Windows Phone 8: A Look Back

Windows Phone 8: A Look Back

To many Windows Phone fans and even Nokia fans, Windows Phone 8 was the golden age of Windows Phone. It had the design elements of Windows Phone 7 while it marked the beginning of bringing Windows Phone into the modern age by replacing the Windows CE with the Windows NT kernel.

There are many that still swear by their Nokia Lumia 920, Nokia Lumia 925, or even their HTC 8X. Probably the most sworn upon phone is the Nokia Lumia 1020 with its legendary 41 MP camera.

Of course, all of these phones have been updated to Windows Phone 8.1 by now. Barring the HTC 8X, they will all soon be updated to Windows 10 Mobile.

Any Windows Phone fan in the United States knows that the Nokia Lumia Icon wasn’t updated to Windows Phone 8.1 until February, 2015. I remember dusting off my Lumia Icon and booting it up.


I hadn’t used Windows Phone 8 in months. All of my other Windows Phones were already updated. Seeing the raw beauty of Windows Phone 8 was a shock as the memories came flooding back.


There are two phones in the United States that never got updated to Windows Phone 8.1. Those two phones are the Nokia Lumia 620 from Cricket Wireless and the Nokia Lumia 810 from T-Mobile, T-Mobile’s variant of the Nokia Lumia 820.

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Rich Woods

Being a computer programmer wasn't enough to fulfill his love of technology. In 2013, Rich founded For the Love of Tech and has been writing about his love of tech ever since.