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 #103: Lumia 930 review discussion

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AAWP Insight #103, hosted by Steve and Rafe, is dedicated to the Lumia 930, the global variant of the Lumia Icon, which goes on sale this week in the UK. The main focus is on the hardware of the new flagship Lumia device, but there's also a few mentions for Lumia Cyan and Windows Phone 8.1. This podcast complements our ongoing Windows Phone 8.1 coverage and our recently published review of the Nokia Lumia 930. [Update: file now fixed and available]

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AAWP Insight #102: Lumia 930 and 635

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In AAWP Insight #102, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking about the imminent arrival of the Lumia 930. There's also a mention for the Lumia 635, which recently went on sale in the UK, and the timing on the forthcoming Lumia Cyan software update for existing Lumia devices. In the second half of the podcast, we discuss Windows Phone 8.1's large screen optimisations (as seen on the Lumia 1520), as well as a number of recent app updates and releases (Xbox Music, Twitter, Video Tuner, and Adobe Photoshop Express).

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AAWP Insight #101: Lumia 630 versus 625 and CBD-gate

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In AAWP Insight #101, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking about availability dates for the Lumia 930 and the Windows Phone 8.1 software update for existing devices. We then cover Micromax's new Windows Phone devices, the arrival of the Lumia 636 and 638, and the debut of Angry Birds Epic. The two main discussion points are a Lumia 625 versus Lumia 630 comparison and some clarification on CBD on the Lumia 630. We finish with a number of app picks.

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AAWP Insight #100: Lumia 630 and Living Images

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In AAWP Insight #100, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking about the implications of Lumia Cyan on the Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview update. The main part of the podcast covers the Lumia 630 (recapping Steve's review), news of Windows Phone devices from Computex, an Xbox Music update, and the Living Images-enabling update for the beta version of the Nokia Camera app. We finish with an app highlight and low-light.

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AAWP Insight #99: WP 8.1 updates, Lumia 1020 versus Samsung K Zoom

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In AAWP Insight #99, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking about the latest Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview update, which leads to mentions for the new "Help and Tips" and "Files" apps. In the main part of the podcast we first discuss Steve's recent tips for shooting better smartphone video, before covering our latest camera shoot out, which compared the Lumia 1020 to the new Samsung K Zoom. We finish with a number of app picks.

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AAWP Insight #98: OneDrive, Lumia 1020 versus Sony Z2

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In AAWP Insight #98, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking about updates to the OneDrive and Xbox Music apps on Windows Phone 8.1 (and how they are example of Microsoft's new app update regime). We also cover a number of app updates and new releases including Verbalize, BBC iPlayer, and ITV Player. We finish by talking about Steve's comparison of the Lumia 1020 and the Sony Z2.

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AAWP Insight #97: Lumia 630, battery life, and buses

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In AAWP Insight #97, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking about the UK price point of the Lumia 930 (90 pounds). We also revisit last week's battery life topic, in the light of an update to the Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview and Steve's feature on maximising battery life. We also touch on last week's Twitter app issue, which leads to some app gap talk. We end with some bus related talk in the form of the arrival of multiple video editing apps.

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AAWP Insight #96: Battery life, Camera, LG, and more

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In AAWP Insight #96, hosted by Steve and Rafe, there's more discusssion of Windows Phone 8.1, a run through of the latest Nokia Camera beta, comment on LG's potential return to Windows Phone, and some chat about Internet Explorer 11. We also discuss some of the impacts of the completion of Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia Devices & Services division.

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AAWP Insight #95: Real world experiences of Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview

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In AAWP Insight #95, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we talk about our experiences with the Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview. We also cover the completion of the Microsoft Nokia deal, potential future names for Microsoft's Windows Phone devices, and Nokia's Q1 2014 results. There's also time for some chat around Steve's latest smartphone camera comparisons (Lumia 1020, Sony Z2, and Samsung S5).

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Nokia Q1 2014 results show dichotomy of old Nokia

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Nokia has released its Q1 2014 results, reporting an operating profit of €242 million for its continuing operations (up from a loss of €30 million a year ago), with net sales of €2.644 billion (down 15% year-on-year). However, the scale of the task ahead for Microsoft is shown in the operating loss of €326 million for Nokia's discontinued operations (i.e. the Devices & Services division), down from a loss of €120 million a year ago, on sales of €1.929 billion.

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