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Published On: Mon, Nov 12th, 2012

Windows Phone 8 Review: An Improved OS

Windows Phone 8 is a new mobile operating system launched by Microsoft under the code name Apollo. This new OS has been aimed to make it as an alternative to Android and iOS from Google and Apple respectively. Windows Phone 8 is elegant, different and personable software that comes with pleasing features. With the launch of this new OS, many have already grabbed compatible handsets to get the best experiences from it.

Windows Phone 8

Processor

The most fascinating feature about this OS is its support to multi-core processors. Since users now getting high-end experiences through the latest smartphones, multi-core processor’s demands have risen. Using Dual-Core or Quad-Core processors have become common, but more than that would be appreciated most. To make it more interesting, few GB’s of RAM will be considered as the most demanding even in simple PCs. When it comes to Android and iOS, both the OSes are very famous and is used by many throughout the world. In order to challenge these two leading OSes, Microsoft has come up with another new project for mobile devices and this seems to be attracting a lot of owners.

Through this new OS, users can now enjoy more power which is possible due to multi-core processor support.

Windows Phone 8 Processor

High Screen Resolution

These days, smartphones mean bigger and better screen or more than 14 inch of display for better visibility. Standard size of smartphones are 3.5 to at least 4 inch and so better resolution is expected by the users. Those using Windows Phone 8  will get to experience the below given display formats –

  • 15:9 WVGA 800 by 480
  • 15:9 XGA 1,280 by 769
  • 16:9 720p 1280 by 720

This ensures better picture quality which was unavailable in Windows Phone 7 OS. The previous OS only supported 800 by 480 screen resolution which is as compared to these days technology is less. This OS can be used in low, mid-range and high range devices. In fact, this OS has capacity to compete with the Android devices if considered the screen resolution.

Windows Phone 8 Screen Resolution

Update Code based on Windows 8

This OS is based on Windows 8 and is different from its older sibling Windows Phone 7 that is based on Windos CE. Though this CE code did well in its days for low end handsets, but now the competition is high. The CE was launched in the year 1996 and the code base of Windows Phone 8 that shares its platform with Windows 8 relates to file system, Kernel, networking, graphics support, and multimedia.

Next to this, the other benefit of this OS is that its manufacturers will only have to work on one set of drivers rather than different for various devices, be it smartphones, tablets or something else.

Windows Phone 8 Update Code

Additional Games and Apps

There is still one thing lacking in Windows eco-system – presence of quantity and quality of apps. In this matter, both Android and iOS come with rich collection of games and apps for their respective users. Microsoft on the other hand offers Build Windows that is equal to Google’s I/O Conference and Apple’s WWDC. It has been specifically designed to attract developers for creating more apps or Windows. Some of the top game apps that are demanded by users are Angry Birds, Temple Run, Cut the Rope, and much more.

The app store offered by Microsoft in this new OS is supports app downloads in more than 180 countries.

Windows Phone 8 Games and App

Secure Payment Through NFC and Digital Wallet

And now, Microsoft has added Near Field Communication technology (NFC) for this new OS supported deices. This draws many owners to have a look of it and enjoy the seamless technology. Apart from what Google’s Wallet and Apple’s Passbook ha s offered, Microsoft ensures to offer important user information storage feature such as boarding passes, debit/credit cards, coupons and other important information. This feature will also be able to pay for mobile purchases.

Windows Phone 8 NFC and Digital Wallet

More micro SD Card Support

Considering the earlier Windows Phone 7 OS, this new OS didn’t restrict the user from having low memory space. The Windows Phone8 based devices can support micro-SD cards as external storage rather that what has been offered in-build. Windows Phone 7 was offered with minimum internal storage space of up to 8GB without any micro-SD card support.

Enhanced Browsing Capability Through IE 10

This new version comes with some new additions including Microsoft’s Flagship browser Internet Explorer 10. One good feature for users is that both desktop and mobile versions share similar code base that gives easy access to the developers in terms of check their mobile apps in desktop environment. Due to the code support, users can enjoy HTML 5 content as well along with better JavaScript engine.

Conclusion

There is much to explore in Windows Phone 8 opera ting system. New features and applications are also under developmental phase. Also SkyDrive has been released for this new OS where this new version of app will give you access to presentations, spreadsheets, documents, and PDFs. In fact, SkyDrive also brings enhanced animations and visuals that make the entire Windows Phone 8 more exciting.

System Requirements for Windows Phone 8

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor
  • At least 512MB of RAM for WVGA phones with minimum 1GB of RAM for 720p / WXGA
  • Minimum 4GB flash memory
  • Support for micro-USB 2.0
  • 3.5mm stereo headset jack with 3-button detection support
  • GPS with A-GNSS; GLONASS only for OEMs
  • Accelerometer, ambient light sensors, proximity, and vibration motor which includes magnetometer and gyroscope as optional features
  • 802.11b/g, Bluetooth (optional 802.11n)
  • AF camera at the rear with LED or Xenon flash and optional front-facing camera, a dedicated camera button
  • Multi-touch capacitive touch screen (minimum four simultaneous points)
  • DirectX graphics hardware support incorporated with hardware acceleration for Direct3D using programmable GP

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