Posts tagged with: PureView
  • by | January 11, 2014 8:01 AM

    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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  • by | December 31, 2013 8:01 AM

    The smartphone you carry on New Year's Eve has a big say in how the night will be remembered. (And not just because it's an opportunity to show off your newest holiday acquisition to your friends, you materialistic fop.) If you take pictures with your smartphone even semi-regularly, you're bound to do it twice as often on a landmark event like New Year's Eve - and so the phone you carry will play a big role in how well the evening is documented. As tech reporters, the Pocketnow review team is lucky enough to have access to a slew of purchased and loaner smartphones, and while we're all old ...

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  • by | December 12, 2013 6:01 AM

    Before you get out the pitchforks, we should clear up one little detail about the title of this review: the Lumia 1520 is by no means a bad smartphone. At least, not in the traditional sense. Nokia's latest high-end Lumia is packed with top-shelf specs, as well as a processor and screen combination never before seen on a Windows Phone. In that sense, the Lumia 1520 is "bad" - meaning 1980s-slang bad. Shaft bad. Bad Meaning Good. Dig? But in exchange for this unprecedented bad-ness, the 1520 demands a lot of pocket space. With a six-inch display and 206 grams of heft, this phone is ...

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  • by | December 3, 2013 2:05 PM

    The year is quickly coming to a close, and looking back, it's safe to say this has been the year of smartphone cameras. HTC, Samsung, Nokia, Motorola, LG, Sony, and several others have tried their hand at innovating the next breakthrough in camera technology, creating the perfect balance of mobility, pocketability, and image quality. Some, obviously, did better than others. HTC, for one, proved that while the image sensor on the One wasn't the best in the industry, it's meager 4-megapixel sensor packed a serious punch. LG managed to create one of the most balanced mobile cameras to date ...

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  • by | November 20, 2013 12:13 PM

    The Nokia Lumia 1020 isn't just the yellowest smartphone ever to see the light of day. It's also quite the accomplished cameraphone, its 41MP PureView sensor delivering photos with a quality and sharpness unrivaled by almost any competitor. If you doubt that, have a gander at the photos contained in our full 1020 review, then take a look at Taylor Martin's tour of the Lumia's camera capabilities and Adam Lein's guide to taking great 1020 photos to see just how much awesome is packed into such a small casing. On the flip side of the coin: Samsung's Galaxy S 4 Zoom. With Android instead of ...

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  • by | October 30, 2013 9:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about as we talk about Nokia's Refocus app and what this means to current Lumia smartphones. Apple's iPhone 5S is next as the company is already recalling certain units with battery issues for a free replacement. The Amazon smartphone is next as we keep talking about a motion-tracking phone. The Samsung Galaxy S5 follows, as we didn't get the number wrong, the device is already getting leaked with both good and bad news. We end today's show talking about Google Glass 2, and what to expect. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Nokia details ...

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  • by | September 17, 2013 6:59 AM

    If you're on the hunt for a top-of-the-line Android smartphone in the latter half of 2013, you've got a solid set of options. For fans of lightweight, fully-featured pocket computers, the Galaxy S 4 from Samsung is probably a solid bet. For those who prize build quality and aesthetics more highly than expandability, the HTC One is a better fit. And for those who value a feature-loaded experience on one-of-a-kind (but not at all outlandish) hardware, we're quickly learning that the LG G2 serves that niche pretty well. Our full review of the G2 will be up shortly to further examine its ...

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  • by | August 15, 2013 7:30 PM

    Nokia's Lumia 1020 is capable of some incredible photos. We've shared some of our own favorite shots, given the device the full review treatment, and even put it up against its prototype PureView progenitor, and we still can't get enough: we just love snapping shots with this photographic overachiever. If you want to learn how to take some of your own top-notch photos, you've got a two-item to-do list to tackle: first, read Adam Lein's crash course on 1020 photography, and second: buy yourself a Nokia Camera Grip accessory. Yeah, we know - we've just spoiled the review video below. But ...

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  • by | August 9, 2013 5:37 PM

    (Update 2: Video has been placed into private mode while we re-upload a replacement video, folks. Thanks for your patience.) (Update: added final viewer scores. See below.) For a while now, the mobile-tech review landscape has looked much the same. Reviewers like us craft lengthy written pieces packed with charts, photos, and videos, and readers like you ... read them. Sure, you have the opportunity to respond in the comments, and most good editors will answer questions there, but there's precious little real-time interaction between reader and reviewer. There's not much chance to ask ...

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  • by | July 29, 2013 1:36 PM

    Reviewing the world's biggest and baddest smartphones is an awesome job, but it can also be a stressful one. Often, the time between review and release is very short, requiring long hours and a little compromise when trying to deliver timely impressions. So it's always a pleasure when, after the initial review but before the Empty Nest and After The Buzz phases, you get to settle in with a review device as your temporary daily driver. It's during this time that the device's personality solidifies, its assets and shortcomings becoming more defined. And, in the case of a smartphone like the ...

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  • by | July 27, 2013 12:00 AM

    (Updated 7/29/2013 with additional battery endurance information. See "Performance," below.) The A-10 Thunderbolt II is a ground-attack aircraft operated by the U.S. military. It's big, it's slow, and it's built around a single dominant feature: the 30mm cannon slung under its cockpit. The A-10 is also so ugly that it's one of the few planes in the world known better for its nickname than its official designation: pilots long ago rechristened the ugly bird the "Warthog," and the name stuck. It's anyone's guess what nickname the mass market will give to Nokia's latest Windows Phone ...

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  • by | July 26, 2013 3:03 PM

    To kick off this week's podcast, a few apologies are in order. First, we're sorry we were forced to push the Weekly further and further back until we were backed up against the cold, wet reality of a Friday afternoon - the Lumia 1020, new Nexus 7, HTC 8XT, and about forty other devices landed on our office doorsteps this week, and we're dealing the best we can with the surge. Second, we're sorry we're spending yet another week neglecting the listener-mail inbox. We didn't anticipate today's show running as long as it did (imagine that), so we didn't build it into our planning. That very ...

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  • by | July 25, 2013 6:01 AM

    We've put the new PureView Goliath (aka Nokia Lumia 1020) up against its predecessor and we've thrown it into the snake pit with the reigning king of flagship Android sales, the Galaxy S 4. But Samsung isn't the only contender in the high-end Android space, and our 1020 was beckoning us to throw it into the ring with a stouter foe, one with a build that could take a beating. "An aluminum one," our suddenly-creepy imaginary talking Lumia 1020 demanded. Well, we weren't about to ask it twice. That all-seeing PureView crater-eyeball is horrifying. So we tossed the 1020 into the fightin' cage ...

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  • by | July 24, 2013 12:00 AM

    It is here, and it is awesome. That's a little spoiler about our forthcoming Nokia Lumia 1020 review, which we haven't had quite enough time to write just yet. But that doesn't mean you should be deprived of Nokia Lumia 1020 hotness on this bright and beautiful pre-launch Wednesday, now does it? That's the spirit! What follows is an in-depth comparison video documenting the similarities and differences between Nokia's 2012 and 2013 flagship Windows Phones. We'll talk housing humps, design disparities, and just how big the gulf really is between 8.7 and 41 megapixels, and we'll let you ...

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  • by | July 24, 2013 12:00 AM

    Comparisons have been a little rough lately. Nearly every time a cross-platform comparison has come up, we've been forced to pit the newest and hottest Android device up against the impressive but rapidly-aging Lumia 920. And while the 920 is a beast and a tank, and by now accustomed to such treatment ... it's also an object of affection around these parts. So we're very happy to give it a rest. Lay down your camera bezel, Old Reliable. Your relief has finally arrived, and its name be Lumia 1020. But a new flagship means a new comparison with the competing platform's contenders - ...

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