Now, don't take the title too seriously, there are limitations here - not least that you usually want to preserve your phone's battery and not drain it. But I wanted to document that modern Windows 10 Mobile phones can act as a power source for accessories or anything small that charges via USB. With a special adapter!
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As I proved last week, rumours of Windows 10 Mobile's death have been mightily exaggerated. As an OS and with updates provided, for many people we're looking at patches, updates and fixes to both OS and UWP applications for another two years (or 18 months for 'classic' phones) now. Having said all that, it's fair to say that 'retirement' is a good analogy and there are some serious caveats that we should all be aware of going forwards.
I do, from time to time on AAWP, update older articles. This is what's happening here, because the smartphone world changes fast and context is everything - what I was proclaiming back in February 2017 to be 10 USPs (Unique Selling Points) are still as valid as ever, but the 'Selling' part of the acronym is proving more and more galling.
Possibly the premium camera-toting smartphone in the world right now, the Android-powered Galaxy Note 8 has twin OIS-equipped lenses, one of which is a genuine 2x telephoto. Sounds amazing, but can it finally be the phone to topple the two year old Windows 10 Mobile-powered Lumia 950 XL as king of phone imaging? Let's find out!
Guest writer Matthew Weflen is back, this time with a phone camera shootout between the mighty Lumia 950 and the brand new Sony Xperia XZ Premium, the top of the line in Sony's Android line-up - has Sony finally managed to fix its imaging woes? (Certainly Matthew hopes so, since he's considering jumping ship to Android with it.) Anyway, let's find out.
Although much talked about (mainly) on other sites, the 'app gap' isn't the biggest issue that Windows on phones faces*. Neither is 'lack of a future'**. Rather the biggest issue - somewhat obviously, but it needs restating - is that by pulling out of first party hardware altogether when it did, Microsoft opened up (i.e. self-inflicted) a gaping (and possibly) fatal wound in its mobile ambitions.
Despite losing to the Lumia 950 XL in the stills shootout, the new A11-powered iPhone 8 Plus gets its revenge when capturing video, where the sheer processing power it brings to bear pays more dividends. See the split-screen proof below. Who says the Lumia always wins on AAWP?(!)
Possibly the sternest test the Lumia 950 XL has ever had in the phone camera world, I'm genuinely afraid for its crown as we head into a showdown with the very latest Apple iPhone, the 8 Plus, with dual cameras, including a genuine 2x zoom, hardware-driven noise reduction and a truly powerful ISP to combine images and generally deliver 'perfect' shots. Can the two year old Lumia compete?
2017's iPhone is now here and, not least due to its imaging prowess, the inevitable comparison with the Windows 10 Mobile champion, the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL, is also here. First in this general head-to-head and then in a dedicated imaging contest, coming early next week...
What's a guy to do? Sent a drone to review and needing an OIS-equipped camera to sling underneath it, I realised that I had numerous Windows Phones from the last few years that had both OIS, decent frame quality, and were err... disposable if the worst happened. As it happened, there were no disasters, but the Lumia 830 seemed to fit the bill across the board.