Whether you have/had a Lumia 1020 or 930 or 950, one of the core 'must haves' for you is probably cutting edge imaging - the absolute best photos possible from a phone. iPhones have been gradually 'coming up on the rails' in this regard and with the new iPhone 11 Pro I showed a few weeks ago that its cameras are right up there, and even exceeding those of the Lumia 1020 and Lumia 950. I'll revisit the subject when the 11 Pro's 'Deep Fusion' update hits, but in the meantime here's a feature comparison across the board between the flagship iPhone 11 Pro and the similarly sized previous camera champion, the Lumia 950. Cost notwithstanding, maybe the time is now right to move to an iPhone (and not just the cheaper '11')?
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The Samsung flagship for 2019, the Galaxy Note 10+, was launched a month or so ago, but I'm just catching up with it now. I'm expecting similar results to those from the Galaxy S10 series earlier in the year, but I know how much you like my Lumia 950 shootouts - can the triple-camera-ed Note 10+ surprise us by keeping the edge enhancement dialled back?
The dust is settling around Microsoft's shock announcement of the Surface Duo, running Android but with much of Microsoft's UI ideas. Some see the Duo as the next Holy Grail device, some see it as the ultimate betrayal of Windows Phone. As usual, the truth is somewhere in between, though I do have multiple worries over this new 'not a phone but kind of is' Surface product.
Last weekend I went hands-on with Samsung's brand new Galaxy Fold in London. Yes, it runs Android and this is being published on AAS and AAWP, but I believe it's a very relevant current data point in terms of mobile computing on the go. Not least because it's a modern equivalent to the Nokia Communicators of old. But it also paves the way for thoughts on where Microsoft is going next with its Surface Duo...
With some social applications, comms apps and Microsoft services being phased out through 2019 and beyond, I thought a ready reference table of where Windows 10 Mobile stands would be useful. And I'll try to revisit this every few months to update each section as needed. In summary, there's likely to be little disruption to 'normal' activities this year but a few more caveats in 2020, when Windows 10 Mobile will be out of official support. Anyway, see below for details!
Following my detailed general head-to-head between the Windows 10-powered IDOL 4 Pro and a new budget-priced flagship, the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro, earlier in the week, I did promise an imaging shootout too, this time with the Lumia 950 XL. Does the Mi 9T Pro measure up in the imaging stakes as a Lumia replacement? Let's find out...
In the continuing search for reasonably priced replacements for Windows 10 Mobile smartphones, the name Xiaomi keeps popping up, offering high end specifications at very low prices. In that vein, I've managed to get my hands on the new Mi 9T Pro, its flagship at only £350 or so in the UK, which is amazing. So how does it compare, blow by blow, with my top specced W10M handset, the Alcatel IDOL 4 Pro?
I have to say that I find it quite amusing that the tech industry is falling over itself in 2019 to embrace concepts that were commonplace back in the early days of Windows Phone - from well over six years ago. For every naysayer that slams Windows Phone for its weaknesses, remember that it also led the world in several ways, not least UI responsiveness, dark themes, and augmented reality mapping!
Yes, yes, another imaging feature... I wasn't planning on including the (now) six year old Lumia 1020 in my round of relevant iPhone 11 Pro imaging comparisons, but AAWP readers asked for it and so here goes! As it happens, there's common ground, since both offer zoom, both offer reframing (in different ways), and both phones are, I argue, unashamedly camera-centric.
The Apple iPhone 11 Pro is in for review for The Phones Show and its camera system is something special. Three matched and synced lenses, and with some clever software, but how do they stack up against the rest of the best in the imaging world, including AAWP's champion Lumia 950, but also throwing in Google's acclaimed Pixel 3 XL (now under Android 10) and Huawei's zoom champion P30 Pro? I'm in search of high IQ (Image Quality) here, under a wide range of lighting conditions.