Posts tagged with: Windows Phone 7

Microsoft's latest mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7 was announced at Mobile World Congress in 2010. Windows Phone 7 features a clean and minimalistic interface known as Metro UI. The operating system features a start screen with "Live Tiles" that can display notifications and information at a glance and specific "hubs" where content from social networks and stored locally on the device is gathered. Expected in late 2011, a major update known as "Mango" will bring many more features such as Twitter integration, multitasking and a mobile version of Internet Explorer 9. Read on for the latest Windows Phone 7 news, reviews and videos:

  • by | May 23, 2012 2:09 AM

    You really shouldn't be surprised! It's not that there were no warning signs along the way. Microsoft made it very clear that you will not be able to use the Windows Phone Marketplace once the changes are in place and your phone is still running a version of Windows Phone below 7.5. So, as of recently, if you can't download, buy, update, or review apps in Marketplace -- both on the phone and on the web-- it's because you didn't update to Windows Phone 7.5. Of course, you might be running an earlier build of the platform and still be able to access the Marketplace; this will soon change as ...

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  • by | May 21, 2012 7:19 AM

    Samsung announced the Focus 2 Windows Phone on May 7 and promised to make it available starting May 20 so if you want to start your week off by getting a new device you should really look into this one. There's a four-inch Super AMOLED screen with WVGA resolution, five-megapixel camera with HD 720p video recording capability, and VGA webcam for video calls and Skype but the most important bit is that the phone supports 4G LTE connectivity. You can get all this for $49.99 given that you sign a two-year contract with AT&T if you somehow don't fancy the Nokia Lumia 900 or the HTC Titan ...

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  • by | May 20, 2012 2:55 AM

    Sorry folks, it's not available in the U.S.! With that one now out of the way we will remind you that Nokia Reading is the Finnish manufacturer's digital reading app and library for Windows Phone with e-book reading feature as well as RSS reader functionality which even allows you to pin publications to the home screen. Russia, U.K., Germany, Italy, France and Spain were rumored to be among the first regions to get the application and it is now available in the Marketplace's Nokia Collection section on Lumia 900, 800, 710, and 610 Windows Phones. If you have one of the aforementioned ...

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  • by | May 20, 2012 2:43 AM

    Microsoft and its OEM partners (especially Nokia, but not only) knew that China is a market to aim for, not just because of the fact that it is now the world's largest mobile market, but because of the specifics of the country. Windows Phone was launched in China on March 21 this year and it is already, according to reports, outselling Apple and its iPhone. Of course we need to be fair and consider that this might have less to do with the platform itself and more (everything) to do with the difference in price between Windows Phones and iPhones. However, Microsoft's platform is now ...

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  • by | May 19, 2012 9:36 AM

    Nokia appears to be truly committed to Windows Phones and while the hardware capabilities are standardized over OEMs, the Finnish manufacturer is further differentiating itself from the others with the help of dedicated applications, like the Creative Studio from the end of March. Furthermore, a "Camera Extension" will be launched for the Lumia line-up which will integrate with the Camera application of Windows Phone, but with added features. These features will bring no less than four camera modes: Smart Group Shot, Action Shot (burst mode with about eight shots), Panoramic (stitching ...

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  • by | May 18, 2012 12:20 PM

    It's not easy to admit that you're wrong. Back in 2010 I opined that "your smartphone can't get much better," wherein I argued that handset technology had peaked in many respects, with the newest improvements being mostly incremental in nature. Well I was incorrect: phones have gotten a lot better in that time period, and there's clearly room for improvement still. The biggest reason, I realized, is that there will always be software which pushes the limits of the hardware, along with pretty fierce competition among more than half-a-dozen OEMs. Take processors, for instance. Two years ago ...

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  • by | May 16, 2012 11:01 AM

    You know what we haven't had in a while? A good old-fashioned #firstworldproblems rant. So here's one. As Q might say, the world of smartphones has always been "wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross" (just making sure you're awake, Trek fans). That magical quality has grown over the years -in fact, Apple effectively co-opted the term "magical" for a while there- and today our portable devices are capable of incredible feats. Along the way, we've lost some things. Progress inevitably demands that certain features be obsoleted in favor of others. The jog dial, or ...

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  • by | May 14, 2012 5:05 PM

    Between voice minutes, an SMS package, and a data plan, the cost of wireless service adds up fast. That's why we're so excited when we hear about new ideas for cutting the cost of owning a smartphone, especially when they're set to arrive with unlimited service. In recent months, we've been talking about Republic Wireless, which is trying to offer $19 all-inclusive plans with unlimited data by trying to offload the bulk of its bandwidth onto private WiFi networks. A big beta test is getting underway this summer, so we'll hopefully get a better sense of how it will perform, but if you're in ...

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  • by | May 12, 2012 7:57 AM

    What makes a smartphone "smart"? The apps of course! Every week we will feature some of the best newest or updated apps for the three big names in the mobile industry; iPhone, Windows Phone, and Android. We have sifted through hundred of apps and have deemed these 12 the most noteworthy for you, the smartphone enthusiast. To download any of these apps to your respective platform just click on the name of the app to launch the AppStore, Windows Marketplace, or Google Play.   iPhone Kitchenator – A paid app that costs $0.99 Kitchenator is a unit convertor for nearly everything related ...

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  • by | May 11, 2012 8:12 AM

    It goes by model number GT-I8350 but the actual denomination of the phone is Samsung Omnia M. It is powered by Windows Phone and was just introduced by Samsung today, to be available first in Europe and later on in other regions. The Omnia M is marketed as a phone for "non stop entertainment". It packs a 1GHz processor and a four-inch Super AMOLED display of WVGA resolution. The rest of the specs include 384MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, five megapixel main camera with LED flash, VGA webcam, WiFi b/g/n, and a 1,500mAh battery. Samsung also throws in a couple of manufacturer specific ...

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  • by | May 8, 2012 1:45 PM

    Before we dive too deep (after all, love is such a strong word) people like Android. About 51% of smartphone users are running Android on their device. By February 2012 there were over 300 million Android phones (not including tablets) in the hands of consumers, with an additional 850,000 phones and tablets being activated every day. Obviously Android is doing something right. But that's just people who like Android. Some of them may not even know they're running Android, but it gets the job done and they're not at all worried about the nuts and bolts of what make their gadgets tick. Why ...

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  • by | May 8, 2012 5:18 AM

    If neither cyan or black is the color of your choice when it comes to the Lumia 900 on AT&T and you're interested in the white version you can go ahead and purchase one from AT&T for $99.99 on a two-year contract. However, if you want to grab the same phone in the same color for $49.99, you'll need to be a little patient. The device is indeed listed on Amazon with the price mentioned but it currently has a "backordered" status. This could either mean that it sold out like hot cookies or that the listing is already there but there are no phones in stock. If the lower price is important for ...

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  • by | May 7, 2012 4:11 PM

    Everybody loves a bargain, right? Especially when it comes to smartphones, it doesn't get much better than inexpensive handsets -- or does it? From the consumer's perspective, low-priced hardware can be seen two ways: either it represents a good deal or, sometimes, simply a cheap and low-quality product. Certain brands go out of their way to avoid the appearance of being cheap and mass market, even if it means lower sales on higher margins: think Nokia sub-brand Vertu. Other companies, however, embrace the low-cost model, hoping to make their money on volume -- although perhaps at the ...

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  • by | May 7, 2012 9:47 AM

    This year's CES brought exciting Windows Phones to AT&T's 4G network: the powerful HTC Titan II and the new kid on the block, the Nokia Lumia 900. Now the same AT&T 4G LTE network is preparing for yet another refresh: the Samsung Focus 2. It will go for $49.99 with a two-year contract and will be available beginning May 20. Windows Phone 7.5 will be powering the device which sports a four-inch Super AMOLED screen (with of course WVGA resolution), five-megapixel camera with HD 720p video recording capability, and VGA webcam for video calls and Skype. With the above features, Samsung joins ...

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  • by | May 1, 2012 1:09 PM

    Yesterday, we heard that LG was planning to put Windows Phone on the back-burner, not release any new hardware in the foreseeable future, and continue to work with the platform only as an internal R&D project. This news was reported by the Korea Herald, attributed to an unnamed LG spokesperson. Since then, though, another spokesperson for LG has been in touch with Pocket-lint, and steadfastly denies those earlier claims. Does that mean that LG plans to keep at it with Windows Phone, or is there more to this apparent about-face? LG says of the report that "none of it is true" and dismisses ...

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