you’ve been following our articles here, you know that I’m a huge supporter of
Windows 8 and how I think its just going to be awesome. I think it’s
intuitive, simple, secure, and most of all, fun. Well that interface is
coming to Windows phones “later this year”, which I put in quotations, because
you don’t know if the folks from Redmond are going to start launching at the
end of September, or just before Christmas. The question remains, “Are
these phones worth the wait?”
get to the iPhone 5 in a separate post, because they rumors are abound, some
true, some untrue, but nothing concrete enough to go on here. Besides,
something cool in theory doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be practical or
cool in reality. Two phones that are pretty cool right now are the HTC
One and Samsung’s Galaxy III-S. They are kick-ass Android phones and are
totally worth their weight in Kosher Salt. I know I’m looking for a new
phone, and both of these seems really cool, but as a Windows fan, I know I’m
going to wait for the Windows 8 phone. Mainly because of the following:
The Verge reported recently a supposed roadmap for HTC’s Windows Phone 8
devices. HTC expects to launch three classes of Windows Phone 8 smartphones
later this year. The Zenith will be the high-end line, with an expected
4.7-inch Super LCD 2 display, quad-core processor, NFC support, 8-megapixel
camera that can grab 1,080p, and 42Mbps HSPA+. (My guess is that the top of the
line phone will also have LTE support for the U.S. market.) The midrange is
being referred to as Accord and it’s expected to have a slightly smaller,
4.3-inch screen and dual-core processors. The budget Windows Phone 8 will be
the Rio line, which is expected to offer a 4-inch WVGA display; 14.4 Mbps HSPA
connectivity; 5 megapixel, 720p capture; and a Snapdragon S4 processor.
some serious firepower under the hood. One caveat I’ve always found with
smartphones is that they have an uncanny ability to start lagging over time.
With multi-core processors they should be able to handle multiple
applications with ease and not lag down the speed of the phone. I’m
pretty much guaranteed to get a high end phone because I want that super LCD
4.7 inch screen, but either of these phones are going to look and perform
great. The new Metro design system is designed for ease of use and
improved functionality with the ability to choose the size of each tile to fit
your individual needs.
biggest challenge in deciding if these phones are worth the wait is figuring
out which carrier is going to carry which phone. Verizon has notoriously
been unsupportive of Windows phones, but on the recent earnings call, Verizon
claimed to be in full support of Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. AT&T
has always been in Microsoft’s corner and will most likely carry the phones,
with Sprint and T-Mobile hopefully getting some of the high-end stuff as well.
I don’t wanna switch carriers just to get a phone. That’s why I’m
so upset that the Nokia Lumia 900 is available at AT&T, but not at Verizon.
Plain silly if you ask me.
yes, if you can hold out, wait, and see what’s up. If the Windows Phone
doesn’t live up to the hype, maybe the iPhone 5 will…
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Windows 8 Phones… Worth The Wait?