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.