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Camera head to head: Lumia 950 XL vs Alcatel IDOL 4 Pro

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In advance of part 2 of my Alcatel IDOL 4 Pro review, covering its imaging, here's a taster, with a quick head to head against the champion Lumia 950 XL. You can guess the outcome, of course, but the much newer device acquits itself well enough, given the lack of imaging smarts - the IDOL 4 Pro's main focus is on media, and I'll come to that  in a future review part.

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Review: KeePassWin UWP

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The ongoing saga of keeping a secure database of passwords, serial numbers, reference data, and so on.... on Windows Phone, or, in this case, Windows 10 Mobile. If you've been following over the years then you'll be interested in this latest review, for KeePassWin, a UWP app for Windows 10. It's not yet the real McCoy though, as I shall explain...

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Review: Alcatel IDOL 4 Pro - part 1 (hardware)

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So... almost two years after Microsoft's last flagship smartphones (the Lumia 950 range) were launched and roughly a year after HP's Elite x3 became available, we finally have another new handset of note in the ecosystem. Yes, a variant was on limited release, on USA frequencies, late in 2016, but the Alcatel IDOL 4 Pro is here now, and on full 'world' LTE bands. Here's part one of what will hopefully be a stream of review content here on AAWP.

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Breaking news: Maps... is still broken - here's the workaround

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Hold on... News? NEWS? It's not really, and I'm in severe danger of abusing my position at AAWP just to rant at Microsoft. But in this case they deserve it. One of the central first party applications is broken and I've run out of other ways to bring this to the world's attention. [Update: we now have a workaround!]

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Gallery: Alcatel IDOL 4 Pro

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Possibly the most unusually timed gallery ever put on AAWP, this is the Alcatel IDOL 4 Pro, brand new in Europe, a Windows 10 Mobile flagship in mid-2017, against all the odds, or at least against the perception of the tech media. Following an (initially) one carrier, USA-only release in late 2016, we now have a tweaked version for the rest of the world, here in full retail form.

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Review: Nokia 6

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What's this? A review of a smartphone that doesn't run Symbian on AAS? And that doesn't run Windows 10 Mobile on AAWP? Actually yes - it's my first look at the new Nokia 6, running Android. And it's here because it's the return of the classic Nokia brand that I've written about so many times on these sites. The personnel behind it are mostly different, the OS certainly is, but is it worth casting a look in the 'new' Nokia's direction?

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Is Windows 10 Mobile still relevant in 2017 and beyond?

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With tech media now into its fourth year of 'pronouncing Windows Phone as dead', with even some Windows phone (note lower case 'p') enthusiasts now transitioning over to Android OS, and with mass market favourite applications like Snapchat still unavailable for Microsoft's platform, the headline question is more relevant than ever. And the curious thing is that for some people the answer is "Yes". Let me explain...

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