Summary: While the lack of developer support was somewhat disappointing, we're still impressed by the small size, fantastic audio, and Xbox Live integration. It's also worth mentioning that the Metro flair present in Windows 8 is best suited for mobile devices with touch support, so even if you're not a fan...
Pros: Professional Feel and Presentation:, Fast and Responsive Control:, Great for Streaming:, Surprising Size:, Xbox Live Connection:
Cons: Lack of Developer Support:, Somewhat Short Battery Life:
Conclusion: The form factor for the 8XT is perversely fondle-friendly–I’ll give it that for sure. I can’t say enough about the feel in-hand, which is accentuated by the soft-touch backing. The camera is a very strong in both low light and and naturally well lit settings.
Pros: Spunky little mobile device. Great for a myriad of casual uses. Beats Audio on the front-facing Boom Sound speakers is again fantastic. The phone is wafer thing. Comfortable and great to hold with soft-touch back. Processor is peppy but noticeably slower than our Lumia 928. Camera takes great pic...
Cons: There are better Windows Phone out there. The display lacks depth in the blacks and sharpness. Low screen resolution. Windows Phone ecosystem still struggling to keep up with iOS and Android.
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
Excerpt: If you've been clinging to that HTC Arrive and waiting for another Windows Phone to come to Sprint , your lucky day is here. Aaron reviews the HTC 8XT , the first Sprint Windows Phone 8 device and the second Windows Phone to launch on the Now Network.