Best Windows Phones

Review & Comparison, Last Update December 3, 2018
Among the large variety of smartphones on the market, the Windows phones have quite a share. Using the Windows OS for their operation, these phones provide the functionality and features analogous to the one of Android and iOS-based phones. Please, read our review on these devices and choose the optimal option. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2018
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
SoC
RAM, Storage
Display
OS Version
Number of SIM Cards
Camera
Battery
Connectivity
Case Material
Warranty
 
PROS

The Lumia 950 XL has an advanced module for an optical image stabilization and a nearly-instant autofocus that allow you to shoot ultra-clear and smooth videos without any preparation. The support of the Continuum technology enables you to connect a monitor and a keyboard with a mouse to your phone, thus turning it into a desktop computer.

CONS

This top-tier smartphone lacks a fingerprint scanner for a better protection of user's data.

OUR VERDICT

The incredibly powerful CPU and excellent display of the model can immerse you in an incredible virtual world, providing a quality mobile gaming experience. Supports all modern cell protocols for a comfortable communication. The model is available in several colors.

detailed parameters
SoC

Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2.0 GHz, Adreno 430 GPU

RAM, Storage

3 GB RAM

32 GB Internal Storage

microSD slot

Display

Size: 5.7", AMOLED, ClearBlack

Resolution: WQHD 2560 x 1440 pixels

OS Version

Windows 10 Mobile

Number of SIM Cards

1

Camera

Rear: 20 Megapixels, Front: 5 Megapixels

Battery

3340 mAh

Connectivity

1 х USB 3.0 - Type-C, 1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Headphone Out

Case Material

Plastic

Warranty

30-day Amazon warranty

PROS

The phone display is well optimized for the use in bright sunlight. You can take amazing photos with the 20-megapixel PureView camera and let Nokia Storyteller organize them into the event history using the HERE maps.

CONS

The video shooting in poor light conditions with this smartphone results in low-quality footages.

OUR VERDICT

The large and high-quality display of the phone with a precision touch control can be a great substitute for a tablet PC screen. Now watching your favorite movies on the road is as comfortable and exciting as possible with a Windows phone. There are several color options available.

detailed parameters
SoC

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2.2 GHz, Adreno 330 GPU

RAM, Storage

2 GB RAM

16 GB Internal Storage

microSD slot

Display

Size: 6", IPS LCD, ClearBlack

Resolution: Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels

OS Version

Windows Phone 8.1

Number of SIM Cards

1

Camera

Rear: 20 Megapixels, Front: 1.2 Megapixels

Battery

3400 mAh

Connectivity

1 х USB 2.0 Micro, 1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Headphone out

Case Material

Polycarbonate

Warranty

30-day Amazon warranty

PROS

This model is great for photography thanks to a built-in 41 MP camera  (with 38 MP active) and optical stabilization that prevents blurring. Plus, there's also the 4x zoom with no loss of quality so you can snap pics of things from far away.

CONS

Lacks a microSD slot.

OUR VERDICT

This is a flagship Lumia phone with an excellent camera, fast-working processor, and excellent display. Though it lacks a bit in terms of storage capacity, it's very reasonably priced and offers the kind of quality you simply can't get at this cost anywhere else.

detailed parameters
SoC

Qualcomm MSM896 Snapdragon, Dual-Core, 1.5 GHz, GPU Adreno 225

RAM, Storage

2 GB RAM

32 GB Internal Storage

Display

Size: 4.5", AMOLED, PureView

Resolution: Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels

OS Version

Windows 8 Mobile

Number of SIM Cards

1

Camera

Rear: 41 Megapixels, Front: 1.2 Megapixels

Battery

2000 mAh

Connectivity

1 х USB 2.0 - Micro, 1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Headphone out

Case Material

Plastic

Warranty

30-day Amazon warranty

PROS

The device provides energy savings due to the proprietary technology. You can use the "Battery saving" mode to maximize the phone battery life. The latest Windows OS with advanced features and two SIM card slots is now available for all users.

CONS

The battery capacity is average at best for a phone with such a big display.

OUR VERDICT

In any use environment, a smartphone is able to prove itself worthy, serving as a perfect assistant both for work and entertainment. With this model, you can make excellent photos and maintain your e-document workflow with ease.

detailed parameters
SoC

Qualcomm Snapdragon 212, Quad-core, 1.3 GHz, Adreno 304 GPU

RAM, Storage

1 GB RAM

16 GB Internal Storage

microSD slot

Display

Size: 5", OLED, TrueColor

Resolution: HD 1280 x 720 pixels

OS Version

Windows 10 Mobile

Number of SIM Cards

2

Camera

Rear: 8 Megapixels, Front: 5 Megapixels

Battery

2000 mAh

Connectivity

1 х USB 2.0 Micro, 1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Headphone Out

Case Material

Aluminum

Warranty

30-day Amazon warranty

PROS

Despite its low price, the smartphone offers a high-quality display with the size optimal for a single-handed operation. The back cover of the Lumia 640 has a matte finish and is resistant to fingerprints.

CONS

The internal storage is rather small.

OUR VERDICT

This device is a good entry-level smartphone capable of performing a wide variety of tasks. The 640 model is equipped with an excellent camera, which captures the colors of the scene and objects with an impressive precision.

detailed parameters
SoC

Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1.2 GHz, Adreno 305 GPU

RAM, Storage

1 GB RAM

8 GB Internal Storage

microSD slot

Display

Size: 5", IPS LCD, ClearBlack

Resolution: HD 1280 x 720 pixels

OS Version

Windows Phone 8.1

Number of SIM Cards

1

Camera

Rear: 8 Megapixels, Front: 0.9 Megapixels

Battery

2500 mAh

Connectivity

1 х USB 2.0 Micro, 1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Headphone Out

Case Material

Plastic

Warranty

30-day Amazon warranty

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL (RM-1085)

The First Flagship Phone by Microsoft

Soon after Microsoft introduced its new, improved Windows 10 operating system, it was highly appreciated by many users as it had a convenient and intuitive interface very similar to the one of Windows 7 OS. The popularity of this desktop OS gave impetus to further development and updating of the mobile version of this operating system for smartphones. It was this very Windows 10 Mobile that was preinstalled on the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL flagship smartphone. This smartphone model that runs on Windows can rightly carry a proud title of the flagship. The device proved to be very stylish and successful regarding its design. In terms of performance, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 with 8 cores and 2.0 GHz provides very high calculating power. While the 3 gigabytes of RAM provide enough room for running even very demanding applications. The graphics chip of this Lumia Windows phone, Adreno 430, excels in the most cutting-edge games, showing a consistently high FPS. This means a quick launching of games and absence of any stutter and choppiness on the screen when gaming. For fast-paced action games, this advantage plays a key role. As any modern smartphone, this model can be used as a GPS navigator. With the A-GLONASS and A-GPS modules installed on Lumia 950 XL, you can quickly and accurately determine your current location on the map, also the smartphone is able to reliably lead you along a pre-defined route on the map. There is also a Bluetooth 4.1 adapter with BLE and NFC technologies support, which provide fast pairing with any compatible device. The statement is very easy to verify if you take, for example, a set of wireless headphones. For charging the built-in 3340 mAh battery, the manufacturer chose a slightly non-standard but gaining more popularity USB Type-C port, which is widely used in Apple products. The 950 XL smartphone is also equipped with a 3.5 mm port for connecting a wired headset. The most interesting feature of this model is its ability to be easily transformed into a mini PC: with the free docking station (requires Lumia offers app download when placing the order) and the Continuum technology you can connect a display and a keyboard with mouse to the smartphone.

Review of Microsoft Lumia 950 XL (RM-1085) Unlocked International Model

The Best Colors

For any smartphone, the display is very important and the Microsoft is well aware of it. That is why the company decided to equip its Windows smartphone flagship with the best of the displays. This Lumia model got the 2K screen with the 2560x1440 pixels resolution and 5.7" diagonal. For such an impressive size, the smartphone is quite grippy and does not slip out of your palm. And watching movies or simply working gets very comfortable with this display. The AMOLED panel used in the phone display provides a very accurate color and hue rendering, vivid images that almost come to life owing to their incredible realism and volume. However, this display is very good for both watching and shooting high-quality video content. Speaking of which, this Windows smartphone has a 20-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera, which you can use almost immediately. The Lumia 950 phone can encode the video footages shot in the 4K format, which makes it being on par with modern professional cameras. Thus, the device turned out to be very balanced in all aspects offering all the necessary features for comfortable work and leisure.

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL (RM-1085) Unlocked International Model in the use

Hint

Probably all those who used devices with a built-in battery at some point encountered the problem of the battery discharge when it was least expected. Luckily, there are such devices as power banks that effectively address this issue. With their compact size, you can carry it with you anywhere to have an alternative power source in case of unforeseen situations.

Detailed review of Microsoft Lumia 950 XL (RM-1085) Unlocked International Model

Additional Info

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What customers say about this product

Display

For those of us coming from a Lumia 1520 and being worried about going from a 6" screen to a 5.7" screen, don't be worried. The resolution on this phone is higher than the 1520. This means that even though the screen is smaller, it displays just as much information (or more) as the 1520.

Camera

If you prioritise a great screen, good camera, expandable memory and re-sizeable buttons/tiles with an easy-to-use and clean operating system, this is a great phone.

Processor

Even if the signal is low, download speeds are amazing, watching streaming videos using cell it's no longer a problem.

Features

The Windows Office apps work very well. The screen has a great look , especially when using "live tiles". Windows Outlook works especially well on this phone.

Power

I love the fact that you have access to the battery on this device, and can buy replacements, or have extras on-hand.
 

Nokia Lumia 1520

Multitasking

As consumer market trends show, modern smartphones are not enough to be designed to deliver a high performance in some specific software application, instead new devices need to ensure good multitasking performance. This requirement is conditioned by modern smartphone use scenarios and software environment. Previously, the devices that were running under Windows Mobile platform were not required to have a high-performance hardware, but with the release of new updates to the mobile platform by Microsoft, the powerful hardware became relevant and highly demanded. Nokia Lumia 1520 is an alternative to Android and iOS-based devices and has a powerful processor on the board and a great big display. You can unleash its potential virtually in any use scenario, whether working with office applications or playing games or watching movies. The more so the 6" display of this Windows-based phone suits for any of these tasks perfectly. The IPS panel of the Lumia 1520 offers the Full HD resolution and displays the images at different angles with minimum color distortion, producing a well readable picture even in direct sunlight. But it is the way how the 6" display is utilized in Windows Mobile OS that greatly improves the user experience with this Lumia smartphone. The operating system enables you to open multiple applications in separate windows and display them at the same time on the screen, which was not achievable with other mobile operating systems. The Nokia 1520 large display together with its multitasking-optimized OS makes it very convenient to create quick notes with a stylus, even on the go. This high-performance phone is excellent for both photo and video, as its 20-megapixel camera was manufactured using the PureView technology that greatly simplifies taking high-quality photos. The rear camera optics by Zeiss is among the best available and is resistant to scratches and abrasions, thus preserving the original appearance of the lens. With that, you will not experience a degradation of the quality of photos over the time. Regrettably, the performance of the front camera is not even close to those provided by the rear one. With its modest 1.2-megapixel resolution, the front camera of the 1520 smartphone model by Nokia is clearly inferior to front cameras of competing solutions.

Review of Nokia Lumia 1520 16GB Unlocked

A Substitute For a Digital Audio Player

The Nokia Lumia 1520 smartphone can easily substitute for a digital audio player with its rich audio processing capabilities and ability to play music from both the built-in speaker and the headphones connected. In terms of the sound quality alone, audiophiles may find the sound produced by this Nokia phone, as by the other analogous phones, somewhat lacking in the low register, and the soundstage to be a little narrow. The audio out for your hands free set or earphones is located on the top of the phone, which makes the smartphone blind operation in a pocket more convenient with earphones connected. The built-in 3400 mAh battery is sufficient for nearly a day-long operation, which means a whole day of using this smartphone that utilizes the Windows OS for your work or entertainment without a risk of the battery drain.

Nokia Lumia 1520 16GB Unlocked in the use

Hint

As a rule, the earphones that come with the most smartphones, offer a mediocre sound performance, so we recommend replacing them with better ones. We suggest buying a set of closed-type earphones or headphones for an optimal sound experience when used with mobile phones as such earphones produce a very detailed sound while providing a good isolation of ambient noise.

Detailed review of Nokia Lumia 1520 16GB Unlocked

Additional Info

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What customers say about this product

Display

Screen and picture quality is crisp, clear, and mouth watering.

Processor

The processor on this phone is so great. NO LAG. Fluid controls and easy to use menus.

Features

Windows phone 8 is not bad. It integrates social accounts to the contacts and is very easy to use.

Camera

Good size phone. The colours popped , easy to use operating system and the camera was super clear.

Power

Get the incipio powermat case and use wireless charging. This will make you life simpler.
 

Nokia Lumia 1020

A Snapshot of Perfection

Looking for a powerful phone that can snap high-quality photos, run modern apps, and, at the same time, not make an Ohio-sized hole in your budget? Well, you could go for used models or risk it on a Chinese knock-off but we recommend the Nokia Lumia 1020 Windows Phone instead. This is one of the flagship models of the Lumia lineup and you’ll see why real soon.

First things first we have to give high praise to the rear camera here. With 41 megapixels, this phone will net you the best picture quality you could reasonably hope for and that’s not all. You can do a 4x zoom to get up close and do widescreen shots of objects far from you. The advanced technology used by the camera won’t let any loss of quality through so you’ll receive a clear image in the end. This is helped by the optical stabilization feature that gets rid of blurring even if you have shaky hands or the object is moving.

Review of Nokia Lumia 1020 Windows Phone

See More, Do More

Now, with that kind of camera to work with, you might want to go wild and snap hundreds of vacation photos. However, make sure you leave some space for the rest of your files. That might be a bit hard to do, though, since you only get 32 GB of internal storage with no slot for a memory card. It’s a bit disappointing but not a huge deal in the modern age of cloud storage.

Besides, the rest of the tech specs are pretty slick here. With 2 GB RAM and a powerful dual-core processor, this Windows phone might not rival a full-on modern computer but it certainly stands its ground against other smartphones and even some PCs and laptops from last gen. It can run apps without any stuttering or crashes, which is vital if you plan on using it for work (or games, we promise we won’t tell).

By the way, we want to quickly circle back to photos. They’ll be an absolute joy to look at on the 1920 x 1080 display of the Nokia Lumia 1020, especially since you can zoom in quickly thanks to the multi-touch feature. And the color and contrast settings give you room to work with so you can set the screen up to your liking quickly.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Windows Phone in the use

A Rare Chance

If there’s one last complaint to make, we’d have to call the battery here a bit underwhelming. It’s not bad but it’s below what some of the other flagship models offer. Luckily, it’s just a black sheep amid a great specs list, so it’s not a cause for worry.

All in all, the Nokia Lumia 1020 is a prime example of an alternative to iPhones and their ilk. It’s a reasonably priced smartphone for those who like photography and want their gadgets to be advanced and elegant. This is a real bargain in terms of specs and quality so don’t let it pass you by.

Detailed review of Nokia Lumia 1020 Windows Phone

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Microsoft Lumia 650 (RM-1154)

Metal to the People

Soon after the Microsoft company revealed their flagship Lumia 950 and 950 XL smartphones to the public, the budget Lumia 650 model was introduced. That was the first entry-level smartphone by the company with the newest Windows 10 operating system, which is installed on the flagship models. However, the phone developers decided not only to equip the phone with the fresh operating system but to add a metal case, which use is very beneficial for the phone operating life and gives users a peace of mind. The speaker, which is located on the back for the most of the smartphones, in this case is located on the bottom of the front panel. Such speaker arrangement a very convenient and thoughtful solution that will let you hear the incoming call or message more clearly. Even when you watch videos, the sound does not disperse but reaches your ears unmuffled. The detachable back cover is removed very quickly and easily, uncovering a removable battery, SIM card slots, and a microSD memory card. The components of this Windows phone is rather modest in terms of a raw performance, with the smartphone not intended for a heavy-load use scenario. The 1 GB RAM and 16 GB of the onboard storage clearly demonstrate this approach. However, the internal storage, as we mentioned, can be expanded using the microSD slot. The internal storage can be expanded to 200 gigabytes, which was hardly credible only a few years ago. This capacity is more than enough to store a large library of books, tons of music and video content on your Lumia 650. The more so since the 5" display of the smartphone makes viewing such media content very comfortable. With that, the display diagonal size makes the smartphone feel comfortable in your hand, enabling its single-handed operation and preventing its slipping out, which can’t be said about the models with larger displays.

Review of Microsoft Lumia 650 (RM-1154) Unlocked International Model

Made for Work

The Lumia 650 is aimed at maintaining a fluent and effective workflow. The 650 model is useful both on the road and at home. There are two factors in proof of this statement. The first being the capability of using services of two mobile operators owing to the two SIM card slots available. The SIM cards installed have to be of Nano-SIM size to fit the phone slots. The second factor is the seamless integration of this Lumia cell phone in your working environment in case you are an MS Windows or Office user, as you will not need to learn how to use third-party applications and will be able to work with Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents directly in MS Office on your phone. With this Lumia model, you are able to maintain the Office document workflow or prepare for a press conference while on the road.

Microsoft Lumia 650 (RM-1154) Unlocked International Model in the use

Hint

As you know, you can not only work but have a rest on a trip. And what is one of the best ways to spend your time on the road if not listening to your favorite music? The music brings positive emotions and gives you a powerful charge of energy for the whole day. The best way to enjoy high-quality music is to use a mp3 player or a DAP, which can unleash the whole potential of your headphones or earphones and to submerge yourself in the world of music.

Detailed review of Microsoft Lumia 650 (RM-1154) Unlocked International Model

Additional Info

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What customers say about this product

Display

Awesome OLED screen and great functionality.

Processor

Under the hood there’s a quad core processor with 1gb ram so you should have no issue running everyday software or any future updates as they stand.

Camera

The camera is a big improvement it wasn't great on my last Lumia but this one is much better with the ability to focus wherever you want by tapping the screen and a great video function with optional light. I like having the ability to change to front-facing too.

Features

Very nice phone actually looks and feels like a move expensive one, unlocked so you can get your sim from whoever you want.

Power

Removable battery and all day battery life. It just works!
 

Nokia Lumia 640 LTE (RM-1072)

A Budget-Friendly Affordability

It is no news that most of the modern smartphone users wish to have a device that offers a seamless integration of a device for work with an entertaining one. In the entry-level segment, the Microsoft company managed to produce such a device - the Lumia 640. The model combines an attractive price with a set of all the basic features and applications for a comfortable use in both scenarios. An effective utilization of the Lumia 640 hardware is achieved by the use of the mature Windows 8.1 Mobile platform, which unique Lumia Denim customized version is installed on the phone. The onboard quad-core CPU is capable of delivering a smooth and stable running of all preinstalled applications, thus allowing you to perform user tasks with the device with no issues. The 1 GB of RAM installed is not much for a modern device, but given the budget cost of this Windows phone and the OS optimization, this is quite acceptable. The components are encased in a plastic body with a matte back cover, which provides a better grip and prevents the device from slip out of your palm accidentally. The back cover is removable, thus you can quickly access the SIM card and microSD card slots. Among the cell communication features supported, there is the 3G communication standard that ensures a quick Internet access and info search from any location covered by the cell network. This connectivity makes it even easier to work when away from your office. The device operation is also facilitated by the 5" touchscreen covered with the protective Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The display supports a four-point operation, which makes it possible for a quick text entry in instant messengers, so you can exchange the information with your friends or colleagues instantly.

Review of Nokia Lumia 640 LTE (RM-1072) International Version

An Additional Convenience Feature

Any modern smartphone is as convenient and useful as its software. Owing to the applications installed, the possibilities of the device conceived as primarily a phone are greatly enhanced, allowing you to use it in a wide range of situations. The Nokia Lumia 640 is no exception and makes both your work easier and the rest more fun. For example, you can use the Glance onscreen feature to personalize the screen saver and configure the settings of the screen clock, incoming messages display and backlight activity scheme. These measures allow you to optimize the battery use and increase the phone operation on a single charge in some measure. You can make use of the alternative ways of controlling your Lumia smartphone, for example, by using a double-tap on the display to wake the phone up without touching the power button. Therefore the Lumia 640 model offers the functionality and performance that are sufficient for performing basic work tasks and provide a fun experience.

Nokia Lumia 640 LTE (RM-1072) International Version in the use

Hint

Since the amount of the smartphone internal memory is limited to only 8 gigabytes, we recommend expanding it. This can be done with the help of micro SD cards, luckily there is a plenty of manufacturers and the products available. Choose the most suitable option is much easier after reading our review.

Detailed review of Nokia Lumia 640 LTE (RM-1072) International Version

Additional Info

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What customers say about this product

Display

I chose this phone over the old Lumia 920 my wife didn't like it at first, now she absolutely love it just for the size of the screen, it is mush easier to read from and lighter so it's better to use for a long conversation.

Processor

I love this phone, its not that fast although its speed did not seem to decrease when several apps were opened but it has a good camera and takes decent photos in low light and good quality video with sufficient ambient light present.

Camera

The camera on this phone is the best camera I have ever seen. I can easily say that the camera is better than the camera I have on my Galaxy s6 edge + for sure.

Features

The speakerphone is loud and clear. Music is great with good headphones or bluetooth speakers. Netflix movies look terrific.

Power

Battery might last almost two days with average to low usage.
 

What Is a Windows Phone?

Windows smartphone is a phone running on a Windows mobile operating system, which, similar to its desktop PC and laptop version, has practically the same set of features and compatibility with various applications. Thus, a Windows-based phone offers the functionality analogous to the one of Android and iOS-based phones while using the same main hardware components. Many global brands opted to produce smartphones based on Windows OS as they found them to be in great demand. For example, such a popular feature as the One Drive that provides a free cloud service for storing your data greatly enhances the abilities of Windows phone users to save large data volumes and access them from virtually any location via their phones.

Despite the fact that modern smartphones can easily take high-resolution photos and record videos, the quality of resulting footage and photos is still inferior to those made with specialized devices, such as bridge cameras or cameras for portraits. With that, wherever you use it keeping memories with a portable camera will be as easy as it will be exciting.

What Features to Compare

Choosing a smartphone, the first thing you need to evaluate is its Display as it serves as the main control and data output element of the phone. As numerous display technologies are developing rapidly nowadays, their names and abbreviations may be very confusing. In essence, aside from the diagonal size, we should pay attention to the display resolution and panel technology. Many of Android and Windows-based phones have so-called Full HD displays that support the 1920x1080 pixels maximum resolution. With the display size of 5 and more inches, such resolution makes the text clear and sharp yet not very small and the images comfortable to view. However, the popularity of 2K displays in smartphones that offer up to 2560x1440 pixels and come under the Ultra HD or UHD abbreviations is increasing. Another important aspect is the display panel technology that influences the way a given display renders colors, attains a high contrast picture, displays the image at different viewing angles, etc. Despite quite a few panel technologies used nowadays in smartphone displays, the IPS technology is arguably the most widespread as it provides a good combination of large viewing angles, high contrast and vivid colors for the display.

Of no less importance in choosing a smartphone is the device Performance as playing modern games requires having a powerful GPU and CPU with enough RAM. Modern CPUs, as a rule, have multiple cores so the more cores the CPU has the better multitasking performance it provides. This performance improvement can be felt by users when running several applications simultaneously. Aside from architectural improvements the CPU clock speed or core speed plays an important role: the higher the clocking the better is the single-thread or single-task performance of the CPU. The same general rule applies to the RAM: the more RAM the better is performance and ability to run multiple applications in parallel. Owing to peculiarities of Windows Mobile, Windows phones require even less RAM than modern Android-based devices with 1 GB of RAM being enough for performing basic tasks. However, 2 GB or more is recommended for a smartphone to have a room for running future OS updates and new applications while providing a comfortable phone use.

The Battery, or rather its capacity, is what we need to consider in connection to the intended use of your smartphone. If you play games or run CPU/GPU intensive applications on your phone often, you definitely need to have a big capacity battery. The battery capacity is measured in mAh (milliampere-hours) with the indication of the battery voltage (usually 3.7 V for smartphone batteries) or in Wh (watt-hours). Therefore, the higher the battery capacity the longer operation it provides on a single charge at the cost of size. With that, if you need a phone mainly for making calls and seldom Internet use, the 2500 mAh capacity is enough for you to use the smartphone for a day or two without recharging the battery.

Did you know?

We’re not going to act like Android and iOS haven’t taken over the smartphone market. Yes, sure, more than half the phones out there now run these two systems. However, there are some cases where the good old Windows OS and phones running it have advantages over this boring duo. Let’s take a look at some of them.

It’s All Connected

Though the company doesn’t have a 100% share of the market, chances are your PC or laptop is also running Windows. This makes a Windows phone uniquely compatible with it and much easier to connect than an Android- or iOS-running smartphone. And interconnectivity really is the future, especially since you can drag and drop files from your PC to your phone thanks to special Windows programs and other useful software that simply won’t run on other operating systems. While there is some movement towards broader connectivity between the various OSs, it has yet to truly blossom. So, for now, Windows has the edge.

What a Beauty

We fully acknowledge that this is subjective and might be a point of contention but we find the minimalistic yet elegant design of the Windows Phone OS to be a real winner. That’s not to say that Android or iOS are ugly but they often feel overencumbered with unnecessary additions. Some might say that the Windows phones stray too far in the other direction, veering into barebones territory but, as we’ve mentioned, it’s a matter of preference and we certainly prefer the slight minimalistic trends that these phones offer.

The Incredible Lightness of Being

Things have gotten better for both Android and iOS in terms of performance speed but Windows Phone OS, unlike them, never needed that kind of long road to competence. It’s an efficient and lightweight OS with few lags and crashes that could reasonably be called commonplace. Considering that phones have long ago become mini-computers, the speed at which they operate is highly important and there’s not a doubt in our minds that the Windows Phone OS wins in that department.

A Magic (X)Box

While this is a bit of a niche point, it’s a big one for any owners of the XBox consoles. The Windows Phones have all integrated compatibility with XBox so you can check your account, get bonuses, and talk to friends online all via the phone. Plus, while we’re on the subject of gaming, the Windows OS gets quite a few exclusives that aren’t available on Android or iPhones and won’t get there any time soon.

No Need to Stay Online

It’s pretty much customary to use online maps as soon as you feel a bit lost nowadays. And there’s no shame in that but it is a bit annoying to have to use your data just to take a second look and check which turn you need. While all phones, at least as of recently, allow for downloading maps for offline checkups, the Windows OS offered it first and is the only one to give that option in an easily accessible manner. The rest seem to hide it away and make the process as mind-numbing as possible.

Up in the Cloud

The Windows Phones were some of the first to offer free cloud storage with the purchase so you wouldn’t have to delete files to make room for new ones. It’s a smart feature and though it’s been adopted by others, the Windows Phones still provide quite a bit of cloud storage to work with, cementing their place on top.

FAQ:

Q: What is a Windows phone?
A: Windows phone is a smartphone that runs on a Windows Phone (Windows Mobile 10) operating system. Windows phones and Android phones share the same concept and use similar hardware parts differing only in the software platform.

Q: What versions of Windows do these smartphones use?
A: The most recent Windows version used in smartphones is Windows Phone 10, which is installed on the newest models. However, in most cases, users of older Windows-based smartphones can upgrade their previous Windows Mobile (Windows Mobile 8, 8.1) OSes to Windows Phone 10. This upgrade is possible due to numerous Windows core optimizations and backward compatibility with older hardware of smartphones.

Q: What is the difference between desktop Windows OS and its mobile versions?
A: In essence, desktop Windows version is the same as its mobile counterpart. Starting from Windows 8, this OS was being developed as a comprehensive solution for a wide variety of devices ranging from desktop PCs and notebooks to mobile phones. The difference is in the way the Windows is used on such devices. While smartphone users control their devices and do a manual data input using touch screens of their phones and, therefore, the Windows touch interface (Metro and its later iterations), desktop PC users mostly resort to keyboard and mouse input and bigger displays with no touch feature. Though phone manufacturers may customize the Windows OS they install on their product by adding or removing some features, the basic OS functionality remains unchanged as the performance and features of this OS scale with the hardware it runs on.

Q: Can I run Play Market or Android applications on my Windows smartphone?
A: No, you can’t run offline Android applications (apk) or Play Market applications on Windows phone as these OSes have different ways of operation. However, you can use Microsoft Store to choose from numerous applications for your phone.

Q: Are there any digital assistants similar to OK Google and Apple Siri for Windows phones?
A: Yes, there is the Cortana intelligent personal assistant by Microsoft, which can set reminders, recognize your voice without a keyboard input, and even answer questions using information from the Bing search engine. It is available in many languages, including English, French, German, Chinese and Japanese.

Q: Are there any cloud services integrated with Windows Mobile available?
A: Yes, the Microsoft provides the OneDrive cloud service to Windows users for free. The OneDrive is preinstalled on Windows 10 and allows an automatic saving of your documents and photos with an easy sharing between all your Windows-based devices.

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