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 #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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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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