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Camera head to head: Lumia 950 vs Sony XZ2 Premium

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Almost a year ago, guest writer Matthew Weflen pitched the classic Lumia 950 camera against the (then) Sony flagship, the XZ Premium, with the fight being very close but with the Lumia ultimately winning out. Ten months later he has the brand new Sony XZ2 Premium in hand, the company's highest end Android phone for 2018. Time for his latest imaging shootout!

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How to: clear old photos and videos without losing your OneDrive backups

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Reader Michael Cunningham had an interesting question - with a simple and obvious answer, though with the usual Windows 10 Mobile transient uncertainties (a fancy way of saying 'glitches') to complicate things. Essentially he had filled his phone/microSD card with photos and videos, but didn't want to delete them from the phone in case they also got zapped from OneDrive, i.e. he lost his backups. Happily, it's easy enough to proceed.

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Roundup: Windows 10 UWP podcatchers

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Without doubt, THE most popular category of application for Windows Phone 8.1 was 'podcatchers', i.e. applications to auto-grab and play your favourite podcasts. I did so many features and updates for these for 8.1 that I've lost track. So this feature is for dedicated UWP applications, i.e. those expressly built for Windows 10 (Mobile/Continuum/laptops). This is a huge update to the original article from 18 months ago, with updated apps, updated features, and updated scores.

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Data points, strengths and weaknesses: Lumia 950 vs Canon DSLR

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Ever since the Nokia 808 appeared in 2012, phrases like 'as good as a DSLR' have been bandied around. And, while sometimes true, on the whole phone cameras aren't ultimately in the same league. But I wanted to quantify this, based around the most recent Windows 10 Mobile flagship (albeit 2015), in the shape of the Lumia 950 XL*, pitted here against a DSLR, the Canon EOS 1200D**. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Lumia and DSLR each turned out to have huge strengths and weaknesses.

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How to: use Continuum to watch BT Sport

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Guest writer Julian Williams brings us some left-field thinking that uses an old favourite accessory and phone in a familiar - and yet slightly different - way, using Continuum from a Lumia 950 as a screen expanding feature that helps him stay in touch with live sport.

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Windows 10 Mobile, Photos, and broken thumbnails

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This one's been rumbling around for a while, but I wanted to put it to bed... one way or another. In brief, Photos sometimes shows broken thumbnails for images on OneDrive and when you try to tap through anyway, you're told that the photo is unavailable and that you should 'check your Internet connection'. Which is quite clearly absolute tosh - but what's actually going on?

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Andromeda: Caught between a rock and a hard place and a sheer drop below

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I already commented, a week ago, on some of the unconfirmed rumours that Project Andromeda (/Surface Mobile etc.) has been pushed back, but it's worth going through the thought experiment of how such a new mobile form factor would work in terms of the finer points of interface and applications. Yes, we'd all love something shiny to play with, but would it work? I'm not so sure at this point.

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Lumia Camera UI reborn: Nokia Pro mode

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One of the jewels in the Nokia Lumia 1020 camera experience was always the UI - the way a simple swipe left from the shutter icon would bring up 'pro' mode sliders, arranged for easy twiddling, all with one thumb. This made its way through into Windows 10 Camera, of course, on the likes of the Lumia 950. And now it's reborn.... in an Android phone. With the Nokia badge. Gulp. So how has the 'new' Nokia done?

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Camera head to head: Lumia 950 XL vs Nokia 7 Plus

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Yesterday I compared all the features and functions of the newish Nokia 7 Plus with those of the Alcatel IDOL 4 Pro, the highest specced Windows 10 Mobile phone. And the 7 Plus came out on top, not surprisingly, given the relative age of the designs and the use of newer components and a newer OS. The imaging side of things was a win for the Nokia 7 Plus, so it clearly needed different opposition. Enter the Lumia 950 XL, still right up with the best in the world - can the 7 Plus's 2x telephoto lens help it defeat the classic Lumia?

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