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Monster Burner could call itself a puzzle game. It could also call itself an arcade game. Or a coin collection freemium title. What is for sure is that it's a fast moving and addictive game that has a lot going for it. It's well suited to a mobile touchscreen, plays quickly, but is let down by some pricing decisions.
Now I know what you're going to ask: "What's the point? If you're at home then you can use a real TV or a desktop/laptop, and if you're mobile then you probably don't want hours of mobile TV swallowing up your cellular bandwidth!" All very true, but say you're mobile, some breaking news is happening and you're frustrated that all you can see are headlines and textual reports. Wouldn't it be nice to see what's going on by tapping into a live TV stream? With, admittedly, a UK focus, I investigate a few options. I'm sure readers from around the world can chip in with links to solutions for Windows Phone that work in other regions?
In this gallery, we offer a visual tour of the Nokia Lumia 925, the new flagship Windows Phone 8 device, which was announced earlier this week. Key features include the PureView branded 8.7 megapixel camera with six element Carl Zeiss optics and Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS); the 4.5 inch AMOLED screen; and the new look design that combines polycarbonate, aluminum and glass to create the thinnest Lumia handset to date.
In episode 63 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Steve and Rafe, our main focus is on the recently announced Nokia Lumia 928 and Nokia Lumia 925. Steve talks Xenon flash on the Lumia 928, while Rafe reports back from the Lumia 925 launch event, with a special focus on camera performance and the new design direction for the Lumia family. We also cover some of the new software features in the "Lumia Amber" update, including Nokia's new Smart Camera Lens app, and some early details on Windows Phone 8 GDR2.
Yesterday, during the launch event for the Lumia 925, Nokia briefly mentioned the forthcoming arrival of the Lumia Amber software update for existing Nokia Windows Phone 8 devices. What exactly will be in this manufacturer-specific update? In this feature we break down the details of what you can expect to see.
At a dedicated launch event in London, Jo Harlow, SVP smartphones, and Stefan Pannenbecker (from Nokia Design), announced the metal-framed Lumia 925, as you'll see from our 'live' story today, as part of a 'summer of announcements'. This is the company's new Windows Phone flagship for the world, not to be confused with the all plastic - but Xenon-equipped - Lumia 928 for Verizon in the USA. Materials aside, the 925 also has the world's first six-element smartphone camera and has light sensitivity up to ISO 3200. More details of the Lumia 925 below, along with original hands-on photos later today, hopefully.
On May 14th, in London, Nokia is holding an event where it will announce the next chapter in the Lumia story. A number of device and software announcements are expected to be made. The event kicks off at 10:00 BST (09:00 GMT). We'll be updating this story with our on-the-scene live coverage at the event takes place. You can also watch a live stream of the press conference event via Nokia Conversations.
In fact, ignore the title, because I've included no less than five top camera-toting smartphones in this group test. In addition to the big three, the Nokia 808 PureView (still reckoned to be champion by most people), the Nokia Lumia 920 (the flagship Windows Phone until tomorrow!) and the Samsung Galaxy S4 (brand new and top-rated), I also wanted to include the 2010 Nokia N8, since its sensor's megapixel count and performance should be a close match for the SGS4, plus last year's Galaxy S III, so we can see how much of a difference Samsung have made in terms of their camera tech. Let the fight rage!
Sometimes you come across an application or game that's a triumph of form over function - the pinball simulation here is one such, looking a million dollars but ultimately far less satisfying than other pinball titles on Windows Phone. DaVinci Pinball's heart (and face) is in the right place, with visuals that are often stunning, with a table design that beggars belief and audio that adds centuries of atmosphere, yet the playability of the pinball game itself is fatally flawed and, it has to be said, buggy.
Nokia have announced the Lumia 928. The high end Windows Phone handset sports a 4.5 inch display at 1280 x 768, with Gorilla Glass, wireless charging, an 8.7 megapixel OIS camera with Xenon flash, a dual core Qualcomm 1.5 GHz dual core processor, and 32GB of internal storage. It will debut exclusively on the US network Verizon on May 16th, for $150, and a $50 mail in rebate is available to bring the initial price under $100.