It's true that this gallery is somewhat out of time - the 'Alcatel IDOL 4S with Windows 10' has been out for T-Mobile in the USA since November 2016 and available SIM-free in the USA generally for around a month. However, AAWP is based in the UK and we've had no access to this new Windows 10 Mobile flagship... until now. Guest contributor (and ex-pat) Anthony Fear lives in North America and brings us an initial IDOL 4S gallery, ahead of more detailed review coverage.
AAWP Insight #213: the not-so-idle IDOL, and the WOA roadmap
Following on from our first four review parts and various features on the HP Elite X3, we now have the production Lap Dock in house - here's our annotated image gallery of the latter. Of course, there will be a full review along very shortly - after enough time 'on the road'!
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In AAWP Insight #109, Rafe reports back from the huge IFA 2014 show, with impressions of the new Lumia 735 and 830, plus thoughts on Lumia Denim and Nokia/Microsoft imaging improvements and innovations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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]
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).
In AAWP Insight #101, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking about availability dates for the Lumia 930 and the Windows Phone 8.1 software update for existing devices. We then cover Micromax's new Windows Phone devices, the arrival of the Lumia 636 and 638, and the debut of Angry Birds Epic. The two main discussion points are a Lumia 625 versus Lumia 630 comparison and some clarification on CBD on the Lumia 630. We finish with a number of app picks.
In AAWP Insight #100, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking about the implications of Lumia Cyan on the Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview update. The main part of the podcast covers the Lumia 630 (recapping Steve's review), news of Windows Phone devices from Computex, an Xbox Music update, and the Living Images-enabling update for the beta version of the Nokia Camera app. We finish with an app highlight and low-light.
In AAWP Insight #99, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking about the latest Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview update, which leads to mentions for the new "Help and Tips" and "Files" apps. In the main part of the podcast we first discuss Steve's recent tips for shooting better smartphone video, before covering our latest camera shoot out, which compared the Lumia 1020 to the new Samsung K Zoom. We finish with a number of app picks.
In AAWP Insight #98, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking about updates to the OneDrive and Xbox Music apps on Windows Phone 8.1 (and how they are example of Microsoft's new app update regime). We also cover a number of app updates and new releases including Verbalize, BBC iPlayer, and ITV Player. We finish by talking about Steve's comparison of the Lumia 1020 and the Sony Z2.
In AAWP Insight #97, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking about the UK price point of the Lumia 930 (90 pounds). We also revisit last week's battery life topic, in the light of an update to the Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview and Steve's feature on maximising battery life. We also touch on last week's Twitter app issue, which leads to some app gap talk. We end with some bus related talk in the form of the arrival of multiple video editing apps.
In AAWP Insight #96, hosted by Steve and Rafe, there's more discusssion of Windows Phone 8.1, a run through of the latest Nokia Camera beta, comment on LG's potential return to Windows Phone, and some chat about Internet Explorer 11. We also discuss some of the impacts of the completion of Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia Devices & Services division.
In AAWP Insight #95, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we talk about our experiences with the Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview. We also cover the completion of the Microsoft Nokia deal, potential future names for Microsoft's Windows Phone devices, and Nokia's Q1 2014 results. There's also time for some chat around Steve's latest smartphone camera comparisons (Lumia 1020, Sony Z2, and Samsung S5).
In AAWP Insight #94, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we continue our coverage of Windows Phone 8.1. Topics covered included the WordFlow keyboard, updates to the core Windows Phone hub experiences (media, people, messaging), new and updated enterprise features, details on the improved file picking and backup/restore functionality, and some initial thoughts of the Lumia Cyan update.
In AAWP Insight #93, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we talk all about Windows Phone 8.1. The first half of the podcast covers some of the headline features and key themes of the new release, including Cortana, Action Centre, Start screen updates, and API depth. In the latter part of the show we cover the Lumia 930, Lumia 630, and Lumia 635.
In episode 92 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking about the delayed completion of Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's Devices & Services business, before moving on to talk about potential upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 hardware (Lumia 630, 530, 930, and Samsung ATIV SE). In the second half of the podcast we share some additional thoughts on the Lumia 1320 and highlight a few recently released apps.
In episode 91 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we continue our coverage of MWC 2014 by talking about a variety of topics including wearable, non-Windows Phone hardware, wireless charging, and connected cars. In the last part the podcast we share some early thoughts on the Lumia 1320, Nokia's mid tier large screen smartphone.
In episode 90 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we spend the first half of the podcast discussing the Windows Phone related news from MWC 2014 (new hardware partners, new hardware support, and enterprise features) and covering some of the latest Windows Phone 8.1 leaks. In the second half of the podcast we share some early thoughts on other MWC topics, including the Nokia AOSP powered Nokia X range of devices.
In episode 89 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by discussing the recent leaks originating from the preview version of the Windows Phone 8.1 SDK. In the middle section of the podcast Steve talks us his camera and photos work-flow, which leads to a discussion of how things could be improved in this area. The last section of the podcast is a preview for the upcoming MWC 2014.
In episode 88 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Ewan, Steve and Rafe, we start by discussing the appointment of Satya Nadella as Microsoft's new CEO. In the middle section of the podcast Steve talks us through two hardware comparisons, the Sony QX-10 versus the Lumia 1020 and the OPPO N1 versus the Lumia 1520, the latter of which leads to a general discussion about the rise of "new" smartphone manufacturers. We finish with a brief look ahead to Windows Phone 8.1.
In episode 87 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Ewan, Steve and Rafe, we start by discussing some of the commentary around the soon to be completed acquisition of Nokia's Devices & Services business by Microsoft, prompted by the release of Nokia's Q4 2013 results. We then move on to Steve's latest podcatcher roundup update, before finishing with some more view on the Nokia Lumia 1520.
In episode 86 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Ewan, Steve and Rafe, we continue our coverage of the Lumia Black software update as it rolls out to more devices and discuss how good the Lumia 1020's still photo performance is post update. Other topics covered include rumours of Sony and Samsung Windows Phone devices, Nokia's release of addition DNG colour profiles, and recent app releases.
In episode 85 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start with a discussion around the Lumia Black software update, with a particular emphasis on imaging improvements. We also cover a number of recent notable app releases and mention the latest Kantar stats in a Windows Phone context. We finish by looking back at 2013 and consider what lies ahead in 2014. [update: an hour after this podcast was recorded, Black was made available to world 925s and 1020s! Prescient, us?!...]
In episode 84 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Ewan, Steve and Rafe, we start with a tip that may help avoid unwanted in app payments over Christmas. A Lumia 625 discussion follows, before we move on to some app news, including our first thoughts on the Xbox Video and Xbox Music app releases. We finish with a virtual present session, with each member of the team gifting their co-hosts with a Windows Phone related gift.
In episode 83 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Ewan, Steve and Rafe, we start with some further thoughts on the Lumia 1520 (size and camera), chat about the award winning Lumia 1020, and marvel at the Lumia 520's new UK price point. In the second half of the podcast there's a gaming focus, with discussion of Xbox Live on Windows Phone, details of the release of Angry Birds Go, and a discussion about the merits of freemium games.
In episode 82 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Ewan, Steve and Rafe, we start with some Lumia 625 themed chat and a discussion around the newly announced Nokia Lumia 525. In the second half of the podcast we talk about Nokia MixRadio, the newly updated version of Nokia Music, before moving on to round up some recent app releases and updates, including a special focus on podcatchers.
In episode 81 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Ewan, Steve and Rafe, we start with some brief commentary on Nokia's recent EGM, before offering some first thoughts on the Nokia Lumia 1520. In the middle portion of the podcast Ewan and Steve have strong some feelings to share about the Windows Phone release of Instagram. There's also a mention for Twitter's Vine, another new addition to Windows Phone. We finish with a quick summary of the new features in the recent HERE Drive update and some thoughts on the first release of the Nokia Refocus imaging app.
In episode 80 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by adding some personal commentary to a recent editorial that looked at moving from the Nokia N8 (Symbian) to the Nokia Lumia 1020 (Windows Phone). We also cover the latest Q3 smartphone shipment numbers and Nokia's latest set of results. We finish with some camera-related chat, with Steve suggesting that the Christmas season and a Xenon flash equipped cameraphone are a well matched pair.
In episode 79 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Ewan, Steve and Rafe, we review the announcements from Nokia World 2013. The first portion of the podcast covers the Nokia Lumia 1520, 1320, and 2520. This is followed by a discussion of the imaging related news, from the updated Nokia Camera app to RAW mode for Lumia 1020 and 1520. We finish by talking about some of the Nokia and third party apps showcased at the event.
In episode 78 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by discussing what's new in Windows Phone 8 Update 3. Our second major topic is a review of some of Steve's recent camera comparisons, most notably the Lumia 1020 against the Sony Xperia Z1 and the LG G2. We finish by looking ahead to Nokia World, which takes place in Abhu Dhabi next week.
In episode 77 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Ewan and Rafe, we start with a look at the latest marketshare figures from Kantar Worldpanel and consider the EU-USA divide. We also chat about the latest rumours around Windows Phone and HTC, cover some recent game and app releases, and debate the merits of Xbox Live on other mobile platforms. We finish by sharing some thoughts on some recent Windows Phone marketing campaigns.
In episode 76 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Ewan, Steve, and Rafe, we offer a brief summary of the latest developments in Microsoft's proposed purchase of Nokia's Devices & Services business (executive compensation, break clauses, and more). We also look ahead to Nokia World, which takes place in Abu Dhabi next month. There's also room for some apps and games (Xbox) commentary.
In episode 75 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Ewan, Steve, and Rafe, we offer some further thoughts on last week's Microsoft Nokia news. The first part of the podcast has us jumping in a time machine to say what we might change in hindsight, while the second half discusses the impact on other Windows Phone licensees. There's also time for an acknowledgement that there's a lot of other things going on in mobile too.