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Guest writer Jason Snowden has been thinking laterally - literally(!) Given that Android and iOS mobiles have homescreen panoramas that scroll sideways, plus Windows itself on the desktop has had the same from Windows 8.x onwards, why shouldn't Windows 10 Mobile adopt the same idea? Here are Jason's thoughts, plus a mock-up or two!
Mobile World Congress 2017 is upon us then. Which means Rafe Blandford is prowling the halls (with his various hats on). And every manufacturer under the sun is bringing out unibody metal-and-glass touch slabs with near ubiquitous feature sets. Which, as a contrast, got me pondering about the Lumia 950 XL, whose USPs seem to grow monthly!
The 'Alcatel IDOL 4S with Windows 10' is the latest W10M flagship on the scene - and it's fair to say that its strengths lie in materials and in audio. Imaging isn't its strongest suit, but as Anthony Fear and I show below, in most light conditions, it's not too bad. Putting it against the Lumia 950 XL, here's our interactive head-to-head.
In a change from my periodic look at ultimate accessories, such as the Lumsing Glory P2 Plus, with 45W output(!), I had a different aim over the last few weeks - to find a genuinely pocketable way to carry around USB Type C high current output. I found a capable - and novel - solution in the AUKEY 'Halo'.
Guest reviewer Anthony Fear brings us our first full review of the Alcatel IDOL 4S in Windows 10 Mobile guise, released at first as a T-Mobile exclusive in the USA and then SIM-free for North America. There's still no official release of a 'world' version, but MWC is just around the corner. In the meantime, here's Anthony's assessment of this latest premium Windows 10 Mobile smartphone.
In this week's podcast, Rafe Blandford stops through on his way to MWC 2017 and we catch up with some of the features posted over the last week, including access to Google Drive and Google Photos, plus discussion of hands-free operation via Cortana when in the car.
Yes, this is Google Drive and Google Photos - except it's not programmed by Google, but by a Windows 10 third party developer instead. GDrive.NET has in fact been around as a WP8.1 application in various forms for a few years and functionality was always a bit hit and miss, but the last few months have seen both a full UWP version and lots of bug/API fixes. It's now ready to be reviewed, giving you some of the best of Google as well as can be expected on a rival (and different) platform.
The disappearance of the Lumia 950 XL from sale across the world over the last three months has been disappointing, not just because it was Microsoft's flagship phone but also because the 950 XL is still a terrific smartphone. A market-leading phone camera, a glorious screen, plenty of RAM, a decent speaker (after it has been tweaked) and, best of all, the nigh on unique feature (in 2017) of having a user replaceable back and battery. Making it a doddle, in the absence of a new phone replacement, to simply freshen up with some Mozo (and battery) love.
It's true that this gallery is somewhat out of time - the 'Alcatel IDOL 4S with Windows 10' has been out for T-Mobile in the USA since November 2016 and available SIM-free in the USA generally for around a month. However, AAWP is based in the UK and we've had no access to this new Windows 10 Mobile flagship... until now. Guest contributor (and ex-pat) Anthony Fear lives in North America and brings us an initial IDOL 4S gallery, ahead of more detailed review coverage.
In AAWP Insight #207, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we spend the main part of the podcast talking about what's new in the Creators Update (specifically) for Windows 10 Mobile. Key points include performance improvements, updates to Edge, and the importance of enabling technology. Other topics covered in the podcast include commentary on Steve's Elite x3 summary and a shout out for the (now much better value) Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard.