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Top five Windows 8 phones compared

Top five Windows 8 phones compared

In a market that’s saturated with iOS and Android devices, and one device is almost indistinguishable from the other - Microsoft (once again) has tried to offer something different. With Windows Phone 8 (read our review), the Redmond crew aims to make a phone that is truly personal, and has something for everyone.

With five new handsets ready to raid the cellular market from big names like Nokia, HTC and Samsung, it can be a little difficult to pick the right handset, so we’ve made it easier for you to make a good purchasing decision, with the following comparison and analysis:

Features
Nokia Lumia 920
Nokia Lumia 820
HTC WP8X
HTC WP8S
Samsung Ativ S
Display
     
Resolution
1280x768
800x480
1280x720
800x480
1280x720
Screen Size
4.5 inch
4.3 inch
4.3 inch
4 inch
4.8 inch
PPI
332
217
341
233
306
Glass Type
Gorilla Glass 2
Scratch Resistant
Gorilla Glass 2
Gorilla Glass 2
Gorilla Glass 2
      
Body
     
Dimensions (mm)
130.3x70.8x10.7
123.8x68.5x9
132.3x66.2x10.1
120.5x63x10.28
137.2x70.5x8.7
Weight (grams)
185
160
130
113
135
      
Specs
     
CPU
Qualcomm S4 1.5GHz Dual Core
Qualcomm S4 1.5GHz Dual Core
Qualcomm S4 1.5GHz Dual Core
Qualcomm S4 1GHz Dual Core
Qualcomm S4 1.5GHz Dual Core
RAM
1GB
1GB
1GB
512MB
1GB
Storage
32GB
8GB
16GB
4GB
16/32GB
Expandable
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
NFC
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
      
Main Camera
     
Resolution
8.7MP, BSI
8MP
8MP, BSI
5MP
8MP, BSI
Flash type
Dual LED
Dual LED
LED
LED
LED
Aperture
f/2.0
f/2.2
f/2.0
f/2.8
f/2.6
Video resolution
1080p
1080p
1080p
720p
1080p
Stabilization
OIS
No
No
No
No
      
Front Camera
     
Still Resolution
1.2MP
.3MP
2.1MP
No
1.9MP
Video Resolution
720p
VGA
1080p
No
Unknown
      
Battery
2000mAh
1650mAh
1800mAh
1700mAh
2300mAh

As you can see, the Windows Phone 8 line up looks pretty impressive in terms of their features, but each phone has something unique to offer. The Nokia Lumia 920, Nokia’s flagship WP8 device, runs the top-of-the-line hardware specifications, but packs in the PureView technology that was showcased in the 808 PureView. Nokia’s also packed in an f/2.0 lens into the Lumia 920 which includes, for the first time in a cellphone, optical image stabilization based on floating lens elements. If the preliminary tests are to be believed (and we don’t see a reason not to), the Lumia 920 hands down has the best camera that’s been packed into a phone, this side of the 808 PureView. On the flipside, the Lumia 920 is thick and definitely the heaviest WP8 phone in the lineup. That could be attributed to the impressive camera optics and a 2,000mAh battery Nokia’s packed into the body though. Sadly, it doesn’t come with a micrSD slot to increase the stock 32GB storage.

Nokia Lumia 920


Directly competing with Nokia’s Lumia 920 is the HTC Windows Phone 8X (henceforth, WP8X). Interesting/confusing naming scheme aside, HTC’s WP8X handset is extremely beautiful. Sure it may not have the brilliant camera of the Lumia 920, but it definitely beats the Finnish company’s phone in terms of form factor. The 8X is deceptively thin, with gently curved back that, despite the large screen size, seems to fit into our palms like it was made just for our hands. We’re almost tempted to say that we’d trade in the bulk, heft AND camera of the Nokia Lumia 920 for the sturdy and svelte HTC WP8X.

HTC Windows Phone 8X


The third premium Windows Phone 8 device is the Samsung Ativ S, a 4.8 inch phone that we can swear is a borderline phablet. It’s got the biggest screen size of all the phones, and the biggest battery too (2300mAh) to power that gorgeous display. It even comes in flavours of 16GB and 32GB onboard storage so you can have your pick. The icing on the cake, however, is that the Ativ S has a microSD card slot so you can pack in more music and movies onto this large device.

Samsung Ativ S


While premium flagship devices always steal the show, there’s still a lot of people who would love to have the premium features without paying the premium price. That’s where the Nokia Lumia 820 and HTC Windows Phone 8S (WP8S) come in. Both the phones feature a lower screen resolution of 800x480 pixels, but the slightly smaller screen on the HTC WP8S allows it to have a better overall pixel density. Both the phones come with microSD card slots so you can increase their stock storage capacities, which the Lumia 820 has more of (8GB vs. 4GB).

Nokia Lumia 820


Then there is also the point that even though the HTC WP8S is far more gorgeous looking, it lacks a front facing camera altogether. Even though the Lumia 820’s front facing shooter is a disappointing .3 megapixel rated, at least its something. Another feather in the Lumia cap here would be the faster processor (1.5GHz over the 1GHz in the 8S) along with double the RAM (1GB in the Lumia and 512MB in the 8S).

HTC Windows Phone 8S


These five phones are the first wave of Windows Phone 8 devices that should be hitting the shelves before the year ends. Other manufacturers like Huawei are expected to show off their Windows Phone 8 branded handsets around the time Mobile World Conference kicks off in February 2013. However, if you’re eagerly waiting to pick up a WP 8 handset, the first wave of WP 8 devices is an excellent lineup to choose from.



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