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 #244: Expected app lifetimes, Wileyfox woes
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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In a guest AAWP podcast, Jason Snowden steps into Rafe's shoes again, while the latter is working hard at MWC 2017. We chat in detail about Jason's Windows 10 Mobile interface ideas and other stories and features from the last week.
In this week's podcast, Rafe Blandford stops through on his way to MWC 2017 and we catch up with some of the features posted over the last week, including access to Google Drive and Google Photos, plus discussion of hands-free operation via Cortana when in the car.
In AAWP Insight #207, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we spend the main part of the podcast talking about what's new in the Creators Update (specifically) for Windows 10 Mobile. Key points include performance improvements, updates to Edge, and the importance of enabling technology. Other topics covered in the podcast include commentary on Steve's Elite x3 summary and a shout out for the (now much better value) Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard.
In this week's podcast, Anthony Fear returns as guest, to reply to some feedback on Elite x3 and Lap Dock pricing. We also chat about recent AAWP news stories, including Skype changes and Redstone 2 changelogs.
In AAWP Insight #205, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking hardware, specifcially the Alcatel IDOL 4S with Windows 10, which is now available SIM-free in the USA. Other hardware connected topics include sad news of the Acer Jade Primo and a recap of Steve's real world review of the HP Elite x3 Lap Dock.
In this week's podcast, by popular demand, I get on another developer guest, Brian Kernan (CityArtSearch on Twitter), chatting about his free fine art application that aims to educate us all, whether mobile or not, in terms of art around the world.
In an extra length AAWP Insight #203, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking about some of the Windows-themed news from CES. Rafe also covers the general themes and topics from the show, from voice to emotion. There's also a brief mention of the tenth anniversary of the iPhone announcement and progress in computational photography. We also chat about the HP Elite x3 Lap Dock, with some early hands-on thoughts from Steve.
In this week's podcast, with Rafe Blandford out of town (at CES 2017 in Las Vegas!), I catch up with the developers of the BringCast UWP podcatcher, ex-pats James Clarke and Mark Osborn, and chat about both their plans for the app and their views on the industry.
In AAWP Insight #201, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we continue the Steve Litchfield 'origins' story (following Rafe's own Origins tale on the 361 Degrees podcast). This time we (mainly) cover the post-millennium years. This includes the All About era, Steve's database efforts (from Trivopaedia to a UK Pocket Directory), early device reviews and content, and the switch from Symbian to Windows Phone.
In AAWP Insight #200, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we celebrate our 200th podcast by tackling (the much teased) Steve Litchfield 'origins' story (following Rafe's own Origins tale on the 361 Degrees podcast). We cover the early years (adventures in aerospace), the rise of Psion and the 3-Lib shareware library, Steve's app development efforts (from golf to GIS), the dawn of connected PDAs, and the beginning of the Symbian era.
In AAWP Insight #199, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking about the recent removal of a number of WP 8.1 apps (including the original AAWP app). We then speculate about x86 emulation in a future version of Windows 10 Mobile (Redstone 3) and consider what hardware might be required. We also cover how to suggest changes in Windows 10 Maps, the arrival of the 'Creators Update' on the Insider Slow ring and plug the latest update to the AAWP Universal app.
In this week's podcast, with special guest and fellow Elite X3 owner Anthony Fear, I reflect on the device and look forward to where Microsoft might take the platform and its hardware in 2017. Also mentioned are the Alcatel IDOL 4S with Windows 10 and a number of UWP apps.
In AAWP Insight #197, hosted by Steve and Rafe, our main focus is recapping and discussing the first review part for the HP Elite X3. We chat about the hardware, pricing, and positioning of the device, before going on to note some improvements since we first looked at it. There's also small mentions for Skype, the Alcatel Idol 4S with W10M and VR Visor, and we ask why Microsoft isn't pushing Windows 10 Mobile harder to Windows Phone 8.1 users.
In this week's Insight podcast, guest Stephen Quin and I chew over the news stories and features from the last 12 days since the last podcast - including some of my rants, some of Stephen's, and a whole host of pricing, UWP apps, and platform comment.
In AAWP Insight #195, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by considering the news of Lumia device support switching over to B2X, before digesting some potential device signposts from Microsoft's Ignite 2016 conference. There's also the usual roundup of UWP apps, including a 3rd party Google Maps client, an RSS reader, and the visually pleasing Perfect Weather. At the end of the podcast we chat around Steve's recent editorial on the 18 month 'Redstone 2 beta test'.
In this week's Insight podcast, Rafe and I chew over the news stories and features from the last couple of weeks - here's Rafe's take on everything Acer, AudioCloud and Apple, plus chat about the HP Elite X3, imaging and Skype Preview.
In AAWP Insight #193, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we offer some short commentary on the HP Elite X3 (software updates and imaging), talk about imaging innovation in Apple's iPhone 7 compared to the classic Nokia PureView devices, and promise some future camera-phone shootouts. Other topics covered in the podcast include the Skype UWP app roadmap, thoughts on the retirement of older Windows Phone 8.1 apps, and more.
In a special AAWP podcast, Jason Snowden steps into Rafe's shoes again, since the latter is taking a well earned holiday from his day job. Jason is keen to defend Facebook's new UWP apps, plus he's still very happy with this Lumia 950. We cover some of the stories from the site and I get his reaction to my rants and eulogies...
In AAWP Insight #191, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we spend the greater part of the podcast talking about the HP Elite X3, following on from Steve's early verdict coverage. We cover the high points and low points, consider the importance of hardware/software integration, and remind ourselves of the device's enterprise positioning. Other topics covered in the podcast include new UWP apps: Instagram, Office Lens and Perfect Flicker, plus details of the latest Insider Build.
In AAWP Insight #190, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we spend the major portion of the podcast talking about what we expect to see in a 2017 'Surface Phone'. The main discussion points are around the hardware spec, but we also discuss the positioning and potential presentation of Microsoft's assumed mobile flagship. Other topics covered in the podcast include the details of the first Redstone 2 Insiders Build, some app availability news, and a plug for a recent Rafe-related podcast.
In AAWP Insight #189, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by covering the breaking news of the roll out of the Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update (Redstone). Also covered in this podcast is the Lumia 950 price drop (down to 295 GBP in the UK), some more details on Skype support on Windows Phone 8.1 and beyond, a reminder about using a laptop/PC display as a host for Continuum from your phone, and a discussion of benchmarking Redstone vs Threshold on the Lumia 1020/920 and other older devices.
In AAWP Insight #188, hosted by Steve and with Stephen Quin as guest, we cover a range of topics including answering some reader letters, details on pre-ordering the HP Elite X3, some dangerous Lumia x20 to Redstone experiments, and some thoughts on iris scanning and innovations.
In AAWP Insight #187, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we spend the majority of the podcast talking about what's in the Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update, which, as we mention, will start rolling out "in the coming weeks". We also cover the arrival of the '53' firmware in Europe for the Lumia 950, updates for the AAWP UWP app, and details of a great third party Wikipedia UWP app.
In this extra length AAWP Insight #186, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking about Skype on Windows Phone 8.1 (no more development), which leads to some other Skype connected thoughts, including how we will (or won't) access bots. Other topics covered in the podcast include the new Panorama mode for Windows 10 Camera, updates for Outlook Calendar, details on the latest Insider updates, thoughts on the Acer Jade Primo, and more.
In AAWP Insight #185, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking about the Windows 10 'Anniversary Update', primarily the August 2nd (or otherwise) timing for the Mobile part of the release. Other topics covered in the podcast include UWP updates (AAWP and [the upcoming] Podcast Lounge), comments on transferring HERE Maps location favourites, reviews of Terrapin's leather cases, and Tap to Pay in Microsoft Wallet version 2.
In AAWP Insight #184, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking about the Alcatel Idol Pro 4, a much rumoured, high-end Windows 10 Mobile device. We also talk about some new UWP apps, including a beta version of the UWP app for AAWP, but the major part of the podcast is devoted to a discussion of our recent hands-on time with the HP Elite X3 and companion accessories.
In AAWP Insight #183, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking around Microsoft's acquisition of LinkedIn and how the two companies fit together. We also discuss a number of new UWP apps (USPS, Expedia, Grover Pro, Facebook Beta and Facebook Messenger Beta), talk through the latest builds (software updates) from Microsoft for Windows 10 Mobile, and compare the current flagship specificiations.
In AAWP Insight #182, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we use the arrival of Bank of America's UWP app to talk about the current nature of the app gap on Windows, the importance of mobile web as the "great universal", and the future form and nature of apps in general. Also covered is a price drop for the Lumia 950/XL and details on the newest addition to the Windows 10 Mobile device lineup.
In an extra length AAWP Insight #181, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we reflect on the implications of the latest round of redundancies and restructuring in Microsoft's mobile business. Also covered is a roundup of new phone makers in the Windows ecosystem and details of a number of platform and app updates.
In an extra length AAWP Insight #180 (sorry for the fortnight's gap), we talk about the latest updates to Windows 10 Mobile (Threshold), which leads to a more general conversation about the shape of computing platforms. We also talk about what updates you can get for all Windows Phone models, ruminate on the benefits of UWPs (one of the big benefits of upgrading), and mention our plans for curating apps and games on AAWP.
In AAWP Insight #179, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we talk about Microsoft's (leaked) reaffirmation of its commitment to Windows 10 Mobile, then we cover a number of Continuum-related topics, including the future roadmap for Windows 10 (desktop devices as Continuum displays), lap-docks (in the form of Acer Liquid Extend), before moving on to talk about Steve's flash and speaker head-to-heads.
In AAWP Insight #178, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking about the latest Redstone build (and saying sorry for last week's 'enthusiasm'). We also cover Cortana as an audio letter, give a shout out to a Continuum update for the TeamViewer UWP, talk about the under appreciated benefits of Dynamic Exposure, and recap Steve's Lumia 950 versus Huawei P9 head-to-head.
In AAWP Insight #177, we talk a little more about Redstone (and availability on various devices) and recap the Steve's recent Lumia 920 vs 435 investigations, which considered the performance of Windows 10 Mobile of these two devices. Other topics discussed this week include the auto-updating of apps, the availability of Universal Remote Desktop as a Continuum app, and some imaging chat off the back of an iPhone SE versus Lumia 950 head-to-head.
In AAWP Insight #176, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we discuss the news (and non-news) from Microsoft's recent Build conference, in the context of mobile and Windows 10 Mobile, and against the background of potential Microsoft mobile device plans. We also review some of the details of Windows Phone/Mobile versions and branches, give another shout-out to our recent curated list of games, and throw down a Microsoft Health challenge.
In an extra-length AAWP Insight #175, we discuss the arrival of the Windows 10 Mobile update for existing Windows Phone 8.1 handsets - if users opt in by using the Upgrade Advisor. We cover the devices that can get the update (and those that can't) and ponder Microsoft's thinking, highlighting the importance of real-world user experience, as measured through feedback from the Insiders program.