Looking for a decent phone for this holiday season? There are literally hundreds of smartphones on the market and even though some models may be similar, they are in fact not the same. Phones differ in a number of details – operating system, size, performance, battery life or durability to mention just a few. How do you choose the one that’s best for you? You can ask your friends, but unless they are some sort of experts, it’s unlikely that they will be able to comment on more than three or four models. Or you can keep reading our Holiday Shopping Guide for an objective opinion about the best Windows phones of November and December 2014, which may give you great holiday gift idea.
The Best Windows Phones: Nokia Lumia 830
The most popular brand released with Windows Phone on board is Lumia. The newest member of the family is called Lumia 830 that was released in September this year is opening our best Windows Phones list. The phone runs the latest version of Windows OS with personal assistant Cortana. This 5-inch handset is powered by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor and comes with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, 10-megapixel rear camera, 1-megapixel front-facing camera and 2,200 mAh battery with wireless charging.
Nokia Lumia 1520
Looking for a phablet running on Microsoft’s platform? If so, one of the best options would be the Nokia Lumia 1520 sporting a huge 6-inch display with Full HD resolution. Such beast of a smartphone naturally requires a lot of power to keep going and so the Lumia 1520 has a massive 3400mAh battery. Other key features of the device include a Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory, 20-megapixel rear camera and 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera.
HTC One M8 for Windows
Microsoft (previously Nokia) is not the only company that makes Windows Phone devices. Recently HTC released a Windows Phone variant of its One M8 flagship smartphone. Powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 801 chip, the phone boasts a 5-inch Full HD display, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory expandable up to 128GB. The device is also equipped with a HTC Duo rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter. All these specs are packed into zero-gap all-metal unibody.
Nokia Lumia 1020
Want a phone with great camera options? The Nokia Lumia 1020 is one of the leaders in this class. The device features an impressive 41-megapixel PureView sensor with Carl Zeiss optics, optical image stabilization, auto/manual focus, Xenon & LED flash and many shooting options including panorama and face detection. The Lumia 1020 has a 4.5-inch display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in storage and 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera and is powered by a Snapdragon chip.
Nokia Lumia Icon
Another Lumia phone worth recommending is the Icon. This device packs a 5-inch screen with 1080p resolution with works out to a brilliant pixel density of 441ppi. The Lumia Icon is powered by a Snapdragon 800 with Adreno 330 graphics and offers 2GB of RAM, 32GB of non-expandable memory, 20-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization and dual-LED flash as well as a 1.2-megapixel 720p user-facing camera.
Now that you know what you can expect of any of these models, which one you choose is entirely up to you. It depends on what exactly you want from your phone. Good luck with your shopping and enjoy your new handset.