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Nokia's Windows Phone 8 phablet offering seems to have a lot going for it: a quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, a 20-megapixel camera (with PureView technology and Carl Zeiss lenses), a 6-inch super-sensitive ClearBlack LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, and a 3400mAh battery with a reported standby time of 768 hours or 32 days. It also touts its four digital microphones that support directional stereo recording. Finally, it comes with 32GB of storage memory, 2GB RAM, and the Storyteller app that (along with the HERE maps) arranges photos into stories.
What it lacks on specs, the X2 Dual-SIM tries to make up for with its feature set. It can run popular (though not all) Android apps along with Windows programs, which does not limit you to just the selection of apps available for Windows Mobile. It also provides 7GB worth of extra cloud storage through OneDrive along with one month's worth of free Skype calling. A 5-megapixel camera, 4GB memory and 1.2GHz dual-core processor finish it off as a budget Nokia X 2.0-powered smartphone.
Question #1: Should it be a smartphone or not?
With its surprising 13 hours talk time, 41-megapixel camera and 4.5-inch display that almost makes it a phablet, Nokia's 2013 flagship phone looks like it is collecting superlatives. Even its 1280 x 768 display and its DPI of 334 pixels per inch beats the iPhone 5. The Lumia 1020 runs on a dual-core 1.5 Ghz processor with a RAM of 2GB and comes with 7GB of free SkyDrive storage.
The 638 4G is an Asia-based Lumia model, entering the basic smartphone department with Enterprise-level security perks and Smart WIFI (which finds and connects you directly to the nearest Wi-Fi hotspot) among the perks of its specs. This 4.5-inch Windows phone runs on a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with a 1GB RAM to match. Storage-wise, it packs an 8GB native storage, which you can expand to up to 128GB with a microSD card. It has 7GB worth of free Cloud storage as well -- a common perk among Nokia smartphones. Powering it up is a 1830mAh battery.
Following Nokia's IFA reveals is this mid-range Lumia that claims to be a smartphone made for selfies. The Lumia 735 sports a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, clearly beating out most others on comparable models. A 6.7-megapixel camera also sits at the back. It supports wireless charging, with its own charging shell to hold it upright while powering up. Its internal memory stands at 8GB, while supporting up to 128GB of memory expansion. This Widows-run smartphone is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and a 2220mAh battery.
The quad-core 1.2Ghz Nokia Lumia 635 promises uncompromised performance and comes in a variety of bright colors such as orange, yellow and green. It is fitted with a 4.5-inch 854 x 480 IPS LCD main display, 4G capability, a storage memory of 8GB that is expandable to up to 128GB, a 5-megapixel main camera, and a 1830 mAh battery that claims to last up to 58 hours of music playback time.
It comes preinstalled with the Nokia MixRadio application that provides free unlimited music streaming with no commercials. It also comes with three location applications: HERE Maps (which provides the user with offline maps and provides virtual signs on the screen with the help of LiveSight), HERE Transit (which gives users minute-by-minute departure times and walking distances), and HERE Drive, which provides turn-by-turn voice-guided directions while users are driving.
Put aside a feature set clearly geared towards multimedia (with four built-in microphones!), the Nokia Lumia 930 has a lot of specs similiar to the Lumia 1520 such as a quad-core 2.2Ghz Snapdragon 800 processor, a 20-megapixel camera with PureView techonolgy but without Carl Zeiss lenses, 4G-capability, a 2GB RAM, four digital microphones that support directional stereo recording, and 32GB of storage memory (not expandable).
It has two significant differences: The smaller 5-inch ClearBlack OLED main display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution and a weaker 2420mAh battery (the Lumia 1520 has a 3440mAh battery).
The Lumia 925, a Windows 8 phone, mixes social media with various location services and advanced GPS features, as if it was designed to facilitate social meet ups. The 8.7-megapixel PureView camera sports Carl Zeiss Tessar lens and, again, a buunch of photo sharing features, while the secondary camera can record in 720p resolution and supports Skype video calls. All of these features run on a dual-core 1.5Ghz CPU.
This 5-inch 2.2GHz quad-core Windows Phone 8 phablet is saddled with an iconic name - and some seemingly fancy technology to go with it. It boasts a four-microphone directional recording, a 20-megapixel PureView camera with six Zeiss lenses and two LED flashes, and a ClearBlack AMOLED display with 441 pixels per inch. It also packs a 2GB RAM, a 32GB non-expandable storage memory, a 2420mAh battery with a reported 3G talk time of 16.4 hours (984 minutes), and Qi wireless charging.
In creating the Lumia 525, Nokia added a Lumia Black update to the Lumia 520's OS and 500MB (rounded up) to its RAM, but retained the rest of its features. The result is a dual-core 1GHz smartphone with a 5-megapixel camera that partners with the Nokia Smart Cam photo-editing app, a 4-inch 800 x 480 super sensitive screen, and an 8GB internal memory. Its 1430mAh battery has 1014 minutes or around 17 hours of talk time. It also comes with glossy yellow, orange and white faceplates that have Nokia billing the phone as having a Premium look. Be warned!
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