Have you lost your appetite for Android Ice Cream Sandwich? Are you sick of iOS 6? Did you know there’s an alternative? Yes, Windows Phone 8 is just weeks away from official release and has the potential to shake up the iOS vs Android battle. With the major manufacturers on board, there’s some great Windows smartphones due for release throughout October and November. Here’s a guide to the best Windows Phone 8 smartphones for 2012.
Nokia Lumia 920
If you want to stand out from the iCrowd, the bright yellow supermassive Nokia Lumia 920 should do the trick. With a 4.5 inch PureMotion HD+ display, this is Nokia’s largest smartphone on the market and claims to be the “world’s brightest, clearest, fastest, touch screen”. With a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, Nokia’s latest Windows 8 Phone will sprint through your multitasking demands with ease without squeezing your battery life dry. Sporting an LTE chip, the Lumia 920 can deliver rocket roaring 4G mobile internet speeds (should you subscribe to the newly launched UK service).
The latest Windows Phone 8 device from Nokia also boasts an impressive 8.7 megapixel camera built with a premium Carl Zeiss lens. Capture blur-free video using the inbuilt PureView technology; one of the many features to help you take intelligent photos worth keeping. You can even remove the swarms of photo-crashers and unwanted background intruders from your pictures through editing tools.
Other great features in the Nokia Lumia 920 include NFC connectivity for money transactionsand file sharing, a secondary 720p camera ideal for video calls and Wireless Charging; a practical feature to revitalise your battery power in style!
Samsung ATIV S
Next up in our best Windows Phone 8 smartphones guide is Samsung’s contribution; the Samsung ATIV S. Offering a similar shape to the infamous Android Galaxy range, the ATIV S delivers a safe, universal design over the daring to dazzle colours of Nokia and HTC Windows 8 phones. The 4.8 inch Super AMOLED display is the largest of our 3 handsets and is powered by the same 1.5 GHz dual core processor from Qualcomm.
An advantage over the Lumia 920 is the option to insert an expandable microSD card of up to 32GB. The 8 megapixel camera lets you snap up Full HD video, whilst the secondary 1.9 megapixel camera is useful for video calls. The Samsung ATIV S also comes with NFC. Overall, a reliable handset with popular specifications included makes the Samsung ATIV S a great contribution to the best Windows Phone 8 smartphone shortlist.
HTC Windows Phone 8X
The flagship HTC Windows phone carries the X in its title to denote a handset of similar clout to the Android HTC One X. How does the HTC Windows Phone 8X compare to the One X? Offering bright and stylish colours like the Lumia 920, the Windows Phone 8X adds personality and passion to the HTC family. The favourable 4.3 inch display has a 342 pixel per inch density; higher than an Apple iPhone 5 Retina display! As with our whole line up of best Windows smartphones, the 8X utilises a 1.5GHz dual-core processor.
Both front and rear cameras capture video in glorious 1080p High Definition. With ultra-wide angle lenses and f/2.0 apertures, the HTC camera features get more detail and image into your cherished photos. As with the Samsung ATIV S, the 8X offers removable storage on top of its 16GB internal memory which is great for saving all those memories.
Beats Audio integration makes a debut to HTC Windows smartphones to bring you enhanced sound quality on your music streams, video clips and games. It’s a renowned HTC feature that shouts quality and will surely entice more HTC lovers to consider Windows as their OS of choice. Could HTC’s device be the best Windows Phone 8 smartphone on the market?
Why Choose Windows Phone 8?
The next instalment of Windows smartphones to hit the UK are preloaded with Windows Phone 8 OS. Functioning with a tiled interface, navigation is surprising simple as the menu automatically updates with relevant news feeds and friend streams. Deep integration with Skype makes video calling a pleasure whilst the cloud sharing Microsoft SkyDrive lets you store the text messages and files you wish to keep forever.
The best Windows Phone 8 smartphones look set to position Microsoft as a worthy competitor to the Apple and Android dominance. Be sure to check e2save this Autumn for the future Windows Phone 8 smartphones.