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 #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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AAWP Insight #130: MWC and Lumia 640 and 640 XL, Lumia 435

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In AAWP Insight #130, hosted by Steve and Rafe, the main topic of conversation is MWC. We cover the key Windows Phone news, including the launch of the Lumia 640 and 640 XL, Windows 10 Universal Apps previews, a universal Bluetooth keyboard, and new phones from second and third tier manufacturers. Towards the end of the podcast we also touch on the Lumia 435 (in for review), as well as a number of recent app updates.

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Microsoft improves on the Lumia 630 and 1320 with the Lumia 640 and 640 XL

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At the Microsoft press event at MWC this morning, it announced the Lumia 640 and 640 XL, with 5" and 5.7" 720p screens respectively, though both are firmly in the mid-tier category. Even so, the specs are easily enough for a full Windows 10 experience, when it ships later this year. The Lumia 640 XL will be available this month, with pricing starting at €189, while the Lumia 640 will be available in April, with pricing starting at €139.  

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AAWP Insight #129: Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones

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In AAWP Insight #129, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking about the newly available Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones. We talk about the specifics of the Insider program, what's in the preview and what's not, and share some first thoughts on the look and feel. Other topics in the podcast include a recap of Steve's review of the Yezz Billy 4, the retirement of Windows Phone "Rooms", and a listener question on the Lumia 735 start screen.

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AAWP Insight #128: photo backup, Office Lens, and Storyteller

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In AAWP Insight #128, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we open with a discussion around the Microsoft-Samsung patent agreement, followed by some thoughts on the updated Office Lens, and the continued roll-out of Lumia Denim. We also talk about the form in which photos should be backed up to OneDrive and consider Lumia Storyteller as an alternative to Photos. There are also quick app mentions for Podcast Lounge, Tweetium, and NPR.

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AAWP Insight #127: Lumia Denim camera comparison, 810-based Lumias?

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In AAWP Insight #127, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we have further discussion around the Lumia Denim update. Topics covered include availability (and the complexity of variants), a camera comparison with earlier software on the Lumia 930/Icon, and more. We also cover a Snapdragon 810 press release, updates for the Tweetium app, some thoughts on wearables and smart home apps, plus a Table Tennis game recommendation.

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Cranking it up to 11: before/after Lumia Denim and LC5 imaging comparisons

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I know, I know - more imaging. But this one's a bit of an exclusive. In the last of this series of features (in theory) looking at Lumia Denim and Lumia Camera 5, I compare the same shots taken on Lumia Cyan and the old ex-Nokia Lumia Camera with those taken under Lumia Denim and Lumia Camera 5. Microsoft claims significant image processing enhancements - and there are certainly big differences, but I don't think the changes will please everyone.

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AAWP Insight #126: Lumia Denim and Lumia Camera 5

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In AAWP Insight #126, hosted by Steve and Rafe, the focus is on the arrival of the Lumia Denim (on some high-end devices) and the linked Lumia Camera 5. We discuss the details, work-flow, and (hidden) cost of Rich Capture, when you might want to use 4K moments, and the much improved start-up and shot-to-shot performance. We also cover Microsoft's Q4 financial results (including Lumia device unit volumes) and a number of recent app updates.

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