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 #111: Rants, GoFone, tough decisions

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In AAWP Insight #111, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start with a rant on photo uploading and sharing on Windows Phone, before moving on to talk more new devices (Alcatel Pop 2 and GoFone GF47W). This leads to some discussion of the Windows / Windows Phone brand and Microsoft's promise of cross platform experiences and talk about how the race to thin may be counter-productive. We finish with some opinion on the tough decisions made in Nokia's recent history.

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AAWP Insight #110: More IFA, Skype, Lumia 930 vs HTC One (M8) for Windows

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In AAWP Insight #110, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start with some thoughts on wearables and Windows Phone, before moving on to talk about some of the "other" Windows Phones devices seen at IFA, and sharing a recommendation for David Wood's new book, Smartphones and Beyond. In the second half of the podcast we cover the Bing apps shift to the MSN brand and Skype performance issues, before finishing with some thoughts on the Lumia 930 versus HTC One (M8) for Windows comparison.

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AAWP Insight #108: Archos, Spotify, Screen casting

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In AAWP Insight #108, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start with some brief commentary on Archos' entry into the Windows Phone space, the latest in a wave of manufacturers who are new to Microsoft's mobile platform. Other topics covered in the podcast include key updates for the Spotify and Bookviser apps, thoughts on casting options on Windows Phone in the light of the updates to the third party, Chromecast compatible, Tubecast Pro app, and the latest on the roll out of the Lumia Cyan update.

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AAWP Insight #107: HTC One (M8) for Windows

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In AAWP Insight #107, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we give an overview of the HTC One (M8) for Windows. We talk through the key specifications of the device, including the noteworthy Duo Camera with UltraPixel implementation and the custom HTC software (BlinkFeed, Camera, TV), and offer a first thoughts comparison with both the Android version of the HTC One and the Lumia 930. We end the podcast by sharing some some UK pricing and availability news for the recently announced Lumia 530.

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AAWP Insight #106: Cyan 1020, Prestigio, WP8.1 Update 1

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In AAWP Insight #106, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by discussing the merits of using bedded-in devices, in the light of the recent release of Lumia Cyan for the Lumia 1020. We also cover the  Prestigio Multiphone 8500 DUO, the withdrawal of Skype for Windows Phone 7 devices, battery efficiency of various releases of Windows Phone, our favourite features of Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, and the latest device rumours.

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AAWP Insight #105: Lumia 530, MixRadio, Uber

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In AAWP Insight #105, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by discussing the newly announced Lumia 530 and ponder the way it takes Windows Phone to a new price point. We also cover the latest news from the Lumia Cyan roll out, offer a personal preference of the Lumia 930 versus the 1020, anticipate the arrival of Cortana in the UK (and China), and offer some thoughts on the future of MixRadio. We end by highlighting a number of new apps and games - Live Lock Screen BETA, Modern Combat 5, Uber and Fitbit.

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AAWP Insight #104: Microsoft job cuts

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In AAWP Insight #104, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we discuss the recent job cuts announced Microsoft. The main focus is on the impact of ex-Nokia employees and activities, but we also touch on the wider context and talk around Microsoft's future mobile device strategy. We also revisit our Lumia 930 review after a further week of testing, before commenting on the patience required while waiting for the Lumia Cyan update. We end by highlighting the advantage of app store updates for built in apps.

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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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