Excerpt: The HTC 8XT is a relatively recent offering on the Windows phone market. A Sprint exclusive – and arguably the best Windows phone the carrier offers – the 8XT features beautiful aesthetics, easy portability and a respectful feature set, including front-facing HTC Boomsound speakers. If you love listening to music and don't like wearing headphones, or you just find yourself using the speakerphone a lot, you'll appreciate what the 8XT has to offer.
Pros: It's attractive, boasts a solid feature set, and offers some of the best speakers you'll find on a Windows phone.
Cons: For a late-2013 device, its low-resolution display isn't just disappointing; it's inexcusable.
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. Even with competition, the HTC 8XT would be a very nice phone for the price: it's a great looking phone that's easy to hold and is well made.
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. 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.
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