Windows Phone Thoughts - Daily News, Views, Rants and Raves

Be sure to register in our forums! Share your opinions, help others, and enter our contests.

Digital Home Thoughts

Loading feed...

Laptop Thoughts

Loading feed...

Android Thoughts

Loading feed...

All posts tagged "nokia"

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Illuminating the Lumia -- The Nokia Lumia 900

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

Product Category: Windows Phone 7 Smartphone
Manufacturer: Nokia
Where to Buy: Expansys [affiliate]
Price: $765 USD (unlocked, no contract)
System Requirements: Comes with Windows Phone 7 Mango+ (8107) installed.
Specifications: 1.4Ghz single core CPU, 16Gb internal storage, 512Mb SDRAM; 4.3in WVGA (480 x 800) Super AMOLED screen; Quad band (850/900/1800/1900) GPRS, Tri band UTMS (900/1700/2100), HSPA+, LTE 700, 1700/2100; GPS; 8mp rear colour camera w/autofocus + LED flash, 1mp front-facing camera, 720p HD video recording; BT 2.1 EDR; 802.11b/g/n; 3.5mm stereo audio jack; microUSB 2.0; G-Sensor; 128mm (5.03in) x 69mm (2.7in) x 12mm (0.47in); 160g (5.6oz). Full specs are available at the Nokia site.


  • Rogers first LTE-capable WP7 phone!
  • Solid construction and feel;
  • Call quality is excellent.


  • No replaceable battery;
  • Access to the microSIM card is difficult.
  • Wi-Fi doesn't see the 5Ghz band;

Summary: There has been a lot of buzz (and sales activity) about Nokia's introduction of their premiere WP7 phone to the US marketplace, the Lumia 900. I was fortunate to pick one up the second day they came available through Rogers here in Canada. Now, after a week or two of working with it on a day-to-day basis, let's see how it stacks up. Read more...

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Fix For Lumia 900 On The Way

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Nokia Windows Phones" @ 11:00 PM

"Some Nokia Lumia 900 customers have been experiencing a loss of data connectivity-both LTE and 3G-on their new handsets. Nokia has identified the problem and devised a software fix, which will be rolled out on or around April 16th. Customers not wanting to wait can have their phones swapped for updated versions in AT&T stores. The company will also give any AT&T customer buying a Lumia between now and April 21 a $100 credit on their next bill."

At the price AT&T are retailing the Lumia for (with contract), that $100 credit means you're effectively getting the Lumia for free. If you aren't afraid of hooking up with AT&T, that's a pretty good deal for what looks like one of the better Windows Phone 7 devices out there. And kudos to Nokia for the fast turnaround.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Nokia Lumia 710 Reviewed

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

"The Nokia Lumia 710 is the second offering into the Windows Phone arena from Nokia, following the release of the Nokia Lumia 800 late last year." have done an extensive review of the Lumia 710, which looks to be Nokia's offering to the young and trendy set, as well as to the more budget conscious. What's the verdict: it's a decent handset which would be a winner if the price were a tad lower. For the details, head on through the link for the full review.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Nokia Chargers Power Up

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Nokia Windows Phones" @ 01:00 AM

"While it's been confirmed by Nokia already, the team over at have run some tests on charging the Lumia Windows Phone with a number of options. Turns out...the Nokia Lumia adapters provided more charge for a faster rate of recharge."

I'm not sure a "faster" charger is that much of an advantage, as bearing in mind my rudimentary knowledge of battery technology, fast charging like this tends to stress the battery more while also generating more heat. You might be trading off faster charging against a shorter battery lifespan. Of course, if you're in the habit of buying an extra battery or two, or changing phones every couple of years, that might not matter much. The nice thing though is that since the Lumia models will charge off a standard USB port, the decision is yours.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Value Of Microsoft To Nokia

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone News" @ 10:00 PM

"Microsoft paid Nokia $250m in Q4 2011 for adopting Windows Phone, the Finnish company's financial results today have revealed, the first of a "platform support payments" scheme expected to eventually account for billions of dollars. The two companies have always declined to put an exact figure on the "significant investments" Nokia would receive, though this new stat lends weight to earlier talk of over a billion in Microsoft subsidies."

1327637866.usr14226.jpg (480×325)

Talk about getting paid - what kind of reward do you think would a CEO get from his shareholders, if he got another company to pony up a billion greenbacks? Conversely, what should the shareholders of Microsoft think of a billion dollars in cash going to somebody else, who isn't even a big name in the US (and losing ground everywhere else)? Still it shows the kind of lengths Microsoft, or should I say Steve Ballmer, will go to to get WP7 into wider circulation. As much hammering as Nokia has taken in the last couple of years, they're still a big presence in most major and emerging markets. This is a gamble, but given the competition, it's probably no time for half measures.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Comprehensive Lumia 710 Review

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 05:00 AM,3109.html

The Nokia Lumia 710 was released last week on T-Mobile USA and the reviews have been largely positive. The device is the first Nokia Lumia device released in the US and will come with a large advertising campaign funded by both Microsoft and Nokia. The device has 3.7" screen 5MP camera, and of course Windows Phone 7.5. Tom's Hardware has done a thorough review that looks at the hardware, special features, camera and more. Hit the link for the full review.

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!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Engadget Interviews Nokia's Stephon Elop

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone News" @ 10:43 AM

"We had the opportunity to spend a few minutes with CEO Stephen Elop here are CES 2012 and talk about all things Nokia -- including the freshly minted Lumia 900."

Engadget's Myriam Joire sat down with Stephen Elop and discussed Nokia's U.S. strategy and the new Lumia 900. The interview can be seen here.

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, 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.

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.

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.

Nokia Lumia 800 Preorders Look Promising

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 11:30 AM

"The Lumia 800, which went on sale in the UK on Wednesday, has seen a phenomenal amount of interest from Orange UK customers. Preorders of the device have been higher than any other Nokia handset. 50% of preorders are from existing customers who are eligible for Nokia's free Xbox 360 promotion. "As a result of the level of interest we've had in preorders, we're really positive about the launch of the Nokia Lumia 800 which we believe will be really popular with our customers," said an Orange spokesperson. "This is the largest interest we've had in a Nokia handset, including the huge-selling N95 and 5800 handsets, and our marketing campaign hasn't kicked in yet.""

I'm not sure what you think of these Nokia designs, but I sure do like them. I'm looking forward to seeing one in person. It seems like other people may think the same thing, as preorders are setting records.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Designing Nokia's Lumia 800

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

They call it a documentary, but its more of an infomercial. Still it's a somewhat interesting look at the "inside story" behind the Lumia 800's design. Nokia has too much invested in the Microsoft partnership to hold back on any potential avenue for getting the word out.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Samsung Bringing Flexible Displays in 2012

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 07:00 PM

“The flexible display we are looking to introduce sometime in 2012, hopefully the earlier part,” said Samsung’s vice president of investor relations, Robert Yi. “The application probably will start from the handset side.”

At Nokia World, a flexible display was being demonstrated as a method for interaction with onscreen content. Twist the screen to zoom in, twist in the opposite direction to zoom out. Not to be outdone, Samsung has announced that they too have been working on a flexible display. Only time will tell if this will end up as a gimmick, or if software developers will find novel and interesting uses for this technology.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Introducing The Nokia Lumia 710

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Other Windows Phones" @ 11:00 AM

It doesn't have the chops of the Lumia 800, but I fancy the 710 will probably appeal more to the young and trendy set. Apart from the WP7 chassis specs mandated by Microsoft, the 710 features an FM radio, a decent 3.7" screen, and a 1.4GHz processor - no too shabby. You'll also get the ability to switch the phone covers based on your mood for the day, with in all 10 different colour combinations available. I've no idea whether any of those covers come in the box - it doesn't appear that any do. Still the price is fairly competitive judging from the unsubsidised price of 270 Euros, and Nokia has been nice enough to include turn-by-turn GPS navigation as standard, covering 90+ countries. That alone makes Nokia's offerings enticing, especially for those of us in the boondocks of the world.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Closer Look at the Nokia Lumia 800

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 04:00 PM

As previously reported, the Nokia Lumia has been announced and it is a beautiful phone (in my opinion). The strength of the internals will no doubt be debated (as will the lack of a front-facing camera), but the marketing for the phone is already leagues better than the stuff put out by Microsoft. Take a look at the video above and let us know what you think, then hit up the Nokia Youtube page for more videos of the Lumia 800.

Nokia's WP7 Phones Launched Today

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Other Windows Phones" @ 10:30 AM broke the news yesterday that Nokia is launching the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 at Nokia World today. The Lumia 800 will be first delivered to select European countries at a retail price of 540 Euros (unsubsidised) or a little under $600, while the 710 will first appear in emerging markets at a price of 270 Euros. The Lumia 800 will be the flagship model, sporting a 1.4GHz processor, 8MP camera and 3.7" screen.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Pics Leak of Nokia 800

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 06:00 AM

Nokia World is right around the corner, but already some great looking pictures of the upcoming Nokia 800 have leaked to the internet. While there are no surprises, what we have is a good looking phone in three different colors (black, pink, and blue). The pics also reveal a slightly different font, Nokia Music, and Nokia Navigation apps. Although the phone looks great, many nay-sayers are already pointing out the differences in hardware between this and the recently announced Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Fortunately for us, we wil know all the details by next week and can determine for ourselves exactly what those differences are (and whether or not they will matter in the end). Nokia World here we come!

Reviews & Articles

Loading feed...


Loading feed...

Reviews & Articles

Loading feed...


Loading feed...

Reviews & Articles

Loading feed...


Loading feed...

Reviews & Articles

Loading feed...


Loading feed...

Reviews & Articles

Loading feed...


Loading feed...