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The Best Windows Phone

Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android platform have dominated the smartphone market for the last several years. Microsoft has recently entered the field to challenge Blackberry for the third spot, and has a good chance of taking over much of the business phone niche now controlled by Blackberry.

Microsoft has made two major advancements in recent years, the introduction of Windows Phone 8, and their partnership with Nokia to create a wide variety of handsets. Not only is the upgraded operating system much more welcoming to a larger audience, but they are offering quality low-price phones as well as high quality handsets to challenge the best Androids and iPhones.

Because of this partnership, the majority of Windows Phones are from Nokia, but not all of them. Though the Windows platform is not as widespread, nor as customizable as Android’s OS, it also is not nearly as restrictive as the Apple iOS, especially in hardware limitations. HTC, Samsung and Huawei are just some of the companies to start develop third party Windows Phones.

Since the Windows platform is still relatively new, and does not share the popularity of Androids or iPhones, the Windows App store is also sorely lacking in comparison to its two main competitors. Microsoft does promise that this will change in the future, however. And the comfort of the new platform for users familiar with the Windows 8 platform may help push this popularity, as will Microsoft’s attempt to corner the bargain smartphone market.

So here are the 5 best Windows Phones currently available:

5.HTC Windows Phone 8S – A good midrange phone starting at around £250. Comes with a 1GHz dual-core processor backed by 512MB of RAM. Though the numbers may seem a little on the low side, the Windows OS actually runs quite smooth with this set-up. Internal Storage is just 4GB, but can be expanded with up to an additional 32GB through a microSD slot.

The 4-inch Super LCD Gorilla Glass Display is limited to just a 440 x 800 resolution, but still has a decent overall picture. The 5MP rear camera (no front camera) and high connectivity options (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth,3G, but not 4G) round out this handset as nice but not spectacular.

4.Nokia Lumina 625 – This is actually a very nice little budget handset starting around £189. It is packaged with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 512MB of RAM. The 5MP rear camera is supported with an LCD flash to produce respectable snaps, and the front facing camera is capable of shooting VGA video for chatting purposes. The 8GB of internal storage is expandable through a microSD slot, and its connectivity does include 4G.

3.Nokia Lumina 1020 – It’s hard to tell if this is a phone trying to be a camera, or the other way around. The 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 2GB RAM offer decent performance; and 32GB should be more than ample for the average user. It also comes with all the latest connectivity including NTC and 4G LTE.

However, its 41 MP camera with Xenon flash is not only the best available on any smartphone, but also challenges many mid-range digital cameras. However, that’s where the flash of this £600 handset ends, it doesn’t hold up as a top-end smartphone.

2.Nokia Lumina 720– Another nice midrange phone. For about £225, it offers decent hardware with a 1 GHz dual-core processor and 512MB of RAM. Internal storage of 5GB is expandable to another 64GB through the microSD slot, and the 4.3 inch 480 x 800 display is adequate. The 6.7MP rear camera offers nice snaps, and the 1.3MP camera is capable of shooting 720p video. Connectivity options are vast, but unfortunately don’t include 4G.

1.Nokia Lumina 1520 – The flagship Windows Phone, it is really something to behold – in more ways than one. Its mammoth 7 inch screen puts it just under tablet size, but is full HD with excellent viewing angles. It is also loaded with power in the form of a 2.2 GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, along with 32GB of internal storage with expandability to another 64GB.

The 20MP front camera is second on the market only to the 1020, and can shoot full HD 1080p video; while the back camera also manages to shoot 720p video. Unfortunately, the £870+ price tag may put this monster out of many people’s reach.

Choosing the Best Smartphone

So you’ve finally decided on buying a smartphone, or it’s time to upgrade and you want a better idea of what’s available? There are several options to consider when buying a smartphone. Besides being a great communication device, they work as a fast internet connection, a way to watch videos, play music, take snaps and shoot video, play games and more.

As the technology continues to expand, these min-marvels continue to amaze with all the things they are capable of doing. With the iPhone 5S, Apple introduced the A7 chip, which works on a 64-bit architecture. This promises the power of a desktop computer in your palm in the near future.

Because of the quickly expanding market, and the wide variety of features available, it can be difficult to determine which is the best smartphone for you and your money. Models can range from under £80 to well over £700, depending on what features you want, and the quality you desire, or are willing to accept.

Here are some things to consider when buying a smartphone:

  1. Which operating system is best for you? There are four main OS available now; though one is struggling (Blackberry) and others are attempting to come on to the scene.

    iOS is only available on the iPhone (and other Apple products). Its main advantages are its ease of use and intuitive interface. Apple has been developing this type of software for over three decades, and is very good at it. It also has over 1,000,000 apps available, which allows for a good deal of expansion. However, many people find the format restrictive and limiting.

    Android was developed by Google, and is the most widely used smartphone platform today. It is found on just about every type of phone made. It has some of the basic feature of iOS, but offers an open platform. This allows for a great deal of customization for both manufacturers and end users. This also means you have no assurance of what you are getting with an Android phone, and updates can be faulty. However, because of its popularity Android has more apps available than Apple (with some of the same quality control issues), and is available on a much larger range of handsets with a much wider range of affordable pricing than the iPhone.

    Blackberry OS is also only available on Blackberry phones, and as mentioned, is struggling to keep up with the competition. Its latest inception, BB10, was designed to compete with iOS and Android, with little success. It is still a solid business phone, with its high security and clean messaging systems, and still offers a quality solid QWERTY keyboard for those who don’t like touchscreens, but its lack of apps isn’t helping its performance in the marketplace.

    Windows Phone is Microsoft’s entry into the mobile platform arena. It is growing in popularity with the release of Windows Phone 8, and Microsoft’s partnership with Nokia, producing a hardware/software compatibility similar to the iPhone. Similarly, Windows app store and OS itself are more closely controlled than Android’s, offering a smooth overall performance, but the app store is still sorely lacking. Windows is more customizable for the user than iOS, but nowhere near the open source capability of Android.

  2. Quality of the phone. Obviously this is a very broad description, but there are many elements to consider. When choosing an iPhone or Blackberry, your choices are limited. But with an Android, or even more Windows phones coming out on Samsung, HTC and others, there are several things to consider.

    Important things to keep in mind when you compare handsets is screen size, quality of the display in both brightness and resolution, battery life, processor and RAM, camera and flash, availability of quality apps, and 3G and 4G connectivity.

    It is also important to consider things such as storage (if you intend to use a lot of apps, games, take photos, etc.), comfort and portability and things such as whether a solid keyboard is important.

Do yourself a favor and look around quite a bit before making a choice. There are plenty of options out there, and plenty of people just waiting to sell them to you. Make sure you buy the one you want.

Your gadgets and music combined

Nowadays, it’s probably a must to be with your gadgets or your smartphones – they keep you sane during boring times and when you want to relax a little. But did you know it can be much more fun with music to pair up with it.

Gadgets and music combined

Gadgets and music combined

The evans emad resonant 24 is one example. What you can do with your gadgets and music is to maybe create your own kind of music with the applications such as Garage Band and the likes. You can even cover your favourite songs and share them world wide through video streaming websites. Who knows, you might even become popular.

Just like technology you can do so much with music too and it can start with a simple click!

Planning to buy an HTC Phone?

HTC Phone

My friend just got her Blackberry Curve and she says features are really cool especially if you’re the ‘social’ type in the interwebs. I want one too however I just recently purchased an iPod Touch and Nokia X5. So, it means I can’t buy yet because for one, I don’t have money yet and for another my mom might kill me because I buy too many gadgets. But seriously if I had the chance I’d buy a complete set, I want to have a smartphone htc, a blackberry phone, a samsung android. The famous ones. I hope my wallet permits. lol.