1. The 8X, imo, is far better than the Ativ. Several reasons for this: First, I have no need for removable storage. 16 GB is a good plenty for me. I have had 16 GB phones or memory cards for the past 3 years and never needed more. Second, I hate anything bigger than a 4.5″ screen. I simply will not buy a phone with a screen larger than that. The closer to 4″ the better as that is ideal for one handed use (I have been saying this for the past 1.5 years, my opinion has nothing to do with a certain new fruit available now).
2. I think the 8X and 920 are a lot more evenly matched than people give them credit for. If picture quality is your number one concern, the 920 will likely be the phone of choice. If speed to first picture and between picture (i.e. being able to capture a picture of something your kid is doing) the dedicated image chip on the 8X will be your friend. If you listen to a lot of music on your phone the 8X’s built in amp (forget the Beats audio vs. Dolby debate) will enrich your music listening experience. Between the two it really comes down to individual use case. The super sensitive touch is really the only thing Nokia has that HTC doesn’t have a clear answer to, especially now that Nokia’s strongest two apps (maps and drive) are going to be available for all Windows Phone devices.
So for me, the 8X is the device. I have a baby and my phone is always with me, my point and shoot isn’t. It doesn’t matter how good quality a picture is if my phone was too slow to capture the moment I had wanted to capture. I’d rather have a great picture of what I wanted than an amazing picture of what happened right after what I had wanted. Plus I listen to a ton of music on my phone.
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