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What's the best Windows Phone handset at the moment?

What's the best Windows Phone handset at the moment? I like the look of the HTC Windows Phone M8 but not sure if that's coming out here. What's Nokia's "Hero" phone at the mo?

Most Useful Answer JanSt  Oct. 8, 2014 at 22:54

It's not that straightforward to answer, imho.
I'm curious re the HTC One M8 for Windows, too. But who knows if we'll ever see it outside the US?

As to Nokia's Lumia 'hero' device - that depends. If you want a really big screen, it's the Lumia 1520. Fast, great camera, incredible build quality, Micro SD slot, fantastic battery life and a beautiful screen. But the 6in display means it's bulky. I use it for the camera, and that aside it's more like a tablet. You won't churn out quick successions of texts on the go. It's a 2-handed device all the way.

The Lumia 930 is smaller (5in), equally well built. Battery will get you through a busy day.
Camera is very similar to the 1520's. The screen, unfortunately, does NOT support Nokia's Glance feature - i.e. tap to wake etc... And it has no SD card slot. But beautiful, sturdy, and fast.

Personally, the 1020 is still my favourite Lumia. The WP 8.1 and Cyan update made the Lumia very fast. It's faster than the quad-core 1520/930 in my experience.
The camera is awesome, and it's just the right size - small enough for rushed snapshots, one-handed texting etc, but big enough to edit a pic on the go, browse or watch a video clip.

It's solid, too. And if you use the camera a lot, the Grip accessory is brilliant - in addition to better, well, grip, it has an extra battery built in that can almost double the phone's juice.

I'd pick the 1020 if I were buying a WP device now. But: I believe it won't get software updates beyond 2015...

The 930 is impressive, but for my taste still a tad big. I'd possibly get a discounted 925 and wait for the M8 for WP...

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JanSt / MOD  Oct. 8, 2014 at 22:54

It's not that straightforward to answer, imho.
I'm curious re the HTC One M8 for Windows, too. But who knows if we'll ever see it outside the US?

As to Nokia's Lumia 'hero' device - that depends. If you want a really big screen, it's the Lumia 1520. Fast, great camera, incredible build quality, Micro SD slot, fantastic battery life and a beautiful screen. But the 6in display means it's bulky. I use it for the camera, and that aside it's more like a tablet. You won't churn out quick successions of texts on the go. It's a 2-handed device all the way.

The Lumia 930 is smaller (5in), equally well built. Battery will get you through a busy day.
Camera is very similar to the 1520's. The screen, unfortunately, does NOT support Nokia's Glance feature - i.e. tap to wake etc... And it has no SD card slot. But beautiful, sturdy, and fast.

Personally, the 1020 is still my favourite Lumia. The WP 8.1 and Cyan update made the Lumia very fast. It's faster than the quad-core 1520/930 in my experience.
The camera is awesome, and it's just the right size - small enough for rushed snapshots, one-handed texting etc, but big enough to edit a pic on the go, browse or watch a video clip.

It's solid, too. And if you use the camera a lot, the Grip accessory is brilliant - in addition to better, well, grip, it has an extra battery built in that can almost double the phone's juice.

I'd pick the 1020 if I were buying a WP device now. But: I believe it won't get software updates beyond 2015...

The 930 is impressive, but for my taste still a tad big. I'd possibly get a discounted 925 and wait for the M8 for WP...

Archduke Franz  Oct. 9, 2014 at 01:06

I've used the 520, 820, 920, 1020 and each one was incrementally better. I currently use the 1020 and it's pretty good, I'd recommend, although the only bad thing I can really say about it is having no native wireless charging is an annoyance for me and the add on thing that enables wireless charging is a bit crappy and ugly as well as making wireless charging occasionally unreliable. The 1020 has an awesome camera of course and as mentioned previously the camera grip is pretty nifty and gives you a bit of extra battery (also mentioned!)

The killed feature is definitely the camera though and I think if I wasn't intent on making this my main camera I'd probably prefer to get the 930 or 1520. I've found the xenon flash does make a hell of a difference over LED in nightclub situations and so forth.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 9, 2014 at 09:30

Good points - I didn't even mention the xenon flash - I usually avoid flash photography...
Wireless charging - yes, if that is your thing, OP, then the 1020 is 'out'.
The 930 comes with a wirless charging pad. (at least initially, it did).

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