There was a time when you could buy something that was compact, fast, and beautiful. That time is over. "Smaller" is just a polite way to say "here's the bad version for cheap people." And that's really awful.
The 4.3-inch HTC 8X looks like a tremendous phone—the ultramodern, ultrafunctional WP8 software paired with killer hardware: LTE, super-dense display, thin, and fast. And it has a little brother: the 4-inch 8S. But instead of just being the smaller version of what looks to be a very good phone, it's the good enough version. The affordable version. The watered down version: worse camera, less storage, less memory, a slower processor—and an obviously inferior build quality. The 8X is Glock, the 8S is Nerf.