The arrival of devices like the HTC One, with its built-in 'burst' mode photography (a.k.a. 'HTC zoey') has perhaps brought to the fore a trend in mobile photography which has been growing for several years. As phone cameras have got faster and faster, and as processors have sped up, it has become quite practical now, for transient subjects, to shoot 'bursts' of photos rather than put all your eggs in one basket for that single, special shot. So how does that work out on Windows Phone? Here are four applications that might fit the bill....
Throughout the history of PDAs and smartphones (so we're talking 20 years), one particular design battle has been raging, seemingly without a victor. From which you have to conclude that the battle is quite evenly matched. Yet I disagree, arguing that, from the user's point of view, there's a very definite winner, while manufacturers have a different preference and slant on this particular aspect of design.
I'm back home from Austin and the SXSW Conference, and it's time to look back at how well the Lumia 620 performed. If you've been following these video diaries then you'll know that I've been enjoying my time with the budget handset, and it will be no surprise that I'm going to be recommending it, but what strengths and weaknesses have I found?
With the arrival of the HTC One for Phones Show review, and with its imaging pretensions ("ultrapixels"!), what better opportunity than to put it up against the best camera-toting smartphones on both Symbian and Windows Phone? In the shape of the Nokia 808 PureView and Lumia 920. Oh yes, and, by popular request, I introduce an imposter from 2007 to the competition, the Nokia N95 classic, the world's first smartphone with a decent camera (and sensor size and megapixel quotient that's still comparable). How will that fare against the class of 2012 and 2013?
Up till now the Lumia 620 has proven to be a little powerhouse of a smartphone. The specs might be a touch depressed compared to the larger handsets like the Lumia 820 and Lumia 920, but it's coping with every task that I've asked of it here on the streets of Austin and the SXSW Festival. It's time to look at the camera now, both for stills and video.
PocketNow seems to be the first major web site to get both a Nokia Lumia 920 and a HTC One (both with optical image stabilisation and imaging pretensions) in the same place at the same time and take some meaningful low light photo examples. We have our own HTC One (running Android, you may remember) arriving tomorrow, so do watch this space for more detailed comparisons in due course, including against the Nokia 808 PureView. In the meantime, here's my analysis of three of the example photos, chosen for the ease of comparing detail...
Continuing with my real world review of the Nokia Lumia 620 around Austin and at the SXSW conference, I turn the attention today onto social media tools, and the People Hub.
It has to be said that the very fact that you're reading this site means that you're a bit of a phone geek. But exactly how much? Is your life well balanced or are you a true blue mobile fanatic? Not that I could pass judgement, you understand, I already stand condemned(!) as an über-geek! However, with my light hearted and handy quiz below, you can establish your smartphone geek credentials once and for all...
Once more it's time for South by Southwest in Texas, and once more I've been handed a smartphone to test in the wild environment of the Austin Convention Center. With over 25,000 delegates all trying to log on to the Wifi and using the local cellphone towers, a lack of plug sockets, and a lot of social media and online interactions required, it's the perfect location to give a handset a punishing test.
You may have seen my recent stills shootout between the elderly Nokia N8 and the new Sony Xperia Z? What I hinted at in that text was that I took the same shots with the 2012 Nokia 808 PureView and Lumia 920 as well, i.e. the best and fastest of Symbian with the generally-considered Windows Phone flagship. This being a camera result comparison, I'm expecting the Nokia 808 to win, of course, it's far more camera-centric than the other two and has a relatively huge sensor (plus proper flash), but I'm interested in the margin of victory and also as to how the best camera phone on Windows Phone matches up to (more or less) the best on Android, given that the sensor sizes are the same. Read on!