5. Nokia Lumia 720
The Nokia Lumia 720 lands slap bang in the middle of the Finnish firm's Windows Phone 8 line up and thus also packs a mediocre price tag to boot.
There's not a huge amount to pick between the 720 and Lumia 620 - with the former sporting a squarer designer and slightly larger screen.
Windows Phone 8 works seamlessly, and smoothly on the Lumia 720 and the camera round the back is capable of taking some solid shots.
A microSD slot is always a bonus, although there's not a lot of grip from the polycarbonate body so make sure you hold onto this one tightly.
6. Nokia Lumia 620
Once upon a time the Nokia Lumia 620 was the baby of the Lumia family, but with the 520 now on the scene it has been bumped up a notch.
The Nokia Lumia 620 is a great little handset. While it can't compete with most other Windows Phone 8 handsets, such as its bigger brother the Lumia 820 or the HTC 8X, with a price tag of just £150 it doesn't have to.
Its performance is generally smooth and responsive, the screen isn't bad at all for such a budget phone, and like all Windows Phone handsets it handles contacts and messaging impressively well.
The battery is the single biggest problem with the Nokia Lumia 620. Most users will probably get through a day on a single charge, but if you plan to watch a lot of videos then you might want to carry a charger with you just in case.
7. HTC 8X
Microsoft decided to shun Nokia when it came to championing Windows Phone 8, instead choose the HTC 8X to be the signature device for its new operating system.
While the 8X is by far the best looking of the Windows Phone 8 bunch it unfortunately doesn't have the prowess under the hood to match the powerhouse which is the Lumia 920.
You do get Beats Audio technology and a couple of amplifiers to enhance your tunes through the internal speaker as well as the headphone jack, plus the slender frame fits comfortably in the hand.
It's by no means a bad phone, it's just not the best Windows Phone 8 handset out there.
8. HTC 8S
The HTC 8S is a solid handset. It's got an attractive and distinctive style, which both fits with the colourful Windows Phone aesthetic and stands out from the pack.
It's also surprisingly slick and fast for a mid range phone. It's even got the edge over the top end Windows Phone 8 handsets in at least one area- specifically the inclusion of a microSD card slot, which is absent on both the Nokia Lumia 920 and the HTC 8X.
On the other hand the battery is average at best, web browsing can be a little slow and it doesn't do much to stand out in the apps or media department. It's also arguably a little over priced for what you get.