With the Nokia 8 arriving in for review, the highest specced of the 'new Nokias' (running Android), I wondered which Windows phone to compare it to. I settled in the end for the current Alcatel IDOL 4 Pro, though the Nokia nostalgist in me had me tempted for a while to go really 'old school'. See below for my thinking. And for the full blow-by-blow device comparison.
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No disrespect to WC's Zac Bowden, I suspect it was just a poor choice of phrase, but I heard him say on the last Windows Central podcast that "Windows 10 Mobile is End Of Life" (EOL). In the interest of clarifying the situation, I thought I'd set the record straight. And yes, anyone who has been following AAWP for the last year will already guess what I'm about to say/repeat/restate (though there's a new pretty chart to admire!) - Windows 10 Mobile is far from 'EOL', despite the utter lack of new phones in High Street shops.
I've done video capture tutorials before on AAWP, not least of all here and here. And I'm going to lift some tips from those in what follows. However, the assumption in previous articles is that we're dealing with an imaging flagship - so Lumia 1020, Lumia 950, and so on. However, in the modern age (2017) we're often now dealing with Windows 10 Mobile hardware that's more powerful in terms of chipset and RAM but less capable on the imaging side. Which got me thinking? How good is video capture on the Alcatel IDOL 4 Pro (and, by extension, the HP Elite x3)? Let's find out - warts and all!
The OnePlus 5T is the latest kid on the block in terms of smartphone hardware - with 16MP and 20MP sensors, used in different ways. It's the perfect starting point for a smartphone user who has decided to jump to Android in every other way than imaging. So can the camera get close to the mighty Lumia 950 XL? I find out below...
Now... this is an unashamed update of an article from six months ago - yet the information is still very relevant indeed after the production updates for many devices to Fall Creators Update (FCU) and to Creators Update (CU) for older phones. If the updates haven't gone smoothly (and I've heard of PIM sync issues, audio volume and camera problems, all characteristic of system file conflicts under the hood) then maybe a November 2017 'refresh' is what's needed?
This year's Google Pixel 2 XL has won both praise and criticism - it's the pinnacle of Google's Android dream, but it's demonstrably imperfect. Meanwhile, this being AAWP, I want to compare it to something interesting in the Windows 10 Mobile world. So what about the Alcatel IDOL 4 Pro, still sold, with similar form factor, loud stereo speakers, AMOLED screen, premium materials? Factor in purchase prices and this could be a closer fight than you might think...
It's all very well having this newish and still-sold high spec Windows 10 Mobile smartphone in Europe, but the amount of back-end effort being put in by Microsoft and Alcatel to support it is, to be charitable, modest. Meaning that there's every chance that you'll need to take charge of its OS status yourself. Here's a beginner's guide to the Alcatel IDOL 4 Pro and Windows 10 Mobile.
A week ago I pitted (with a little help) the new Nokia 8 camera against the stalwart Lumia 950 - the new Nokia against the old Nokia, effectively? This was at 8MP resolution all round and, while the comparator was perfect in terms of framing, we had comments asking for a re-shoot at full resolution on both phone cameras. So here we go - can the Nokia 8 do any better this time round?
It's the long awaited return of Nokia to AAWP - but in Android form, with its current flagship, the Nokia 8. Claiming a flagship camera, you can probably guess what's coming next - we pit it against the imaging prowess of the Lumia 950, created by the ex-Nokia engineers at Nokia back in 2015. You can probably also guess the result ahead of time, but don't let me prejudice you. Read on for the full FIC excitement!
You saw my shootout between the Lumia 950 XL and the Apple iPhone 8 Plus here, with the new iPhone not quite besting the champion. And only a month later we have another new iPhone, the controversial new 'X', with larger aperture and OIS on its second 2x optical zoom lens. Can this contender finally topple the 950 XL?