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Windows Phone 8 After One Week

Windows Phone 8 After One Week

My Windows Phone 8…

It arrived a bit over a week ago. I’d upgraded from my HTC Titan Windows Phone 7 to the HTC 8x Windows Phone 8. Why?

  • The price was right. I had promised myself when the price dropped below £200 it would be mine.
  • It was time to take a long hard look at the differences between 7 and 8.
  • I had opened a Windows Phone Developers Account and I wanted to see how easy/hard it was to build Apps for both.
  • Relevance.

That said, I knew that the moment the phone arrived HTC would announce a new phone and lo and behold the rumors broke that they are.

One Week In…

The upgrade and migration has to be one of the easiest things I’ve ever done. probably easier than upgrading a PC. Thanks to @MicrosoftHelps on Twitter for all advice and assistance.

I can honestly say that HTC got a lot right with the 8x. The lines of the phone, the Gorilla Glass screen with the raised edges and the curvature of the back make for a phone that sits well in your hand.

The battery life is somewhat better than the Titan, even with GPS / Glonass activating for a variety of location enabled apps I installed.

The screen is a crisp, colorful joy to use and the phone itself is incredibly responsive.

Windows Phone 8 OS works well and the added bells and whistles make for a richer experience, including the functional lockscreen and incredible sound.

What didn’t I like?

I have hands that are possibly not those that smartphone touchscreen designers had in mind. My fingers are broad and I definitely do not have fingertips one could describe as slender.

I’ve tried touch on iPhones, Symbians, Androids and Windows Phones and one of the reasons the Titan worked for me was that its screen was marginally bigger so my fingers had more space.

With the HTC 8X the screen is 4.3″ and I am relearning how to use a touchscreen to type.

The raised screen with curved edges is beautiful but there is a niggling concern that you need to be a bit more careful with how you treat the phone.

Accessories: I made the mistake of assuming that if I could buy a phone from Cellular companies here I could purchase a good case and or screen protector. The Cellular companies have made zero effort to have any accessories for the phone and are totally unapologetic. I went on Amazon and ordered the best case I could find.

Apps

At the end of the day Smartphones live or die based on which Apps are available for them. Windows Phone 8 has come of age and so far I have installed: –

And of course preinstalled

This is me getting started.

Right now I have a great mix of Social, Location, Productivity, Fun, Photo / Video and more. Most of the big Apps on other platforms are represented here but my favorite right now are probably: –

Track My Life – this App has a seductive UI and the App analyzes and displays your daily habits in a geographical manner that will give you pause for thought.

Bing Finance, News and Weather – simply because they are direct parallels to their doppelgangers on Windows 8. These show the Windows 8 ecosystem in all its glory.

Blink – Microsoft FUSE Research Labs and their So.cl gave us an App that captures everything with burst photography and then can create Blink animated shorts.

The Warptest POV

I do miss my HTC Titan (and its bigger screen) but the added value I get from the sleeker, faster Windows Phone 8 on the HTC 8x and the added apps make this a great phone.

I still have features to test and more apps to find but this is a great phone that shows why Windows Phone is a respectable choice and that HTC when they get their game on can do great things.

My advice to HTC is this, “You don’t need to burn revenue on big, splashy ads with Robert Downey jr. however wacky and memorable they are” play to your strengths and make quality phones like this or the incredible HTC One.

Even put a new Windows Phone 8 in the One chassis but start competing guys. Where is an HTC Windows Phablet? Where is a competitor for the Lumia 1020? This is a game of speed and daring so get in the game HTC.

Are you considering a Windows Phone? The HTC 8x is a great option that I give a strong recommend to.

 
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