Nokia Reading is a Battery Drainer

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I love everything Nokia (now Microsoft). My current phone is a Lumia 1520, the previous one was an 820, and I had the Lumia 900 and 800. I also love their software. I use the Here Drive daily, the Nokia Camera App which is the best when taking photos, and Nokia Creative Studio to edit them.

Lately I’ve started reading ebooks, currently reading Ultimatum by Simon Kernick, and used the Nokia Reading app to read them. I downloaded my ebooks from OneDrive directly from the app. It’s easy to use and I can pin my books to the Start Screen. Everything was well and good, until I started noticing that the battery was draining quickly. Continue reading

Nokia’s New Lumia 620 and Lumia 505

On Wednesday, Nokia announced a new Windows Phone 8 member at LeWeb 2012 in Paris, the Lumia 620. The entry-level handset has the following specs:

  • 3.8-inch TFT screen at WVGA resolution (800 x 480)
  • 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 8GB of internal storage
  • expandable by microSD (up to 64GB cards supported)
  • 5-megapixel shooter with LED flash capable of recording 720p video
  • Front VGA camera is for those self-portraits
  • WiFi or WCDMA 3G
  • NFC & Bluetooth 3.0 taking care of all your sharing and pairing

It also has a “Dual-shot color” Continue reading

Microsoft’s Surface Pro launching in January

Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet will arrive in Januaryof next year with an $899 price tag. The Surface Pro is the more powerful version of the Surface RT. It features an Intel Core i5 processor and 1080p HD display. The Pro will run the full version of Windows 8, not like the Surface RT which had Windows RT installed. That means it will be able to run all of the legacy Windows apps that a full laptop or desktop has access to — something that the RT version is not capable of.

Included in the price is also a Surface Pen but not a Touch or Type Cover. The tablet includes a USB 3.0 port and a Mini DisplayPort, which can drive a screen of up to 2560 x 1440 resolution. The Pro version is a little heavier and thicker than the RT model, but Microsoft notes that it is still under two pounds and less than 14mm thick.

A 64GB model will cost $899, while a 128GB edition will be available for $999. Which one will you choose? 🙂

Updated – Windows Phone 7.8 Update expected November 28

Windows Phone 7.8, an update that brings several Windows Phone 8 features to users of Windows Phone 7, will launch this tomorrow, November 28, latest rumours have suggested.

The Tonis Tech Blog has claimed its insiders “near the subject” have revealed that the update will bring a new Start screen to Windows Phone 7, along with more colour themes, the ability to transfer files via Bluetooth and an option to keep Wi-Fi open on Nokia phones.

We have previously heard that the update will add the Rooms calendar function, as well as Xbox SmartGlass and the Xbox Music Store. Hopefully tomorrow my Lumia 900 will have the new Live Tiles as in the picture! 🙂

Update – Christmas is coming a bit later this year since we’ll have to wait for ‘early 2013’ to get the 7.8 update. Just tried updating my Lumia this morning, but obviously no updates showed up. Hope the ‘early 2013’ means in January not in March or April! We’ll wait and see.

Updated | Watching the Windows Phone 8 Event

So finally after months waiting, we will finally know what new features the new Windows Phone 8. You can watch the live event here. Next are these new features:

New Live Tiles

  • You can now resize the live tiles small, medium and large, making more space for tiles

New Lock screen powered by Live Apps

  • For example Facebook is allowed to update your lock screen where you can be greeted by the latest photo updates

Skype App

  • Runs always in background and uses really few resources so the battery isn’t drained
  • Terrific video chat

46 out of the top 50 apps will be available on Windows Phone like

  • Temple Run
  • Urbanspoon
  • Angry Birds Star Wars
  • Jetpack Joyride
  • Pandora will include a whole year with no ads

Data Sense

  • Every web page is compressed before sent to the user.
  • It finds wifi hotspots, prefers wifi against 3G  and helps you manage your data usage.
  • With data sense on, you can browse 45% more web pages.

Kids’ Corner

  • You can choose which games you allow your kids to play
  • Swipe left from the lock screen to get to the kids corner
  • And you can stay quite.. while your children are playing safe games
  • Kids can custom tile sizes, change app positions

 Jessica Alba is on the stage 🙂

  • She had an iPhone and switched to Windows Phone.. go Jessica 🙂
  • She has an app of her company on Windows Phone
Rooms in People Hub
  • It gathers a set of people to share the same info together
  • By default there is the Family Room
  • Send private messages and share a location
  • Has a calendar
  • Share notes
  • Good for todo lists between different people
  • It can connect with other platforms, not all of the Rooms experience, but part of it
Photos and Xbox Music
  • Using SkyDrive you can sync all your photos with all your devices
  • Xbox Music syncs all your purchased songs automatically without needing to use cables

 

Now we’ll wait for the devices to come out and try 🙂 My favourite? The Nokia Lumia 920, pictured above. What’s yours?

Windows 8 launching on October 26

The title says it all. The world is getting Metro-fied on Friday 26th October. Just a few minutes ago, Steven Sinofsky announced at Microsoft’s annual sales meeting that customers will be able to get Windows 8 – whether in upgrade fashion or on a new PC – starting on October 26th.

Windows 8 is a radical redesign of Windows that takes into account a mobile and touch-centric future. This release date will give consumers ample time to purchase systems running the code for the holiday season. Coming up next should be release dates for Office 2013, Windows Phone 8, and the next version of Windows Server. It’s going to be a busy end of the year for the Microsofties.

For now, I’ll continue getting on with the Release Preview 🙂