With the release of the Windows Phone 7.5 update, or Mango,
as the codename goes, mobiles running the Windows Phone (WP) OS have emerged as serious competitors in the smartphone market. Mango brings new features and better functionality. More buyers are looking at Windows Phone as their preferred platform. Phones running WP are slowly entering all the budget segments in the market. Let us take a look at the Top 5 Windows Phones currently available in the market today.
1. Nokia Lumia 800
One of the positives that had to come out of the Nokia-Microsoft partnership was the availability of this classy OS on an equally classy and sturdy device, something that Nokia has always been known for. This Nokia phone is the best WP out there. Killer looks, a snappy Qualcomm Scorpion processor clocking 1.4 GHz, 16GB internal memory and an 8MP primary camera with Carl Zeiss optics (exclusive to Nokia devices), 720p video recording and dual LED flash make it one of the most powerful WP devices out there.
It sports a 3.7” AMOLED capacitive screen, with a resolution of 800×480. The 1450 mAh battery also does a good job providing juice. The 512MB RAM does well at running anything that Mango has to throw at it. The only drawback is the lack of an external microSD slot and a front facing camera. It is currently priced at INR 24,999/-
2. HTC Titan
This device is a close second to the Lumia 800. It looks great and has a powerful 1.5GHz Qualcomm Scorpion processor. The other specs on the Titan are almost the same as the Lumia 800 – 16GB internal memory, 512MB RAM, an 8MP primary camera with dual LED flash and 720p video recording.
The Titan edges out the Lumia 800 in the areas of a 1.3MP front facing camera and a much bigger S-LCD capacitive screen at 4.7”. However, with a resolution of 800×480, this gives a pixel density of merely 199 ppi, as compared to the 252 ppi that the Lumia offers. It also doesn’t offer external memory capacity. The device is priced in the INR 29k-30k range.
3. Samsung Focus S
No ‘top devices list’ would be complete without Samsung making an entry. A 1.4GHz Qualcomm Scorpion processor, 512MB RAM and an 8MP primary camera with LED flash and 720p video recording, make the Focus S a great device to have. The Focus S has a brilliant 4.3” Super AMOLED capacitive screen, with a resolution of 800×480. This amounts to a pixel density of 217 ppi, in between that of the Titan and the Lumia.
It is available in 16GB/32GB versions. A few hardware specs apart, this phone practically looks like the Samsung Galaxy SII, only running WP instead of Android. It also features a 1.3MP front facing camera. The 1650 mAh battery packs a lot of juice. Once again, no external microSD slot.
4. Dell Venue Pro
While Dell may not be as popular a mobile handset manufacturer as Samsung, HTC and Nokia; it has packaged a great device in the Venue Pro. It runs on a 1GHz Qualcomm Scorpion processor, has 512MB RAM, 1GB ROM (application memory) and 8GB/16GB of internal storage. This phone differs from the others in providing microSD support up to 32GB. It is also the only phone having a physical sliding QWERTY keypad.
It has a 4.1” AMOLED capacitive screen with a WVGA resolution (800×480) – which amounts to a pixel density of 228 ppi. It lags behind the top 3 candidates with a 5MP primary camera with LED flash and no front camera. It makes for a good mid-budget device, priced at a modest INR 15490/-
5. Samsung Omnia W
The Omnia W narrowly edged out the Lumia 710 to take 5th spot in these ratings. Both devices boast a 3.7” capacitive screen with a resolution of 800×480 – which is a pixel density of 252 ppi. They have the same 1.4GHz Qualcomm Scorpion processor, 5MP primary camera and 720p video recording.
The Omnia W however beats the Lumia in terms of the quality of the screen, as it sports a Super AMOLED screen, compared to a TFT. It also has a VGA front camera, which the Lumia doesn’t have. The real killer punch though, is the battery. Samsung packs a 1500 mAh, while the Lumia only has a 1300 mAh. A long battery life is a key factor to any phone’s success. Both phones are priced at about INR 15k.
In this article, we’ve only focused on phones that are currently available. The HTC Titan II and the Nokia Lumia 900 announced for this year would surely be hot rivals for the top spot.
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