The relationship between services and mobile devices has been through a few changes over the years, of course. The first iPhones didn't even support third party applications, while Windows Phone is widely perceived to have an 'app gap', despite there being hundreds of thousands of titles in its official Store. In both cases, it's the Web that picks up the slack, for those 'niche' services that may not (yet) have an official offering in the Store.
Consider this a kludge of sorts, but sometimes you just don't want to see all those square tiles on your Start screen, however prettily translucent. Sometimes you don't want tiles - at all! If you're feeling the urge to just have your information and icons 'hanging there' then see below.
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!
I've acquired something of a reputation of being obsessive about ultra-naturalistic, pixel-perfect photo quality and blind to the overall picture - after all, don't 'normal' people look at photos as-is, complete? And, with this in mind, I'd like to set a few things straight - I'm not against image effects, I'm not against post processing, and I'm certainly not advocating others go around looking at their photos under a magnifying glass or zooming them in to see individual pixels. But there is method in my madness...
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.
In something of a guest post, James Murray tells of perhaps the ugliest hardware hack I've seen for a while - yet one which obviously fulfills a need, one which Nokia should have perhaps considered when designing the Lumia 1020 in the first place?
Yesterday saw my stills shootout between the Lumia 1020 and the Android-powered Galaxy K Zoom - today sees the video equivalent. Being able to capture videos anytime, anywhere, is something that all of us do. And, to be fair, most modern smartphones do a great job at this. But what happens when you want to go further, zooming in and out and generally pushing the boundaries? In split-screen presentation, here's video from (arguably) the two best video capture phones around.
What happens when you set out to create an ultimate camera phone, when a hump is not a dealbreaker, when Xenon flash is a must and when no compromises are involved? From 2012, 2013 and 2014 come the two Nokia PureView camera phone flagships, plus - hot off the production line - the new Samsung Galaxy K Zoom. The latter, unlike the monstrous S4 Zoom from 2013, is streamlined and eerily similar in form factor and scope to the Nokia couple. But which will win out?
I suspect I'm going to have people comparing me with the pot calling the kettle black here, considering the number of smartphones I get through, but more and more I'm realising that a lot of what's really smart about a smartphone is you - and your own set-up and preferences. In other words, chasing the very latest models and swapping devices every few months is - no doubt - fun, but it's expensive and at the end of the day I bet you set up your home/Start screens almost identically to those of your one or two year old devices - I know I do.
Although I covered something along these lines almost three years ago and, let's be honest, a lot of the basics of video shooting haven't changed much, I wanted to update my feature for 2014 and the much newer devices and their capabilities. For completeness, as much as anything. In other words, I wanted all the best of our smartphone camera video capture tips in one piece, in one place. Hopefully something worth bookmarking and pointing people towards?