A little over a year ago, I converted to a Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone from an Iphone. You can read about it here. Although I was using a Windows phone, I was still using an IPad 2, so I wasn’t able to get the full experience of my accounts running across multiple devices. Then, I was able to use a Dell Windows tablet running the full Windows version over the summer, which I really enjoyed. It belonged to the school where I teach, so I wasn’t able to keep it. What it did, though, was wet my appetite for the purchase of a Windows tablet. Fast forward to September and the announcement of the Nokia Lumia 2520. This was just what I was looking for: a Windows tablet fully loaded with Nokia apps. Yes, it is an RT tablet which may turn off some, but having used the tablet for a full week now, I can tell you that I made the right decision.
October 12, 2013 at 11:16 | By Darlington Moyo
Now that the October 22nd Abu Dhabi event is barely a couple of weeks away, it’s no surprise that leaks of supposed devices are coming off the woodwork. No prizes for guessing the person responsible for the leaks.
Unless you’ve recently been residing under a rock, you will know that the Finnish phone manufacturer is holding its Nokia World event on the 22nd of October, where it is expected to unveil a handful of new Lumia smartphones and its debut Windows 8 tablet device.
October 12, 2013 at 09:59 | By John Williams
Nokia launched the ground-breaking Lumia 1020 in India yesterday. The Finnish giant has priced the device at a somewhat steep 50,000 rupees ($818). Nokia, which was the top seller of phones in India until 2012, has steadily lost ground to competitors such as Samsung. The Lumia 1020 joins it’s lesser sibling in an effort to claw back that lost market-share.
October 6, 2013 at 08:31 | By Darlington Moyo
The Lumia 520 might be an entry-level device, but it is not to be dismissed as yet another cheap Windows Phone device from Nokia. What’s apparent is that the Nokia Lumia 520 is best selling 1st generation Windows Phone 8 device by a long mile and is responsible for helping the platform hit double digits of market-share percentage in different markets.
October 6, 2013 at 07:48 | By Darlington Moyo
Microsoft has apparently reached out to HTC to see if the Taiwanese manufacturer would be interested in adding Windows as a second OS to its Android handsets. Bloomberg reports Microsoft has purportedly asked HTC to add Windows Phone to its Android-based devices, claiming that Microsoft offered to waive the license fees associated with using the mobile OS. The talks are said to be in their preliminary stages and no decisions have been made.
Official Facebook app for Windows Phone updated with perfomance improvements and a couple new features
October 4, 2013 at 18:29 | By Darlington Moyo
The official Facebook application for Windows Phone has been upgraded to version 5.1, bringing along improvements that have been tested by the Facebook Beta users over the last few weeks. Windows Phone users in the know will be well versed with how Microsoft has a beta version that receives weekly updates, and those features in turn are ported over to the official app on a regular basis.
October 3, 2013 at 17:52 | By Darlington Moyo
Samsung has one and Apple is rumoured to be bringing launching one in the not-too-distant future. What are we talking about? Smartwatches of course! Nokia has been long rumored to work on a smartwatch and now it appears that the Finnish giant is on course to bring its own onto the market as well.
September 12, 2013 at 15:24 | By John Williams
The Nokia Lumia 1020 is now available to buy in the UK. Establishing a new benchmark in smartphone imaging, the Nokia Lumia 1020 boasts a second generation 41MP sensor and reinvents zoom, enabling people to discover more detail than the eye can see. With Nokia’s innovative PureView technology, including optical image stabilisation, the device is able to produce some of the sharpest images possible by any digital camera.
August 30, 2013 at 17:50 | By Steve Dishon
Like many of you, I was so excited when November 9th hit last year. I went into the AT&T store as early as I could and purchased the Nokia Lumia 920.
Yep, I was the proud owner of Nokia’s flagship smartphone. A few months later, Nokia announced the 925, and shortly after that, rumors began to surface about, what we now know is, the Lumia 1020. Suddenly, in a few short months, I went from owning Nokia’s Flagship smartphone to the 3rd best phone in the line. Locked into a two year contract, with a year and a half to go, I felt slighted that my new tech had suddenly become passé in the Nokia world.
Well, rest at ease, my fellow 920 owners. While the hardware may have updated slightly, there are two really good reasons to keep our head up: the Windows phone store is catching up on apps and our camera is still pretty spectacular.
August 17, 2013 at 16:42 | By Robert
As convergence of various entrainment options continues, Windows Phone (both 7.5 and 8) are well positioned to take advantage of this. Smartphones in general (much like tablets, netbooks and laptops) are already seen as major competitors to both gaming consoles and content-streaming devices, and even to traditional desktops in some cases. Even though an €800 smartphone can’t compete with a similarly priced (or even quarter-priced) desk-top or set-top device, those items don’t all occupy the same space anyway. They don’t really compete in the marketplace or in use or usage, because they don’t really do the same things in the same ways.
Smartphones are on the move and go anywhere, with a choice of cellular or wi-fi for data, and they fit into a pocket. (Usually.) That’s regardless if the use is gaming on social media or watching television shows directly from the provider. No matter if it’s local device games, or services such as Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant Video. It sometimes seems the least important aspect of a smartphone is its ability to make and receive phone calls. Even text messaging might be playing second fiddle to all the other functionality on these hand-held computers that have telephone voice capabilities. All smartphones have all that in common, along with camera functionality and more.
Among the many benefits of Windows Phone compared to others is the integration with Xbox Live and Windows 8, all into one big happy family of logins and information sharing. Some suggest all of that that isn’t as important as the number of apps in total for a smartphone OS, and maybe it’s not, or at least not yet. Although as we’ve long suggested, the number of apps in a store isn’t always the best metric by which to determine the actual value of or desire for a device running a particular smartphone OS. That value is likely instead price (for both smartphone and for service plan) combined with what users will do with the phone. If the apps available for a smartphone OS are the apps a user needs or can get by with, that might be enough. In the end, features, functions and cross-platform interoperability are perhaps the more important things than the total number of apps. Then there’s also the overall broadness of integration in a given environment to consider.