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A few days ago, in part 1 of this feature, I looked at the imaging specifications of the new Huawei Mate 20 Pro, relative to the 'benchmark' Lumia 950 XL. My conclusion that the former outgunned the latter and I went into some detail, especially looking at the 5x hybrid zoom. But in this, part 2, I go through a dozen or so test cases, lighting and subject scenarios. Can the Lumia's imaging 'purity' win out over the 2018 flagship's higher horsepower and extra lens options? PS. Please be patient while this page loads - there are LOTS of test images!
One of the last great strongholds of Windows Phone and then Windows 10 Mobile is imaging, of course, thanks to the insane work done by the Nokia engineers in creating the Nokia 808 PureView, the Lumia 1020 and then the Lumia 950/XL (the latter under Microsoft branding). To such an extent that the Nokia 808 was five years ahead of the competition and even today the three year old Lumia 950 camera is beating off most of the 2018 competition. But PureView tech's creators have scattered, to Apple and Huawei notably, with Eero Salmelin heading up imaging for the latter and here's his latest creation, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.
I get pitched power banks every week for review - and I only ever look at the best and more innovative. In this case, the Tronsmart is brand new, super slender, the same size as a smartphone in every dimension - and yet high capacity, with Power Delivery and Quick Charge compatibility. And it looks and feels a million dollars, yet is only actually just over £20 - this is the power bank to get if you're not sure which one to buy! [PS. I've added some offer codes below]
Back in April 2018, six months ago, I looked at imaging on the (then) new Samsung Galaxy S9+ versus the champion Lumia 950 XL and concluded that the 'tipping point' had been reached. Sure, the Lumia held its ground for regular images in all light conditions, but the telephoto lens on the S9+ gave it a vital overall edge in terms of distant detail. And now we have the S9+'s bigger brother, the new Note 9 (I refuse to write 'Note9', as PR people would have me do!) - the Note 9 has the same camera hardware as the S9+ but claims extra processing and a 'Scene Optimiser' intelligence. Will this take the device further away from the Lumia or does the AI stuff get in the way?
Back in 2016 I looked at the ZAGG Pocket Keyboard, a jacket pocket solution that used multiple hinges to provide a narrow form factor - it worked, but it wasn't 'lappable' and the sheer number of ribbon cables and multiple points of failure was a little worrying. Fast forward two years and we have the new ZAGG Flex, taking inspiration from the multiple two-in-one keyboard designs for tablets that turn into 'laptops'. With the Flex, your phone can be your tablet or laptop too. Or - you know - use a tablet as well. Regardless, the Flex is superbly made and possibly my new favourite Bluetooth keyboard solution.
Back in July 2017, I reviewed Flights Radar UWP, aiming to show all the aircraft in the sky around you, and then I covered a new version here, back in November 2017, with lots of improvements. Well, almost a year on, today sees another big upgrade, to v1.0.20, bringing Fluent Design, a Favourites list, a much bigger Cockpit view, and more. Why am I making this a News item? Because this is a (potentially) very high profile UWP app, competing with the likes of FlightRadar24 on other platforms. It's not perfect yet, but we have some special giveaway codes below to help soften the blow if you fancy being an intensive tester!
Windows 10 Mobile build 15254.538 (from .530) for all phones currently running the 1709 branch ('Fall Creators Update') is fresh out today, so go grab it now. Similarly, build 15063.1390 (from .1324) is out for all phones running the 1703 branch ('Creators Update'). Rather surprising is an update for the Anniversary Update, even though it's now 'out of support'!
This is the latest (October 2018) update to the AAWP directory of curated UWP applications, those with native Windows 10 UI and which support different orientations, Continuum and even use on laptop or tablet. (Eight new entries, two apps withdrawn.)
The New York event last week, where the new Surface variants were announced, was also notable for the demonstration of a feature that isn't in Windows yet but soon will be - Android application mirroring, letting you see and use apps from a connected Android phone on your Windows 10 'Desktop'. This is just the latest of several steps seeing Microsoft align itself with Android as its effective preferred mobile OS.
Yesterday I pitched the LG G7 ThinQ (now at £450 ish) as a great upgrade in terms of hardware from the flexibility of a Lumia 950/XL. But I mentioned then that imaging was close, with the Lumia just edging it - so where's the proof? Right here, with a variety of lighting scenarios.