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By Reynaldo Lyles from Renodis
In my last blog I talked about Windows Phones, in particular the HTC Windows Phone 8X moving up in the fray among the top iPhones and Androids.
Twelve years ago, Microsoft had the mobile market in its hand with its OS on PDAs (Personal Digital Assistant) – remember those things? Then they made a half attempt at phones and poof … nothing. This left a void which first Apple, then Android filled by pushing the Smartphones.
With this background in mind I set out to take a closer look at the HTC Windows Phone 8X running the new Windows Phone 8 OS to find out what others were saying and how it matched with my opinion.
Will the HTC Windows Phone 8X change the minds of individuals and corporate enterprises to gain a larger share of the mobile market?
The HTC Windows Phone 8X: The Processor speed
With a dual-core CPU and LTE speeds it gives this phone the ability to stream, download and upload faster, which makes this a more powerful device. Who wants to wait for information these days?
The HTC Windows Phone 8X: Look and Feel
I think this is where the phone excels. Its screen design allows you to comfortably view movies and other streaming material. This can also be great for short work presentations and training information. Also, the thin and light weight design makes it very easy to carry around. But for me, I would add an Otter Box just for the extra protection.
The HTC Windows Phone 8X: Features
The phone is global ready, which is nice for the international enterprises. A few other competing phones have the following features, but it’s worth mentioning since that field of phones is small.
- You can use data and voice simultaneously
- For an extra monthly fee, you can use the phone as a Mobile Hotspot, with support for up to 8 Devices on 3G or 4G
- NFC allows for Tap and Share of files with other NFC devices
- Voice commands: Make a call, launch an app, send a text, take a note, find something online (pretty standard though limited when compared to Siri or Google Now)
- One knock that I’ve seen reported is that the camera does not take great pictures. All the pictures I’ve taken were good enough for me. If you need high quality pictures, invest in a high quality camera.
The HTC Windows Phone 8X: The Summary
In my opinion, the draw backs on this phone are:
1) Non-expandable storage. You need to rely on the cloud which some enterprises still find risky for their confidential information.
2) Non-removable battery. It’s not that big of a deal for me but I could see this being a pain for those international travelers who may not have time to sit and re-charge.
Once all the top Mobile Device Management (MDM) providers are able to fully manage and remote control this device (I say roughly 3 months), it will make a good alternative for their enterprises users. But as it stands right now this is no game changer to the smartphone market.
What are your thoughts on the new Windows Phone? Comment below!
Reynaldo Lyles is a recognized expert in mobility thought leadership, new industry standards in mobile device management and compliance, and the Mobility Practice Leader for Renodis Telecom Management.