Conclusion: The HTC 8XT is going to get a lot of attention for the design, just as the Windows Phone 8X did. Unfortunately, once customers get past the pretty exterior they’re not going to be as impressed with what’s under the hood.
Pros: Colorful and comfortable design, Loud, rounded audio, MicroSD slot, Decent battery life
Summary: Although it looks much the same as the 8X, HTC cut some sharp corners getting the 8XT into the sub-$100 price range, such as equipping it with a subpar display. That it's exclusively paired with Sprint, the nation's smallest LTE carrier, doesn't help either.
Conclusion: Let's face it; if you're a Sprint customer, the HTC 8XT is your only choice among Windows 8 smartphones, though the Samsung ATIV S Neo should be coming by summer's end with largely comparable specs (except a bigger display) and a $150 on contract price tag.
Pros: Comfortable to hold, attractive and distinctive, BoomSound stereo speakers are above the fray, pleasing albeit low resolution display, expandable storage.
Cons: Low resolution display, only 8 gigs internal storage (mitigated by a microSD card slot).
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: Well designed, good looking device, Combination of BoomSound speakers and Beats Audio make for great audio, Good call quality
Cons: WVGA display is a step down from the 8X, Color mismatches and an unnecessarily large camera bezel are visual stumbles