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  1. Stuclark

    Nokia 8 released

    The Nokia 8 brings three world-firsts to Android smartphones, including a debut collaboration with ZEISS optics. With performance and pure Android at its heart, as well as the most advanced aluminium unibody design to date, the Nokia 8 represents all the hallmarks of a true flagship Nokia smartphone. Be less Selfie, be more Bothie: The Nokia 8 introduces a world-first in enabling Dual-Sight video to be livestreamed natively and in real-time to social feeds such as Facebook and YouTube. Dual-Sight simultaneously harnesses both the front and rear cameras in a split screen visual for both photos and videos. With just one touch, this world-first livestream capability gives more immersive experiences for those who love to create and share special memories. Nokia 8 is also the first smartphone to feature Nokia OZO Audio, placing exclusive Hollywood technology in the palm of your hand. OZO spatial 360° audio brings a fully immersive audio experience to your 4K video. Leading-edge 360° audio capture ensures the playback lets you truly relive the moment so your memories never fade. 4.6mm thin at the edge and just 7.3mm slim on average, Nokia 8’s seamless unibody is precision milled from a single block of 6000 series aluminium and its pure design has been refined through a 40-stage process of machining, anodizing and polishing. Select models feature a high-gloss mirror finish that has taken over 20 hours to complete to achieve a flawless look. The phone features Qualcomm’s powerful SnapdragonTM 835 Mobile Platform and paired with the pure, secure and up to date Android experience ensures outstanding performance. Be less Selfie, be more #Bothie There are two sides to every story and the Dual-Sight feature of Nokia 8 is designed to help you create and share the full picture. The front and rear-facing cameras on the Nokia 8 have been co-developed with ZEISS optics for an optimum all round experience. Content creators can natively broadcast their unique #Bothie stories to social media through the Dual-Sight functionality located within the camera app. Fans can also enjoy unlimited1 photo and video uploads to Google Photos. A new dimension of sound with OZO Audio Featuring OZO Audio, Nokia 8 combines three microphones with exclusive Nokia acoustic algorithms to capture audio with immersive 360° spatial surround sound. Share your 4K videos with OZO Audio anywhere – binaural codecs enable high fidelity playback even on devices without OZO Audio. Innovation and precision engineering Powered by the Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 835 Mobile Platform, Nokia 8 doesn’t compromise on performance. The Nokia 8 has been designed from the ground up with the consumer in mind to deliver unique content capture and sharing experiences. This requires it to be as meticulously designed on the inside as it is on the outside. To keep your phone working harder for longer, the design, innovation and engineering teams worked hand-in-hand to deliver. The result is a full-length graphite shielded copper cooling pipe that dissipates the heat generated by the high performing system across the full length and breadth of the handset. The Nokia 8 runs cooler in even the most demanding situations. Nokia 8 is Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0 compatible, meaning when your battery is running low you can get back to recording your important moments sooner. Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer of HMD Global, said: “We know that fans are creating and sharing live content more than ever before, with millions of photos and videos shared every minute on social media. People are inspired by the content they consume and are looking for new ways to create their own. It’s these people who have inspired us to craft a flagship smartphone which perfectly balances premium design, an outstanding experience and powerful performance.” Always pure Android Nokia smartphones always offer a pure Android experience, with no unnecessary apps slowing down the performance of your device. And with Nokia 8, pure Android combined with our innovative engineering processes unleashes the full potential of the SnapdragonTM 835 Mobile Platform. With monthly security updates, the Nokia 8 is safe and up-to-date. Your device is secured with biometric fingerprint authentication, delivering enhanced security and making Nokia 8 a versatile companion whatever your needs. Accessories We offer a range of accessories perfectly tailored to suit the active lifestyle of any Nokia 8 owner. The Nokia 8 works beautifully with the Nokia Active Wireless Headset – a lightweight, water, sweat, and dust proof premium headset. Carved from aluminium for the perfect match, this headset features a beautiful diamond cut design. The full portfolio of accessories for Nokia phones includes a range of headsets, portable speakers, in-car chargers, cases and screen protectors. Availability Nokia 8 will be available in four colours: Polished Blue, Polished Copper, Tempered Blue and Steel and will be available at a global average retail price of €599 with roll out throughout September. Nokia 8 specifications Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor 5.3in Quad-HD (2560x1440 pixels) IPS display with 700 nits brightness and Gorilla Glass 5 Android 7.1.1 Nougat 4GB RAM 64GB storage plus microSD support up to 256GB Dual 13Mp rear cameras (one colour, one mono), f/2.0, 1.12um, OIS, Laser autofocus, dual-LED flash 13Mp selfie camera, f/2.0 IP54 splashproof 3090mAh battery with Quick Charge 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Bluetooth 5.0 NFC Fingerprint scanner USB-C 3.5mm headphone jack 151.5x73.7x7.9mm 160g Available in Polished Blue, Polished Copper, Tempered Blue and Steel
  2. This phone a blatent re-boot of the original 3310, playing on our nostalgia for the previous almost-indestructable handset. This time round, the phone gets a colour screen, Bluetooth, MicroSD slot, 2MP camera, micro-USB charging and a headphone socket. There's no GPS, 4G / LTE, NFC or anythig else special, but at a Euro 49 price point, you can't ask for much more. You do get 2.5G browsing on the built-in Opera web browser, but forget about email, facebook, twitter etc. The design has had a bit of an update, including a slightly curved screen and some lucious looking smooth plastics. Oh, and there's a new version of Snake! The phone will be available world-wide in Q2 this year.
  3. I'm coming to this phone from having used various flavours of Android for years as my mobile OS of choice, and having more recently been using Windows 8.1 as my desktop & tablet OS of choice. I want to like Windows Phone, but I remember the mediocre reviews and limitations it had when Windows Phone 7 (re)launched a few years ago. But to the Lumia 830 itself: Firstly its physically quite a big handset for a 5.0 inch screen, easily outsizing a Samsung Galaxy S4 and being almost identical in size to the LG G3 (which boasts a 5.5 inch screen). One of the reasons for this is the excessive top and bottom bezels around the screen, plus Windows Phone's use of "fixed" touch buttons for navigation. The handset itself is actually more rectangular than it looks, with the metalic corners of the chassis being quite a pronounced rectangle, whereas the screen corners are far more rounded. While this produces quite a nice design statement, it doesn't necessarily make the phone the most comfortable to hold. Being a mid range handset means that the phone sports a relatively old "platform" - the processor is a 1.2GHz. Snapdragon 400 with 1GB RAM and 16GB onboard storage. The phone also supports up to 128GB MicroSD cards and has a thankfully removable 22mAh battery. The phone's screen is a slightly mediocre 720 x 1280 (720p) resolution, which is quite a way below the qHD and 4xHD screens we're seeing on flagship devices now, but due to the clever design of the Windows Phone UI, along with the strict design parameters that Microsoft have implemented, the lack of resolution is not a major problem; indeed most of the time you don't even notice it! (the screen is a RGB matrix IPS panel, which means it has more sub-pixels than a similar Pentile panel, greatly helping the look of the display) What does get noticed, quite a lot on my review handset, is the relative weakness of the phone and its chassis in particular. With the recent "bendgate" furore surrounding the iPhone 6, inherent phone strength is quite a big deal at the moment, and unfortunately I have to report that the Lumia 830 doesn't do very well here at all. OK, so it doesn't have a tendancy to bend in half like the iPhone does, but it is very susceptible to the chassis being twisted along its length. This then causes issues with the touch layer of the screen either not working, or as I've seen a lot, producing constant key presses on the search key, putting the phone into a pretty relentless search / Cortana loop. Talking of Cortana, the Lumia 830 comes with the "Denim" (GDR1) update to Windows Phone 8.1, which brings Cortana to the UK, albeit in beta form. I've got to say, as someone who doesn't really get on with Siri or OK Google either, that I found Cortana to be a bit of a pain and something which I didn't make much use of. If the recent TV adverts are to be believed, then it could be a useful feature, but then again, we've heard that before... I think in realistic terms its one of those features you'll either love or hate - there's nothing wrong with it per-say (barring a couple of "random" results), but I doubt it's going to set your world alight. Of way more use is the camera on the Lumia 830 - being a mid-range handset it's not one of Nokia's 40odd MPix efforts, but rather a 10MPix shooter which incorporates a new OIS (optical image stabilisation) platform. There's various blog posts about some new software which allows for 2 photos to be taken about 43ms apart, then post-processed together to give a sort of HDR effect; alas I couldn't actually find the software on the phone, so what you get is essentially just that 10MPix lens. Camera results are pretty reasonable, but not exceptional. In general light and shooting a mid-distance subject the levels of detail reproduced were entirely acceptable, but the camera does suffer in low lgiht conditions, both with and without the single LED flash. Noise levels in these situtions were worse than expected, but again certainly not the worst I've seen! Almost suprisingly, video recording is pretty decent; mainly due to the Nokia deviced multi-microphone rich audio recording system, which produces absolutely stunning audio quality. As a phone (calls, texts etc.) the Lumia 830 is as reliable as you'd expect from a Nokia handset - audio quality in calls is excellent, signal strength is good, and basically there's no surprises. It all works nicely! I'm not going to go into a full review of Windows Phone 8.1 here as we've covered that before and there's countless reviews and hands-on available on the net; suffice to say it's now a properly usable platform; while it may have a somewhat more limited application pool than Android or iOS, there's now enough options available in the Windows Store to mean you're not loosing out by using Windows Phone. I actually found it a joy to use and at no point did I find myself wishing "if only it could do this". Being a Microsoft OS, it goes without saying that integration with Microsoft's other services is exemplary; one of the potential killer features now being that Microsoft are to begin offering truly unlimited storage on OneDrive. That alone makes this a very had device to ignore! Charging wise, the Lumia 830 supports wireless charging, as is becoming the norm these days. There's not much to say about this, but actually you should take that as a great compliment to the phone - it "just works", brilliantly. The Lumia 830 charges in slightly less time (about 50 minutes) than my LG G3, making it pretty quick; and best of all, that battery lasts forever! I'm going to say this again, as it's easily my favourite feature of the phone - the battery lasts forever! After a full charge, and doing exactly the same set of tasks as my Samsung Galaxy S4, the Lumia 830 outlasted the S4 by over 4 days! If left turned on and receiving push email alone, the Lumia 830 can quite happily last well over a week between charges - this makes it an absolute god-send of a secondary "work" phone, which is how I found myself using it most of the time. But in summary, I have to ask the two questions of would I buy this phone for myself, and would I recommend it to others? - well, to answer in reverse order: I already have recommended the Lumia 830 to a couple of friends who want a "cheepish but well specc'd smartphone" - if you're not after an absolute top of the range device, then the 830 is perfectly capable. It's relative slowness of platform doesn't translate into a slow, or clunky handset in use. It's brilliant in what it does. And lastly - I wouldn't buy the Lumia 830 as my main handset, mainly because of the screen size versus chassis size ratio mentioned above; but as a secondary phone, as a "work" phone, yes, I'd quite happily buy the Lumia 830. I think that's praise indeed!
  4. Sadly we've no idea when we might get to see the results.....
  5. The odd thing about this in many ways for myself is how the press release never mentions the 'N' word, so although it pops up on Nokia's mobile website, the press release only talks about Microsoft's Lumia 530. But I digress! I would imagine that these use the same fine plastics as in past generations. The phone receives a useful speed bump to a Snapdragon 200 processor (I bet you didn't know it was quad-core). It also has a 854x480 4" screen and a 5mp rear camera (no front camera). It also comes with 512mb RAM and 4GB of built in memory (supports up to 128GB micro SD cards). What is missing from this handset which was first launched in developing countries, is the dual sim function which would have made this mildly interesting for budget smartphone people. Naturally, people won't be using this for Microsoft's Skype (although it is included) or for Selfies, but then again, those people will probably be far more interested in what Microsoft has to say in two weeks from now......
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  7. First the Nokia Lumia 920. Whilst it kept a very similar design to the N9, Lumia 800/900, it's also lost a bit of it's classiness. Gone is the smooth matt metal finish, and in comes a more shiny plastic look. No Cyan either! It does come in red, yellow, white, grey and black though. The display is a now more impressive 4.5" 1280 x 768, and Nokia claims its much brighter and faster than other LCD displays used in mobiles. Also Nokia may have something more interesting for people who suffer cold winters. The touchscreen can be used with gloves thanks to a Synaptics Clear Pad Series 3 sensor. Beyond the screen, the handset has a dual core 1.5GHz processor, 32GB built in storage, 1GB RAM, 2,000mAh battery and NFC. The Pureview camera is one of the main talking points. Anyone expecting a repeat of Nokia's 808 Pureview, with a 41 megapixel camera will be sorely disappointed. Nokia have now decided it's not about the pixels, but about image quality. Pureview now has a 8 megepixel sensor with image stabilisation, which Nokia claims makes it far better at taking sharp photos. A Nokia demo given in the video below. Nokia also released the Lumia 820. It comes with the same processor and memory as the 920, and also adds cyan and purple to it's colour roster. Sadly it loses a bit of the design with rounder edges, and shares the same poor resolution as the Lumia 800 (800 x 480) on a slightly bigger 4.3" screen. The screen is also now flat (and not convex), and it doesn't come with 'Pureview' technology, but a standard 8 megapixel camera, without image stabilisation. Although it does come with 8GB storage built in, it does also accomodate an extra 32GB with a memory card. (Why can't the 920?) It also has a 1650mAh battery. Other interesting snippets. Both phones now use micro-sims, the 920 can also use wireless charging via a pad. A nice thing which we hope to see on more and more mainstream handsets. Nokia also showed off it's new Lens app (which didn't work during the demo...) which adds augmented information to what you see through the camera. They also showed off Bing Vision search. Think Google Goggles. Sadly Nokia gave no clues about prices and release dates. So nothing for people to look forward to, apart from the Apple iPhone launch next week. Odds of Apple not telling us when it will be available, and for how much? Nokia's share price dropped 15% following the press conference. Let's hope the markets are treating Nokia with kid gloves
  8. Despite always being told that there is no Plan B for Nokia if Windows Phone doesn't take off, new Chairman, Risto Siilasmaa, has admitted that there is a contingency plan. He wouldn't reveal what that plan is, but people will obviously gossip about Android. I prefer to talk about making wellington boots and selling the rest. Source As part of of Nokia's bullishness (BS for short), they've proudly announced how popular Nokia Store is. They've got 120 million registered users and provide 15 million downloads of apps a day, with over 100,000 apps available in 190 countries. All big numbers. Shame they plan to abandon all those people. Source Finally. Nokia doesn't seem to be so keen on the Nexus 7 and complain that Google and Asus have not even approached them to licence their wifi patents for use in the tablet. Odds on that Nokia won't go for Apple's blocking tactics, but rather go out with a begging bowl to keep them going. It seems that Nokia does have a cunning 'Plan B' after all. Source
  9. Nokia Beta Labs' seems to be getting the last bit of smartness out of Symbian S40. It's only currently available for Asha handsets, but should become available for other suitable handsets later.
  10. New partners include PGA Tour, ESPN, Electronic Arts, Rovio, Groupon, Paypal, Time, Newsweek and Box. Some of these partnerships will be exclusive to the Lumia brand until September 2012, before becoming universal Windows Phone apps. The question is, will it be enough to tempt new phone purchases for Lumia handsets. Most of the public would be shocked to find that apps from the new partners were not already available. It can only be good for Windows Phone in the long run to have some big names finally joining.
  11. Do you have a Nokia Windows Phone? Are you often going to new places? Want to find the nearest Starbucks? Normal maps are no good, as you can't read a map? Nokia has just the app for you! Nokia has released City Lens in it's Beta Labs. Basically its yet another Augmented Reality app to help you orientate yourself and find the nearest hairdresser, bar etc. As seems compulsory these days, you can also share your location with all your other Windows Phone toting friends...