A Look at the HTC Windows Phone 8X
The release of the Windows Phone 8 OS has been anticipated for a while, and now it’s finally here. This newest Windows release aims to provide smartphone users with a new lineup of phones that compete for a spot amongst the tough lineup of Android and IOS devices already on the market. The HTC Windows Phone 8X is one of Microsoft’s new phones touting the new operating system, so let’s take a closer look at what this device has to offer:
One thing the HTC 8X offers right away is choices. This stylishly designed devices comes in four color options- black, red, yellow, and blue- which isn’t something often seen among most cell phones now, where color options most commonly only consist of only white or black. As far as screen size goes, the 8X offers up a 4.3-inch 720p Super LCD 2 display. The phones curved back and “soft touch” finish gives it a little more grip than you would normally feel with the traditional plastic or aluminum phone backing, and its 5.2 inches tall by 2.6 inches wide by 0.4 inch thick body design fits well in a pocket. However, at 4.6-ounces, the HTC 8X is slightly heavier than some of the extremely lightweight phones now being released onto the market (the iPhone 5 is 4-ounces, in comparison).
Under the Hood
The HTC 8X has a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor. This processor is one of the fastest there is, regardless of the number of cores. The phone has 1GB RAM system memory and battery tests have so far shown that users should have no trouble using their 8X all day on one charge. NFC (or Near Field Communication) is a feature being integrated into many smartphones now, and the HTC 8X is no exception. NFC in this Windows device gives users the ability to send files, photos, and webpages to other Windows phone users, as well as smartphone users on other platforms with NFC devices, and well as take advantage of a wallet app that allows for mobile payments and loyalty card storage.
The thing that probably distinguishes Windows phones most from the rest of the smartphone market is its software- and more specifically, its unique system of “live tiles.”
The new Windows Phone 8 OS improves upon its live tile setup by allowing users to customize the size of the tiles on their home screen, allowing them to make the ones they use larger and tiles less used smaller. Microsoft has also added more color options, allowing for further user customization. Other features that have become OS necessities, like voice-to-text and maps, have both gotten serious upgrades in the new Windows OS.
Microsoft has always faced a tricky market with their Windows phone lineup, having to win over the hearts of hardcore Apple and Android phone enthusiasts. Fortunately for them, their newest OS and phone lineup has finally presented a serious challenge to the smartphone market and, with phones like the HTC 8X, consumers will really have to think long and hard about the possibility of a third OS option when going to purchase their next smartphone.
What do you think of the HTC 8X? Is it a winner, or are Windows phones still on the fringe of the smartphone market?
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