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Yes, the new app that appeared yesterday, the App Folder app. Hmm. At first I was all like, ‘Yes! Folders! At last!’ But after about 15 minutes I was all like, ‘Meh. And also… meh.’ You see the thing about folders is, if they’re to be implemented into the user experience, they have to perform […]

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Yes, the new app that appeared yesterday, the App Folder app. Hmm. At first I was all like, ‘Yes! Folders! At last!’ But after about 15 minutes I was all like, ‘Meh. And also… meh.’

You see the thing about folders is, if they’re to be implemented into the user experience, they have to perform a more efficient function than the user would have otherwise performed if they didn’t exist. For all the time I’ve been using Windows Phone, I’ve always patted it on the back for being the OS that gives users a (totally?) unrestricted vertical chasm of a Start screen, in which you can plonk any number of different-sized tiles, and you can scroll and scroll and scroll until the cows come home. So, by giving us a newer option to organise our apps and settings and bits and bobs, I was hoping for a better implementation. At the moment it seems, dare I utter the words, a littleredundant.

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited that Nokia are still shovelling coal into the furnace and are chugging along nicely with updates, new spanky phones and even new apps, all while heading straight for the edge of the cliff and into Canyon Microsoft. Alright, that’s a bit unfair, because I’m sure things will still be great under Big M, but you get my drift. For a company that sold and signed away everything except the milk in the fridge and half a bag of sugar, one can’t be blamed for expecting things to sort of grind to a halt more quickly than this. So I’m really happy that Nokia are still plugging away almost as if that agreement had never happened. I like it. Good, magical stuff is still being created.

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But back to the new app. Here’s my main beef about it. Well, actually I’ve got a few, but the main one is its design. I want to wave my angry fist in the air over its slowness too, but the way it’s been designed really has me scratching my head. And no, it’s not an itchy scalp.

 You see, many of us Lumia lovers come from different Nokia relationships, our old flames, Symbian and MeeGo. On the Nokia N9, folders were implemented really well (albeit copied from other *ahem* OSes out there). Tap and drag your chosen app into the folder, and a tiny miniature version of it will appear on the folder’s, er, cardboard exterior. Repeat with other apps if so desired. If you needed to open an app within this new folder, you simply tapped on the folder icon and immediately (not 59 seconds later) a menu grid opened up there and then (not on another, separate pane) and you simply tapped your chosen app. Ok, at this point it did take 59 seconds to actually open the app, but that’s 2011 hardware for ya! But joking aside, this kind of experience was quick and painless, and it just made sense. Tap, tap, open. All done swiftly and slickly.

N9 showing an app folder all ready to be used
N9 showing an app folder all ready to be used

Cheeky plug to the past: read my take on the N9’s folders that flew in with PR1.2. My piece was entitled “Are they necessary?” Huh. Maybe I really am anti-folder!

http://everythingn9.com/n9-app-folders-are-they-necessary/

Really quick and easy to access your apps, if you put them in an N9 folder
Really quick and easy to access your apps, if you put them in an N9 folder

Things aren’t so buttery with the Lumias’ App Folder app (I love how it rolls off the tongue). This way of doing things seems, to put it bluntly, asinine. I know an update might solve it, but come on. Here’s how it works: First, let me drag my easily-accessible app icons away from my super-sloopy-swipey Start screen and put them somewhere else, into a Folder. OK. Then, once I’ve filled it with, say, twelve apps, I can pin the folder to the Start screen. All of this sounds okay, except when you start to use it.

Top half of the list of apps in this folder
Top half of the list of apps in this folder

When you tap on the folder, instead of it springing open a little box for you to just tap on the app inside, it slowly and laggily (new word) opens a new screen, and then lists them vertically.

 

VER-TI-CALL-Y!

2nd half (hidden at first) of apps in the folder
2nd half (hidden at first) of apps in the folder

Yes, the fine folk in the App Folder development office have given us humble users another screen to scroll! Woohoo! How absolutely and completely odd! Now, instead of just swiping vertically to reach, oh I don’t know, let’s say PhotoBeamer, a wonderful app that Nokia has given us for nothing, and one that works well and is extremely useful. Let’s say PhotoBeamer is way down there, under Angry Birds GO! and the Instagram and the Vine. Scroll, tap, done. Beam away, Scotty.

 

Your WP8 Start screen can go on for miles!
Your WP8 Start screen can go on for miles!

But with App Folder, I have to scroll to the Folder, tap the folder, wait for the list to emerge on a new screen, scroll down to find PhotoBeamer, and then finally, sweating and out-of-breath, I can…at last…tap the…icon…and open…the…app. PHEW!

 I’m being quite facetious here, I know. Some people might find consolidating the 263 Nokia photo-related apps into one place as very useful, or plopping all of your games into a folder instead of (rather irritatingly) having to visit the XBOX icon first. I get that, but really? This to me does seem like we’re supposed to ignore the brilliant design of how to organise your favorite apps and settings (heck, I even use the Connectivity Tiles app to place separate wifi, airplane mode, cellular etc tiles on my Start screen) and instead do more steps to get where you want to go.

 

Perhaps this is just a first taste of what’s to come, a much better crack at it is coming, maybe. But Windows Phone, for all its shortcomings gets a few things really spot on. Like the aforementioned ability to place as many tiles upfront as you want, small, big or massive. And failing that, if you (like me) only want the absolutely essential stuff upfront and everything else just one more step away, a swipe to the left and your apps are all alphabetically arranged. Tap on the “a” square and then the “p” square and PhotoBeamer is right there waiting for your fingertip to kiss it.

 

I apologize if this seems somewhat negative and sulky, I’m only having a very lighthearted rant at this, and I shouldn’t really. It’s a bit like being given a sweater from grandma that looks a bit naff and doesn’t fit. Why can’t she just give me a $5 Starbucks giftcard?!! Well, shut up, she gave you something you ungrateful little sod. Fair enough. But guys and gals at Nokia, if you’re reading this, please try and cajole your Microsoft masters – I mean colleagues –  into allowing more freedom with the OS to tweak things up a little better. Y’know, like when you were designing stuff for other Nokia OSes, like, Symbian and MeeGo. Or are those words verboten now? I hope not. Those two quarries of treasure should be mined for all their awesome assets and not forgotten so quickly.

 

Folders in Symbian. Another splendid way of doing things. From years ago.
Folders in Symbian. Another splendid way of doing things. From years ago.

Get the App Folder app! It’s free! It’s AMAZING! Folders on Windows Phone! 2014! Woohoo!

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Get the app. The App Folder app.

 

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808 2 1020 https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/12/29/808-2-1020/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/12/29/808-2-1020/#comments Mon, 30 Dec 2013 02:56:14 +0000 http://www.nokiainnovation.com/?p=11728

Wonderful things, smartphones. Even better when they can do a lot more than other smartphones. In 2012, Nokia released the superbly capable 808 PureView, showing the world that you could take terrific photos and then zoom in to create more terrific photos. But the tech-media world collectively sagged as it sighed: urggh…it ran Symbian. Oh […]

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Wonderful things, smartphones. Even better when they can do a lot more than other smartphones. In 2012, Nokia released the superbly capable 808 PureView, showing the world that you could take terrific photos and then zoom in to create more terrific photos. But the tech-media world collectively sagged as it sighed: urggh…it ran Symbian. Oh God, no. Not that old, fusty, ancient OS from the N95 days! Forget it, not interested, supercamera or no supercamera. Actually, they were interested, but only when this imaging beastie gets slapped on a Windows Phone.

Of course those iPhone and SGS4 toting writers had immediately dismissed it without even giving Symbian Belle a chance, but, well, that can only be expected really.

My gorgeous RED 808
My gorgeous RED 808

Fast-forward to summer 2013 and there it was, the Nokia Lumia 1020, with the (almost) same 41MP sensor, but with the 920’s Optical Imaging Stabilisation and BackSide Illuminated sensor,  and combining Zeiss’s latest optics, meaning that the 1020 was like a fusion of the 808 and the 920. Photo Heaven.

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But I shunned the yellow jacket Lumia, because my glorious and cheeky bright red 808 PureView already took incredible photos, right? And as for the OS part of the experience, Symbian Belle FP2 did just the job, singing along nicely when I needed to text, email, tweet, like, and even surf. Not that speed was of the essence, but that was ok, it was Symbian, and I knew it wasn’t going to be superfast, and what did I care for a few extra nanoseconds – this thing took amazing pictures!

And that it did. I took the 808 on my honeymoon and took a gazillion photos in glorious detail and colour, some of which I have had enlarged to poster size for our home. And when the juice started to run out, I could quickly switch the dying battery for a fresh one and power back on within 2 minutes – a very valuable option when out and about.

Hawaii on my 808 - amazing
Hawaii on my 808 – amazing

But fast forward again to November 2013 – just a mere 3 months later – and things are rather different. Under the looming shadow of Nokia being bought up by Microsoft, and with Nokia deciding to ditch everything Symbian and MeeGo from their rapidly descending hot air balloon (by effectively closing the Nokia Store), using a Symbian phone as your main device now seems to have a very faint whiff of death about it.

I took my trusty 808 on holiday again in November, over a 4 day jolly to Jamaica, thinking that, as in Hawaii, it would serve just fine as my main device. But I was actually wrong. Disappointingly, in the time since I was snapping beaches and palm trees in Kauai and Maui, Nokia seem to have ripped more wires out of the old junction box. My email was essentially dead; I could manually ask it to check my Gmail account, but it would not do a good job of that, informing me I had no new mail when I knew very well that I definitely had. It was just as badly behaved when trying to upload a photo to either Twitter or Facebook from the Gallery, I would find out later that the uploads had failed. Retrying didn’t give any joy, and I can only assume that Nokia has cut this particular cord with their Microsoft-branded wire clippers. Also on the Naughty List was the OS itself – for the first time ever since upgrading to Belle Delight, the phone froze, restarted, froze some more, then froze some more after that. I was utterly frustrated at the phone, the 808, the red beast that had brought so much joy to my life throughout 2013, letting me down when I really needed it. So for a little while, my attention left the 808 and fell to the 920, which (of course) didn’t let me down once.

Jamaica captured on my 808
Jamaica captured on my 808…when it worked!

So on my plane journey home I did some serious, deep, supergeek thinking. I decided that, yes, I wanted the best camera phone out there. While I was sure that the No.1 slot went to the 808 even during early December 2013, I knew the 1020 couldn’t be too far behind. I’d read enough comparisons and “vs” articles on the web to know that no matter what Sony, Samsung, LG, et al threw out of their factories, nothing could beat the 808 or the 1020. So could I do what I had been trying not to do since the summer announcement of the 1020?

Yes. I simply had to. And with my mind made up, I set about selling my beloved 808 to fund the cost of an unlocked 1020. I played with the idea of going back to the Devil and signing over my soul – in other words, signing a new AT&T 2-year contract – but I really just couldn’t. I had paid good money to break my contract with them 4 years ago, so to go back and willingly offer up my soul to them again seemed asinine. And it seemed that while it was expensive, the 1020 was within my grasp if I got a decent price for my 808. And I did.

So I went ahead and bid on a couple of yellow 1020s on eBay, without luck, and then took the plunge, spending a tiny bit more than planned and bought one without bidding. As luck would have it, this particular 1020 arrived in the AT&T retail box with all the trimmings, and at a great price too. Score!

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Woohoo!

As if Emperor Elop himself had heard that N9Andy had turned his back on his 808 and stepped over to the Dark Side, something rather awesome happened the same day my 1020 arrived via UPS. Nokia released Lumia Black to all AT&T branded 1020s! Woohoo! Thank you, Nokia! So not only am I getting to grips with the world’s best supercamera beauty, but I received what most WP8 device owners assume isn’t coming until February/March 2014. And the update allows messaging and call icons to be permanently seen on the lockscreen (just as with our beloved Symbian and N9 phones), you can quickly close open apps with a tap on the ‘X’ – very similar again to Symbian and MeeGo, as well as a whole list of things that make using a WP8 device just that little bit more enjoyable.

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So what do I think of the Lumia 1020? As a diehard Symbian and MeeGo fan, I have to say, I love this thing. It performs better than I expect it too. I liked my 920, but didn’t love it because the photos were just, well,  good. Now I have this ultra-speedy OS, with lots of whistles and bells from my Symbian/N9 days, all wrapped around the most amazing camera ever, even more so than the 808, and that is saying something! Why though? Well, the 1020 doesn’t make the 808 obsolete. But with the OIS and the BSI elements of this camera, the 1020 does what the 808 does but goes a step further in quality and flexibility. But mostly, when you couple this kind of camera power with the under-the-hood heft of WP8 with apps opening in no time at all, uploads to social websites a complete doddle, email, texting, tweeting, etc, etc… it is just a better experience overall.

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Everything that my 808 did can be done 1000 times quicker, and it’s done in a way that is way more enjoyable and immersive because WP8 isn’t sitting on a 640×360 screen, running on a single-core 1.3GHz CPU with 512MB of RAM. Not that I’m knocking the hardware specs of the 808, but they are very 2011/12, and as I hop-skip-jump towards the line that crosses over into 2014, I want not only the best camera in a phone, but a phone that can handle things like speedy web browsing, voice commands that won’t crash the app (yes, you Vlingo!), and apps that serve my daily needs properly, like a Chase banking app, Kindle, Hulu+, Netflix, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, Angry Birds GO!, FourSquare, updated HERE Maps and Drive, and email that just works. My 808 could do some of those things, but even so, it couldn’t do them reliably anymore, or at best couldn’t do them quickly.

Using the app SoZoom, you can brag about your 1020's abilities!
Using the app SoZoom, you can brag about your 1020’s abilities!

So here I am, about to start a new year with a new phone. In 2010 it was with a new, shiny Nokia E7. In 2011 it was a brand new Nokia N9 that remained my best friend for a good 2 years. In early 2013 my heart was captured by the 808 PureView. And now, in the last breaths of 2013, my mobile phone passion has a new focus for 2014: the Nokia Lumia 1020. A yellow one. And I’m loving it.

Here are a few more 1020 samples: (click on them for crazy 1020-style detail!)

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‘Finnished’? https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/09/04/finnished/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/09/04/finnished/#comments Wed, 04 Sep 2013 22:45:22 +0000 http://www.nokiainnovation.com/?p=10479

How did you start your day, on September 3rd? Mine began as normally as any other, for the first ten minutes. I got out of bed, used the loo, fed the cats, switched on the TV and tuned into BBC World News. I have to do that here in the States as the word “news” […]

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How did you start your day, on September 3rd? Mine began as normally as any other, for the first ten minutes. I got out of bed, used the loo, fed the cats, switched on the TV and tuned into BBC World News. I have to do that here in the States as the word “news” on any other terrestrial TV channel seems to mean “entertainment and maybe some facts”.

 As my first spoonful of Cheerios made its way to my mouth, it suddenly made its way back down to the bowl. My mouth was still open though. It was open in shock, because I was staring wide-eyed at the TV screen, seeing the message “Microsoft buys Nokia” and hearing the beginning of the report being read by the newsman. Needless to say, fifteen minutes later my Cheerios were soggy and unappealing, left ignored as I scoured the web on my laptop for more information on what seemed to be almost impossible news.

But it wasn’t impossible news. This has been on the cards since February 11th 2011, when Steve Ballmer and Stephen Elop stood on a stage in front of a huge blue backdrop with the words “Nokia” and “Microsoft” telling the world that these two companies were now in bed together.

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And now, after a relatively short marriage, they have divorced. Except Microsoft got the car, the house and most of the kids.

 

The acquisition of Nokia’s devices & services division indeed spells the end for Nokia making phones. They had a good run, but any Nokia fan will tell you, the last few years have been a bit tough, and it started long before Mr. Elop showed up in September 2010 as the new CEO.

 

Nokia had a run of bad decisions, which I’m not going to go into detail here, but the inefficiency within the company was its ultimate downfall. The bickering between the Symbian and Maemo/MeeGo teams, the penny-pinching decisions to put measly hardware components in so-called flagship devices (think: N97) while Apple were throwing their new iPhone at anyone who could catch, and Android was a newly-rolled snowball, quickly gaining speed down the mountain, becoming bigger and more menacing as each quarter passed by. Before long Nokia, who were still not working quickly enough with their software innovation, fell behind.

Think about this: since the launch of Symbian^3 in September 2010, only one major US carrier stocked a Nokia phone running this OS which was T-Mobile with the C7 “Astound”. No N8s anywhere, no E7s. To Americans anyway, Nokia quickly became synonymous with the types of phones your parents had in the late 1990s – weighty grey bricks that could only play Snake. The two mega-giants, iPhones and Androids, rose up and towered over Nokia, and hardly anyone was interested in them anymore. Enter Stephen Elop, and February 11th 2011 was bound to happen.

 Since then Nokia have managed to win the hearts and minds back of many tech writers, bloggers, tech fans and even iPhone and Android users. The Nokia Lumia range of smartphones is now an admirable line-up, from superb cheaper options like the Lumia 620, to the stunningly attractive 925, to the outstanding 1020 with its PureView 41MP camera sensor. Windows Phone 8 still has some holes to fill, but overall it is an appealing and easy to use OS. And let’s not forget the head-turning Nokia 808 PureView from last year, and the innovative design language and UI of the Nokia N9 in 2011. Windows Phone has come along nicely, and today, it’s a very pleasant experience.

For me, that doesn’t change now that Nokia has sold itself off to Microsoft. My Lumia 920 is still a Nokia Lumia 920, and it was designed and built by Nokia employees at a Nokia facility. It contains Nokia created apps such as HERE Maps and HERE Drive, and it even has the classic Nokia ringtone for crying out loud! It is a Nokia phone, which is why I enjoy using it. It may not be as “Nokia-y” as my 808 PureView or my N9, but it has enough pure Nokia craftsmanship to make me have an emotional attachment to it.

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But now things have changed. While it is very possible that Nokia will still be a visible name on the next couple of Lumia releases, it is inevitable that Microsoft will remove the Nokia brand and replace it with their own. Perhaps we will see the “Surface 1620” next year, if not the “Microsoft Lumia 1620”. Either way, it won’t say “Nokia” on the box anywhere, even if ex-employees of the Finnish company are the ones who sat at the drawing board and designed the thing.

 My personal thoughts on all this are twofold: practical and emotional. Firstly, it makes good sense for Microsoft from a business viewpoint to allocate enormous funds to acquire such a superb hardware department it can call its own. I get that, and I’m kind of happy they chose Nokia over, say HTC, because you know they’ve chosen well. I’m also happy that Nokia are not completely dead; Nokia will remain Nokia the company, it’ll just be a much smaller tech entity, specialising in HERE mapping solutions, networks, and other “advanced” technologies that will benefit the greater mobile device landscape in years to come. They still remain “Nokia” as a company, and the CTO office stays unchanged. They also, and most importantly I think, keep control of their patents, which might be worth something to them as a company in the future. As I understand it, Nokia cannot use the name “Nokia” on any mobile phone product for the next 30 months, so one can speculate that after that time, and with that pile of patents locked up in the Nokia vault, it’s conceivable that a Nokia smartphone is an possibility in 2016. Right?

I can’t ignore the other massive elephant in my room: Jolla. Ex-Nokians who designed the MeeGo-powered Nokia N9 who left to start their own smartphone company, and who have scheduled a release of their first Jolla phone for the end of this year, have been drumming up excitement all throughout 2013, and I for one am excited. Yes there’s the Nokia connection, but after watching the Jolla demos, I’m genuinely intrigued and fired-up by the Sailfish OS and interface. I was an early-adopter and put my 100€ deposit down the day they announced that pre-order program, so I’m already personally invested in that new company to some extent, and I continue to follow their progress on Twitter and their website. If Nokia and Microsoft hadn’t happened yesterday, I would still be looking forward to my Jolla phone.

The news on the 3rd was a shock and I was initially saddened by it. Throughout the day I could not shake off the depressing thought of not seeing another Nokia phone being released ever again. I also couldn’t help thinking that the end of Nokia as a device producer means that there’ll be no more Nokia accessories. I’ll miss the other stuff too: their websites, videos, launches, demos, parties (!) and one can’t help but think about all the thousands of Nokia employees who will be transferred to Microsoft and all that entails. I wish them the best of luck and hope that no one actually loses their job because of this.

 

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For me right now, I’ll continue to thoroughly enjoy my Nokia phones, which I am now more glad than ever to own. My 808 PureView has given me so much pleasure with its camera, and it will continue to do so for years to come. My E7 with its superb sliding qwerty keyboard and my E6 with its fixed qwerty keyboard are both distinctive and fine pieces of kit, different in their own way, but excellent at what they are able to do. My N900 will always be the one that turned me into a phone geek, with the never ending possibilities that Maemo allows even today, and that qwerty is still my favourite keyboard to date. My N9 holds a special place in my heart as the MeeGo-Harmattan interface kept me away from almost everything else for over a year, and it’s still an exceptional, beautiful device.

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Most recently I acquired a Nokia Lumia 920, the cyan version. To me the physical design is so reminiscent of my N9, it’s almost like having a bigger N9! But the WP8 interface has many advantages over the aging MeeGo (and Symbian) and I’m enjoying the easy to use apps and the sheer speed and fluidity of the 920, it’s hard to put it down. And it clearly says “NOKIA” in the upper-right corner.

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Will it be my last Nokia purchase? Most likely. I understand the reasons behind the surprising news but I am not inclined to enjoy what will be coming down the line in the near future. My emotional attachment to Nokia (as I mentioned in my last post about reaching the OS crossroads) is strong, and it’s the main reason I’ve shunned iPhones and Samsungs and HTCs the past few years. I know Nokia are still around and will be around as a Finnish company doing their good works. But are they ‘Finnished’? Not really, but as far as phones go, unfortunately, yes. If Jolla is where true Nokia talent is going to be, then that’s where I’ll head next.

 

And if Nokia want to join forces with Jolla in 2016…I’ll be even happier.

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Nokia Pro Cam, Video Uploader and Trimmer Now Available for Lumia 920 925 and 928 https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/08/15/nokia-pro-cam-video-uploader-and-trimmer-now-available-for-lumia-920-925-928/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/08/15/nokia-pro-cam-video-uploader-and-trimmer-now-available-for-lumia-920-925-928/#comments Thu, 15 Aug 2013 20:07:00 +0000 http://www.nokiainnovation.com/?p=10076 Three camera centric apps which arrived out of the box on the Lumia 1020 are now available to download from the Windows Phone Store to anyone with a Lumia 920, 925 or the 928. Those apps are Nokia Pro Cam, which gives you a new camera interface that allows you to manually adjust a number […]

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Three camera centric apps which arrived out of the box on the Lumia 1020 are now available to download from the Windows Phone Store to anyone with a Lumia 920, 925 or the 928. Those apps are Nokia Pro Cam, which gives you a new camera interface that allows you to manually adjust a number of settings like White Balance and ISO. Also Nokia Video Upload, which let’s you share video on your device to YouTube and Facebook. And Finally Nokia Video Trimmer this app makes trimming videos on your device very simple.

Unfortunately only the Video Uploader works without the Amber update which, as Derrek posted, is rolling out from today.

You can download the apps from the Windows Phone Store ready for the GDR2 update by clicking the following links, Pro Cam HERE, Video Uploader HERE and Video Trimmer HERE

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920 vs 925 Lumia Cameras Compared https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/07/26/920-vs-925-lumia-cameras-compared/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/07/26/920-vs-925-lumia-cameras-compared/#comments Fri, 26 Jul 2013 11:01:55 +0000 http://www.nokiainnovation.com/?p=9652

As you maybe aware, I have a Nokia Lumia 925 for a couple of weeks, and I thought I’d compare it’s camera with my Lumia 920. Both phones feature an 8.7 megapixel camera sensor, with optics by Carl Zeiss. The 920 has 5 layers of lenses while the 925 has 6. Also, the 925 comes […]

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As you maybe aware, I have a Nokia Lumia 925 for a couple of weeks, and I thought I’d compare it’s camera with my Lumia 920. Both phones feature an 8.7 megapixel camera sensor, with optics by Carl Zeiss. The 920 has 5 layers of lenses while the 925 has 6. Also, the 925 comes with the latest Windows Phone 8 software, GDR2, also known as Amber, which is said to have better image optimisation than the version found on the 920, namely Portico.

So how much difference does the 925’s advantages make. Let’s have a look. I have taken 3 pictures on both cameras, each with the Camera Settings on Auto, and the flash switched off. The first picture in each comparison is the 920 followed by the 925. Click an image to see it in full resolution.

Landscape at dusk.

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In summery, the colours from the 920 are a little deeper, while the 925 perhaps has more fine details.

The Teapot in Low Light

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Very little difference between these two pictures. Perhaps in this one the 925 seems to have slightly brighter colours.

Bright Sports Car From A Distance

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In my opinion, the car looks brighter in the 920 picture, and the leaves on the path look browner and more autumn-like. There is a little more detail in the 925 shot. The next shot is a close up of a Lego type figure painted on the a wall. Judge for yourself, but I think there is a little more detail in the 925 crop.

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I hope you found these picture comparisons of interest. Please leave any comments you may have below, I always like to hear peoples feedback. I have a couple of video clips from both cameras to compare on here. So keep a look out for that.

Of course, however good the cameras on the 920 and 925 are, the real champion is just about to go on sale in certain markets, the Lumia 1020. That is one to keep a look out for.

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Hands On With The Nokia Lumia 925 from @nokia_connects https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/07/23/hands-on-with-the-nokia-lumia-925-from-nokia_connects/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/07/23/hands-on-with-the-nokia-lumia-925-from-nokia_connects/#comments Wed, 24 Jul 2013 00:07:57 +0000 http://www.nokiainnovation.com/?p=9586

I am fortunate to have secured a two week trial of a Nokia Lumia 925 from the good people at Nokia Connects. As you may know I am a Lumia 920 owner and am looking forward to comparing the two fairly evenly matched Windows Phone smartphones over the next fourteen days and bringing the results […]

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I am fortunate to have secured a two week trial of a Nokia Lumia 925 from the good people at Nokia Connects. As you may know I am a Lumia 920 owner and am looking forward to comparing the two fairly evenly matched Windows Phone smartphones over the next fourteen days and bringing the results to our readers.

I will forgo an unboxing video, as all Lumia’s come packed pretty much the same (besides AT&T branded ones), but I did take a couple of photos of the occasion which you can see below. Click on an image to see a larger image.

My initial reaction to the Lumia 925 was how comfortable it felt in the hand, followed by awe at how good the screen was. I have been using the 920 for more or less half a year and got used to the IPS LCD screen, which itself is very good, but seeing the same thing in AMOLED with Clear Black Display technology makes a real impression. The blacks are so deep and the colours so vibrant. And seeing the Glance Screen was like going back to the N9, with it’s always on clock.

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I have always thought that I preferred the design of the Lumia 920 to the 925 despite the latter being slimmer, and this opinion hasn’t changed in the few hours since putting the two side by side, I love the curves on the 920, but I do think the 925 has a more modern design.
I already know it will be difficult returning the 925 to Nokia Connects, and when the time comes I wonder if I will still have a preference for the pillow like shape and slightly wider rim around the bezel found on the 920. We shall soon see.

Earlier we put a tweet out asking for any suggestions as to what I should look at/compare on the 925 and that is still open for ideas.

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I have already taken a few low light shots on both the 920 and 925 as well as a video to see which has the best Optical Image Stabilization. These will be posted here on Nokiainnovation.com soon. But for now I will leave you with two crops of a low light scene, one taken on the 925 the other on the 920 and I’d be interested to know which you think came from which device.

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Thanks to everyone especially Laura at Nokia Connects for the loaning me the device

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Nokia wins injuction against HTC https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/04/23/nokia-wins-injuction-against-htc/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/04/23/nokia-wins-injuction-against-htc/#comments Tue, 23 Apr 2013 18:03:58 +0000 http://nokiainnovation.com/?p=8346     As Reuters is reporting right now, Nokia has won their microphone battle against HTC, effectively banning sales of the HTC One in the Netherlands.     The basic premise of this squabble is that Nokia invented and designed the HAAC microphone for exclusive use in their 808 PureView and Lumia smartphones. The makers of the […]

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As Reuters is reporting right now, Nokia has won their microphone battle against HTC, effectively banning sales of the HTC One in the Netherlands.

 

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The basic premise of this squabble is that Nokia invented and designed the HAAC microphone for exclusive use in their 808 PureView and Lumia smartphones. The makers of the microphone, ST Micro, supplied the component to rival handset maker, HTC. Tut, tut, Naughty, naughty. HTC have been promoting their One handset as if they’d invented telephony itself. Go sit in the naughty corner!

 

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HTC One is the one. The one that ain’t right!

 

For the full details of this story, click here to go straight to the Reuters report.

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The voters have spoken, the Lumia 920 is king of smartphones https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/02/19/the-voters-have-spoken-the-lumia-920-is-king-of-smartphones/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/02/19/the-voters-have-spoken-the-lumia-920-is-king-of-smartphones/#comments Wed, 20 Feb 2013 00:24:40 +0000 http://nokiainnovation.com/?p=7561   Endgadget had their Endgadget Awards for various “Best of” products of technology which the voting of ended yesterday, Feb. 19, 2013. Obvious to those aware of the workmanship of the Nokia Lumia 920, this juggernaut Windows Phone 8 device came on top against the likes of the iPhone5, Nexus 4, other popular Android smartphones […]

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Endgadget had their Endgadget Awards for various “Best of” products of technology which the voting of ended yesterday, Feb. 19, 2013. Obvious to those aware of the workmanship of the Nokia Lumia 920, this juggernaut Windows Phone 8 device came on top against the likes of the iPhone5, Nexus 4, other popular Android smartphones and even HTC’s Windows Phone 8, the HTC 8X. The Nokia Lumia 920 came out with 43.7% of all votes for Smartphone of 2012, and a wopping 13,477 votes. The Apple iPhone 5 came out 3rd place with right over 4,000 votes and only 13% of all votes with the Samsung Galaxy S3 at 4,808 votes and 15.6% making it 2nd place.

 

Another win for Windows is the Tablet of 2012 standings where the Microsoft Windows 8 Surface RT came out on top with 30% of the votes and 7545 votes.

 

I personally am glad to see Nokia get the honor they deserve with their exquisite designs, impressive hardware and awesome software supplied by Microsoft with the ever popular Windows Phone 8.
I have no doubt this is just the tip of the iceberg for credibility coming to Nokia with their devices and services. We’re looking forward to what’s coming also at the MWC2013 where us at Nokia Innovation will be bringing you news right off the press so be sure to tune in with the site for your Nokia news!

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More hints at a Lumia Tablet via Mr. Elop?? https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/02/04/more-hints-at-a-lumia-tablet-via-mr-elop/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/02/04/more-hints-at-a-lumia-tablet-via-mr-elop/#respond Tue, 05 Feb 2013 01:04:47 +0000 http://nokiainnovation.com/?p=7378     Many Lumia users and let’s face it, even non-Lumia users have been drooling at the idea of a possible Nokia Lumia tablet. With the gorgeous form factor, groundbreaking hardware and inspiring software of the Lumia 920 and general Lumia series, this would be an instant iPad killer in my opinion and in the […]

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Many Lumia users and let’s face it, even non-Lumia users have been drooling at the idea of a possible Nokia Lumia tablet. With the gorgeous form factor, groundbreaking hardware and inspiring software of the Lumia 920 and general Lumia series, this would be an instant iPad killer in my opinion and in the opinion of many others quite possibly.

Well we’ve got more leading info on this possibility from Stephen Elop, CEO of Nokia, that could put an amazing idea into reality. Below is what Mr. Elop said in an Australian Financial Interview recently when questioned about a Lumia Tablet:

“We haven’t announced tablets at this point, but it is something we are clearly looking at very closely. We are studying very closely the market right now as Microsoft has introduced the Surface tablet, so we are trying to learn from that and understand what the right way to participate would be and at what point in time.”

I don’t know about you but the dots seem to be like they’re connecting and these could be “rumors” seem to be solidifying more and more as time goes by. What do our readers think about a Lumia Tablet in the near future being released?? Let us know below!!

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