Next Monday we will see the official Microsoft Windows Phone 8 full reveal and at this time I am planning on making the day trip down to San Francisco to see everything in person and get some hands-on time with the devices. Regular readers know I am a fan of Windows Phone, this was a major factor in my recent Microsoft Surface purchase, and it is a given that I will be buying one of the new WP8 devices as soon as they are available as an upgrade to my Nokia Lumia 900. Like I typically do when I think about devices, I created the lists below for each device to help me try to make a decision on a which one to buy. It isn't easy and it comes down to design versus services, company history, and speculation about the future. I would greatly appreciate your comments that I will read to help me try to narrow down my decision. Our new CMS doesn't have the ability to create a poll, but I would be interested in seeing which device you prefer.
I had the chance to hold this device in New York a few weeks ago, but was unable to test out the Windows Phone 8 OS at all since Microsoft still has a lockdown on showing it off until next week. The hardware and design is FANTASTIC though and if I was just interested in the coolest looking and feeling product then my decision would be easy. I think my wife and oldest daughter will be getting the 8X on T-Mobile as soon as they are released since they like good design and feel while services and high end geeky features don't mean as much to them. Here are my current thoughts on the HTC Windows Phone 8X:
I personally will buy the highest end model of Windows Phone 8 from HTC or Nokia, but the 8S is a device for others to consider too. I do like the multi-color casing scheme and if design and color were my main considerations I may try to get one of these.
Here are my thoughts on the HTC Windows Phone 8S:
I have the Nokia Lumia 900 now and the services I have, when compared to other Windows Phone devices, are of great value to me and the ability to get that on the 920 is very attractive. Nokia's cool new touchscreen technology, with support for stylus and gloves, looks to be very useful as winter approaches. Here are my current thoughts that have me with the Nokia Lumia 920 right now at the top of my list:
I won't be getting the Lumia 820/810 for myself, but the 810 is going to be on T-Mobile so I am considering it as an option over the 8X for my wife and oldest daughter. The 820/810 actually has some features that may sway people to get this over the 920, notwithstanding the AT&T exclusivity. Here are my current thoughts on the Nokia Lumia 820 and Lumia 810:
The Samsung Galaxy S III is a fantastic Android smartphone and Samsung is doing the simple thing and basically taking this hardware and putting in Windows Phone 8, which is a strategy most manufacturers took the first time with Windows Phone 7. That isn't necessarily a bad thing though since the GSIII is great. Here are my thoughts on the Ativ S:
For my personal choice, I am going to go with a device on AT&T and have it be either the HTC 8X or the Nokia Lumia 920. I have my iPhone 5 on Verizon and new Samsung Galaxy Note II on T-Mobile so have no plans to add Windows Phone 8 on those carriers. As you can see above, it primarily comes down to services or design so please give me your feedback and recommendations to consider as there may be more I haven't thought about. I will also try to get some hands-on time with these devices to make an even more informed decision as well.