Nokia Lumia 920 smartphone by Nokia Corp.
$99.99 with two-year service contract from AT&T Inc.
Desperate times call for desperate bargains. That’s the only explanation for AT&T’s aggressively low price on Nokia’s flagship smartphone. This remarkable handset, which runs Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Phone 8 software, has got to be the best $100 phone you can buy, with an excellent camera, a big, beautiful video screen, and snappy 4G LTE data downloads.
Nokia, once the leading wireless phonemaker, is getting clobbered by Apple Inc.’s iPhone and Android smartphones. And while Windows Phone software is outstanding, consumers are still reluctant to embrace it. But this phone could be good enough, and cheap enough, to change some minds.
The Lumia 920’s screen isn’t as sharp as that of the iPhone 5, but it’s a good deal bigger, for more comfortable video viewing. The eight-megapixel camera shoots good still photos, and even more impressive 1080p high-resolution movies. As for Windows Phone 8, it’s a snappy, elegant operating system full of smart features that efficiently integrate phone, e-mail and social networking services. If Microsoft had brought this software to market a couple of years sooner, they’d have 50 percent of the smartphone market by now, instead of less than five.
The Lumia 920 would be well worth buying at $199,99, the usual up-front price for high-end smartphones. At $99.99, it ought to be pretty nearly irresistable.
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