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How’s your battery life on WP8.1 Update 1?

wp_ss_20140810_0001Its been a week now since the Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 has rolled out to WP8.1 Developer Preview users.

So far I have heard conflicting reports regarding battery life, with some users saying it is worse, and others better.

I personally saw a significant improvement in standby time on my Nokia Lumia 930, with the device now only losing 20-30% over the course of an average business day.

Let us know your own experience in the poll and also the comments below.

Poll: The new WP8.1 Lock screen app–Yea or Nay?

By now I suspect most of us have tried the new animated lock screen beta for Windows Phone 8.1.

The app itself is very smooth, but many readers have complained that it appears to extend unlock times, and that even afterwards there is a delay before you can interact with your phone. Other issues have been that the app displays a low resolution screen shot when unloading, sometimes crashes and disables Kids Corner.

Rudy Huyn, a developer involved in the app, has said on twitter:


I myself have been pretty happy with the app.  My 930 has an unlock lag in any case, and it feels slightly faster with the new lock screen, and I appreciate having a new UI novelty without having to wait for the next major Windows Phone update.

What do our readers think of the new lock screen? Let us know in the poll below.

Poll: Is your Windows Phone clock running slow?

slow clock

There are some who will always say Windows Phone is behind the times, but in my own experience there is one area where Windows Phone could certainly do with some updates, and that is time keeping.

My clock on my Windows Phone is always drifting, often after a month running full minutes behind the real current time. A slow clock can not only result in you missing appointments, but can also cause strange, difficult to diagnose issues such as not being able to download apps or sync email.

Setting it to carrier time does not always help – my own carrier’s clock is also behind, and not all carriers offer the feature.

There is no 3rd party API to change the system time on Windows Phone, so Microsoft is the only one who can provide a solution.

I propose Microsoft built in NTP (Network Time Protocol) support into Windows Phone so we can all set our clocks via time.windows.com.

Am I the only one with this issue? Let us know in the poll below.

Poll: When the iPhone 6 arrives, are you switching?


According to research by RBC analyst Amit Daryanani, 35% of current Android and Windows Phone users are switching when the new, larger-screened iPhone 6 arrives.

In fact their research suggests new buyers would be willing to pay an extra $100 (or $299 total) for the privilege of the bigger screen.

Screen size was always a factor which held the iPhone back, and according to the research it may sway many of those who have resisted the iOS pull in the past.

Will our readers stay loyal, or are you considering jumping ship? Let us know in the poll below.

Via AppleInsider

Poll: Do you have Feedback to Microsoft turned off?


In his recent AMA we learned from Joe Belfiore that Microsoft made decisions on features in Windows Phone 8 based on telemetry data gathered from actual users.

The data indicated that the vast majority of users only did the usual things, and very few used the more complicated features of the Photo Hub for example.

I suspect there may however be a weakness in the data collection, as the first thing I do when I set up my phone is disable Feedback, as it was at one point thought to impact battery life, and who wants Microsoft looking over your shoulder in any case.  I suspect this may be costing us valued features however.

Do you have Feedback (under Settings > Feedback) turned on or off? Let us know in the poll below.

Poll: Have you installed the WP8.1 Developer Preview yet?

Its now been a week since the release of the Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview, and unlike most major updates were we were at the mercy of carriers for the roll-out of the update users have been in complete control over if and when they install the update.

I suspect many hundreds of thousands of Windows Phone 8 users have taken advantage of this capability and upgraded the handsets, but I also believe a significant cautious percentage are waiting for the official roll-out starting in around 6 weeks.

Have you jumped in head first, or have you been cautious, waiting for others to find and Microsoft to work out the bugs? Let us know in the poll above and comments below.

[Poll] What’s your battery life like on Windows Phone 8.1


After a few  days of using Windows Phone 8.1 now would be a good time to ask how battery life is under the new OS.

On my Nokia Lumia 920, with an 18 month old battery, for the first day battery life was less than spectacular, possibly due to Cortana, but likely because I kept fiddling with the device, testing out the new OS.

wp_ss_20140416_0003However now that things have settled down a bit, and also possibly because I have disabled Cortana (being in UK) things are significantly better, as can be seen in the graph above.

What has the experience been of our readers so far? Let us know in the poll below.

Vote for Windows Phone in the Smartphone Champions League Semifinals


Windows Phone has been doing pretty well in GSMArena’s Smartphone Championship League, starting with 5 handsets and ending with 3 in the semi-final.

Compare this with Samsung, who started with 16 and ended with none, and of course HTC, Motorola and Sony and LG all being eliminated along the way.

The last contender the the pure Google Nexus 5, up against the Nokia Lumia 1020, while the Nokia Lumia 520 is up against the Nokia Lumia 1520, set to be a rather uneven battle.

The semi-finals has already been raging for a few days, and will come to an end tomorrow at 5 PM GMT. Vote for your favourite handset at GSMArena here.

Thanks to all the readers who sent this in.

Vote for the Nokia Lumia 1020 in the#SmartFone13 finals!


Talking about FoneArena, they are also running an end of your poll for the best smartphone of 2013, and so far the only Windows phone entrant, the Nokia Lumia 1020, has been doing well, defeating the HTC One and LG G2, and has made it all the way to the finals, and is currently running against the Sony Xperia Z1.

As can be seen from the screen shot above, the contest is running on a knife’s edge.

Vote for your favourite handset at FoneArena here.

Thanks Gerhard for the tip.

Round 4: Vote for the Nokia Lumia 520 in GSMArena’s Smartphone Champion’s League


Nokia’s Lumia handsets have been progressing well through GSMArena;s Smartphone Championships League, and today we have the Windows Phone champion, the Nokia Lumia 520, up against the Sony Xperia M.

Sony is expected to be Nokia’s biggest rival in this contest, and have already deposed the Nokia Lumia 625 and Nokia Asha handsets, so every vote counts.

Vote for your favourite handset at GSMArena here.

Thanks John for the tip.

Smartphone Championship – Round 5: Vote for Windows Phone



Today is the start of the 5th round of GSMArena’s Smartphone Championship League, and and the Nokia Lumia 1020 is up against the Motorola G.

So far Windows Phone has been doing pretty well, only losing the Nokia Lumia 625, while of the 16 Samsung handsets which started the competition only 2 remain.

Given that by proxy this is a battle between Microsoft and Google it is encouraging to see the Lumia is off to a good start. Anything can happen however, so vote for your favourite handset here.

Thanks Rili for the tip.