This is part 2 of my updated, comprehensive look at no less than sixteen 'podcatchers' for Windows Phone, i.e. ways to discover, download and enjoy podcasts using nothing more than your humble smartphone, i.e. no desktop needed. Split into two for reasons of length (the entire feature is over 7500 words!), part 1 covered the first nine podcatching applications, here's the next seven, plus an overall verdict.
Podcatching, as you'll probably know, is the act of grabbing podcasts directly, over the air, on your smartphone. Automatically, seamlessly and without needing a desktop or any direct manual intervention. And then sorting them, playing them back in sensible fashion, working around interruptions, and cleaning up afterwards. It's a tall order for an application, yet we have no less than SIXTEEN likely contenders here for Windows Phone 8, all of which I've put through their paces. The first nine in this, part 1 of the feature, and the remaining seven, plus a verdict, in part 2 of the feature here.
Nokia's first trio of low end Windows Phone 8 devices, the Lumia 520, 620 and 720, are all around a year old. It's likely that we'll see successor devices before too long, with the upcoming MWC event in Barcelona being a good candidate for the next Lumia launch announcement. That raises an obvious question - is now the right time buy a low end Windows Phone device?
The Lumia 1520 is a space age (and space-sized!) piece of kit, to be sure. And it also happens to include a cut down version of the same PureView oversampling technology as in the camera flagship, the Lumia 1020. Making for an obvious head to head feature, though I threw in some other camera-equipped phones for good measure in some tests, as you'll see.
Nokia has made a lot of the RAW (DNG) support in Nokia Camera on the Lumia 1520 and 1020 - and for some people this may indeed be exciting news. But there's a potential sting in the tail if you're not careful, at least in terms of working with the shareable images on the phones themselves, and I'd repeat my caution to only turn on the 'DNG (34MP)' mode if you a) know what you're doing and b) you don't plan to do much with your images on the device.
Once more market share numbers are in the news for Windows Phone. The underlying trend is up, projections by analysts are showing up to 20% share during this decade, and we're expecting the next wave of devices at MWC in February. While the 'third ecosystem' belongs to Windows Phone, the real goal to become established remains.
In this feature, we offer you a comprehensive, in depth guide to the additions and improvements that are arriving on Windows Phone 8 thanks to the advent of the Microsoft Update 3 and Nokia Lumia Black software updates. Both Windows Phone 8 Update 3 and Lumia Black updates have started rolling out, but are not yet available for all devices. The majority of Windows Phone 8 devices are expected to receive the update before the end of February.
I've been around smartphone imaging for a while. I've seen the peaks, the pinnacles of phone cameras - usually with Nokia's name on them - but I think we're done. And you are too, at least if you own a Nokia Lumia 1020. Over 24 hours, I tried every scenario I could think of and the 1020 with the new 'Black' oversampling algorithms and revised image processing came through with such flying colours that I just had to share the shots and comment here. Seriously, 'perfection' (for a phone-hosted camera) has now been achieved - if you have a 1020 then you never need to look for another smartphone if imaging is important to you - if you don't have a Lumia 1020 then you're missing out...
If there's anything worse than being talked about behind your back, it's not being talked about at all. Looking over the timetables and the presentations coming out of the Las Vegas Convention Center and this year's Consumer Electronics Show, the three leaders of the main mobile platforms (Apple, Google, and Microsoft) were not present. Look at the headlines and you have Android's continuing march to become the default platform of the decade, every peripheral manufacturer addressing the iPhone, and Windows Phone... er... well, there lies a bit of an issue.
We've already looked at the impact of the Nokia Lumia Black software update on still photo capture on the Lumia 1020, but some of the changes to the image processing algorithms also apply to other devices in the Lumia range. In this feature we compare some before and after photos captured using the Lumia 925 in order to demonstrate some of the changes and improvements.