My history with cell phones can be traced way back to a clunky Voicestream cell phone that I purchased back in 2000. It wasn’t until 2007 that I switched to a smart phone – it was a Windows phone, actually, a T-Mobile Dash. It served me well, but had a lot of issues, so I made the switch to Android-operated cell phones in January of 2009, and haven’t deviated from Android. Until now. For the last few years Windows has only made more and more upgrades and improvements to their computer operating systems (Windows 7 has served me well until last week, when I upgraded both my desktop and my laptop to Windows 8), and I’ve been hearing a lot of promising things about the up and coming — and now arrived and running — Windows 8 mobile platform.
And now, perfectly timed with the start of a new year, the desire to switch to a new provider, and my husband’s need to upgrade his current phone (it had a mishap with a glass of tea and our six year old son), in my hands is the very new, very sleek, very sexy, and very fast HTC Windows 8X phone.
I am no stranger to HTC and their line of great phones – my last four phones have all been from HTC. So I’m pleased to have my introduction to Windows 8 mobile handled via a phone whose general capabilities and functionality I’m familiar with.
The HTC Windows 8X phone is available in five colors: white, black, lime, indigo, and red. A super-thin, super-streamlined design, plus a fully interactive 4.3″ touch screen (protected by Gorilla Glass), and a front ultra-wide-angle camera lens and a rear camera lens ensure that the Windows 8X Phone is easy to handle and carry, a pleasure to operate, and all-around fun to have. The phone is powered by an 1800 mAh rechargeable battery, uses the universal mico-SD connection for charging and data transfer, and runs on a super-fast Qualcomm S4 1.5GHz dual-core processor. And the inclusion of Beats Audio ensures that any music you play or stream on the 8X will be incredible sounding.
I’ve had my phone for two days so far, and while I have not yet gotten out to an AT&T store to get it set up with a phone plan, I have connected it to our wireless home network and have been having a blast exploring the phone, personalizing everything there is to personalize, and downloading and configuring apps.
Expect a full review in a couple of weeks!
Disclosure: HTC and SocialChorus provided me with a free product in exchange for my honest opinion.