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Windows Phone 8: Refreshingly Different

2/8/2013 HTC Windows Mobile SmartphoneFor two long years, my BlackBerry Curve 9330 served me well, even though I would commonly refer to it as my “not so smartphone.” Well, those days are behind me now as I have finally upgraded with Verizon and got myself the HTC Windows Phone 8X. When I tell people I got a new phone, most ask if I got an iPhone. However, when I tell them I got a Windows Phone, it pleases me to hear intrigue rather than confusion from the questioners. I have had the chance to play around with Android and iOS quite a bit, but I wanted something different and I didn’t want to wait to see how BlackBerry 10 would play out.

So I took the road less traveled and tried out a Windows Phone, and I will say that I feel confident I made a solid choice. What I like is the mix of customization, unique styling and smooth processing. The way I see Windows Phone 8, it is a bit of a cross between Android and iPhone. However, Windows Phone does not have the app availability that Android and iOS have. For example, Windows Phone doesn’t even have Pandora yet, but it does have other apps for streaming music such as Slacker Radio. Also, the HTC Windows Phone 8X doesn’t have expandable storage (only 16GB built in) and does not have a removable battery.

Windows Phone 8 lets the user keep in touch with contacts very easily. Just pin a few favorites to the start page and it acts like a news ticker for each contact. You can see what they are up to on social media, when you last called or texted them, and you can even see a library of photos for each person. Even apart from the pinned contacts, the start page is just interesting to look at. You can view upcoming events on your calendar, what is currently playing in theaters thanks to the Flixster app, and of course, frequent changes in the weather (which is extremely relevant living in Michigan). New Windows 8 Smartphone

The HTC Windows Phone 8X has a ton of awesome features and specs, many of which I may not even use for at least a while:
  • 4.3 inch 1,280 x 720 Super LCD 2 type display
  • 1.5 GHz Dual Core Processor
  • 4G LTE
  • Gorilla Glass 2
  • Only weighs 4.59 ounces
  • NFC
  • Wireless charging
  • Beautiful, dynamic home screen
  • Enhanced camera software with 8MP rear, 2.1MP front cameras with 1080p video
  • Beats audio capable
When it comes down to it, the HTC Windows Phone 8X can stand up with the best of Android and iPhone. It all comes down to the preference of the user for which specific quirks they prefer. I would recommend this smartphone to anyone, especially someone looking for something new and fresh.

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