78

A decent upgrade, but only if you're already a Sprint customer

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As a modified version of last year's 8X, the 8XT is a decent upgrade for Sprint customers using Windows Phone 7, but it won't persuade anyone to switch carriers or change platforms.

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Critic reviews

6.6
10 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    6.5
  • Display
    5.7
  • Battery life
    7.0
  • Camera
    6.1
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    7.6
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.0
  • Media support
    7.1
  • Durability
    7.2
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    5.9

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User reviews

6.5
2 reviews
8.0
Engadget Aug 27, 2013

It might not be different enough to persuade Android or iOS users to switch -- nor is it a good enough Windows Phone to convince anyone to switch networks -- but from what we can tell, it's a good mid-range WP8 device that deserves a little attention from would-be upgraders.

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7.0
CNET Jul 31, 2013

Though the HTC Windows Phone 8X brings some needed OS freshness to Sprint, its sluggish processor and average display make it hard to recommend for anyone but committed Windows Phone 8 fans.

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6.0
Laptop Magazine Aug 9, 2013

The 8XT is a solid choice for the audiophile on a budget and is certainly the best Windows Phone option on Sprint, but we recommend the T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 925 for its better camera and display at half the price.

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6.0
PC Mag Aug 16, 2013

The HTC 8XT smartphone would have been an interesting 2012 launch for Sprint, but coming a year after the similar HTC 8X, it's just meh.

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8.0
phoneArena Aug 5, 2013

If you’re looking for a good mid-range Windows Phone device the 8XT gets our blessing, but in the end we’d imagine most users will look to a different OS, something the phone has no control over.

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8.0
WPCentral Jul 31, 2013

It's strength has to be the audio quality and it can hold its own in other areas (camera performance, screen quality, battery life, etc.). Sprint customers should be pleased with the 8XT.

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7.0
TechRadar Aug 13, 2013

Despite our qualms about Windows Phone 8 and Microsoft's efforts, the HTC 8XT is actually a good smartphone for those who don't need tons of apps and aren't glued to their phones all day.

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6.0
Phone Scoop Aug 15, 2013

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.

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6.0
PocketNow Aug 15, 2013

We want to like the 8XT as much as any other midrange Windows Phone – we really do. Its hardware is beautiful, its camera software is fun, and its BoomSound implementation is even better than the One’s. But its software just doesn’t measure up.

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First Looks

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Gadget Review Aug 13, 2013

Mind blown! Well that’s a bit overdramatic. But I was more than usually surprised by how well the HTC 8XT feels in your hand. It’s has a soft textured back, which is rounded and very comfortable to hold.

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6.0
kris kris

This phone would actually be pretty decent, if not outright good, if it wasn't on Sprint. At first glance and touch, it seems pretty nice. The textured, rubbery back feels good to the touch. The color of the phone, from the back to the stripe in the front, is bright and appealing. And, most...

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