Microsoft has had some troubled times, with the launch of the Windows Phone operating system. Take-up has initially been slow, although this could initially be attributed to the small number of devices that offered it. Recent research from Kantar WorldPanel ComTech, however, suggests that the tide could be turning, at least in European markets. Android showed an increase while both iOS and Blackberry dived, although improvements from iOS should be expected at Christmas time.
Microsoft is in talks to purchase the Finnish smartphone manufacturers, Nokia. Neither firm has established themselves that positively within the modern smartphone market, despite Nokia once being the biggest and most popular mobile phone manufacturers in the world.
The mobile device manufacturer has enjoyed some success from its Lumia range; a range that exclusively uses the Windows Phone operating system and that has a number of different models available.
At the bottom end of the scale is the budget friendly Lumia 520. For not a lot more than £100, buyers can enjoy a 4” display with 235ppi pixel density. It has a 1GHz dual core processor and 512MB of RAM. There’s also 8GB of internal storage along with a 5mp camera.
The Lumia 920, on the other hand, has a 4.5” screen providing 332ppi pixel density. It has 1GB of RAM but the 1.5GHz dual core processor does leave a lot to be desired for a phone that is supposed to be considered more top end than budget. It has 32GB of internal memory, but you won’t be able to expand this because there is no microSD card slot, which you will find on cheaper models.