Windows Phone 8, the first flagships.

With the release of Windows Phone 8, new Smartphones come on stage.


But exactly, what brings Windows Phone 8 compared with Windows Phone 7.5?

For the software part, it’s about Windows 8 compatible components, the native support of C/C ++ (for the applications), Windows 8 towards Windows Phone 8 (Modern UI) simplified application ports, multitasking, Internet Explorer 10, lounges (sharings of tasks, calendar and discussions), the child world (restricts mode), Smartglass (allows to command the Xbox), Xbox Video, Xbox Music and of new screen resolutions.

For the hardware part, the addition of the support of two cores processors, NFC and microSD cards.

Here is for main lines. Globally, the OS (operating system) is rather complete, reactive and the display has the advantage to be original with compared with the competitors. Over and above the fact that the virtual keyboard is very pleasant of use.


The phone renewal cycle having made me miss the release of Windows Phone 7, I waited until 8 to have it one (and I suffered with my old Windows Mobile 6.5 😉 ). On the other hand, I prefer to wait that my phone is exhausted to renew it, that makes less wasting and scheduled obsolescence.


Nokia Lumia 920 PureView.

Nokia Lumia 920

Nokia Lumia 920

As a lot of people, I had Nokia phones before the advent of Smartphones. This brand was always synonymic of quality, reliability and longevity. Unfortunately, Nokia badly lived the passage in Smartphones for various reasons. Then there was their alliance with Microsoft and the choice of Windows Phone. Since then, I am rather impatient to have Lumia between hands. I found 800 well but some “hardware” were missing. 900 which is arrived later and as I could renew my phone filled (by losing the design of 800) this aspect but arrived at the same time as the last one Nokia under  Symbian OS, 808 PureView and his hallucinating photo sensor (47 Mpx) and especially a few months away before the theoretical release of Windows Phone 8 (which meant the release of ” superphones ” and the support of the PureView technology: the integration of an image stabilizer). Without counting the rumor which eventually comes true: Windows Phone 7 would have no update towards Windows Phone 8 but an intermediate version 7.8. In brief, it seemed urgent to wait. What I made.

And Nokia announced Lumia 920. Return in the design of 800 there bigger ( 4,5 inches), the characteristics resuming almost all that Windows Phone 8 spécifications (except MicroSD slot), everything to please. I have still hesitated when it went out becauses of tests which questioned the photo quality (in good conditions). But it turned out that was mostly a software problem which would be corrected. Then, the PureView sensor is a 8,7 Mpx (against 47 for 808). 8,7 it’s already sufficient. All that without counting induction load peculiar to Nokia and the software suite of very good quality of the Finn (Maps, Drive, Music, Care, Panorama, Intelligent Photo). Its big weakness it’s the relatively high weight (185 g) but that we forget it fast.

As a result, I took it and I do not regret:

  • An excellent network quality (very good network catcher, support of H + and 4G).
  • Videos are of a quality exceptional (thank you the stabilizer) and the photos of very good quality.
  • The screen is magnificent (and solid, my son made him enjoy twice the stone floor and he went out as a charm there), his touch is pleasant and the seizure is very precise.
  • The browsing in Windows Phone 8 is fluid and pleasant.
  • The GPS is precise and allows good navigation so on foot as by car.
  • The diary synchronized with Outlook, the on-line storage by SkyDrive or the fast notes by OneNote are practical.
  • Office to consult or modify documents is very practical.
  • Fusion of the phones, e-mail, social network contactes… We are connected 😉

The entertainment is also very present thanks to Live Xbox, in Xbox Music+Video and in Store. The autonomy is not outdone: until two days in normal use (not bad for a Smartphone). In brief, delighted with my Windows Phone 🙂


HCT Windows Phone 8X.

HTC Windows Phone 8X

HTC Windows Phone 8X

HTC always made good Smartphones, whether it is for Windows Mobile or the first waves of Windows Phone 7 and 7.5 (without speaking other platforms), always with a high quality and characteristics so complete and a top of the range that possible.

Moreover, further to her experiment with the HTC 7 Mozart, my wife is rather attached to this brand.

Her choice concerned to the 8X. A little smaller (4.3 inches), much lighter (130 grams) and very pleasant to the touch, it offers a little bit different experience from Nokia (what is very well, we are far from the uniformity of the first bakery of Windows Phone 7).

Less strong in video, it makes almost equal game on the rest in term of support of the Windows Phone 8 features.

In the use, I find it less good at the “network” level (catching signal) and the software offer on behalf of HTC (especially at the level of the navigation).

On the other hand it is better on the sound thanks to the system Beats Audio (high definition sound), although Nokia possesses more regulations at this level.



In two points…

  • Thanks to our different tastes my wife and I chose two different Smartphones but which are everything very good two 😉
  • These two Smartphones are both good “flagships” at the release of Windows Phone 8 and at the use they do not disappoint, on the contrary.

It is promising and let’s hope that it lasts 🙂


About Sylvain Bories

Software Developer (.Net, C#) and hobbyist game programmer (Unity 3d, DirectX). Interested in Technology, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Ecology and Fencing.

Posted on January 30, 2013, in Hardware, Windows Phone and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.


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