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Nokia Lumia 930 Review

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IMG_0048 copyIt has been three years since Nokia entered its Windows Phone partnership with Microsoft, and is just months since Microsoft bought the Finnish giant for about £4.6bn. Over the course of their special relationship we have seen no shortage of colourful Lumia devices, covering all sizes and budgets, in a bid to remind us that Nokia’s ability to make quality phones hasn’t diminished. The Lumia 930 is the latest of these, and the first to feature the long-awaited 8.1 update. Read on to see if the software can do the hardware justice.


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The Gadget Show Live @Christmas 2013

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IMG_0132IT’S CHRISTMAS! Or at least it will be in less than two short months.  I’m not one for pre-empting the joys of the festive season and tend to avoid anything festive until mid-December, but a chance to play with some of the latest tech due to hit our shelves is an opportunity I’ll never pass up.  After visiting The Gadget Show Live at the NEC earlier in the year I was eager to see what the Earl’s Court London event would have in store.


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Lots of Stuff.tv

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I’ve been away from TechNow and in the real world this week, enjoying the fantastic company of the ladies and gents over at Haymarket for Stuff.TV (Stuff Magazine’s online arm).   I’ve been rather productive and would love for you to take a click or two.

 

Hopefully there’ll be more from me, with them, soon. For now, here’s a run-down of the news and features I’ve worked on…

 

Microsoft Surface 2 vs Apple iPad Air: The big fight

 

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 vs Google Nexus 7 (2013): The weigh-in

 

Pure aims to crack America with Connect music streaming service

 

Nokia No More? Microsoft could drop the Nokia name, says Stephen Elop

 

HTC plans a “disruptive” tablet and an Android smartwatch

 

Stuff’s Lucy Hedges ponders the latest tech with BBC Radio 6 Music

 

Lamborghini’s Veneno Roadster costs £2.8m and doesn’t have a roof

 

More Coming Soon!

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Parallels Access for iPad

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IMG_4240I’ve used most variants of tablet on the market, from the iPads to Windows 8 devices and every Android offering in between.  My main bugbear with the iPad and Android tablets though are that they are pretty useless for content creation.  This is where Windows comes in a lot stronger, and is why most cannot yet give up their home computer in favour of a tablet.  To fill this void the new app Parallels Access provides a neat solution to having access to your deskstop applications on the move.


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Nokia Lumia 925

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For Nokia it’s either back to the glory days, or certain failure.  If you’d asked me 2 or 3 years ago what Nokia would do to save themselves from missing the smartphone train, I’d have likely said they’d have to switch to Android.  Of course, they chose to partner with Windows Phone instead, a huge improvement over Symbian but a decision that has yet to be vindicated. Their true saviour however lies in attempting to out-do the photographic credentials of every other smartphone on the market with their PureView camera tech. Can a good snapper make the Lumia 925 a great smartphone? Read on for my view.


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Nokia 620 + JBL Powerup wireless speaker review

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IMG_3830 copyHaving already looked at the larger Lumia 820, we decided to bundle the 620 review together with the nicely matched JBL Powerup wireless speaker, as in many ways they belong together. Not like their eyes met across the room at your friends party, they’re literally built to work together, apart from the wireless charging not being compatible with the phone, but we’ll get back to that later.


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The HTC 8S

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IMG_3506 copyIn my review of the 8X I found it to be a real success of a Windows powered device in many regards – as long as you aren’t put off by the lacking selection of apps.  The phone to the left is not this, but its smaller brother the 8S, which is very similar in many regards but lacks the HD screen and is a less powerful device.  After being absolutely spoiled by devices bristling with features and juicy specs, the middle-range 8S would be an alternative to something like the similarly sized Nokia Lumia 720 or iPhone 4 but can be had for less than a couple of hundred pounds if you shop around. Let’s see how it does.


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Gadget Show Live 2013

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gsl2013The Gadget Show Live has once again returned to Birmingham and is now, in it’s 5th year is becoming a staple of the UK’s yearly technology show diary.  It’s by far the most consumer-focused and plays host to both manufacturers showing off their latest wares as well as a host of retailers with huge range of gadgetry to check out and buy, including more mobile phone and tablet accessories than you can shake a (USB) stick at.


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The HTC 8X

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IMG_3110 copyHTC started in a fairly low-key fashion with their first generation of Windows Phones. The Titan & Radar didn’t do a great job of selling the design strengths of Microsoft’s latest OS.  Fast-forward two years and HTC has finally released devices that do justice to the elegant simplicity of Windows 8.  Its flagship is the 8X, a handset that I’ve been looking forward to. Let’s see if it can finally win me over to Windows on a mobile.

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HTC 8X – Unboxing

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Well of course usually you’ll find me writing reviews on the latest phones, but before I get down to the details on the HTC 8X I thought I’d give you something to take a look at in the form of an unboxing video – my first ever… Enjoy!

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Nokia Lumia 820

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Nokia Lumia 820Firstly an apology to Nokia – I left you in the days of the 3210 when apps were limited to Snake and sending texts was cutting edge and haven’t yet been back. I just haven’t been excited by anything Nokia came up with in recent years and don’t even get me started on my thoughts on Symbian – that’s for another post. Roll forward to 2012 and I started becoming increasingly interested in seeing what all the hubbub was about now that they’ve joined forces with Microsoft on the latest Lumia line-up.  Finally I got my hands on one to have more than the 5 minutes retailers afford in the shape of the rather lovely looking Lumia 820 – now to see how it fairs against everything else I’ve seen recently.

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I still haven’t fully adopted ‘The Cloud’

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The term ‘Cloud’ computing gets thrown around a lot these days, particularly by IT professionals wanting to sound important by spouting the latest buzz word.  Though you may not realise it, almost everyone using the internet accesses cloud computing in one form or another. I’m not totally sold on uploading all my digital content and forgoing physical media, here’s why.


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HTC Titan and HTC Radar – First Impressions.

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htc-titan-front-left-carbon-greyIt’s been a massive year for the Android platform;  mammoth sales have bolstered the platform to outnumber the iPhone in the vast majority of territories. HTC have been at the forefront of this attack, showing great support for Google’s OS by bringing out countless devices for the platform. Elsewhere we have Windows Phone 7, a solid platform, marred by a  lack of attention from consumers and manufacturers. This however may well change with the latest from HTC.

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HTC 7 Mozart – Review

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Windows Mobile 7 – Microsoft’s comeback into the mobile world, has been met with a mixed reception.  However since their collaboration with Nokia the OS looks set to be a key player in the mobile world. However, any good piece of software will need a plethora of devices to show its potential. The HTC 7 Mozart is one of three devices that HTC have released with Microsoft’s latest & greatest mobile OS.


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Apple iPhone 4 – Long Term Review

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Even though it was launched in June of 2010,  most believe it is safe to assume the iPhone4 is still the pinnacle of integration between high end mobile hardware and software, despite leaving most users rather mobile-obsessive as a consequence. Credit is due for Apple’s ability to supply a consistent stream of software updates and new hardware releases to keep some of us wanting more.


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