Amber – OneTechStop https://www.onetechstop.net Your Source For All Tech Thu, 10 Oct 2013 19:37:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 https://www.onetechstop.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/cropped-onetechstop-1-1-32x32.png Amber – OneTechStop https://www.onetechstop.net 32 32 77705806 AT&T Nokia Lumia 920 Finally gets GDR2 Amber Update https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/10/10/att-nokia-lumia-920-finally-gets-gdr2-amber-update/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/10/10/att-nokia-lumia-920-finally-gets-gdr2-amber-update/#comments Thu, 10 Oct 2013 19:37:17 +0000 http://www.nokiainnovation.com/?p=10954 AT&T version of the Nokia Lumia 920 finally gets the GDR2 (Amber) Update. It has been a long frustrating journey for the AT&T Nokia Lumia 920 users. This update was officially released by Nokia last August 15, 2013. (Whoa!! That’s 2 months ago..) One thing I don’t like about Subsidized Phones. Your phone might be […]

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AT&T version of the Nokia Lumia 920 finally gets the GDR2 (Amber) Update. It has been a long frustrating journey for the AT&T Nokia Lumia 920 users. This update was officially released by Nokia last August 15, 2013. (Whoa!! That’s 2 months ago..)

One thing I don’t like about Subsidized Phones. Your phone might be cheaper then the Sim Free Unlocked version. But your updates are controlled by the Service Provider that subsidized your phone.

GDR3 Update is coming soon. Who knows when or if we will ever see that on the AT&T Nokia Lumia 920.

Anyways the good news is its finally here and to learn more about this update click here.

There so many things I like about this update. Here are couple of em I can think of.

  • FM Radio
  • Double Tap to Wake up Lock Screen

Let us know you’re thoughts on the new GDR2 update? How the new update behaves, or any issues?

Your comment matters, we might be able to help you get your suggestions/comments across to Nokia.

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No More Cog Wheels Rolling Forever cos the Amber is out – Now in India! https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/09/23/cog-wheels-rolling-forever-cos-amber-now-india/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/09/23/cog-wheels-rolling-forever-cos-amber-now-india/#comments Tue, 24 Sep 2013 01:47:46 +0000 http://www.nokiainnovation.com/?p=10724   The most awaited Amber Update is now available here in India for Nokia Lumia 520, 620 and 720! To get the update, you can perform a manual check by going to ‘Settings’ -> ‘Phone Update’. What does this update have? This Amber update along with the GDR2 brings in firm and prompter OS. Not […]

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The most awaited Amber Update is now available here in India for Nokia Lumia 520, 620 and 720! To get the update, you can perform a manual check by going to ‘Settings’ -> ‘Phone Update’.

What does this update have?

This Amber update along with the GDR2 brings in firm and prompter OS. Not more Cog wheels rolling forever! Apart from the OS improvements it also has the following features:

Has Flip to Silence

You can now flip your phone to mute the ringer when the phone is buzzing!

Takes better pictures

The Lumia Amber update improves the camera capabilities across the Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 range with better low-light photos, improved auto focus, enhanced noise filter and more. You will get even better shots.

Nokia Pro Camera, a high-end imaging application that requires a lot from both hardware and software can now be used

Take a sequence of photos with Nokia Smart Camera, and then choose which story you want to tell. Choose your best shot, capture a sequence of motion, put the motion in focus, remove unwanted moving objects or select the best expressions to make great group shots. Download the Nokia Smart Camera app from the Nokia Collection – you’ll find it in the Store on your phone.

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FM Radio is unlocked

You can now listen to Radio on the go with the Nokia Lumia Amber Update. To Access Radio, Click the Windows Logo à Music + Videos à Radio

Lumia 620, doesn’t have Radio hardware and for this reason it doesn’t have Radio with this update!

 

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Nokia Glance Screen

Nokia Glance Screen is included with the Lumia Amber update. With the Glance Screen, your Lumia doubles as a clock with day and night modes while keeping you up to speed on your battery status. (Glance Screen is not available for Lumia 520). Double tap to wake is not available.

 

So India, have you updated your Nokia Lumia? I am almost done with mine!

 

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            -Parasaran

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Review: Nokia Lumia 625, Lacking Nothing But The Price https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/09/23/nokia-lumia-625-lacking-nothing-price/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/09/23/nokia-lumia-625-lacking-nothing-price/#comments Mon, 23 Sep 2013 20:14:05 +0000 http://www.nokiainnovation.com/?p=10614

I have just come to the end of a two week trial with the Nokia Lumia 625 from the great guys at Nokia Connects. You may have seen my hands on video which I posted a few days ago, and while that was more a look at the 625 this is my review of it. […]

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I have just come to the end of a two week trial with the Nokia Lumia 625 from the great guys at Nokia Connects. You may have seen my hands on video which I posted a few days ago, and while that was more a look at the 625 this is my review of it.

Specs Can Be Deceiving

On paper the Nokia Lumia 625 may not seem too interesting a smartphone, but in the hand there is something very alluring about it. It runs Windows Phone 8, and comes with Nokia’s flavour of the GDR2 update, Amber already installed on it. Being a 600 range it may not be a surprise that it has the lower specification of 512mb of RAM and a slightly slower processor than that found in the top end Lumia’s like the 1020 and 925. 1.2ghz dual core rather than 1.5ghz.

The headline feature on the Lumia 625 is the screen size. 4.7 inches. 0.2 inches larger than what we have so far seen on a Nokia smartphone. Now I had a presupposition that it’s resolution, 480×800 would let it down. Using the Lumia 920 on a regular basis, which has a screen with a 331 PPI (Pixels Per Inch) count, I thought the 625, which weighs in at 199 PPI, would be horribly blocky and pixelated. As it happens, I was wrong. Holding the Lumia 625 at arms length, where you’d normally hold it, you can’t see the pixels. Held a few inches from your face, then yes, they are visible. But I was honestly surprised how unaffected I was by the lower resolution.

One area where the screen does let itself down, compared to the Lumia 920 at least, is brightness. Clear Black Display, Nokia’s impressive technology which makes the blacks super deep, is lacking from the 625. While this is noticeable, it is far from a show stopper.

Great Build, Great Body

Considering the Lumia 625 is a lower end Windows Phone, the design of this phone really appeals to me. It feels great in the hand. It is a much lighter device than the Lumia 920 with which I am more familiar (it has been my main device for the last 8 months). Prior to this trial, I had a fortnight with the Lumia 925, which has received widespread applaud for its build quality. For one reason or another I preferred the Lumia 920’s design to the 925, and was glad to get back to my trusty 920 after that trial. But that wasn’t the case with 625. Whether I would rank it above the 920 in terms of looks, I’m not sure, but I would rank it above the 925. This is just my personal preferences of course.

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One feature which stands out as well designed is the bezel around the screen. Particularly at the bottom, between screen and the Windows Phone capacitive buttons. On the 920, and the 800 before it there is a good centimetre of wasted space (although it may hold important hardware behind it). On the 625 (and 925 and 900 for that matter) there is no wasted black bars. While we are on the subject of these buttons, for some reason they do not light up on the 625. In the time I was using it I did not miss the illumination of the Home, Back or Search buttons.

The Camera

As you might expect from the price of the device, it doesn’t have the best camera available, but I believe that the shooter found on the 625 is good enough for what most smartphone users will want. In comparison to cameras found on other mobiles at this price range, it is at the higher end.

Unfortunately Nokia’s brilliant Pro Cam app isn’t available on the 625, but other apps like Creative Studio and Smart Cam are there.

I am not the greatest expert on cameras, be it on smartphones or not, so I will leave you with some of the picture I took on the Lumia 625 and let you judge for yourself.

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I was impressed with detail of this close up shot.

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This shot in bright daylight came out very well, and I was pleased with clear image produced by the Lumia 625.

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Bright colours are captured well, another good shot for the Lumia 625. What is an advantage in these three pictures is the good sunlight on offer.

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Unfortunately in lower light the Lumia 625 camera doesn’t perform quite as well. Originally, the street was fairly well lit, while this picture appears almost black and white.

Summery

I enjoyed my time with the Nokia Lumia 625 more than I thought I would. When you use something like the 920 you might, like me have a preconceived idea that the lower end phones Windows Phones won’t meet all your needs. But in the case of the Lumia 625, which is the only “lower end” Windows phone I have yet used, it does. If you need the front facing camera, it has one, above 4 inch screen, it has one, an SD card slot, it has one, a fast, smooth operating system, it certainly has that too. The battery life is ever so good, even on days of heavy usage it would get me through my work day, something the 920 doesn’t always manage.

I came away from my two weeks with the Lumia 625 sorry to be returning it to Nokia Connects. I have come to the opinion that if I was looking at buying a device to use as my main phone, I could certainly live with, and be happy with the Lumia 625.

Of course no review is complete without a few negatives, so I will finish this review with a Good Points and Bad Points section.

The Good

Battery life, build quality, design, feel in the hand, huge screen, no lag.

The Bad

Brightness is a bit murky, the occasional app isn’t compatible, no Double Tap to Wake, no Glance Screen.

It seems wrong ending a review of a phone which I enjoyed using so much on negative points, but those which I have mentioned didn’t bother me much at all. I am of course a big fan of Nokia, and the Windows Phone operating system, so I would be interested to hear your view on any part of this review, or of the 625 itself. I would also like to extend huge gratitude to Nokia Connects for the loan of the Lumia 625.

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Hands On Video with Nokia’s Lumia 625 https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/09/14/hands-video-nokias-lumia-625/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/09/14/hands-video-nokias-lumia-625/#comments Sat, 14 Sep 2013 21:17:13 +0000 http://www.nokiainnovation.com/?p=10574 I’ve had the Nokia Lumia 625 on loan from Nokia Connects for the last week or so. This video, which can also be found on our YouTube channel, is a hands on look at the device but not by any means a full review. There were one or two features of the Lumia 625 which […]

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I’ve had the Nokia Lumia 625 on loan from Nokia Connects for the last week or so. This video, which can also be found on our YouTube channel, is a hands on look at the device but not by any means a full review.

There were one or two features of the Lumia 625 which I didn’t touch on, such as the Camera. You can expect to hear my opinion on that and other areas when I do my full review after having a bit more time with it.

Just to let you know, I have been pleased with most of what I have found on the 625. It obviously has some limitation due to it’s price point.

Enjoy the video below, and please, if you have any questions or comments I would be interested to hear them. Either here in the comments section or on the YouTube page. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Amber Set For August Roll Out? https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/06/29/amber-set-for-august-roll-out/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/06/29/amber-set-for-august-roll-out/#respond Sat, 29 Jun 2013 09:16:06 +0000 http://www.nokiainnovation.com/?p=9085 Nokia’s Sanish Twitter account @NokiaSpainhave sent out a tweet indicating that Amber, Nokia’s version of the GDR2 firmware update will start rolling out in August. The update is set to bring Glance Screen, Double tap to wake and FM radio tuner to Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices. We have of course had situations before where […]

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Nokia’s Sanish Twitter account @NokiaSpainhave sent out a tweet indicating that Amber, Nokia’s version of the GDR2 firmware update will start rolling out in August.
The update is set to bring Glance Screen, Double tap to wake and FM radio tuner to Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices.
We have of course had situations before where a tweet or comment has come from an official source only for it to later be withdrawn, so we will keep our eyes on that. But with the Nokia Lumia 925 already available with the Amber on board, it should be on its way sooner rather than later.
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Nokia Lumia 925 Leaked Screen Shots of “Amber” https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/05/29/nokia-lumia-925-leaked-screen-shots-of-amber/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/05/29/nokia-lumia-925-leaked-screen-shots-of-amber/#comments Wed, 29 May 2013 16:46:07 +0000 http://nokiainnovation.com/?p=8835 Nokia Amber upgrade is out there and hopefully coming soon, I myself personally saw some of the features on the Lumia 925, I saw and played with smart shoot 1st hand as well as  flip to silent & double tap to wake screen. Now we have leaked screen shots of the Lumia 925 running Amber […]

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Nokia Amber upgrade is out there and hopefully coming soon, I myself personally saw some of the features on the Lumia 925, I saw and played with smart shoot 1st hand as well as  flip to silent & double tap to wake screen. Now we have leaked screen shots of the Lumia 925 running Amber out in the wild, check out the screen shots below and Nokia/Microsoft please get this out ASAP.

Here are a list of the shown features:

  • Flip to silence
  • FM radio
  • Nokia Smart Camera
  • Color picker/saturation
  • Sleeping screen
  • Camera ISO up to 3200

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Source:Dospy Via: WPcentral

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Amber Update Coming With 925. Brings CalDav Support https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/05/14/amber-update-coming-with-925-brings-caldav-support/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/05/14/amber-update-coming-with-925-brings-caldav-support/#respond Tue, 14 May 2013 16:14:21 +0000 http://www.nokiainnovation.com/?p=8699

The Nokia Lumia 925, announced earlier today in London, England will arrive with the latest Windows Phone 8 software update, named Amber, when it goes on sale in June, as well as being rolled out to all existing Windows Phone 8 handsets. Amber will bring an important feature, support for CardDav and CalDav which will […]

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The Nokia Lumia 925, announced earlier today in London, England will arrive with the latest Windows Phone 8 software update, named Amber, when it goes on sale in June, as well as being rolled out to all existing Windows Phone 8 handsets.
Amber will bring an important feature, support for CardDav and CalDav which will ensure Windows Phone 8 devices will continue to sync with Google services such as Calendar and Contacts.
It is also said to re-enable support for FM Radio, bring improvements to Xbox Music as well as “hundreds of other small quality improvements”.
Good news for all Windows Phone 8 users, however this is not believed to be the update which will bring double tap to unlock or always on lock screen clock to Lumia handsets.
Read more about the update, as well as an introduction to the Lumia 925 on Windows Phone Blog HERE

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