Rafe Blandford

Rafe is the man behind all the ‘All About’ sites. He’s responsible for business development and editorial direction. Rafe has a deep understanding of the mobile and smartphone industry and is widely recognised as one of the leading experts on Nokia’s smart device activities and strategy.

When writing Rafe specialises in covering device, industry and developer themes, but will also turn his hand to any topic that he thinks might interest the ‘All About’ audience.

You can follow him on Twitter (@rafeblandford) or Google+ and can contact him by email on rafe@allaboutwindowsphone.com or via the contact page.

Recent Content by Rafe

AAWP Insight #136: Maps, Microsoft Lumia 640

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In AAWP Insight #136, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we turn our attention to the  Lumia 640, pulling out some highlights from our review coverage of the latest Windows Phone device from Microsoft. We start by talking around the maps situation (HERE) on Windows Phone over the last year, also touching on the recent Maps app preview for Windows 10. We finish with some thoughts from Steve on his recent Lumia 1020 versus Lumia 930 (with LC5/Denim) imaging comparison.

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AAWP Insight #135: Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

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In AAWP Insight #135, hosted by Steve and Rafe, the main focus is on the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL, though we also discuss its sister device, the Lumia 640. We cover our early thoughts on the hardware, make some head-to-head comparisons, and cover the basics on Microsoft UK's marketing plans for the Lumia 640. Also covered in the podcast are some early thoughts on Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 (new and updated features) and a trailer for a more in depth look at the latest build of Windows 10 for phones.

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Lumia 540 Dual SIM offers entry level 720p screen option for £100 ($150)

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Microsoft has announced the Lumia 540 Dual SIM, the latest entry to its portfolio of Windows Phone devices. The core specifications, a Snapdragon 200 SoC with 1GB RAM, are typical for an entry level smartphone, but the Lumia 540 Dual SIM is the first of Microsoft's 4xx and 5xx series products to include a 5" 720p resolution screen. Other notable specifications include the 5MP front facing camera, and 8MP autofocus rear facing camera, with a 2200 mAh battery. 

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Gallery: Microsoft Lumia 640

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In this gallery, we offer a photo-based first look at the Nokia Lumia 640, which was announced earlier this year at MWC 2015. The affordable Windows Phone 8.1 device is a successor to both the Lumia 630 and 635 and has a 5.0", 720p resolution, IPS LCD screen, a 8-megapixel camera with LED flash, and a 2500 mAh battery. 

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Gallery: Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

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In this gallery, we offer a photo-based first look at the Nokia Lumia 640 XL, which was announced at MWC 2015. The Windows Phone 8.1 mid-tier device is a successor to both the Lumia 1320 and 625 and has a 5.7", 720p resolution, IPS LCD screen, a 13-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and LED flash, and a 3000 mAh battery. 

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AAWP Insight #134: Imaging in-depth (HTC M9 and Lumia 930)

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In AAWP Insight #134, hosted by Steve and Rafe, the discussion nearly all revolves around imaging. Using Steve's HTC M9 and Lumia 930 camera comparison as a starting point, we cover a number of imaging related topics, including flagship performance, the importance of software, and how much the megapixel count matters. We also cover a number of imaging-related app updates (Vine and Lumia Storyteller), and look forward to some detailed coverage of the Lumia 640.

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AAWP Insight #133: Device pricing, HTC M9 and Lumia 930, Tweetium, MS-DOS Mobile

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In AAWP Insight #133, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by highlighting a few UK deals for Lumia smartphones, which leads to a discussion of pricing and value for smartphones in general. Our main topic of conversation revolves around a comparison between the Lumia 930 and the HTC One M9, but we also find time to cover a few April-1st-related news topics (including Microsoft's latest 'mobile operating system') and to make a number of app recommendations.

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AAWP Insight #132: Lumia 430 (and 435), Windows HEC

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In AAWP Insight #132, hosted by Steve and Rafe, our main topic of conversation revolves around the low end Lumia 430 and 435. We talk about the latest addition to Microsoft's Lumia device portfolio, consider the overall state of low end smartphones, and how things have changed over the last few years. We also cover some of the highlights from the WinHEC event in China, and look forward to a flagship comparison next week.

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Lumia 430 Dual SIM takes Windows Phone entry point to $70

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Microsoft today announced the latest entrant to its low end ("affordable") Lumia device portfolio. The Lumia 430 Dual SIM is the company's lowest cost Windows Phone device to date, with an announcement price of just $70 (equivalent to a UK high street PAYG price of around £40). Key specification include a 4inch WVGA (480p) screen, Snapdragon 200 processor (Dual-core 1.2Ghz), 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory and microSD card support, 2MP fixed focus main camera and VGA FFC, and a 1500 mAh battery. 

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AAWP Insight #131: Lumia 940, Microsoft Band, app selection

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In AAWP Insight #131, hosted by Steve and Rafe, our main topic of conversation revolves around Steve's speculation about the Lumia 940. Rafe looks into his own crystal ball and also tries to predict what some of the changes and additions will be in the next Windows Phone flagship. We also cover the arrival of Microsoft Band in the UK, and finish with some app coverage for Aeries, Audible, and CastCenter.

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