A few days ago I pitched the new OPPO Find X2 Pro against the Lumia 950 XL, spec for spec, with a view to it perhaps being a viable across-the-board upgrade. The huge question mark was over its imaging, which is why I present my usual multi-scene pixel analysis below - can the OPPO get close to the Lumia in terms of image quality? Also, does its 5x periscope zoom deliver, should you need this?
Another week, another comparison and possible way to go. It's raining smartphones here! In terms of raw specs, at least, this is one of the imaging flagships of 2020, though it remains to be seen how it fares in my camera testing. The Find X2 Pro impresses on almost every other level, running Android and with impeccable tech specs. The only fly in the ointment is perhaps the 'Color OS' skin on top, but at least OPPO isn't tainted by a USA trade ban and so, unlike Huawei's similar P40 Pro, this one has full Google services and applications. Phew!
Still very new, the OnePlus 8 Pro is the biggest and baddest (in a good way!) smartphone OnePlus has ever made. It's rated as perhaps the best Android phone money can buy, yet it's nowhere near the most expensive, which makes it an attractive option for an upgrade out of the ailing Windows 10 Mobile world. Here's how the classic Lumia 950 XL compares to the OnePlus 8 Pro...
Following my detailed comparison between the classic Lumia 950 and the revamped new budget Apple iPhone (the SE 2020), here's the promised camera head to head. Both are single camera systems with OIS and PDAF - the Lumia has oversampling for purity and a limited lossless zoom, but the SE has a newer sensor and far, far more powerful chipset handling the image processing. So it should be a close run thing...!
The Lumia 950 is famously compact and yet powerful (at least, in terms of imaging). But what if I said that you could switch to a brand new Apple iPhone of similar size, keep a great camera and Qi charging, add stereo speakers, and all for not much more than £400, all in? That's the beauty of the new iPhone SE, see below for a blow by blow comparison. Could an iPhone SE be the one that finally tempts you from your 950 and into a more modern ecosystem? Hey, you even (cough) get to keep the top and bottom bezels(!)
One month on from the previous update, here's the refreshed/latest news and comment on applications and services on Windows 10 Mobile for May 2020 - the OS itself has now had its very last security update, but it still works on the whole. This feature will summarise what's broken and what's not, along with workarounds where possible. Details and links have all been updated throughout. Note that this is a new URL and so a chance for new comments, this time round.
Finishing off a short sequence of articles on the Lumia 1020 and Windows Phone 8.1 in general, I thought it would be instructive to look at the OS one last time, almost three years after Microsoft stopped official support for the OS, and four months after the on-device Store physically stopped working. What does still work and what's a no-go?
Something of an oddity, but now that the Store and online Microsoft accounts have disappeared for anyone still interested in using an older Windows Phone 8.1 device (of which more in a few days), you might be wondering about getting files off and on the phone. Now, Windows PC users can do the usual drag and drop in Windows Explorer, but despite recent MTP discoveries by me(!) Windows Phone 8.1 owners can't hook up via cable and MTP to an Apple Mac. However, you can share files wirelessly - not via AirDrop and Wifi(!), but via Bluetooth. Here's how.
By popular request, this latest imaging flagship that's great with Microsoft and not so hot on Google, is pitched head to head for video capture with the classic 1020, the very first high megapixel zoom cameraphone with stabilised sensor. I look at stabilisation and smoothness, at audio and low light handling, with plenty of zoom examples. As I start this feature, I suspect the newer OIS, newer and even larger sensor, plus newer and far faster chipsets will win out, but can this classic 2013 Lumia come close?
Last week I pitched the new Huawei P40 Pro against the classic Lumia 950 XL, spec for spec, and concluded that it's not a terrible shout as a Lumia replacement as long as you're not heavily into Google services. In this feature I wanted to show in screenshot form how this might work, with all your Microsoft and Windows favourites front and centre. What are the highlights and what caveats remain? And you might even feel at home with way you have to drop back to doing things in a browser - just like old times for Windows phone fans, eh?