Windows Phone Thoughts - Daily News, Views, Rants and Raves

Be sure to register in our forums! Share your opinions, help others, and enter our contests.

Digital Home Thoughts

Loading feed...

Laptop Thoughts

Loading feed...

Android Thoughts

Loading feed...

All posts tagged "hardware"

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Nokia Lumia 800 Preorders Look Promising

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 11:30 AM

"The Lumia 800, which went on sale in the UK on Wednesday, has seen a phenomenal amount of interest from Orange UK customers. Preorders of the device have been higher than any other Nokia handset. 50% of preorders are from existing customers who are eligible for Nokia's free Xbox 360 promotion. "As a result of the level of interest we've had in preorders, we're really positive about the launch of the Nokia Lumia 800 which we believe will be really popular with our customers," said an Orange spokesperson. "This is the largest interest we've had in a Nokia handset, including the huge-selling N95 and 5800 handsets, and our marketing campaign hasn't kicked in yet.""

I'm not sure what you think of these Nokia designs, but I sure do like them. I'm looking forward to seeing one in person. It seems like other people may think the same thing, as preorders are setting records.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Designing Nokia's Lumia 800

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Nokia Windows Phones" @ 09:00 PM

They call it a documentary, but its more of an infomercial. Still it's a somewhat interesting look at the "inside story" behind the Lumia 800's design. Nokia has too much invested in the Microsoft partnership to hold back on any potential avenue for getting the word out.

Samsung Focus Flash Reviewed

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Samsung Windows Phones" @ 06:30 PM

"Besides the free--and ancient--iPhone 3GS, AT&T's budget smartphone selection is pretty slim. That's why Samsung's new $49.99 Focus Flash, one of the company's first devices to run the new Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango), is a breath of fresh air. This affordable handset crams a Super AMOLED display and a fast 1.4-GHz processor inside a light and compact design." reviews the Samsung Focus Flash and the bottom line is they like it. The price is nice too, but given the specs mandated by Microsoft, there's really not a whole lot of difference between this "budget" phone and higher end WP7 phones. The camera's minimum spec, 4G speeds are respectable, and the screen's on the small end - but balance that against a faster 1.4GHz Snapdragon, and you have a decent contender.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Why Microsoft Hasn't Upgraded Windows Phone 7 Minimum Specs

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone News" @ 11:00 AM

"He says the company gets better battery performance from single-core chips, and isn't sacrificing much. It also allows Microsoft to sell cheaper phones. Right now Microsoft is playing catch up in smartphones, so it's hoping that it can compete on price to make up ground."

Does this make sense to you? Granted the performance differences don't appear to be much, but as apps start demanding more in terms of hardware resources, there will come a point when single core chips just won't cut it. Microsoft might be handicapping itself by not allowing manufacturers more flexibility - you might still be playing catch up down the road because there hasn't been enough experimentation with more advanced hardware. And let's be honest, battery life even with single core chips isn't all that hot either.

Monster Windows Phone 7 in NYC

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone News" @ 08:00 AM

Think the Radar is big? What'll you see this one - Microsoft's built a 55 foot high Windows Phone 7.5 in the middle of New York City. It's not quite a working phone, but the tiles display live video feeds, and is a heck of an ad for the Metro UI which is also going to be the face of Windows 8. Maybe they're expecting King Kong to drop in?

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Jil Sander WP7 Available in Austria

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Other Windows Phones" @ 11:00 AM

File this one under "What I would spend on if I had more fashion sense than money sense". Jil Sander is a European fashion house which for a few years was under the Prada Group. Apart from the name, there's nothing much to distinguish the Jil Sander Mobile from any other WP7 design in my eyes apart from the Jil Sander app that's front and center on the device - 3.8" screen, 1GHz CPU and 5MP camera. The unsubsidized retail price is unknown, but it's available through Hutchison Austria for "free" with contract.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Acer Launches First WP7 Phone

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Other Windows Phones" @ 09:00 PM

"Acer has launched the Acer Allegro in France, making it Acer's first foray into the the worlld of the Windows Phone 7 operating system...The most interesting aspect, however, is the introduction of Fast Charge technology, which apparently charges the device's 1300mAh battery 2.5 times faster than the its other tablets and phones."

It's not a top of the line handset - the Allegro meets the minimum specs for Microsoft's mandated hardware for WP7, but that's about it. The biggest differentiator is the fast-charge technology, which is nice given the medium sized battery. Hopefully we'll be seeing more manufacturers picking this up, as well as more offerings from Acer. The Allegro will retail for 299 Euros sans cointract, which tells you what market this model is aimed at.

Samsung Bringing Flexible Displays in 2012

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 07:00 PM

“The flexible display we are looking to introduce sometime in 2012, hopefully the earlier part,” said Samsung’s vice president of investor relations, Robert Yi. “The application probably will start from the handset side.”

At Nokia World, a flexible display was being demonstrated as a method for interaction with onscreen content. Twist the screen to zoom in, twist in the opposite direction to zoom out. Not to be outdone, Samsung has announced that they too have been working on a flexible display. Only time will tell if this will end up as a gimmick, or if software developers will find novel and interesting uses for this technology.

Windows Blog Unboxes the Nokia Lumia 800

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone News" @ 10:10 AM

"When I was unboxing my Lumia 800, I found that the packaging is almost as beautiful as the phone itself..."

Ben Rudolph of the Windows Team Blog has received his Nokia Lumia 800 here in the States. He was kind enough to post a few unboxing shots of his new toy. Overall, the packaging seems to follows the new trend of minimalism and seems clean and neat. See Ben's post for a few more shots.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Lenovo Windows Phone LePhone S2 Spotted In The Wild

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone News" @ 09:18 AM

"Lenovo, last we checked, isn't on board with Windows Phone. But guess what? Here are shots of such a device. Actually, it was rumored back in December 2010 that Microsoft was in talks with Lenovo to join the Windows Phone crowd for China."

WPCentral has attained a few shots of the Lenovo S2 Windows Phone Device. Aside from the front facing camera, hardware specs are unknown at this time.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Introducing The Nokia Lumia 710

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Other Windows Phones" @ 11:00 AM

It doesn't have the chops of the Lumia 800, but I fancy the 710 will probably appeal more to the young and trendy set. Apart from the WP7 chassis specs mandated by Microsoft, the 710 features an FM radio, a decent 3.7" screen, and a 1.4GHz processor - no too shabby. You'll also get the ability to switch the phone covers based on your mood for the day, with in all 10 different colour combinations available. I've no idea whether any of those covers come in the box - it doesn't appear that any do. Still the price is fairly competitive judging from the unsubsidised price of 270 Euros, and Nokia has been nice enough to include turn-by-turn GPS navigation as standard, covering 90+ countries. That alone makes Nokia's offerings enticing, especially for those of us in the boondocks of the world.

The New York Times Applauds Windows Phone 7

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 05:30 AM

"Windows Phone 7.5 is gorgeous, classy, satisfying, fast and coherent. The design is intelligent, clean and uncluttered. Never in a million years would you guess that it came from the same company that cooked up the bloated spaghetti that is Windows and Office. Most impressively, Windows Phone is not a feeble-minded copycat. Microsoft came up with completely fresh metaphors that generally steer clear of the iPhone/Android design (grid-spaced icons that scroll across home pages)."

David Pogue, New York Times columnist, Missing Manual publisher, and Emmy-winning CBS new correspondent knows a thing or two about the tech industry. If you are familiar with the Missing Manual series of books from O'Reilly Media, you will also be aware that David knows a lot about the Mac platform and all things Apple. So, it is with quite a bit of interest that I read his October 26 column on Windows Phone 7. In short, he is very impressed with it. The column covers both the shortcomings and nice features of the platform, including the new audio and visual searching, character recognition, translation, voice recognition, Xbox integration, and more. Pogue concludes the column with some analysis of why Windows Phone 7 is not as successful as you might expect, and he has hopes that the success will grow.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Closer Look at the Nokia Lumia 800

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 04:00 PM

As previously reported, the Nokia Lumia has been announced and it is a beautiful phone (in my opinion). The strength of the internals will no doubt be debated (as will the lack of a front-facing camera), but the marketing for the phone is already leagues better than the stuff put out by Microsoft. Take a look at the video above and let us know what you think, then hit up the Nokia Youtube page for more videos of the Lumia 800.

Reminder: Audioengine A5+ Speaker Contest Closes on Friday

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 03:00 PM

Just a quick reminder that our giveaway contest to win a set of Audioengine A5+ speakers (valued at $399) wraps up on Friday at noon, so enter now!

Nokia's WP7 Phones Launched Today

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Other Windows Phones" @ 10:30 AM broke the news yesterday that Nokia is launching the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 at Nokia World today. The Lumia 800 will be first delivered to select European countries at a retail price of 540 Euros (unsubsidised) or a little under $600, while the 710 will first appear in emerging markets at a price of 270 Euros. The Lumia 800 will be the flagship model, sporting a 1.4GHz processor, 8MP camera and 3.7" screen.

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Sweet Sound of Quality: Win a Set of $399 Audioengine A5+ Speakers

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 09:00 AM

I may be selling these sites and working full time for HTC now, but who says I can't have a little more fun giving away a great prize before I go? Last week I posted about the new Audioengine A5+ powered desktop speakers; the generous folks at Audioengine have offered up a set of these new speakers for a contest. With dual inputs (3.5mm and RCA, the latter of which is easily converted to an addition 3.5mm input with a cable) and a USB charging port, the A5+ speakers are a great companion to an endless variety of devices: desktop computers, laptop computers, tablets, smartphones, and yes, even the humble Zune. Ringing in at $399 USD, these are high-quality speakers that I guarantee will blow you away.

How do you win this contest? Simply post a comment to this discussion thread (one entry per person) telling me what your current audio solution for speakers is and how the Audioengine A5+ speakers will be better. One winner will be randomly selected from amongst all the entries and they'll get to chose either a set of black or white A5+ speakers. Due to the size and weight of this prize, it will only be shipped within the continental USA. The contest will remain open until Friday the 28th at 12 PM mountain time (GMT -7).

Best of luck everyone, and I look forward to reading some interesting entries. :-)

UPDATE: The contest is now over, and the winner is ITforSmallBiz. Thanks to everyone for entering!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Relative Merits of iPhone 4S/iOS 5 and Windows Phone 7

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 10:00 AM

"Speed and consistency has always been a hallmark of iOS, but Windows Phone 7.5 beats Apple here with an extremely snappy performance even on old hardware. Windows Phone 7.5 is as consistent as iOS and maybe even more so with less menu options and settings available to the end user. Windows Phone 7.5 does an excellent job with service integration while Apple forces you into the idea of working with specific apps, such as separate Facebook and Twitter apps."

While the comparison of two smartphone platforms is naturally a subjective exercise, one would think that reading the opinions of someone with a fair bit of hands-on experience with both would increase the credibility of the comments. So, it was with some interest I read the editorial by Matthew Miller on the ZDNet site. One of the more interesting points he makes is that the Windows Phone 7 platform is more task oriented (with quite a bit of task integration) when compared to the iOS 5 platform which is more app-centric. He gives quite a strong endorsement for WP7, but comments on the need for better hardware from the vendors. It's an interesting read, and well-worth contemplating.

Pics Leak of Nokia 800

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 06:00 AM

Nokia World is right around the corner, but already some great looking pictures of the upcoming Nokia 800 have leaked to the internet. While there are no surprises, what we have is a good looking phone in three different colors (black, pink, and blue). The pics also reveal a slightly different font, Nokia Music, and Nokia Navigation apps. Although the phone looks great, many nay-sayers are already pointing out the differences in hardware between this and the recently announced Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Fortunately for us, we wil know all the details by next week and can determine for ourselves exactly what those differences are (and whether or not they will matter in the end). Nokia World here we come!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Engadget's HTC Titan Review

Posted by Richard Chao in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 09:00 PM

"We knew as soon as we first clapped eyes on this hulk of a phone that it'd make a brave purchase. It's not just the 4.7-inch screen that requires a leap of faith, but also the Windows Phone operating system, which is presented here in all its Mangofied glory but is still very much an early adopter's ecosystem."

The HTC Titan with it's 4.7 inch screen and f2.2 camera is considered one of the better Mango phones currently or soon to be available. Engadget recently released their review and generally came away impressed. The phone felt sturdy and the camera with mechanical auto-focus took great shots even in low light situations. If you are looking for a Windows Phone, the Titan should definitely be on your list.

Hit read for the whole review.

T-Mobile Pulling HD7 from Store Shelves?

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 06:30 PM

I just stopped in to my local T-Mobile in Chicago, and to my surprise there was no sign of Windows Phone anywhere in the store. When I asked the employee where it was, she mentioned that T-Mobile was really not focused on Windows Phone because there was a "very specific market" for those devices (whatever that meant). I then asked her about the HTC Radar, and she confirmed they were getting it, but didn't have any information to share. It strikes me as surprising and sad to see that Windows Phone has been overlooked in this way. I'd be really interested in hearing from our readers about their experiences. Is this a sign of things to come from T-Mobile?

Reviews & Articles

Loading feed...


Loading feed...

Reviews & Articles

Loading feed...


Loading feed...

Reviews & Articles

Loading feed...


Loading feed...

Reviews & Articles

Loading feed...


Loading feed...

Reviews & Articles

Loading feed...


Loading feed...