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HTC Windows Phone 8X


If you can't beat them, join them. HTC has opted for the same coloured polycarbonate chassis design that Nokia has made popular with its Lumia line, and in true HTC style, it makes it its own. The Windows Phone 8X may have a smaller screen compared to the Nokia Lumia 920 — 4.3-inch compared with 4.5-inch — but many tossing up between the two phones will appreciate how much lighter the HTC is. At 130-grams, the Windows Phone 8X is nearly 50 per cent lighter than Nokia's flagship, and it's a noticeable difference.

Even though it has the smaller screen, the 8X shares the same footprint that we've seen on other phones this year. Laying it on the Motorola Razr HD, the handsets are the same width and height, though the 8X has a much larger bezel surrounding its Super LCD display. This makes the screen look long, but not in an awkward way. Visually, the screen is stunning, with rich, bright colours popping off the screen's deep blacks. Nokia may have spent more time and words describing its PureMotion HD display, but there is almost no discernible difference in the quality of these screens as far as we can tell.

We do think the 8X feels uncomfortable, though. The handset's design is a single, tapered dome, and this gives the phone rather sharp corners all the way around. Not skin-piercing, blood-gushing sharp, but enough so that it sits awkwardly against the curves of your hand. Nokia's phone may be heavier, but we'd argue that it has better ergonomics.

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