Posts tagged with: Windows Phone 8X

HTC's Windows Phone 8X is, along with the 8S, one of the company's first Windows Phone 8 handsets. The 8X runs a dual-core Snapdragon S4 SoC, has a 4.3-inch 720p display, and has 16GB of flash storage.

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    The Nokia Lumia 1020 is the most advanced camera phone ever to see the light of day. It's a stunning upgrade to the Lumia 920 and a fitting sequel to the 808 PureView, one whose potential has been met with fairly universal praise from the Pocketnow team, and from most others in the blogosphere. When it launches on Friday, I'll be in line at the AT&T store to claim my very own unit, just as I was for its predecessor. But, as you may recall from the video documenting my launch day Lumia 920 purchase, I was put off back then by a few oversights on AT&T's part - and also by some lapses ...

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    One week ago, we saw Microsoft post a new entry on its Windows Phone 8 update history page, describing the platform's GDR2 update. While it was arriving from the factory on certain new handset, we had yet to witness the update go out to existing phones. Seeing that page change made us wonder if updates were forthcoming, and it seems that notion was right on the money; let's take a look at what's happened. You may have already heard that GDR2 updates were spotted a little earlier this week heading out to the unlocked Samsung Ativ S. That's no longer sounding like an isolated case, as today ...

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    We've been talking about Microsoft's plans for the next big Windows Phone 8 update, GDR2, for months now. Some of the picture of how the update would arrive has been clear: for instance, we know that Nokia models will start getting their "Amber" updates next month, and that's going to be tied-in to the release of GDR2. But with how inconsistent Windows Phone update distribution has become, that's hardly confirmation that other OEMs would be working on the same schedule. While still incomplete, we can now put together a slightly more encompassing picture of update availability, thanks to ...

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    At Pocketnow, we have a responsibility to try the new, the fresh, and the weird - and that latter swamp is exactly the one Managing Editor Anton D. Nagy waded into with his recent review of the ASUS Fonepad - the tablet with an earpiece. Or the phone with a tablet screen. Whatever you want to call it, we've covered it - and Tony has some thoughts about using a seven-inch smartphone in this edition of one of your favorite tech podcasts. After we clear the giant-phone convo, we've got more to say. Lots more. And, doubtless to the relief of thousands, very little of it involves Samsung's ...

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    Sometimes you just have to schedule a podcast a few hours before a major news event, and as a result you've got to scramble to come up with some valid-sounding speculation about just how useful a Facebook Phone could really be. It's not like we haven't tossed this notion around before, but doing it on the air, off-the-cuff, imbues our lives with a certain energy, a certain je ne sais quoi, if you will. Or even if you won't. Whatever; we have a good time riffing. You'll listen and like it! Ahem. All that, plus some chat on just how big a copycat LG's Optimus G Pro is - and how well it does ...

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    With so many devices launched between the fall of 2012 and Spring of 2013, we know many of you want to know what's worth your money, and what you should skip with no questions asked. Both 2012 and 2013 have been great years for mobile technology, but we have a feature called "Worst Gadgets Ever" for a reason. There's always a good deal of products that either end-up as vapor ware, some that suck on their own, and some which simply aren't worth your money when compared to other devices in the market. We thought we'd help you with the Top 5 devices that we would all skip out of everything ...

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    Rarely has the "lull" between trade shows given us so much to talk about. We kicked off the week with an exciting announcement welcoming two new members to the Pocketnow team, and since then we've barely been able to keep news, editorials, and videos on the front page long enough to read them. This feed is on fire. From ever-strengthening rumors about the HTC M7 and Samsung Galaxy S IV, to interviews with newcomers like Jolla, to new looks at old friends with BlackBerry 10, to modding and jailbreaking today's top smartphones, we've gotten a lot done since the last episode of the Weekly, ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the first batch of rumors of a Galaxy S IV Reaching AT&T. We then move into budget iPhone talk, as apparently the device will combine some weird and interesting design cues. The HTC M7 is next as we've discovered a video on how the device will hopefully look. Then we go through our recent coverage of the HTC Windows Phone 8X After The Buzz and our video on the ParanoidAndroid UI that allows you to get Android's tablet UI on any device. We end today's show talking about Apple's silent launch of iOS 6.1, what this means to you, and what this ...

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    Most new-device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s follow-up coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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    All companies go through rough times. You may not see them financially at first, but it's always a matter of time before the rest of the signs of decline reach their bottom line. We've been worried about Microsoft's performance lately. Whether it's about not being able to deliver compelling products, or having the compelling products not really deliver, it seems that all the corporate genius that was so well put together by Bill Gates is just there to cash a check and be polite. The irony is to have to worry about Microsoft's marketing strategy for Windows Phone. I mean, aren’t they ...

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    I recently introduced my mother, a self-professed luddite, to the social photo-sharing app Instagram. It was a magical experience. In less than fifteen minutes, my mother was using faux HDR to bring out the midtones in her photos, slapping some frames on them, and sharing them across her just-created Instagram friends list (populated with many more Facebook-sourced names than either of us expected). None of the recent controversy surrounding Instagram's new terms of service mattered to my mom in this new world of photo-sharing, her first encounter with such a single-purpose social app. Its ...

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    Another holiday season is drawing to a close, and if you’re among the lucky ones, the receding tides of commercialism have left you with a bounty of gadgetry under your Christmas tree, Hanukkah bush, or other homespun symbol of holiday joy. The holiday selling season is a crucial one for all mobile platforms, but not one has as much at stake as the still-nascent Windows Phone. At this time last year, the Microsoft device stable didn’t offer much in the way of premium goodies, with the then-still-unannounced Lumia 900 still months away from release. Would-be buyers of ...

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    Another holiday season's come and (almost) gone, and if you're among the lucky ones, the receding tides of commercialism have left you with a bounty of gadgetry under your Christmas tree, Hanukkah bush, or other homespun symbol of holiday joy. The holiday season is a crucial one for all platforms, but this year we've had our eye trained especially closely on Windows Phone. At this time in 2011, the Microsoft device stable didn't offer much in the way of eye-catching goodies, with the then-unannounced Lumia 900 still months away from release. Would-be buyers of Windows Phone devices were ...

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    T-Mobile's been putting owners of the HTC Windows Phone 8X on a bit of a roller coaster ride this week, full of ups and downs. Two days ago, we saw the carrier post to its site that the Windows Phone 8 build 10211 update, already having landed on the international 8X, was coming to the US just one day later. That sounded great, but then yesterday, instead of letting the update loose, T-Mobile instead posted a follow-up message notifying users of an unexpected delay. We didn't know precisely what the carrier's motivation for this decision was, only that it promised that the update would be ...

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    On the eve of the Mayan Apocalypse, three men gather to talk strategy, survival ... and smartphones. This week on the Pocketnow Weekly, we discuss what device we'd like at our side for the end of the world, before going for a quick dip in the nostalgia pool with a chat about running new Android software on old devices. After that, we knock around some Samsung Galaxy-family speculation, then dive headlong into a rundown of the merits and drawbacks of the new Samsung ATIV S, before touching on the tablet-smartphone interaction issue. Finally, we wrap it all up with some tablet speculation ...

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    Yesterday we got word that users of the HTC Windows Phone 8X on T-Mobile would soon be joining their fellow users abroad with the release of the platform's build 10211 Portico update. This wasn't just some rumor, either, and the carrier itself posted news of the forthcoming update to its site. The plan was for the update to start heading out OTA today, so you may be wondering why you haven't seen anything yet. It turns out that things have hit a little hitch, and the T-Mobile now says that the 8X's update has been "temporarily delayed". As for just why you won't see Portico today, T-Mobile ...

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    When it comes to comparing smartphones, synthetic benchmarks may be well and good for what they are, but there's still something reassuring about seeing handsets being put to the test with some real-world tasks. When we're dealing with phones running different platforms, one of the most convenient ways to do that sort of comparison is by looking at how devices measure up with their web browsing. That's just what the guys over at GadgetMasters recently did, putting a RIM Dev Alpha B handset running BlackBerry 10 up against some of its competition, and the results are pretty impressive. ...

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    Well, the Nokia Lumia 920's new Windows Phone 8 update seems practically ready for distribution, but for the moment at least, we don't have any hard word on exactly when it will start going out besides "before the end of the month". Luckily for HTC Windows Phone 8X owners on T-Mobile in the US, the situation is a lot less ambiguous, and the carrier has confirmed plans to begin distribution of WP8 build 10211 tomorrow. It's been about a week since we saw that same update arrive for the international HTC 8X, delivering the so-called "Portico" build. As you may already know from that ...

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    The HTC-made Windows Phone 8X has recently received an official over-the-air update which not only addressed the random restart problems -- leaving the Nokia Lumia 920 users to test their patience -- but also brought a handful of new features which you can check out in our Portico update demo. Nokia confirmed on Twitter than an update will be pushed out to devices this month, without giving out special details though. The timeframe is obscure at the moment but given we're already half-way through December you should need to wait too long for those reboots to be gone. Hopefully, the package ...

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    Some Verizon employees are lucky to stand out from the crowd; not that the Droid DNA will be such a widespread device but even among those, you can spot the select few just by looking at the all-red phone they're carrying. Whether this is a Verizon or HTC thing is unknown but some will also stand out from the Windows Phone crowd. Limited edition Windows Phone 8X devices made by HTC are being gifted and not only these phones come in a new color but they also sport accented tones, pretty much like the Windows Phone 8S. And, as with any limited edition phone, all devices from the series are ...

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    With all the back and forth regarding the launch of the Samsung ATIV S -- otherwise the first Windows Phone 8 device ever officially announced, apparently the last on the shelves -- it is reassuring to hear some good news if you are a fan of the platform and of the South Korean manufacturer. Samsung still promised a 2012 launch of the phone -- and it appeared recently on T-Mobile Austria -- and it looks like our neighbors in Canada will be the lucky ones, if this report is to be believed. According to the leak above, Friday, December 14, 2012 is the day you should be able to snatch one ...

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    Front-facing cameras have for years been the red-headed stepchildren of the mobile world: included out of a sense of obligation or an attempt at differentiation when mobile video-calling first came on the scene, the tiny face-capturing modules were under-specced and underpowered -- and they've never really grown up. Even today's high-end smartphones typically feature front-side shooters with only 25% the resolution of the primary camera around back. The only company to really take the front-facing camera seriously in today's landscape is HTC: the webcam on the company's Windows Phone 8X ...

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    There were a couple of issues with Windows Phone 8 (and they were not device or model specific) like the reboot problem and the WiFi bit (though this one was not necessarily a bug) but they seem to be gone now, at least on some HTC Windows Phone 8X models, with the addition of an OTA update. According to reports, global versions of the phone are getting an OTA update which will bump the OS version all the way to 10211. With it comes a fix for the reboot problem, the option to keep WiFi alive when screen is off, SMS drafts and probably some others too. We're expecting the Lumia 920 to get ...

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    Microsoft kick-starts the smack-talk machine, which blows up in its face just as Nokia sells its own headquarters. The Lumia 822 gives us an excuse to launch a brand-new review format, while a Nexus 4 trade lets us take a post-review look at Google's latest smartphone. The iPhone 5S breaks its cover -maybe- while the Nexus 10 gives everyone a reason to care about big Android tablets - again, maybe. Rumors of a new 1080p device from LG get the speculation bonfire going again, but a cool bucketful of Google Play-colored cold water got us back on track. And, of course, it wouldn't be a ...

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    Remember back when we were waiting to get confirmation of HTC's first Windows Phone 8 devices, and the rumors seemed to suggest that we'd be seeing three such models from the manufacturer? While we ended up seeing two of them released as the 8X and 8S, there was a third device, attached to the codename Zentih, which never manged to surface. We heard some rumors that the phone simply didn't exist, but what if HTC does indeed have plans still in the works for the smartphone? That's something to keep in mind as we look at a survey Microsoft has been distributing to Xbox Live users, which ...

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