Nokia: Thick and HeavyAccording to camera experts, Nokia is the best. The Nokia also hasinductive charging, for those who care about that. Now for the badnews: Nokia is extremely heavy and thick, even with its good 2,000 mAhbattery. Unless you're a camera buff, Nokia isn't the best WindowsPhone.
HTC: Class-Leading DesignThese new HTC designs give Apple a run for its money. I spent a weekwith the high-end 8X, which is extremely thin and light, and hasa curved back, wrapped in a soft-touch material. You absolutely musthold this in your hand. If "feel" were among the criteria for display at The Museum of Modern Art, this phone would be hanging on the wall there.
Samsung: The Bigger BatteryIf you have seen a Galaxy S III, you have pretty much seen the SamsungATIV. It's a fully competent, very thin, light smartphone with a relatively boring/standard design. Nothing wrong with that! Mostimportantly, the Samsung has the largest battery of all the newWindows Phones: 2,300 mAh. Before I outline my criticisms of Windows Phone 8, let me note the system's positives. And yes, for some people these will be sufficient andlegitimate reasons to pick Windows Phone 8 over iPhone andAndroid/Nexus.
Software: The Advantages1. Skype Microsoft acquired Skype a year ago, and it will soon (days, weeks?) make available full Skype integration into Windows Phone 8. This isproper Skype, all-IP end-to-end. It will also work in a way thatensures it is connected persistently, but yet does not draw materialbattery power. No doubt, this is a huge selling point. 2. Microsoft Office For the remaining souls who have not yet migrated to Google Docs,which I find to be so much better, the Office integration issuperb. I might add "obviously" as that brings out the larger pointof the vertical services integration for all the major ecosystems: Apple, Microsoft and Google. 3. SkyDrive Surprise! For reasons similar to Office, SkyDrive integration isgreat, and SkyDrive is much better than Apple'siCloud. It's not necessarily better than Google Drive, though. 4. Kid's Corner This is basically a long-overdue "guest mode" for the smartphoneindustry. It happens all the time that you want or need to hand yourphone to someone else, and the ability to put them into "guest mode"is a material advantage. I wonder how long it will take Apple andGoogle to match this. For the time being, however, this is a strongMicrosoft advantage.