The company claimed that thanks to ultra fast LTE, wireless charging, HERE Drive and secure exchange of data the devices will make work much easier. Together with the sleek and elegant design the Lumia 925 fits perfectly to the fashion brand. Nokia will also add s.Oliver branded wireless charging cases to the devices, adding a little bit of exclusivity.
I think it is nice to see big companies switch to Windows Phones even after the acquisition by Microsoft. What do you think?
Today Microsoft and Maxdome announced in a press release that the VoD service’s app, which is already available on iOS and Android and launched today on Windows 8.1, will be available for Windows Phone early 2014.
The app supports real time notifications about upcoming movies and series on Live Tiles. On Windows 8.1 it also support the new sharing options; for Windows Phone nothing further was announced.
I am happy to see more and more important apps coming to Windows Phone. It is getting better every day!
Cinemaxx, Germany’s biggest cinema company, has just released an app for Microsoft’s mobile platform.
The 3MB app perfectly adapts to Windows Phone’s design language and has many features like reserving and buying tickets, setting reminders for movies, getting details of your bonus card or getting directions to the next cinema nearby. In a quick test I found the app to be nice looking and great performing so give it a try.
The app can be found here.
About four months ago the Windows Phone developer team announce a new Bing powered search experience for Windows Phone. On of the biggest changes was the reduction of the data usage thanks to an optimized data download. Additionally improved speed and some UI tweaks pleased many users in the USA. Now the new search experience is also finally available in Germany (and probably many other countries in Europe too).
Unlike before, photos and videos are now two separate sites with endless scrolling which means there is no need to press the “show more pictures” button. The “nearby” section now lists more places and thanks to buttons to directly call or navigate to the place the UI has a better usability. All in all everything looks cleaner and more polished in my opinion.
The search now also opens way quicker and results appear palpable faster than before so the slow Bing experience is now finally history. To get the new Bing app all you need to do is wait – the update is not rolled out over the air or as an app update but will simply appear when time time is due.
Did you, as a European, finally get the update?
A friend’s (yes, even bloggers have friends, at least most of us) smartphone stopped working properly after about three years and she is now looking for a new one. I could give her tons of suggestions but there is one problem: It is supposed to not be bigger than 4”, and that makes everything very difficult.
You may be asking yourself now why, but let’s face it, except the iPhone there is no high-end 4” handset, and even the iPhone is not the “highest-end”. Of course, the Lumia 520 and especially the 620 are both great devices for their value, but that is the problem: for their price point. There are also the Huawei W1 Windows Phone or HTC Desire 300 Android device, but she said it shouldn’t be too expensive but also not too cheap. There are three smartphone one can clearly recommend then: 1st Lumia 620, 2nd Huawei W1 and 3rd HTC Desire 300, and while the HTC already is a little too big that is basically it. All other handsets with a 4” screen are mostly already outdated.
Millions of smartphones are sold every year, and only three current devices can be called small. Add .3 inch (in smartphone measurements these are worlds!) and you get the first recommendable devices which are being called “mini”. All good smartphones start at 4.3”, budget smartphones mostly have 4-4.3” and under 4” it is hard to find anything at all.
The trend is clearly going to bigger phones. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3, HTC One Max, Sony Xperia Z Ultra and the Nokia Lumia 1520 are showing this better than anything else. The question is, however, whether it really makes sense.
Remember Samsung and LG fighting on twitter? Well, it seems Nokia has decided to jump on that train too. After BlackBerry posted a picture on the social network saying you do not know the right people if you do not know anyone owning a Blackberry, Nokia dissed the Canadian company by replying with a picture saying everyone has switched to Lumia and that is why nobody owns a BlackBerry device anymore.
While I thought this to be very funny, and also kind of true, I am not sure whether Nokia should post things like that. Just a few days ago Nokia’s shareholders approved the deal with Microsoft so Nokia will sell its devices and services line of business to Microsoft. BlackBerry, however, still (let’s just see how long) exists how we always knew it…
What do you think? Simply amazing or a total fail?
Just like in February Nokia invited many bloggers from all around Germany to take a look at newest products and have a nice day out. This time the focus – of course – is on Nokia’s new announced devices: The Lumia 1520, 1320 and 2520. We were able to take a detailed look at these devices without the rush on Nokia World and here are my impressions.
With the Nokia Lumia 1520 the company has put everything which is possible into a slim smartphone: Beginning with a 20MPX PureView Zeiss Optics camera, over a 6” FullHD super bright super sensitive IPS screen to quad band LTE and wireless charging. The Lumia 1520 has everything a smartphone can have. The super big device is very thin and – for its size – very light and therefore it feels great in the hand. For my small hands it is too big (I would have preferred 5.5”) but many others will love the size. And getting used to using such big devices is very easy: Although the 1520 is too big for me, after ten minutes with it my Lumia 920 felt very small.
The screen is simply amazing. There is not a single pixel visible, movements are crisply clear (even better than on the Lumia 920), and it is bright as the sun. And even on the brightest level the black of the screen is still very good. Colors shine, the contrast is very high. I immediately felt in love.
In terms of performance the device is a step forward. However, it is not always faster and it never is MUCH faster. Still, the people hub opened almost double as quick as on my Lumia 920.
Together with the Lumia 1520 comes a nice accessory: A flip case which also works as a stand for the device. The front is a three divided rubber which feels very nice but is a little bit inflexible (which I was told to be because it is a prototype – the final version will probably be better). When folded to the back the phone does not feel much thicker. I really like this accessory. Also nice, but too expensive in my opinion, is the Portable Wireless Charging Pad. The idea is great: You put your phone in your pocket and the charger to it and your phone will charge whenever you are on the way. The charger is handy and light as well as nice looking but with an RRP of €99- too expensive.
As you can see, everything is very nice. I won’t tell about the camera here as the camera software wasn’t final but design, screen, performance and features are great.
However, there are two things which really bug me:
Now as BlackBerry is moving away from the retail market, they published their popular messenger BBM for Android and iOS already. BBM was one of the main reasons to buy a BlackBerry but with a decreasing market share it is only obvious BlackBerry needs to expand its services to other platforms also (just like Nokia did with HERE).
Anyhow, so far BBM is not available on Windows Phone or Windows. Many say it is because Microsoft is (was) BlackBerry’s biggest opponent in the fight for the third spot in the race of ecosystems. Now BlackBerry Leaks reports the popular messenger is on its way to Windows Phone along with a web and tablet version. Of course this is just positive news as BBM is a very important service for businesses and with Windows Phone also being a business platform this is an app which very many users will appreciate to have.
Of course we cannot say how high the probability is but with Windows Phone actually already being the third big platform it is very likely BlackBerry is developing an app for Windows Phone also.
When browsing the Windows Phone store for new games today I found something very interesting…
Do you remember Track Mania? The unrealistic ultra-fast racing game on your PC which you played for hours? The cars were able to speed up to like one thousand km/h, flew trough the air like airplanes and made loops? The physics were totally unrealistic but this game was awesome – and free (I don’t know what happened to it – are newer versions in development?).
Well, I found a game which seems to be a port of a browser (flash) variant of this game. The first little test was impressive – genius graphics, great controls and the same kind of physics Even a level editor is on board (which I haven’t really figured out how to use it yet). The game is also free and features online support which means replays of other players get downloaded so you can drive against other players’ ghosts. Additionally it features split screen. It is very extensive and with almost 300mb size also not very small – but I think it is worth it.
Good headphones are now a dime a dozen, but how many are actually designed to control Windows Phone? Not that many are available for all three big platforms, and in fact there may be only one.
The a-Jays Five are available in three versions: one for Android, one for iOS and one for Windows Phone. Thanks to Peter at Jays, who also gave us the five pieces we gave away in the contest, I was able to test the Windows Phone version.
I was surprised by how small the package is – and how nice it looks and feels. The slim package is covered with a soft touch surface and is pretty heavy for what is inside. Opening it was very easy; you simply need to pull the stripe on one end. After you opened it you will see another box which needs to be pulled out – which is not the easiest thing when you don’t want to damage the box. After you finally got the box out of the package and you take away the manual from the top you will see this:
Many banks already confirmed plans to deliver apps for world’s third biggest platform but there are still many others who have not announced plan to release yet. One of these banks was the German Commerzbank. Now the German blog stagerbn asked the bank whether they are planning to release something for Microsoft’s mobile platform and while their response wasn’t entirely positive they did say they are investigating an app, saying:
We are already checking if there will be an windows version of the commerzbanking app as well as a photoTAN app. Please understand that we can not confirm or give any specific date regarding your request.
With a growing number of users and Windows Phone being one of the most secure platforms out there there is no excuse for not developing a banking app for our beloved OS so we are very sure an app will come eventually.
When you think about the Nokia Lumia 1020 you don’t think first of all the other amazing things this smartphone can do but you immediately think of its 41 MPX camera module. In the earlier parts of my review I did say I wouldmake a separate section for the camera because it really deserves it, and here it is.
Better than a normal camera?
The Lumia 1020, together with the Nokia 808, is the only smartphone with such a big camera sensor. A whole 41 MPX spread out on enough space(not like 13MPX crowded on too small sensor like other smartphones) from which 38 are actually usable. Not even compact cameras and only very few SLRs have such a large sensor. Pictures in full resolution are normally about 14 MB big but sometimes they even get close to 20 – a file size which needs a lot of power to display or even edited – and because the 1020 is also a smartphone editing is a quite important part.
While the 1020 has enough power does it make it a better camera than a compact camera?
Since not only functionality but of course also quality are important for a camera this question used to be very difficult to answer. But now it is not. The 1020’s camera is fantastic; it can compete with high class compact cameras and sometimes even with cheaper SLRs while being much slimmer and more compact and flexible.
So it is no surprise it blows away the Lumia 920, but to give current 920 owners you a chance to see how well the camera really performs I want to compare it with that very popular handset, which single-handedly restored Nokia’s reputation as a great camera phone maker. The Lumia 920 together with the 925 are actually one of the best normal camera phones out there and already does very well for a phone.
First a comparison without flash and in normal distance to compare focus and colors. The 1020 is on the left and the 920 on the right. The 1020’s picture has warmer and more saturated colors. Although they re a bit oversaturated they are more natural because the 920’s pictures are too cold and undersaturated. Don’t get me wrong, the 920 does a good job, especially for a smartphone, but the 1020’s picture is in a different league.
The focus on the right picture is ok. The area in the centre is nicely clear but the edges of the picture are a little fuzzy. The left picture taken with the 1020 isn’t perfect either with the upper right corner and the bloom directly in the centre being a little unclear but overall the clarity is better on this one.
Thanks to a contact at Nokia I was able to test the Nokia Lumia 1020 for about a month and I made it to my daily driver. Despite some small things Nokia could have designed better the Lumia 1020 has no real dealbreakers. The hardware is excellent with only a few deductions for display and haptic. The camera and the battery are both extremely good, the rest like the speakers, the display, the features and build quality are on a very high level.
There is nothing the Lumia 1020 does not do well overall.
Daily usability is, thanks to Nokia’s services like HERE Drive+, Nokia Music or all the photo apps and a responsive OS, very good.
Read the other parts here
I would say so far the Lumia 1020 is the best Windows Phone out there and one of the best smartphones ever made. 700€ is a high price for a smartphone and the only real negative, but that does not mean the 1020 is not worth it. You get a camera on a professional level, together with a complete navigation solution and a great smartphone in a slim and relative light package. This device is not a camera, it is not a smartphone, nor is it a navigation system. It is everything in one.
For the Lumia 1020 there are a bunch of accessories available like the wireless charging case (which unfortunately is necessary for charging the device wirelessly – because of the big camera bump it is not feasible differently) or the camera grip which is pretty amazing. These are two things which make the Lumia 1020 even better – it really is an amazing device.
Today evLeaks leaked another picture of the much awaited Lumia 1520 which is said to be a 6” phablet and the first such device running Windows Phone 8. The picture does not only show a good looking big red mix of Lumia 920 and 925 but also some changes on the software.
Let’s start with the most obvious thing: Now there are three live tiles in a column. It’s not sure whether this is limited to Full HD displays, to displays with a bigger size or if it is coming to all devices, but I assume I is limited to all devices with at least 1280×720 pixels.
Normally the third part of a review is the software part but since the software is pretty much the same as on the other Lumias (with one difference: 2 gigs of RAM which I already mentioned in earlier parts) I decided not to make a part about the software.
In this part however, which is published little later because of GTA 5, I want to tell you about the daily usage. Actually the devices does extremely well with no negative points overall; negative are only some smaller details which don’t really sway much.
Like I already mentioned the 920 has a better screen in my opinion. However, the 1020’s screen is still high quality with an awesome readability outside, a great contrast and nice clarity. In comparison to the 920 the screen is a little less sharp because of only two sub pixels instead of three, the colors are oversaturated and the screen feels a little slower (less Hertz maybe?), but standing alone the screen simply looks great, and I am sure there are many people who prefer the more saturated colors of the AMOLED screen over the natural ones of the IPS screen.