Recent Features - Hardware

Battling at the low end: Nokia Lumia 520/530 versus Motorola Moto E

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Traditionally, the price barrier for smartphones was £100. Even Nokia's lowest end Symbian handsets only strayed a little way below this, yet with feature phones all but dying out in many countries, there's now a battle on to provide a 'first smartphone' for a buyer at as far below £100 as can be managed. There have been numerous ultra-budget Android handsets at rock bottom prices, but with legendarily poor performance and specs. So let's take something modern, like the Moto E, and see how it compares against the latest Windows Phone budget launch. And, for the sake of interest and further comment, against the older, existing Lumia 520.

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The future of the Lumia 1020 - another sidelined classic like the 808?

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The clue is probably in the generic term 'camera-centric', really. However much people in the tech world like their phone cameras, having just a little too much emphasis placed on imaging - enough to warrant a significant bump on the back - seems to be the death knell for a device long term. In part though, this is more down to the time needed for R&D, but the end result is (yet again) a device which seems destined to be sidelined a little....

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Introducing the Megalo Mini, 1400mAh on your keyring

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I'm a sucker for power solutions on mobile. So when Michael Krikheli, pictured below, got in touch about his company's innovative new 'key ring charger', recently successful on Kickstarter (it completes in a couple of days time), I couldn't resist the chance to ply him with some questions. The only bad news is that retail gadgets are still a couple of months away, so you won't be using the Megalo Mini on your summer vacation.

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How Microsoft has been optimising Windows Phone 8.1 for the giant Lumia 1520

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When the Nokia Lumia 1520 first arrived, back in November 2013, the quality of the hardware was obvious. But there were some aspects of the Windows Phone UI which looked underdeveloped on the much larger screen, with the same UI elements as on smaller screens, just made larger. Happily, one aspect of Windows Phone 8.1 which no one seems to have noticed yet, is that the 1520's huge 6" screen is much better utilitised. See below for some illustrations.

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Head to head: Nokia Lumia 1520 and LG G3

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The Android-powered LG G3 is the hottest thing on the smartphone block, not least because of the QHD screen, the first in a really mass market device. In fact, with a 5.5" screen diagonal, it's technically in 'phablet' territory - in which case, how does it compare to Nokia's own flagship phablet, the Lumia 1520?

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Never mind the new Lumia 630, get the Lumia 625 'upgrade'!

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Every so often the vagaries of a manufacturer's output and pricing system throw up anomalies - and, fresh from my review of the Nokia Lumia 630, I'd argue that the 630 is just such an anomalous point. So much so that the year old Lumia 625 is a much better overall package, I'd argue. It's possible that you've spotted this from the spec tables yourself, but just in case the penny hadn't dropped, I present a selective comparison below. Lumia 625 for the win!

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When a brand name outlives its founding technology: PureView and CBD

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One of the most frustrating things about marketing and branding, from my engineer's standpoint, is that technologies get brand names assigned to them (which is fine) and then the brand name gets used elsewhere, for something totally different. Which is where the aforementioned frustration comes in, of course. Let's call a spade a spade, etc. And a fork a fork.

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