HTC 8XT Review
Introduction

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?


Design

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.

Front - HTC 8XT Review

Front

Capacitive Windows buttons - HTC 8XT Review

Capacitive Windows buttons

Speaker and front cam - HTC 8XT Review

Speaker and front cam


The 8XT keeps a black bezel around the display, except at the bottom where it is a slightly lighter shade of blue/purple than the back. This off color circles around the back to the non-removable part of the device. The earpiece, rear camera and Beats Audio logo have all been reworked. Lastly, the bottom portion of the 8XT’s back breaks from the rest of it and changes materials, likely to accommodate for antennas. While most of these changes are minor within themselves, collectively they make the 8XT look a bit cheaper overall. The front bezel and rear antenna housing strive to match the rest of the phone’s purpleish hue, they do not. The camera bezel is comparatively gaudy, and the refined earpiece lessens the boldness we felt when first seeing the 8X.

The HTC 8XT feels excellent in the hands - HTC 8XT Review
The HTC 8XT feels excellent in the hands - HTC 8XT Review
The HTC 8XT feels excellent in the hands - HTC 8XT Review

The HTC 8XT feels excellent in the hands


HTC 8XT

HTC 8XT

Dimensions

5.2 x 2.6 x 0.39 inches

132 x 66 x 10 mm

Weight

4.94 oz (140 g)

HTC Windows Phone 8X

HTC Windows Phone 8X

Dimensions

5.21 x 2.61 x 0.4 inches

132.3 x 66.2 x 10.1 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

Nokia Lumia 928

Nokia Lumia 928

Dimensions

5.24 x 2.71 x 0.4 inches

133 x 68.9 x 10.1 mm

Weight

5.7 oz (162 g)

HTC One

HTC One

Dimensions

5.41 x 2.69 x 0.37 inches

137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

HTC 8XT

HTC 8XT

Dimensions

5.2 x 2.6 x 0.39 inches

132 x 66 x 10 mm

Weight

4.94 oz (140 g)

HTC Windows Phone 8X

HTC Windows Phone 8X

Dimensions

5.21 x 2.61 x 0.4 inches

132.3 x 66.2 x 10.1 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

Nokia Lumia 928

Nokia Lumia 928

Dimensions

5.24 x 2.71 x 0.4 inches

133 x 68.9 x 10.1 mm

Weight

5.7 oz (162 g)

HTC One

HTC One

Dimensions

5.41 x 2.69 x 0.37 inches

137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



The HTC 8XT feels excellent in the hands, with subtle curves in the right place that belile the phone’s angular appearance. Buttons offer good feedback, and the soft touch back is perfectly done though the back cover takes way too much effort to remove. If it wasn’t for the mis-matched colors the phone’s purple would be more ambiguously blue, and therefore more uni-sex. As it is we feel the color will appeal mostly to women, though it is good looking enough that we’d carry it ourselves. We are disappointed in the little design changes, but they are mostly minor flaws and overall the HTC 8XT retains the same premium fit and finish of the 8X which we have long expected from HTC.

Top - The sides of the HTC 8XT - HTC 8XT Review

Top

Right - The sides of the HTC 8XT - HTC 8XT Review

Right

Bottom - The sides of the HTC 8XT - HTC 8XT Review

Bottom

Rear camera - HTC 8XT Review

Rear camera

Back cover removed - HTC 8XT Review

Back cover removed

microSD and SIM card slots - HTC 8XT Review

microSD and SIM card slots



Display

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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20 Comments

1. shamashu9

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

I love HTC

4. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 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

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 05, 2013

Its the quality to love from HTC. Android or WP. Not plastic like nexus or samsung

9. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 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

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 05, 2013

I thought the last one was Asus? The 7? Does it ring a bell?

13. MCrapp

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 07, 2013

So Gold Star don't use Plastic!?

14. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

I was talking about phone not tablet.

20. GilbertoJ

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 28, 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 Good luck!

2. rms.max

Posts: 95; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

8XT Vs 925.. Are you Kidding ,......?

3. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

This is more likely 8XT Vs 520

5. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 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: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

This has a horrible design...It disgusts me in any way...

8. Sauce unregistered

May I ask why?

10. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

It´s just ugly. The view hurts my eyes.

15. ZeroCide

Posts: 806; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

I think you are in the minority on that. People i've talked to about it like the design.

17. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

It´s okay, nobody likes the same.

12. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

To HTC no more cons about LAK of apps ? :))) Omfg ... this is phonearea !!!

16. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 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: Aug 05, 2013

Hi guys i purchased a new HTC 8xt mobile from mydeals 247.com,try it now they are providing at low price,and good service by them

19. Padfoneluva

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 11, 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$$!
8XT
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.6 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 1800 mAh

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