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Gallery: Alcatel IDOL 4S with Windows 10 (and VR)

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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.

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Gallery: HP Elite x3 Lap Dock

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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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Recent Podcasts

AAWP Insight #73: GDR2 and Amber updates, Nokia Lumia 625

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In episode 73 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by highlighting the low cost of the Nokia Lumia 520, before moving on to discuss a number of GDR2 and Lumia Amber software update related stories. In the second half of the podcast we share our first thoughts on the the big screen and LTE connectivity of the Nokia Lumia 625, before finishing with a reminder to make the most of Windows Phone's secondary Live Tiles.

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AAWP Insight #72: Apps, Stats, and 1020 video capture

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In episode 72 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Ewan and Rafe, we start with an update on Lumia 1020 pricing in the UK, before moving on to review the device's video capture capabilities. A news round up covers Windows Phone App Studio, 2 billion downloads from the Windows Phone Store, the latest Q2 smartphone stats from IDC, and more. We also offer an opinion on the recently released Bing apps from Microsoft, before finishing with some app picks.

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AAWP Insight #71: GDR2 incoming and Lumia 1020 camera

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In episode 71 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start with an update on the arrival of the GDR2 update and talk about some of the updates you can expect to benefit from. A news round up covers Samsung apps, SkyDrive, Instagram, and the latest device shipment stats. The second half of the podcast feature an in-depth discussion around the Nokia Lumia 1020's camera (photo capture, user interface, and potential issues). 

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AAWP Insight #70: Nokia Lumia 625 and Ewan on the Lumia 1020

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In episode 70 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Ewan and Rafe, we start by discussing Nokia's unveiling of its latest handset, the Lumia 625. Ewan shares his thoughts on the Nokia Lumia 1020, after spending a few days with the AT&T variant of Nokia's new flagship. We also find time to talk (again) about the general state of Windows Phone, the UK release of JobLens, the Windows Phone app gap, and the importance of the formal release of Unity 4.2. 

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AAWP Insight #69: Halo and HERE

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In episode 69 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Ewan and Rafe, we start by discussing the general status of the Windows Phone ecosystem and Nokia's Q2 2013 results. Ewan then offers his view on the arrival of Microsoft's Halo gaming brand on Windows Phone and there's also a quick mention for FIFA 2013. In the latter part of the podcast the focus is on the recent updates to Nokia's HERE products and touch briefly on the roll out of the Windows Phone 8 GDR 2 update.

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AAWP Insight #68: Nokia Lumia 1020

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In episode 68 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Ewan, Steve and Rafe, we talk about the Nokia Lumia 1020. Rafe reports back from the launch in New York, Steve focuses on the camera, and Ewan's impressed by the pricing and avaialability information. We consider the technical background to the 41 megapixel camera, make some comparisons with the Nokia 808 PureView, and consider the impact on the Lumia portfolio.

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AAWP Insight #67: GDR2 and Lumia 925 versus 920

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In episode 67 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking about US operator Sprint's announcement of the HTC 8XT and Samsung ATIV S Neo. The middle portion of the podcast covers some of the new features that the GDR2 software update will bring to Windows Phone 8 devices. There's then time for a few quick news highlights, before we finish by considering the merits of the Lumia 920 against the Lumia 925.

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AAWP Insight #66: Nokia Lumia 925

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In episode 66 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we devote the first portion of the podcast to some first thoughts on the Nokia Lumia 925. We move on to talk about Nokia's "zoom reinvented" event and the technology that might be found in Nokia's next imaging flagship and there's also time for a discussion on CoPilot GPS versus HERE Drive.

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AAWP Insight #65: Sleeping screen

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In episode 65 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we begin with a short discussion on Windows Phone's market share, based on the release of the latest Kantar data. We move on to a news round up (updated PC sync apps and notable app releases), before Steve shares some thoughts on upcoming "sleeping screen" technology, and the hosting duo talk about the underlying concept of Live Tiles versus Google Now, with some brief points on notifications thrown in for good measure.

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AAWP Insight #64: Eurovision, Xbox, and more

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In episode 64 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Ewan and Rafe, has a distinct Xbox theme, thanks to the 8 "new" Xbox Live titles for Windows Phone and the launch of the Xbox One. However, there's still time for us to share some thoughts on Ewan's Eurovision Android holiday, a potential new Nokia Windows Phone device, and the Google - Microsoft spat over the recently released YouTube app. 

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AAWP Insight #63: Nokia Lumia 925 and 928

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In episode 63 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Steve and Rafe, our main focus is on the recently announced Nokia Lumia 928 and Nokia Lumia 925. Steve talks Xenon flash on the Lumia 928, while Rafe reports back from the Lumia 925 launch event, with a special focus on camera performance and the new design direction for the Lumia family. We also cover some of the new software features in the "Lumia Amber" update, including Nokia's new Smart Camera Lens app, and some early details on Windows Phone 8 GDR2.

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AAWP Insight #62: Nokia Lumia 720

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In episode 62 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Rafe and Ewan, we start by talking about the latest set of mobile phone shipment numbers from IDC, which leads to a discussion of the smartphone and feature phone definition divide. Our main topics is the design and positioning of the mid-range Nokia Lumia 720, but we also cover the Xbox release schedule and some recent Windows Phone marketing initiatives. We finish, as usual, with some app picks, including some thoughts on the new Facebook beta.

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AAWP Insight #61: Nokia Lumia 520

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In episode 61 of the AAWP Insight, Podcast Rafe, Steve and Ewan start by talking about the feature set, hardware, pricing, and position of the Nokia Lumia 520 (and Lumia 521). We also cover recent industry financial results, which leads to a discussion of the path ahead for Windows Phone. Recent app releases, including Tumblr and Nokia Conference Beta also get a mention before we finish, as usual, with some app picks.

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AAWP Insight #60: Instagram, HTC, Facebook

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In episode 60 of the AAWP Insight, Podcast Rafe and Ewan start by talking about the forthcoming Instagraph, a third party app that aims to enable posting to Instagram from a Windows Phone device. That prompts a discussion on Facebook Home and service layers, which leads to a discussion of HTC Q1 2013 interim financial numbers. There also time for a 40th birthday party and the usual app picks.

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AAWP Insight #59: MWC and GDC (games, games, games)

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Episode 59 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Ewan and Rafe, starts with Ewan's cultural references and a quick app competition plea. But it's not long before we dive into some final MWC related coverage. The second half of the show is all about games, prompted by a number of announcements from the Games Developer Conference in San Francisco, and we ask whether the arrival of middleware support heralds a new dawn for gaming on Windows Phone 8.

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AAWP Insight #58: Apps, Games, and SXSW

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In episode 58 of the AAWP Insight, Podcast Ewan and Rafe start by discussing some recent high profile app additions to the Windows Phone Store (Pandora, United, BBC iPlayer) and the Instagram question. We then move on to games (Gameloft, 10tons, Unity engine, and more), highlighting the increasing strength of Windows Phone 8 in this department. In the last third of the podcast Ewan reports back on his Lumia 620 enabled SXSW experience, and we finish, as usual, with some app picks (although Ewan's gone a bit old school).

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AAWP Insight #57: MWC 2013

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In episode 57 of the AAWP Insight, Podcast Ewan and Rafe start by discussing 1 billion Windows Phone app downloads and the "Other" space issue (prompted by the release Asphalt 7). However, the main focus of the show is Rafe's report from MWC 2013, with an emphasis on the Nokia Lumia 520 and 720. We do still find time for some app picks this week, albeit with an MWC and SXSW theme.

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AAWP Insight #56: News roundup and MWC preview

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In a longer than usual episode of the AAWP Insight (number 56), Podcast Ewan and Rafe start by talking about the UK's 4G auction and Eurovision, before moving on to talk about the installed based numbers and the continuing importance of Windows Phone 7. Ewan has the latest news on Xbox Live titles, while Rafe's being looking at some of Qualcomm's technology announcements. We also preview Mobile World Congress 2013, talking about the Windows Phone related news and the general trends we expect to see emerge at the Barcelona based event.

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AAWP Insight #55: HTC 8S and Nokia Lumia 620

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In episode 55 of the AAWP Insight, Podcast Ewan and Rafe start by talking about the latest Windows Phone numbers from Canalys. We also cover the Huawei W1 in Africa and Vodafone UK's Windows Phone 8 push. The main portion of the podcast is devoted to a discussion of the merits of the first two mid tier Windows Phone 8 handsets - the HTC 8S and the Nokia Lumia 620. We finish, as usual, with an app pick from each of the team.

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AAWP Insight #54: Windows Phone 7.8 and Nokia Music+

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In episode 54 of the AAWP Insight, Podcast Ewan and Rafe start by talking about the start of the roll out of Windows Phone 7.8 for existing devices. We talk about what you get, focusing on the key benefit of an updated Start screen experience. We move on to talk about the Google Exchange ActiveSync deadline, the announcement of Nokia Music+, some recent Xbox released, before sharing a few initial thoughts on BlackBerry 10 and what it means for Windows Phone. We finish, as usual, with an app pick from each of the team.

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AAWP Insight #53: Nokia results, Nokia Drive+

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In episode 53 of the AAWP Insight, Podcast Ewan, Steve and Rafe start by discussing Nokia's Q4 2012 results, with some added thoughts on the status of the company's strategy transition. We move on to talk about the availability of Nokia Drive+ for non-Nokia Windows Phone 8 devices, plus the latest developments in the Google ActiveSync shut down situation, before talking about perceptions of app gap on Windows Phone. We finish, as usual, with an app pick from each of the team.

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AAWP Insight #52: CES and bendy phones

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In episode 52 of the AAWP Insight, Podcast Ewan and Rafe start by rounding up the Windows Phone related news from CES (Sprint, Huawei W1, Samsung Odyssey). We move on to talk about the upgrading of Windows Phone 7.5 device, in the light of the imminent arrival of Windows Phone 7.8. In the second half of the podcast Rafe talks about Nokia's better-than-expected preliminary Q4 2012 results and potential new Windows Phone manufacturers, while Ewan has his eyes on a bendy phone.

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AAWP Insight #51: ATIV S and ecosystem perception

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In episode 51 of the AAWP Insight, Podcast Ewan, Steve and Rafe start by talking about app updates and the issue of notifications, before moving to chat about the Samsung ATIV S. The third main discussion point is the perception of ecosystem rivalry, prompted by the recent Google Maps and Windows Phone headlines. We also find time to discuss some holiday related Windows Phone highlights, before finishing, as usual, with some app picks.

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AAWP Insight #50: Updates and looking back

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In episode 50 of the AAWP Insight, Podcast Rafe and Ewan start by talking about the Samsung ATIV S, which has now gone on sale in a number of countries. The second main topic we cover is the PR 1.1 software update for the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820, which is now available in the US and Canada. We also have time to answer some listener questions and talk about Google Exchange ActiveSync's withdrawal. Finally, to celebrate our fiftieth show, we share some all time hardware and app picks.

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AAWP Insight #49: WP8 in China, Nokia Lumia 820

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In episode 49 of the AAWP Insight, Podcast Rafe and Ewan start with a round of China-related Windows Phone news, the most significant of which is the Microssoft and China Unicom alliance to promote the OS. We move on to discuss the first OTA update for Windows Phone 8, as seen on the HTC 8X, before Ewan gets angry about games of the feathered and word variety. In the last section of the podcast, we begin our assessment of Nokia's "second tier" handset, the Lumia 820.

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AAWP Insight #48: Nokia Lumia 620 and Lumia 920T

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In episode 48 of the AAWP Insight Podcast we start with some of Ewan's thoughts on the HTC 8X after a week away at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. We move on to discuss the price, positioning, an design of the recently announced Nokia Lumia 620. Alo hardware related is a quick mention of the Nokia Lumia 920T and China Mobile. Moving on to software, we cover AlphaJax's conversion to an Xbox Live title, updates to the Windows Store, Nokia Photo Beamer, and the usual app picks.

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AAWP Insight #47: WP8 Podcasting, Lumia 920 camera

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In episode 47 of the AAWP Insight Podcast we start with a discussion of HTC's custom software on its Windows Phone 8 devices, which both Ewan and Rafe find lacking. We move on to talk about the poor implementation of podcasting functionality in Windows Phone 8, and some possible work arounds and third party apps solutions. In the latter part of this week's episode Steve and Rafe share their thoughts on the Nokia Lumia 920 camera.

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AAWP Insight #46: Xbox Live Games and HTC 8X

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In episode 46 of the AAWP Insight Podcast we start with games related topics including the arrival of Words with Friends, Nokia's exclusive EA Xbox Live titles, and news of Black Friday discounts. The main topic of the podcast is the Windows Phone 8X by HTC 8X with Rafe and Ewan sharing their thoughts and experiences on this "signature" Windows Phone flagship. The main focus is on the hardware, but we do also mention HTC's software customisations.

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AAWP Insight #45: Angry Birds, Lumia 920, US pricing

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Episode 45 of the AAWP Insight Podcast sees a return to Internet tubes recording method, but it's still a Ewan and Rafe double act. We start with some gaming chat, looking at the arrival of three high profile titles on Windows Phone: Angry Birds Space, Angry Birds Star Wars and Cut the Rope. We move on to answer a few listener questions about the Lumia 920, including some high points from our hardware review and US launch pricing. We finish, as is our custom, with two app picks.

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AAWP Insight #44: Windows Phone 8 launch

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Episode 44 of the AAWP Insight Podcast is something of a special edition, with Rafe and Ewan sitting down face to face to record their early thoughts on the Windows Phone 8 launch event, and Windows Phone 8 launch hardware. Ewan talks about the emotion in the message that Microsoft was presenting, and Rafe ponders whether this offers a way to break through into general consumer's awareness. There's also chat on each of the high end launch devices, and, for our UK listeners, some more commentary on the Lumia 920 exclusivity arrangements.

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AAWP Insight #43: Lumia 510, 125k apps

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In episode 43 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, Rafe and Ewan kick off by discussing the Lumia 510, Nokia's new low cost Windows Phone device. Ewan then talks about the potential issues around EE's LTE pricing and Lumia 920 UK exclusivity, while Rafe declaims on app numbers in a recap of our post of the 125,000 milestone. In the latter third of the podcast we answer a number of listener questions about QWERTY devices and the potential impact of a Surface phone. We finish, as usual, with an app pick from each of the team.

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AAWP Insight #42: Nokia Q3, Xbox Music

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In episode 42 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, we start with a discussion of Nokia Q3 results, with comments on both Lumia shipment numbers and the overall financial numbers. We move on to talk about Xbox Music and discuss whether it will be competitive with other music services. In the latter half of the podcast we answer a number of listener questions (and ask for more for next week). We finish, as usual, with an app pick from each of the team.

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AAWP Insight #41: Lumia 810, exclusives

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In episode 41 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, we start with a roundup of news item that caught our interest: the announcement of Angry Birds Star Wars, the release of Podcatcher, and news of an upcoming Windows Phone handset from TCL / Alcatel. That leads to a discussion on the importance of Windows Phone 7.5 / 7.8 handsets going into 2013. Our second main discussion topic is around the business case for operator handset exclusives, prompted by the announcement of the Nokia Lumia 810 for T-Mobile USA. We finish, as usual, with an app pick from each of the team.

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AAWP Insight #40: Xpress, map platforms, WP8 launch

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In episode 40 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, we start with a look at the beta release of Nokia Xpress. Our main discussion topic is around maps platforms and how they extend far beyond apps on the smartphone. We also debate the impact of AT&T's Lumia 920 exclusivity, especially in the light of the wider availability of the HTC 8X. There's also room for the details of the Windows Phone 8 launch, 4G in the UK and Kantar market share data, before we finish, as usual, with an app pick from each of the team.

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