If you want to grab an affordable Windows Phone 8 smartphone for less than £200, there are only two options around (although one can expect a few more to emerge by the end of February after MWC).
HTC’s Windows Phone 8S is one of them and is the cheapest model on the market at the time of writing. It is available on Orange, T-Mobile and Three on pay as you go for £179.99 plus an additional £10 top up.
Featurewise, it resembles a mid-range Android handset. There’s a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC clocked at 1GHz with an Adreno 305 GPU, 512MB of RAM, 4GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, a 4in SLCD display with a 800 x 480 pixel resolution, Beats Audio sound enhancement, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, a microUSB port, a 5-megapixel camera, a 1,700mAh battery but no front facing camera.
Compared to the Lumia 820, it lacks Nokia’s exclusive apps like City Lens or Nokia Music; however since it runs on Windows Phone 8, other features like Windows Live Tiles, Microsoft Office for mobile and Internet Explorer 10 are included.