Another Windows Failure – The HTC Windows 8S vs. The HTC One XL

The HTC Windows 8S vs. The HTC One XL
It’s not incredibly unusual these days for cell phone manufacturers to make different lines of devices for different operating systems. HTC is one of these companies, producing both Windows and Android phones. Of course, Android is by far the more popular operating system, but that doesn’t mean that the Windows system doesn’t have its fans too. However, it does seem that HTC just doesn’t try so hard with their Windows devices.

Their Android phones have a deservedly good reputation as solid, attractive and reliable devices. Their Windows line, on the other hand, hasn’t exactly met critical acclaim. We decided to see exactly how these lines compared to each other, so we took one phone from each line, both running the latest version of their respective operating system and retailing at around the same price. The HTC One XL is the Android phone, and for Windows we chose the Windows 8S. Rather unsurprisingly, one of these devices was far superior to the other…

Why the HTC One XL is Best…
There are three main things we look at in a phone: the speed, the screen and the camera. And the One XL won out in all these categories. It’s far more powerful than the 8S, running a 1500 MHz processor rather than the 1000 MHz processor on the 8S, making it faster and more responsive. It also has double the RAM of the 8S (1MB versus 0.5MB), which helps with responsiveness and also makes the device better at multi-tasking. This is important because as an Android phone the One XL is capable of running multiple applications simultaneously, letting you read the internet news whilst chatting on Skype, for example.

HTC Windows 8S vs. The HTC One XL

The Windows phone can’t do this. The screen is thirty per cent larger, coming in at 4.7 inches, as opposed to the four inches on the 8S. Plus it has two and a half times better resolution, and thirty per cent more PPI (pixels per inch). This adds up to make the display brighter and sharper than that of the 8S. The camera is an 8 MP model, rather than the 5 MP cam on the 8S, meaning you get better picture quality with more detail. It also shoots video in full HD. Finally, the One XL comes with double the internal storage, a massive 32 GB of memory, rather than the 16 GB on the 8S. So you can store double the amount of music, pictures and video on the device.

Why the HTC Windows 8S isn’t Great…
Compared to the One XL, the 8S just can’t do anything right. Sure, it comes in around ten per cent smaller and about twenty grams lighter, but that’s to be expected given the difference in screen sizes. But that’s really it. Nothing else.

Avoid Windows…
Just because a company makes great phones in one line doesn’t mean that all its lines are good, and HTC is an excellent example of that. The Windows 8S phone just can’t be compared to the One XL. If you’re looking to buy a phone from HTC, we suggest you go with one of their Android models, they’re simply better. And the HTC One XL is a pretty good buy.

Phil Turner has been asked to look at Talk Mobile and their contract deals. He thinks they are looking good.

Rizwan Ahmad
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This article is contributed by Phil Turner and posted by Rizwan Ahmad Author and founder of, He is a tech blogger from India and he loves to share his thoughts by writing articles on this site to the different topics related to technology world,
Rizwan Ahmad
Rizwan Ahmad

Rizwan is an avid mobile geek and a gaming lover. He loves to keep a tab on new tech and loves to share the latest tech news and reviews on Smartphones, Gadgets, Apps, and more.


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