HTC 8XT Review

Call Quality

Callers had no complaints about call quality, saying that the HTC 8XT didn’t stand out in either a good or bad way. They sounded natural with plenty of volume for us, and overall call quality was an 8.5/10.


As mentioned earlier, the new Snapdragon 400 processor allows the HTC 8XT to get more life out of its comparatively small 1800mAh battery. It is rated for 14 hours of talk time, which is very good for a CDMA device and LTE smartphone.


In the end we found ourselves enjoying the HTC 8XT, and are glad to see Windows Phone 8 finally make its way to all four major carriers. We once again are impressed with HTC’s ability to design a phone, but the device is not without compromises such as the decreased display resolution. What it really comes down to is your affinity for the Windows Phone OS; as pretty and smooth as it is the ecosystem just isn’t there and market share shows that. If you’re looking for a good mid-range Windows Phone device the 8XT gets our blessing, but in the end we’d imagine most users will look to a different OS, something the phone has no control over.

OS version: 8.0.10327.77
Firmware revision number: 3030.00.10008.651


  • Well designed, good looking device
  • Combination of BoomSound speakers and Beats Audio make for great audio
  • Good call quality


  • WVGA display is a step down from the 8X
  • Color mismatches and an unnecessarily large camera bezel are visual stumbles

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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: 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: 4769; 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: 816; 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,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$$!
  • 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(14h talk time)

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