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All things beauty and then some. Andrea Claire has been a hairstylist and makeup artist for 23 years now. A Canadian based in Singapore since 2007, she has appeared on Asia's Next Top Model, Yahoo Asia, Canadian Idol, So Chic and more.

HTC launches Windows phones: 8x and 8s

By Andrea Claire · November 11, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

Stepping off the elevator into the Microsoft Singapore office I felt as if I was suddenly in a casting room for Asia's Big Bang Theory - clearly I would be playing the hot neighbour. But no. No TV show casting was happening - we were there for the launch of the latest Windows smartphones.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer holds a Windows Phone 8X by HTC smartphone during a Windows Phone 8 launch event at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

One woman who worked for Microsoft and I started chatting. She asked for my card - looked at it - then looked at me puzzled. She says: "So... you do hair & makeup and... have a tech blog??"

A valid question considering the sea of techies surrounding us. "Nope" I so eloquently reply. I may have added <em>'not really sure why I got invited to this...' [actually I think it's because I share photos of models behind the scenes via Twitter - Sorry Dudes and Dudettes: not the lingerie models]

BUT </em>I had been invited to two previous HTC / Windows 8 media events that I couldn't make so this was my third invite for the same phone so I really wanted to check it out.

HTC was kind enough to send me an HTC ONE X - which I LOVE. [I'd happily love the 8X too... *she says batting her eyelashes*] It makes sense to have these phones in the hands of hair & makeup artists because we use creams and serums that make our hands slippery and when we want to Instagram our fantastic work [Instagramtastic!] it's better with a phone that IF it is to go flying out of our slick fingers it won't crack! GORILLA GLASS! Corning - you are brilliant!

HTC 8x

The latest Windows phones have an amazing interface. [attempting some Big Bang Theory words here proving that I don't have a tech blog]


There are a few differences between the 8S and the 8X - first the screen on the 8X is bigger. The 8X is more expensive too. Something about the memory and camera... sorry - not a tech blog... but you can click on the links under the images to take you to each phone for more info.

As part of the announcement, Microsoft revealed new features, including Kid’s Corner and Rooms, along with details and pricing for a range of beautiful new smartphones from Nokia, Samsung and HTC, each with their own differentiated designs, colors and features. Source:

I LOVE the Kid's Corner. Your phone can be locked and your smarty-pants child can use the slider to access what you set up in the Kid's Corner but not the rest of the phone. No more accidentally calling clients or the in-law you are trying to avoid. [Not me - I have awesome in-laws... this time around] Keep in mind children drop your phone too so the gorilla glass is good for little fumbling hands!

(8X) World-class camera. Get more people in the shot, including you, with the new ultra-wide-angle front and back cameras. 8X takes sharp, crisp photos—even low-light conditions. HTC.com
The camera looks amazing - so your Skype experience is better for those on the go wanting to have face time with the husband and kids back home. ;)

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