Attractive Alternatives to the iPhone
Nokia Lumia 920
The Nokia Lumia 920 is the latest flagship from the Finnish phone manufacturer, running Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system.
The 920 continues the successful formula of the Lumia 800 and 900, being crafted from a singe piece of machined polycarbonate.
The attractive look of the phone casing is complemented by a large curved gorilla glass screen, that tapers into the device making it appear an almost seamless fusion.
The bold colours of the Lumia line are well suited to an operating system that is different (in a good way) from the rather old fashioned approaches seen on the iPhone and android devices.
The 920 features a gorgeous 1280 x 768 screen resolution that makes the 332 pixels per inch (PPI) rating one of the highest around and even places it ahead of the much acclaimed “retina” display on the iPhone 5. With features such as wireless charging, fantastic low light camera performance and a GPS replacement in Nokia Maps, the Lumia 920 is an attractive proposition.
Sony Xperia T
Known as the Bond phone and featuring in 2012’s feature film Skyfall, the Xperia T is a high end Android phone from Sony.
The Xperia T features an arched back design, with matte plastic construction. Like other smartphones, the emphasis is on the screen and the Xperia T doesn’t disappoint. There is a 1280 x 720 display measuring 4.6-inches giving you a pixel density of 319ppi. Manufacturers have been working in recent years to site the display closer to the touch surface, making for a more impressive display, and Sony have done this with the Xperia T. Colours are sharp and vibrant and the screen is very impressive.
We particularly like the lack of buttons on the front face of the phone, meaning that the excellent screen is almost edge to edge. Running a heavily customised version of Google’s Android operating system, the Xperia T has plenty of Apps for those used to the huge amount on the Apple store, and the snappy dual core processor means you will be able to run all but the most demanding applications.
The Xperia T is a phone worthy of 007 and we are sure it would thrill users in the same way Skyfall did when it smashed box office records in 2012.
The Taiwanese company HTC were first to market with a Windows Phone 8 device. Taking design cues from Nokia’s Lumia range, the HTC 8X features a gorgeous unibody polycarbonate design with bold, playful colours to match the Windows Phone 8 operating system.
The 1280 x 720 pixel HD display is also stunning, again above the iPhone in terms of pixel density. Colours are rendered accurately and details are sharp and clear. The HTC 8X is not the most powerful phone featuring a dual core processor, however, that should be more than enough for most users. The handset also comes with Dr Dre’s Beats Audio technology, essentially an extra amplifier in the headphone jack which can crank up to 2.5V, compared to the usual 0.5V. The 8X is also available on a wider range of networks than the Nokia Lumia, so if you can’t bring yourself to commit to a certain carrier, the 8X might be ideal.
HTC recently admitted failures in 2012, a year which saw their profits tumble at an alarming rate, however, they are back to their best with the 8X range which brings a playful, yet still capable addition to our list.
LG Nexus 4
The Nexus 4 is the fourth Google Nexus branded Android smartphone, designed and manufactured by LG Electronics. Its design features a shimmering glass back while the front sports a large 4.7-inch 1280×768 display (330ppi) that’s big, bold and beautiful.
Aside from the design, the Nexus 4 is the most powerful smartphone on our list. Packed inside is a super fast quad core processor and 2GB RAM. Perhaps one of the most attractive aspects of the Nexus 4 is it rock bottom pricing. The SIM-free 8GB model will cost you £239, while the 16GB version costs £279. When compared to competitors such as the 16GB iPhone 5 at £529 or £499.95 for a Samsung Galaxy S III, it is a steal. Being a partnership device with Google, the Nexus 4 comes with the latest version of the Android operating system, that is a vast improvement over previous versions and integrates well with Google’s numerous online services such as Gmail and Google Maps.
Being one of the most powerful devices on the list, whilst also managing to be one of the cheapest is an impressive feat for both Google and LG. The Nexus family also includes a tablet range, from Samsung and Asus, which would be the perfect partners to this handset should you want to commit to the Android ecosystem.