Firstly, this is not supposed to be a extensive review, this is just a editorial containing my personal comments and opinion. So this is the Windows Phone that I have been sent to try out. It’s the HTC8X and I have to say that in terms of design it’s beautiful however when it comes to functionality this is where I start to see some issues.
Talking about the design first of all, if you can see just how thin, slim the phone is. It feels good to hold in the hands and it has a plastic/rubber feel to it, I’m not too sure what the definition of the casing is but it feels good in the hands. It’s somewhat larger than the iPhone however that is not a issue, in fact its very much works in favour of that phone. It has a eight megapixel camera on the back and there are a series of buttons such as volume up and down keys however they are very flush and you do have difficulty in pressing the buttons.
In terms of display, the screen it is beautiful, it’s the only word to describe it. In fact Windows 8 is a beautifully designed and refreshing operating system. iOS looks somewhat stale compared to Windows Phone 8 and as I have mentioned previously I hope Apple learns from what Microsoft has done. Then menus, fonts, colours are just superb. I was blown away by the operating system. In terms of functionality there is a lot I can achieve however there are some significant downfalls. Dictation is something I use a great deal especially on my iPhone and iPad, Windows Phones dictation is somewhat daggy and it takes some getting used to and does not recognise half of the words that I have spoken. This is a major problem for me and is one of the reasons why I cannot use Windows Phone as my primary operating system. Also text abbreviations are missing, this is standard on the iPhone, especially useful for frequent text which expands abbreviated terms that I use on a frequent basis for blogging, for example. However there is a lack of text abbreviations on Windows Phone, another reason why I am unable to use this as my primary phone.
The camera is sufficient at best. The pictures are adequate, however I think my iPhone takes better photographs. Very much more impressed with the quality on my iPhone and indeed on my iPad. However taking a photograph is fast and effortless and I can share the picture quite easily Using email and various social network feeds.
These are just some of the issues and opinions of using the Windows Phone. I will comment throughout the week other expenses. I have tried my best to like the phone, I think that design is awesome, how about functionality wise it’s just not working for me. My views may change as the week goes Bye.
I hope Microsoft continues to develop Windows Phone operating system because I think, given time, this will definitely be a contender for the iPhone, certainly I hope dictation and text abbreviations are both improved and built in.
As always I’m dictating this editorial on my iPad.