Nokia Lumia 925
A sleeker, lighter, Windows Phone 8 version of last year’s Lumia 920 with which it shares many features: dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor at 1.4 GHz, 8.7 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, LTE support, and 4.5-inch display with 1280 x 760 resolution. But the display is AMOLED rather than LCD, and more sensitive for accurate touch; an aluminum frame with polycarbonate back panel; 7GB of free Microsoft SkyDrive cloud storage; and built-in Microsoft Office app. On the downside: 16GB internal storage, without a microSD slot to expand it.
AVAILABILITY: now, list price is $530; on AT&T for $100 with contract; on T-Mobile USA for $30 initial payment, and then $20 per month for 24 months.
WHY IT’S BETTER: AMOLED display, optional wireless charging