I have an 8X and love it. I am a long-time Android user and I have to say that Windows Phone 8 makes Android look positively kludgy. No joke. The operating system is very intuitive and easy to use. The live tiles interface is beautiful and functional.
This particular phone is fast, smooth and pretty. It's a smaller screen, relatively, at 4.3 inches. I was looking to move downward from my Galaxy Nexus. This one is perfect.
I do notice not as many apps, but I don't really use more than a handful, and the Windows market has all the ones I use. If you have a "must have" app, make sure you verify it is available on the Windows store before making the jump.
If you like to hack/root your phone and all that, then Android is your OS, hands down. I have rooted before, but really just didn't know what to do with it. Turns out I just didn't need that. I need my phone to make calls, texting, and surf. This phone does this very efficiently and smoothly. The operating system is superior to Android for this. There are niceties and efficiencies embedded here that do not exist on Android. For now anyway.
I don't like how the turn-by-turn navigation is done. It works fine once you can figure it out. If you only use it occasionally, you might have to re-discover how to do it each time. HTC claims to be working on an app. They had one for Windows Phone 7 apparently.
I have had my 8X for 2 weeks and I am loving life. I do not see myself going back to Android.
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