My HTC One and Apple iPhone 5 serve me well, but I am a sucker for the slick Windows Phone 8 user interface and Metro styling, not to mention that Halo is coming soon.
Nokia is holding an event in New York next week, and it has revealed several hints that make the announcement of a high-end camera phone running Windows Phone a sure thing. New leaks and info show that it will likely be an AT&T exclusive in the US, with a version available in the UK, too.
The Nokia PureView 808 is, without a doubt, the best camera phone ever made. I still own one and use it occasionally, but the Symbian OS it is based on what is irrelevant in the current smartphone world. The upcoming Nokia EOS/1020/909 (the name is one of the only things we don't know about the device) will likely have a similar 41-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and Xenon flash. However, it will also be running the latest version of Windows Phone 8 with the Amber update seen on the Nokia Lumia 925.
It is unfortunate that we still have exclusive carrier releases today, and I wish phone manufacturers would tell carriers to differentiate themselves on coverage and price rather than making sweet deals to limit device availability to a single carrier. WPCentral posted an image that shows AT&T branding of the device, and, given what happened last year with the Lumia 920, I think the carrier exclusivity deal may happen yet again.
I just dropped AT&T to save some money, since I already have T-Mobile and Verizon, and was not really using my AT&T service much. Given my long history with Nokia devices, desire for a fantastic camera experience, and excellent AT&T long-term evolution (LTE) coverage, I may find myself going back to AT&T to pick up the new Nokia Lumia EOS device. We have seen several leaked images of the Lumia EOS and camera module, so there is very little left to reveal next week.
The Nokia Lumia 925 will be launching within a couple of weeks on T-Mobile, and that is the device I have been saving up for. However, with the likely limit of 16GB on that model, I may skip it and get the Lumia EOS device instead. The good thing is that the EOS announcement is coming on July 11 with the 925 release rumored for July 17, so I will be able to make an informed decision.
ZDNet's sister site CNET reported that the new Nokia Lumia, which is being called the 1020, will also be launched in the UK as well as on AT&T in the US. The Nokia Lumia 928 is an exclusive with Verizon, but AT&T has the 920 and T-Mobile will soon get the 925, so at least these carriers all have a very similar flagship Lumia.