We all know how this works now. AMOLED screens have pixels which light themselves, enabling power-efficient always-on displays of time (and other notifications, depending on the OS), while LCD screens rely on a relatively power-hungry backlight, meaning that for anything to display at all in most light conditions, the backlight has to be on. Scotching the idea of an always-on display on LCD-equipped smartphones. But.... not so fast. For Nokia has waved its engineering wand and worked a veritable miracle.
With the Lumia 1020, Nokia created a smartphone with a hardware feature that has everyone talking. Not only does that create a buzz around the 1020 handset, but it also has a knock-on effect across the entire Lumia range - the so called "Halo Effect" of marketing, where a high-end device helps sells the rest of the range. The PureView-equipped Windows Phone isn't the first slice of technology to push a smartphone platform forward, but what comes next?
In this feature, we offer you an in depth guide to the additions and improvements that are arriving on Windows Phone 8 thanks to the advent of the Microsoft GDR2 and Nokia Lumia Amber software updates. Both the GDR2 and Lumia Amber 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 September.
Given it was late to the game, why is Nokia such a strong presence in the Windows Phone ecosystem? Just like a game of Command and Conquer, It's not just about commitment, it's also about strategic thinking, positioning, and managing resources. Nokia has played those three cards better than Microsoft's other partners, and it will serve them well as they rebuild their presence in the smartphone world.
It's been a good week or two for apps on Windows Phone, with some big names and some bigger numbers arriving in the Windows Phone store. But it's not the numbers that have me excited, its the quality of the apps and the appearance of a few big names that have me confident for the future of Windows Phone app development.
As a regular compiler of smartphone 'top 5's in The Phones Show, I find myself regularly finding myself happiest at least one generation from the current bleeding edge of technology, somewhat oddly. Causing me to stop and muse - what you might not have considered is that there are far more benefits than disadvantages in doing this, not least of all in helping your wallet out a little.
A couple of days ago, I pitted the Nokia 808 against the new Lumia 1020 directly, concluding that the latter's images were more processed but did have the advantage of being more immediately attractive to non-purists. In addition, there was the flexibility of the 'live' photos (of which more in our dedicated AAWP review part). My gut feeling is that these devices from Nokia are some way ahead of the chasing pack, so why not put this to the test?
In advance of the rest of our Nokia Lumia 1020 review coverage, I wanted to deliver an answer to the question that just about all of our readers are asking. Specifically, can the Lumia 1020, with its slightly smaller (though BSI) sensor and image processing differences, deliver images that are as good as those from the existing Symbian-based Nokia 808?
In this video we offer a hands-on preview of the Nokia Lumia 625, complementing our editorial and image-based coverage from earlier in the week. The preview covers some of the key talking points around the mid-tier smartphone, such as the 4.7 inch screen, the removeable back shells, and the inclusion of LTE connectivity. To go along with the video we've also put together a specification comparison with some of Nokia's other Lumia models, highlighting how Nokia has hit the €220 price point.
Yes, an All About review series on the Nokia Lumia 1020 is coming in due course, but let me first squeeze in a quick four way imaging comparison, courtesy of sample shots from four relevant camera-centric smartphones from Matt Miller and his extensive Flickr gallery. As ever, I'll save you the trouble of downloading dozens of JPGs and working out which is which - see below for my crops from the Nokia 808 PureView, the Lumia 1020, the Lumia 925 and the HTC One.