I've been using Windows Phone 8 for a day. Here's what I think.

A little over 24 hours ago, I became a full-time Windows Phone 8 user. I have a 16GB HTC 8X, and it's activated on my primary cell plan, so I'm committed (and forced) to using it.

A little over 24 hours ago, I became a full-time Windows Phone 8 user. I have a 16GB HTC 8X, and it's activated on my primary cell plan, so I'm committed (and forced) to using it. I'm a little bit surprised, but so far I like it a lot.

We don't usually do hardware reviews, since I tweeted about it there were a few conversations going, and more things to say than can fit in a tweet.

The good

  • Living in the TileWorld on home screen is really pleasant. Most of my tiles are the smallest size, so I can see a lot of tools and apps at once.
  • You can pin contacts to the home screen. I put my frequently used ones a little below the main screen, so I just have to scroll down a bit and there they are.
  • Evernote so far is decent. I'll have to see how well Google Docs on the browser works. I don't usually use that on my phone, but it's where I do all of my writing.
  • The clean, minimalist Windows 8 design is growing on me.
  • Everything is fast and smooth, no hanging (yet).
  • 4G is awesome (My last phone was an iPhone 4S, so this is my first time living with a 4G phone.)
  • I like the way the email client works.
  • Google maps in the browser is super fast and smooth.

The bad

  • No rotation lock.
  • No group SMS (seriously). (UPDATE: More info on this)
  • It doesn't want to connect to the TechTarget office wifi.
  • The back button is in an awkward place.
  • Sometimes the Windows 8 UI seems like a waste of space.
  • The ringtones all sound the same, and there's no per-contact ringtone option. (UPDATE Jan 14: Found it!)
  • Limited calendar views. (For more on calendars, check out this article from David Pogue.)
  • Takes a long time to boot.
  • Some of the menus and settings aren't as well-organized as they could be, but that's okay for now since overall there just aren't many settings that can be changed!

The ugly

  • No iTunes (I'm pretty entrenched... so it's back to carrying around an iPod and a phone).
  • Most of the third-party apps seem to be crap...
  • Finally, it's not an iPhone... (Want to know the real reason why it's my full-time phone? I lost my iPhone while on vacation, and spent the last couple of weeks on a temporary BlackBerry Bold.)

Conclusion

It's only been about 26 hours as of this writing, so my opinions will surely evolve. Tips? Tricks? Favorite apps? Comments and questions? Let me know!

 

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