The HTC Windows Phone 8X is the “signature handset” of Windows Phone 8, the product of the company’s partnership with Microsoft for the newest version of its mobile operating system, Windows Phone 8. Announced last month, the phone is set to make its way to AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon by the end of the year.
One of the 1st phones to hit the market running Windows Phone 8, the handset will help set the tone for Windows Phone 8 in the mobile marketplace.
Consider November the rebirth of Windows Phone and, with that new beginning, expect an array of new phones packed with new tricks all trying to impress the money out of your pocket.
Like Android there’s plenty of choice too, with HTC, Nokia, and Samsung all believing they offer the best solution for those looking to go Windows Phone 8. All have their advantages, but does the HTC 8X have what it takes to be “The Windows Phone”?
Compact Review of the HTC 8X:
One of the standout features of Windows Phone is its Start Screen. Fully customizable, the screen is populated by individual tiles representing each app — the same kind of experience you’ll find in Microsoft’s recently released Windows 8 operating system.
Meant as a quick access point for apps you use often rather than a storage place for all your apps, tiles can be dragged and arranged wherever you would like them to be on the screen.
Some tiles are “live,” meaning the information displayed on them changes. So, a weather app might display the temperature outside with a picture of, say, a rain cloud if it’s raining. A sports app may show the score in the game your favorite team is playing in.
As the user, you decide which apps earn their own tile space on your home screen, how big they are, and where those tiles are located.
The tile design was present in Windows Phone 7, but with Windows Phone 8 Microsoft has expanded on the interface, giving users the ability to not only customize the color of the tiles on the screen, but also the size of those tiles.
Now available in three different sizes, you can adjust tile size by pressing and holding a particular tile on the screen and then taping on an arrow that appears on the bottom of that tile.
The lock screen on the phone can be customized with a picture form your photo library, a built-in image or an image from Bing. Windows Phone 8 also allows you to display information from apps on your lock screen. For instance, your Facebook account can also provide the palette for the lock screen on the phone, pulling photos from your Facebook account — either as a whole or specific albums that you specify.
I chose to have the lock screen pull from the photos I have uploaded to Instagram as well as my mobile uploads to Facebook. The result was a pretty interesting rotation of some of my favorite recent pictures that changed almost every time I picked up the phone.