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.
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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?
So it's a few weeks later, how am I getting on with the Nokia Lumia 928? Pretty well, I have to say. While I've already reviewed the hardware, what's not really been touched on is my emotional reaction to the phone. How do I feel about the Lumia 928?
Continuing our look at the Nokia Lumia 928 on Verizon Wireless, it's time to turn our attention to the software. Let's assume that we're all comfortable with the Windows Phone 8 OS and built in apps such as Email, Internet Explorer, and the People Hub. How does the 928 differ from 'stock' Windows Phone 8, and is it an improvement? The answer to the latter is a qualified yes, but the former is going to take a little bit more time.
Nokia's Lumia 928 is a rare breed of smartphone from the Finnish company. You can't miss that this is the 92x handset which has a Xenon flash, and for those who put a lot of emphasis on their evening or indoor photography, that makes the Lumia 928 a very attractive handset to consider. Let's take a closer at Verizon's flagship Windows Phone 8 handset in the second part of our review.
The first in this week's look at Nokia's American flagship, the Lumia 928 available exclusively on Verizon, looks at the hardware in the handset, the design, and the differences between this handset and the Lumia 920 and 925. Later on in the week, we'll have a look at Nokia's additions to Windows Phone 8 for the US market, and think about the 928's unique selling points, and if this is the handset to go for in America.
Nokia has been one of the front runners in bringing products using the standard of Qi wireless charging to the consumer market. However, it's by no means alone. In this review, we take a look at the M-Cloud wireless charging station. On first impressions, it looks like a charging plate, very much like the DT-900. However, it can be flipped open to act as a desktop stand, just like the DT-910. In our review of the latter, we found that it did not work well with non-Nokia devices, so read on to see how well a third party charger works with Nokian Tech.