After my Android phone vibrated itself to death (the alarm went off, and the phone died.) I decided I would give Windows Phone 8 a try. So I Ebayed myself a HTC 8xt for Sprint. The phone cost me about $130 bucks without contract (used) it arrived in great shape and ready to be activated.
My initial reaction to the phone was, holy crap this thing is thin/small, too small for my hands even. I found after holding the phone for more than 10 minutes, my hand would start to hurt, but for those with smaller hands, I would expect this to be an excellent size. Amazingly, for the size, the phone has a removable battery, and a spot for an SD card. which was definitely a nice touch. At first glance you may think the screen is a higher resolution, but if you do any article reading etc on your phone, the text is not going to be all that crisp as it’s only a 800*480 4.3″ display.
After some use, I found that I actually kinda like the Windows Phone 8 OS . The OS is very smooth and fluid, and this is quite noticeable with the 8XT. The 8XT by say Android standards is an underpowered phone. With just a dual core 1.4 GHz proc, and 1 GB of RAM you would expect a little chop on the Android OS, but it’s simply not the case here. While navigating, everything always felt smooth and quick. The also very noticeable difference from my Android phone was battery life. I came from an LG optimus G (Sprint) and while the battery life here was usually enough to get me through the day, I very much feel like a could go 2 days here without chanrging my phone. The camera here is pretty good, it’s been my experience that the WP8 cameras outperform their Android counterparts, and this phone is not much of an exception. While those looking for a great action shot everytime should still look to a dedicated camera, this certainly can shoot some nice stills with it’s 8 MP camera.
Now for the bad, While the Windows Phone OS is quickly picking up steam going from 2.5% market share in 2012, to 3.2% in 2013. This represents a huge amount of growth for the Microsoft mobile OS, but still means it’s playing third fiddle to Apple’s IOS 15.6%and Androids whopping 78.1%. Which unfortunately means WP8 is still struggling to get all the apps you see in the Android, or IOS systems.
Overall, I’d give the phone a 69/100. With it’s biggest asses being it’s svelte figure, and oustanding battery life, and the weakness hands down being the lack of Apps. The Windows Phone 8 OS is beginning to feel a bit dated when compared to the more recent releases of Android, and IOS, but its still quite snappy. It’d be interesting to see if this phone gets the WP8.1 update, and what all that update will entail when MS puhes it. If you want a smartphone, for email, and web browsing, and don’t much care about apps, this is worth a look. As for me, I’ll likely be going back to Android.
To check out the full specs on the phone, take a look at HTC’s site