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. Almost everything about the 8XT is so-so: the display, the camera, the performance. The audio quality is above average, we grant you.
Pros: Colorful and comfortable design, Loud, rounded audio, MicroSD slot, Decent battery life
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).