Yesterday I posted my annual top 5 smartphones for the holiday season article and as you can see I placed the HTC 8X just in front of the Nokia Lumia 920. I think they are both superb devices and have been blessed to have the opportunity to use both for at least a week. While I find the 8X to be a nicer device to carry daily, the Lumia 920 has a LOT to offer. Given today's announcement of a $99 price for the 32GB Lumia 920 versus $199 for the 16GB 8X, I would probably switch my picks around for these two devices. Windows Phone has not done particularly well in the market place and I believe to succeed they are going to need a strong retail presence and Nokia's accessory lineup should go a long way in attracting customers into the physical store while helping retail sales associates move products.
Nokia will be offering the following accessories for the new Lumia devices.
These accessories are as colorful as the devices and when you walk into a store they get noticed, especially when you compare them to black and gray phones and accessories. BTW, Nokia also went with the standard Qi technology and I have to test out my old Energizer Qi charging pad to see if it is compatible as well. I look forward to seeing pads on tables in the coffee shop, restaurants, and other locations that people frequent with their smartphones.
In addition to an accessory line, Nokia will have some props in the store for customers to use for comparison purposes with their own current smartphone or other smartphone in the store. One prop is a setup that test low light photo capture quality and performance. Nokia had one at our meeting last week so I tested out my Galaxy Note II against the Nokia Lumia 920.
Nokia Lumia 920 Low Light and Image Stabilization Testers
The two photos are included here and as you can see it is clear that the Lumia 920 excels at low light imagery. You can check out my smartphone camera comparison article to see even more comparison photos with the Nokia Lumia 920. You simply place your smartphone camera lens over the opening in the box, with the flash off, and capture the image inside.
Nokia Lumia 920
Samsung Galaxy Note II
Another prop I saw from Nokia is a side-by-side cardboard holder when people will be able to capture images and video with their current phone and a Lumia to see how photos outside the box compare. Props like this and accessories like these are important to the retail experience and I think they will go a long way towards helping Nokia attract new consumers while also selling quite a few accessories along the way.