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Nokia's Lumia lineup is better with Windows Phone 8.1

Florence Ion | April 4, 2014
The Lumia 930, 630, and 635 are just three more additions to the Lumia lineup. The real excitement is in the OS that fuels them.

Formulaic Nokia
The Lumia 930 isn't coming to the US, at least not for now. It's essentially the same phone as the Lumia Icon, down to the quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and 20-megapixel camera. The only differences are that it's available in orange and green, and it isn't limited to Verizon's CDMA network.

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FLORENCE ION. But it sure is purdy.

It's fast, comfortable to hold, and indicative of where Nokia has found its comfort level. These flagship devices are apt to compete in the current smartphone landscape, and with all of the new features added in to Windows Phone 8.1, the Windows Phone ecosystem is closer to offering the complete package.

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FLORENCE ION. Like the Lumia Icon, it has the volume, camera, and power buttons placed midline.

Of course, Nokia is still sowing its seeds in the emerging markets with devices like the Lumia 630 and 635. They're both available with dual-SIM capabilities, with the latter offering 4G LTE capabilities. They're also smaller than the Lumia 930, a bit more cutesy in appearance, and come with removable backings, which you can get with a matte or gloss finish. As mentioned, Windows 8.1 felt a little sluggish on these midrange phones as I was scrolling through Live Tiles and launching apps.

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FLORENCE ION. They're cute, and they're coming to the US in July.

Too little, too late?
Both Nokia and Microsoft have finally caught up to the current smartphone landscape. It's obvious that many of the new features in Windows Phone 8.1 have been inspired by both iOS and Android, the two top dogs of the mobile world. By the same token, Microsoft and Nokia could have also been taking the wait-and-see approach: Let Google and Apple work out the kinks in their respective operating systems and then improve upon those features that consumers have embraced.

Whether consumers adopt the Windows Phone platform with open arms is another another thing entirely. Windows Phone 8.1 is growing overseas, and with over 250,000 apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace, at least consumers have more of a choice this time around.


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