Items tagged with Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone 8 is looking to make a major splash this holiday season, but unlike Windows Phone 7, this iteration will have a major product on its side: Skype. The hugely acclaimed VoIP app has become a fully integrated part of Windows Phone 8, which shouldn't be a surprise given that Microsoft is now Skype's parent. That said, Skype for Windows Phone 8 looks more beautiful than one could've imagined, and it's as integrated with WP8 as FaceTime is with iOS. It's truly a FaceTime rival, but the sheer scope of Skype makes it that much more appealing. It's also always on, enabling you to take voice and video calls just as if someone was calling your phone number, and if you switch phones, you'll... Read more...
Finnish phone maker Nokia announced today that its Lumia 822 handset will soon be available on Verizon Wireless' network. The Lumia 822 is a Windows Phone 8 device with 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) baked in, making it a natural fit for Big Red, which is quick to point out that it has the largest 4G LTE network in the U.S. "Bringing the Nokia Lumia 822 to Verizon Wireless allows us to expand our award winning Lumia brand to even more customers here in the United States," said Olivier Puech, President of Nokia Americas. "With the Nokia Lumia 822, first-time smartphone buyers - and those ready to switch - will get high-quality performance on both their device and Verizon Wireless' incredibly fast... Read more...
Microsoft has high hopes for Windows 8, its next generation operating system that represents perhaps the biggest change to the Windows ecosystem since Windows 95. Intel would call this release a "tock"; Microsoft calls it the future of computing, one in which mobile and stationary products are unified with a touch-friendly front-end that's supposed to be easy to navigate and easy on the eyes with a modernized look and feel. Alas, software is only half of the equation. It takes hardware to push a platform to its full potential, and there will be no shortage of Windows 8 devices when the OS drops in two weeks on October 26, 2012. Like a dam about to burst, the market is about to be flooded with... Read more...
Hot on the heels of Samsung's first WP8 phone, the ATIV S, comes HTC to one-up things by offering not one, but two competing devices, the 8X and 8S. The 8X is HTC's flagship Windows Phone 8 device, so we'll analyze that first. With its 5.21 x 2.60 x 0.39" dimensions and its weight of 130g, the 8X compares nicely to Samsung's Galaxy S III in terms of physical size. The 8X features a Qualcomm S4 CPU clocked at 1.5GHz, and with its 4.3" Gorilla Glass 2-infused display, gives the user a 720p resolution to make use of. Inside is 16GB of storage space, and not too atypical of competing phones, includes 1GB of RAM. Much like the One X, the 8X has Beats Audio at the ready, which HTC touts as being "Studio... Read more...
To much fanfare, Apple unveiled its iPhone 5 earlier this week, and as expected, pre-orders turned into back-orders mighty fast. It goes without saying that the latest iPhone is going to sell well - potentially better than anything else out there - but how does it compare to the other top-dogs in the smartphone race? With the help of the table below, that's what we're here to evaluate. This isn't a comparison between operating systems and user interfaces, because whether one is better than the other is based on a number of metrics, including personal taste. Instead, let's look at the hardware. Does the iPhone 5 feature game-changing technology such that iPhone 4S owners will be jonesing to upgrade,... Read more...
We're not sure exactly what investors were hoping Nokia would unveil yesterday, but apparently, the Lumia 920 and 820 weren't it. Following the much anticipated unveiling of two new Windows Phone 8 devices, Nokia shares took a bit of a mini-nosedive, sliding 16 percent to $2.38 at the end of the trading day on Thursday. That's the lowest it's been all year. According to reports, Nokia's new devices didn't pack sufficient punch, and it also didn't help that the Finnish smartphone maker withheld specific release dates, pricing, and carrier information. "People were looking for something that would dazzle. Most investors will view it as evolutionary, not revolutionary. Nokia has made some good progress,... Read more...
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