Every time I post a photo of one of my Lumias in a Mozo wood or leather back I get comments asking where they can still be bought. The Finland-based Mozo itself has long gone out of business, it seems, but its excellent back covers (and wallets) for the Lumia 950 and 950 XL are still available... if you know where to look. Putting on my Sherlock Holmes deerstalker hat and grabbing my magnifying glass, I delved into the corners of the Internet to find you all options for both the Lumia 950 and its larger sister device, the 950 XL.
Having already discussed the benefits of Apple's game-changing adoption of a new image capture format and workflow with the iPhone 12 Pro series and iOS 14.3, it's time to put it to the test. In theory, ProRAW means trivial output of photos which are as pure as the purest images coming out of the Lumia 950/XL. So let's hit the phones with a variety of challenging subjects and see how they do. I'm also throwing in 'default' iPhone 12 Pro capture as well, so that's clear whether it's worth hitting the toggle in the iPhone's UI. Is the newcomer the obvious replacement for a classic 'PureView' device?
In my NexDock Touch review, I discovered that this doesn't work reliably with the Lumia 950/XL, sadly. It's something obscure and probably chipset related. And the reason I know this is that the Alcatel IDOL 4 Pro, also running Windows 10 Mobile but with a more modern chipset, works just fine with the lapdock. Giving me a chance to at least demonstrate what might have been - Windows 10 Continuum in action on the NexDock Touch.
In the latest in our occasional series on smartphone photography, I may have moved on from a Lumia as a day to day phone, but the ideas and ambitions are still there. In this example, I return to the graveyard featured in #17, but this time with oodles of December fog to add atmosphere. The result? One of the favourite photos I think I've ever taken with a phone.
A few days ago I did an imaging shootout between the Lumia 950 XL and the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G, which the latter won by a nose. But as I was capturing the test shots, I also did so on my iPhone 12 Pro Max - just in case. And, in view of the way the new iPhone flagship went down to the Lumia in my first head to head, I thought I'd give it another chance. I mean, it's only fair - and the data is all sitting here on my computer anyway, so why not look at this new test photo set afresh?
A few weeks ago, as the latest benefit from its ever closer integration with Microsoft products, Samsung flipped a switch in their 'Reminder' application on their Android 10 (and upwards) smartphones, enabling full sync with Microsoft's To-Do system (Windows 10 Mobile, Desktop, Cloud, inside Outlook, etc.) And it all works, in fact it does so as well as anyone might hope for, and (for AAWP readers) this includes compatibility with 'ye olde' Windows 10 Mobile. Screenshot proof and a walk-through below!
A couple of days ago I compared the new Galaxy S20 FE (5G) with the classic Lumia 950 XL, this being cross-posted on AAWP. There's an awful lot to like, from the flat screen to rugged plastic back to optical FPS, from the loud stereo speakers to the well thought out triple camera system. But it's the latter that's under scrutiny here, or at least the main and telephoto cameras. Has Samsung's image processing improved from the first S20 attempts (e.g. here)?
'FE' in the name here refers to 'Fan Edition' and, although Samsung didn't bring back the 3.5mm audio jack, they certainly stepped up their game in terms of appealing characteristics at a sensible price. The S20 FE is new in for review and a detailed comparison with the Lumia 950 XL is here below - I'll do an imaging shoot out too, don't worry!
We haven't mentioned the Lumia Windows on ARM (WOA) project for a long time, but that doesn't mean progress isn't being made. The idea, you may recall, is to hack Windows 10 on ARM (which exists for 'Desktop') onto a Lumia 950 XL (or 950), which has a modestly powerful ARM processor and should be up to basic tasks. No, this will never be useful day to day, but it's very definitely a cool and geeky project. The latest news/photo proof is of HDMI out (and thus Continuum of sorts) working, but we're using this opportunity to bring you bang up to date with the project.
It's the one you've been waiting for. The highest end (in terms of imaging) iPhone ever against an AAWP stalwart. Last year's iPhone 11 Pro managed to win out against the Lumia 950, thanks to triple camera, restrained image processing, loads of horsepower, and some very clever multi-frame software. So the 12 Pro Max, with larger sensor, new OIS system, and longer lensed telephoto should do even better, right? Well... Let's find out.