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 #148: Microsoft results and listener questions

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In an extra length AAWP Insight #148, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start with a wide ranging discussion around Microsoft's Q2 results (8.4 million Lumia phones sold, up 10% year on year) and some thoughts on what comes next. The second part of the podcast is devoted to answering a number of listener questions, ranging from thoughts on Lumia 1320 performance to whether (in the future) other manufacturers will fill the gaps left behind in the Lumia line.

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AAWP Insight #147: Windows 10 Mobile upgrade, IAPs, and more

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In AAWP Insight #147, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by considering how many existing device owners will upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile (and think about some of the obstacles and motivations). Other topics include our experiences with the latest build of Windows 10 Mobile (including praise for the transparency on IAPs), problems with video streams in the BBC iPlayer app (and implications for testing apps), and a series of app picks.

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AAWP Insight #146: job losses, focussed portfolio, Windows 10 Mobile

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In AAWP Insight #146, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we talk through the implications of Microsoft's recently announced job cuts to the Devices Group and the associated $7.8 billion write down linked to the acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services business. We also cover the latest Windows 10 Mobile Build (10166) and highlight Steve's recent investigation of Windows 10 Mobile's performance on different processor/RAM configurations (from Lumia 520 to 1520).

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AAWP Insight #145: BBC apps, Build 10149

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In AAWP Insight #145, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we open by responding to a listener question around the BBC's support of Windows Phone (apps). Our second major topic is a discussion around Build 10149 of Windows 10 Mobile, which leads to a follow on topic around RAM configuration and performance. We also cover the rebrand of Xbox Music and Xbox Video to Groove and Movies & TV, trail some off-road mapping apps, and pick out two apps that have caught our attention.

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AAWP Insight #144: Elop departs, Freetel, Build 10136, and Gig video

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In AAWP Insight #144, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we open with some commentary on the departure, from Microsoft, of Stephen Elop and Jo Harlow. We proceed through a number of news items including a third party Glastonbury app, a software update to fix "Periodic reboot" issues, new Windows 10 Mobile devices from Freetel, and the latest firmware update for Microsoft Band. Our two main discussion topics are on the state of Windows 10 Mobile readiness and Steve's gig video capture comparison feature.

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AAWP Insight #143: Build 10136 and phone storage

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In AAWP Insight #143, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we open proceedings by discussing the arrival, after a month long hiatus, of Build 10136 Insiders Preview of Windows 10 Mobile, covering the main new features, and wondering how stable it is this time round. Other topics covered by the podcast include an update around Facebook and personal data sync, some thoughts on Microsoft's new portable battery chargers, and a debate around whether 32GB storage is enough in a phone.

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AAWP Insight #142: Facebook changes, Camera defaults

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In AAWP Insight #142, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we open the podcast by discussing the Facebook Connect API changes, how Microsoft services are effected, and any impact on the end user. We also highlight the latest HERE Maps data update, talk about the withdrawal of Lumia Camera Classic for high end phones, talk about how Cortana can help air travellers, and share some thoughts on Condor's Griffe W1 device.

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AAWP Insight #141: Windows 10, Band, and Store bloat

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In AAWP Insight #141, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we amble through a number of topics, from timings on the Windows 10 release (29th July for PCs, later for smartphones) to Microsoft Band questions (and light sabre apps) and related topics. We also discuss news of a firmware update (and excuse to cheer for the Lumia 640), Rafe learns about Steve's adventure dismantling his Lumia 1020, and we're pleased to hear Microsoft is looking to address Store bloat.

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AAWP Insight #140: Phone Companion and voice assistants

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In AAWP Insight #140, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we have two main topics, both of which lead to some extended musings and generalised mobile discussion. First up, the news of Phone Companion for Windows 10 (and cross platform Cortana), leads us to think about Microsoft's general approach and the wider way we interact with computing devices. Second, Steve's roundup of voice assistants gives us an opportunity to talk more about voice input and intelligent assistants.

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AAWP Insight #139: Hyperlapse, Windows 10 Mobile

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In the extended edition AAWP Insight #139, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by highlighting the release of Hyperlapse (and Steve's creative tendencies). Our second main topic is some discussion around the branding of Windows 10 versions and thoughts of the latest Insider build of Windows 10 Mobile (includes access to Office Preview apps). We also take the time to highlight two apps Pocket Casts and Tubecast Pro and talk about the rise of big screen devices.

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