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 [...]
Users of Nokia’s Lumia series of Windows Phone handsets are no strangers to putting up with a few bugs. It seems that ever since these phones arrived last fall, they’ve been plagued by a run of glitchy behavior, with problems ranging from battery life issues, to data connectivity, to audio problems. One we heard about recently was supposedly affecting certain Lumia 900 models, causing their displays to appear cast with a purple tint when screen brightness was turned down. Now Nokia has publicly announced that it’s figured out what’s causing this problem, and [...]
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 [...]
Before Nokia’s Lumia 900 made its retail debut, we caught wind of another Windows Phone handset with some LTE support of its own, back when the Samsung SGH-i667 got its FCC certification in March. Known as codename Mandel, the smartphone appeared to be getting ready for service on AT&T’s network. All we knew about the phone at the time was that it was supposed to be something like Samsung’s earlier Focus S, but with a larger screen. Today we get what seems to be our first look at the handset, courtesy of both a photo of the phone’s back as well as a press [...]
Back at the end of March, we heard from Microsoft that it was adding support for a number of new countries to the Windows Phone Marketplace. While Zune support was going live nearly straight-away, at the time the company indicated that these countries would get access to the web-based version of the Marketplace within about a week. The entirety of April has passed in the time since then, and that web-based support never happened. Microsoft hasn’t forgotten about things, though, and today announced that the Marketplace is now accessible in twenty-two new nations.
All told, [...]
We just got a “Save the Date” email for a Windows Phone Developer Summit that will happen June 20-21 in San Francisco, CA. We can’t help but wonder if this may be when Microsoft decides to announce Windows Phone 8 and of course detail all the new bits and API’s that developers will need to know in order to make great apps for the next version of Windows Phone.
The graphic in the email is obviously a mockup of a fake generic Windows Phone, but we definitely notice a heavier font treatment of the word “apps” in the screen image of the Windows [...]
This weeks new Xbox LIVE game has a very exciting new feature that hasn’t yet seen much action on Windows Phone 7; real-time multiplayer! PAC-MAN Kart Rally is a racing game similar to any other racing game except you’ve got PAC-MAN characters along with some power-ups and booster features. The graphics aren’t terrific, but I’m actually happy to see touch screen controls for this racing game instead of the usual tilt-controls that so many others tend to use.
At first I thought the multiplayer feature would actually work online over Xbox LIVE with any [...]
When Nokia released its 12070 update for the Lumia 800, it was attempting to fix a few outstanding bugs in its Windows Phone smartphone. The update addressed power management issues, fixed some phone lock-ups, and was supposed to improve audio performance. It seems that in tackling that last one, though, Nokia ended up introducing some brand new glitches, and users noticed erratic volume behavior. Not content to let those bugs stand unchecked, there’s now a new Lumia 800 update starting to go out, bringing the phone up to firmware 12072.
The primary component of 12072 is [...]
If you look at user reviews for any Windows Phone available today you will be hard pressed to find any with less than a 4 star average rating. The majority of users who buy these phones rate them very highly. Only once in a while you’ll find some one that returns a Windows Phone and rates it poorly because it doesn’t do something esoteric like Bluetooth file transfer (which may have been useful in 2005) or because they didn’t take enough time to learn how to do something. Even though sales of Windows Phones do not come close to other smartphone platforms, we still see [...]
The HTC Titan II and the Nokia Lumia 900 are the hottest Windows Phones on AT&T at the moment and they both support the carrier’s 4G network and speeds. If you didn’t grab one already you have a chance of winning a unit with Windows Phone and Skype.
Since they’re AT&T phones, this contest is U.S.-only but the good thing is that it ends on June 7, 2012 at 11:59PST. All you have to do to enter the contest and win one out of ten devices given away is to follow the source link below to Facebook, watch the video and enter in your details to submit your [...]
We heard a while back that the co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak, was lining up for a Nokia Lumia back when it was originally released, and now he lets everyone know what he thinks about it in an interview from aNewDomain. Here are a few good quotes:
Just for looks and beauty, I definitely favor the Windows 7 Phone over Android.
I’m kinda shocked how every screen is much more beautiful than the same apps on Android and iPhone.
I’m just shocked, I haven’t seen anything yet that isn’t more beautiful than the other [...]
Paul Thurrott is pretty darn plugged-in when it comes to Microsoft, and when he comments on current rumors, speaking with authority, it’s likely because he’s been privy to some insider information. Recently, we heard him discuss the possibility for currently-available Windows Phone handsets to receive software updates in the future which would upgrade them to Windows Phone 8. There had been rumors on both sides of the issue, but according to Thurrott, it just wasn’t going to happen. Now, a rumor out of Russia attempts to second-guess Thurrott, claiming that Mango [...]
Microsoft’s no stranger to music sales, and just as the audio hardware it’s offered has evolved from stand-alone Zune players to full-fledged Windows Phone smartphones, the way it provides access to music is continuing to adapt and offer new services. The next may be a slightly larger undertaking than Microsoft’s been used to, with rumors suggesting that a streaming service being developed under the codename Woodstock may defy platform boundaries and offer its music to users on both Android and iOS, in addition to Windows Phone.
From the sound of things, [...]
Nokia’s Lumia 900 is doing brisk sales on AT&T as the first LTE-enabled Windows phone handset available. Even without that 4G LTE connectivity, there’s a lot of excitement to see the HSPA+ version of the 900 go up for sale internationally, including in the UK. Could the 900’s success in the US be affecting Nokia’s plans for starting sales elsewhere? While word recently came out that the phone’s availability would be delayed, Nokia’s got a slightly different take on the situation.
UK retailers had been saying that the 900 would arrive on [...]
First lets talk about what skeuomorphs are. It’s a new buzz word used to describe design elements that have no purpose in their current form but are used to give a familiarity to something from the past. Skeuomorph design elements are extremely prevalent in Apple’s software designs.
In iPhoto for iOS you’ll see your photo albums represented as books sitting on shelves with pictures on them. You’ll see pictures of paint brushes and pencils to represent editing tools. The iBooks and Newstand apps show your books and subscriptions on wooden shelves. Buttons [...]
Windows Phone users should be noticing a couple changes to how Microsoft’s Marketplace works, going into effect today. While ultimately, everything Microsoft’s doing is just removing existing functionality, it doesn’t seem like the changes involved will have a negative impact on the vast majority of users. You may have to adjust your habits a little, but it should be pretty painless. Just what’s changing?
Right now, you can browse through apps right from your smartphone, using the Zune software on your PC, or by going to the Marketplace website. Microsoft [...]
The current version of Facebook for Windows Phone is a massive improvement over the initial versions which were available for quite some time after the platform launch. It not only looks better but has added functionality. However, the app is not perfect but the developers seem to listen to customer feedback.
There’s a Note on the official Facebook for Windows Phone Facebook page according to which version 2.5, improved, will be soon landing in the Marketplace. The fruit of the team’s hard word based on feedback will include some nice features: threaded messaging [...]
Owners of the Nokia Lumia 710 and Lumia 800c (which is the Chinese version) will definitely get the Internet Sharing option — that is tethering — in the next update which seems to be Tango, aka Windows Phone 7.5 refresh.
According to reports, NaviFirm is now listing localized versions of the update for the aforementioned devices, meaning that the roll-out should start soon. In addition to the platform refresh and Internet Sharing there are also add-on apps like Sportstracker, News and Creative Studio. So far Belgium, the Netherlands and Vietnam seem to have the [...]
Earlier this month, we got a look at a display in a Microsoft store that revealed a new magenta color option for the Nokia Lumia 900. At the time, we only had the choice between black and cyan, but since then, AT&T’s started selling the 900 in white, as well. Even with that model now available, we had yet to hear anything official from either Nokia or AT&T about this magenta version. Now, it looks like Nokia, at least, is fully embracing the magenta 900, now showing the model as a color option available through its Facebook app.
This still doesn’t give us [...]
Skype for Windows Phone was available as a Beta since February 27 and those of you who were using the application on your Windows Phones since day one can now update to build 1.0, as the app has reached its final version.
You may need to uninstall your current Beta in order to install the final version which brings a couple of new features and improvements but, as reported, it is still not able to receive calls while in the background. However, you can search the Marketplace for “Skype” or follow the source link below to grab the application.
One word of note: [...]
Even though we told you that you shouldn’t care about the Windows Phone 8 Apollo update right now, probably the most discussed and irritating subject of the moment — for Windows Phone 7 fans — is the possibility of receiving an official update to Windows Phone 8.
Paul Thurrott is weighing in on the matter, acting as a messenger. Without tweaking the contents, here it is: “Allow me to set the record straight. No. It won’t happen. Not for the Lumia 900, and not for any other existing phone. It won’t happen partially, through an update that will [...]
If you have a Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone then you’re not a stranger to the company’s own “Where’s My Update?” page where you can find detailed info about past and present updates by region, country and operator.
Looks like the page is also hinting future updates as Lumia 800 devices on Vodafone are listed with “Software under creation” status. This means that there will be a refresh coming up which can either be rolled out later to all devices (in which case it could be the WiFi tethering update) or only limited to Vodafone and fixing [...]
We just heard from one manufacturer about how it chooses to produce smartphones in the colors it does, so it’s only fitting that we’re continuing to look at new color options now. Back when AT&T first announced its release plans for the Nokia Lumia 900, it explained that the black and cyan versions of the handset would be the first to be released, with a white option to follow later. Well, we’ve seen those first two arrive, no problem, and the white 900 was supposed to come out this weekend, on Sunday. Instead, it looks like AT&T may be getting ahead of [...]
Lately everyone has been up in arms over all sorts of rumors as to wether the next version of Windows Phone codenamed Apollo will be coming to existing Windows Phones or not. Now we’re seeing rumors that it is being tested on the latest Nokia devices and may be available for the Lumia 800, 710, 610, and 900 as an upgrade, but at this point we really can’t say. So let’s just step back and get some perspective on this.
Most people buy new phones every 18-24 months. You usually have a 2 year contract where you get a huge discount on the new phone while paying a [...]