The world of accessories fascinates everyone, of course, the drive to make everything smaller and smaller, yet still doing the same job. In this case, the ChargeKey microUSB, a full data and charging cable (i.e. all pins are connected through) that cuts bulk to the nth degree and fits nicely on a key ring. It's even shaped like a key and is a really neat accessory, albeit a little pricey.
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The Nokia Lumia 1320 is, it has to be said, pretty good value - positioned in the burgeoning 'phablet' market (i.e. doubling as phone and tablet) and with relatively few compromises, it can be found in the lower half of the price scale (£238 SIM-free and delivered in the UK, for example). When you think of the converged capabilities and software package, the 1320's main competitors in the value money stakes are, appropriately, its own predecessors.
In this first look review we take an initial look at the Lumia 1320, Nokia's mid tier large screen (phablet) smartphone, which was announced at Nokia World in October of last year. The video-based review offers a tour of the device's key hardware features, commentary on component choice and performance, and discussion on Nokia's positioning of the device.
We've seen large portable USB chargers (e.g. the Turbocharger 7000), we've seen small all-wireless chargers (the Nokia DC-50), but the Mugenizer N11 seems to offer a feature set that's a very useful compromise. With 4800mAh capacity and both USB and Qi charging output, could the N11 really be the all-purpose mobile charger than many have been waiting for?
In this first look review we take a first look at the Lumia 2520, Nokia's first Windows RT tablet device, which was announced at Nokia World in October of last year. The video-based review offers a tour of the device's key hardware features, an overview of some Nokia specific software customisations, and some commentary from the perspective of a Windows Phone Lumia device owner.
In this review we take an in depth, hands-on look at the Lumia 1520, Nokia’s entry into the large screen smartphone space, covering all aspects of its hardware. The Lumia 1520 is due to appear in the USA and a few other select markets first, but then will roll out across the world in the coming months. Future review parts will look at the software changes to Windows Phone for the big screen, plus imaging and multimedia performance in more detail.
In this review we take an in depth look at the Nokia Lumia 625, the latest addition to Windows Phone device line up. The combination of the biggest screen on any Windows Phone 8 device and LTE connectivity is an alluring combination. How this has been achieved, while maintaining a sub £200 price point, and whether it will be successful, are the questions at the heart of our evaluation.
We saw in the detailed review of the Nokia Lumia 1020's stills capture that it was very capable, with the highlight being the maximum detail, even when zoomed in on a subject, either in real time or 'reframing' later using the dual capture system. One other essential component of the camera system on this smartphone is the OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation) which is full 3-axis-aware and which helps keeps zoomed photos super-steady. Unsurprisingly, OIS is even more useful when shooting video, as you'll see below, along with more zoom tricks enabled by the super high resolution sensor.
In our initial Lumia 1020 review part, Ewan looked at the device as a smartphone, but here I'm going to look (as promised) specifically at its photography functions. Is the Lumia 1020 the best thing since sliced bread in this department? Quite probably - but that doesn't mean it's perfect or that there aren't a fair number of caveats and things to be aware of before opening your wallet for this latest flagship device. In the next review part I'll look at the video capture options and performance.
We've had the chance to look over the AT&T branded version of the Lumia 1020 over the last week. We'll have more coverage over the next few weeks, but to start we're going to look at the hardware of the 1020 - not just the PureView branded camera, but the materials and design, screen technology, and other internals. The Lumia 1020 ships with the GDR2 release of Windows Phone, and we'll look at that separately, but the critical software additions Nokia have added to the 1020 will feature as we deliver a verdict on the 1020. Is it all about the camera, or does the 1020 have more to offer than a pretty picture?