Microsoft has finally launched their next mobile OS in Windows Phone 8. With the release comes a new look and feel along with a handful of added features and improvements. Fans of Windows Phone 7 such as myself, I bought a Samsung Focus on launch day, as well as people looking for a fresh experience in the smartphone space now have an alternative to look towards beyond your standard iOS, Android, and Blackberry affair.
The two major handsets being released on the high end at the launch of Windows Phone 8 are the Lumia 920 and the 8X by HTC. Both are from companies that already have supported MS and Windows Phone in the past with handsets such as Nokia’s Lumia 900 or HTC’s Titan II, and both handsets come in a variety of colors.
Hardware Specification, Size and Weight
The Nokia Lumia 920 features a 4.5″ 720p display using Nokia’s PureMotion HD+ display, a Snapdragon S4 1.5ghz processor coupled with 1 gig of RAM, and 32 gigs of onboard storage. The HTC 8X features a 4.3″ 720p HD display, a Snapdragon S4 1.5ghz processor coupled with 1 gig of RAM, and 16 gigs of onboard storage. At 1st glance both of these handsets will seem rather similar and familiar to other smart phones out there. Indeed this is the case as MS has strived to update Windows Phone to allow for more current device specs with Windows Phone 8.
One thing that many have noted regarding the difference between the Lumia 920 and the 8X is the weight. The 920 while having solid build quality is hardly a light phone. In deed while both the 920 and 8X are slabs in design the 920 feels quiet a bit heftier in the hand. Some might say the 920 feels the heaviest out of any of the major high end smart phones out there no matter the OS. Whether this adds to the solid build construction feeling on the 920 or instead just adds extra unneeded weight in compared to the 8X is your own personal preference.
Camera and Audio
The difference comes in the details with the Lumia 920 support a variant of Nokia’s much touted PureView camera technology. This allows for clearer low light photos as well as the ability to capture crisp images in motion. In contrast the 8X is equipped with the Beats Audio technology that allows for deeper base and clearer vocals. You can make your own judgement on which feature ultimately sways you.
Connectivity and Networking
Both devices are fully equipped with LTE for the fast data speeds currently available so this is down to if the current market you live in has LTE support built out or not rather than which phone you decide to go with. This also varies by carrier as not all carriers have built out their LTE network in the same places.
The final major differentiation is Nokia has secured a few time exclusive apps such as various EA games as well as building out their own personal suit of apps such as Nokia Drive or Nokia Music. The Nokia apps are being promised to come to Windows Phone 8 devices as a whole, but it’s anyone’s guess just how soon those might arrive.
All in all both devices are a clear step up for Microsoft’s mobile ecosystem as compared to past Windows Phone 7 devices. The upgraded internals, LTE connectivity, and modern sleek Windows Phone 8 OS make both phones a fantastic choice for hardcore smartphone users and new smartphone users alike. You really can’t go wrong with either and both the Lumia 920 and HTC 8X come in a variety of bold color choices!