the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition complete with a massive factory overclock. Could this overclock, along with the IceQ X2 cooling system, make it the fastest single card on the market? We will compare it to the MSI GeForce GTX 680 Lightning and a reference AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition to find out!

Review: http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/10/08/his_radeon_hd_7970_x_turbo_video_card_review

All Core i7 Models

October 11, 2012 by  
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Link: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/All-Core-i7-Models/708

These are a series of quick reference tables showing the main specs of all Core i7 models released to date.

Here is a snippet:
“The Core i7 is a CPU series manufactured by Intel aimed at high-range computers. In this tutorial, we will present a series of quick reference tables for you to compare the main differences between all models released to date.”

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