Microsoft recently unveiled the Windows Phone 8, a few days after their Windows 8 release. The new mobile OS comes with a bevy of new features and will be available through three flagship devices, the Nokia Lumia 920, Windows Phone 8X by HTC, and the Samsung ATIV S.
“We can’t wait for the world to meet Windows Phone 8, the most personal smartphone there is,” said Terry Myerson, corporate vice president of the Windows Phone Division at Microsoft.
Just like its big brother OS, the Windows Phone 8 features Live Apps, a mobile version of Live Tiles, that display all the information that you need. It’s perfect for kids as there is Kid’s Corner, which creates a unique profile for your kids with apps for them, so you can hand over your phone without worrying that they might dial or text someone accidentally. Rooms creates specific social groups so that you can chat, share lists and calendars, and photos, with the people you want, such as family or work colleagues.
No need to worry about reaching data limits with Data Sense, which compresses Web images and defers data tasks to free Wi-Fi, to conserve your data allowance. NFC-capable, the Windows Phone 8 can essentially be your Wallet, which can store debit, credit, loyalty, and membership card information. With the new Skype app, using the service could be as easy as dialing a regular call.
Nokia will be offering a few Windows Phone 8 capable devices — the Lumia 920, 822, 820, and 810. Both the 920 and 820 are capable of wireless charging.
HTC offers the Windows Phone 8X that is capable of 1080p video recording on its rear 8MP camera and an ultrawide-angle lens on the front camera for a better Skype experience.
Samsung will be offering the ATIV S, which has the biggest screen so far for a Windows Phone 8 device at 4.8-inches.