Ewan has been working in the smartphone market long before they were even called smartphones. Covering the early Psion, Palm and Windows Pocket PC machines first in Technical Support, then as a developer and publisher, and finally as a reporter he has been one of the more outspoken and long serving members of the All About family. When not working on the All About sites, Ewan produces a variety of entertainment-based podcasts and writes in his personal blog.
Recent Content by Ewan
In the future, when the world waits for the arrival of Charlton Heston, the apes will gather in arenas across the continents to play devilish games of strategy and skill to the death. Starting as a lowly chimp, will you be able to survive the games and advance in the rankings?
The Lumia 625 is an interesting addition to the line up of Windows Phone devices. It makes some assumptions about the form factors that customers would want (specifically around the size of their smartphone), and applies every trick in the book to bring the cost down to a level that allows networks to offer the large screened handset at a minimal up front cost. Retailing in the UK for 'free' with a £20-£30 monthly contract, that goal has been achieved. But is the Lumia 625 a handset that works in practice?
Once again I'm on the road (Junior Eurovision), but unlike other trips, something is a little different. With no current Windows Phone device ready to be reviewed, or interesting and notable devices from the other platforms, I had a free choice on which handset to pick up. And it has to be a handset that I trust. Just as countless people walking into a phone store to buy a new handset, trust is a key component in any piece of mobile technology, and something that Windows Phone still needs to work on.
One of the delights of having an open application programming interface (API) to a web service is that, no matter what the original developers had in mind, a slew of re-interpretations, mad ideas, and useful tools will always pop up. Twitter's API is still open, and although its flexibility has been reduced over the last few years as the messaging company focused on revenue and their recent IPO, there are still areas where a slightly askew look at Twitter can create a compelling experience. That's the case with Tweetalyst on Windows Phone.
Gameloft's latest title in the Asphalt series, Airborne, arrived on Windows Phone last week, following a release on iOS and Android in August. Can the driving game that is focused on jumps, twists, and stunts in the air alongside driving to win on a road course deliver? It does, after a fashion.
Long awaited, long expected, and after gigabytes of texts pondering its absence, Instagram has arrived for Windows Phone. Naturally there are some caveats, notably that this is a Windows Phone 8 only release, and it is a Nokia Lumia exclusive, but for many that will be immaterial. Instagram has arrived.
My Talking Tom is a long running series of virtual pet games that have inhabited a number of platforms, including Windows, iOS, and Android. This week has seen the release of the feisty feline for Windows Phone 8. How much fun is this freemium tale? Let's find out...
Is the grass greener on the other side? Last week I spent four days in America, and two days travelling there and back again from the UK, and while I did have my Lumia 925 in my bag (it was carrying my British SIM), the Windows Phone was inside a protective cover, with a little bit of security tape over the flap of the case. This trip would be a chance for me to find out how well the iPhone 5S and iOS 7 would compare to the competition.
You know, there are times when the team at All About Towers don't quite see eye to eye. Steve's editorial yesterday on the horrors of in-app purchases (IAP) saw his declaration to boycott any game which survives on the freemium styled model - this is one of those times. Far from destroying the app ecosystem, I would argue that in-app purchasing is the saviour of the mobile app economy.
Taking a new look at an arcade classic, Crumble Zone brings cool graphics, fluid movement, and a little bit of gravity to Windows Phone in this smart and impressive shooter for Microsoft's mobile platform.