HTC 8XT Review
HTC has been in the news a lot recently, and unfortunately it is as much for the gorgeous, all-card-on-the-table One as it is for their poor financial results. But last fall HTC made another newsworthy announcement that didn’t get too much attention: their recommitment to Windows Phone. That this news flew mostly under is no surprise; much like HTC itself the Windows Phone platform has been praised for its beauty and critically well-received, but that praise hasn’t translated into market adaption.
The HTC 8XT is Sprint’s first Windows Phone 8 device, but despite the extra letter the 8XT isn’t necessarily an upgrade to the 8X we liked last fall. While visually similar, there are some significant changes, such as the addition of BoomSound speakers and a downgrade in display resolution. In an increasingly crowded lineup, can the 8XT survive on Sprint?
At first glance we wouldn’t blame you for confusing HTC’s 8X and the new 8XT. They share the same form factor and materials, but there are easy to spot differences. To start with the good, the single, rear-facing speaker of the 8X has been replace with dual, front-facing BoomSound speakers. As with the One, we love the sound they produce. Other changes are more minor.
The display is another area where HTC cut back. Gone is the HD 720x1280 display of the 8X, replaced with a 480x800 panel. It remains sized at 4.3”, resulting in a drop from 342ppi on the 8X to mediocre 217ppi on the 8XT. It still has good brightness, color and viewing angles, and Windows Phone’s flat design masks the drop well, but the loss is noticeable browsing the web or viewing multimedia.
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4. marbovo (Posts: 331; Member since: 16 May 2013)
It is good for you to love HTC because in WP world there are no many OEMs to love, if you understand me... lol
7. LGphone5 (banned) (Posts: 11; Member since: 05 Aug 2013)
Its the quality to love from HTC. Android or WP. Not plastic like nexus or samsung
9. marbovo (Posts: 331; Member since: 16 May 2013)
I don´t know if you are aware, but the first nexus was made by HTC, and the last one was by yours LG... Think before write
11. LGphone5 (banned) (Posts: 11; Member since: 05 Aug 2013)
I thought the last one was Asus? The 7? Does it ring a bell?
20. GilbertoJ (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)
For any Sprint user coming from the HTC Arrive, this is a huge step up. Just like the Arrive before it, this 8XT is solid. It is light, yet not of a plastic-cheap-feeling build. It is just really nice to hold and use.
Sure, it doesn't have a higher-res screen, and more memory would have been nice. But this device just feels great!! The sound quality with BoomSound is really nice, and even the sound over headphones is a step up. Windows Phone 8 is just great too!! A good step up from WP7.5. The camera is rated one less than "Excellent" for there certainly are better smartphone cameras out there, without mentioning names.
So, can't be perfect there. And, as previously mentioned, there are better screen resolutions out there too, thus, not perfect there. However, both the camera and screen are still very nice. Bottom line, if you liked your HTC Arrive, you will love the 8XT. I suggest check best price for this phone at my blog: Mobileheavy.blogspot.com/p/htc-8xt.html
5. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2951; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
480x800? Really? I thought this was supposed to be an upgrade.
Atleast the resolution could have remained unchanged...this is going to hurt!
6. MrKoles (Posts: 182; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)
This has a horrible design...It disgusts me in any way...
15. ZeroCide (Posts: 590; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
I think you are in the minority on that. People i've talked to about it like the design.
12. mousesports (Posts: 149; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)
To HTC no more cons about LAK of apps ? :))) Omfg ... this is phonearea !!!
16. Landmarkcm (Posts: 285; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)
Too bad this is on Sprint's horrible network had to return & back to Tmobile well metroPCS right now where I am but there on Tmobiles network in my area . Looking forward to using Htc one S . Just got good deal on. To bad because this was a good device while I tried it. But again Sprint just doesn't cut it. I wonder how long they can hold on to the number 3 spot. I do find myself missing some certain apps too WP is still lacking & not just garbage ones. One of my banking apps etc is not on WP.
18. anugakarthik (Posts: 8; Member since: 05 Aug 2013)
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19. Padfoneluva (Posts: 9; Member since: 11 Oct 2012)
I haven't had a chance to play with this phone yet since the 2 Sprint stores I went to didn't have it! I will be getting the Samsung but the one thing that stands out to me is all of these phone look alike. With that in mind the only real thing they can do is make them a decent size. The ultimate would be ASUS Padfone with WP on it but like Sprint ASUS has it's head up it's A$$!