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Review: HTC 8XT for Sprint

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As far as Windows Phones go, the HTC 8XT is a decent effort. I dislike that it dialed down the display compared to the 8X, but most other hardware features remain the same, as do the software options given the Windows Phone 8 platform.

The hardware is solid and certainly usable. The signal performance and voice quality are both above average for a Sprint phone. Battery life was acceptable, but demands that you pay attention to your usage. The operating system and applications are more or less identical to other Windows Phone 8 smartphones, with little variance. I definitely prefer the HTC camera app over the stock camera, and HTC's gallery app offers more control over photos. It's a bummer that the camera and video camera produce only average results.

Since Sprint customers have had no WP8 devices from which to select, the HTC 8XT at least brings the platform and all its pros/cons to the Sprint network. For the Windows Phone fans, the HTC 8XT is a choice with compromises.

Our Ratings

3
Overall
4
Reception
2.5
Battery Life
3.5
Hardware Usability
3.5
Hardware Quality
2.5
Display
4.5
Interface Speed
4.5
Audio Volume
3
Camera
 

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