HTC 8X was marketed as a “signature” WP8 device and it received all the software updates way before any of Nokia’s phones. For example, my 8X received an update to keep Wi-Fi constantly on around the same time Nokia announced that it was planning to release that same update in the coming weeks. So, in that respect I’d argue 8X is more Nexus-like.
These “app gap” complaints have got to stop. Seriously, how many apps does one person need on a smartphone? How I currently use my phone and what apps I use:
Email : built-in, fantastic RSS and news: Nextgen Reader. Seriously good app
Twitter: official Twitter client.
Facebook: Facebook Beta by Microsoft
Tumblr: official Tumbr app
Games: mostly Bejewelled, PvZ and Cut The Rope Experiments.
Basic photo editing: Lomogram
Granted, these are my usage patterns and are entirely subjective, but I refuse to believe that other people’s usage patterns vary much from mine. Banking apps are slowly starting to trickle in and things are improving all the time. Sure, there are a lot of crap apps, soundboards and fart machines. However, I do not care that all the “cool” apps are on iOS. I care about how useful the apps are. Coolness is entirely subjective.
This. I am exactly the same except for me it’s “most times when I get into settings”. I can never ever find Internet Sharing on my first attempt. I know that it is somewhere near the top, but I always scroll right down because my eyes just do not register it. Having icons would help so much!