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Arranged around what Microsoft calls "Live Tiles," Windows Phone 8's UI consists of square-shaped app shortcuts. They wink and twinkle at you with photos and text pulled from their corresponding apps in real time.
The HTC 8XT's right side holds controls for volume and a key to fire up the camera. All are very thin and sit almost flush with the phone's edge, making them tricky to find without looking.
The HTC 8XT sports a striking two-tone blue color scheme that's especially noticeable from the back.
Gazing at the HTC 8XT's top edge you can see the phone's headphone jack and power button.
Plug USB cords into the Micro-USB port on the 8XT's bottom lip.
The rounded edges, compact size, and soft-touch backing help the 8XT to feel comfortable in the hand.
The camera controls on the HTC 8XT are basic and at times don't offer much detail.
Here's a tight view of the HTC 8XT's 8-megapixel camera and LED flash. Unlike the HTC 8X, this phone has a fancy circular design element.