Following on from last week's immediate look at the Lumia 735 and subsequent review, it's the turn of Microsoft's Lumia 830 to get double-header treatment from the All About Windows Phone team. The main review will follow next week.
Notable at the Lumia 830 launch was the tag line "the affordable flagship", and Microsoft was right, the Nokia Lumia 830 is terrific value for what you get, as you'll see soon in our hands-on review. However, what's evident from both comments across multiple stories here at AAWP and from the perception of Windows Phone in the tech media, is that what's needed is a genuine flagship, something that has everything but the kitchen sink thrown into it and never mind the price, or indeed eventual sales figures.
The Microsoft Lumia 735 is the new mid-range Windows Phone handset for the festive period. Arriving in stores this weekend in the UK, this is our first look at the handset that Redmond hopes will make its Christmas - the Lumia 735 certainly has the potential to deliver. The hardware is mature, Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim meets the major bit of consumer expectations, and there is a clear marketing message behind the handset - this is the 'Selfie' smartphone.
It's hard to pick up a Sony Xperia Z3 (as I did for my recent camera comparisons) and not be reminded about the current Windows Phone flagship smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 930. The sizes are very similar, then there's the metallic feel in the hand and positioning in the market as well. Here's my blow by blow comparison...
With slight apologies for the cumbersome headline.... You see, the exact same camera unit is used in each of the two sets of smartphones, meaning that this test applies to any combination. Nokia/Microsoft seems to have standardised on the 20MP, 1/2.5" PureView oversampling camera for its latter day flagships, while the Sony Xperia Z3/Z3 Compact uses a similar 20MP, 1/2.3" oversampling system, in theory outgunning the Nokias (for a change). And, this being me, you just know I'm going to throw in a wildcard....
I may get mocked for my 'party' mock-ups when testing smartphone cameras, but my tests represent a better look at real world photos, i.e. of people indoors. Moreover, I also take into account facilities like lossless zoom, whereas this slightly questionnable set of test results from the usually reliable DxO mark folks shows the new Apple iPhone 6 models to both be top of the tree, with the classic Nokia 808 in 6th place and the newer Nokia Lumia 1020 down in 10th place overall! Remind me to take the DxO testers down the pub sometime and explain how to really test phone cameras....
In installing a popular Windows Phone application, I was brought to a crashing halt by a worrying error message. Happily, the message was clear enough about what to do and, as it turns out, quite a few of my third party applications had quietly been installed with 'background' capability. Disabling these permissions could result in increased battery life and phone responsiveness.
So it's been a while since I've been around these parts. While the digital walkabout might not be over, I have found a spot with some Wi-Fi, and I wanted to let you know what it's been like going 'off the grid' with Windows Phone.
Something that we all need sooner or later, on any computing platform, is a way of reading through Acrobat (PDF) files. To my knowledge, no mobile OS has ever supplied this by default, though many manufacturers often opt to include a viewer in shipping firmware. For Windows Phone, we're actually spoiled for choice, so I thought I'd round-up your options and proffer some opinions.
There is one aspect of Nokia Camera (soon to be just 'Lumia Camera', of course) which has been catching me out, despite all my smartphone camera experience. I know what I'm doing wrong, I just never remember to correct it when taking photos in the heat of the moment. Most users will know what I'm talking about when I refer to 'burned highlights'. Here's how to avoid them.