Review by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday February 12, 2013.
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Windows Phone 8 doesn't have the wealth of choices offered by Android, which seems to appear on a new phone announced every 10 days; however, it does have two midrange handsets vying for attention. When comparing the middle of the road handsets, is the Nokia Lumia 820 or the Samsung ATIV Odyssey the best Windows Phone 8 smartphone?
The Samsung ATIV Odyssey and Nokia Lumia 820 are both midrange Windows Phone 8 handsets that punch well above their weight class. Microsoft has worked to ensure that all Windows Phone 8 handsets meet a minimum requirement of hardware features, and those restrictive guidelines have helped create a system where almost all phones, whether midrange or high-end, tend to have similar performance. That bodes well for the ability of the Lumia 820 and the ATIV Odyssey to handle apps and browsing on about equal footing, so the two will have to find separation elsewhere ? software, camera, design, and battery life.
Nokia has worked hard to make advancements in mapping and make better cameras, so it's no surprise that those are two areas where the Lumia 820 stands out. But is that enough to overtake Samsung's ability to produce a big battery in a small package and counteract with its own software additions to Windows Phone 8? Here's a video comparing the AT&T Nokia Lumia 820 - and by extension, the Lumia 810 for T-Mobile and Lumia 822 for Verizon, which have different designs but are very similar - to the Samsung ATIV Odyssey, available now for Verizon Wireless.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.