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In this gallery, we offer a photo-based first look at the Nokia Lumia 640, which was announced earlier this year at MWC 2015. The affordable Windows Phone 8.1 device is a successor to both the Lumia 630 and 635 and has a 5.0", 720p resolution, IPS LCD screen, a 8-megapixel camera with LED flash, and a 2500 mAh battery. 

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Gallery: Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

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In this gallery, we offer a photo-based first look at the Nokia Lumia 640 XL, which was announced at MWC 2015. The Windows Phone 8.1 mid-tier device is a successor to both the Lumia 1320 and 625 and has a 5.7", 720p resolution, IPS LCD screen, a 13-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and LED flash, and a 3000 mAh battery. 

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AAWP Insight #135: Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

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In AAWP Insight #135, hosted by Steve and Rafe, the main focus is on the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL, though we also discuss its sister device, the Lumia 640. We cover our early thoughts on the hardware, make some head-to-head comparisons, and cover the basics on Microsoft UK's marketing plans for the Lumia 640. Also covered in the podcast are some early thoughts on Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 (new and updated features) and a trailer for a more in depth look at the latest build of Windows 10 for phones.

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AAWP Insight #134: Imaging in-depth (HTC M9 and Lumia 930)

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In AAWP Insight #134, hosted by Steve and Rafe, the discussion nearly all revolves around imaging. Using Steve's HTC M9 and Lumia 930 camera comparison as a starting point, we cover a number of imaging related topics, including flagship performance, the importance of software, and how much the megapixel count matters. We also cover a number of imaging-related app updates (Vine and Lumia Storyteller), and look forward to some detailed coverage of the Lumia 640.

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AAWP Insight #133: Device pricing, HTC M9 and Lumia 930, Tweetium, MS-DOS Mobile

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In AAWP Insight #133, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by highlighting a few UK deals for Lumia smartphones, which leads to a discussion of pricing and value for smartphones in general. Our main topic of conversation revolves around a comparison between the Lumia 930 and the HTC One M9, but we also find time to cover a few April-1st-related news topics (including Microsoft's latest 'mobile operating system') and to make a number of app recommendations.

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AAWP Insight #132: Lumia 430 (and 435), Windows HEC

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In AAWP Insight #132, hosted by Steve and Rafe, our main topic of conversation revolves around the low end Lumia 430 and 435. We talk about the latest addition to Microsoft's Lumia device portfolio, consider the overall state of low end smartphones, and how things have changed over the last few years. We also cover some of the highlights from the WinHEC event in China, and look forward to a flagship comparison next week.

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AAWP Insight #131: Lumia 940, Microsoft Band, app selection

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In AAWP Insight #131, hosted by Steve and Rafe, our main topic of conversation revolves around Steve's speculation about the Lumia 940. Rafe looks into his own crystal ball and also tries to predict what some of the changes and additions will be in the next Windows Phone flagship. We also cover the arrival of Microsoft Band in the UK, and finish with some app coverage for Aeries, Audible, and CastCenter.

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AAWP Insight #130: MWC and Lumia 640 and 640 XL, Lumia 435

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In AAWP Insight #130, hosted by Steve and Rafe, the main topic of conversation is MWC. We cover the key Windows Phone news, including the launch of the Lumia 640 and 640 XL, Windows 10 Universal Apps previews, a universal Bluetooth keyboard, and new phones from second and third tier manufacturers. Towards the end of the podcast we also touch on the Lumia 435 (in for review), as well as a number of recent app updates.

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AAWP Insight #129: Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones

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In AAWP Insight #129, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking about the newly available Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones. We talk about the specifics of the Insider program, what's in the preview and what's not, and share some first thoughts on the look and feel. Other topics in the podcast include a recap of Steve's review of the Yezz Billy 4, the retirement of Windows Phone "Rooms", and a listener question on the Lumia 735 start screen.

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AAWP Insight #128: photo backup, Office Lens, and Storyteller

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In AAWP Insight #128, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we open with a discussion around the Microsoft-Samsung patent agreement, followed by some thoughts on the updated Office Lens, and the continued roll-out of Lumia Denim. We also talk about the form in which photos should be backed up to OneDrive and consider Lumia Storyteller as an alternative to Photos. There are also quick app mentions for Podcast Lounge, Tweetium, and NPR.

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AAWP Insight #127: Lumia Denim camera comparison, 810-based Lumias?

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In AAWP Insight #127, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we have further discussion around the Lumia Denim update. Topics covered include availability (and the complexity of variants), a camera comparison with earlier software on the Lumia 930/Icon, and more. We also cover a Snapdragon 810 press release, updates for the Tweetium app, some thoughts on wearables and smart home apps, plus a Table Tennis game recommendation.

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AAWP Insight #126: Lumia Denim and Lumia Camera 5

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In AAWP Insight #126, hosted by Steve and Rafe, the focus is on the arrival of the Lumia Denim (on some high-end devices) and the linked Lumia Camera 5. We discuss the details, work-flow, and (hidden) cost of Rich Capture, when you might want to use 4K moments, and the much improved start-up and shot-to-shot performance. We also cover Microsoft's Q4 financial results (including Lumia device unit volumes) and a number of recent app updates.

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AAWP Insight #125: Windows 10

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In AAWP Insight #125, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we review yesterday's Windows 10 event, with a Windows Phone focus. Topics covered include changes to the Start screen, updates for Action Centre and text input, increased commonality with desktop and tablet Windows, and a run down of the major new "Universal" apps. To finish we highlight some notable app updates and releases for current Windows Phone devices (Dropbox, Spotify, Twitter, and Skype).

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AAWP Insight #124: Yezz Billy 4.7, Lumia 532 and 435

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In AAWP Insight #124, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we open with a quick look ahead to the much anticipated Windows 10 announcement, before rounding up some Denim updates news. In the middle section of the podcast, we talk about Steve's review of the Yezz Billy 4.7 (good hardware, but with software concerns). We finish by discussing the price of, and the hardware in, Microsoft's two newly announced low end phones: the Lumia 532 and the Lumia 435.

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AAWP Insight #123: Lumia 535, Yezz Billy 5S

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In AAWP Insight #123, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we open with some thoughts on the non-arrival of Lumia Denim and Lumia Camera 5, before going to to talk about a few CES highlights, including the Yezz Billy 5S. Other topics covered in the podcast include the latest AdDuplex stats, the acquisition of MixRadio by LINE, and gold editions of the Lumia 830 and 930. We finish by chatting about our review of the low-end Lumia 535.

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AAWP Insight #122: Gestures, Lumia 435, Note 4 camera

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In AAWP Insight #122, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we spend the first half of the podcast talking about a number of new app and games releases (Gestures Beta, Candy Crush Saga), as well as some updates to some of our favourite apps (Glance, OneDrive, Netflix). In the middle of the show, we talk about the pricing and positioning of the rumoured Lumia 435. We finish by continuing last week's discussion around imaging and the Samsung Note 4 (compared to various Lumia devices) in the context of Nokia's previous imaging "supremacy".

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AAWP Insight #121: HERE updates, Note 4 versus Lumia 930 camera

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In AAWP Insight #121, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we kick off by summarising the latest updates to Windows Phone HERE apps (free Drive+ and Transit for all, HERE account switchover), before moving on to highlight the latest DP update and the arrival of Cortana in France, Italy, Germany, and Spain. We also have mentions for a business card friendly Office Lens update, the GFXBench benchmarking tool (comparing hardware generations), Stickman Soccer, and BBC Sport. We finish by talking through Steve's camera comparison feature between the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Lumia 930.

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AAWP Insight #120: Next-gen '1030' and low-end WP device discussion

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In AAWP Insight #120, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start with a discussion on the latest low-end entrant to the Windows Phone market - the Iris Win 1 from Lava Mobile. Complementing last week's discussion of the "best" high-end Windows Phone device, we debate which device should take the crown for the "best" low end Windows Phone device. We finish with some commentary on the leaked "Lumia 1030" device, which leads to a discussion on the direction of the next generation imaging flagship. 

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AAWP Insight #119: Noisy Qi and WP device discussion 2014

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In AAWP Insight #119, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start with some commentary on clicking Qi wireless charging pads, before moving to discuss a number of recent and upcoming app updates (Lumia Camera, Photosynth, and more). In the second half of the podcast, we discuss the merits of various Windows Phone devices released in 2014 (and late 2013), with a focus on higher-end phones such as the Lumia 1520, 930, 830, HTC One M8, and Samsung ATIV SE.

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AAWP Insight #118: App round up and Toilet Twinning(!)

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In AAWP Insight #118, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we open with news of the latest Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview update (Battery Saver updates) and recent additions to the (UK) Cortana command set. We move on to talk through a number of app roundups, releases and updates, featuring Movie Creator, Wolfram Alpha, Riptide GP2 and more. In the last part of the podcast, we briefly go off topic to discuss Nokia's return to hardware, before Rafe talks Toilet Twinning and reveals a novel app promotion strategy.

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AAWP Insight #117: Microsoft Lumia 535 and Twitter clients

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In AAWP Insight #117, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start with a discussion of a lookalike Lumia 1020, before thinking about Windows Phone Twitter clients. We also cover a number of minor news stories from the Official CBS news app to the withdrawal of Nokia Reading and updates for Podcast Lounge. The main topic of the podcast is the Microsoft Lumia 525, the new entry level Windows Phone device, which was announced this week.

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All About sites podcast special: Damian Dinning - smartphones and imaging

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Apologies for the break in your normal run of podcasts with Rafe, but the chance arose to sit down with Damian Dinning, ex-Nokia and its head of imaging for years, the guy (with his team, of course) behind classics like the Nokia N73, N90, N93, N95, N82, N86, N8, 808 PureView and, of course, the Lumia 1020. The chat was in a quietish pub and is hopefully very listenable - the content is about 60% Windows Phone-related, 30% Symbian-related and 10% generic, but there's plenty here of interest to all readers/listeners, I think.

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AAWP Insight #116: Camera comparisons, Cortana, and more

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In AAWP Insight #116, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start with a discussion of some of Steve's recent camera head-to-heads, with a special emphasis of the iPhone 6+ versus the Lumia 1020. We cover the latest on the Nokia to Lumia re-branding (camera software), chat about the roll out of Cortana and available phrases/questions, and share a use-case where AMOLED trumps LCD. There's also a couple of smaller asides into mid-tier Lumia positioning, camera futures, and Denim availability.

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AAWP Insight #115: OneDrive, Microsoft Health and Band

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In AAWP Insight #115, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start with a quick return to the topic that we closed last week's podcast with, that of Microsoft cross-platform services and why you might choose Windows Phone. We also cover the retirement on the Nokia brand from smartphone, updates to the OneDrive and Xbox Video apps, and the latest mapping data and app updates from HERE. There's also a quick mention for the newly announced Microsoft Health and related Microsoft Band wearable accessory.

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AAWP Insight #114: Bush, Lumia 830, and Windows

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In AAWP Insight #114, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start with a quick mention of our policy in terms of how much of the new unified 'Windows' wolrd we'll be covering (summary: just phones and related), plus we move on to new Windows Phone 'name' Bush, now selling an entry level smartphone through UK retailer Argos. This week's app coverage includes Skype and Tubecast Pro. We also revisit the Lumia 830, and discuss whether it can be a "sidegrade" to Lumia 1020/925/920 owners. In the last portion of the podcast, in response to a listener question, Rafe shares some thoughts on Windows Phone differentiation. 

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AAWP Insight #113: Lumia 735 and Lumia 830

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In AAWP Insight #113, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start with a quick mention of new Windows Phone manufacturer Highscreen, before detailing the latest update to Glance, one of our favourite apps. We also cover the launch of Skype Qik, the return of Colour Pop to Creative Studio, and new app Live Tile Clock. The second half of the podcast is all about the Lumia 735 and Lumia 830, a pair of mid tier mavens that look set to give the Lumia device portfolio a significant boost. 

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AAWP Insight #112: Windows 10 and Lumia 735

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In AAWP Insight #112, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by discussing Microsoft's two Miracast adaptors (what they do and why they both exist). Our first topic is Windows 10 and the way it will "run" across all devices. We also find time to talk about the latest release of the Windows Phone Developer Preview, OneDrive camera roll bonus space, and the arrival of rebranded MSN apps. We finish with some early thoughts on the Lumia 735.

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AAWP Insight #111: Rants, GoFone, tough decisions

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In AAWP Insight #111, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start with a rant on photo uploading and sharing on Windows Phone, before moving on to talk more new devices (Alcatel Pop 2 and GoFone GF47W). This leads to some discussion of the Windows / Windows Phone brand and Microsoft's promise of cross platform experiences and talk about how the race to thin may be counter-productive. We finish with some opinion on the tough decisions made in Nokia's recent history.

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AAWP Insight #110: More IFA, Skype, Lumia 930 vs HTC One (M8) for Windows

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In AAWP Insight #110, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start with some thoughts on wearables and Windows Phone, before moving on to talk about some of the "other" Windows Phones devices seen at IFA, and sharing a recommendation for David Wood's new book, Smartphones and Beyond. In the second half of the podcast we cover the Bing apps shift to the MSN brand and Skype performance issues, before finishing with some thoughts on the Lumia 930 versus HTC One (M8) for Windows comparison.

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AAWP Insight #108: Archos, Spotify, Screen casting

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In AAWP Insight #108, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start with some brief commentary on Archos' entry into the Windows Phone space, the latest in a wave of manufacturers who are new to Microsoft's mobile platform. Other topics covered in the podcast include key updates for the Spotify and Bookviser apps, thoughts on casting options on Windows Phone in the light of the updates to the third party, Chromecast compatible, Tubecast Pro app, and the latest on the roll out of the Lumia Cyan update.

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AAWP Insight #107: HTC One (M8) for Windows

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In AAWP Insight #107, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we give an overview of the HTC One (M8) for Windows. We talk through the key specifications of the device, including the noteworthy Duo Camera with UltraPixel implementation and the custom HTC software (BlinkFeed, Camera, TV), and offer a first thoughts comparison with both the Android version of the HTC One and the Lumia 930. We end the podcast by sharing some some UK pricing and availability news for the recently announced Lumia 530.

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AAWP Insight #106: Cyan 1020, Prestigio, WP8.1 Update 1

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In AAWP Insight #106, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by discussing the merits of using bedded-in devices, in the light of the recent release of Lumia Cyan for the Lumia 1020. We also cover the  Prestigio Multiphone 8500 DUO, the withdrawal of Skype for Windows Phone 7 devices, battery efficiency of various releases of Windows Phone, our favourite features of Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, and the latest device rumours.

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AAWP Insight #105: Lumia 530, MixRadio, Uber

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In AAWP Insight #105, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by discussing the newly announced Lumia 530 and ponder the way it takes Windows Phone to a new price point. We also cover the latest news from the Lumia Cyan roll out, offer a personal preference of the Lumia 930 versus the 1020, anticipate the arrival of Cortana in the UK (and China), and offer some thoughts on the future of MixRadio. We end by highlighting a number of new apps and games - Live Lock Screen BETA, Modern Combat 5, Uber and Fitbit.

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AAWP Insight #104: Microsoft job cuts

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In AAWP Insight #104, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we discuss the recent job cuts announced Microsoft. The main focus is on the impact of ex-Nokia employees and activities, but we also touch on the wider context and talk around Microsoft's future mobile device strategy. We also revisit our Lumia 930 review after a further week of testing, before commenting on the patience required while waiting for the Lumia Cyan update. We end by highlighting the advantage of app store updates for built in apps.

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AAWP Insight #103: Lumia 930 review discussion

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AAWP Insight #103, hosted by Steve and Rafe, is dedicated to the Lumia 930, the global variant of the Lumia Icon, which goes on sale this week in the UK. The main focus is on the hardware of the new flagship Lumia device, but there's also a few mentions for Lumia Cyan and Windows Phone 8.1. This podcast complements our ongoing Windows Phone 8.1 coverage and our recently published review of the Nokia Lumia 930. [Update: file now fixed and available]

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AAWP Insight #102: Lumia 930 and 635

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In AAWP Insight #102, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking about the imminent arrival of the Lumia 930. There's also a mention for the Lumia 635, which recently went on sale in the UK, and the timing on the forthcoming Lumia Cyan software update for existing Lumia devices. In the second half of the podcast, we discuss Windows Phone 8.1's large screen optimisations (as seen on the Lumia 1520), as well as a number of recent app updates and releases (Xbox Music, Twitter, Video Tuner, and Adobe Photoshop Express).

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