A year ago, I reviewed the NexDock 2, providing a full Type C Continuum lapdock experience for Windows 10 Mobile flagships and, importantly, any other smartphone with desktop support in its OS. So Samsung DeX on the top end Galaxy phones, Huawei's Easy Projection' and even LG with a more primitive offering. The NexDock 2 was impressive but flawed, but the NexDock Touch fixes all complaints and is The. Most. Impressive. Lapdock I've seen so far. Full review coming very soon, but here are my first thoughts and image gallery.
AAWP Insight 258: Dragged back by the Duo
It's here. Somewhat belatedly, and with the Windows 10 Mobile/Continuum platform itself running out of life support. But the NexDock 2 has finally arrived, and of course it's future-compatible with Samsung Dex on Android, plus many other similar USB Type C-based systems, so it's an accessory that's applicable right across the board. I'll be reviewing it fully over the next few weeks, in conjunction with my Lumia 950 XL and Samsung Galaxy S9+, but let's start with a hands-on and unboxing gallery.
No, this isn't a phone. It's not even a 'communicator' in the purest sense, since the LTE version hasn't appeared yet. But the Surface Go is a half way house between a smartphone and a full-on laptop or even a 'Pro' hybrid. Paired with a phone (to provide mobile bandwidth), the Surface Go is quite a lot of computing power and familiar interface in a surprisingly small and light package, offering something different from traditional Macbooks, laptops, even Chromebooks now, and letting you bring the power of a traditional Windows PC everywhere you go.
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In episode 84 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Ewan, Steve and Rafe, we start with a tip that may help avoid unwanted in app payments over Christmas. A Lumia 625 discussion follows, before we move on to some app news, including our first thoughts on the Xbox Video and Xbox Music app releases. We finish with a virtual present session, with each member of the team gifting their co-hosts with a Windows Phone related gift.
In episode 83 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Ewan, Steve and Rafe, we start with some further thoughts on the Lumia 1520 (size and camera), chat about the award winning Lumia 1020, and marvel at the Lumia 520's new UK price point. In the second half of the podcast there's a gaming focus, with discussion of Xbox Live on Windows Phone, details of the release of Angry Birds Go, and a discussion about the merits of freemium games.
In episode 82 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Ewan, Steve and Rafe, we start with some Lumia 625 themed chat and a discussion around the newly announced Nokia Lumia 525. In the second half of the podcast we talk about Nokia MixRadio, the newly updated version of Nokia Music, before moving on to round up some recent app releases and updates, including a special focus on podcatchers.
In episode 81 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Ewan, Steve and Rafe, we start with some brief commentary on Nokia's recent EGM, before offering some first thoughts on the Nokia Lumia 1520. In the middle portion of the podcast Ewan and Steve have strong some feelings to share about the Windows Phone release of Instagram. There's also a mention for Twitter's Vine, another new addition to Windows Phone. We finish with a quick summary of the new features in the recent HERE Drive update and some thoughts on the first release of the Nokia Refocus imaging app.
In episode 80 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by adding some personal commentary to a recent editorial that looked at moving from the Nokia N8 (Symbian) to the Nokia Lumia 1020 (Windows Phone). We also cover the latest Q3 smartphone shipment numbers and Nokia's latest set of results. We finish with some camera-related chat, with Steve suggesting that the Christmas season and a Xenon flash equipped cameraphone are a well matched pair.
In episode 79 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Ewan, Steve and Rafe, we review the announcements from Nokia World 2013. The first portion of the podcast covers the Nokia Lumia 1520, 1320, and 2520. This is followed by a discussion of the imaging related news, from the updated Nokia Camera app to RAW mode for Lumia 1020 and 1520. We finish by talking about some of the Nokia and third party apps showcased at the event.
In episode 78 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by discussing what's new in Windows Phone 8 Update 3. Our second major topic is a review of some of Steve's recent camera comparisons, most notably the Lumia 1020 against the Sony Xperia Z1 and the LG G2. We finish by looking ahead to Nokia World, which takes place in Abhu Dhabi next week.
In episode 77 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Ewan and Rafe, we start with a look at the latest marketshare figures from Kantar Worldpanel and consider the EU-USA divide. We also chat about the latest rumours around Windows Phone and HTC, cover some recent game and app releases, and debate the merits of Xbox Live on other mobile platforms. We finish by sharing some thoughts on some recent Windows Phone marketing campaigns.
In episode 76 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Ewan, Steve, and Rafe, we offer a brief summary of the latest developments in Microsoft's proposed purchase of Nokia's Devices & Services business (executive compensation, break clauses, and more). We also look ahead to Nokia World, which takes place in Abu Dhabi next month. There's also room for some apps and games (Xbox) commentary.
In episode 75 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Ewan, Steve, and Rafe, we offer some further thoughts on last week's Microsoft Nokia news. The first part of the podcast has us jumping in a time machine to say what we might change in hindsight, while the second half discusses the impact on other Windows Phone licensees. There's also time for an acknowledgement that there's a lot of other things going on in mobile too.
In episode 74 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Ewan and Rafe, we offer some early commentary and thoughts on the news that Microsoft has entered into an agreement to purchase Nokia's Devices & Services business. The podcast covers the details of the announcement, including devices, patents and brand, and also considers some of the consequences of the announcement.
In episode 73 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by highlighting the low cost of the Nokia Lumia 520, before moving on to discuss a number of GDR2 and Lumia Amber software update related stories. In the second half of the podcast we share our first thoughts on the the big screen and LTE connectivity of the Nokia Lumia 625, before finishing with a reminder to make the most of Windows Phone's secondary Live Tiles.
In episode 72 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Ewan and Rafe, we start with an update on Lumia 1020 pricing in the UK, before moving on to review the device's video capture capabilities. A news round up covers Windows Phone App Studio, 2 billion downloads from the Windows Phone Store, the latest Q2 smartphone stats from IDC, and more. We also offer an opinion on the recently released Bing apps from Microsoft, before finishing with some app picks.
In episode 71 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start with an update on the arrival of the GDR2 update and talk about some of the updates you can expect to benefit from. A news round up covers Samsung apps, SkyDrive, Instagram, and the latest device shipment stats. The second half of the podcast feature an in-depth discussion around the Nokia Lumia 1020's camera (photo capture, user interface, and potential issues).
In episode 70 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Ewan and Rafe, we start by discussing Nokia's unveiling of its latest handset, the Lumia 625. Ewan shares his thoughts on the Nokia Lumia 1020, after spending a few days with the AT&T variant of Nokia's new flagship. We also find time to talk (again) about the general state of Windows Phone, the UK release of JobLens, the Windows Phone app gap, and the importance of the formal release of Unity 4.2.
In episode 69 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Ewan and Rafe, we start by discussing the general status of the Windows Phone ecosystem and Nokia's Q2 2013 results. Ewan then offers his view on the arrival of Microsoft's Halo gaming brand on Windows Phone and there's also a quick mention for FIFA 2013. In the latter part of the podcast the focus is on the recent updates to Nokia's HERE products and touch briefly on the roll out of the Windows Phone 8 GDR 2 update.
In episode 68 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Ewan, Steve and Rafe, we talk about the Nokia Lumia 1020. Rafe reports back from the launch in New York, Steve focuses on the camera, and Ewan's impressed by the pricing and avaialability information. We consider the technical background to the 41 megapixel camera, make some comparisons with the Nokia 808 PureView, and consider the impact on the Lumia portfolio.
In episode 67 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking about US operator Sprint's announcement of the HTC 8XT and Samsung ATIV S Neo. The middle portion of the podcast covers some of the new features that the GDR2 software update will bring to Windows Phone 8 devices. There's then time for a few quick news highlights, before we finish by considering the merits of the Lumia 920 against the Lumia 925.
In episode 66 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we devote the first portion of the podcast to some first thoughts on the Nokia Lumia 925. We move on to talk about Nokia's "zoom reinvented" event and the technology that might be found in Nokia's next imaging flagship and there's also time for a discussion on CoPilot GPS versus HERE Drive.
In episode 65 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we begin with a short discussion on Windows Phone's market share, based on the release of the latest Kantar data. We move on to a news round up (updated PC sync apps and notable app releases), before Steve shares some thoughts on upcoming "sleeping screen" technology, and the hosting duo talk about the underlying concept of Live Tiles versus Google Now, with some brief points on notifications thrown in for good measure.
In episode 64 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Ewan and Rafe, has a distinct Xbox theme, thanks to the 8 "new" Xbox Live titles for Windows Phone and the launch of the Xbox One. However, there's still time for us to share some thoughts on Ewan's Eurovision Android holiday, a potential new Nokia Windows Phone device, and the Google - Microsoft spat over the recently released YouTube app.
In episode 63 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Steve and Rafe, our main focus is on the recently announced Nokia Lumia 928 and Nokia Lumia 925. Steve talks Xenon flash on the Lumia 928, while Rafe reports back from the Lumia 925 launch event, with a special focus on camera performance and the new design direction for the Lumia family. We also cover some of the new software features in the "Lumia Amber" update, including Nokia's new Smart Camera Lens app, and some early details on Windows Phone 8 GDR2.
In episode 62 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Rafe and Ewan, we start by talking about the latest set of mobile phone shipment numbers from IDC, which leads to a discussion of the smartphone and feature phone definition divide. Our main topics is the design and positioning of the mid-range Nokia Lumia 720, but we also cover the Xbox release schedule and some recent Windows Phone marketing initiatives. We finish, as usual, with some app picks, including some thoughts on the new Facebook beta.
In episode 61 of the AAWP Insight, Podcast Rafe, Steve and Ewan start by talking about the feature set, hardware, pricing, and position of the Nokia Lumia 520 (and Lumia 521). We also cover recent industry financial results, which leads to a discussion of the path ahead for Windows Phone. Recent app releases, including Tumblr and Nokia Conference Beta also get a mention before we finish, as usual, with some app picks.
In episode 60 of the AAWP Insight, Podcast Rafe and Ewan start by talking about the forthcoming Instagraph, a third party app that aims to enable posting to Instagram from a Windows Phone device. That prompts a discussion on Facebook Home and service layers, which leads to a discussion of HTC Q1 2013 interim financial numbers. There also time for a 40th birthday party and the usual app picks.
Episode 59 of the AAWP Insight Podcast, hosted by Ewan and Rafe, starts with Ewan's cultural references and a quick app competition plea. But it's not long before we dive into some final MWC related coverage. The second half of the show is all about games, prompted by a number of announcements from the Games Developer Conference in San Francisco, and we ask whether the arrival of middleware support heralds a new dawn for gaming on Windows Phone 8.
In episode 58 of the AAWP Insight, Podcast Ewan and Rafe start by discussing some recent high profile app additions to the Windows Phone Store (Pandora, United, BBC iPlayer) and the Instagram question. We then move on to games (Gameloft, 10tons, Unity engine, and more), highlighting the increasing strength of Windows Phone 8 in this department. In the last third of the podcast Ewan reports back on his Lumia 620 enabled SXSW experience, and we finish, as usual, with some app picks (although Ewan's gone a bit old school).
In episode 57 of the AAWP Insight, Podcast Ewan and Rafe start by discussing 1 billion Windows Phone app downloads and the "Other" space issue (prompted by the release Asphalt 7). However, the main focus of the show is Rafe's report from MWC 2013, with an emphasis on the Nokia Lumia 520 and 720. We do still find time for some app picks this week, albeit with an MWC and SXSW theme.
In a longer than usual episode of the AAWP Insight (number 56), Podcast Ewan and Rafe start by talking about the UK's 4G auction and Eurovision, before moving on to talk about the installed based numbers and the continuing importance of Windows Phone 7. Ewan has the latest news on Xbox Live titles, while Rafe's being looking at some of Qualcomm's technology announcements. We also preview Mobile World Congress 2013, talking about the Windows Phone related news and the general trends we expect to see emerge at the Barcelona based event.
In episode 55 of the AAWP Insight, Podcast Ewan and Rafe start by talking about the latest Windows Phone numbers from Canalys. We also cover the Huawei W1 in Africa and Vodafone UK's Windows Phone 8 push. The main portion of the podcast is devoted to a discussion of the merits of the first two mid tier Windows Phone 8 handsets - the HTC 8S and the Nokia Lumia 620. We finish, as usual, with an app pick from each of the team.
In episode 54 of the AAWP Insight, Podcast Ewan and Rafe start by talking about the start of the roll out of Windows Phone 7.8 for existing devices. We talk about what you get, focusing on the key benefit of an updated Start screen experience. We move on to talk about the Google Exchange ActiveSync deadline, the announcement of Nokia Music+, some recent Xbox released, before sharing a few initial thoughts on BlackBerry 10 and what it means for Windows Phone. We finish, as usual, with an app pick from each of the team.
In episode 53 of the AAWP Insight, Podcast Ewan, Steve and Rafe start by discussing Nokia's Q4 2012 results, with some added thoughts on the status of the company's strategy transition. We move on to talk about the availability of Nokia Drive+ for non-Nokia Windows Phone 8 devices, plus the latest developments in the Google ActiveSync shut down situation, before talking about perceptions of app gap on Windows Phone. We finish, as usual, with an app pick from each of the team.
In episode 52 of the AAWP Insight, Podcast Ewan and Rafe start by rounding up the Windows Phone related news from CES (Sprint, Huawei W1, Samsung Odyssey). We move on to talk about the upgrading of Windows Phone 7.5 device, in the light of the imminent arrival of Windows Phone 7.8. In the second half of the podcast Rafe talks about Nokia's better-than-expected preliminary Q4 2012 results and potential new Windows Phone manufacturers, while Ewan has his eyes on a bendy phone.
In episode 51 of the AAWP Insight, Podcast Ewan, Steve and Rafe start by talking about app updates and the issue of notifications, before moving to chat about the Samsung ATIV S. The third main discussion point is the perception of ecosystem rivalry, prompted by the recent Google Maps and Windows Phone headlines. We also find time to discuss some holiday related Windows Phone highlights, before finishing, as usual, with some app picks.
In episode 50 of the AAWP Insight, Podcast Rafe and Ewan start by talking about the Samsung ATIV S, which has now gone on sale in a number of countries. The second main topic we cover is the PR 1.1 software update for the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820, which is now available in the US and Canada. We also have time to answer some listener questions and talk about Google Exchange ActiveSync's withdrawal. Finally, to celebrate our fiftieth show, we share some all time hardware and app picks.