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HTC is renowned for bringing out phones with excellent cameras, the HTC One X for example, and we're pleased to report that the HTC Windows Phone 8X handset is no different. It features an 8MP rear-facing camera with f/2.0 lens, BSI sensor, LED flash and the ability to record HD 1080p video.
The easiest way to fire up the camera is using the dedicated camera key, which although not as fast as that on the Motorola Razr I, proved impressively quick. Image qualiity is just as great, especially when taking photos in decent lighting. Colours look natural and full of detail, and although we did notice some fuzziness when zooming in on the image on the handset, images look gorgeous on large PC screens.
Photo taken on the HTC Windows Phone 8X
As with most smartphones, image quality isn't so great when pictures are taken in poorly-lit surroundings, with the onboard LED flash doing little but washing out images.
It's not often we'll get excited about a front-facing camera, but the 2.1MP snapper on the front of the HTC Windows Phone 8X is one of the best we've seen. As well as boasting decent image quality and proving ideal for video calling, the front-facing camera's wide-angle lens is perfect for taking images of groups, allowing you to squeeze in up to four faces.
It's easy to share photos, too, with Windows Phone 8 offering the option to upload images to Facebok and Twitter, or you can choose to text or email your photos. Another cool feature is Bing Vision, which lets you take snaps of barcodes and texts for online listings or quick translations, similar to Google's Goggles app.
Battery and storage
The battery on the HTC Windows Phone 8X is undeniably the phone's worst feature. We found that the handset struggled to last an entire day when fully charged, which we're sure isn't helped by Microsoft's live updating tiles and the fact that we had the screen cranked up to full brightness at all times.
While we didn't find it a massive issue, some users might be disappointed by the handset's storage options. The phone comes with 16GB of included storage, and despite Windows Phone 8's support for microSD card expansion, HTC has opted not to include this. Still, this is more than made up for with Microsoft's generous cloud storage offering, which gives Windows Phone 8 users 25GB of free Skydrive space.