Both Bing and Windows Phone are up against some pretty established incumbents, and are trying to get people to try something new.
Now Microsoft has recruited funny man Dom Joly, famous for his “I’m on the phone’’ sketch, to get the message out.
In a series of 3 cringe-worthy videos featuring a Nokia Lumia 1020 he covers topics ranging from phone etiquette to selfies.
See the other two after the break.
While Microsoft has retracted their videos teasing Apple for lack of innovation in their latest iPhone line, Nokia Germany it appears sees no reason to let up on the fruit company.
They have posted the above picture showing Tim Cook admiring a 41 megapixel Nokia Lumia 1020 in its camera case.
Of course the picture is totally photoshopped, but we think it does make the point rather succinctly – if you looking for the interesting and new, an iPhone 5C is the wrong place to be.
See the picture (before its inevitable retraction) here.
Its been a standing joke that iPhone users do not know the difference between the old and new versions of Apple’s new iPhones, but that they will still buy it in any case because its new.
Now Jimmy Kimmel has taken it to the next level, and asked passers-by if they liked the new iPhone 5S, while showing them an iPad Mini.
The comments were universally positive, which makes we wonder if any iPhone buyers will be picking up a Nokia Lumia 620 by accident instead.
The Sony DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100–“For the first time you can shoot top quality images with your smartphone”
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We posted on the weekend of the lost Nokia Lumia 800 which ended up being claimed by a monkey at a zoo in Helsinki.
Now Iltasanomat.fi reports that the animal and its phone has become some what of an attraction, and that the monkey has even learnt to imitate the crowds taking pictures of it with their phones.
Unfortunately the newspaper also reports the monkey has gotten bored of its new toy and has finally dropped it.
I guess its time for that Nokia Lumia 925 upgrade…
Thanks aaaneh for the tip.
Finnish newspaper Iltasanomat reports that a Helsinki resident took possession of a pink Nokia Lumia 800 yesterday, but that he may have some difficulty charging it later.
Zookeepers at the Helsinki Zoo noticed one of their primates had taken possession of the pink smartphone, presumably dropped by a visitor earlier.
The head of the tribe it appears immediately took a liking to the device, and was refusing to drop it, frustrating zoo keepers who were trying to retrieve it. Normally the zookeepers do not enter the paddock at the same time as the monkeys, but clean up after they return to their cages.
Zoo visitors immediately noticed the new addition to the show, and at first thought it was a joke or Nokia promotion, but Zoo Marketing Officer Susanna Silvonen denied this.
She notes that the monkey may be smart enough to use the phone, but that the charge has probably run out now, and that it may end up being a chewing toy.
So far the real owner of the handset has not made an appearance yet.
Given how Blackberry has run down their company over the last few years we know Blackberry’s management are not in good contact with reality, and more proof has arrived today, with Blackberry not only releasing the Blackberry 9720, a Blackberry 7 smartphone 8 months after Blackberry 10 was released, but also suggesting the handset was actually an upgrade from a Windows Phone.
In their press release Carlo Chiarello, Executive Vice President for Products at BlackBerry said:
It’s perfect for customers upgrading from a feature phone or entry-level Android or Windows Phone device, as well as existing BlackBerry smartphone customers, that want a richer experience and jump up in style and performance.
The killer feature is presumably the Half-VGA 480×360 screen, 512 MB RAM, 512 MB storage and 806 MHz Tavor MG1 processor, which I am sure will be a huge bump in performance from the Nokia Lumia 520.
Another killer feature is of course that Blackberry 7 actually has more apps than Blackberry 10, but I am not sure that is a selling point for Windows Phone users. BB Z10 users, who just today got the Microsoft Messenger app, may of course appreciate that fact.
Update: Blackberry has now revealed the pricing of their latest phone, and in keeping with their statements, they are pricing it at an ambitious $280.
Will any of our readers be upgrading to the newest old Blackberry? Let us know below.
It seems that Nokia Lumia we saw running iOS is a bit more widespread than first thought.
Besides being used by the US Government, it seems the special phone has also found its way into prison, according to Netflix’s new drama Orange is the New Black, an original show about a US women’s prison.
It seems Nokia’s Fabula design is for some reason irresistible to video producers, even if they end up pasting another operating system over it.
Thanks Jon for the tip.
We know the US Government has some amazing powers, and it seems this also includes being able to get a Windows Phone to run iOS when needed.
In the video above we have a Nokia Lumia 920 suddenly reveal itself to be running iOS when it receives a tornado warning from FEMA.
The video has obviously been edited from what the video agency originally produced, and UK readers will know unlabelled Windows Phones show up in ads numerous times running what appears to be Android (e.g. this Betvictor ad) and it probably means Nokia’s hardware is just so photogenic produces are unable to resist using them, despite the unfamiliar OS.
The video can be found at www.ready.gov/alerts.
Australian women’s surf and swimwear giant Roxy is currently in hot water over a video teaser for their Pro Biarritz 2013 teaser, which shows some Microsoft mobile hardware in a rather private setting.
The video asks #WhoAmIJustGuess, and while many may guess five-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore, I suspect too few would know the real answer – the HTC 8S Windows Phone 8 handset and Microsoft Surface.
While the teaser has been accused of lingering too long on sexy lines and curves, I think all will be forgiven if the viewers knew they could have their very own HTC 8S for only $229.95.
Match.com survey finds Windows Phone users had more first dates than Android and Blackberry users last year
Match.com published the results of their yearly singles survey, and some of the 200 questions they directed at the 5000 singles related to mobile phones.
They found 49% of iPhone singles went on at least one first date in 2012. Next up were Windows Phone users, 46% of whom had first-dated; for Android users, it was 44%. BlackBerry owners were the least likely to have been on a first date that year; only 42% of them had done it. Lastly only 27% of feature phone users had gone on a first date that year, while only 18% of those without a phone only went on first dates in 2012.
The survey confirms that while flashing an iPhone will help you pick up a date at a bar, a Nokia Lumia 920 is not far behind, while that Samsung Galaxy Ace may not say too many nice things about you
Read more about the survey, which at least Match.com takes rather seriously, at their blog here.
Have our readers found their Windows Phone helps them pull? Let us know below.
April’s Fools Day has been a bit of fun for years, but recently has begun to jump the shark. Sure, one joke inserted in 10 stories of real news is fine and fun, but when every story is false it can get irritating.
We therefore pledge WMPU will be an April’s Fools Day free zone today, even if that means every story has to be an editorial
To help our readers out, we will also post a list of Windows Phone stories which stretch our credulity a bit below.
Espoo, Finland – Starting with the Nokia Lumia 520 and 720 devices reaching availability in April, the first Nokia services on these handsets will be rebranded back to the iconic ‘Ovi’ services in a transition expected to continue into early 2014. Each of the services under the Nokia and ‘Here’ umbrella will simply be rebranded back as Ovi, with no planned disruption to the service roadmaps.
MyNokiaBlog: Windows Phone Store Link to Instagram?
I’m not quite sure what this is. It appears to be Instagram on the windows phone store. It appears to act like the real store, I mean my user account is there on the top corner :/
I almost sh*t myself when it stopped at 39%. Made me chuckle though, but just when I realized it wasn’t Microsoft joke.
The slew of major announcements continues today, and once again Nokia has revealed inspiring news. Get ready to meet your maker Google, because Nokia has announced the Google Glass competitor absolutely no one on Earth expected to see today, codenamed "Seidhr".
Please add your own in the comments also.
This video has been bubbling under for some days now, but when I finally got to see it in full I knew I just had to share it – A Nokia Lumia 920 unboxing which may aid or support animal cruelty, mass destruction, terrorism , public transport and the world banks.
Do you think the producers met their goals? Let us know below.
Unleash The Phones created funny video in which a user expresses frustration with the Windows Phone 8 Xbox Music app.
While his complaints appear to centre mainly around having to resync music due to library corruption, something I have never had an issue with, I myself have found the Xbox Music client unaccountable laggy when switching from song to song, and of course with very poor playlist construction implementation, not to mention horrible podcast support internationally.
Does Xbox Music also drive you to distraction? Let us know below.
A sharp-eyed reader has spotted this previously unannounced Windows Phone handset in a promotional video for the Nokia Lumia 822 on Verizon.
The Motorola handset is clearly running the Windows Phone version of Runtastic Pro.
Of course the handset is just your typical marketing photoshop mishap, but it is amusing for once to see an Android handset, in this case the Motorola Razr M, being rebranded a windows phone.
See the video after the break.