Ok, lets cut to the chase. Here are our pick of Windows phones:
Aside from a deluge of Windows apps, Nokia has its own local scout functionality that comes into play with Nokia Maps and Nokia Drive. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi and 3G. But, it has just 16 GB memory on board.
We recently reviewed the Lumia 800 and it did turn out to be good. It recently got a price cut and is now available at Rs. 23,790.
Samsung Omnia W: Besides Nokia, Samsung is also one of Microsoft’s premium partners in the Windows OS. Samsung has a large range of phones out there and has bet on not two but three OS to woo the consumer – Bada, Android and Windows.
Its Windows offering, the Omnia W was the first commercial Windows phone India had a look at.
HTC Radar: HTC has also stepped up its and offered a Windows Phone for India, which is akin to its global offering – the HTC Titan.
The Radar comes with a 3.8-inch S-LCD touchscreen, a 5-megapixel camera, a 1 GHz processor and 1520 mAh battery. It comes loaded with Windows 7.5-Mango OS and Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G as connectivity options. As is the trend with Windows phones, it offers only 8 GB storage.
Nokia Lumia 710: The younger sibling of the Nokia Lumia 800 is also a phone worth noticing. Besides Windows Phone 7.5 – Mango OS, it offers a 3.7-inch ClearBlack display, 8 GB storage, Wi-Fi and 3G along with a 5-megapixel camera, a 1.4-GHz processor and a 1300 mAh battery.
Dell Venue Pro – Dell Venue Pro is a less known but worth noticing touch and type Windows smartphone. Unlike other Windows Phones, it also has a 32 GB MicroSD slot besides a slide out QWERTY keyboard.
It has a bigger and better display at 4.1-inches with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G as connectivity options. A 5-megapixel camera, 1 GHz processor and a 1400 mAh battery. The only downside is it comes with Windows 7 OS and not 7.5. It is priced around Rs. 15,000.