It was something of a rude shock when my Lumia 950 XL popped up that it was 'low on storage space' - I hadn't put any video or music on the huge 32GB internal disk, so where had all the Gigabytes gone? Documenting my investigation turned into this 'how to' feature, here are things to try if you too run out of space in your Windows 10 Mobile phone.
On the eve of general availability of the latest* flagship for Windows 10 Mobile across Europe and the wider world, it seems appropriate to recognise the significance of the Alcatel IDOL 4 Pro's chipset and where it fits into the wider picture of Snapdragon chipsets used in Windows on phones through the last five years. Will the extra power make much difference?
It's not often a smartphone flagship comes along that claims to match the Lumia 950's camera capabilities, but the brand new Android-powered Honor 9 has just such a unit, albeit needing two physical cameras to match the 950's one. The benefit is that they can be smaller and thinner, but can all the dual camera trickery match the 950's ZEISS optics, OIS, and so on?
In a previous editorial almost two months ago, I looked in text and diagrammatic form at Windows 10 Mobile's future through the 'Redstone 4' era, concluding that a perhaps surprising amount of commonality will still exist with its desktop counterpart, through all the UWP applications and the Universal App Platform (UAP). Looking further ahead, another full quarter, I want to see what happens as we head into 'Redstone 5', in Autumn 2018.
Reader Richard Kooij, from The Netherlands, setting off for his vacation, sent in an involved question all about the best settings for Windows 10 Camera on the Lumia 950 range - and, rather than replying just to him, I thought the points raised were interesting enough to warrant a full feature/tutorial that everyone might like to keep bookmarked.
Upon the Alcatel IDOL 4 Pro's official announcement, tech blogs were quick to ridicule the product's existence and price point and, while I can see where they're coming from, I think they're absolutely wrong. At least for the Windows phone enthusiast (they do exist, our own AAWP community is evidence of this) - here's my thinking. And the reasons why I just put down £420 of my own money...
One of the complaints in my feature on why Windows 10 Mobile is superb for business and not so comprehensive for consumers, was that there was no way to play Amazon (Prime) Video. As it turns out, that's not quite true... In fact, it's perfectly possible, but you have to know the trick. And yes, it's a trick and not at all obvious. Read on...
In the spirit of throwing myself wholly into living the road warrior life, I tried out 24 hours with only Windows 10 Mobile - no cheats, no laptops, no Android backups. Just W10M for everything, on the Lumia 950 XL, for work, personal stuff, entertainment. As at mid-July 2017, who is the OS best suited for? My findings match Microsoft's own projections for the OS. I still don't agree with stopping making the 950 range, but the withdrawal from consumers in favour of business and enterprise is... probably for the best, if my experience is anything to go by.
What's this? An application last updated in 2014 that's still better than the first party solution from Microsoft? Well, yes, somewhat interestingly, for anyone else who has been frustrated by the limited real time traffic routing in Windows 10 Maps, I was determined to find out how well the old Waze solution worked on the latest W10M Creators Update. Turns out rather well, with only a few caveats.
The tech media has been falling over itself in the last week to talk about the ten year anniversary of the Apple iPhone, that moment when Steve Jobs revealed the shape of smartphones to come. All singing, all dancing? It really wasn't. Revisionist history says that the iPhone introduced all the features we see in today's smartphones, but that's not accurate...