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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It's a debating point as old as the hills... Should smartphones have storage expansion slots (e.g. microSD)? From earliest Symbian days to the era of Windows Phone and now Android and iOS, the answer varies according to which manufacturer and model you look at, together with the price point involved. Let's look at the pros... and the cons.
Yes, yes, a personal Top 10 - and yours will no doubt be very different. But here goes anyway - at the very least it might give you some good ideas (and links). We love our smartphones. And we love our gadgets. So let's link the two up, with gadgets and accessories that help the smartphone work better. Much, much better. Powered, connected, productive.
Following my initial imaging battle between the PureView champion and the new iPhone 12 Pro Max, in which the latter triumphed by a small margin, I promised a 'part 2', this time using the iPhone in its new ProRAW mode, in which you get the best of both worlds - modern multi-frame HDR and yet perfect pixel purity, with no populist enhancements. This should present the toughest challenge yet for the venerable 1020...
Last week I looked at how Microsoft's Your Phone system had been evolving over the last 12 months, but I did tease that I wanted to compare it to Samsung's DeX for Windows (or Mac) - both seem to offer functions that have overlap, to say the least. Having established that Your Phone's core features can be helpful but that the concept isn't exactly foolproof or mainstream, is DeX for Windows (or Mac) any better?
I've done a number of Lumia vs iPhone imaging battles in recent years, but one that keeps getting requested is the classic 2013 Lumia 1020 (running the original Windows Phone 8.1) against the new top end imaging monster, the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Original PureView against seven years of sensor, stabilisation, and processor development. I've a feeling the 1020 might not pull this one back, despite this Flow recently. But let's see the margin, shall we...
Microsoft's 'Your Phone' software, now effectively built into Windows (in that you're prompted to 'link your phone' when first signing into Windows on a PC), has been evolving nicely through 2019 and 2020, see the linked stories below. But it's not quite a 'slam dunk' yet, partly due to mobile platform limitations, partly because it still feels a little like a solution to a problem that few people have in the real world...
Every time I post a photo of one of my Lumias in a Mozo wood or leather back I get comments asking where they can still be bought. The Finland-based Mozo itself has long gone out of business, it seems, but its excellent back covers (and wallets) for the Lumia 950 and 950 XL are still available... if you know where to look. Putting on my Sherlock Holmes deerstalker hat and grabbing my magnifying glass, I delved into the corners of the Internet to find you all options for both the Lumia 950 and its larger sister device, the 950 XL.
Here, for January 2021, is the refreshed/latest news and comment on applications and services on Windows 10 Mobile - the OS itself has now had its very last security update, but it still works on the whole. This feature will summarise what's broken and what's not, along with workarounds where possible. Details and links have all been updated throughout. Note that I've kept the URL the same, so the last seven months of comments are all still here.
Having already discussed the benefits of Apple's game-changing adoption of a new image capture format and workflow with the iPhone 12 Pro series and iOS 14.3, it's time to put it to the test. In theory, ProRAW means trivial output of photos which are as pure as the purest images coming out of the Lumia 950/XL. So let's hit the phones with a variety of challenging subjects and see how they do. I'm also throwing in 'default' iPhone 12 Pro capture as well, so that's clear whether it's worth hitting the toggle in the iPhone's UI. Is the newcomer the obvious replacement for a classic 'PureView' device?
In my NexDock Touch review, I discovered that this doesn't work reliably with the Lumia 950/XL, sadly. It's something obscure and probably chipset related. And the reason I know this is that the Alcatel IDOL 4 Pro, also running Windows 10 Mobile but with a more modern chipset, works just fine with the lapdock. Giving me a chance to at least demonstrate what might have been - Windows 10 Continuum in action on the NexDock Touch.