We’re going to compare these two mid range Windows Phone 8 devices. Who has won the battle between the Nokia Lumia 820 & the HTC 8S? we’ll leave it up to you to decide..
OS: Both devices are operating on the latest windows OS; Windows Phone 8. There isn’t too much to draw between the two when it comes to the operating system.
Processor: The two handsets are both running on Qualcomm Series 4 (S4) dual-core chipsets. There is a notable difference with the speed of the processors, the 8S is clocked at 1GHz with 512MB of RAM where the Lumia 820 is a lot faster at 1.5GHz with 1GB of RAM. The difference in processing speed will be a huge deciding factor for many as the difference will be quite noticeable when gaming and running numerous apps at the same time.
Display: The Nokia Lumia 820 features a 4.3-inch AMOLED screen with an 800×480 pixel resolution and 217 pixels-per-inch (PPI) along with their latest technology ‘ClearBlack’ which enhances both contrast and black and dark colour depth. The HTC 8S features a 4-inch super LCD screen with a 800×480 pixel resolution, the 8S has a higher pixel density at 233 (PPI). There really isn’t too much to chose between these two displays as the difference is hardly significant.
Storage: The internal storage may be an issue for some; the Lumia 820 has a capacity of 8GB compared to that of the HTC 8S that only offers 4GB. Both devices have expandable storage for up to 32GB.
Camera: Let’s not forget that these are mid range Smartphones; so the tech won’t be up there with the likes of the SGS3 & the HTC One X (Plus). The Lumia 820 definitely steals the march on the HTC 8S when it comes to camera quality. The 820 features a 8-megapixel camera with the high quality Carl Zeiss lens and dual LED flash along with 1080p video capture. The HTC 8S comes with a 5-megapixel camera along with the standard features but only 720p video capture. There’s only one winner here.
Design: The Lumia 820 (123.8 mm x 68.5 mm x 9.9 mm) is slightly larger than the HTC 8S (120.5 x 63 x 10.28 mm) and is approximately 50 grams heavier. Both devices have rounded edges and a smooth finish. The 820 naturally feels bulkier in the hand compared to that of the 8S but it does come down to personal preference of course.
Conclusion: Personally I feel that the Lumia 820 is the clear winner, Nokia have just edged it with the higher spec and camera qualities. If it came down to the value then the HTC 8S would clearly be the better option – but in terms of overall quality; the Lumia 820 has stolen the mid-range crown!