Can the Windows Phone 8 Flagships Challenge the iPhone 5?

Can the Windows Phone 8 Flagships Challenge the iPhone 5?Within weeks of each other, Nokia and HTC both unveiled highly anticipated smartphones powered by the latest iteration of Microsoft’s mobile phone operating system, Windows Phone 8. Nokia unveiled the Lumia 920, and then HTC showed off the Windows Phone 8X. Both have sparked a new interest in the Windows Phone platform, which warrants the question: How would these phones stack up when you throw the iPhone 5 to the mix?

Comparing the Phones

Hardware always plays a role in any consumer’s decision about which gadget to purchase. The iPhone 5 and the WP8 flagships are all attractive to certain people — you know what they say, “different strokes for different folks.” The iPhone 5 builds upon an existing design aesthetic that millions have loved, while the HTC and Nokia phones present us with the unique design language of Windows Phone devices, infused with a renewed focus on industrial design and utilitarianism.

We know all about the iPhone 5 specs by now: a faster chip, thinner and longer body, an updated camera, and a fancy new connector. The WP8 phones have larger screens and the same dual-core Snapdragon S4 processors, together with ample internal storage.

No doubt about it, these big guys are fast and powerful. They’re perfect powerhouses for your mobile multimedia consumption or as your next business phone. Which one you’ll get will depend on many other factors for sure, but when it comes to the hardware, then you won’t have a problem with any of these options. One of the main factors is the OS, as will be discussed below.

Windows Phone 8 vs. iOS 6

Sure, the phones and their compelling specs might be selling points in and of themselves, but in the end, these smartphone wars all boil down to the different operating systems. Throw in their respective app ecosystems, as well. In the Lumia 920/WP 8X vs. iPhone debate, the simplest form becomes Windows Phone 8 versus iOS 6.

You’d think that with a name like WP8, it’ll be further along its maturity compared to an iOS 6, but remember: the rebooted Windows Phone platform started at WP7. The Microsoft franchise is still an infant compared to iOS. In fact, the Live Tiles only got widget-ized in terms of functionality in the latest iteration.

With a simple check of any comment section of popular tech blogs’ Apple posts, you’ll find many people explaining why they choose iOS over others. To be fair, they have valid points; the common denominators seem to be simplicity and ease of use, along with the robust App Store, and superb design. Plus, people swear by the “it just works” mantra.

Windows Phone 8 doesn’t have that kind of lure going for it right now. It’s an unproven competitor in a market that’s already dominated by two other players. What it offers, however, is something new. If Windows Phone 8 is able to give users a smooth experience and if it can get its app store to a level comparable to Android and iOS, then the phones will be in for some measure of success.

Based on preorders for the iPhone 5 so far, however, it looks to be the runaway winner in this battle even from the get-go. Still, expect the new WP8 phones to at least be bigger threats than the initial Nokia WP7 offerings. Plus, if these phones succeed, then that’s a big plus for the consumers because they will now have three legitimate routes to take when it comes to their smartphone needs.

Out of these three, which do you lean toward currently — and do you anticipate the possibility of changing your mind?

Leiden Johnson is a photographer by trade but loves all that geeky, tech stuff and the outdoors. If she’s not working or going out, you can see her in front of her computer either writing about anything or playing MMORPGs, which helps her to be more creative in her photoshoots.

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