HTC 8X vs Nokia Lumia 920: Best WP8 Handset Is…

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The Nokia Lumia 920 is very impressive, with its low light camera, large amount of Nokia-added apps and the fact that you can use it with gloves. On the downside it is weighty and big.

HTC 8X vs Nokia Lumia 920

Windows Phone 8 was launched in October and the OS does resemble version 7.5. Older handsets will not be updated to the new OS, so if you want the latest OS, you have to buy one of the new handsets, two of best being the Nokia Lumia 920 and the HTC 8X.  both of these devices have dual core processors that are powerful, a high resolution display and a body that is uni-body. So which is the best?

Porting apps to Windows Phone 8 should be easier as the same kernel is used for Windows on desktop and laptop computers. It supports all of the modern hardware, including processors with multi-cores, resolutions that are higher than 800 x 400 and SD card, along with NFC support. Updates can be installed OTA as well.

Both of the devices are brightly coloured and they has looks that are similar. The unibody wraps around to the front of the device, while the devices have edges that are round. Both devices have the back, home and search buttons.

The Nokia Lumia 920 is the shorter of the two handsets and it is also slightly thicker than the HTC 8X. The Nokia Lumia 920 takes on a more rounded appearance. The back of the handsets differ, HTC have chosen to use a matte design, while Nokia have chosen a high gloss finish. Of course this means that any and all imperfections show up on the gloss surface. The back of the Nokia Lumia isn’t perfectly smooth and this does detract from its high end looks.

Nokia put the USB connector on the bottom of the handset. While HTC chose to do the same, they turned theirs 189 degrees. This may show that the rumour about Microsoft forcing phone makers to put the port in the middle bottom of handsets is not true. It was said that this was happening to make docks easier to build.

The audio jack is 3.5mm and this is located on the top of the device. HTC also chose to put their power button here; however on the Nokia phone, this is on the right hand side of the phone. The right side is dedicated to photo shutter and the volume buttons. The photo shutter button brings up the camera app and users can half press it to focus, then full press to take the photo.

The Nokia Lumia 920 is 186 grams in weight, and this happens to be heavier than even the larger Samsung Galaxy Note2. The HTC 8X is smaller and comes with a weight of 128 grams. The extra girth of the Nokia handset could be due to the battery, which is slightly larger. However the battery only accounts for half of this, so it may be due to the display and the body that Nokia chose to use.

Windows Phone 8 can support processors with multi-cores, initial devices all use the Snapdragon Qualcomm processors. These have the Krait cores and so they perform well. The HTC 8X and the Nokia Lumia 920 both have a dual core processor which have been clocked at 1.5GHz. when it comes to processing power the handsets are below those handsets that run on the Tegra 3 and the Exynos chip. However in everyday use, you don’t notice this.

The HTC uses the MSM8260A processor, while Nokia chose the MSM8960. The processor speeds are the same and they both share the same Adreno 225 GPU. The HTC handset has 2G and 3G, and the Nokia device comes with support for LTE. As the Nokia Lumia 920 is compatible with bands  700, 800, 850, 900, 1700, 1700, 1800, 1900, 2100 and 2600 MHz, they should be compatible with networks on 4G.

The Nokia Lumia 920 has 32GB of storage, while the HTC 8X comes with just 16GB. Both of the devices have 1GB of RAM and neither handset has support for SD card. The Nokia Lumia 920 can be charged wirelessly.

With both devices almost equal in every way, which is the best WP8 handset? It all depends on your personal preference. If you want a solid camera and top notch display then it is the Nokia Lumia 920. If you want a lighter, slimmer and more ergonomically design device then it is the HTC 8X. Unlocked, the HTC 8X also costs less than the Nokia Lumia 920.

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