Best Windows Phone 8: Lumia 820 versus Ativ Odyssey versus HTC 8X

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The world of the Windows Phone 8 is dominated by some heavy hitters. Nokia, HTC and Samsung dominate with their undeniable quality and features and so a comparison between the three only seems fair. The phones are almost similar in dimensions, the largest being the HTC 8X at 132.3X66.2X10.1mm. It isn’t the heaviest phone though. That title belongs to the Nokia Lumia 822 that weighs in at 142 grams. Both phones also have the bigger screen size at 4.3 inches, as opposed to the 4.0 inches of the Samsung.

If you love the idea of media, movies and videos then you would enjoy the HTC 8X more than any of the other phones in the category. It has a great resolution at 720X1280 pixels and 342 ppi, thanks to S-LCD 2 technology. Also helping its case is the fact that it has great battery features, with an average talk time of 11.30 hours. The battery capacity in the Nokia and HTC phone is 1800 mAh, while the Samsung has a whopping 2100 mAh. The phones all feature proximity and light sensors and the Nokia and HTC phones come with scratch-resistant glass too.

In terms of the hardware that is running these three phones, there’s no choice at all! They all run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960, they all have a dual core 1500 MHz Krait and an Adreno 225 graphics processor. They have a 1024 MB RAM of system memory and the HTC and Nokia phone come with 16 GB built in storage. The Samsung Ativ Odyssey sports an 8 GB storage capacity. Both the Nokia Lumia and the Samsung phone have expandable storage of up to 64 GB.

The similarities continue when it comes to technology too. All phones boast of GSM, LTE and CDMA. They also have 2100 MHz UMTS and micro SIM. You won’t ever have to be lost with these phones thanks to global positioning and turn by turn navigation. The phones come with Bluetooth Connectivity, Wi-Fi, with mobile hotspot capabilities and the Nokia Lumia scores here with its ability to connect to Wi-Fi Direct. The phones also have USB and microUSB, NFC and OTA sync.

For all the shutterbugs, the phones to watch out for are the HTC 8X and the Nokia Lumia with their 8 megapixel cameras. The Samsung comes a poor second at 5 megapixels. The front facing camera is 1.2 megapixels in the case of Samsung and Nokia and 2.0 megapixels in the HTC. They all sport an LED flash, dual in the case of Nokia phone. The camcorder is similar in all phones with a 1080 pixel, high definition display of 1920 X1080, at 30 frames per second. While all three phones have auto focus, the Lumia and 8X have geo tagging. The 8X also has back-illuminated sensor, while the Lumia sports white balance presets, touch to focus and exposure compensation.

The phones support all kinds of multimedia formats including AMR and WMA. In video play, it is H.264 and WMV to name just two. There are also the standard phone features you might find on all phones – caller groups, unlimited entries and search options using both first and last names. Software updates are possible on the HTC and Samsung. Email options are common to all. There’s IMAP, SMTP and POP3, along with Microsoft Exchange on all phones.

So, if you really look at it, there’s no clear cut winner in the category. It all boils down to the comfort level you have with the phone and the manufacturer.

So think about your past history with the device, what your own specific needs are and then take a final call.

George Webber authors for – your gateway to the best deals on cable tv, internet and phone services. He specializes in writing Entertainment and Technology topics.

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