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HTC's Windows Phone 8X review: Fast, bright and sleek

Preston Gralla | Nov. 14, 2012
HTC's fast and well-designed Windows Phone 8X is one of the first to use Microsoft's new Windows Phone 8 smartphone operating system.

And when I launched the OneNote app for the first time, the phone automatically synced my OneNote notebooks from SkyDrive to the phone. So if you use other Windows 8 devices, you'll find that a Windows Phone 8 device -- such as the HTC Windows Phone 8X can truly become an extension of your work and computing life.

Nothing's perfect, of course, and I did find a few flaws. For example, Windows Phone 8's voice search and control capabilities don't come close to rivaling iOS's Siri or Android's Google Now feature. In addition, it doesn't offer voice-guided turn-by-turn GPS navigation.

Bottom line

The HTC Windows Phone 8X is a slick, beautifully designed phone that shows off the new Windows Phone 8 software well, especially if you buy into the Windows 8 ecosystem of devices. It's fast and has a beautiful screen, although you may be put off by the limited storage.

If you've already got a Windows Phone 7 device, you'll find the HTC Windows Phone 8X a worthy upgrade. For existing iPhone and Android device users, it's a harder call. It comes down to whether you want the information-rich interface of Windows 8, or the app-centric approach of Android and the iPhone. However, if you think you're ready to switch to Windows Phone 8 from iOS or Android, you'll find the HTC Windows Phone 8X a solid bet.


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