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Your Guide to Windows Phone 8 Smartphones and More

Your Guide to Windows Phone 8 Smartphones and More


All You Need to Know About Windows Phone 8

All You Need to Know About Windows Phone 8
 


The journey started way before the Windows Phone Summit in June 2012 but nevertheless, Windows Phone 8 has been sort of a fresh restart for the tech giant amidst fierce competition like Android and iOS. Unsurprisingly, the end of this year has sure been a busy period for Microsoft, with a total of four WP8 devices, Nokia Lumia 920, Nokia Lumia 820, Windows Phone 8X by HTC and Windows Phone 8S by HTC, while the Samsung Ativ S is slated to be released by year end. If you are willing to wait up for more options, Huawei's WP8 device is said to be showcased at CES in January 2013. Alternatively, if you are looking for affordable options, there's the upcoming Nokia Lumia 620 to fall back upon.

All in all, the traction for WP8 devices is definitely picking up, given that the latest platform saw the additions of nifty hardware improvements including the introduction of multi-core support, NFC technology, microSD card support and new screen resolutions. Furthermore, unlike the WP7 era, we're now seeing much more variety of devices to cater to a wider audience range. This can only help Microsoft better improve its base and outreach with appropriate devices for each price bracket. To accompany the new devices and the new OS, the Windows Phone Marketplace is also picking up steam with over 125,000 apps available and thus building its credentials to provide a reasonable variety of apps for its users.

Hit the articles below for tips on which device to get, how to set up your new Windows Phone 8 device as well as follow our updates about the newest Windows Phone 8 device or app as we continually update this guide.

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Is Samsung Readying a High-end Windows Phone with a 5-inch 1080p Display?

Is Samsung Readying a High-end Windows Phone with a 5-inch 1080p Display?

NEWS / 17 Jan 2014

There are signs that suggest Samsung is preparing to launch a new Windows Phone with a 5-inch, 1080p display.

Lumia Black Software Update Arrives

Lumia Black Software Update Arrives

NEWS / 09 Jan 2014

Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 owners, rejoice! The Lumia Black software update rolls out today, starting with Lumia 1020 and Lumia 925 smartphones. Other models in the range will follow soon.

Nokia Lumia 1320 Available in Singapore Tomorrow

Nokia Lumia 1320 Available in Singapore Tomorrow

NEWS / 03 Jan 2014

The Nokia Lumia 1320 will be available at all three telcos, Nokia Stores and Nokia Solution Partners tomorrow. It comes in four colors - orange, yellow, white and black.

Nokia Lumia 625 review

Nokia Lumia 625 - Affordable Big-Screen Windows Phone

REVIEW / 31 Dec 2013

Nokia targets the mass market with the Lumia 625 which comes with a 4.7-inch display, 4G LTE connectivity, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a microSD card slot and a very affordable price tag. Will the Nokia Lumia 625 sway consumers over to the Windows Phone camp? Let's find out in this review.

Nokia Lumia 1520 - A Windows Phone Phablet

Nokia Lumia 1520 - A Windows Phone Phablet

REVIEW / 25 Dec 2013

The Lumia 1520 is Nokia's tool to gain entry into the growing phablet market. Armed with a 6-inch full HD display, a 20-megapixel PureView rear camera with optical image stabilization, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, can the Nokia Lumia 1520 take on the other phablets? We size it up in our review.

Windows Phone Store Crosses 200,000 Apps, Notification Center Likely to Arrive in Windows Phone 8.1

Windows Phone Store Crosses 200,000 Apps, Notification Center Likely to Arrive in Windows Phone 8.1

NEWS / 17 Dec 2013

Here's a couple of good news for Windows Phone 8 users: the Windows Phone Store now has over 200,000 apps, and the Windows Phone 8.1 update that's due next year is likely to come with a notification center.

Nokia Lumia 1520, 525 Available on 14 December, Lumia 1320 in Jan 2014

Nokia Lumia 1520, 525 Available on 14 December, Lumia 1320 in Jan 2014

NEWS / 27 Nov 2013

Nokia Singapore today announced the availability of the Lumia 1520, 1320 and 525 in Singapore. The Lumia 1520 and 525 will be available on 14 December while the Lumia 1320 will be available in January 2014.

First Looks at the New Nokia Lumia 1520 and 1320

First Looks at the New Nokia Lumia 1520 and 1320

FEATURE / 23 Oct 2013

We take a closer look at Nokia's latest 6-inch smartphones, the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320.

Microsoft Details Features in Windows Phone 8 GDR3 Update

Microsoft Details Features in Windows Phone 8 GDR3 Update

NEWS / 14 Oct 2013

Microsoft has officially detailed what's new in the upcoming Windows Phone 8 GDR3 update. The third and last update of 2013 will bring support for larger and higher-res screens, quad-core processors, as well as a handful of features such as Driving mode, improved Internet Sharing, and screen rotation lock. Hit the jump for more juicy details.

Nokia Lumia 1020 review

Nokia Lumia 1020 - 41MP PureView Comes To Windows Phone 8

REVIEW / 06 Sep 2013

While Nokia's Lumia 920 and 925 smartphones boasted 'PureView' cameras, neither beared much similarity to the 41MP monster found in the Symbian-powered 808 PureView. The Lumia 1020 finally sees the return of the 41MP PureView camera, this time to Windows Phone 8. And WP8 has never looked more tempting.

Microsoft Buys Nokia's Devices and Services Unit, Nokia CEO to Lead Microsoft's Devices Team

Microsoft Buys Nokia's Devices and Services Unit, Nokia CEO to Lead Microsoft's Devices Team

NEWS / 03 Sep 2013

Microsoft has just announced that they are buying Nokia's Devices and Services unit for a total of 5.44 billion Euros. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop will be stepping aside from his role and leading Microsoft's Devices team as executive VP of devices and services. Click through for more details.

Nokia Lumia 625 Set to Launch at Comex 2013

Nokia Lumia 625 Set to Launch at Comex 2013

NEWS / 03 Sep 2013

With Nokia's largest smartphone display at 4.7 inches, the Lumia 625 comes with 4G connectivity and an extensive suite of signature Nokia Lumia applications. It will debut at Comex 2013 for S$399 with exclusive operator promotions.

YouTube App Returns for Windows Phone (Update: Google Blocks It Again!)

YouTube App Returns for Windows Phone (Update: Google Blocks It Again!)

NEWS / 16 Aug 2013

Update: Two days after Microsoft relaunched its YouTube app on the Windows Phone Store, Google has blocked it again.

Deezer Opens a New Window to Music Discovery

Deezer Opens a New Window to Music Discovery

NEWS / 13 Aug 2013

First introduced to Asia about a year ago, Deezer is now rolling out its new app on Windows Phone 8, featuring a new home screen with a focus on content, as well as enhanced features.

Windows Phone 8 Getting Bing Updates

Windows Phone 8 Getting Bing Updates

NEWS / 07 Aug 2013

Microsoft has announced that Bing on Windows Phone 8 is getting a new look and some new features. First up, the number of Bing search result categories will be reduced to three: Web, Images, and Videos.