Nokia has been talking quite a bit about their sustainability credentials recently, and in that vein posted this YouTube video recently showing how their Black Nokia Lumia 1520 gives old CDs a second life as part of the shell of the handset, which is made out of recycled polycarbonates.
Is sustainability important to our readers? Let us know below.
Gameloft has brought its medieval RPG Dragon Hunter 4 to the Windows Phone Store.
In the game you have to resist the onslaught of the Demons, an ancient race thought to have been extinct.
In the game you are able to chose from 4 character types, progress through an epic story line, slash hundreds of enemies and even enter co-op mode to show of your skills.
The free game can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
See the video trailer after the break.
Comparison site Recombu has reviewed the Nokia Lumia 1520 and appear pretty impressed with the handset.
They appear in particular to be fans of the design, but also rate the camera as the best on a phablet, and were pretty impressed by the 3 day battery life.
They conclude that the handset is a device they can wholeheartedly recommend, which is not something said lightly of a 6 inch smartphone.
Do our readers agree with the review? Let us know below.
Thanks Njoi for the tip.
In the above video Nokia explains its ethical and ecological credentials, noting that it routinely scores high in sustainability indices, and that it cares for the environment and for its employees equally well.
With environmental concerns becoming increasingly prominent as the world and climate changes around us, Nokia is already ready with phones which can be 100% recycled or safely combusted, and a smartphone strategy designed to connect the next billion less advantaged citizens of the world and empower them to improve their lives and also get their voices heard.
Read more about Nokia’s sustainability challenge at their website here.
Many people, including ourselves, have been disappointed by the minimal adaptations Microsoft has made to Windows Phone to support large screens.
AllAboutWindowsPhone have posted a video demonstrated the changes side by side with the Nokia Lumia 925, and while it is true that most screens only show slightly more content, there are also improvements in legibility of small text due to the large screen which I think overall means a better experience than simply displaying everything at half the size.
What can be seen from the video and screenshots above is that the way Microsoft has optimised Windows Phone 8 for display on large screen devices is relatively subtle….
Some of this is no doubt down to necessity. There is a limit to the amount of changes that can be made in a relatively minor software release. However, the variations in the way the bigger screen has been used (scaling, zooming, UI adjustments) does show Microsoft has put significant thought into the optimisations. It’s not just a simple matter of making everything bigger, or displaying more information, rather it is a marriage of the two.
The end result is a software experience that is optimised around emphasising a large screen smartphone experience. This can be contrasted with large screen smartphones, where an out sized screen feels like a means to an end.
Read more and see more screen shots at AAWP here.
PhoneArena have posted a comprehensive competitive review of the Nokia Lumia 1520 vs the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
They found the Nokia Lumia 1520 looks better, but the Note 3 has more features such as an IR Blaster and S-pen. In addition the user interface is better adapted to the larger screen on the Note 3, including being able to see two apps side by side.
When it comes to the camera, the Nokia Lumia 1520 took much better pictures than the Note 3, but its video was of poorer quality than the Note 3. Battery life was better on the Nokia Lumia 1520, and call quality was the same between the two handsets.
The Nokia Lumia 1520 however on contact was better value for money, costing only $100 on contact in the USA, vs $300 for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
The handset has been widely leaked, but has now finally showed up officially on Nokia’s website, with full specs and the promo video which appear to emphasize the entertainment value of the handset.
The main new featured touted for the Nokia Lumia 525 is the larger amount of RAM, at 1 GB, which according to the video will allow the owners to play all the games available, and a new premium-looking glossy shell.
The full specs include:
See the video, which shows off the shell, Nokia Camera, Music and Drive and a smidgen of Windows Phone 8, after the break.
Microsoft, who we recently learn is paying for most of Nokia’s Windows Phone marketing, have posted a new ad for the Nokia Lumia 1020 which is subtly asking viewers to give Windows Phones a chance and to be rather less sheepish about their buying decisions.
Do our readers think Microsoft can position Windows Phone as the OS for those who think differently, much like Apple did with the Mac? Let us know below.
Above we have another music video shot entirely with the excellent camera of the Nokia Lumia 1020.
The video, which features the handset prominently, is for the Universal-signed artist Kristal, and features pretty high production quality.
Do our readers think the song has what it takes to make it to the top of the charts (and take the Lumia 1020 with it)? Let us know below.
Nokia Lumia 1020 underperforms against the Sony Xperia Z1, Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One in Panorama Mode comparison
It seems the Nokia Lumia 1020 (and probably all Lumia Pureview handsets) have a major Achilles heel, and that is the Panorama Mode on the camera.
Phones4U’s Community Team has put the camera up against the Sony Xperia Z1, Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One in a test of a sweeping and dramatic landscape perfect for the panorama mode, and unfortunately the Nokia Lumia 1020 woefully underperformed, capturing only a small arc of the 360 sweep, and producing a picture which was under representative of the usual quality of the camera while exhibiting stitching artefacts.
This is not the first time the poor stitching of the panorama mode in Windows Phone has been noticed. Have our readers run into the same issue, and can you recommend a Lens app which performs better? Let us know in the comments below.
Funny Nokia Lumia 1020 ad suggests if you don’t have a 1020 you getter start practicing your martial arts
Nokia UAE has just posted another take on Microsoft’s Nokia Lumia 1020 children’s play ad which suggests if you do not have a phone with great zoom capability, you better start buffing up on your martial art skills if you are going to get the perfect picture.
Are our readers students of Rez-Tu-Lo or do you have a NL 1020? Let us know below.
AAWP have posted this video in which they compare the performance of the new 2.2 Ghz Snapdragon 800 powered Quadcore Nokia Lumia 1520 vs the dual-core 1.5 Ghz Nokia Lumia 925 and the 1 Gzh Nokia Lumia 625.
As can be expected, the Nokia Lumia 1520 has nearly double the score on WPBench benchmarking test, but interestingly it appears in day to day usage, at least with the core apps, there will hardly be a difference between the most expensive and cheapest handsets.
The main area where there will be a noticeable difference will be in processor-intensive apps such as Photosynth, but otherwise current Windows Phone users will not need to feel that their existing phones are out-dated and slow.
Read more at AAWP here.
Nokia’s pretty good at showing off the Unique Selling Points of their smartphones, and the latest ad from Nokia France is no exception, demonstrating another way in which Nokia’s approach to computational photography is better than Samsung’s brute force approach as demonstrated in the Galaxy Zoom handset.
What do our readers think of the ad? Let us know below.
Thanks Tom for the tip.
Ars Technica took a Nokia Lumia 1520 on a March 0.6 jet ride over Texas to test the video quality and optical image stabilization, and reports the handset did pretty well in this extreme test.
The day was partially overcast but still quite bright, and as you can see by the above video, the Lumia 1520 functioned quite amiably at 13,000 feet in the backseat of the little jet. The screen was actually quite easy to see, even through sunglasses and in full daylight; however, I left the device in full auto mode throughout the flight so that I wouldn’t have to be fiddling with the exposure. As a consequence of this, the 1520′s camera did a pretty aggressive job of adjusting its own exposure settings.
The flight was relatively smooth, but the Gnat is miles away from delivering the kind of ride you get on a commercial airliner. Still, even though I was shooting handheld from the backseat of a jet trainer, the 1520′s image stabilization did a great job of keeping away jitter. The overall image quality isn’t quite up to the Lumia 1020′s uber-camera, but it captured some awesome footage out of the Gnat’s canopy.
I am sure if the camera can handle 5 G rolls in a jet your typical theme park birthday party will not present any challenge at all.
In the above video Microsoft demonstrates natural language search, in which the speaker does not have to make formal structured requests, on the Xbox One.
The technology is of course most famously used in Siri, and it is of course strongly suggested that we will eventually seem the same feature eventually make its way to Windows Phone also as part of the Cortana project.
PhoneDog have unboxed the Nokia Lumia 1520. The new Windows Phone 8 handset features a 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, 6-inch 1080p HD display (367 PPI), 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, a 3,400 mAh battery and 4G LTE connectivity.
Aaron calls it a “turbo-charged and supersized” Windows Phone, but notes the Windows Phone experience remains more or less the same as with any other modern Windows Phone 8 handset.
Do our readers agree? Let us know below.