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While Windows Phone 8 should be understood as it is coming from Marko Ahtisaari from Nokia and Steven Guggenheimer from Microsoft on the Internet of Things day of LeWeb Paris’12 [Nov 6, 2012] in this post I will collect some simplistic comparisons by the smartphone related technical media of everyday. Please suggest additional ones on the comment line (I’ve got already some via facebook which were so good that I produced a separate Lumia 920 vs. iPhone 5 (and vs. Android, Galaxy S3, HTC One X+) post):

1. pocketnowvideo YouTube channel on Nov 1, 2012:

Windows Phone 8 and Android 4.1 are very different operating systems, but in many cases they have similar functions that may be implemented in different ways. In this video we look at a few of the major differences between Windows Phone 8 and Android 4.1 as well as a few of the similarities. You’ll see that Windows Phone 8 certainly does some things better than Android 4.1, while Android definitely does other things better than Windows Phone 8. Overall, we think it’s getting to be pretty well balanced, but of course that depends on which features are really important to you.

2. In terms of current flagship devices:
LG Nexus 4 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 [TechPeak YouTube channel, Nov 11, 2012]

Winner: Lumia 920

Winner: Nexus 4

Winner: Equal

Winner: Lumia 920

Winner: Nexus 4

Overall winner: LG Nexus 4

And in terms of individual detailed reviews from another source:

Google Nexus 4 Review [MobileTechReview YouTube channel, Nov 20, 2012]

Lisa Gade reviews the Google Nexus 4 Android smartphone running Jelly Bean 4.2. The Nexus 4 is made by LG and it’s sold as an unlocked GSM phone with pentaband 3G HSPA+, so it will work anywhere in the world GSM service is available and you’ll get HSPA+ on AT&T and T-Mobile in the US. This is a 1.5GHz quad core Snapdragon S4 Pro phone with 2 gigs of RAM and 8 or 16 gigs of storage. The phone has a 4.7″, 1280 x 768 IPS Gorilla Glass 2 display. It has an 8MP rear camera, front 1.3MP camera, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and NFC. It’s very affordably priced at $299 and $349 without contract.

Nokia Lumia 920 Review [MobileTechReview YouTube channel, Nov 11, 2012] rating starrating starrating starrating star

Lisa Gade reviews the Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 Smartphone on AT&T. The Lumia 920 sells for $99 on contract and $449 off contract. It’s available in 5 colors and it has an excellent 4.5″, 1280 x 768 display. The smartphone runs on a 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 dual core Krait CPU with a gig of RAM and 32 gigs of storage. It has LTE 4G, dual band WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, NFC, a GPS with Nokia Maps and a 2,000 mAh battery. The Lumia has a front camera and a rear 8.7MP camera that can shoot 1080p video. It has a Gorilla Glass display running at 332ppi (slightly higher than the iPhone 5 at 326ppi!). Read our in-depth written Lumia 920 review here:http://www.mobiletechreview.com/phones/Nokia-Lumia-920.htm .

Nokia Lumia 920 [MobileTechReview, Nov 17, 2012] rating starrating starrating starrating star


The Nokia Lumia 920 is undeniably the hero phone for Windows Phone 8’s launch. It has an elegant and memorable design that feels great in hand and looks classy. The superb 4.5″ IPS display has rich colors, excellent contrast and it works with gloves. Though text doesn’t look quite as painted on as it does on the HTC One X, HTC Droid DNA and iPhone 5 the display’s extremely high pixel density and sharpness make for an excellent experience. The phone is very fast and stable, and it has plenty of internal storage. I’ve been using it for a week as my main phone and have put my Samsung Galaxy S III in the drawer: surprisingly, I haven’t missed my S III all that much, even though I’ve been a heavy Android user for years (with trysts with various Windows Phones and iPhones thrown in over the years). My only caveats? The phone is quite heavy for its size and the app selection is healthy with many of the big players present, but it still can’t match the iPhone and Android (yet). The only thing holding the Lumia 920 back from our Editor’s Choice award is app selection. Hopefully in another year we’ll see a bloom of Windows Phone apps, that will no longer be an issue.

Price: $99 with contract and $449 without contract

Websites: www.nokiausa.com, wireless.att.com

3. From this widely watched/read technical media source we have significantly better reviews:

The Gadget Show – Windows Phone 8 Handsets [thegadgetshow YouTube channel, Nov 20, 2012]: Windows Phone 8 – Nokia Lumia 920 – HTC Windows Phone 8X – Samsung ATIV S

Nokia Lumia 920, HTC Windows Phone 8X and Samsung ATIV S

Read also:
Windows Phone 8 [review] [the Gadget Show, Nov 1, 2012]
Nokia Lumia 920 [review] [the Gadget Show, Nov 21, 2012] Rating: image_thumb[3]
Windows Phone 8X by HTC [the Gadget Show, Oct 29, 2012] Rating: image_thumb[4]

The Gadget Show – Samsung Galaxy Note 2 First Look [thegadgetshow YouTube channel, Nov 5, 2012]: as this is the only recent one available on YouTube, so I can embed here

We take a look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and find out what new features its bursting with from its predecessor. For more info and videos like this, check out http://bit.ly/SNAwkC

Read also Samsung Galaxy S3:
Samsung Galaxy S3 review [the Gadget Show, June 11, 2012] Rating: image_thumb[6]
Samsung Galaxy S3 4G [the Gadget Show, Nov 8, 2012] Rating: image_thumb[7]
Samsung Galaxy S3: Android 4.2 bumper update on the way! [the Gadget Show, Nov 5, 2012]

Read also: Android Jelly Bean [4.1 review] [the Gadget Show, Aug 7, 2012]

Read also about Android 4.2:
Google Nexus 4 [review] [the Gadget Show, Dec 3, 2012] Rating: image_thumb[6]
The new Google Nexus line and Android 4.2 revealed! All the details [the Gadget Show, Oct 29, 2012]

Android 4.2

All three new Google Nexus devices run a new version of Android, 4.2. It’s not a huge update, so it doesn’t get a new dessert flavoured codename, and is still technically Jelly Bean. But it packs some new features you’ll be able to make use of still.

First up is support for Miracast, the wireless streaming standard we told you about a few weeks ago. It works much like AirPlay, letting you send audio and video all around the shop, though you’ll need other Miracast devices to get it all working properly.

The stock keyboard on Android 4.2 now supports swiping gesture for typing, much like the Swype and SwiftKey Android keyboard alternatives do, while you can zoom in on emails in Gmail and text will realign to fit the screen. You can also look at widgets on your device’s lock screen – handy for keeping an eye on train times, says – and Google Now can make predictions based on Gmail too.

Lastly, Google Music is finally coming to the UK on 13 November. You’ll be able to upload all your music to the cloud and streaming it from wherever, without the subscription costs of Spotify or Rdio.

You can check out all the new goodies in the video below. In the meantime, let us know your thoughts in the comments. Is Android 4.2 what you’ve been hoping for?

The Best of Google, now in 3 sizes. Introducing Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. The new smartphone and tablets from Google. Shop now at play.google.com/nexus

And when the same widely watched/read technical media source compared iPhone 5 vs Lumia 920 and HTC One X+ (instead of Galaxy S3 because One X+ is a quad-core unit):
iPhone 5 vs HTC One X+ vs Lumia 920 (Gadget Show) [thegadgetshow YouTube channel, Dec 3, 2012]

Giving out verdicts on three of this Christmas’ hottest smartphones:

The Gadget Show looks at what flagship smartphone you should hope to find in your stocking on Christmas morning; an iPhone 5, an HTC One X+, or a Nokia Lumia 920?

– iPhone 5: image_thumb8

[4:31] The iPhone 5 gets just 3 Gs. No innovation. The battery life is terrible. It is still expensive and the build quality is poor. [4:40]

– HTC One X+: image_thumb9 nearly 5
Read also: HTC One X+ [review] [the Gadget Show, Nov 9, 2012]

[4:40] The HTC wins 4 Gs, nearly 5. Its processor is super powerful, and the only thing that holds it back it’s ugly and it is not 4G ready. [4:50]

– Nokia Lumia 920: image_thumb10 nearly 5

[4:51] The Nokia also snaps 4 Gs, nearly 5. The user experience and the wireless charger are ace, but it lacks apps and too heavy [5:01]



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