Available to buy today* is the Wileyfox Pro, a new Windows 10 Mobile-native smartphone aimed unashamedly at security-and-budget-conscious businesses. Everything's aimed in this direction, from an OS that doesn't have time wasters like Snapchat or trendy games, but is rock solid in terms of security schedules, to 'old fashioned' hardware features like a replaceable battery, microSIM support and a headphone jack. Ahead of my exclusive full review, here's an initial image gallery.
AAWP Insight #254: UWP apps incoming
Possibly the most unusually timed gallery ever put on AAWP, this is the Alcatel IDOL 4 Pro, brand new in Europe, a Windows 10 Mobile flagship in mid-2017, against all the odds, or at least against the perception of the tech media. Following an (initially) one carrier, USA-only release in late 2016, we now have a tweaked version for the rest of the world, here in full retail form.
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I catch up with Rafe Blandford and we cover some of the good new UWP apps reviewed on the site, plus we chat more about the 'thousand cuts' editorial and - yes - there's a little more Surface Mobile gazing, spurred on by Paul Thurrott's glimpse at Microsoft 'internal documents'.
With Rafe having a busy week, I catch up with Steve Heinrich and mull over the balance between Microsoft and Google, between Windows 10 Mobile and Android. Turns out my 'thousand cuts' article rang true with him. We mull over Photos and the Store in particular. Plus we indulge in some Surface Mobile optimism - again.
I collar Rafe for a chat and catch-up - we talk PWAs, platforms, the changing of UIs and form factors, Skype and Teams. And a few tangents besides. So break out your classic 8.1 Lumia, unfold your Surface Mobile cardboard mock-up and sit down for a chatty 41 minutes of Insight!
It's a fair cop, it's been a few weeks since the last one, but Rafe and I finally got together for another podcast, almost an hour long, chatting about some new UWP applications and some breaking news, but mostly debating what platform and what devices Windows phone enthusiasts might like to consider 'next' when the time comes.
Rafe Blandford is back! In a late night, chocolate-fuelled podcast we chat about both current news and older matters, picking our favourite Windows phone of all time - which turns out to be the same and a sister device to a Symbian flagship. There's then a focus(!) on phone imaging generally, before we sign off on a quarter of a century of AAWP podcasts.
With guest Matt Lacey sitting in for Rafe Blandford this week, we chat about his new book 'Usability Matters', about the Windows 10 'app gap', about Podcast Lounge 2, and about the devices he and I have been using.
In this week's podcast, Rafe Blandford and I chat about the pros and cons of Windows 10 Mobile versus jumping to (e.g.) Android, helped by the appearance of the new Galaxy S9. Fear not though, as there's plenty of monthly update chat plus app reviews, and more...
In another extra length podcast, Rafe Blandford updates us with his overview of MWC 2018 and this year's mobile trends, plus we chat UWP applications, classic Lumias, OS security, and more....
With Rafe prowling the halls at MWC, I recruited Steve Heinrich to be my guest as we chat about some of this week's stories on AAWP, along with a tangent or two along the way, including the interfaces of Windows Phone 8.1 vs Windows 10 Mobile...
In this week's podcast, Rafe Blandford and I chew over the last 10 days worth of stories and news, covering Windows Hello, PDF reading, PWAs (again) and Operation Elop (oh boy)... See the show notes below!
Guest podcaster Matt Lacey comes in to chat about some of the stories of the last week or so. We cover Wileyfox's slip into administration, expected application lifetimes and compatibility, Microsoft's upcoming developer events, and whether there's any point in being on Insider rings for Windows 10 Mobile anymore.
In an extra length catch-up AAWP podcast(!), Rafe Blandford and I mull over all the news from the world of Windows 10 Mobile, trying to reassure listeners that the sky isn't falling in. Well, not today anyway, though we do set some timelines up.
With Rafe still catching up after CES 2018, I snatched the opportunity to catch up with a fellow Windows-covering Brit, Zac Bowden, from Windows Central, chatting to him about his smartphone journey, about Surface Mobile, about hyper convergence and the state of Windows 10 Mobile.
In a special 45 minute podcast before CES 2018, Rafe Blandford and I get together over New Year's celebratory drinks to chat about my final Wileyfox Pro verdict, about double-hinges and phablets past and future, and about Cortana's new 'tin ear' for music(!)
Rafe's back in time to wish you all a Happy Christmas and to chat about the mobile world from all angles, including the new Wileyfox Pro and why some businesses might opt to chase security and Windows after all, plus we talk Windows 10 on ARM and Surface Mobile.
With Rafe busy elsewhere, I take the time to call up a podcast regular from the USA, Steve Heinrich. We chat through some of the last few weeks stories and even have time for a listener's letter. Hopefully there will be another podcast before Christmas with Rafe himself - watch this space.
Rafe and I chat about my top 12 third party UWP applications, plus we finally get to the thorny subject of Microsoft apps and services on iOS and Android. How well do they work, what are the limitations, and which is the best platform (and which device) to have a look at if you've got itchy feet in the Windows world?
Rafe Blandford and I chat on-the-go about the week's Windows phone-related news, including two new pieces of hardware that are 'coming up' - possibly. Plus some software and hardware picks and the usual off-topic musings!
Rafe's busy this week, so in this special bonus podcast, I chat to MSCE Siavash Ghahremany about his device history (mainly Nokia and Microsoft), his current use of Windows 10 Mobile and his thoughts on what might happen in 2018 in terms of hardware and strategy.
In an extra length podcast, Rafe Blandford and I chat about the iPhone X, Huawei's PC mode, and comparisons to Windows 10 Mobile solutions. We also talk about the future of the platform and the difficulty of getting hardware repaired. It's not all doom and gloom but hey, we're at least realistic...
In this week's podcast, guest Anthony Fear chats about Windows 10 Mobile, iOS and Android in enterprises, we find a new 'Windows on phones is dead' metaphor, we chat about support until 2019, and what might have been if Microsoft had tried harder with the Lumia hardware. Plus more chat about sites versus apps.
With Rafe getting a week off, freelance developer Matt Lacey and I chew through some of the stories from the site in the last week, plus we hear the developer view on UWP applications, Joe B's tweets and an easier way of getting started with Windows projects.
Rafe Blandford is back, by popular demand, with his take on recent tech tabloid stories regarding the 'death of Windows 10 Mobile'. Covering some of the last week's stories in passing, we muse on the current state of the OS and on the future of mobile, in a wider ranging than planned discussion(!)
In this episode, guest Steve Heinrich joins me again to chat about the week's stories, including six more months added to the 2019 support deadline for Windows 10 Mobile, plus we debate the age old question: Lumia 950 or 950 XL?
In an extra length AAWP podcast, Rafe Blandford and I discuss "Why Windows 10 Mobile?" in a phone world that's increasingly being dominated by other mobile platforms, plus we give shout outs to Alcatel IDOL 4 Pro cases and some new UWP applications for Windows 10.
Anthony Fear and I chat about a few differences between the Windows 10 Mobile-powered IDOL 4S (in the USA) and IDOL 4 Pro (in the rest of the world), along with thoughts on the new Wileyfox Pro.
Despite being on the road, I manage to snare Rafe Blandford via Skype to record half an hour of thoughts on the new Alcatel IDOL 4 Pro - hear Rafe's take on (ahem) my take on the phone.
Guest Steve Heinrich, from the USA, joins me this week on the podcast to chat about the IDOL 4 Pro and other stories and features from the last week on AAWP. Rafe Blandford will be back next week as usual.
Rafe Blandford joins me again for a look back at the week's stories, from updates still appearing for various Windows 10 Mobile branches, including up to date Emojis (no, really), to a look at some new UWP apps. Plus we look back at the megapixel race and think about where camera phones have ended up.
Rafe Blandford joins me again for a look back at the week's stories, from updates still appearing for various Windows 10 Mobile branches, to Word Flow, from new UWP applications to swish new features in the AAWP Universal application.
In an extra-length podcast, Rafe Blandford and I chat about the imminent IDOL 4 Pro, the discounted Elite x3, the future of Windows 10 Mobile, and that Surface Mobile 'leak'. Again.
With Rafe on holiday, I roped Jason Snowden in to join me on the AAWP podcast - he lives the Windows 10 Mobile lifestyle exclusively and is the power user's power user. We chat about the Surface Mobile/Phone concept image, Windows 10 on ARM and what it needs, some new applications, plus that new Alcatel IDOL 4 Pro...
Rafe Blandford is back on the podcast, with plenty of industry (and historical) chat, looking in particular at the end of support for Windows Phone 8.1 and the recommended paths for owners of such handsets. Tying neatly into the Skype situation, since the Windows 10 Mobile upgrade seems to solve both issues, of course...
Guest Anthony Fear comes on the podcast to chat all things Alcatel Idol 4 Pro, plus we also talk about Fast ring builds and what Microsoft is (probably) up to. And what's that keyboard in Anthony's pocket?
Rafe Blandford is back this week, with a detailed chat about the pros and cons of accessing Internet 'stuff' via dedicated applications or web browser instances, and how the balance changes as the form factor increase in size.