Forgive something of an observational rant, but with three decades in the computing world, I think it's valid to point out something that most commentators overlook. You see, an iPhone, Android or Windows Phone looks more or less complete in terms of its user interface and operating system - why should it be considered only a couple of steps away from disaster? Yet I contend that a modern OS is now so complicated that only genuine TLC can keep it on the rails. And that's not always forthcoming, especially in the world of Windows 10 Mobile, but also on some Android marques.
It's the long awaited return of Nokia to AAWP - but in Android form, with its current flagship, the Nokia 8. Claiming a flagship camera, you can probably guess what's coming next - we pit it against the imaging prowess of the Lumia 950, created by the ex-Nokia engineers at Nokia back in 2015. You can probably also guess the result ahead of time, but don't let me prejudice you. Read on for the full FIC excitement!
I collaborate with guest writer Noel from New Zealand to bring a healthy-ish data point on a classic phone and OS - amazingly, he's still living with Windows Phone 8.1 on his Lumia 1020. He goes into detail below, plus there are some comments from me too in answer to his concerns over updates and security.
On the whole, I really enjoy using Windows 10 Mobile, which is why AAWP continues to exist and be updated. However, it's not all roses, and there's one thing I've never publicly complained about. Until now. One of the biggest frustrations I have with the operating system has nothing to do with the OS at all and more to do with Microsoft making a complete pigs ear of the software on their servers. Let me explain...
You saw my shootout between the Lumia 950 XL and the Apple iPhone 8 Plus here, with the new iPhone not quite besting the champion. And only a month later we have another new iPhone, the controversial new 'X', with larger aperture and OIS on its second 2x optical zoom lens. Can this contender finally topple the 950 XL?
I realise that comparisons between a late 2015 phone and two late 2017 phones is stretching things a little, but there are still many, many Lumia 950 XL owners here who would welcome a feature here, with these contenders possible ways to 'jump' in terms of life after the Lumia. The IDOL 4 Pro, as the new, currently sold Windows 10 Mobile flagship might have been more appropriate, but I felt the 950 XL's unique selling points gave it a better chance of standing tall in this company.
Continuing what has been a somewhat imaging-centric week on AAWP (that all stops tomorrow), in another in our popular camera phone tutorial series, I'm using a photo sent in by a reader, Jeff Appleton, who amazes with a photo taken on his Lumia 950 in Iceland. Taken in incredibly challenging light conditions.
Having already done some quick low light tests of the regular 5" Google Pixel's camera in comparison to the mighty Lumia 950 range, I now have the chance to do some much more in depth tests, and this time on the exact match, size wise, for my 950 XL - this is the Pixel 2 XL. And I test its camera in all light conditions, from bright sunlight to night time and with my famous 'party' mock-up...
Here's the latest in my growing series of cameraphone 'tutorials', or at least explaining the thought behind various successful phone-shot photos. In this case, a look at the use of positioning, light and PureView zoom to capture amazing detail in a pretty water fountain.
With the world praising the imaging prowess of the new Google Pixel 2 phones, the quesion on everyone's my lips is whether we finally have a computationally-backed phone camera that can dethrone the mighty Lumia 950/XL pair? Using the traditional interactive comparator, I go hands on with the Pixel 2 and explore its err... pixels, specifically in low light, where only the very best camera phones survive.