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Hands on with HTC’s Windows Phone 8S

Though its often most fun to write about the fanciest and most expensive smartphones on the market, not everyone can afford them. Luckily, there are a growing class of second tier phones that still manage to provide a competitive experience. During my time with the Windows Phone 8S by HTC, it appears this is such a device. The 8S has 4GB of internal storage, 512MB of RAM, and a 5-megapixel rear camera, but its 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor is no slouch. I’m also a fan of its 4-inch 800 x 480 pixel screen. The resolution isn’t high and the RAM isn’t plentiful, but the phone appears to run Windows Phone 8 quite responsively. Overall, it should have a slight edge over many Windows Phone 7.5 devices on the market today. And hey, it comes in a number of pretty colors. T-Mobile will be carrying the 8S in the coming weeks.