For Apple loyalists, it’s hard to believe that any other smartphone exists besides the iPhone. To use a phone that’s not an iPhone seems to practically be a social taboo. Microsoft’s Windows Phones smartphones are experiencing rapid growth, and according to neowin.com, “sales of Windows Phone devices are six times faster than the overall smartphone market.” In other words, Windows Phone is solidly positioned “as the third smartphone ecosystem,” says Tami Reller, the head of Windows marketing.
Be one among the crowd by opening up to Windows Phone 8, a device that’s quickly gaining momentum and transitioning into being a favored Mobile OS. The brilliant build, bold colors, high-quality screens and state-of-the-art cameras of Windows Phones differentiates these smartphones from major competitors.
As Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform offers exciting Android and iPhone alternatives, the following three phones top the list.
Nokia’s Lumia 925
During the 2013 Microsoft Worldwide Partners Conference, Reller’s recommendations of Windows devices included the Lumia 925. Windows8update.com promotes this device for its multimedia excellence and photography features as well as a slick design with an aluminum rim and 8.5mm thickness. Other features include an 8.7 megapixel PureView camera, 1.2 megapixel video-calling shooter, a dual LED flash and an additional sixth lens. The Lumia 925 hasn’t launched in the U.S. yet, but it’s scheduled to following June 2013 releases in UK, Italy and China markets.
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Nokia’s Lumia 928
Known as Verizon’s flagship Windows Phone, the Nokia Lumia 928 is a premium handset because of its Xenon flash photography and 4G LTE data connectivity, explains Forbes contributor Ewan Spence. Windows Phone has matured into joining the high ranks of Apple iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S4, Spence says. The Xenon flash enables photographers to take sharper images rich with color.
Spence also spotlights the phone for noteworthy features, including:
- 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
- 1 GB of Ram
- Single storage specification with 32 GB of internal storage
- AMOLED screen with Nokia ClearBlack Display display technology, including air gap reductions and polarizing filters
Its intuitive UI, stylish design, 4G LTE data availability, simple operation and exceptional imaging makes it a leading Verizon handset.
The HTC 8X Windows Phone has recently been lauded as being the top-level smartphone at the 2013 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA). The winning IDEA smartphone was praised by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) for its “sustainability, interaction design, strategy, research and concepts,” according to MobileBloom.com. Recognized for its beautiful operating system, design and interface, the Windows Phone 8X beat other popular smartphones, such as the Motorola Razr HD, Optimus G Pro and BlackBerry Z10.
Distinct features include:
- Sound-enhancing Beats Audio
- 4G LTE connectivity and speeds
- A slim design with True HD screen and high-end pixel density
- Colorful visual displays
- 8.0 megapixel camera and chat cam
From watching videos on YouTube to even researching computer degrees online, surfing the Web is also a cinch. The 8X has Internet Explorer 10 as well as 16 GB of storage space and 1.0 GB of RAM system memory powered by a 1.5 GHz CPU.
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