Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Windows Phone 8: The iPhone 5 Killer?

Author: Gagan Masoun
Windows Phone 8: The iPhone 5 Killer?In this tutorial you will read about Windows phone 8 and The iPhone 5 in detials. The iPhone 5 by Apple was recently released to store shelves on September 21, 2012 and has been selling at record numbers. This is no surprise as the company based in Cupertino, California has long held its dominance in the tech market.

Some consumers are seeking something different and new, and the Microsoft Corporation may just have exactly what they are looking for in the new Windows Phone 8 platform that is slated for release in late October or early November after the October 26, 2012 release of Windows 8.
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Windows Phone 8 devices have already been revealed with impressive offerings from Finnish company Nokia and Taiwanese company HTC. Nokia is pushing the Lumia 920 as their flagship smartphone, while HTC is boasting the 8X. Along with the new Windows Phone 8 operating system and the slew of great new features they bring to Windows, it is believed that these devices will give Apple a run for its money and that the iPhone 5 is the final device to amass such an aggressive growth investment. Either platform can allow users to do away with home phone service and provide long distance in Canada and elsewhere.

Windows Phone 8

The iPhone has been integral in the huge growth in Apple since the release of the original generation back in June 2007. As of June 30, 2012, Apple reported $26 million in iPhone handsets sold. This represents a 28 percent per year growth in total shipments of iPhones. This equates to $16 billion in revenue out of Apple’s total $35 billion reported earnings in Q4 of 2012. Generally, Apple enthusiasts held out on purchasing a new smartphone by waiting for the release of the iPhone 5.

iPhone 5

Recently, Apple waged war in the courts with South Korean tech giant Samsung for infringing on multiple patents. The jury in a court in California found in Apple’s favor and ordered Samsung to fork over $1.05 billion in damages, whereas a Japanese court deemed Samsung innocent of patent infringement. These verdicts could have easily confused consumers of the smartphone market and can actually benefit outside companies such as Nokia, thereby pushing Microsoft’s cause for Windows Phone 8.

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PC Magazine’s Dan Costa states that Microsoft is taking a “huge gamble” in believing that consumers will enjoy the fusion of computer, smartphone and tablet interfaces within the Windows 8 operating system. More specifically, a user will have the ability to execute commands on his or her computer via new touchscreen technology, and then skim through tiles on their smartphone for Microsoft Office programs. However, if your system doesn’t include a touch interface, Microsoft is counting on you using your laptop touchpad to swipe through the new Metro interface. The drivers for this are still being fine-tuned, but many are questioning whether or not this will prove to be an ideal interface.  Additionally, it doesn’t address the problem desktop users will encounter who still use a keyboard and mouse.

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The new Windows Phone 8 smartphones all boast NFC or near-field communications, a technology that Apple bypassed with the iPhone 5. This makes it possible to make purchases through the phone by storing credit or debit card information on it. In the case of the Nokia offerings, the Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820, users can even wirelessly charge their devices. The 920 and HTC’s flagship Windows Phone 8 device, the 8X, also have displays that rival that of the iPhone 5 at 332ppi and 341ppi respectively. Home phone service can be eliminated and long distance in Canada could be made with these great phones.

As these devices have not yet been released, it remains to be seen if they can help Windows Phone 8 to be a true iPhone 5 killer. Apple has been at a height only enjoyed by few companies. The consumer will be the determining factor in the Windows 8 game.

Author - Jennie is a life-long Detroit, Michigan resident and Apple die-hard. She blogs about various tech related subjects, including how to acquire home phone service at affordable rates.


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