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.
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Please do your research before comparing phones! Nokia Lumia 920 blows all phones out of the water (especially HTC) with its DSLR comparable camera, best low light picture capturing capabilities and optical stabilization ( Engadget video reviews will prove it is the best even against iPhone 5). It has a 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ 1,280 x 768 display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor buffered by 1GB RAM, an 8.7-megapixel PureView rear camera and 2,000mAh battery augmented by the inclusion of WIRELESS charging. Don’t forget to look up all the cool NFC accesories like JB power up speakers that plays your music and charges the phone wirelessly, the colorful charging plates and stands, wireless headsets, and much moreThe 920 is a 32gb while htc is 8gb and none of them have slots for additional storage. Then the 920 has Nokia Xbox music, free music streaming with no ads and with offline listening for places like on an airplane, Nokia maps (better than google and iPhone), and lenses ( different lens apps integrated with the camera like cinemegraphy and pick the best picture). All this and more makes the 920 a better handset, especially against HTC! So seeing that you are wrong to even hint that the HTC is better, then I can conclude that your assessment of Andriod being better is totally wrong also. Please don’t review ANYTHING in life without doing the proper research and getting the facts right! That’s how the wrong people get voted into office…. On lies and improper research.
You need a slap to say it’s “with its DSLR comparable camera”
It’s highly unlikely that the camera is DSLR comparable. I agree with your other comments, it will be a great phone…but DSLR comparable? Pfft.
The 8X is also an amazing device, perhaps even more so, because it packs a 720p screen that measures just 4.3 inches across
? What do you mean by that – just had to say something positive about HTC?
The Lumia 920:
- has even higher in resolution at 1280*768 (vs HTC 1280*720)
- has the highest pixel density (332ppi) of the pack.
- features IPS screen with RGB Stripe layout = Extreme fillrate, correct colous, great viewing angle and excellent sharpness.
- boasts clear black filter and thehighest brightenss (600 nits) which means you can use it in the sun and still see the screen
- double the refresh rate at 60fps vs HTC std 30 which transforms to sharp picture even when scrolling.
- Oh…and adaptive colour managent on top of that to keep colours correct even when incoming light is “wrong” for the std screen profile.
- And of course super sensitive touch to be able to control screen with any object be it nails, pen, car keys (the gorilla glass 2 can take the heat so as long as you dont use diamond it should be good ;-) )
So basically – the HTC HAS NO CHANCE to compete on screen – NOT EVEN CLOSE :-p plus it looks like a dinky toy next to the Lumia 920 ;-)
If this was an iPhone You wrote about it would probably say “iPhones screen is above all other”…but in this case even the iPhones screen isnt a worthy opponent – its beaten by margins by Nokia especially when you take in cosideration that you can control the nokia screen with gloves or car keys.
And about other features the Nokia kicks ass as well:
- Best camera hands down due to
1. Optic image stabilisation that makes wonders for photo and video
2. Carls zeiss plus fstop 2.0 which makes wonders for night shots with support from OIS
and as cream on top of that:
- Lifetime free Nokia music (even downloadable to phone to play off line)
- USB on the Go (just put in a mem stick and drag those files to it so 32Gb internal is plenty – just bring a cheap mem stick and your good to go ;) )
- Best map system in the world of smart phones + Nokia drive
- Nokia city lens
- Wirelss charing
- 32Gb of internal storage
- A design that kills the competition hands down
- The most robust phone maker on the market. The Lumias manage torture tests with top scores
- Extremely good HAAC microphone wwhich translates into great in cal quality especially together with ->
- last but not least amazing signal reception – just check out the lumia 900 tests that totally rocks when all other phones just loose signal
and i probably forgot a bunch of things….
The Lumia should cost a lot more than an iPhone and twice as much as the HTC but for some reason it doesnt.
Nokia fan boy – me?
No way – I just reasearch and then buy the best hardware there is.
Next phone will be a RED LUMIA 920 – WOHOOOO I cant wait :-D