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Flagship head to head: Nokia Lumia 930 vs Apple iPhone 6

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A slightly belated head to head, but with Denim arriving for the 930, it's worth taking a look at the wider world beyond its Cyan launch. Overshadowing things this time is a massive price difference though - the Lumia 930 is now just over £300 in some places, under this if you shop around, while the Apple iPhone 6, not that much newer, hasn't really come down since launch and still sits at a whopping £619*, both SIM-free etc. Windows Phone or iOS - that's part of the equation, of course, but there's plenty of component choice to comment on below.

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Looking ahead to the Lumia 940

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No time machine this time, just a little crystal ball gazing. Microsoft has said from the MWC stage that a flagship Windows 10 (for phones) smartphone is coming, has said elsewhere that it will be powered by a Snapdragon 810, that Windows 10 itself will arrive 'in the summer', and we can guess a time frame of very early Autumn 2015 for mobile hardware. But what else will be in the presumed 'Lumia 940' and what chance will it stand in the marketplace?

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Head to head: Lumia 640, 735 and Moto G 4G 2015

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Announced today was the Moto G 4G, over in the Android world, a stunning mid-tier handset. How do I know it's stunning? Because I'm holding the 3G version in my hand, and it's 99% identical. What about an equivalent in the Windows Phone world? The obvious choice is the Lumia 735, which I reviewed here, but I'm also going to throw in the new Lumia 640 too - it's a veritable mid-tier fight!

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'Never compromise'? Eh? EVERY smartphone is hugely compromised

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‘Never settle’, ‘Never Compromise’, and so on are phrases often used in smartphone marketing, the idea being that nothing was sacrificed in the journey to bring you, the customer, the perfect device. OnePlus’s recent One (in the Android world) and Microsoft's Lumia 532 are good examples of this, yet I’m afraid I have some bad news for you - every single smartphone ever designed represented a compromise.

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What's new in Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2

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Do not go straight to Windows 10, do not collect £200, etc. Well, yes, you may be able to try the Insider programme and enjoy an early build of '10', depending on which device you own, but the more stable path seems to be to wait for a new major build of Windows Phone 8.1.... 'Update 2'. Potentially this could involve a matching 'Lumia' package, so maybe my predictions of a 'Lumia Emerald' in the past won't be too far off? Anyway, here's my curated list of what we should expect in Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2.

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The Selfie factor and the sweet spot - Front-facing cameras on Windows Phone

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So far on All About Windows Phone 'imaging' has all been about the rear-facing cameras on our smartphones, i.e. taking a photo of something. But what about the other camera - the one that points back at you? Now that 'selfies' are officially a thing (though I draw the line at special 'sticks'!), I thought a comparison, in terms of specs at least, of the front-facing cameras on Windows Phone hardware was in order - though it quickly becomes apparent that there's a 'sweet spot', beyond which it really is a case of diminishing returns. There is precisely zero point in a 13MP front facing camera. Really.

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How to: turn orange to BLACK - Lumia 930 adventures

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Yes, I know that Nokia's market research team told them that bright orange would be well received. But it wasn't in this household. So, despite having an orange 930, I set out to find a replacement back that was black - the colour all good smartphones should be(!) Here's my pictorial tale...

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The big Denim imaging head to head, plus two Symbian and Android imposters!

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I've had many requests for a camera head-to-head between the Nokia Lumia 830 and 930, not least since they're now about the same price at some outlets. But I thought I'd wait until they both had Lumia Denim and the new camera software. And then, heck, I couldn't resist adding in the Lumia 1020 and Symbian-powered Nokia 808 PureView into the mix. Plus an Android imposter, just to add an extra reference point. Gulp! So much to analyse and comment on below.

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Flagship head to head: Nokia Lumia 930 vs OnePlus One

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It's the intersection of two worlds - the Lumia 930 coming down in price, just over £300 in some places, under this if you shop around, while the newish Android 'star turn', the OnePlus One, comes in at £270, all SIM-free etc. Both have an awful lot that's worth noting and comparing. Windows Phone or Android - that's part of the equation, of course, but there's plenty of component choice to comment on below.

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Cranking it up to 11: before/after Lumia Denim and LC5 imaging comparisons

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I know, I know - more imaging. But this one's a bit of an exclusive. In the last of this series of features (in theory) looking at Lumia Denim and Lumia Camera 5, I compare the same shots taken on Lumia Cyan and the old ex-Nokia Lumia Camera with those taken under Lumia Denim and Lumia Camera 5. Microsoft claims significant image processing enhancements - and there are certainly big differences, but I don't think the changes will please everyone.

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