In part 2a of our Nokia Lumia 800 review, I looked in detail at its stills camera, concluding that it's decent, but with a few software issues and quality that's ultimately a step down from the Nokia N8 and iPhone 4S. In this, part 2b, I look at its video capture capabilities and quirks in equal detail, finding that the Lumia 800 makes a rather good video phone, with just a little room for improvement in future updates. See also Rafe's comprehensive part 1, looking at the Lumia 800 hardware and background.
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Once you've taken a picture on your Windows Phone, is it perfect? Probably not, but you might need to tweak the framing or touch up the colour slightly. If you're taking pictures for friends and fun (say on Facebook), then you'll want to add some life to them and make them look pretty, or perhpas you have to get them to an editor for a serious article and you need to get the framing just right. Pictures Lab is one of many photo toolboxes for your smartphone, but it's the one that I enjoy using the most.
When I reviewed "Chess by Post" in November, I mentioned in the comments that the idea of playing with people around the world one move at a time and then waiting for the reply, would be great for a Scrabble type game. Of course, developer Jeff Cole now has another "...by Post" game: "Words by Post". I said then it would go on the reviews list, and since that moment, I've not stopped playing.
Gameloft's golf simulation credibility isn't in doubt by now, in that it has mastered the physics and graphics needed to bring the 'good walk spoiled' to smartphones. Where it all goes slightly wrong is the introduction of rabbits, rhinos, horses and... super powers to what should be, in essence, a fairly straightforward sport. Do the cute characters, animals and extras enhance phone golf for you? Your decision, but my review, below.
Do you know one of the great things Windows Phone can do when you are travelling (as I was last week)? Listening to Ken Bruce's Popmaster; or Sunday Concert on Radio 3; even The Shipping Forecast is enough to bring a tear to my eye when abroad. With a data connection and Igneous Software's BBC Radio Player, you can listen in as well.
So far we've had an exhaustive run down of the Nokia Lumia 800 hardware from Rafe, including the background to its development. In this, part 2a of our Lumia 800 coverage, I look in some depth at the device's camera - has the size constraint meant a compromise too many? What's unique about this particular camera design? How does it compare to other Nokia hardware? And can quality and performance be improved further with software upgrades to Nokia's first Windows Phone?
It's not Farmville, but Aalawar's Farm Frenzy 2 (a sequel to Farm Frenzy, which is naturally not available for Windows Phone) is almost as addictive, but without the overpowering sense of exploiting your online friends for more credits to do stuff. The cute farm graphics are there, but this is more a mix of arcade reactions and quick decisions to reach your goals than the careful planning and long waits of Farmville.
Plex feels old and new at the same time. This 3D puzzle game asks you to drop coloured tiles onto other tiles, and if the colours match (either horizontally or vertically), the tiles are destroyed. A simple principle, but once you wrap it around a globe, throw in some 3D graphics, and some very smart design, you have one of the best tile based games I've found on Windows Phone.
Twitter is all about the moment. It's all about getting you to your messages. And let's face it, sometimes the People Hub doesn't quite cut it (fx:cough, direct messages). Here's where having a phone built around applications can help out. Rowi is one of many third party Twitter clients, and I've almost settled on it as my Twitter client of choice. Only one thing lets it down, but I can look past that to a genuinely useful application. So should you.
The HTC Titan. It's huge, it's startlingly capable, loud and impressive, it's the best showcase for Windows Phone yet - but I'm still not convinced that I'd like to buy one. Find out why in my (equally huge) review. Despite massive improvements in component quality for this latest generation of HTC hardware and despite a comprehensive software package, there are elements of the design that I'm simply not convinced by...