Following our review of the Picture Hub on the Nokia Lumia 800 (and other Windows Phone 7 devices), we now turn our attention to the Music + Video Hub. This is where Windows Phone 7 collates all of its multimedia content. This mostly accounts for the music, videos, and podcasts, synchronised via the Zune desktop application, but you'll also find all of your related applications, such as streaming content - including our own AAWP application. Read on as we get in-depth with the Music + Video Hub and take you on a tour of what Windows Phone 7 Mango and the Nokia Lumia 800 have to offer for your multimedia needs.
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Perhaps we take it as a given now, but the amount of sensor technology in your phone opens a huge number of avenues for useful and 'smart' applications. Finding ways to use the GPS and that big fat data connection has been something developers have been exploring for the last few years, but sometimes the simplest solutions are the most attractive applications. Step forward Traveline Scotland, with a wealth of public transport information.
Nokia Trailers, available exclusively for Nokia's Lumia devices, is an app for easily streaming, downloading and sharing trailers for current and upcoming films. Thanks to a beautifully designed Metro interface and a well thought out feature set, it has the kind of great user experience that every app should aspire too.
Continuing in our series of in-depth reviews of all aspects of the Lumia 800, this time we're looking at the Picture Hub, which is universal to all Windows Phone 7 Mango device. The Picture Hub brings together all of the photos saved to, and captured by, your device. In addition, it brings all of the photographs and imagery in your social networks togeether in one cohesive user experience, along with affording you the ability to share your own photos, and more. This is our definitive, and universal, guide to this part of the operating system.
Joining the ranks of news websites with their own Windows Phone applications is Time. While Time Mobile doesn't break any new ground in presentation, the strong content and ethos of the weekly news magazine shines through in the content of this application. The UI needs a bit of love and attention, but I can just about forgive that for a first release.
In this part of our in-depth Nokia Lumia 800 review, we take a break from the device and look at the online services offered by Microsoft to all Windows Phone devices. Many people probably don't realise that when they log into WindowsPhone.com not only can they reinstall applications from a list of everything they've ever tried, but they can even find or remotely wipe a lost device. The marketing focus on live tiles tends to miss out the mundane but consummately useful features behind Windows Phone 7.
We recently reported that Nokia Reading was finally rolling out to Lumia devices, and only a few days later we have it in our hands here at All About Windows Phone. Here's our in-depth review, exploring every detail of what this latest Nokia exclusive has to offer Lumia toting book worms. What we have here is painless purchasing, and a reading experience that is on par with competing products. The only fly in the ointment is the potential of lock-in for those using multiple device platforms.
Last time, in part 3 of our continuing review, we looked at the Lumia 800's communication and personal information management applications. Now we turn our attention to another area of productivity – the Office Hub. Here, Windows Phone 7 offers a mobile office experience via the cloud, whether you're using SkyDrive, Office365 or SharePoint. Mobile versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPointand OneNote are built into every device, adding significant value for mobile workers. Finally, we'll look at how file management is or isn't(!) handled in Windows Phone 7.
One of the exclusive applications for Nokia's Windows Phone 7 devices is from the sports network ESPN. There are many apps out there providing news and media clips to sports fans, but with the ESPN brand name behind it, many people are going to grab this for their Lumia. Given the exclusive nature, Nokia might be banking on this app to help sell Lumias. If so, they may be disappointed.
You've got to love a 'labour of love' utility that opens with a splash screen of a 'hungry chipmunk working tirelessly to start your app' - in this case GPS Calculator. Not quite what you might expect - rather than divulge the inner workings of your GPS satellite reception, it's more a mathematical aid, based around your position and around points on the Earth's surface. With widgets and calculation aids galore, and with a price of 'free', this is a must-download for orienteers and map-heads across the world.