Windows Phone 8 is going to launch next week. It’s going to be an important event because Microsoft is desperately trying to show the world that they can compete with the present day duopoly that is Android and iOS. From what we’ve seen of the platform thus far, there’s nothing to be too concerned about.
Focusing on the devices however, there’s two flagship phones that we’ve been keeping our eyes on: HTC’s 8X and Nokia’s Lumia 920. Starting with the latter, it’s gorgeous, it’s the world’s first smartphone to ship with optical image stabilization, and it has an ultra sensitive touch screen that works even if you’re wearing a thick pair of gloves. The 8X is also an amazing device, perhaps even more so, because it packs a 720p screen that measures just 4.3 inches across. Translation: Incredible sharpness, and the perfect form factor.
We didn’t know how much these two phones were going to cost, until now that is. Over the weekend, Best Buy put these two handsets up for pre-order on their site. The 8X, with 8 GB of on-board storage, costs just $99 with a 2 year contract. The Lumia 920, which ships with 32 GB of on-board store, is just $50 more. Both devices are on AT&T.
Does the Android ecosystem have anything to be scared of? Not really. The Galaxy S III can already be had for $99 or even less if you buy it with a coupon. Samsung’s latest flagship device, the Galaxy Note II, is an incredible $299, but that’s going to come down really fast. The Optimus G will be a more manageable $199, and pretty soon we’ll find out how much the Nexus version is.
It goes without saying that despite this site being called Android Authority, we like to keep up with what’s going on with other platforms. Good ideas about how a mobile OS should operate, regardless of where the originated, are good ideas. Period. Android simply has more good ideas than the other guys.