If you want to get your first taste of 4G connectivity, then you are not limited only to choosing either an Android or iPhone device, because Windows Phone has its share of compatible handsets currently on sale.
Here we are going to look at the two best 4G Windows Phones that are available at the moment, each of which has different assets that you will need to take on board before you make a decision as to which is the most deserving of your investment. This is a clash of the Nokia Lumia 925 vs HTC Windows Phone 8X, so we will get down to brass tacks and try to determine a worthy winner.
Nokia Lumia 925
The Lumia 925 is arguably the best looking Windows Phone handset that money can buy, with a super slim chassis and stylish metallic finish helping to improve its aesthetic credentials.
On the inside it has a dual core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and either 16GB or 32GB of built in storage, depending on the model. Unfortunately there is no memory card slot so you are stuck with the standard space that is available. With a 4.5 inch 720p AMOLED screen the Lumia 925 is a good smartphone for web browsing, since there is plenty of display area to take up with your favourite sites. 4G connectivity makes internet access even more appealing, giving you the opportunity to stream high quality audio and video without the normal buffering or lag.
HTC Windows Phone 8X
HTC 4G phones have been around for a few years now so the company has a little more experience in this area than Nokia. The internal components of the Windows Phone 8X are very similar to the Lumia 925, as you will also find a 1.5GHz dual core CPU and 1GB of RAM, with 16GB of storage and the lack of a card slot making expansion impossible.
The 8X has a slightly smaller screen at 4.3 inches across the diagonal and also relies on a Super LCD panel rather than the richer AMOLED technology found on Nokia’s phone. However, you do get a 720p resolution and nippy network performance, so this phone will perform admirably for browsing, downloading and gaming. Unfortunately for UK buyers the 4G capabilities of the 8X are not available, which means it will be limited by the peak data rates of HSDPA.
The one thing that might be the deciding factor when you are examining these phones from HTC and Nokia, aside from the lack of 4G on the model from the former manufacture, is the camera. The 8X has an eight megapixel sensor on the rear and a 2.1 megapixel snapper up front for video calls. But Nokia’s Lumia 925 benefits from an 8.7 megapixel PureView primary camera which is at the top of the tree when it comes to low light performance.
The recent launch of the Nokia Lumia 1020 also means you can enjoy rapid 4G speeds on a dedicated camera phone. This is great news for uploading your snaps to Facebook.
More 4G Windows Phone handsets should be arriving on the market in the near future, so keep your eyes peeled if you want more options for super-fast mobile internet access.