Verizon Wireless announced that by Thanksgiving in time for black Friday it will start offering two new Windows 8 Phones, the 8X by HTC and Nokia Lumia 822. Previously, the only Windows Phone on the Verizon network was the HTC Trophy.
Windows Phones are being marketed on the Verizon network, differently than Android phones. In its announcement, Verizon did not reveal the specs, processors or screen sizes of any of them. Instead, Verizon showed off the operating systems and colors. Contrary to the bright neon colors of most Windows Phones, their Windows phones will come in the iconic red, black, white or grey.
Instead all that was announced where the prices and the colors listed below:
- Windows Phone 8X by HTC – in Blue, Red or Black for $199.99 with a new two year contract.
- Nokia Lumia 822 – Exclusive to Verizon Wireless and will be available by Thanksgiving in Black, White and Grey color models for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and with a new two year contract.
- Live Tiles on start screen to pin apps, people, bookmarks, bookmarks and games updated all on one screen to view at a glance.
- The Data Sense app, tells you how much data you have used in a given time period. It helps Wi-Fi mapping to find hotspots and compressing images and HTML while browsing help reduce data usage.
- Microsoft Office Mobile for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote to create, edit and view documents ans 7GB of storage on SkyDrive.
- 4G LTE Access for fast downloading, web surfing and more.this will be
The marketing of devices has gone from technical specs and processor speed to features like software (like Windows Phone) to saying nothing at all as in the case of iPad mini.
If you are planning to buy a and HTC 8X, do you care about the specs if you're going to pay the same price as you would for say a Droid RAZR HD or Samsung Galaxy S III?
It is different from what tech journalists are accustomed to. However, consumers seem to be overwhelmed by specs they don't understand and Windows Phone 8 is all about the software. The specs compared to top of the line superphones are less, but with the software simplified, less is more.
From the HTC website we found that HTC 8X has UltraWide camera angle, Beats Audio, 4.3" screen, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8MP camera, GPS, NFC and Wi-Fi. There does not seem to be a microSD slot listed. Searching the web, we found a leaked Verizon document that showed wireless charging. The training document details Windows Phone 8X customers:
- Look for simple yet advance smartphone experience.
- When an experience different from their current smartphone.
- Need a simple solution but want to take advantage of advances in mobile technology.
- Connect with friends and family via social networks.
- Look for a solution that can meet both personal and business needs and one that can go global.
- Find style designed to be important qualities
- Seek a quality camera all audio experience.
What customers can do with the Windows Phone 8X by HTC:
- Comfortably hold the phone and feel it's thin seamless form.
- Use the dedicated camera button and ultra wide angle lens on the front facing camera to capture a picture of yourself with friends.
- Connect a corded headset and listen to music using Beats Audio.
- View more e-mails and appointments or edit office documents with ease on the large display.
- Tap the phone with a wireless NFC-capable speaker to pair the two and begin listening to music.
- Use the Me Tile to set up your chat status, check-in, or post an update to multiple social networks that wants.
The Nokia 822 has 16GB storage, 8MP camera and 1.5 dual-core processor, 4.3" screen, 1800mAh battery, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC, Nokia Maps, Nokia Music and Nokia Radio. Nokia Music is a free music service for Nokia owners in the U.S. Leaked training documents detail who Nokia 822 customers are:
- Are considering their first smartphone purchase.
- Are smartphone users looking for a simpler smartphone experience.
- Need turn by turn voice guided navigation and local info when at home or on the go.
- Seek a robust music and audio experience.
- Need a simple solution but want to take advantage of the latest in mobile technology.
- Often connect with friends and family via social networks.
- Want a solution that meets both personal and business needs and one that could go global.
Is less more for you when it comes to the simplified explanations of these new Windows Phones?