A year ago, I reviewed the NexDock 2, providing a full Type C Continuum lapdock experience for Windows 10 Mobile flagships and, importantly, any other smartphone with desktop support in its OS. So Samsung DeX on the top end Galaxy phones, Huawei's Easy Projection' and even LG with a more primitive offering. The NexDock 2 was impressive but flawed, but the NexDock Touch fixes all complaints and is The. Most. Impressive. Lapdock I've seen so far. Full review coming very soon, but here are my first thoughts and image gallery.
AAWP Insight 258: Dragged back by the Duo
It's here. Somewhat belatedly, and with the Windows 10 Mobile/Continuum platform itself running out of life support. But the NexDock 2 has finally arrived, and of course it's future-compatible with Samsung Dex on Android, plus many other similar USB Type C-based systems, so it's an accessory that's applicable right across the board. I'll be reviewing it fully over the next few weeks, in conjunction with my Lumia 950 XL and Samsung Galaxy S9+, but let's start with a hands-on and unboxing gallery.
No, this isn't a phone. It's not even a 'communicator' in the purest sense, since the LTE version hasn't appeared yet. But the Surface Go is a half way house between a smartphone and a full-on laptop or even a 'Pro' hybrid. Paired with a phone (to provide mobile bandwidth), the Surface Go is quite a lot of computing power and familiar interface in a surprisingly small and light package, offering something different from traditional Macbooks, laptops, even Chromebooks now, and letting you bring the power of a traditional Windows PC everywhere you go.
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In what is seemingly an annual podcast now(!), I chat to AAWP regular Mark Swidler about the new Microsoft Surface Duo, plus we report on his Lumia 950 woes and possible search for a replacement. Why should you abandon Windows 10 Mobile in 2020, and why should you think about sticking it out a little longer? Surprisingly, the humble phone microphone set plays a big part here. See what you think in this hour+ show!
OK, it's been a while. Rafe is so busy these days, I thought I'd do a special podcast (maybe one of several) with guests. Starting with Mark and Lee Swidler, who have been helping me with my Lumia 950/Nokia 9 comparisons. In Phones Show Chat 491, they went into detail on the new Nokia, but here they focus more on the '950', which has been serving them both well for three years. But for how much longer, for both the hardware and the OS? I investigate, in audio form!
With Rafe Blandford still buried in work, I enlisted Steve Heinrich to fill in on the AAWP Insight podcast, in a whistle stop tour of recent stories and with a few rants and opinions along the way. See the show notes below!
After something of a gap, we're back - Rafe and I chatting about the goings on in the Windows and other relevant tech world. In particular we chat about the new Surface Go, the possible delay to Surface Mobile, and about the recent BBC4 documentary.
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.