The smartphone market has become an increasingly diverse place over the last few years.
We have seen Windows arrive onto our mobile environment. We have also seen the coming of the BlackBerry 10 operating system, ushering BlackBerry into a new era in their development.
The Windows Phone 8 operating system is excellent. It mirrors the desktop-based operating system with the live tile environment. It has proved extremely popular with business users and people making the switch for the first time to a smartphone device. The learning curve is remarkably shallow, as it is with the iPhone operating system.
The Entry of Windows
When Windows mobile phones first came onto the market it was only available on the most premium end devices. The truth is that they still were not quite up there with the best phones on the market, because the operating system was still under development. It was a very good start for Microsoft though.
Phones like the HTC Windows phone 8 and the Nokia Lumia 920 did a great deal to propel Windows into the hearts and minds of many consumers.
Now we have a new wave of premium Windows smartphones. In this piece we will look at two of the best so you can understand just how good the Windows mobile environment can be. We shall look at specifications and performance and by the end of this piece you should be impressed.
Nokia Lumia 1020
The Nokia Lumia 1020 comes in second in our list of best Windows smartphones. Reviews by industry analysts tend to give it around 9/10. This is an incredible rating signalling that it is a terrific all-round phone.
The phone comes with a dual core 1500 MHz processor. It also benefits from 2 MB of RAM. The Windows operating system is not particularly heavy on the processor, and therefore this processor is absolutely plenty to give a seamless and flowing experience of the Windows phone OS.
The display is 4.5 inches. It is a capacitive touchscreen of 768?1280 pixels that is vibrant, high-definition and full of colour. You should not have any problems viewing small text and there will be no blurring of detailed images; the clarity is frankly superb. The size of the phone is just about right for one-handed use for most people; an extra half an inch could have been just a little too much.
Of all the Windows mobile phones the camera on the Nokia Lumia 1020 is the best. It is a 41 megapixel camera- yes you read that correctly. With the industry standard at the premium end of the market currently being around 13 megapixels, definition of picture through this smartphone camera is frankly extraordinary. You can take 1920?1080 high-definition videos. You have a plethora of additional features for both the video camera and the still camera.
It is not surprising that this phone is being heavily advertised on TV off the back of the camera.
The battery on this phone provides an admirable 19.1 hours of talk time and 384 hours of standby time. This is plenty to get you through a day, and perhaps even two days. It is much better than the battery on an iPhone or BlackBerry and better than most Android devices too.
Windows mobile phones offer a terrific experience to the user. The Nokia Lumia 1020 has plenty of power and performance to attract premium end smartphone customers. If you want to enjoy the live tile system then this is one of the best Windows mobile phones around.
Video: Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Nokia Lumia 1020
The Nokia Lumia 1520
This phone was announced around three months after the 1020, in October 2013. Again it runs the Windows Phone 8 operating system.
This phone is an upgrade in almost every regard on the 1020. It has a quad core 2200 MHz processor and 2 MB of RAM. The processor and RAM make the performance super slick, zippy and snappy. You will not find a better experience of the Windows Phone 8 operating system than you will on this 1520.
The display on this phone is equivalent to many of the ultra-devices out there. It is a six inch capacitive touchscreen, with 1080?1920 pixels making it a beautiful display which is very similar in performance to the 1020; in short, stunning!
This phone focuses a little more on power and display than the camera. Nevertheless, it has a 20 megapixel camera which can shoot high-definition videos at 1920?1080. It is a superb camera at the premium end of the market and only beaten by a few smartphones which have their camera as their specialist feature.
The battery on this phone is just about as good as you can get. It offers 27.4 hours of talk time and 768 hours of standby time. The 1020 battery was good; this is amazing. You won’t have to charge during the day; you might not even have to charge every two days. This is a real bonus in a smartphone arena where many of the phones are not even getting through the day.
This is the best Windows mobile phone on the market. If you do not want the super-large phablet size then the 1520 is just the ticket.
Windows Mobile Phones
Windows mobile phones are now found at all levels in the smartphone market. You can get a Nokia Lumia 625 for around ?150 on pay-as-you-go. The Lumia series has been a really compelling and innovative series of releases by Nokia: The partnership with Windows and Nokia has really worked.
The Lumia phones are vibrant and colourful, certainly competing with the iPhone. Nokia has clawed some ground back against their competitors, having fallen way behind over the last few years.
If you are looking to choose a Windows mobile phone then you need not spend the top whack as there are great mid-range models too. However, it is a great idea to go in store and try a variety of different devices to see how they perform on the functions you do the most. Always try before you buy!