Steve is the editor at All About Windows Phone, which means any typos that slip through in the main stories are his responsibility (although, ultimately, you can still blame Rafe). He’s also one of the main writers, specialising in the camera and multimedia side of things when it comes to reviews and tutorials. When not working on AAWP and All About Symbian, Steve writes, produces and stars in The Phones Show, a fortnightly video show reviewing phones and smartphones in detail.
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The OnePlus 5 is the hottest ticket in the smartphone house right now, with Snapdragon 835 internals and dual camera with optical zoom, all at less than £500. And it's in the house for review elsewhere, so I thought a head to head comparison with the closest (though obviously ageing) Windows 10 Mobile handset was in order. And yes, don't worry, a camera comarison will also be along shortly...
Rafe Blandford is back this week, with a detailed chat about the pros and cons of accessing Internet 'stuff' via dedicated applications or web browser instances, and how the balance changes as the form factor increase in size.
It's been a week of major service UWP applications, though not from first parties - we're talking thrid party here (mainly Chococode) - but don't let that put you off. If YouTube, Tumblr, Flickr and - here - Pinterest don't think it's worth producing their web content in Windows 10 UWP app form then here at least is a great third party alternative.
Another day, another top notch UWP client for a major Internet property. In this case, Flickr, the photo hosting and sharing service. I've been a Flickr fan for half a decade now and getting involved with it on a Windows Phone has always been a bit up and down in terms of first and third party applications, with titles coming and going. Fliky is a new UWP client that looks good for the near future anyway, and with only a small gotcha or two on the uploading side.
I certainly didn't expect to discover another top notch YouTube client for Windows 10 Mobile so soon after the myTube! revamps. Yet here's Awecome Tube, rather cutely sub-titled 'YouTube to your heart' - and it's possibly the best of the bunch. Credit to Google for making YouTube's APIs so open, and full credit to developer Chococode here for an amazing application.
With more and more of the 'old' Windows Phone 7.x/8.0/8.1 Silverlight-based applications starting to be no longer officially supported (by the company or developer), a common scenario now is that you try to reinstall a favourite app on a new Windows 10 Mobile phone (or one that's been newly reset) and you see that it's no longer in the Store. Don't panic though, as in most cases you can still get this app 'back'...
Regular reader Marcus Koebberling posed a good question to me earlier this week: "Which Windows 10 Mobile apps do you actually use (regularly) and/or are pinned to your Start screen? Plus which Android apps do you miss most on your Lumia 950XL?" Which seemed as good a launching off point as any for a June 2017 'state of play' feature for AAWP...
Rafe is busy this week, so we've got another guest in - Tim Evans, from an enterprise virtualisation training background, proves an admirable contributor as we chat about the state of the Windows 10 world, new builds and where all this might end up... again!
Admittedly this is all model-specific, but the classic Lumia 1020 is a perennial favourite around these parts and... I have exciting news. Lumia Camera v4 (a.k.a. Lumia Camera Classic*) is back in the Microsoft Store! It seems that someone at Microsoft (probably a 1020 fan) has joined some dots up and pushed through the hooks and approvals that means that, even for 1020s upgraded to the Creators Update through slightly dubious means(!), Lumia Camera, with the 1020's 'dual capture' and 'reframing' tricks, are now a 'go' for 2017, with a version of Photos that plays nicely with it all.
This has been around for a while, but I'm just catching up with some side projects of major UWP app developers. Photo Shader sounds like a fairly ordinary image adjuster/filter package, but there are numerous ways in which this shines - literally. It's a full UWP app for phone/tablet/desktop/Continuum and works faster than anything except Microsoft's own Lumia Creative Studio. For which this is excellent competition - and also actively supported. See below for my full review and some examples of Photo Shader's capabilities.