Very happy with my Windows Phone so far

I got a HTC 8XT windows phone from Sprint a month ago.  So far I've been very happy.  The list of app is certainly disappointing, and that's on Microsoft to have to incentivize developers and companies to put out apps, because they certainly wouldn't do it now based on current market share.

However, the UI is clean, and I can completely customize it to give me the level of notifications I want.  I can bypass most of the apps that I need by using the mobile website from the company, so I haven't lost much functionality.  The email side needs some getting used to because of the dark background and white text, but it only took about 2 weeks.

OneNote online is awesome, but not much different from Google Doc.  The predictive typing is much easier to use than iPhone, and I am no longer ambushed by the space key (iPhone users should know what I mean).  The suite of Bing apps are awesome; they have been excellent personal productivity tool.  Skype is still horrible (OK, not horrible, but not very good).  Podcasts are so horrible that I went back to Zune; iPhone is actually better than Windows phone on that front.

Performance has been great, and this is a huge improvement from the Windows 6.5 phone I used to own, even though I didn't get top-of-the-line version.

Kids corner is the most separating feature than anything else.  My wife and I are both comfortable giving the phones to our kids to play for a bit without worrying about them making calls and deleting stuff.

Print | posted on Thursday, March 20, 2014 11:01 AM


# re: Very happy with my Windows Phone so far

Left by Roger at 3/20/2014 11:14 AM
Gravatar If you are looking for a better podcast experience, try using Podcast+ Pro. I used it on my Samsung Neo and it works well. It works simular to Podkicker Pro on Android... Feed it the urls for the podcasts and then you can stream or download them. Its separate from the podcast section in the store.

# re: Very happy with my Windows Phone so far

Left by Morgan at 3/20/2014 3:24 PM
Gravatar FYI, you know you can change the email colors to white background with a black text by going into settings while in the mail app oh yeah and for podcast try downloading an app called "casts"

# re: Very happy with my Windows Phone so far

Left by LifeLongTechie at 3/20/2014 3:34 PM
Gravatar Morgan,

Thanks, yes, I know that. I heard from someone that leaving it as black background save battery, but could not confirm that the screen is LED backlighting. Once I'm used to it, I actually like this way better.

Thank you both for the podcast suggestions, I will definitely try them.

# re: Very happy with my Windows Phone so far

Left by ivo at 3/21/2014 7:34 PM
Gravatar In email, under ... Choose Settings, scroll down and select"Use light background in email". This switches the colours 😊 in whole mail app.

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