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    My phone just arrived earlier today.

    It's just been a full day only, but I would like to tell you some of the things that I liked the most so far and some of the things that I found to be not so great.

    Great/Awesome:
    - Form factor. It can't be said enough, if you like taller and narrower designs, you will love the 8X. The weight is very good and well balanced. It doesn't feel too light as if it's going to break or something.
    - Build quality. The materials are great, the soft touch back is awesome but prone to dust and moisture from your hands. Everything seems and feels well built. I recommend a case. The one from HTC I bought is the best case I've ever seen or used. It has a mixture of hard plastic and rubber that makes it a joy to hold it.
    - Screen size. The size is what I long tought to be the "sweet spot" for mobile phones. It's only my opinion and many have different tastes but for me, the size is just about right.
    - Screen display. The quality of the display is really good. It's very bright and can be read easily on outdoors. The resolution, coming from an 800x600 Optimus 7 is a huge upgrade.

    Cons:
    - The flush buttons. They are really, I mean really flushed into the body and sometimes you press them without feeling any sort of feedback from them. The power button is hard to reach if you use it one handed a lot. I wish it had been placed on the side. The camera button suffers from the lack of feedback. Using a case by HTC, I don't feel the twostep shutter when taking pictures. After a few snaps I didn't feel the two steps most of the time.
    - Auto brightness. I don't know if it's WP8 or the firmware but it seems to take some time to adjust. With medium brightness it looks great, so I set it to that after a few hours. I think a firmware or OS update should make it more sensitive.


    This is what I've found the first day with it. I really don't have anything negative to say other that the buttons and auto brightness. On the coming days I may find any other details I don't like, but so far I'm loving this phone.

    I Hope this helps some of the undecided guys looking to jump to WP8 right away.
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    Thank you. I have been waiting for people who have bought the phone to post up their impressions/reviews. I'm getting mine in a weeks time and I can't wait! I'll definitely put up my views once I get my hands on the phone.

    What do you think of the camera? I'm not a big photo guy but take the occasional pics.
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    Hmm I used an 8X unit at Best Buy and I was definitely able to feel the two stage camera button... maybe you have a defective unit?
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    Quote Originally Posted by aventador779 View Post
    Hmm I used an 8X unit at Best Buy and I was definitely able to feel the two stage camera button... maybe you have a defective unit?
    He specifically stated that he wasn't able to feel it with the case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EeriePhenomenon View Post
    He specifically stated that he wasn't able to feel it with the case.
    Missed that part, terribly sorry.
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    So how bulky is that case? I am used to super thin cases like the Casemate barely there or SGP ultra thin hard shell. Fattest I will go, especially considering the 8x is 10.1 mm, is like a thin TPU case.

    Is that official case thicker than a TPU case? Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hipporama View Post
    Thank you. I have been waiting for people who have bought the phone to post up their impressions/reviews. I'm getting mine in a weeks time and I can't wait! I'll definitely put up my views once I get my hands on the phone.

    What do you think of the camera? I'm not a big photo guy but take the occasional pics.
    I took a couple of photos with the rear camera but didn't focus on it. Tomorrow I plan to take some test photos. I will post them on the sticky thread on this forum.

    Quote Originally Posted by tomatoes11 View Post
    So how bulky is that case? I am used to super thin cases like the Casemate barely there or SGP ultra thin hard shell. Fattest I will go, especially considering the 8x is 10.1 mm, is like a thin TPU case.

    Is that official case thicker than a TPU case? Thanks.
    It's not bulky at all. In fact, it is one of the fittest I've seen/used. It's very thin as well.

    This official case in particular is a little thinner than a couple of TPU cases I had some time ago.
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    I've had my 8X for a week now and still love it. I'm used to the power button now, but agree that it could be a little easier to use. On the whole though, I like the way that the flush buttons compliment the clean lines of the phone.
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    Yeah, i have more problems with the volume buttons than the power button, actually, but they are all very flush. It does look good though :p

    As for auto brightness; mine adjusts VERY quickly, fyi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ajua View Post
    My phone just arrived earlier today.

    It's just been a full day only, but I would like to tell you some of the things that I liked the most so far and some of the things that I found to be not so great.

    Great/Awesome:
    - Form factor. It can't be said enough, if you like taller and narrower designs, you will love the 8X. The weight is very good and well balanced. It doesn't feel too light as if it's going to break or something.
    - Build quality. The materials are great, the soft touch back is awesome but prone to dust and moisture from your hands. Everything seems and feels well built. I recommend a case. The one from HTC I bought is the best case I've ever seen or used. It has a mixture of hard plastic and rubber that makes it a joy to hold it.
    - Screen size. The size is what I long tought to be the "sweet spot" for mobile phones. It's only my opinion and many have different tastes but for me, the size is just about right.
    - Screen display. The quality of the display is really good. It's very bright and can be read easily on outdoors. The resolution, coming from an 800x600 Optimus 7 is a huge upgrade.

    Cons:
    - The flush buttons. They are really, I mean really flushed into the body and sometimes you press them without feeling any sort of feedback from them. The power button is hard to reach if you use it one handed a lot. I wish it had been placed on the side. The camera button suffers from the lack of feedback. Using a case by HTC, I don't feel the twostep shutter when taking pictures. After a few snaps I didn't feel the two steps most of the time.
    - Auto brightness. I don't know if it's WP8 or the firmware but it seems to take some time to adjust. With medium brightness it looks great, so I set it to that after a few hours. I think a firmware or OS update should make it more sensitive.


    This is what I've found the first day with it. I really don't have anything negative to say other that the buttons and auto brightness. On the coming days I may find any other details I don't like, but so far I'm loving this phone.

    I Hope this helps some of the undecided guys looking to jump to WP8 right away.
    Thanks for the great post on your 8 x I am hoping to get one very soon.
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    You definitely get used to the buttons.

    I hated the power button at the start, now I've kind of forgotten why!

    Camera button isn't the best, I have often taken blurry pictures because the focusing hasn't worked. I have now pretty much moved onto just tapping the screen to snap a picture which works wonderfully!
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    Can you post pics of the case?
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    I never used the dedicated camera button cause it always made me move ever so slightly and cause blurry pics. I set it up to tap the screen for pictures which usually end up much better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ajorourke View Post
    You definitely get used to the buttons.

    I hated the power button at the start, now I've kind of forgotten why!

    Camera button isn't the best, I have often taken blurry pictures because the focusing hasn't worked. I have now pretty much moved onto just tapping the screen to snap a picture which works wonderfully!

    Quote Originally Posted by jasqid View Post
    I never used the dedicated camera button cause it always made me move ever so slightly and cause blurry pics. I set it up to tap the screen for pictures which usually end up much better.
    I was used to take all my pics with the camera button on the Optimus 7. I have taken just a few with the 8X and tried touching to take the photos but I will need some time to adjust to that because some came out blurry. I do have some hope that both the case and the phone's buttons loosen up a little bit so they are easier to press, though :D

    Quote Originally Posted by KoukiFC3S View Post
    Can you post pics of the case?
    It fits too well that is somewhat of a hassle to take it out. I will take some snaps of the phone with the case on it and post them tomorrow on the accessories for 8X section of the forum. There are already a couple shots from a guy that got it before me. Check them out in the meantime.
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    These are pics I took with the 8x this morning in overcast conditions. Mind you, I forgot to put this camera to 8MP. It was set to 6MP by default..why? I don't know. Seems that HTC lowers certain things by default on this phone. Check volume and other settings. They might be lowered by default.
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    Holy crap! Those pics are amazing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hipporama View Post
    Holy crap! Those pics are amazing!
    Wait til you see the FRONT FACING cam...it's fantastic. I took some pictures this morning (I received the phone last night, it was dark), and it's unbelievable. The wide-angle lense for the front is great.

    Got my 8x last night -- my impressions will echo those of others: I love it. The screen is crisp, bright, and vibrant. The OS is fantastic, as we hoped it'd be...and I'm just so satisfied.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hipporama View Post
    Holy crap! Those pics are amazing!
    And Like i said, only set to 6MP. 8MP would have been better!
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    Default is set to six mp as a compromise for storage space and transmission speed. Personally, I think that size is fine for every day photo sharing and displaying in forums etc.
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    Thanks for posting those pics! That takes away most of my concerns of not going with the "better" camera on the 920.

    I'd like to see someone post some indoor/household pics without natural light. That would clear things up for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WillBrown View Post
    Thanks for posting those pics! That takes away most of my concerns of not going with the "better" camera on the 920.

    I'd like to see someone post some indoor/household pics without natural light. That would clear things up for me.
    Here are some pics inside my office. I see you live in Burke too. These outside pics were in Arlington, VA.

    Excuse my messy desk too!!!
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    A couple pairs of shoes I have laying around at work. Lighting is fluorescent tube lights. FYI, the "yellow" shoe is VERY bright and I imagine hard for a camera to capture.

    EDIT - Lens was dirty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabi View Post
    A couple pairs of shoes I have laying around at work. Lighting is fluorescent tube lights. FYI, the "yellow" shoe is VERY bright and I imagine hard for a camera to capture.


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    Mind wiping your lens off homie? Lol.. It's a hazed shot. I do the same thing sometimes.
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    ... lol. I realized that after I posted the first pic. Here's another shot, same lighting. This time with a clean lens.

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    So much better. See these cameras take some nice photos.
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