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  1. enthuz's Avatar
    With all of the recent articles on Sprint and the issues they have been enduring, I can see why their marketing has been subpar. However they must stick to the promise to step it up in the coming months. It doesn't stop HTC or Samsung from advertising it either. At least one TV commercial each.

    Sent from my PG86100 using WPCentral Forums mobile app
    07-30-2013 06:55 PM
  2. AiR DEGETA's Avatar
    The only logical reason I can think of for the lack of reviews is maybe they didn't sent the device to media outlets until after the official release.
    07-31-2013 08:16 AM
  3. Matthew Becker1's Avatar
    In the short term, you can look up user reviews from the manufacturer's site:
    HTC 8XT- HTC Smartphones - U.S.

    Generally, all users who have reviewed the device like it a great deal.
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    07-31-2013 09:24 AM
  4. Palm_forlackofchoice's Avatar
    In the short term, you can look up user reviews from the manufacturer's site:
    HTC 8XT- HTC Smartphones - U.S.

    Generally, all users who have reviewed the device like it a great deal.

    I have been using mine since day it came out. Overall I am very pleased. Love the larger screen compared to my arrive, and the the updated features. But I am still struggling with the on screen keyboard compared to the excellent hardware keyboard of the arrive. I find I can type the full words and sentences on the arrive faster than hunting around the onscreen keyboard hitting the suggestions on the 8xt.

    I personally would take a thicker 8xt to have a physical keyboard, with the larger screen a portrait slide like my ppc6601 had would work well or the landscape like arrive.

    I actually typed this post on my arrive due to length, just easier for me as is taking notes in a meeting. Hopefully I will get faster and more comfortable with the onscreen as the 8xt is a good phone. It has been very stable, has great sound. Loud and clear. Call quality is great.


    I like everything about it, just give me a keyboard and I would be completely satisfied.
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    07-31-2013 11:02 AM
  5. enthuz's Avatar
    When I made the change to a touch keyboard, it was a pain at first. However after a while and practice, I don't miss it. Also the predictive text gets better the more you use it. I can do many posts now and only type a few letters.

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    07-31-2013 12:16 PM
  6. Matthew Becker1's Avatar
    I personally would take a thicker 8xt to have a physical keyboard, with the larger screen a portrait slide like my ppc6601 had would work well or the landscape like arrive.
    I think very few smartphones actually have a physical keyboard anymore. There is definitely a bit of a learning curve to find out how the touchscreen keypad likes to be used, but once you get used to it, you'll be fine.
    07-31-2013 12:39 PM
  7. Palm_forlackofchoice's Avatar
    Thanks, just hard to teach 45 year old dogs new tricks. I actually penned this on the 8xt, though with one finger compared to two fast thumbs on my arrive.
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    07-31-2013 12:52 PM
  8. mrmdj31675's Avatar
    The only logical reason I can think of for the lack of reviews is maybe they didn't sent the device to media outlets until after the official release.
    Actually, all sites got units ahead of the launch, and many got them at /build/. What Sprint did not have at that point was a display unit of the Ativ S Neo.
    07-31-2013 07:58 PM
  9. Trunks817's Avatar
    Thanks, just hard to teach 45 year old dogs new tricks. I actually penned this on the 8xt, though with one finger compared to two fast thumbs on my arrive.
    You might try holding the phone landscape wise and using your thumbs to type messages. I am most accurate when using this method. In portrait mode I tend to use 1 finger and then use the phones suggestions. The suggestions seem to get better the more you type as I can type full messages pretty quickly using the suggestions.
    08-01-2013 12:08 AM
  10. skillit0's Avatar
    Actually, all sites got units ahead of the launch, and many got them at /build/. What Sprint did not have at that point was a display unit of the Ativ S Neo.
    It seems to me that sprint did not do their due diligence and did not send the media outlets review units. Looking at all of the new video reviews coming out at the same time. They must have sent them out after the phone launched. Even in the phone dog unboxing they say they just got the unit from sprint and this was definitely a couple of days after the phone came out

    Last edited by skillit0; 08-01-2013 at 10:18 AM.
    08-01-2013 09:57 AM
  11. mrmdj31675's Avatar
    Actually, they did! However, all sites were restricted on when to put any reviews, and all of them still beat wpcentral (although George Ponder was very fair on his honest review pointing the good and the bad).

    Units for review were handled at /build/, and for those who made formal requests for Sprint (and all those shipped units had tracking numbers stating when they were shipped and when they were delivered, as well as who actually signed when they were delivered).
    08-01-2013 07:25 PM
  12. skillit0's Avatar
    Actually, they did! However, all sites were restricted on when to put any reviews, and all of them still beat wpcentral (although George Ponder was very fair on his honest review pointing the good and the bad).

    Units for review were handled at /build/, and for those who made formal requests for Sprint (and all those shipped units had tracking numbers stating when they were shipped and when they were delivered, as well as who actually signed when they were delivered).
    is there a source to look at that info because I can understand getting a first look and telling viewers what they think about the phone as an initial impression, which is what I expected from BUILD, but to actually put a phone thru its paces I would imagine that the media would need an actual review unit they can keep.

    I'm thinking, as stated in the phonedog video right at the very beginning, they just received their review unit and I would be inclined to believe that the other media outlets got theirs around the same time and that would have been after the phone launched. What I don't understand is how many other phones have their review units sent out to the media well before the phone launches so that as soon as it is they are given the green light to put out reviews. It is very puzzling. Side note I did really enjoy the review here on wpc.
    08-01-2013 10:23 PM
  13. enthuz's Avatar
    It appears that Sprint has updated their WP8 landing page and have placed the 8XT as a feature show case item on the home page.

    Update: When I closed the tab and returned it was gone. Maybe it wasn't officially updated yet.
    08-02-2013 04:29 PM
  14. Jonathan Cable's Avatar
    It appears that Sprint has updated their WP8 landing page and have placed the 8XT as a feature show case item on the home page.

    Update: When I closed the tab and returned it was gone. Maybe it wasn't officially updated yet.
    Sometimes it is there, sometimes it is not. Sprint seems to rotate there features.
    08-02-2013 04:43 PM
  15. snowmutt's Avatar
    Just for reference:

    HTC 8XT Review

    Phone Arena as a rule is a little harsher to WP then some other sites, but this was done by a writer named Brian K. and was very fair. (Up until the very last stinking line of the review, dang it.)
    08-05-2013 07:49 PM
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