HTC X8 Windows phone – quick review

HTC-8X

Picked up this phone yesterday and had a chance to use it exclusively for over 24 hours, while the iPhone 5 was quietly weeping in my back pocket.

The hardware is well designed and very fast. The camera takes great pictures and the video looked quite vivid as well. The battery life is better then the iPhone 5 (in my experience).

The operating system is slick and will be very easy to use for anyone used to Windows 8. If you are new to the device, the learning curve isn’t steep.

The Office suite works really well on the device. Viewing, styling and editing documents (word, excel) is a breeze. Setting up my 3 email accounts was dead easy (google, work google and outlook.com).

The biggest problem with the phone has nothing to do with the hardware or the operating system. It has to do with the lack of “common” applications for the Windows operating system. I was only able to find about 40% of the apps that I use on the iPhone in the Windows Marketplace. It could be only a matter of time before developers catch up, but for now, the situation is not best.

Pros:

– well designed, light, fast

– excellent screen

– decent battery life

– great camera

– good call quality

– highly compatible with MS Office apps

Cons:

– not able to dial out a number out of the web browser by simply pressing it

– the browser displayed several websites as blank white pages

– the search button is not placed well, so I kept pressing it by mistake

– lack of “common” applications in the marketplace

– very limited google application support (maps, drive etc…), what little exists is rumoured to go away