Windows Phone http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/windows-phone/reviews en-GB Windows Phone 8.1 http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-81/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android and iOS users, take note: Windows Phone is finally a contender </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Windows Phone 8.1 review" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Start-screen-transparency.jpg?1398271823" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/mark-payton" title="View user profile.">Mark Payton</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Only a year ago, buying a Windows phone was a declaration of insanity.</p> <p>You were throwing cash at a novelty that imposed too many compromises - in the user experience, in the choice of available apps, and in the platform&#39;s laggardly disregard for the cloud. In the process, you were rejecting two rivals that were demonstrably superior.</p> <p>But that was 12 long months ago.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Review based on the Developer Preview </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pretty and now more customisable </div> <div class="field-item even"> Cortana&#039;s powerful and effective </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Notifications have finally arrived </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start can look messy if you arrange it badly </div> <div class="field-item even"> Settings and multi-tasking could be cleaner </div> <div class="field-item odd"> iOS and Android still ahead on apps </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SAY HELLO TO A PRETTIER, MORE FLEXIBLE START SCREEN </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Back in the early days of Windows Phone 8, the fly-in Live Tiles that are the signature of the OS drew praise and criticism in equal measure - praise for their novelty and potential, and criticism for their inflexibility and occasionally sluggish performance.</p> <p>In one update, WP8.1 remedies both flaws. The animations are now lightning fast and ultra-smooth, and you can customise the Live Tile interface to your heart&rsquo;s content.</p> <p>In fact, we reckon the new features may even seduce Android aficionados, renowned for their addiction to fiddling. Although Windows Phone has only two &lsquo;home&rsquo; screens (Start and All Apps), you can now lose hours of your life to re-sizing and arranging the Start tiles to precisely fit your daily needs.</p> <p>And if you want to take things to a logical extreme, there&rsquo;s a new option to fit another column of tiles on the Start screen (you&rsquo;ll need to activate it first in Settings - it&rsquo;s set to Off by default), and the tiles themselves have new re-sizing options (so you can fit six across the width of a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia-lumia-1020/review" target="_blank">Lumia 1020&rsquo;s</a> screen).</p> <p>And if that wasn&rsquo;t thrilling enough, Microsoft&rsquo;s native app tiles are now transparent, with your chosen wallpaper showing in the background. Couple that with the long-standing ability to change the accent colour and switch between dark and light backgrounds (the latter of which will chew through battery faster), and the options are enough to keep all but the most ardent tweaker happy.</p> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/Mn7uurrzuXl/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>The only thing that has us slightly baffled is why the Nokia apps bundled into Windows Phone (Here Maps, Here Drive+, MixRadio etc) lack the transparency of the native Microsoft apps - we&rsquo;ll hope that&rsquo;s sorted by the time of the full and final release in the summer.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Windows&#039; own Live Tiles are now transparent in WP8.1" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 Live Tiles" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Start-screen%285%29_0.jpg?1398271823" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CORTANA: THE PA THAT READS YOUR MIND </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Big New Feature in 8.1 is a merger of the best features from <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">iOS</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-44-kitkat/review" target="_blank">Android</a>. Cortana is a personal assistant that aims to learn about you and your habits, and adapt its answers accordingly, with results improving over time. Microsoft claims that Cortana is the result of a research effort that began back in 2009, and makes use on the company&rsquo;s rich well of enterprise and search data (not to mention the Halo license).</p> <p>And on the whole, it works well - at least it does, once you discover how to activate it. We had to change our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia-lumia-1020/review" target="_blank">Lumia 1020&rsquo;s</a> Region and Language settings to United States and reboot before the Cortana icon would appear in the apps menu.&nbsp;</p> <p>Prod the Cortana icon for the first time, and you&rsquo;re launched into a set-up routine that lets you tune the service according to your interests and daily routine - as such, it&rsquo;s similar to Google Now, with options for sports, headline news, places to eat, the weather and a trip planner.</p> <p>The similarity to Now continues with the landing page that greets you once you&rsquo;ve finished the set-up - a stack of information that includes news updates, your appointments and maps for any imminent journeys.</p> <p>Tap the microphone icon to the bottom right of the landing page, and you&rsquo;re into Cortana&rsquo;s voice assistant. Since it&rsquo;s officially US-only for now, we had to temper any verdict on its performance with the knowledge that it may stumble on our plummy English tones. But even with that caveat, it seemed as accurate as Google&rsquo;s voice recognition (which is high praise indeed). And oddly, it appeared happier recognising the UK English pronunciation of mobile (&lsquo;mow-bile&rsquo;) than the American (&lsquo;moh-bil&rsquo;). Go figure.</p> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/Mn7zv9w5Teh/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>Microsoft is clearly bullish about Cortana&rsquo;s capabilities. If you tap your Lumia&rsquo;s search button, it launches straight into voice recognition, which then slides into the Cortana landing page if you scroll upward (compare this to Google Now, which launches into the landing page first).</p> <p>Expect Cortana to land on your UK Windows Phone in late 2014, by which time - if rumours are true - there will also be a Cortana Notebook online that let&rsquo;s you control how much information is shared with the program.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-carplay-puts-your-iphone-your-car-dashboard/news" target="_blank">Apple CarPlay puts Siri on your dashboard</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Cortana looked different in Halo" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 Cortana" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Cortana-voice-assistant%283%29_0.jpg?1398271823" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Cortana&#039;s voice recognition is surprisingly capable, even at this stage" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 Cortana" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Cortana-news_0.jpg?1398271823" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> AT LAST - WINDOWS PHONE GETS NOTIFICATIONS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You can stop holding your breath, Dear World: 8.1 brings a notifications screen to Windows Phone. And just in case you&rsquo;re worried that Microsoft has invented some kind of unique twist on a well-established system, you can relax - 8.1&rsquo;s new Action Centre borrows happily and heavily from <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">iOS</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-44-kitkat/review" target="_blank">Android</a>.</p> <p>You access the Action Centre by swiping down from the top of the screen (sound familiar?), to be greeted by notifications sorted and stacked by type (novel, ay?). You only need to swipe to get rid of them, although curiously, you can&rsquo;t banish individual alerts - you either swipe away all of your Facebook notifications, or none at all.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll find four quick settings buttons atop the notifications screen that would look at home on any Android handset, along with a shortcut to all of your settings. By default, the four quick links are set to WiFi, Bluetooth, Airplane Mode and Rotation Lock, but you can change them to your heart&rsquo;s content in Settings.</p> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/Mn7ahKvWndE/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>So there&rsquo;s nothing new or crazy in the long-overdue debut of notifications on Windows mobile, but that&rsquo;s absolutely fine by us. During our week with 8.1, we found everything where we expected it to be, and working as it should. For a platform that has sometimes refused to do either of those things, we couldn&rsquo;t ask for any more.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Notifications have finally hit Windows Phone" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 notifications screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Notifications-Windows-Phone-8.1%282%29_0.jpg?1398271823" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Getting to Settings via the Action Centre is a snap" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 Settings screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Notifications-Settings_0.jpg?1398271823" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An impossible fight for Windows Phone? Not at all. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Microsoft could do with a reward for its bravery. For all of its failings, the non-phone Windows 8 at least tried to meet the challenge set by the proliferation of devices and screen sizes head on - albeit with the risky strategy of gluing touch and desktop interfaces together. And despite resulting falls in PC sales and several failed attempts to usurp the iPad with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-2/review" target="_blank">Surface</a>, Microsoft has stuck to Windows 8, convinced that its solution would pay off in time.</p> <p>In the case of the recent update to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8.1</a>, Microsoft&#39;s latest tweaks haven&rsquo;t cured all of the ills - the new dabs of glue joining touch and desktop are too obvious (and with, in some cases, seriously illogical results).</p> <p>But Windows Phone 8.1, due for final release this summer, has no need for glue - it can focus on refining one experience, with the singular aim of dislodging <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">iOS</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review" target="_blank">Android</a>. And while 10% market share in the UK may not sound like the stuff of victory, it&rsquo;s enough to take Windows Phone from obscure irrelevance to interesting underdog.</p> <p>Even better, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/hello-micro-kia-microsoft-buys-nokias-device-arm/news" target="_blank">Microsoft&#39;s &pound;4.6bn buy-out of Nokia</a> means that it has control over its mobile hardware in a way it never enjoyed with laptops or desktop PCs. Windows Phone OS can be tuned to suit its hardware and vice versa, a benefit that Apple has exploited for years - and there&rsquo;s a range of new Lumia smartphones arriving at around the same time as the 8.1 update to reinforce the point.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/mark-payton" title="View user profile.">Mark Payton</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UNIVERSAL SEARCH: BETTER THAN ITS DESKTOP EQUIVALENT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;ve recently updated <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-81/review" target="_blank">Windows 8.1</a> on your PC, you&rsquo;ll recognise Universal Search immediately.</p> <p>Run a query, and you can swipe between the Bing-powered results across five tabs - Web, Local, Images, Video and Phone. The results are accurate, look great, and the layout is eminently sensible and quick to access (compare this to the desktop Windows 8 version, where the horizontal scrolling of results is something of a barrier).</p> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/Mn7W56TLnEB/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>Quite how useful you find it day to day will naturally depend on your habits - as we found over weeks with 8.1&rsquo;s desktop equivalent, there&rsquo;s usually a quicker way to access a contact, for example, by pinning them to your Start screen. But if you&rsquo;re the type who fires off high volumes of random queries, Universal Search is a useful second home.</p> <p>The only slight foible we could find was the short delay before results appeared as you swipe between the screens - it&rsquo;s not long enough to be off-putting, but noticeable enough to make you wonder why Microsoft didn&rsquo;t choose to have the tabbed results load in the background, while you scanned the first screen.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-now-now-available-your-desktop/news" target="_blank">Google Now - now available on your desktop</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Universal Search, powered by Bing, is a useful tool in the power user&#039;s arsenal" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 Universal Search" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Universal-Search-WP8.1_0.jpg?1398271823" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Maps showing local services are included in Universal Search" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 Universal Search uses your location" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Universal-Search-maps-WP-8.1_0.jpg?1398271823" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GOOGLE SYNC: THE CALENDAR’S BACK… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As a result of a wrangle between Google and Microsoft over Exchange Active Sync (EAS), Windows 8 users with Google Apps for Business accounts have been unable to sync their Google Calendars with the default Windows Calendar app since March 2013.</p> <p>The good news is that 8.1 ends their misery - add a Google Apps account in Settings, and your Windows Phone will happily start syncing both your GMail and Google Calendars.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> IMPROVED DATA AND BATTERY CONTROLS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You&rsquo;ll find one new screen to join an older partner in Windows Phone 8.1 settings - Data Sense, meet Storage Sense. The former&#39;s a welcome addition to Windows mobile, to the point where it&rsquo;s easy to overlook it in a review (&lsquo;what do you mean it wasn&#39;t there before?&rsquo;).</p> <p>As with Notifications, Microsoft has kept to the basics and presented them well: Storage Sense shows how much space you&rsquo;ve used (both on internal and external storage), while letting you switch storage locations for music, photos, apps and downloads. Data Sense lets you cap your data usage, both with a hard limiter, and also through restricting background data. Simple, unoriginal, but very effective.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Storage Sense gives control over where your files go" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 Storage Sense" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Data-Sense%283%29_0.jpg?1398271823" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Data Sense is the quick way to keep those monthly bills under check" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Storage-Sense-in-Settings_0.jpg?1398271823" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How to get the Windows Phone 8.1 update now </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;ll safely assume you have a Windows Phone device (or you&rsquo;re about to buy one). If so, and if you&rsquo;d like the 8.1 update for free, head on over to the <a href="http://appstudio.windowsphone.com" target="_blank">Windows Phone App Studio</a>, and login using your Microsoft account.</p> <p>Once that&rsquo;s done, go to the Store on your Windows Phone, and search for &lsquo;Preview for Developers&rsquo;. Install it, then find and open the Preview app on your device. Again, login using your Microsoft credentials.</p> <p>Now head back to Settings, find Phone Update, and check for updates - lo and behold, Windows Phone 8.1 should begin to download. Job done.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> WHAT DID MICROSOFT MISS? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Although Windows Phone 8.1 is a real leap forward, there are still aspects of the OS in need of polish.</p> <p>For example, Live Tiles can look a mess - a flashing wall of animations, none of which make much sense. Combine the wrong set, and you end up with a screenful of bad advertising, none of which you particularly recognise or want to tap. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-44-kitkat/review" target="_blank">Android</a> widgets, at their best, are still a superior life form (not least because many actually facilitate actions, more than giving information).</p> <p>Then there&rsquo;s the Windows Phone Settings screen, which is still a headache: too many entries, with no categorisation and often baffling decisions as to what gets filed where. If Microsoft are happy enough to borrow from the best of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">iOS</a> and Android, this looks like the next logical place to run the photocopier.</p> <p>Lastly, Windows Phone&rsquo;s multitasking could be easier to use; although it&rsquo;s quick enough to access with a long press of the Back button, you only see one app pane at a time. Compare that to stock Android, where you can see up to four, and scroll quickly through them (or even better, the nine-pane set-up in the latest cut of HTC&rsquo;s Sense).</p> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/Mn77XF5Unap/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Settings menu is still a rather cluttered, confusing place" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 Settings screen could do with a spring clean" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Settings-WP8.1_0.jpg?1398271823" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Windows Phone 8.1 verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Windows Phone 8.1 may only be an evolution of Microsoft&rsquo;s mobile OS, but there&rsquo;s enough spit and polish in this update to make it a serious alternative to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-44-kitkat/review" target="_blank">Android</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">iOS</a>.</p> <p>Cortana shows real promise, and Universal Search is an addition you can imagine using every day. But ironically, it&rsquo;s the fluffier aspects of 8.1 that may win Windows Phone new friends - the endlessly adaptable Start screen, the new tile transparencies, and the refinements to the animations.</p> <p>Our only reservation, for now, remains the breadth and quality of apps available in the Windows Store. Yes, it&#39;s now filled to the point where most of the mainstream apps are represented - but there still isn&rsquo;t the depth of choice and consistently high quality that you&rsquo;ll find in the Play Store or iTunes App Store.</p> <p>But we&rsquo;re at a point where the strengths are beginning to outweigh the weaknesses; 8.1 means that Windows Phone is ready for prime time.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review" target="_blank">Android 4.5 Preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Windows Phone 8.1 review" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Start-screen_0.jpg?1398271823" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer 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section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>8.1 sees Windows Phone starting to realise its potential - with a couple of caveats this is now a worthy alternative to iOS and Android</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Windows Phone 8.1 review: &quot;Finally a contender&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft&#039;s mobile OS is &quot;now a worthy alternative to iOS and Android&quot; </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-81/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-81/review#comments Microsoft Smartphones Windows Phone Windows Phone 8.1 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:47:01 +0000 Tom Parsons 1434104 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft reveals Windows Phone 8.1 complete with Cortana, an amazingly powerful virtual PA http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-reveals-windows-phone-81/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New mobile OS brings a raft of rival-besting features. Is this Windows Phone&#039;s time? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The new Windows Phone 8.1 home screen, complete with Cortana" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 revealed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/windows-phone-8.1-main.jpg?1396516810" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The days of Microsoft playing third fiddle to Apple and Google&nbsp;in the smartphone OS stakes may soon be over, after the software giant unveiled its new&nbsp;Windows Phone 8.1 OS.</p> <p>The update brings a multitude of new features to the mobile platform, including the Cortana digital assistant - Windows Phone&#39;s answer to Siri - the notifications-friendly Action Centre and a Swype-style keyboard.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Say Halo to Cortana </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If the name Cortana sounds familiar, you&#39;re obviously a fan of classic Xbox FPS <em>Halo</em> - in the game, she was an advanced AI which acted as faithful personal assistant to the lead character Master Chief. Microsoft clearly intends for the WinPho8.1 version to fulfil much the same role, though presumably without helping you get all kill-happy.</p> <p>The service will be heavily linked to Microsoft&#39;s Bing search engine and will be fully voice-controllable. You&#39;ll be able to use it for standard tasks such as setting calendar entries, but more impressively, it will learn about your habits, tastes and contacts, and understand natural language. Introducing the service, Microsoft&#39;s Joe Belfiore gave the example of telling Cortana to &quot;remind me to ask my sister about her puppy next time I speak to her&quot;; Cortana worked out instantly who his sister was and set a reminder that would flash up next time he called her.</p> <p>Chief to this working properly will be the Notebook feature in which Cortana will store information about your interests, the people who matter to you and what your daily habits are. As she learns more about you, Cortana will add entries to the Notebook, which you&#39;ll be able to approve or otherwise. If she comes to the conclusion that your wife is someone important to you, for instance, she&#39;ll add her to your &#39;Inner circle&#39;. If you don&#39;t correct that information, she might make the decision to put a call from your wife through to you even if it comes in during your designated &#39;quiet hours&#39;.&nbsp;</p> <p>So in short, Cortana will meld Siri-like talents with Google Now-style capabilities, but judging by the demonstration given by Belfiore,&nbsp;she looks twice as clever as the pair of them put together. We&#39;re interested to see how smart she is in the real world.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Meet Cortana!" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 revealed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/cortana.jpg?1396516810" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Cortana will be able to work with other apps and services" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 revealed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows-phone-8.1-cortana-4.jpg?1396516810" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Other new talents </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If Cortana is the big new feature arriving in Windows Phone 8.1, there are several others that you&#39;re likely to use far more regularly.</p> <p>Action Center is a notifications hub; pull it down from the top of the screen and you&#39;ll have access to settings such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth as well as seeing a list of recent texts, emails and app updates. Yes, it&#39;s a feature that&#39;s been available in iOS and on Android for a while, but better late than never.</p> <p>The new lock screen, meanwhile, can also display notifications and calendar entries, while there&#39;s also now the ability to set the background behind the Live Tiles on your home screen.</p> <p>Finally, the Work Flow keyboard now supports swipe-based text input - and impressively so. Belfiore used the new input method onstage, and also revealed that it recently claimed a world record previously held by the Samsung Galaxy S4. Yes, there&#39;s a world record for speed-typing-on-a-phone.</p> <p>The OS will roll out on to existing devices &quot;over the next few months&quot;, but may arrive before then on new handsets such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia/nokia-lumia-930-mighty-lumia-icon-coming-uk/news">Nokia Lumia 930</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia/nokia-lumia-630-and-635-have-neon-swappable-covers-plucked-straight-90s/news">Lumia 635</a>&nbsp;this May/June. We&#39;ll review it in full just as soon as we can.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-81/review">Windows Phone 8.1 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The new swipe keyboard function in action" alt="Windows Phone 8.1 revealed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows-phone-8.1-keyboard-1.jpg?1396516810" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Availability </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Siri, meet Cortana – Microsoft&#039;s Bing-powered digital assistant </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-reveals-windows-phone-81/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-reveals-windows-phone-81/news#comments Microsoft Smartphones Windows 8 Windows Phone Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:40:15 +0000 Marc McLaren 1434737 at http://www.stuff.tv Nokia Lumia Icon http://www.stuff.tv/lumia-icon/nokia-lumia-icon/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This may well be the best Windows Phone on the market - well, until the rest of Nokia&#039;s 2014 phones arrive </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia Lumia Icon - shame it&#039;s only available in the US" alt="Nokia Lumia Icon review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nokia-lumia-icon-review-1.jpg?1396603805" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Nokia Lumia Icon is one of the company&rsquo;s most powerful and well-equipped Windows Phone 8 handsets yet, boasting a quad-core processor, huge full HD screen and 20MP camera.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> $550 in the US </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Excellent camera </div> <div class="field-item even"> Big, crisp, vivid screen </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Powerful processor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Not a pretty phone </div> <div class="field-item even"> Some screen blur during motion </div> <div class="field-item odd"> App offering still comparatively weak </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Classy build but not that stylish </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Lumia Icon is a large phone and, at almost a centimetre in depth, isn&rsquo;t especially slim, but it doesn&rsquo;t feel particularly hefty in your hand or uncomfortable in your jeans pocket.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s well built, too, with a metal-rimmed body and Gorilla Glass 3 screen that curves slightly at the edges. True to Nokia&rsquo;s reputation, there&rsquo;s not a hint of creakiness to it. The only thing we&rsquo;re not too hot on is the white matte plastic back, which feels quite nice to touch but looks somewhat naff, especially with the large &ldquo;4G&rdquo; logo and Verizon branding.</p> <p>There are three hardware buttons on the right edge of the phone (volume, power and camera shutter, the latter of which can be half-pressed to focus), a nano SIM tray on the top edge next to a 3.5mm headphone jack, and three capacitive buttons underneath the screen (back, home and search).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia Lumia Icon build quality" alt="Nokia Lumia Icon build quality" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia-lumia-icon-review-4.jpg?1396603805" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia Lumia Icon build quality" alt="Nokia Lumia Icon build quality" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia-lumia-icon-review-6.jpg?1396603805" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A screening success </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Lumia Icon sports a 5in full HD LCD screen, which works out to 441 pixels per inch. It&rsquo;s exceptionally vivid and bright, with gloriously juicy colours and sharp detail, and we had no problems using it outdoors in bright sunlight. The image quality remains vivid even at wide viewing angles, too.</p> <p>While 1080p 5in screens have become almost the standard for higher-end smartphones these days, not all are born equal. The Icon&rsquo;s display is mostly excellent for whatever you&rsquo;re watching on it, from games to photos, videos, but there is some slightly off-putting smearing while scrolling quickly down web pages &ndash; the only bum note.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia Lumia Icon screen" alt="Nokia Lumia Icon screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia-lumia-icon-review-3.jpg?1396603805" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> As powerful as the best of 2013 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s the beefy quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor on board, along with 2GB of RAM, and this makes the Lumia Icon a truly powerful phone. We benchmarked it with AnTuTu and it scored 25,302, putting it roughly in line with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a>.</p> <p>While the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z2</a> are speedier (we&rsquo;d expect upcoming <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One replacement</a>&nbsp;to be, too), the Icon should certainly be considered a top-tier smartphone when it comes to processing grunt, and we never once noticed any performance-related sluggishness with apps, games or general UI shenanigans.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia Lumia Icon power" alt="Nokia Lumia Icon power" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia-lumia-icon-review-9.jpg?1396603805" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia Lumia Icon tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Operating system</strong>&nbsp;- Windows Phone 8</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong> - 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong> - 2GB</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong> - 5in LCD at 1920 x 1080 resolution (441 ppi)</p> <p><strong>Camera</strong> - 20MP PureView rear (1080p video @ 30fps), 1.2MP front camera</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong> - 32GB (plus 7GB free cloud storage)</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong> - 3G/4G, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi (a/b/g/n/ac), NFC, USB 2.0</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong> - 2420mAh</p> <p><strong>Dimensions/weight</strong> - 137 x 71 x 9.8mm/167g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Another cracking Nokia camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s a PureView camera, but it&rsquo;s not the excellent 41MP version used on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia-lumia-1020/review" target="_blank">Lumia 1020</a>. It boasts instead a (still very respectable) 20MP sensor that takes either 19MP 4:3 ratio images or 16MP 16:9 ratio images, and makes a 5MP copy of any photos you take for quicker sharing. The camera comes with a wide aperture of F2.4, a dual LED flash and Carl Zeiss optics, and all these things fit together to make it a superb snapper by mobile phone standards: images are clear and sharp, and you can get good, crisp results even in very low light conditions.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" mozallowfullscreen="" msallowfullscreen="" oallowfullscreen="" src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/99712217@N05/13216379504/in/set-72157642484239063/player/" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="640"></iframe></p> <p>The default Pro Cam app (which you can bring up straight away by holding down the hardware shutter button, even when the phone is in screen lock mode) offers a host of manual shooting options: focus, exposure, white balance, shutter speed and ISO can all be tweaked, should you wish. It also lets you crop and reframe photos after you&rsquo;ve taken them.</p> <p>Video can be captured at 1080p HD quality and either 30, 25 or 24fps, and looks excellent for a phone. We&rsquo;d have liked a slo-mo 120fps mode, too, but there is one bonus in the inclusion of four separate microphones and thus clearer audio quality than most smartphone videos. We found it picks up gusts of wind quite easily, which is a somewhat unfortunate side effect (at least if you like shooting on moors, rooftops and the like).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia Lumia Icon camera" alt="Nokia Lumia Icon camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia-lumia-icon-review-7.jpg?1396603805" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Windows Phone is still an issue </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s no nice way of saying this &ndash; but like all Windows handsets, the Icon suffers from a paucity of apps in comparison to iOS and Android. While a lot of the more popular big name apps are available (Spotify, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Twitter, Instagram, <em>Angry Birds</em>), many are nowhere to be found and it&#39;s far from the first choice platform for developers with pioneering software. There are no signs of that changing anytime soon, either.</p> <p>
The tile-based Windows Phone UI itself is a joy to use, and despite its different approach to other smartphone interfaces it doesn&rsquo;t feel particularly unfamiliar or confusing - a clear sign of good design.</p> <p>Another plus side of Windows Phone is the inclusion of handy, well-made native apps such as Here, Here Drive+, Office and Local Scout. Here, in particular, makes for an excellent alternative to Google and Apple Maps. There&rsquo;s also a handy 7GB of free OneDrive cloud storage.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/cortana-will-be-windows-phone-s-answer-siri/news" target="_blank">Cortana will be Windows Phone&#39;s answer to Siri</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia Lumia Icon and Windows Phone" alt="Nokia Lumia Icon and Windows Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia-lumia-icon-review-8.jpg?1396603805" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia Lumia Icon verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nokia Lumia Icon is probably the best Windows Phone around at the moment: it bests the Lumia 1020 in every major respect except looks and camera skills, boasts quad-core power and a fantastic screen. And it isn&rsquo;t even particularly pricey.</p> <p>Like any Windows Phone, it&rsquo;s slightly hampered by its app selection, but if it were available in the UK we&rsquo;d suggest it over any other Windows handset. All of which means that the Lumia 930, which will hopefully be available in the &pound;350-&pound;400 price bracket, could well be better still, if only because it will launch with Windows Phone 8.1.&nbsp;</p> <p>That being said, the Icon&#39;s spec is just a little bit &quot;best of 2013&quot;, and we have little doubt the coming 2014 crop of new Windows smartphones from Nokia and elsewhere may surpass it on specs and design. So watch this space.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best smartphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia Lumia Icon verdict" alt="Nokia Lumia Icon verdict" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia-lumia-icon-review-2.jpg?1396603805" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Powerful, sturdy and equipped with a fine screen and camera, the Icon is the most appealing Windows Phone available right now</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lumia-icon/nokia-lumia-icon/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/lumia-icon/nokia-lumia-icon/review#comments Lumia Icon Nokia Smartphones Windows Phone Sun, 16 Mar 2014 19:29:38 +0000 Tom Parsons 1433768 at http://www.stuff.tv Cortana will be Windows Phone’s answer to Siri http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/cortana-will-be-windows-phone-s-answer-siri/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATED 7/3/2014: Microsoft will be naming its intelligent voice assistant after Halo’s beloved AI character, and there&#039;s video to prove it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Cortana in Halo 4" alt="Cortana in Halo 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/cortana-halo-4.jpg?1394246127" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Well, Halo there. Microsoft is to name Windows Phone&rsquo;s virtual assistant Cortana, according to reports.</p> <p>For our non-gaming readers, Cortana is a highly-advanced AI character from the (Microsoft-owned) <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/halo-4/review">Halo</a> franchise. She accompanies the series&rsquo; hero Master Chief on his adventures, and becomes something of a tragic love interest for the taciturn super-soldier.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cloud-based, personalised intelligence </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2013/jul13/07-11memo.aspx">Back in July</a> Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer spoke of Windows&rsquo; future UI being &ldquo;deeply personalised, based on the advanced, almost magical, intelligence in the cloud that learns more and more over time about people and the world. Our shell will natively support all of our essential services, and will be great at responding seamlessly to what people ask for, and even anticipating what people need before they ask for it.&rdquo;</p> <p>It sounds amazing, of course, but then again this is exactly what both Google and Apple are doing with their own virtual assistants, by integrating more and more services with them over time. Cortana will have to be almost as special as her fictional namesake to stand out from the pack.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.zdnet.com/cortana-more-on-microsofts-next-generation-personal-assistant-7000020602/">ZDNet</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Update 7/3/2014:</strong>&nbsp;A video showing Cortana&#39;s functionality on a Windows Phone 8.1 device has been posted on YouTube.</p> <p>Reports have highlighted that Cortana will be an opt-in service, so you don&#39;t have to worry about her (or it) tracking you. Similar to Siri, Cortana will learn and adapt to your interactions and perform basic features such as setting an alarm when prompted to. And she has a lovely voice.</p> <p>Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://unleashthephones.com/2014/03/05/exclusive-cortana-voice-assistant-windows-phone-8-1-video/" target="_blank">Unleashthephones.com</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/wkgJwGzsn3Y" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/cortana-will-be-windows-phone-s-answer-siri/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Microsoft Smartphones Windows Phone Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:02:56 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1426625 at http://www.stuff.tv Nokia gives Android a Microsoft-friendly skin with the Nokia X, X+ and XL http://www.stuff.tv/android/nokia-gives-android-microsoft-friendly-skin-nokia-x-x-and-xl/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Three new phones come carrying the newborn Frankenchild of Android and Windows Phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia X" alt="Nokia X" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nokia-x.jpg?1393244675" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google was only mentioned once during Nokia&#39;s press conference here at Mobile World Congress, and that was when Nokia CEO Stephen Elop stated the company&#39;s new X range &quot;uses Microsoft&#39;s cloud, not Google&#39;s&quot;.</p> <p>As expected, Nokia is making a move to Google&#39;s open-source OS, but it&#39;s not surrendering completely to the Big G. The colourful, affordable X series phones piggyback Nokia and Microsoft services on top of Android, combining Android&#39;s vast number of apps with Windows Phone&#39;s, er... tiles.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> a store point </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Like Nokia phones of old that ran on the Finnish phonefacturer&#39;s Symbian platform, the X series use their own Nokia store for apps rather than Google Play, presumably to save Nokia&#39;s soon-to-be-owner Microsoft from the humiliation of building phones that make money for Google. But while X owners will buy their apps through a heavily-skinned proprietary store, it will be possible to migrate from a standard Android phone and keep your apps. This might actually be a good thing - Android apps have always suffered from being less curated than Apple&#39;s neatly ringfenced App Store - or it might be a huge mistake.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Add a dash of BlackBerry, and the Frankenphone is complete" alt="Nokia Android store" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nokia%20XL%20.jpg?1393244675" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> bargandroid </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Seasoned Android owners might find the X series a trifle Microsofty for their tastes, but these keenly-priced phones aren&#39;t aimed at people who already own a Nexus 5 or an HTC One; they&#39;re aimed at, to quote Stephen Elop again, &quot;the next billion internet users&quot;. Nokia sells cheap phones at a rate of about two skiploads a minute in emerging markets, and the growth of Windows Phone 8 is almost entirely down to budget smartphones like the Lumia 520. So, the X series brings low specs - the X+ has a 4in screen, a 3MP camera and 3G - but low, low prices, ranging from 89 to 109 Euros.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That puts the 5in XL model at &pound;90, and combined with the nice range of colours, a good suite of preloaded apps (including the consistently good Here Maps) and Nokia&#39;s pleasing build quality, and these phones could be a very tempting proposition for first-time smartphone owners, students and skinflints. We&#39;ll bring you a full review soon.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/mwc-2014/mwc-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">Mobile World Congress 2014 &ndash; the biggest MWC smartphone news so far</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="Nokia X+" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nokia-X%202.jpg?1393244675" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia launches Android-powered Nokia X, X+ and XL </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Three new phones mark a new chapter for the Finnish phone firm </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/android/nokia-gives-android-microsoft-friendly-skin-nokia-x-x-and-xl/news#comments Android MWC 2014 Nokia Windows Phone Mon, 24 Feb 2014 09:12:27 +0000 Will Dunn 1432777 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: PS4 gets price cut and Microsoft considers allowing Android apps on Windows Phone http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/fully-charged-ps4-gets-price-cut-and-microsoft-considers-allowing-android-apps-windows <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes, it’s our daily round-up of all the gadget world’s goings-on </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Fully Charged: PS4 gets price cut and Microsoft considers allowing Android apps on Windows Phone" alt="Fully Charged: PS4 gets price cut and Microsoft considers allowing Android apps " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ps4_2.jpg?1392341301" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PlayStation 4 gets its first UK price cut </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Good news if you&rsquo;re planning on buying a PS4: one UK retailer has just chopped &pound;20 off the asking price, reducing it to &pound;330 for a game-free console-and-controller package (at the time of writing it&rsquo;s out of stock, mind you). <a href="http://www.gamestop.co.uk/PlayStation%204/Games/44345/playstation-4-console?&amp;utm_source=tradedoubler" target="_blank">GameStop</a> is the first store to cut the PS4&rsquo;s asking price from its original &pound;350, but it probably won&rsquo;t be the last &ndash; expect rival retailers to follow suit very soon.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/ps4-gets-20-price-cut/0128026?" target="_blank">MCV</a>]</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">Sony PS4 review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft considers bringing Android apps to Windows Phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Believe it or not, Microsoft is seriously considering allowing Android apps to run on both Windows and Windows Phone devices. At least that&rsquo;s according to a report by The Verge, whose sources say certain elements within the company are keen to add Android compatibility by allowing apps to be included in the Windows Phone and Windows Stores: Android, after all, is far more popular and offers access to far more apps than Windows Phone &ndash; and Microsoft may feel that they can entice more users to their platform by increasing the number of available apps. Others (understandably) believe that this would be a bad move that could severely threaten the Windows platform and discourage developers from making Windows Phone-specific software.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ll keep an eye out for any more rumblings on this in the near future.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/2/12/5404098/microsoft-considering-android-apps-on-windows" target="_blank">The Verge</a>]</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft considers bringing Android apps to Windows" alt="Microsoft considers bringing Android apps to Windows" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lumia%201020.JPG?1392341301" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Legendary documentary maker Ken Burns launches iPhone app </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With a career spanning more than thirty years, Ken Burns is probably the USA&rsquo;s best-known documentary maker &ndash; and now he&rsquo;s launched an iOS app exploring America&rsquo;s history. Touching on subjects from baseball to prohibition to the American Civil War, the app includes streaming video from Burns&rsquo; documentaries. One playlist (based on the theme of &ldquo;innovation&rdquo;, so tech-lovers should enjoy it) is available for free, but the remaining four must be purchased from within the app for &pound;6.99.</p> <p>You can download the app, which is optimised for Retina display screens and iOS 7, from <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/ken-burns/id723854283?ls=1&amp;amp;mt=8&amp;amp;at=10l4Mc" target="_blank">iTunes</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Legendary documentary maker Ken Burns launches iPhone app" alt="Legendary documentary maker Ken Burns launches iPhone app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ken-burns-app.jpg?1392341301" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ferguson Hill takes to Kickstarter to fund all-new see-through speaker system </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="375" scrolling="no" src="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/993695914/ferguson-hill-clear-speaker-system/widget/video.html" width="500"></iframe></p> <p>British hi-fi company Ferguson Hill is already quite well-known for its unique transparent technology, which utilises a horn shape to produce crystal clear sound from, well, crystal clear speakers. And now it&rsquo;s cranking things up a notch with the Clear Speaker System, a new package which boasts transparent&nbsp; horn satellite speakers and transparent spherical bass speakers, plus an integrated amplifier with digital and analogue inputs and Bluetooth for wireless audio streaming.</p> <p>The system will be available in three configurations: two horn speakers and one bass sphere; two horns and two spheres; and four horns and two spheres. The company is seeking &pound;149,500 in Kickstarter funding for the project, and if you pledge at least &pound;650 you&rsquo;ll receive a package in return (assuming the campaign hits its funding goal). That&rsquo;ll represent a significant saving over the regular retail price, which starts at &pound;895 for the entry-level package.</p> <p>You can check out the campaign <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/993695914/ferguson-hill-clear-speaker-system" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/eclipse/ces-2014/eclipse-td-m1-best-looking-airplay-speakers-yet/news" target="_blank">Eclipse TD-M1: the best-looking AirPlay speakers yet?</a><br />&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Android apps iOS apps PlayStation 4 Windows Phone Wed, 12 Feb 2014 22:40:19 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1432346 at http://www.stuff.tv 10 of the best Nokia Lumia 1020 apps http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/10-best-nokia-lumia-1520-apps/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> My, that’s a nice Windows Phone you have. Brand new, you say? Let’s toss some free apps into that snappy smartie </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia Lumia 1020" alt="Nokia Lumia 1020" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lumia-1020.JPG?1388685781" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-1f7799d0-41b6-425c-d98e-7c7de38467e1">We called Nokia&#39;s Lumia 1020 &quot;the best cameraphone ever&quot; &ndash; with an awesome 41MP camera and plenty of power under the hood.</p> <p dir="ltr">Make your snap-happy smartphone even better with this selection of essential Windows Phone apps.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CamScanner (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Chuck that scanner away. Why would you need it, if you&rsquo;ve installed CamScanner on your Lumia 1020? Take a snapshot of that business card or document, let the app work its magic and it&rsquo;ll save them in PDF format. Heck, it&rsquo;ll even organise the scans and upload them to your SkyDrive.</p> <p><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/camscanner/d991ee36-dc78-41e1-9406-0943f13c70fb" target="_blank">Download CamScanner</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="CamScanner " alt="CamScanner " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CamScanner.jpg?1389238178" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Facebook (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">One of the great things about Windows Phone is its deep integration of Facebook&rsquo;s news feed. But it doesn&rsquo;t hurt to get the official Facebook app and view your Timeline with more visuals. No, it&rsquo;s not meant for you to play Facebook games. No Candy Crush Saga for you.</p> <p><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/facebook/82a23635-5bd9-df11-a844-00237de2db9e" target="_blank">Download Facebook</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Facebook" alt="Facebook" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Facebook.jpg?1389238178" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> File Explorer (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Running out of space on your Lumia? It&rsquo;s time to do some housekeeping with File Explorer. As its name implies, this app grants you access to the file system within the phone. Find and delete files that are taking up precious space. You can even transfer files between PC and phone via Wi-Fi. Oh, SkyDrive too, in case your life is saved in Microsoft&rsquo;s cloud storage.</p> <p><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/file-explorer/8d87e9b9-6e03-4585-a947-339ff038dd3b" target="_blank">Download File Explorer</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="File Explorer" alt="File Explorer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/File%20Explorer.jpg?1389238178" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Instagram (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The photo-sharing app, once exclusive to iOS users and creating a generation of selfie hipsters, has finally arrived on Windows Phone (albeit in beta form). There are kinks to iron out, such as the lack of video. But hey, you&#39;re not truly living if you don&rsquo;t have Instagram to stalk, we mean, follow your friends&rsquo; activities. And with the 1020&#39;s 41MP camera, your snaps will look amazing.</p> <p><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/instagram-beta/3222a126-7f20-4273-ab4a-161120b21aea" target="_blank">Download Instagram</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Instagram" alt="Instagram" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Instagram_1.jpg?1389238178" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spotify (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">It&rsquo;s a pity that Spotify is free to stream on iOS and Android devices, but not on Windows Phone. We can only hope it&rsquo;s temporary, but that shouldn&rsquo;t stop you from accessing millions of tracks on your phone. A &pound;10 monthly subscription doesn&rsquo;t really cost that much, considering you can save your favourite tracks for offline playing.</p> <p><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/spotify/10f2995d-1f82-4203-b7fa-46ddbd07a6e6" target="_blank">Download Spotify</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Spotify" alt="Spotify" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Spotify.jpg?1389238178" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Star Wars: Tiny Death Star (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Building the ultimate weapon in the universe won&rsquo;t be easy. You&rsquo;ll be answering to Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader when the Galactic Bux is running low. Keep a close watch on Rebel scum infiltrating shops, in this cheerful management game. If the opportunity arises, send them straight to the Interrogation room and unlock unbelievably cute parodies from the Star Wars films.</p> <p><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/star-wars-tiny-death-star/ed04c1b1-f34e-40e0-b997-67cbac8d0ad5" target="_blank">Download Star Wars: Tiny Death Star</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Star Wars: Tiny Death Star" alt="Star Wars: Tiny Death Star" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Star%20Wars%20Tiny%20Death%20Star.jpg?1389238178" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> TuneIn Radio (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Ok, you&rsquo;re not that willing to part with &pound;10 a month for the Spotify subscription. We hear you, so here&rsquo;s an alternative - TuneIn Radio. This nifty app offers over 100,000 radio stations and has no lack of music streams to satisfy your aural needs. Just remember to strap your device to a Wi-Fi connection; you won&rsquo;t want to get a huge bill shock from excessive data usage.</p> <p><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/tunein-radio/7f7e3f68-ba3a-e011-854c-00237de2db9e" target="_blank">Download TuneIn Radio</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="731" height="548" title="TuneIn Radio" alt="TuneIn Radio" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/TuneIn%20Radio.jpg?1389238178" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Vine (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Taking photos and sharing it on Twitter is so last year. Download Vine, and immortalise your shenanigans on video. Go on, post some 6-second videos and you might become internet famous. Enjoy it, it won&#39;t last.</p> <p><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/vine/f9e6f07e-e47e-47f5-806d-55d4f79f2b60" target="_blank">Download Vine</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Vine" alt="Vine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Vine.jpg?1389238178" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> WhatsApp (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Windows Phone has a well-integrated messaging service, combining text messages, Skype and even Facebook messages together. But what&rsquo;s the point of all that, if most of your friends are on other services such as WhatsApp? Fortunately, the instant messaging service has eradicated most of the bugs that caused an infinite amount of lag (and pain). Go forth, and chat away.</p> <p><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/whatsapp/218a0ebb-1585-4c7e-a9ec-054cf4569a79" target="_blank">Download WhatsApp</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="WhatsApp" alt="WhatsApp" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WhatsApp.jpg?1389238178" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xbox One SmartGlass (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Did Santa send you an Xbox One this Christmas? Then you&#39;ll want to download the SmartGlass app, a handy fruit of the union between Microsoft and Nokia that lets you&nbsp;remotely control your music, movies and surf the web on the next-gen gaming console. Xbox 360 owners needn&#39;t feel left out; there&#39;s a version of <a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/xbox-360-smartglass/b057fbe2-ceb1-470f-a7fe-09c862ca6dd9">SmartGlass</a> for their console, too.</p> <p><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/xbox-one-smartglass/a1a67817-26e6-482a-b673-e3e906d27a4e" target="_blank">Download Xbox One SmartGlass</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Xbox One SmartGlass" alt="Xbox One SmartGlass" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/XBOX-ONE-smartglass.jpg?1388685781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apps for Nokia Lumia 1520 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Download them for your brand new Windows Phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nokia%20Lumia%201520_0.JPG?1389238178" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/10-best-nokia-lumia-1520-apps/feature#comments Microsoft Nokia Smartphones Windows Phone Windows Phone apps Thu, 02 Jan 2014 16:24:52 +0000 Will Findlater 1430595 at http://www.stuff.tv New Nokia Lumia tablet and phone leaked http://www.stuff.tv/nokia/new-nokia-lumia-tablet-and-phone-leaked/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8.3in slate and 4.5in smartphone are both being tested in India </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia 2520 and 1510" alt="Nokia 2520 and 1510" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nokia-lumia-2520-review-group-with-1520_0.JPG?1386671427" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nokia&rsquo;s first Windows Phone tablet, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia/nokia-lumia-2520/review">Lumia 2520</a>, has only just arrived &ndash; and it seems like the company&rsquo;s second Lumia slate won&rsquo;t be far behind.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> And a dual SIM smartphone too </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nokia Power User, the site that uncovered this info, claims that this device &ndash; which the document suggests is being sent to India for internal testing purposes &ndash; will be called the Lumia 2020 when it&rsquo;s released, and may boast stylus support.</p> <p>Also dug up via Zuaba.com are details of a new Lumia phone codenamed RM-977. This has a 4.5in screen and comes in both single and dual SIM editions. Pocket-lint posits that its pricing suggests it&rsquo;ll fall into Nokia&rsquo;s 5-- Lumia bracket, and therefore that it&rsquo;ll be called the Lumia 525. We&rsquo;ll keep our eyes and ears open for an official announcement soon.</p> <p>[<a href="http://www.nokiapoweruser.com/2013/12/09/nokia-tablet-rx-115-with-8-3-inch1080p-display-reveals-itself-in-india-with-lumia2520-for-testing/">Nokia Power User</a> via <a href="http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/125712-nokia-lumia-2020-tablet-leaked-with-8-3-inch-1080p-display-also-dual-sim-lumia-525-4-5-inch-phone-outed">Pocket-lint</a>]<br />&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia/new-nokia-lumia-tablet-and-phone-leaked/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nokia Smartphones Tablets Windows Phone Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10:29:54 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1429951 at http://www.stuff.tv A phab update: Windows Phone 8 gets big screen support http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-8-gets-phab-overhaul/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft has unveiled its plans for the next update to Windows Phone 8, with support for bigger screens, a new driving mode and custom ringtones </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="268" height="283" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/wp8.gif?1381798955" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's time to get ready for the latest update to Windows Phone, and Microsoft's newest offering paves the way for bigger screens with an improved start menu with more live tiles - so look out for some big screen WP8 devices (we're guessing with a Nokia logo...) in the near future.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/mark-prigg" title="View user profile.">Mark Prigg</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A giant upgrade </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With rumours swirling of a Nokia tablet on the horizon, Microsoft has unveiled its latest update for WP8 - and unsurprisingly, support for big screens is front and centre. GDR3 (GDR stands for General Distribution Release) will begin rolling out in the coming weeks and 'will continue over several months,' Microsoft said.</p> <p>It might not offer any new mind blowing features, but it does hint at what's to come, with support for screens between 5 and 7 inches, and resolution support now set at a maximum of 1080p - giving rumours of Nokia's 1520 big screen handset more credence.</p> <p>'The new update paves the way for future Windows Phone devices with 5- and 6-inch touch screens,' said Microsoft's Darren Laybourn, announcing the changes.</p> <p>'The larger, 1080p HD displays on these devices will make Windows Phone even more personal—for example by sporting jumbo-sized Start screens with room for six Live Tiles across instead of four.'</p> <p>There's also support for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, and a new driving mode designed to limit distractions.</p> <p>Microsoft has also addressed a few of the niggles with WP8 users have been reporting - adding a new option to lock the display in landscape mode, and custom ringtones for people and events, along with 'hundreds of under-the-hood performance tweaks and enhancements'&nbsp;[Source: <a href="http://blogs.windows.com/windows_phone/b/windowsphone/archive/2013/10/14/announcing-our-third-windows-phone-8-update-plus-a-new-developer-preview-program.aspx">Microsoft</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="270" height="450" title="Custom ringtones arrive on WP8" alt="Custom ringtones arrive on WP8" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wp_ss_20131001_0001_thumb_22F0B8DA.jpg?1381798955" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="270" height="450" title="WP8&#039;s new driving mode" alt="WP8&#039;s new driving mode" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wp_ss_20130930_0001_thumb_6875B905.jpg?1381798955" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="270" height="480" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Phablet_StartScreenProductivity_01_thumb_4FE38B04.jpg?1381798955" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-8-gets-phab-overhaul/news#comments Microsoft Smartphones Windows Phone Mon, 14 Oct 2013 19:59:05 +0000 Mark Prigg 1427887 at http://www.stuff.tv 5 mind-blowing features that prove phones are getting smarter than ever http://www.stuff.tv/android/5-mind-blowing-features-prove-phones-are-getting-smarter-ever/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The killer apps and capabilities of five of the best Android and Windows Phone 8 phones in the world right now </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Brilliant features on the latest smartphones" alt="Brilliant features on the latest smartphones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Brilliant%20features%20of%20smartphones.JPG?1378980696" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">It's not just Apple that can innovate.</p> <p dir="ltr">Here are the most inspired and useful features of five of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">10 best smartphones</a>&nbsp;in the world.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG G2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The G2 garnered <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/g2/lg-g2-best-smartphone-world/news" target="_blank">rave reviews</a> from Stuff HQ for its smart bits and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/lg-g2-vs-iphone-5-vs-htc-one-vs-samsung-galaxy-s4/feature" target="_blank">how it measured up</a> against a couple of the phones mentioned here. We loved how easily it chomps through tasks, its whole-day-and-then-some battery life and its bleedingly sharp screen, but what sneaked into our hearts was a simple feature you’d think smartphone developers would have thought of long ago - KnockOn.</p> <p dir="ltr">This ingeniously simple feature allows users to tap twice on the G2’s screen to wake it up or knock it out. Since the G2’s design resulted in the power button being shifted to the back, KnockOn is more of a necessity than a creative move. We’re not fussy about details, as long as new useful ways of doing things are the end result of inconvenience.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" title="LG G2" alt="LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G2.JPG?1378980696" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG G2 killer feature </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What a feat(ure): KnockOn knocks it out of the park with its intuitiveness, but be sure to clear a space on the home screen to make it a smooth slide into la la land. Plus, you never have to fiddle with the power button again (except when you want to switch the phone off proper).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC One </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The One brought a ton of new features to the Android community including a beautiful body, a refreshed home page and Harry Potter-esque photos in the form of Zoe shots. It brought a much needed <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/stuff-cool-list-2013-how-htc-designed-world-s-most-desirable-phone/feature" target="_blank">breath of style</a> to the dowdy Android pack and also gave us the new UltraPixel camera, choosing to increase sensor size over megapixel count.</p> <p dir="ltr">And with that unconventional move, HTC proved that less is, sometimes, more with better-lit low light shots and a restless gallery of photos to mix things up via Zoe shots. While the Zoe may be an interesting feature, it’s still more of a novelty than a go-to given the memory it snuffles up with each click. Impressive concepts but HTC still needs to tweak them to make them useful in the long run.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" title="HTC One" alt="HTC One" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC%20One.jpg?1378980696" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC One killer feature </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What a feat(ure): Amongst its innovative offerings, BlinkFeed is the most practical of them. For information-guzzlers, the fresh feed is a godsend, snatching up the latest goss’ from your chosen sources to piece together in an unending scroll of brainfood. Saves us the inconvenience of opening one app at a time to feed our eyes. With its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/htc-one-mini/review-0" target="_blank">Mini-me</a>&nbsp;outed and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/59in-htc-one-max-phablet-spotted-press-shot/news" target="_blank">a larger version</a>&nbsp;spotted in the wild, you’ll find that One size fits all.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia Lumia 925 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The Lumia 925 is one of the finest beasts in the Nokia stable (that is, until they trot the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lumia-1020/nokia-lumia-1020-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">Lumia 1020</a> out). We could <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/nokia/nokia-lumia-925/review" target="_blank">wax lyrical about its hi-tech innards</a>, but we’re sure you’ve had enough of stats.</p> <p dir="ltr">As a Windows phone, it’s tough to go up against the iOS and Android big boys in terms of downloadable apps. But there’s one area in which Android phones have failed us time and again, and that is...the camera.</p> <p dir="ltr">For some reason, Android phone cameras just ain’t bringing it with their inaccurate colour replication, loss of detail and demand of completely steady hands. They do try to compensate with loads of camera features, but they’re not fooling us much. The Lumia 925’s 8.7MP PureView eye sees all clearly and gives the iPhone 5 a run for its money with its image stabilisation system.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" title="Nokia Lumia 925" alt="Nokia Lumia 925" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nokia%20Lumia%20925.png?1378980696" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia Lumia 925 killer feature </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">What a feat(ure): With Smart Cam, you can apply the camera effects (best shot, object removal, action shot or motion focus) post-capture instead of being made to commit beforehand. How are our fickle minds supposed to know which mode the shot will look best in? Users can even bump their skills up a notch manually with the Nokia Pro Cam app.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia Z1 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Though we do have doubts about the camera performance of Android devices, Sony Mobile’s latest <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/ifa-2013/stuff-goes-hands-sony-xperia-z1/feature" target="_blank">Xperia Z1</a> might reassure us. With its 20.7MP snapper, 1/2.3in Exmor RS sensor and an f/2.0, 27mm equivalent lens, it should make short work of its competitors.</p> <p dir="ltr">Put the hardware aside, and you’ll find more reasons to be impressed with its camera software features. Some, like the Timeshift Burst and its ability to capture 60 consecutive frames, is not the newest kid on the block (think Samsung Galaxy S4) but it adds more functionality to the 20.7MP camera.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Z1 has a few tricks up its sleeve. Film a video, and broadcast it onto your Facebook page immediately with Social Live. Every other app is centred around the Z1’s snapper, from Info Eye that uses Amazon to recognise books to Vivino which sneakily tells you what wine you are drinking and lets you pass off as a wine connoisseur. AR Effect adds a dinosaur to the mix, mostly to entertain your kids but the novelty will wear off after a few shots.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sony Xperia Z1" alt="Sony Xperia Z1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20Xperia%20Z1.jpg?1378980696" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia Z1 killer feature </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">What a feat(ure): Sony Mobile is no lightweight when it comes to imaging functions for its Android smartphones. Its impressive hardware and just as innovative software that works in tandem with the 20.7MP shooter will get nods of approval from shutterbugs.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Note 3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Two years ago, Samsung raised a few eyebrows with the first Galaxy Note. Tech pundits had doubts over its gargantuan (by that year’s standard) 5.3in display. While most people are more concerned with how ridiculous you’ll look (<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/7-ways-look-good-using-phablet/feature-0" target="_blank">we have the solution for that</a>), one feature was uncharacteristically left out of the limelight - the stylus.</p> <p dir="ltr">The S Pen triggered a revival of the smartphone stylus, once a necessary tool to interact with the resistive touchscreens of antique devices. Yet, the Samsung stylus has done more than that, introducing Air View, which shows a preview of an image or e-mail when the S Pen hovers over them, on the Galaxy Note 2.</p> <p dir="ltr">Last week, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 3</a> revealed a new feature for the S Pen, dubbed Air Command, that reveals a ring with five commands - Action Memo, Scrap Booker, Screen Write, S Finder and Pen Window. Action Memo, in particular, is a nifty little tool that makes handwriting interact naturally with the phone’s features. Scribbling a phone number will trigger a call, while an address will let you look it up on the map when Action Memo is activated.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Galaxy%20Note%203.jpg?1378980696" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Note 3 killer feature </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">What a feat(ure): The pen is mightier than the sword. And Samsung's S Pen stylus is mightier than the pen. Particularly as it'll now let you play with the awesome Pen Window. You simply draw an oblong on-screen and are presented with options as to what you'd like to fill it with, including YouTube videos, calendar and the eternally useful calculator. The apps then ready and willing to do you bidding.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/android/5-mind-blowing-features-prove-phones-are-getting-smarter-ever/feature#comments Android G2 Galaxy Note 3 HTC LG Lumia 925 Nokia One Samsung Smartphones Sony Windows Phone Xperia Z1 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 10:11:38 +0000 Will Findlater 1426565 at http://www.stuff.tv Nokia Lumia 1020 http://www.stuff.tv/nokia-lumia-1020/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s not the best camera ever or the best phone ever, but the Nokia Lumia 1020 is by far the best cameraphone ever </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/P7243118.JPG?1392914625" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/mark-harris" title="View user profile.">Mark Harris</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Forty-one million pixels. Think about that for a moment. Your current phone probably captures eight. Your compact, maybe 12. Your SLR probably sneaks in about 14 (or 20 if you&#39;re lucky). And yet Nokia&#39;s Lumia 1020 is a smartphone that captures more than all of those &#39;proper&#39; cameras put together.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> US$660 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ultra high-res photos </div> <div class="field-item even"> Proper flash and manual camera features </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Very capable Windows smartphone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Heavy and slippery </div> <div class="field-item even"> WP8 still lacks some key camera apps </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Pricey </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Built to be seen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nokia&rsquo;s dalliance with monochrome and metal in the Lumia 925 didn&rsquo;t last long. The 1020&rsquo;s banana yellow polycarbonate housing (mercifully, white and black are also available) is big and bright enough to dazzle bystanders and slippery enough to demand a skin. Fortunately it feels robust enough to survive a drop, but at 158g it&#39;s over 40g heavier than an iPhone 5 and is also a touch too broad to be properly comfortable.&nbsp;</p> <p>At first, the side-mounted power button is easily and irritatingly confused with the shutter release, which also pops the Lumia into camera mode - all too frequently you&#39;ll find yourself accidentally opening it up. Once you&#39;re used to the layout the dedicated shutter button is very handy. It works direct from sleep, too, although the time to taking its first photo lags a crucial second or so behind the iPhone 5, so it&#39;s all-too easy to miss the crucial action shot. Bit of a mixed bag for ergonomics, then.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia_lumia-1020_product_image_0.jpg?1392914625" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/P7243125.JPG?1392914625" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> That camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s a reason for the aforementioned bulk, and it&#39;s a rather good one. Nokia execs can breathe again: the Lumia 1020&rsquo;s camera is fantastic. 41 megapixels sounds ridiculously over-specced, but a few shots in, serious snappers will wonder how they ever survived with fewer. Landscapes are sharper, faces clearer, and buildings and cars have razor-sharp edges. Quality-wise, it&#39;s genuinely as good as a powerful compact camera.</p> <p>Counter-intuitively, shooting in the 5MP setting can sometimes deliver even better results. That&rsquo;s because the Lumia&rsquo;s PureView tech (first seen on a forgettable Symbian handset, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia/nokia-808-pureview/review" target="_blank">808 PureView</a>) doesn&rsquo;t just resize the full resolution image. Instead, it combines data from multiple pixels into one &lsquo;superpixel&rsquo; to even out grainy digital noise and record colours more accurately, especially in dim conditions. Not to be confused with &lsquo;ultrapixels&rsquo; on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc-one/review" target="_blank">HTC One</a>, which are just large traditional pixels that capture more light in the first place.</p> <p>The default camera app is Nokia ProCam, which offers shutter speed, white balance, sensitivity and focus adjustment on pop-up dials, and a bona fide full auto mode. In normal shooting, the app stores photos as a 5MP snap plus a full resolution JPEG version &ndash; either 34MP or 38MP, depending on whether you&#39;ve chosen widescreen or 4:3 image ratio.&nbsp;</p> <p>For a whole bunch of full resolution snaps taken during testing, <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/99712217@N05/sets/72157634903680548/" target="_blank">head to our Flickr set</a>.</p> <p>You can opt to keep just the 5MP, which saves 10MB of storage each time you press the shutter, but it doesn&rsquo;t do much to improve the shot-to-shot time - a sluggish five seconds. And there are other imperfections: annoyingly, if you want the blisteringly fast 5MP burst mode, you have to slowly switch into another app called SmartCam. Actual shutter lag is minimal, but the software-related delay is an issue for such a camera-focused phone.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20130724_12_37_16_Pro%20-%20for%20web.jpg?1392914625" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/for%20web.jpg?1392914625" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Zoom without the tears </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you swipe or pinch to use the Lumia&rsquo;s 3x optical &lsquo;zoom&rsquo;, you&rsquo;re actually taking a 5MP crop of the full resolution frame. As you zoom in, you&rsquo;ll gradually sacrifice some of the superpixel benefits, but at least you won&rsquo;t end up with a soft upscaled blur as with most smartphones. And even at full &lsquo;zoom&rsquo;, the Lumia still records a full-frame, wideangle high-res partner shot.&nbsp;</p> <p>Full HD video (at 24, 25 or 30fps) looks lovely, and the stereo audio recording is well above par. Another photo favourite is the decent xenon flash &ndash; far superior to weedy LED lights. It&rsquo;s good out to a couple of metres. Suffice it to say, this is a camera that wipes the floor with all smartphone rivals.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Zoomed%20shot%20for%20web.jpg?1392914625" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Shoot and share </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nokia piles plenty of its own image sharing apps on the 1020, including a fun cinemagraph app for partially animating pictures, a selfie app to glam up your front cam snaps and a Creative Studio offering the basics (and a bit more) of image editing. There&rsquo;s also a panorama app and Microsoft&rsquo;s decent Photosynth to download. But checking the Windows Store, there&rsquo;s still no sign of the promised Vine app, and a native Instagram app isn&rsquo;t even on the horizon. Uploading to Twitter and Facebook is easy enough but lacks album and visibility options. And on none of the apps can you actually upload those full-res 34MP beauties. Essentially Windows Phone 8 is rather holding back the Lumia 1020.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mixed bag of media </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You might have thought such a resolution powerhouse would have an equally pixeltastic display, but the 1020 packs a Gorilla Glass 3-covered 1280x768 (720p) screen, in stretch 15:9 format &ndash; off the pace with this year&#39;s 1080p Android superphones. At 332ppi, though, it&#39;s plenty crisp enough at rendering text and Windows Phone 8&#39;s sharp-edged tiles could cut through lead. AMOLED tech means colours are beautiful but brightness outdoors suffers a little &ndash; it&rsquo;s no match for the Galaxy S4&#39;s, despite the use of similar technology.&nbsp;</p> <p>On the music side, it&rsquo;s hard to argue with free Pandora-style radio feeds through Nokia Music, even if the stereo sound from the built-in speakers isn&rsquo;t quite as nice as that from the HTC One. Through headphones with decent-quality files, it&#39;s a punchy, engaging listen.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/P7243126.JPG?1392914625" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/P7243123.JPG?1392914625" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power-ups </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s no lag from the dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon silicon, even during 3D gaming on NOVA 3 with apps running in the background. It stormed the Benchmark Free app, matching or outperforming all previous Windows Phones handsets. The 1020 gets warm around the camera area in use but, thanks to WP8&#39;s frugal operation, the 2000mAh battery will easily last a whole day.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you think the Lumia 1020 isn&rsquo;t already chunky enough, or you&rsquo;re training for a weightlifting event, you can slip on a wireless charging cover to make use of Qi accessories. More enticing is a camera grip cover that basically converts the 1020 into a kick-ass compact camera with LTE inside.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia-lumia-1020-with-camera-grip-2.jpg?1392914625" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Connectivity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Lumia 1020 includes NFC for contactless payment, pairing and sharing. Unfortunately, during our entire time of testing we didn&#39;t find a single other person with a Windows phone that we could beam pics to using the tech.</p> <p>In the States the Lumia 1020 boasts the now-requisite 4G LTE, but with only O2 and Three so far confirming that they&#39;ll be carrying the cameraphone in the UK (and not yet supplying a release date), whether we&#39;ll be doing superfast surfing on Blighty-based 1020s is currently up in the air. We&#39;ll update as we learn more.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Maps, apps and OS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apart from the camera, the HERE maps, navigation and local search are better than Apple&rsquo;s efforts and give Google a good run for its money. Full marks to Nokia for making it easy to download local maps once and for all: no more waiting for roads to de-pixellate when reception is poor. Another winner is the effortless integration with Microsoft Office, Outlook and SkyDrive, including 7GB of free cloud storage.&nbsp;</p> <p>Windows Phone 8 still feels fresh and fast, particularly on the powerful Lumia 1020 hardware. The selection of apps is improving all the time, too, and for many people will be more than adequate for their needs. It&#39;s still behind Google and Apple here, though, and the fact that key camera apps - particularly Instagram - are still missing is more of a problem for the 1020 due to its focus on photography.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/P7243138.JPG?1392914625" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Smartphones might already have replaced standalone cameras for many but, lacking flashes and zooms, they could never quite finish the job. The Nokia Lumia 1020 has just about polished it off. With its mind-blowing resolution, beautiful image quality, great low light capability, zoom and flash, the 1020 is way more camera than anyone needs day to day, plus a powerful smartphone to boot.</p> <p>There are flaws, though. Shot-taking is slowed a tad by the software, and Windows Phone 8&#39;s remaining app gaps include a number that such a camera-focused phone really should have.</p> <p>On top of that it&#39;s mighty expensive - at least in the US. Perhaps Nokia will surprise us and launch it for less in the UK, but we reckon that&#39;s highly unlikely. That will leave the much more affordable Lumia 925 as the Windows Phone of choice for most people looking to inject live-tile loveliness into their smartphone life. For the camera geek elite, though, the Lumia 1020 is well worth the stretch, making it the second Nokia entry in our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">Top Ten list of the best smartphones right now </a>after the Lumia 925.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/P7243140.JPG?1392914625" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not just the best cameraphone ever, but one of the smartest non-SLR cameras we&rsquo;ve seen</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /lumia-1020/nokia-lumia-1020/review </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia Lumia 1020 reviewed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia&#039;s 41MP monster is a compact cam killer </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia-lumia-1020/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Camcorders Lumia 1020 Nokia Smartphones Windows Phone Fri, 02 Aug 2013 16:19:05 +0000 Tom Parsons 1425249 at http://www.stuff.tv Nokia Drive http://www.stuff.tv/nokia-drive/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Slick sat-nav for Windows Phone 7.5 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="312" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/NokiaDriveHandset.jpg?1372183948" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Before Nokia got into bed with Windows, its free navigation app, Nokia Maps, was the best reason to get a Nokia phone. Now Nokia Drive comes pre-installed on the company’s Windows Phone 7.5 smartphones, such as the Lumia 800.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia Drive – downloadable maps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unlike <a title="Google Maps Navigation review" href="/review/google-maps-with-navigation">Google’s alternative</a>, Nokia Drive allows you to pre-load your maps over Wi-Fi when you're at home or in the office, so you’re not reliant on a data connection to stream the map data on the road. That includes maps for over 100 countries worldwide, all available for free, so it’s a tempting option for foreign travellers.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="300" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/NokiaDriveScreen1.png?1372183948" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia Drive – simple searching </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Finding a destination is just how it should be: just enter any term you like into the search box, whether that’s a partial address, company name or landmark, and you’re off. From here it’s either refreshingly minimalist or under-developed, depending on your outlook. We lean towards the former.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="300" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/NokiaDriveScreen2.png?1372183948" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia Drive – what&#039;s missing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There’s no traffic info, which is a bit of a blow, and if you’re overseas it still needs a brief data connection to look up a new destination even if you've pre-loaded your maps, but otherwise it’s a great little app. Voices are plentiful and all sound clear, and most importantly it knows a lot about the world and how to get around it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="300" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/NokiaDriveScreen4.png?1372183948" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia Drive – easy to use </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While it lacks the features that bolster many of the paid-for apps, such as motorway lane guidance, Nokia Drive is a great advert for Windows Phone 7.5, embracing the interface so that it feels like an integral part of your phone, rather than a new batch of custom menus and buttons to fathom. Even so it can leave you wondering which button to press at times, as the display can be a bit too minimal. We’d rather it was a bit bolder with more obvious on-screen controls.</p> <p>Nokia Drive is a great companion for confident expressway explorists, but those looking for a more complete navigator will miss some of those big-boy features.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="480" height="800" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/NokiaDriveScreen7.png?1372183948" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Low on extra features but it’s free, free to use and is a reliable navigator</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/nokia-drive </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/nokia-drive/review#comments Apps and Games Sat-nav Windows Phone Thu, 02 Feb 2012 09:57:58 +0000 Tony Horgan 419725 at http://www.stuff.tv Thumba Photo Editor http://www.stuff.tv/thumba-photo-editor/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you were hoping for Swankolab to come to WinPho, you might be appy with this </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="457" height="313" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/thumba-1-thumb.png?1364298809" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="480" height="800" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/thumba-1.png?1364298809" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="480" height="800" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/thumba-2.png?1364298809" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the absence of a fully featured Hipstamatic equivalent for Windows Phone 7 to process photos as you take them, the best option is to use a post-processing app to carefully tweak them after the fact. More Like Swankolab, without the funky darkroom interface.</p> <p>Thumba is just such a tool and integrates with the Pictures hub so you can dive straight into your collection and start editing.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A great value, powerful post-processing tool for making your photos a bit more special</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/thumba-photo-editor </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/thumba-photo-editor/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/thumba-photo-editor/review#comments Apps and Games Windows Phone Fri, 11 Feb 2011 16:29:24 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 415640 at http://www.stuff.tv Seesmic http://www.stuff.tv/seesmic/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Looking for a free Twitter app for WinPho7 but don&#039;t like the official one? Seesmic could be the answer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="437" height="328" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/seesmic-twitter-app-thumb.png?1364298809" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="480" height="800" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/seesmic-twitter-app.png?1364298809" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="480" height="800" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/seesmic-twitter-app-b.png?1364298809" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="480" height="800" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/seesmic-twitter-app-a.png?1364298809" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>First things first – with its white text on black background the Seesmic Twitter client is the opposite of Twitter's official app and doesn't make you feel like you're staring into the sun while reading. Immediately it looks more stylish and is great for reducing eye-strain.</p> <p>Upon opening Seesmic you're presented with the Spaces section. This adds an extra click to get to your timeline, but also means you're just a click away from any of your saved searches, topics, favourite Twitter users or even Facebook updates.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Seesmic's stylish, easy-to-read design and Spaces feature make it better than Twitter's own app</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/seesmic </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/seesmic/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/seesmic/review#comments Apps and Games Windows Phone Thu, 10 Feb 2011 13:05:38 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 415627 at http://www.stuff.tv Rocket riot http://www.stuff.tv/rocket-riot/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An early entry for WinPho7 games, so how&#039;s it looking for the future of gaming on Microsoft&#039;s new plaform? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="440" height="266" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/206870f12bli.jpg?1364298919" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong></strong>Apps for Windows Phone 7 are few and far between at the moment. One of the only choices is this relentless onslaught of frantic rocket action. Hammer your way through pseudo-3D environments searching out the bad guys and then loose a few hundred rockets their way too. You can try before you buy – just as well, considering the steep price tag.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £5.49 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not bad for an early effort, but at this price you should expect more</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/rocket-riot </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/rocket-riot/review#comments Apps and Games Windows Phone Sun, 24 Oct 2010 23:00:00 +0000 Paddy Smith 415516 at http://www.stuff.tv