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Windows 8 Smartphones: A must try?

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Windows 8 Smartphones: A Must Try?

As most Microsoft-powered PCs and laptops carry Windows 8, mobile devices have also shifted to the latest Windows OS. Over iOS and Android, Windows 8 seems to capture more users. Based on a study, 63 percent of the respondents said they prefer Windows 8 than iOS and almost all conversation over Twitter showed mobile users are more favored to Microsoft’s flagship than Android.


Previously, we have discussed whether or not Windows 8 is really that bad. Personally, I find it more secure than other OS on the market, especially because you won’t need to install an antivirus if you have the latest Microsoft system. It comes with it pre-installed Windows Defender. But apart from the Windows 8 for the PC, I was surprised about the systems mobile version on the Nokia Lumia 822 with 4G LTE.

Here are the top Windows 8 Smartphones you should try:

  1. Nokia Lumia 920: Today, Nokia Lumia’s latest Smartphone is the best Windows 8 mobile device out there. It has unique designs and colors to cater for younger users (since children are now exposed to mobile devices. The 4.5-inch Nokia Lumia 920runs the Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor and Adreno GPU with 1GB RAM. The display supports 768 x 1280 pixels (~332 ppi) and protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection. One of its best features is its very clear 8-megapixel camera.
  2. HTC 8X: Nokia’s competitor of the system is the HTC 8X. It has a 4.3-inch S-LCD2 display and same processor power and RAM. The GPU uses the Adreno 225, last year’s model. Although the camera is also 8-megapixel, we still find Nokia’s rear camera better as well as the battery.
  3. Nokia Lumia 820: Another Nokia Smartphone running the latest Windows OS is the Lumia 820. It’s the predecessor of Lumia 920 but it has the almost the same power except for their screen size and brightness. The Lumia 820 has a 4.3-inch screen and supports 480 x 800 pixels. The rear camera is also 8-megapixel but the front camera only runs VGA.
  4. Samsung ATIV S: This is the only device in the Samsung camp that has the Windows 8 system. Samsung ATIV S has a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screen supporting 720 x 1280 pixels (~306 ppi). The only unique features of this Samsung phone to other Windows-powered device, it is body structure. 1.9-megapixel front camera and better battery life (Li-Ion 2300 mAh).
  5. Huawei Ascend W1: One of the budget phones in my list if the Huawue Ascend W1. If you’ll compare this mobile device to other Smartphones, it can be your last option considering it has a smaller screen at 4-inch, same size as the iPhone 4’s display and running 1.2GHx Dual-core processor while the rest carries the Quad-core. But you’ll be amazed about its generous internal memory (4GB) and the back camera is also not that bad at 5-megapixel. Considering the specification of this device, it has a great battery (1950 mAh).

There are other Smartphones on the market that carry this powerful system but the ones noted above seem to catch my attention due to their features and prices. They seem to showcase no lagging or issues with any known bug. It will take a wise man to spend time creating a virus for this mobile OS since its pretty new and Microsoft ensured that they have applied the same defensive system for Windows 8 as for mobile. So, you can be sure that you can enjoy your Smartphone for a long time.

Overall, although the Start button still lacks in the Windows 8 interface for mobile, the Home page looks great for Smartphone and tablet (especially on the Microsoft Surface and the upcoming Microsoft Blue). You may find it difficult to navigate on the Windows Phone considering the look is very different from that of the OS and Android devices, but it just takes a little time to get used to, as how we put it “Windows 8 is different but it will grow on you.”

About the Author


Reese Jones has an insatiable passion for the internet, branding, mobile working and gadgets and tech. Her love of playing PS3 takes up most of her spare time and she also maintains a passion for cinema.

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