Windows phone will be a serious contender by 2015

Windows phone is in the smartphone market for quite some time now but has not been able to get a significant market share until now.

The low end windows phone have shown silver linings but the high end phones are just not selling.

But that is not the end of the story. Windows and especially Nokia have been taking the phone quite seriously. Nokia has been constantly looking to improve the hardware and Microsoft is working on the software and apps.

Recently, some great apps including Vine, Instagram, FIFA 14 have arrived on the windows phone platform. Windows phone store now has more than 200,000 apps.

Microsoft is rumoured to be working on an iOS style notification centre and a virtual voice assistant code named Cortana.

Nokia’a take over by Microsoft will help integrating hardware and software in a way like never before. This blend will only boost the Windows phone ecosystem.

All Microsoft has to do now is improve the OS continuously and make developers improve their apps.
Windows phone has all the popular apps but these apps are of poor quality when compared with their android or iOS counterparts.

For now Windows phone is NO for me but I believe it could be the phone I want to own in 2016.

Nokia Lumia 1520 launched in India for Rs.46,999

Nokia’s phablet which launched at the Nokia World  2013 event in Dubai has been officially launched in India for a whooping price of Rs.46,999.

The Nokia lumia 1520 boasts a 6 inch 1080p full HD display and has a Snapdragon 800 processor with 2 GB of RAM. Other specifications include:

  • 20 Megapixels Pureview Camera with dual LED flash
  • 1.2 Megapixels front camera
  • 3400 mAh battery
  • 32GB internal memory ( Extendible upto 64GB)
  • Bluetooth 4, NFC and Wifi

Nokia is far behind Apple and Samsung when it comes to smartphones but Nokia with its Lumia series is catching up well. However, I feel at this price Nokia Lumia 1520 would not have many buyers.

All we can do is just wait and watch whether Nokia Lumia 1520 makes a difference or is it just a phone that will come and go away.

Nokia 808 PureView opens for pre-orders in Italy, ships without a SIM

Nokia’s 41-megapixel, eye-popping smartphone, the 808 PureView has opened for pre-orders in Italy, inviting potential buyers from all over the world for a date next month. The phone, shipping in SIM-free from Italy, can be booked from online retailer NStore.it and is expected to make a worldwide debut in May. Il costo? €599 (approx. $780 ). The phone runs on the Symbian-Belle OS and features a Carl Zeiss-lensed 41-mp camera among other decent features.

Microkia takes on iPhone, Android with new set of mocking commercials (videos)

When the latest Nielsen survey revealed just last week that over 90% of US Smartphones purchased in the last 3 months are either iOS or Android, no one, including yours truly, could ever imagine Nokia and Microsoft will come up with this: Smartphonebetatest.com. The venture’s latest campaign, starring former Saturday Night Live star Chris Parnell, features a string of questionable videos which make fun of iPhone and Android devices, getting too dirty with their rivals that they forgot to market their own product: Nokia handsets running Windows Phone OS. Anyway, take a look at all the videos (below) to understand Microkia’s ‘promotional’ thinking (they even bought the antennagate issue back!):

Nokia announces 808 PureView smartphone, grabs eyeballs with 41-megapixel camera! (video)

Before we begin, you need to get it straight away: We are not lying. The Nokia 808 PureView indeed sports a 41-megapixel camera!

Billed as the successor to the N8, the 808 PureView is a phone for the eternal photographer in you, sporting a Carl Zeiss-lensed camera, handling continuous-focus 1080p, but is claimed to have an incredible sensor resolution of over 41-megapixels when shooting stills — or 34-megapixels for 16:9 images. It uses some clever interpolation jiggery-pokery that condenses four or five pixels into one pixel, to produce a smaller file size for the output image.

AND… apart from the camera, it has a pretty decent spec-sheet otherwise, running the Symbian Belle OS on a 1.3GHz single-core chip, sporting a 4-inch 360 x 640 (nHD) resolution display, and cranking in 512MB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage that is expandable via microSD. Design-wise it isn”t as ugly a smartphone as you”d expect a 41-megapixel-er to be, but it isn”t the most well dressed gadget out there either. Like it or not, the 808 PureView is expected to hit Europe this May and will set you back by around 450 Euros (€450).

P.S. The folks over at Engadget had a chance to play around with the phone so to read their in-depth review. Or, if you”re just interested in some action, a couple of videos from Engadget have been embedded below for your viewing pleasure. Take a look:

CES 2012: Nokia unveils Lumia 900, looks more than just decent (video)

Following some good reviews of the Lumia 710 and Lumia 800 – the new Nokia devices running on Microsoft’s Windows Phone Mango OS, the Finnish mobile-maker today unveiled the much awaited Lumia 900 at CES in Las Vegas. From the outset, the device looks pretty neatly done and thankfully, even from its spec-sheet, it doesn’t disappoint.

Taking up a notch from its older sibling – the Lumia 800, the Lumia 900 is all about speed, packing in a 1.4GHz single-core CPU, 512MB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage and the LTE goodness we all seek. As for the photographer in you, it comes loaded with a 8MP Carl Zeiss f/2.2 camera with LED flash that’s capable of cranking out 720p HD video capture, as well as a 1.3MP front-facing camera that uses f/2.4. And while it is reasonably fast to leave your impatient self satisfied, it doesn’t compromise on its battery life either with a built-in 1,840mAh battery (that can’t be removed due to the phone’s unibody polycarbonate build).

The rest of phone design is inherited from its predecessor, with only the front-facing shooter and the Lumia 900’s huge 4.3-inch AMOLED display differentiating between it and the Lumia 800.

The Nokia Lumia 900 is expected to utilize AT&T’s LTE network in the US from March 18th, as tipped by well known Microsoft enthusiast Mary Jo Foley (although we still haven’t received any official announcement yet as regards its pricing or availability).

Related: Buying one of the new Nokia Windows Phone devices? Hold on.

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Nokia Lumia 800 mercilessly beaten by iPhone 4, 4S in browser benchmark tests (video)

There was much ado about the first product coming out of the Nokia-Microsoft’s partnership, with early onlookers claiming the Lumia 800 to be faster than Apple’s iPhone. Fast forward to 2012 and the Mango-sporting device is mercilessly beaten by its iOS counterparts.

Nokia’s Mango-powered Lumia 800 was pitted against an iPhone 4 with iOS 4.3 and an iPhone 4S with iOS 5 in a browser benchmarks test, including Browsermark tests, Speed Reading test, Sunspider, Acid3, and HTML5. While the 4S had a walk in the park, the iPhone 4 had to sweat it out but in the end emerged victorious in most of the tests.

Below are the results of the test, followed by the video:

Browsermark Test: Higher is better

iPhone 4 (iOS 4.3) – 37 503

Nokia Lumia 800 (WP7.5 aka Mango) – 30 452

iPhone 4S (iOS 5) – 86 702

Speed Reading Test:

iPhone 4 (iOS 4.3) – 2 fps (iPhone 4 with iOS 5.0 – around 37 fps)

Nokia Lumia 800 (WP7.5 aka Mango) – 40 fps

iPhone 4S (iOS 5) – 60 fps

Sunspider Test: Lower is better

iPhone 4 (iOS 4.3) – 4018.2 ms

Nokia Lumia 800 (WP7.5 aka Mango) – 7188.7 ms

iPhone 4S (iOS 5) – 2266 ms

Acid3 Test:

iPhone 4 (iOS 4.3) – 100/100

Nokia Lumia 800 (WP7.5 aka Mango) – 100/100

iPhone 4S (iOS 5) – 100/100

HTML5 Test:

iPhone 4 (iOS 4.3) – 210

Nokia Lumia 800 (WP7.5 aka Mango) – 141

iPhone 4S (iOS 5) – 296

Here’s the video (via 359gsm):

T-Mobile, Nokia hook up

With no love from Apple, T-Mobile has now hooked up with rejuvenated Finnish company Nokia and is all set to be the first American carrier to dish out one of the new Nokia Windows Phone Mango devices to the public.

Wednesday, December 10th is the day the companies announce “something exciting”. 7pm.

Nokia Lumia 900 developers-only promo leaks (exclusive video)

Following the warm welcoming of the Lumia 710 and Lumia 800 Nokia devices running on Microsoft’s Windows Phone Mango operating system, the companies are enthusiastically working on the third such phone to emerge from their banner called Lumia 900 aka Nokia Ace.

The device, though pretty much still under wraps, is rumored to follow in the footsteps of its predecessor, invariably sporting a 1.4 GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 16GB of flash memory and an 8 mega-pixel camera with the usual Carl Zeiss optics.

Also, design-wise, the Lumia 900 is expected to be thinner and larger than the Lumia 800, improvising from the latter’s 3.7inch screen to a 4.3inch touch display. Unfortunately, that’s all we know about the Lumia 900 at present. Perhaps this dev-only exclusive video churns out something..

Lumia 800, iPhone 4S and Galaxy S II go head-to-head in browser speed comparison (video)

Nokia’s first real Windows Phone, Lumia 800 has just freshly come out of the factory and is raring to go to prove its worth. In come the iPhone 4S and the Galaxy S II, running quickly to grab the opportunity to compete. Web browser speed test. Who wins? Continue reading “Lumia 800, iPhone 4S and Galaxy S II go head-to-head in browser speed comparison (video)”