Windows Phone 8 X by HTC-Good But not Top (Mobile Test)

TEST: Microsoft’s signature-telephone 8 x by HTC will display super authority in Windows Phone 8. But is Microsoft and HTC’s flagship interesting? Yes, almost.

Microsoft stuck with Windows on battle it out in the desktop operating systems. A market share of around 90 percent are impressed, but when the world is becoming more and more mobile, it is clear there must be something serious, if not Microsoft over time, lose customers on the floor.

And the figures for the spread speaks its own language. Windows Phone lay in September 2012 at less than one percent of the market share, according to Netmarketshare.com. Apple’s iOS had in the same month 63.48 percent, while Android had to make do with 22.10 percent. 

The figures are based on mobile browsing via smartphones, and says so something about the use of the devices on the network. Although it is not sales figures, they are nevertheless interesting because they show how much the smart phone used for smartphone tasks – the value of such a cell is precisely that it will be used.

Microsoft and their partners, has everything to gain, but virtually nothing to lose. Windows Phone 8 x by HTC is Microsoft’s business cards within the platform – and an excellent one at that.

Lies well in the hand

8 x has a delicious, and, by the way, nice design in a stylish manner appealing positive to the owner. The front features the three touch-sensitive “keys” back home (Windows key) and search. The physical buttons on the side and top are coloured so they fall in with the blue border, helping to emphasise the clean design lines.

The objectives of the unit is 132.4 x 66.2 x 10.1 mm and the weight is located at 130 grams.

I think 8 x-the phone is really good in the hand, even though the with 4.3 inch screen is among the larger smartphones on the market. The reason is that it is thin at the edges and thicker in the middle. That’s what the manufacturer HTC calls for pillow-design.

Though I don’t have much to spare for the kind of public relations and sales terms, I have to say that the idea works really well. The phone feels quite simply not as large as it actually is.

One’s basic functions

All smartphones with Windows Phone 8 will be at the user level, a very similar experience as affiliate partners like HTC, Samsung etc., must not be allowed to change in the user interface by adding HTC Sense or Samsung Touchwiz. The only thing they can, is to make specific widgets, called tiles, or enter into exclusive agreements with content providers that guarantee their customers a unique experience.

Producers must therefore differentiate itself on applications and partly hardware-design. This means that regardless of the Windows Phone being purchased because the experience will be in order.

So when I say that the interface is smooth and without pauses and stutters that SMS has graphical smileys or you have integration of Facebook and Twitter messages directly in the user interface, so this is therefore the same for all the products with Windows Phone, not just 8 x by HTC.

Better customization of the user interface

Front with squares, called “tiles”, are compared to previous versions, Windows Phone become more customizable. The square and oblong boxes have been joined by a mini-tile, allowing four shortcuts in the same space where you previously could only have one.

Icon adapted just by keeping on it, and choose which version you want to display, and then it can be dragged to the desired position on the screen.

In Windows Phone 8 x you get a HTC-tile with, showing the clock and weather information on the front page. This tile is exclusive for HTC’s products and are thus not in units from URf.eks. Nokia and Samsung.

There have been several color choices for themes, which can help to personalize one’s Windows Phone.However, only the system icons and shortcuts that changes color. Apps container in their own colors.

A tile must be regarded as an extended shortcut to an application. Tiles can URf.eks. show how many new messages waiting in your Inbox, or how many breaking news that Ekstra Bladet has unsent.

While the iPhone (iOS) have dead static shortcuts have Windows Phone live shortcuts – I can good like this more dynamic approach.

Brilliant for SMS

I’m tremendously excited about SMS and message part in Windows Phone. The construction is simple and the keyboard (QWERTY) is significantly better than what we find in smartphones in General. Do you like the keyboard in an iPhone, you will also be able to use, and think about it in Windows Phone.

That then also have come from the new version emojii-smileys with graphical, is just brilliant.

The keyboard, which is echoed in all messaging functions, such as URf.eks. mail, have the Danish ÆØÅ characters as well as an outstanding Danish dictionary. Alternative keyboards can also be added, such as URf.eks. English, which can be useful for those who write many messages in other languages.

 

Special Kids ‘ mode

Windows Phone 8 offers a special children’s area, which can be activated by slide lock screen from right to left.

Showing so that only programs and games, as the owner of the phone, have actively added and approved. The children’s area (Kids Corner) should be seen as a very limited State. The young ones coming not to install applications you haven’t approved. Nor can that rodes in settings, mails or other parts of the phone.

I am sure that those who regularly borrow smart phone for the young ones, will appreciate this limited mode.

Share with selected persons

Under the “People” is a so-called “family rooms” where you can invite selected people to share notes, calendar appointments and photos between each other. This reminds just a little about the photo sharing Apple has in Shared Photostream.

Although the interaction between people seems very smart, is it usmarte it will work most optimally with other Windows Phones.

It is still possible to set up groups, URf.eks. family, where you are presented with photos, news from social media, etc. But in relation to the “family room” is this one-way communication, where content is received, not sent the other way.

Family rooms can also share some of the content, URf.eks. calendar agreements with other smartphones, such as an iPhone. But in our testing tells the system that the phone language (Danish) is not supported.

 

Routes-but no navigation

Windows Phone 8 has a map function, so you can find out where you are, but we are talking about a totally surprise call application. Enough is the superbly designed, but ordinary cities as Aalborg, Aarhus, Copenhagen and Haderslev cannot find when searching on the map.

If you managed to find a town, it is possible to get directions but navigation is not an option, unless you buy a dedicated navigation program.

Windows Phone 8 x by HTC are not provided with such a program. Here you must instead look in the direction of competitor Nokia, whose highlight is the Nokia Drive found in Lumia-models.

Nokia has previously offered to make their navigation program available for other manufacturers of Windows Phone products, but has no other immediately (at the moment) purchased the license.

Mobile buyers who need navigation, do so to their pockets, if not buying Nokia.

Cube on the music

There is no doubt that with the integration of Beats Audio, audio chip is a huge win for your audio experience in 8 x. It sounds great!

HTC is a lot of talk about 2.0-Volt output which should give more “air” in the sound spectrum. This is enough on a number of items correctly. But what counts is one’s experience of the music, which in this case is really good.

The speaker on the back of the phone, is also among the best I have heard from a modern smartphone.

When I have a test model of the phone, I unfortunately do not have the original headset from the sales package, and therefore I can’t assess it in this test.

Reasonable camera

The camera in Windows Phone 8 x by HTC is at 8 megapixels (blending 2.0), and it is probably the best camera we’ve seen in a Windows Phone, so far.

Your phone has the HTC Image Chip that processes the images digitally in RAW-format before they are stored as regular jpg image files. And the result is certainly sensible, even in an environment without much light.

Front camera is on 2.1 Megapixel, and have 88 degrees wide angle. So if you are on other mobiles can catch two people when the phone is held in outstretched arm out from yourself, so can you with this phone, catch up to four people – three in addition to yourself.

Also this camera works surprisingly well.

Good internet experience

Forget about Adobe Flash in Windows Phone phones. But keep in mind that you get faster loading instead.

The actual internet speed in the browser on the 8 x is fully acceptable and almost on par with what we find in the iPhone 5. Also when zooming and navigating around on their flanks, experienced great profits from the phone. It’s fast and it works!

In General, Windows Phone too fast when it comes to playing back video material via the Web, and are you using Netflix, it’s almost as if the movie is on the local device, rather than on the Web.

Integration of Office

If you use Microsoft Office’s Windows Phone extra brilliant, particularly if the documents are located on the SkyDrive, your company’s server or in Office 365.

You can edit documents on your phone, and even if it is complicated documents or Excel sheets, destroyed the not by phone.

In addition, there is full integration with contacts, calendar (multiple calendars in different colors) and mails. Windows Phone also works excellent with URf.eks. Gmail, but the biggest pleasure of the system you get when there is talk about a complete Microsoft setup.

This is also underlined in the mail section, which is among the very best on the market. You get mails in threads as well as the ability to put flags on them you need to remember. Through everything that relates to mail, calendar and contacts, experienced an excellent stability and ease of use.

Lack of applications a challenge

A massive challenge for Windows Phone system is appi cations. Not that several hundred fart cushion-apps is necessary. On the other hand, it is the right apps, and here’s the Windows Phone has improved, but there is still a long way to go.

Danske Bank is at long last the country, but it is a stripped down version, compared to Android and iOS.Ekstra Bladet is most of all, just a shortcut to the mobile website. BT and Berlingske however has more actual Windows Phone applications.

Generally speaking, the right Windows Phone apps delicious to look at and use. So just as much as I welcome the delicious Evernote and Twitter-app, I miss URf.eks. still Dropbox, Subway Surfers and Spotify (Windows in Windows Phone 7 but not currently in version 8.0).

I fully understand that developers and companies have to give priority to the economy, when the spread of Windows Phone devices, is so extremely limited as it is.

The challenge for Microsoft is that they may have the world’s best mobile platform, but if not there are apps in the quality that buyers are looking for, so they will be away. And without customers, is the platform not interesting for developers.

Conclusion: Good but not top

Windows Phone 8 x by HTC is really a good smartphone. Compared to Android’s Windows Phone 8 a more tranquil experience, clean interface wise. Held up against iOS experienced Windows Phone 8 far more vibrant and modern.

I must also admit I until now is a bit disappointed. Windows Phone 8 offers, as far as I can tell, not on very much, will not be able to run on older devices such as Nokia Lumia 800.

Windows Phone 8 appear more complete and interesting than the previous versions, but I think it’s unfortunate that GPS navigation does not exist in this mobile, at no extra cost, and as mentioned previously, there is still need for more developer-focused on the application layer.

Currently cost 8 x around 4,300 without subscription with 16 GB of internal memory. But this fall’s top model on this platform, Nokia Lumia 920, which has 32 GB of memory is about 4,800 dollars – and here loves Moreover, a better camera, and Wireless charging. Navigation is also a part of the sales package on Lumia 920.

That being said, so are both products of the animal when it is a platform that is trying to attract new customers and increase its market share. If not Windows Phone are reflected in danger of first mover-customers, of course, to be a sort of Guinea pigs that than not get a cash discount for the experiment.

Signature phone or not so works very good, but the 8 x HTC also has its shortcomings.

The battery life in the 8 x is fairly okay. In other words, you must expect charging every night, just like on all other smartphones.

We finish in four out of six stars. The phone is well on its way, but Windows Phone is missing a piece even in adulthood.

 

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