A week ago I pitted (with a little help) the new Nokia 8 camera against the stalwart Lumia 950 - the new Nokia against the old Nokia, effectively? This was at 8MP resolution all round and, while the comparator was perfect in terms of framing, we had comments asking for a re-shoot at full resolution on both phone cameras. So here we go - can the Nokia 8 do any better this time round?
With another update for the start of 2018, here's our directory of the very best of the Windows Phone world, now split into two for logistics reasons. On this page are general, news, productivity, travel, time, and more. See this page for anything related to imaging or consuming media of any kind. Note that Windows 10 UWP applications are now hosted in their own directory.
For logistics reasons, we've split our applications directory for Windows Phone 8.1 into two, with a natural spin-off section being anything to do with imaging, camera, media and music/voice. This is the mid-January 2018 update. The original applications directory excludes these categories. Note that Windows 10 UWP applications are now hosted in their own directory.
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.