HTC's first ever Windows Phone 8 handset is a statement of intent. With Beats Audio technology, a 4.3-inch 720p HD Super LCD screen, a great camera and an even more impressive choice of apps, the HTC 8X is a smartphone tour de force.
Phones with great camera capabilities don't hit the headlines any more. But in the case of HTC's amazing 8X they really should. Thanks to its glorious 88° ultra-wide-angle 2.1 megapixel front camera, it's capable of capturing triple the area of most other front-facing cameras!
That means you can get everyone and everything in the shot that you wanted to. And won't have to choose between cutting out scenery or friends ever again. And because the HTC 8X packs an expansive 4.3-inch S-LCD2, your snaps and videos will look great when you view them pack on your handset.
But pegging this as just a great camera phone is doing it a huge disservice. It's great at music too. With Beats by Dre audio and a built-in amplifier, you can expect deeper, richer bass and sharper vocals to really bring your favourite tunes to life and add a new level of immersion to games and movies.
And of course if you choose the HTC 8X you'll also get everything that makes Windows Phone 8 smartphones so brilliant. That means you'll have constantly changing Live Tiles on your homescreen to bring you up to the minute information about the people and pastimes you're passionate about.
Better still, you can now even make a LiveTile for anyone or anything you like. And you can resize, recolour and rearrange the tiles on the grid layout to your heart's content, so you'll really be able to leave your imprint on your handset.
As with all Windows Phone 8 handsets, you also get tons of apps to choose from. These take in all kinds of everything, from games to more practical apps. That means you're bound to find whatever it is that floats your boat.
Other features of the HTC 8X include 16GB of internal storage, a Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon processor and A-GPS support which combines with Nokia Maps mapping software for easy route-finding.