Recently I was given the Windows 8x HTC phone to test drive and see if it could compare to my beloved Iphone 5. When I first got the phone and learning the ropes of it were a challenge for me, it has been a few months since I had used an android phone and I have grown used to the way the Iphone works and so it made it a bit of a challenge. After using it for about a week I started to get more comfortable with the way it worked and it sure does have a few things my IPhone does not that would make it a great phone to use.
The Windows HTC phone is light and thin, which I liked a lot, I could easily put it in my back pocket and it did not feel like it was weighing me down at all. The phone is 132.35 x 66.2 x 10.12 mm and has a 4.3 inch touch that has 720p HD, screen made with Gorilla Glass. The screen looks amazing, all the images on the phone are crisp and clear. When browsing the internet online it was clear as well and had a great picture when watching videos I had taken with the phone.
Picture taking with this phone was super easy, the button on the side of the camera made snapping the pictures of my kids a breeze – I am sure you all know what it is like taking pictures of kids and trying to get a good shot that they are all looking in even a semi the same direction. The pictures this phone takes are amazing! Some of the best photos I have taken have been taken with this phones camera. They are clear and crisp and when it is really sunny out you can still see the photos you have taken due to the awesome screen. Unfortunately there is no instagram for the Windows phones, hopefully that app comes out soon.
Customizing your phone to be just yours was an awesome feature I also enjoyed. When the Microsoft rep I spoke with about the phone told me that no 2 phones would ever be the same he was not kidding. I could put what I wanted to on my main screen.
The other really awesome thing I liked about this phone was that it has Microsoft office on it. I was able to write documents easily and then e-mail them to myself and have them be just as they would if I was typing them on the computer.
The battery life was another big plus, with my Iphone I have to carry my charger or a backup charger case to keep up with my use (even on a daily basis) and when I used this as my main phone during the days I was comparing it to my IPhone it outlasted it every day.
The challenge I had most was from a blogging perspective so I know many of you will not run into this problem but for me it made things a bit difficult when I was on the road and trying to post to the MidgetMomma Facebook Page. The facebook app is great for personal use, easy to navigate and update a status but posting in groups and posting to my fan page was harder and when on the road it is something that I need.
Another challenge that I had was uploading the photos from my phone to the Macbook, for whatever reason my Macbook did not work well with it and it took me a few tries of downloading the microsoft app to my computer to then get my videos and pictures from the phone to my computer. However that could just be my computer so I won’t fault the phone for that one 🙂
The last challenge I had with the phone was the storage space – I use my phone like a portable computer and so when I was on my press trip to LA with Disney I used to record the interviews I was doing and I quickly ran out of space to save pictures after taking about 2 hours of video. I know it is not a camera or a video recorder but for me I do need a phone that does both.
Looking at the phone from a personal perspective it would have everything that I would need and even though getting started using it was a challenge (only because I am used to a different phone system) in the end I like what the phone can do, however from a blogging perspective there are something that I would want to change and would need to have an easier way of doing to make it be my permeant blogging phone.
Disclaimer: I received the HTC phone to review along with 30 days of service to facilitate my review. No compensation was received and all opinions are 100% my own.
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