I'd wait a week and a half and grab the Nexus 4 for ~£280 (240 for the 8GB version)
HTC's Windows Phone 8 range went up for pre-order today as the company prepares to flood the market with its 8X and 8S handsets this Friday. The brightly coloured blowers - announced last month - join the roster of WinPho 8 devices set to complement Microsoft's platform release this week. Unlike devices from Nokia and others, …
Black 920s are shipping now in France, with red and yellow as pre-orders.
("Dispo' Internet" == "available online") That's the French subsidiary of Carphone Warehouse,
The HTC colours look nice, but I wonder are they paint-over-plastic rather than dyed-in like the Nokia's. Either way, the big draws for me to the Nokia are the low-light camera and the touchscreen you can use with gloves on.
It is an odd observation, but yes. Android and IOS are so prevalent that in order to be different and individual WP8 and HTC/Nokia colours is a way to express that individuality.
Apple is no longer cool IMO, it's common, mainstream, mass market. You cannot be a premium brand if every bugger you see has one. Samsung for example, never tried to be a premium brand, again IMO, they wanted mass market numbers.
So in order to be different, the only real standout differentiator is WP8, rightly or wrongly.
As someone who ended up with WP7.5 more-or-less by a mistake - somewhat fuelled by a desire to have as many different environments to hand - I'm lucky enough to have an evidence based opinion. I have ios / bb / android / maemo devices.
WP feels completely different, it's UI is simple, but very alive, something that none of the others seem to manage. ios feels dull and passive in comparison. I very much like the 'live' tiles, photos changing, information, tweets, status etc. I like the integration of apps (and dammit, I like the choice of apps too, only one I'm missing is words with friends - but all the ones I use are there - evernote, mapping - lots - vnc, ssh, running stuff, internet radio, astronomy apps, etc.). Next time I'm looking for a pad, Surface (or whatever) will be a true contender.
Can't see me moving away from linux desktops though.
Nokia releases phones with "hard" edges and corners and "in your face" colour scheme to match the "in your face" colour scheme of WinPho.*
HTC follows suit.
Do the Asian producers have 1 original idea between them, or are they simply incapable of that?
While these are not copies in any sense, it is clear that they have taken their cue from MicrOkia. Bizarrely they are following the lead of the least successful phone range in history (hyperbole, but you get the idea).
*Ok, The N9 tested the water with pink and blue, but I digress.
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