In a season of awards, Windows Phones nab some of their own

In a season of awards, Windows Phones nab some of their own

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The Oscars air this Sunday, capping a long month of red carpets and award-season craziness. But Adele and the cast of Argo aren’t the only ones celebrating wins. Windows Phones have also nabbed some accolades that we’re quite jazzed about. If your attention has been elsewhere in recent days, here’s a quick recap.

Tech news site Engadget on Wednesday announced the winners of its annual readers’ choice awards, and Nokia’s Lumia 920 with Windows Phone 8 took the 2012 Smartphone of the Year prize against some pretty tough competition. People’s choice wins are always sweet, especially when you consider the tech-savvy crowd that Engadget tends to draw. Even sweeter: Nokia’s flagship Windows Phone swept its category with more than 43 percent of the 280,000 votes. Of course, the 920 is no stranger to awards—by Nokia’s count, it’s earned at least a dozen in recent months.

One frequently-cited reason for the Lumia 920’s popularity (other than its beautiful operating system) is the phone’s envelope-pushing camera. Which brings us to the next award. This week the tech gurus at Gizmodo concluded the mother of all mobile photography shoot-outs. Vying for the crown of “best smartphone camera” were the Lumia 920, Apple iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S III, Google Nexus 4, and new Blackberry Z10. When the smoke cleared, the Windows Phone was deemed tops. You can check out the blow-by-blow and sample shots here. But in its wrap up, Gizmodo said this of the Lumia 920: “Using only the automatic setting, it gets an accurate exposure and decent image in all shooting conditions. You can't beat it.”

Finally, while we can’t count it in the win column just yet, our Redmond, Wash-based design team was gratified to learn that Windows Phone 8 itself was recently nominated by the U.K. Design Museum for its 2013 Design of the Year awards. In a Wall Street Journal story on the nomination, museum curator Pete Collard praised Windows Phone’s “nice, clean, pure color” interface and said it wasn’t “over-designed” like other mobile operating systems (click the link to see who he dinged). The winners will be announced in April. Fingers crossed.

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  • Kellix
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    Great to hear, because, I get tired of hearing about the I-phone fan boys and the Droids, I'm a server admin and I get to play with all, but I have had a Windows 7 focus, when it was released and I have the Nokia 920 and love it. And I take care of blackberries, Iphones and Droids and do Exchange server, but my Windows phone blows them all away and works with Exchange the best. Iphone Pings the server to death and I notice people in the elevators pounding to death, their I-phones and Droids and I'm there in one click. I'm happy as can be Nokia and Windows are finally getting some accolade. Please take out Blackberry or take it over, its on life support and replace the OS with the Windows phone. :)

  • I have had a number of smartphones over the course of the last 12 years or so and I cannot say enough about how good the Nokia 920 is. Whether it is syncing lots of email accounts (do 4 currently) or keeping uptodate with Facebook or having all of my calendars in one place or taking videos I have never had a phone that works so well. It is the most exciting phone ever. I previously had a Galaxy Sii and I have had a guts full of spending at least 30 mins a week keeping it going and sorting out various issues.

    Windows 8 and the Nokia 920 is just great. The OneNote on the phone with Skydrive is also great. I have never been so impressed with a smartphone as I have with this one.

    Geoffrey

  • Good to hear some good news about Windows Phone. I will continue to support Windows Phone

  • Funny because just last night at the park my 920 took better shots of this special tree here in Arlington than a professional photographer's camera did. My mom was amazed because the Pro Photographer couldn't get as good a picture of the tree at night as the 920 did.. TBH I was really amazed as well.. This is revolutionary!