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Monday, January 16, 2012

Lumia 900 With Improvements May Be Coming Mid-2012

Posted by Richard Chao in "Nokia Windows Phones" @ 10:16 AM

"But according to my source, it is indeed temporary. And other carriers will be able to sell the device 45 days after AT&T's launch date of March 18."

Paul Thurrott via his winsupersite blog is citing a rival to AT&T source that has given him some new information on the availability of the Nokia Lumia 900. Supposedly, AT&T's exclusivity on the Lumia 900 will expire in 45 days at which time Nokia will make an improved Lumia 900 with a 12MP camera available to other carriers.

Remember, this rumor is unconfirmed and comes from an AT&T rival.

Samsung's 2nd Gen Focus - the Focus S

Posted by Don Tolson in "Samsung Windows Phones" @ 08:00 AM

Product Category: Windows Phone 7 Smartphone
Manufacturer: Samsung
Where to Buy: Expansys [affiliate]
Price: $775 USD (unlocked, no contract)
System Requirements: Comes with Windows Phone 7 Mango (7720) installed.
Specifications: 1.4Ghz single core CPU, 16Gb internal storage, 1Gb RAM; 4.3in WVGA (480 x 800) Super AMOLED screen; Quad band (850/900/1800/1900) GPRS, Tri band UTMS (900/1700/2100), HSPA+; GPS; 8mp colour camera w/autofocus + LED flash, 720p HD video recording; BT 2.1 EDR & A2DP; 802.11b/g/n; 3.5mm stereo audio jack; microUSB 2.0; G-Sensor; 124mm (4.96in) x 66mm (2.6in) x 8.4mm (0.33in); 110g (3.9oz). Full specs are available at the Samsung site.


  • Large, bright screen with amazing contrast;
  • Light weight, but solidly built;
  • All round, an amazing phone!


  • Positioning of the power button makes it easy to 'accidentally' hit and turn it on/off when not intended;
  • A keyboard slider version of this phone would be a big bonus;
  • Sorry, it only comes in black :-).

Summary: The original Samsung Focus, despite some niggling flaws, multiple versions, and difficulties with upgrades, has been the Windows Phone 7 'phone to beat' almost from the day it arrived. While the HTC Titan and HD7 have been making inroads, the Focus still holds a significant portion of the Windows Phone 7 user community. Now, Samsung has issued the successor in two slightly different models - the Focus S with better specs and screen, and the more budget-minded Focus Flash. While not quite the massiveness of the HTC Titan, Samsung has again shown that it can 'lead the pack' in design and features with the Focus S. Read more...

Thursday, January 12, 2012

20 Questions for Microsoft and Nokia

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Nokia Windows Phones" @ 09:00 PM

"WPCentral was lucky enough today to sit down with Nokia's senior vice president, Windows Phone program management Kevin Shields and Joe Belfiore, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President, Windows Phone program management."

It's a fairly long interview, but what you get is some insight into Nokia's plans for entering the US market and the design process for the Lumia 900. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Hands On With The Nokia Lumia 900

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Nokia Windows Phones" @ 09:30 PM have a quick hands-on with the forthcoming US version of the Nokia Lumia 900, which will debut on AT&T's LTE network soon. The hardware's what you would expect from a Windows Phone 7 except for a nice, big 4.3" screen and 8MP camera with Carl Zeiss lens. Interested? I am.

Monday, January 9, 2012

HTC Announces HTC TITAN II - HTC's First 4G LTE Windows Phone

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 12:00 PM

"Packed with advanced imaging technology, the HTC TITAN II features a 16-megapixel camera with a wide-angle lens, autofocus, dual LED flash, red eye reduction, image stabilization, a backside-illuminated sensor and a physical camera button, offering a viable replacement for digital point-and-shoot cameras. The HTC TITAN II delivers a number of features that HTC has developed to help consumers capture photos in a variety of conditions; for instance, panoramic shot for sweeping landscapes and burst shot for action photography. The smartphone also enables 720p HD video recording with the rear-facing camera, as well as on-the-go video chat over Wi-Fi with its 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera.

Today, at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) being held in Las Vegas, Nevada, HTC introduced the HTC TITAN II as the company’s first Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) device to run on a 4G LTE network. Packed with an impressive feature list, including a 4.7-inch LCD display, a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera (for video chat), this phone provides the largest display among Windows Phones, an advanced digital camera and access to 4G LTE speeds. If you are in the market for a new smartphone, be sure to check this out and perhaps buy yourself a "little" present. Read on for the full press release.


Sunday, January 8, 2012

NYTimes Confirms The Nokia Lumia 900

Posted by Richard Chao in "Nokia Windows Phones" @ 10:44 AM

"The New York Times has all but confirmed the Nokia Lumia 900 through two unnamed sources. The "sleek and metallic" Lumia 900 will be headed to AT&T in the US and be introduced on Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas."

The New York Times is reporting that Nokia will announce the Lumia 900 on Monday at CES. The Lumia 900 will be available on AT&T. It will be sporting a 4.3″ AMOLED display, 512MB RAM, 8MP camera and a LTE radio.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

AT&T's Eloko Is The Nokia Lumia 900 "Ace"

Posted by Richard Chao in "Nokia Windows Phones" @ 10:03 AM

"We've gotten some more information on the upcoming Nokia Ace for AT&T -- whose codename for the device is Eloko -- including confirmation that it is indeed the Lumia 900 which will be sold globally as Nokia's flagship Windows Phone."

PocketNow is reporting the Nokia phone destined for AT&T, previously known as codename Eloko, is in fact the Lumia 900 "Ace." The Lumia 900 will ship with Mango and come with a 4.3 inch WVGA screen, 512MB of RAM, 8MP camera and AWS band. Although the AWS band will most likely be locked out by AT&T. Full specs are expected to be made available during CES.

Monday, January 2, 2012

What Is Holding Back Windows Phone 7?

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 12:30 PM

"People ask me all the time why, if I think Windows Phone is such an excellent product, sales appear so lackluster. My belief is Microsoft's approach with WP7 has a impedance mismatch with the carriers & device manufacturers while Google's approach reduces friction with carriers & device manufacturers at the expense of end users. The question is: will end-user dissatisfaction with Android's inconsistencies and fragmentation be strong enough to allow the better product to succeed."

There is an interesting post over at the cek.log blog site that asks the question "Windows Phone is Superior; Why Hasn't it Taken Off?". Needless to say, this is not a trivial question and opinions will be broad. What is particularly interesting about the post is the market analysis that is provided. The post segments the market players into four categories or "sides": users, carriers, OS providers, and device manufacturers. The post continues on to suggest how Apple, Google and Microsoft have interacted or played with each market category. A critical aspect of the market interaction, according to the post, is that Microsoft has thumbed its nose at "both the device manufacturers and mobile carriers. WP (Windows Phone) says "here's the hardware spec you shalt use" (to the device manufacturers). And it says "Here's how it will be updated" (to the carriers).". The suggestion is that this strategy has, to this point, impacted Windows Phone's ability to develop better market acceptance (in particular, actual sales).

What are your thoughts? Is Microsoft facing too much of an uphill battle to continue on with Windows Phone, or will we see the relationship with Nokia and potentially others sway the market to make it a more viable success?

Friday, December 30, 2011

Isn't it Time to Recycle Those Old Electronics?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 04:00 PM

"This Christmas, there were reportedly nearly 7 million new Android and iOS activations (between December 24 and December 25), which was largely a result of smartphone gift-giving."

Great article on some resources so you know where to go to recycle, or get some cash for those electronics that you have replaced with newer, faster, better versions. I also find that putting them on craigslist seems to work pretty if they are still functional so someone else can get some use out of your newly replaced items. If they aren't functional, check with your local garbage/recycling company for ideas on where to take your non functioning items.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Nokia Battery Fault: Fix On The Way

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Nokia Windows Phones" @ 06:00 PM

"...some of our customers started to comment in various social media that the preloaded diagnostics tool in some of the Nokia Lumia 800 phones was showing lower battery capacity than expected...The good news is that as this is a software problem it can be easily resolved. The planned software update in early 2012, as well as including many performance enhancements, will also include a fix that will enable the affected phones to access the total battery capacity."

It's not something that will affect many customers as yet, as the Lumia 800 hasn't been rolled out in some major markets (like the US). But if you're seeing this problem, helps on the way, though Nokia's vague on the timing. Just in case you're one of the affected, the problem isn't in the battery or the phone, but is a software fault that doesn't allow the phone to fully utilise it's existing battery capacity.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

HTC's Portable Bluetooth Conference Speaker

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Accessories" @ 02:00 AM

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As accessories go this one's rather specialised, but you don't have to use it as a conference call speaker - it works just fine as just a speaker. That means movies, music, what-have-you's, can be played through it, and that versatility makes the price a little more palatable. It's not available yet, but you can pre-order through Expansys.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

GeekTechBlog Alleges Hands-on Time With Nokia Lumia 900

Posted by Richard Chao in "Nokia Windows Phones" @ 07:34 PM

"GeekTechBlog might not ring any bells but they are claiming a Nokia Lumia 900 hands-on -- sans pictures though -- courtesy of a "Nokia source"."

GeekTechBlog has allegedly been allowed some hands on time with the up coming Nokia Lumia 900. The Lumia 900 is rumored to come with a 4.3-inch WVGA Clear Black screen, the Lumia 800's 1.4GHz processor, an improved eight-megapixel camera and Tango instead of Mango. The body is similar in style to the Lumia 800 except with a 4.3 inch screen. Still unknown is whether a front facing camera is part of the package or not.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Nokia Lumia 800 Review By PocketNow

Posted by Richard Chao in "Nokia Windows Phones" @ 01:00 AM

"We've been wishing and hoping for Nokia to use a powerful Windows-based mobile operating system since 2003, and finally we see the incredible phone manufacturing expertise from Finland merged with the gorgeous new Windows Phone software."

If you still have any questions about the Nokia Lumia 800, has posted a fairly extension review along with numerous pictures and camera test shots. The reviewer came away impressed by some aspects of the hardware and software but was disappointed in the lack of certain features found on existing Nokia phones. Hit the read link to see the full review.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Lenovo Confirms What We Already Suspected

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone News" @ 11:02 PM

"We've already been teased by a LePhone S2 moonlighting as a Windows Phone last month, but it was only yesterday that Lenovo confirmed an upcoming product featuring said OS."

A few weeks ago, a couple pictures of Lenovo's prototype Windows Phone devices were spotted floating around the internet. Now, product manager Chen Yue has told iMobile that Lenovo's will be releasing a Windows Phone device in the second half of 2012. No other details were given but that's not surprising considering the release window of second half 2012.

Tags: hardware, lenovo

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Nokia Lumia 900 Rumored To Be Released Soon

Posted by Richard Chao in "Nokia Windows Phones" @ 10:18 AM

"We just got the lowdown on one of Nokia's upcoming flagship devices currently set to launch in early 2012 in the United States."

BGR is reporting that Nokia's flagship Lumia phone destined for the U.S. will be the Lumia 900. It will have a 1.4 GHz processor, 4.3 inch ClearBlack AMOLED display and an 8MP camera. The Lumia 900 is reported to ship with Tango pre-installed. It is set to launch in early 2012, presumably in January or February during Nokia's planned marketing blitz.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Mango Roll-Out Details Reveal Amazing Execution

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 05:00 AM

Chris Walsh, Long Zheng, and Rafeal Rivera have been collecting telemetry from those who are using the ChevronWP7 Labs. They have found some very interesting information about the Mango update that suggest that their ability to deliver the update to all Windows Phones on the market is nothing short of a miracle. The main problem is that phone manufacturers have many version of the operating system on the market with little to no information on what these differences are. For example, HTC has 7 devices on the market, but the data collected show 28 different configurations. The bottom line is that Microsoft had to use to smart update routines to determine exactly which updates needed to be added to specific phone versions. Read more about the issues related to the Mango update by following the link below.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone 7 Hands on Video

Posted by Darren Blade in "Nokia Windows Phones" @ 07:00 AM

"The Nokia Lumia 710 (formerly known as the Sabre) is smaller and the chunkier compared to the Lumia 800, but that doesn’t mean it’s a slouch when it comes to hardware. It packs the same 1.4GHz as seen in the Lumia 800, and pairs it with a 3.7-inch WVGA screen, and a 5-megapixel rear camera. It also bears the distinction of being the only Windows Phone with physical navigation keys, which is sure to please fans of tactile feedback."

Thanks to Sasha Pallenberg from for sitting thru a really long Nokia Press event in Taiwan, as he got his hands on the Nokia Lumia 710 and quickly size compares it with an HTC Mozart and a Samsung Galaxy S II. I noticed in the video that the 710 seems a smidgen (!) bigger than the Mozart.

The physical navigation keys (all three screen side), could alleviate those accidental key hits. Have you ever accidentally hit the Back or Search capacitive buttons on your WP7 Smartphone? Other phones have relied on all capacitive Navigation Buttons, with Hap-Tic feedback provided care of the inbuilt Vibration motor. Which would you prefer?

Nokia Lumia 800 Unboxing (Video)

Posted by Darren Blade in "Nokia Windows Phones" @ 06:00 AM

"Unboxing the Nokia Lumia 800 and holding that device in your hand for the first time is quite an experience. The packaging is much more unique than the glossy cheap orange boxes from AT&T or shoe-box like boxes from T-Mobile that we've seen a lot of lately. Though I've held the Lumia 800 before, taking a fresh one out of the box and holding that smooth single-piece of carbonate in your hand is extremely impressive. We'll take a closer look at that in our full review, but for now let me tell you what else it comes with."

Adam over at did a quick unboxing of the Nokia Lumia 800, whats inside the box, and also compares the size briefly with the N8, the Radar, and Samsung Focus S. I'm a big fan of the 3.5-3.7inch screen size for my Smartphone's. At this point in time, bezel edges are still fairly wide on all Smartphone's. When bezel width gets small enough I may consider changing to 4.0-4.3inch screen size. An interesting aside to note is that the constant curvature icons of the N9 show up on the packaging inserts in the Nokia Lumia 800 box. I wonder if we will see these populated more throughout Nokia Windows Phones in the future. I can't wait till we start to see the Lumia 800 locally, thou I'm sure they will be sporting a few extra features the Lumia 800 has thus far missed out on (no need to mention those as we all know them by now, right?!)What do you think of the Nokia Lumia 800? It's sure getting a high profile push by Nokia and Microsoft these last two weeks.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Samsung Focus S Reviewed

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Samsung Windows Phones" @ 02:00 AM

"Last year the AT&T Samsung Focus ended up being the best new Windows Phone around as it shot to the top of the charts in satisfaction surveys. This year, Samsung has released two Focus successors and the Focus S is meant to be the high-end model...what's changed in this new flagship Windows Phone from Samsung? Read on to find out."

If you're curious about the latest edition to Samsung (and AT&T's) stable of Windows Phones, check out Pocketnow's review. It's mainly complimentary, with some minor niggles like how the back cover fits on, but apart from that the Focus S appears to be a worthy and hopefully less problematical successor to the Focus. Just about every hardware component has been upgraded, from the larger screen to the 8MP camera, and it comes with Mango out of the box.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Nokia Lumia 900 Coming Too?

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 12:00 PM

"Ooops, looks like Nokia's let slip that it's got another Windows Phone up its sleeve, and it looks like the rumored Ace - perhaps its true flagship. The video was quickly pulled, but not before someone made a copy."

Our previous post talked about the Nokia Lumia 800. There are also rumors of a Nokia Lumia 900. Check out this video on the Gizmodo site that was captured before it was removed.

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