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  1. All About Windows Phone
  2. News, reviews, information and apps for Windows Phone.
  3. Recent News
  4. LG Mobile officially shuts down, ends 15 years in smartphones
  5. Netflix and Windows Phone/Windows 10 Mobile. lives again!
  6. Microsoft Edge hits EOL, its scripting engine shows problems under Windows 10 Mobile
  7. Q4 2020/Q1 2021 smartphone stats: a four horse race: Apple, Samsung, Oppo, and Xiaomi
  8. Windows (and Paint): unsurprisingly, 3D Objects are on the way out
  9. Windows 10 Camera. ‘powered by Office Lens’
  10. From the server room: a date apology [FIXED]
  11. ‘News and Interests’ hits the Windows taskbar
  12. Office Lens UWP loses all cloud converters
  13. All About Windows Phone
  14. News, reviews, information and apps for Windows Phone.
  15. Recent Features
  16. Smartphone wired audio/DACs. (2021 update)
  17. Status report for April 2021: services and apps on Windows 10 Mobile
  18. Camera head to head: Lumia 950 XL vs Xiaomi Mi 11 5G
  19. Head to head: Lumia 950 XL vs Xiaomi Mi 11 5G
  20. Just how practical is solar power for keeping your smartphone going?
  21. 2021 Smartphone photo storage thoughts
  22. My Top 20 free Microsoft Windows 10 wallpaper/theme packs
  23. Phone bio-health options just took a slight left turn
  24. Adding Qi charging to a smartphone
  25. All About Windows Phone
  26. News, reviews, information and apps for Windows Phone.
  27. Latest Podcast
  28. AAWP Insight 258: Dragged back by the Duo
  29. Subscribe to AAWP Insight Podcast
  30. Recent Galleries
  31. Gallery: NexDock Touch (DeX/Continuum lapdock)
  32. Gallery: NexDock 2 (DeX/Continuum lapdock)
  33. Gallery: Surface Go
  34. Recent Podcasts
  35. AAWP Insight 258: Dragged back by the Duo
  36. AAWP Insight 257: 2019 special!
  37. AAWP Insight 256: Two to the Power of Eight
  38. AAWP Insight #255: Go, go, go!
  39. AAWP Insight #254: UWP apps incoming
  40. AAWP Insight #253: A thousand cuts indeed
  41. AAWP Insight #252: PWAs and Platforms
  42. AAWP Insight #251: Where next? Android or iOS?
  43. AAWP Insight #250: Looking both forwards and backwards
  44. AAWP Insight #249: Usability Matters
  45. AAWP Insight #248: Windows 10 Mobile vs Android
  46. AAWP Insight #247: UWP directory and MWC 2018
  47. AAWP Insight #246: Pretending to be a Lumia 950, and 8.1 vs W10M
  48. AAWP Insight #245: Hello gets more reliable
  49. AAWP Insight #244: Expected app lifetimes, Wileyfox woes
  50. AAWP Insight #243: Don’t Panic!
  51. AAWP Insight #242: Surface Mobile and the WC crossover
  52. AAWP Insight #241: The Pro verdict and double hinges
  53. AAWP Insight #240: Wileyfox Pro, Security, Surface Mobile
  54. AAWP Insight 239: Patents, Refreshing and Optimising, Wileyfox Pro
  55. AAWP Insight #238: Top apps, Microsoft on iOS and Android
  56. AAWP Insight #237: New Windows phones are an Indiegogo
  57. AAWP Insight #236: ‘Surface Pro Mini’ and Mixed Reality
  58. AAWP Insight #235: Of iPhones and Ideas
  59. AAWP Insight #234: The Bricked Off Tunnel
  60. AAWP Insight #233: View from the developer dungeon
  61. AAWP Insight #232: Windows 10 Mobile dead? Not so fast!
  62. AAWP Insight #231: New branch, new support deadline!
  63. AAWP Insight #230: Highlighting Windows 10 Mobile
  64. AAWP Insight #229: Wake up, Alcatel USA!
  65. AAWP Insight #228: IDOL 4 Pro report from the road
  66. AAWP Insight #227: IDOLs for all
  67. AAWP Insight #226: Emoji 5.0
  68. AAWP Insight #225: Updates still coming
  69. AAWP Insight #224: Itching for that premium feel
  70. All About Windows Phone
  71. News, reviews, information and apps for Windows Phone.
  72. Featured Editorial Content
  73. Status report for April 2021: services and apps on Windows 10 Mobile
  74. 2021 Smartphone photo storage thoughts
  75. A 2021 ‘PureView’ battle: 808/1020/Pixel/iPhone
  76. Case? Who needs cases?
  77. Camera head to head: Lumia 950 XL vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
  78. Recent Editorial Content
  79. Smartphone wired audio/DACs. (2021 update)
  80. LG Mobile officially shuts down, ends 15 years in smartphones
  81. Review: Apple/Cubilux: a tale of two Type C DAC/dongles.
  82. Status report for April 2021: services and apps on Windows 10 Mobile
  83. Netflix and Windows Phone/Windows 10 Mobile. lives again!
  84. Camera head to head: Lumia 950 XL vs Xiaomi Mi 11 5G
  85. Head to head: Lumia 950 XL vs Xiaomi Mi 11 5G
  86. Just how practical is solar power for keeping your smartphone going?
  87. 2021 Smartphone photo storage thoughts
  88. My Top 20 free Microsoft Windows 10 wallpaper/theme packs

All About Windows Phone

News, reviews, information and apps for Windows Phone.

Recent News

LG Mobile officially shuts down, ends 15 years in smartphones

# Posted by Steve in News || Comments 10:31, Apr 5th

Netflix and Windows Phone/Windows 10 Mobile. lives again!

# Posted by Steve in News || Comments 14:46, Mar 30th

Microsoft Edge hits EOL, its scripting engine shows problems under Windows 10 Mobile

Something’s happened to Edge. No, not the modern Chromium-based Edge that’s been in the Windows 10 for the last couple of years (including preview time). I’m talking Edge ‘legacy’, the browser that shipped with Windows 10 when it first appeared and which Windows 10 Mobile still has to use (sadly). Firstly, it’s now officially ‘End of Life’ and out of support, and secondly, its scripting engine is hitting issues on many popular sites, see below for some examples on my Lumia 950 XL. Missing images, mainly, but these do sometimes impact page navigation.

# Posted by Steve in News || Comments 10:51, Mar 10th

Q4 2020/Q1 2021 smartphone stats: a four horse race: Apple, Samsung, Oppo, and Xiaomi

It’s a fair cop, we used to report on smartphone sales and market share back in the day (2000-2012), but stopped when the numbers got too depressing. Nokia, and then Microsoft’s determined attempts to shoot themselves in the foot finally paid off and first Symbian and then Windows Phone became marginalised. But, being realistic, where are we today, in 2021? Professional analysis does creep out to the public occasionally, as with this Trendforce press release and table quoted below. In summary, Apple, Samsung, (and perhaps surprisingly) Oppo (BBK), and Xiaomi are the big names worldwide.

# Posted by Steve in News || Comments 09:51, Mar 9th

Windows (and Paint): unsurprisingly, 3D Objects are on the way out

# Posted by Steve in News || Comments 07:26, Feb 26th

# Posted by Steve in News || Comments 09:24, Feb 18th

Windows 10 Camera. ‘powered by Office Lens’

Admittedly not applying anymore to Windows 10 Mobile, but Windows 10 Camera (for example, for the Surface Go, which is evidently a mobile device of sorts) today acquired a bunch of extra useful modes for the professional. The new modes are ‘powered by Office Lens’, coinciding rather neatly with the demise of the latter as a standalone application. Admittedly you don’t get all the OCR-in-the-cloud functionaity, but you do get the auto-crop and auto-contrast optimisations. See the examples below.

# Posted by Steve in News || Comments 20:46, Jan 12th

From the server room: a date apology [FIXED]

A one-liner apology to readers that a ‘Year 2021 bug’ is affecting AAWP’s code and not all stories are showing the correct ‘year’ or making it to the RSS feed. NOW FIXED.

# Posted by Steve in News || Comments 08:29, Jan 11th

‘News and Interests’ hits the Windows taskbar

# Posted by Steve in News || Comments 08:26, Jan 8th

Office Lens UWP loses all cloud converters

A day later than planned, but Microsoft has now thrown the server-side switch on Office Lens as a separate app on both Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 Desktop. From now on, it’s a service inside the likes of Office (for all platforms). Which makes sense in a way and it’s nice to have it integrated, but I for one will miss it as a general purpose OCR and archival tool. See below for links, quotes and screenshots.

# Posted by Steve in News || Comments 10:00, Jan 2nd

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All About Windows Phone

News, reviews, information and apps for Windows Phone.

Recent Features

Smartphone wired audio/DACs. (2021 update)

Despite Apple’s (and then Google’s) attempts to quosh the humble wired 3.5mm audio jack on modern smartphones (and copied by many others), plenty of smartphones are still sold with jacks and with DACs feeding whatever wired headphones you care to plug in. Potentially higher quality, and certainly no issues with drained batteries or lost AirPods (etc.) In this big 2021 update of an article from 24 months ago, I test a variety of existing smartphones and (especially) standalone DAC/dongles, the former where they have jacks and the latter where output is digital and needs converting. In other words, here’s how to make sure you can plug in your favourite wired ‘cans’ for years to come!

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# Posted by Steve in Features || Comments 07:53, Apr 7th

Status report for April 2021: services and apps on Windows 10 Mobile

# Posted by Steve in Features || Comments 16:53, Mar 31st

Camera head to head: Lumia 950 XL vs Xiaomi Mi 11 5G

# Posted by Steve in Features || Comments 06:41, Mar 29th

Head to head: Lumia 950 XL vs Xiaomi Mi 11 5G

Another year, another Xiaomi flagship, good value for money compared to the Samsungs and OnePlus of this world. Except that there are several variants, two of which have yet to be announced (next week should see the ‘Pro’ and ‘Ultimate’). Regardless, I have the standard Xiaomi Mi 11 5G in hand and here I do a head-to-head against my standard benchmark device (for AAWP), the Lumia 950 XL. Imaging is next, don’t worry.

# Posted by Steve in Features || Comments 07:29, Mar 26th

Just how practical is solar power for keeping your smartphone going?

It’s an idea that I’ve toyed with over the years, and prompted by a recent submission for review of a solar-powered smartphone power bank (link below, it had a design flaw!) Now, I’m in the UK and the sun isn’t exactly a reliable resource, but hey, picking a sunny day or two in early Spring here, I applied some science to the solar idea. Using my trusty Choetech 19W tri-fold panel, I’ve been taking measurements and doing some maths.

# Posted by Steve in Features || Comments 07:28, Mar 24th

2021 Smartphone photo storage thoughts

With Google stepping back from their original vision for Google Photos, year on year, changes are afoot in the phone photo storage world. So I thought a round up of your options in 2021 would be worthwhile. This being cross-posted to AAWP, it’s highly appropriate to suggest that Microsoft’s OneDrive, as used originally back in Symbian (as ‘SkyDrive’) and then Windows Phone days, is still perhaps the premium repository for all your photos and videos. But there are alternatives galore.

# Posted by Steve in Features || Comments 07:20, Mar 22nd

My Top 20 free Microsoft Windows 10 wallpaper/theme packs

Almost exactly a year ago, I was struck by the quality and beauty of one of Microsoft’s official Windows 10 Wallpaper/Theme packs for Windows 10. Each with stunning colours and composition, and each with 15 (or so) wallpapers for your PC/hybrid to cycle through and generally take theme and colour cues from. So I wrote a guide for adapting these for Windows 10 Mobile, e.g. on a Lumia. Since then we’ve had dozens of similar packs, i.e. many hundreds of super-high-end images, so I thought I’d pick my top 20, in case you too feel like a wallpaper/theme change for your PC/phone.

# Posted by Steve in Features || Comments 07:36, Mar 18th

# Posted by Steve in Features || Comments 10:20, Mar 16th

Phone bio-health options just took a slight left turn

# Posted by Steve in Features || Comments 15:33, Mar 14th

Adding Qi charging to a smartphone

The first smartphone that featured Qi charging out of the box was the Nokia Lumia 920, back in 2012, and ever since wireless charging has been a staple that most of us have required before considering a phone purchase. Making it ironic that the flagships that now support it have dropped other ‘staples’, including 3.5mm audio and microSD expansion, while lower end and mid-rangers have the latter but not Qi. But wait, there’s an easy way to add Qi to any smartphone and I thought a reminder was in order.

# Posted by Steve in Features || Comments 11:47, Mar 7th

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News, reviews, information and apps for Windows Phone.

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AAWP Insight 258: Dragged back by the Duo

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Recent Galleries

A year ago, I reviewed the NexDock 2, providing a full Type C Continuum lapdock experience for Windows 10 Mobile flagships and, importantly, any other smartphone with desktop support in its OS. So Samsung DeX on the top end Galaxy phones, Huawei’s Easy Projection’ and even LG with a more primitive offering. The NexDock 2 was impressive but flawed, but the NexDock Touch fixes all complaints and is The. Most. Impressive. Lapdock I’ve seen so far. Full review coming very soon, but here are my first thoughts and image gallery.

# Posted by in Gallery || Comments 12:20, Nov 21st

It’s here. Somewhat belatedly, and with the Windows 10 Mobile/Continuum platform itself running out of life support. But the NexDock 2 has finally arrived, and of course it’s future-compatible with Samsung Dex on Android, plus many other similar USB Type C-based systems, so it’s an accessory that’s applicable right across the board. I’ll be reviewing it fully over the next few weeks, in conjunction with my Lumia 950 XL and Samsung Galaxy S9+, but let’s start with a hands-on and unboxing gallery.

# Posted by in Gallery || Comments 16:47, Dec 30th

No, this isn’t a phone. It’s not even a ‘communicator’ in the purest sense, since the LTE version hasn’t appeared yet. But the Surface Go is a half way house between a smartphone and a full-on laptop or even a ‘Pro’ hybrid. Paired with a phone (to provide mobile bandwidth), the Surface Go is quite a lot of computing power and familiar interface in a surprisingly small and light package, offering something different from traditional Macbooks, laptops, even Chromebooks now, and letting you bring the power of a traditional Windows PC everywhere you go.

# Posted by in Gallery || Comments 07:36, Nov 5th

Recent Podcasts

AAWP Insight 258: Dragged back by the Duo

In what is seemingly an annual podcast now(!), I chat to AAWP regular Mark Swidler about the new Microsoft Surface Duo, plus we report on his Lumia 950 woes and possible search for a replacement. Why should you abandon Windows 10 Mobile in 2020, and why should you think about sticking it out a little longer? Surprisingly, the humble phone microphone set plays a big part here. See what you think in this hour+ show!

# Posted by in Media || Comments 05:52, Aug 17th

AAWP Insight 257: 2019 special!

OK, it’s been a while. Rafe is so busy these days, I thought I’d do a special podcast (maybe one of several) with guests. Starting with Mark and Lee Swidler, who have been helping me with my Lumia 950/Nokia 9 comparisons. In Phones Show Chat 491, they went into detail on the new Nokia, but here they focus more on the ‘950’, which has been serving them both well for three years. But for how much longer, for both the hardware and the OS? I investigate, in audio form!

# Posted by in Media || Comments 15:36, Mar 26th

AAWP Insight 256: Two to the Power of Eight

With Rafe Blandford still buried in work, I enlisted Steve Heinrich to fill in on the AAWP Insight podcast, in a whistle stop tour of recent stories and with a few rants and opinions along the way. See the show notes below!

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# Posted by in Media || Comments 14:43, Aug 8th

AAWP Insight #255: Go, go, go!

# Posted by in Media || Comments 17:08, Jul 12th

AAWP Insight #254: UWP apps incoming

# Posted by in Media || Comments 08:49, Jun 14th

AAWP Insight #253: A thousand cuts indeed

# Posted by in Media || Comments 18:26, Jun 6th

AAWP Insight #252: PWAs and Platforms

# Posted by in Media || Comments 06:08, May 18th

AAWP Insight #251: Where next? Android or iOS?

It’s a fair cop, it’s been a few weeks since the last one, but Rafe and I finally got together for another podcast, almost an hour long, chatting about some new UWP applications and some breaking news, but mostly debating what platform and what devices Windows phone enthusiasts might like to consider ‘next’ when the time comes.

# Posted by in Media || Comments 08:08, May 1st

AAWP Insight #250: Looking both forwards and backwards

# Posted by in Media || Comments 09:13, Apr 6th

AAWP Insight #249: Usability Matters

With guest Matt Lacey sitting in for Rafe Blandford this week, we chat about his new book ‘Usability Matters’, about the Windows 10 ‘app gap’, about Podcast Lounge 2, and about the devices he and I have been using.

# Posted by in Media || Comments 17:03, Mar 21st

AAWP Insight #248: Windows 10 Mobile vs Android

In this week’s podcast, Rafe Blandford and I chat about the pros and cons of Windows 10 Mobile versus jumping to (e.g.) Android, helped by the appearance of the new Galaxy S9. Fear not though, as there’s plenty of monthly update chat plus app reviews, and more.

# Posted by in Media || Comments 14:23, Mar 16th

AAWP Insight #247: UWP directory and MWC 2018

In another extra length podcast, Rafe Blandford updates us with his overview of MWC 2018 and this year’s mobile trends, plus we chat UWP applications, classic Lumias, OS security, and more.

# Posted by in Media || Comments 08:48, Mar 8th

AAWP Insight #246: Pretending to be a Lumia 950, and 8.1 vs W10M

With Rafe prowling the halls at MWC, I recruited Steve Heinrich to be my guest as we chat about some of this week’s stories on AAWP, along with a tangent or two along the way, including the interfaces of Windows Phone 8.1 vs Windows 10 Mobile.

# Posted by in Media || Comments 15:38, Feb 28th

AAWP Insight #245: Hello gets more reliable

In this week’s podcast, Rafe Blandford and I chew over the last 10 days worth of stories and news, covering Windows Hello, PDF reading, PWAs (again) and Operation Elop (oh boy). See the show notes below!

# Posted by in Media || Comments 21:50, Feb 20th

AAWP Insight #244: Expected app lifetimes, Wileyfox woes

Guest podcaster Matt Lacey comes in to chat about some of the stories of the last week or so. We cover Wileyfox’s slip into administration, expected application lifetimes and compatibility, Microsoft’s upcoming developer events, and whether there’s any point in being on Insider rings for Windows 10 Mobile anymore.

# Posted by in Media || Comments 12:17, Feb 9th

AAWP Insight #243: Don’t Panic!

In an extra length catch-up AAWP podcast(!), Rafe Blandford and I mull over all the news from the world of Windows 10 Mobile, trying to reassure listeners that the sky isn’t falling in. Well, not today anyway, though we do set some timelines up.

# Posted by in Media || Comments 22:52, Jan 29th

AAWP Insight #242: Surface Mobile and the WC crossover

With Rafe still catching up after CES 2018, I snatched the opportunity to catch up with a fellow Windows-covering Brit, Zac Bowden, from Windows Central, chatting to him about his smartphone journey, about Surface Mobile, about hyper convergence and the state of Windows 10 Mobile.

# Posted by in Media || Comments 08:32, Jan 24th

AAWP Insight #241: The Pro verdict and double hinges

In a special 45 minute podcast before CES 2018, Rafe Blandford and I get together over New Year’s celebratory drinks to chat about my final Wileyfox Pro verdict, about double-hinges and phablets past and future, and about Cortana’s new ‘tin ear’ for music(!)

# Posted by in Media || Comments 02:28, Jan 5th

AAWP Insight #240: Wileyfox Pro, Security, Surface Mobile

Rafe’s back in time to wish you all a Happy Christmas and to chat about the mobile world from all angles, including the new Wileyfox Pro and why some businesses might opt to chase security and Windows after all, plus we talk Windows 10 on ARM and Surface Mobile.

# Posted by in Media || Comments 10:50, Dec 21st

AAWP Insight 239: Patents, Refreshing and Optimising, Wileyfox Pro

# Posted by in Media || Comments 07:51, Dec 16th

AAWP Insight #238: Top apps, Microsoft on iOS and Android

Rafe and I chat about my top 12 third party UWP applications, plus we finally get to the thorny subject of Microsoft apps and services on iOS and Android. How well do they work, what are the limitations, and which is the best platform (and which device) to have a look at if you’ve got itchy feet in the Windows world?

# Posted by in Media || Comments 22:49, Nov 28th

AAWP Insight #237: New Windows phones are an Indiegogo

# Posted by in Media || Comments 07:40, Nov 23rd

AAWP Insight #236: ‘Surface Pro Mini’ and Mixed Reality

Rafe’s busy this week, so in this special bonus podcast, I chat to MSCE Siavash Ghahremany about his device history (mainly Nokia and Microsoft), his current use of Windows 10 Mobile and his thoughts on what might happen in 2018 in terms of hardware and strategy.

# Posted by in Media || Comments 07:11, Nov 15th

AAWP Insight #235: Of iPhones and Ideas

In an extra length podcast, Rafe Blandford and I chat about the iPhone X, Huawei’s PC mode, and comparisons to Windows 10 Mobile solutions. We also talk about the future of the platform and the difficulty of getting hardware repaired. It’s not all doom and gloom but hey, we’re at least realistic.

# Posted by in Media || Comments 09:04, Nov 9th

AAWP Insight #234: The Bricked Off Tunnel

In this week’s podcast, guest Anthony Fear chats about Windows 10 Mobile, iOS and Android in enterprises, we find a new ‘Windows on phones is dead’ metaphor, we chat about support until 2019, and what might have been if Microsoft had tried harder with the Lumia hardware. Plus more chat about sites versus apps.

# Posted by in Media || Comments 12:31, Oct 27th

AAWP Insight #233: View from the developer dungeon

With Rafe getting a week off, freelance developer Matt Lacey and I chew through some of the stories from the site in the last week, plus we hear the developer view on UWP applications, Joe B’s tweets and an easier way of getting started with Windows projects.

# Posted by in Media || Comments 06:35, Oct 18th

AAWP Insight #232: Windows 10 Mobile dead? Not so fast!

Rafe Blandford is back, by popular demand, with his take on recent tech tabloid stories regarding the ‘death of Windows 10 Mobile’. Covering some of the last week’s stories in passing, we muse on the current state of the OS and on the future of mobile, in a wider ranging than planned discussion(!)

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# Posted by in Media || Comments 09:01, Oct 12th

AAWP Insight #231: New branch, new support deadline!

In this episode, guest Steve Heinrich joins me again to chat about the week’s stories, including six more months added to the 2019 support deadline for Windows 10 Mobile, plus we debate the age old question: Lumia 950 or 950 XL?

# Posted by in Media || Comments 09:23, Sep 19th

AAWP Insight #230: Highlighting Windows 10 Mobile

In an extra length AAWP podcast, Rafe Blandford and I discuss «Why Windows 10 Mobile?» in a phone world that’s increasingly being dominated by other mobile platforms, plus we give shout outs to Alcatel IDOL 4 Pro cases and some new UWP applications for Windows 10.

# Posted by in Media || Comments 07:10, Sep 12th

AAWP Insight #229: Wake up, Alcatel USA!

Anthony Fear and I chat about a few differences between the Windows 10 Mobile-powered IDOL 4S (in the USA) and IDOL 4 Pro (in the rest of the world), along with thoughts on the new Wileyfox Pro.

# Posted by in Media || Comments 11:46, Sep 1st

AAWP Insight #228: IDOL 4 Pro report from the road

# Posted by in Media || Comments 07:51, Aug 25th

AAWP Insight #227: IDOLs for all

Guest Steve Heinrich, from the USA, joins me this week on the podcast to chat about the IDOL 4 Pro and other stories and features from the last week on AAWP. Rafe Blandford will be back next week as usual.

# Posted by in Media || Comments 08:52, Aug 17th

AAWP Insight #226: Emoji 5.0

Rafe Blandford joins me again for a look back at the week’s stories, from updates still appearing for various Windows 10 Mobile branches, including up to date Emojis (no, really), to a look at some new UWP apps. Plus we look back at the megapixel race and think about where camera phones have ended up.

# Posted by in Media || Comments 06:33, Aug 11th

AAWP Insight #225: Updates still coming

Rafe Blandford joins me again for a look back at the week’s stories, from updates still appearing for various Windows 10 Mobile branches, to Word Flow, from new UWP applications to swish new features in the AAWP Universal application.

# Posted by in Media || Comments 05:46, Aug 4th

AAWP Insight #224: Itching for that premium feel

In an extra-length podcast, Rafe Blandford and I chat about the imminent IDOL 4 Pro, the discounted Elite x3, the future of Windows 10 Mobile, and that Surface Mobile ‘leak’. Again.

# Posted by in Media || Comments 12:05, Jul 27th

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All About Windows Phone

News, reviews, information and apps for Windows Phone.

Status report for April 2021: services and apps on Windows 10 Mobile

2021 Smartphone photo storage thoughts

A 2021 ‘PureView’ battle: 808/1020/Pixel/iPhone

Case? Who needs cases?

Camera head to head: Lumia 950 XL vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

Recent Editorial Content

Smartphone wired audio/DACs. (2021 update)

Despite Apple’s (and then Google’s) attempts to quosh the humble wired 3.5mm audio jack on modern smartphones (and copied by many others), plenty of smartphones are still sold with jacks and with DACs feeding whatever wired headphones you care to plug in. Potentially higher quality, and certainly no issues with drained batteries or lost AirPods (etc.) In this big 2021 update of an article from 24 months ago, I test a variety of existing smartphones and (especially) standalone DAC/dongles, the former where they have jacks and the latter where output is digital and needs converting. In other words, here’s how to make sure you can plug in your favourite wired ‘cans’ for years to come!

# Posted by Steve in Features || Comments 07:53, Apr 7th

LG Mobile officially shuts down, ends 15 years in smartphones

# Posted by Steve in News || Comments 10:31, Apr 5th

Review: Apple/Cubilux: a tale of two Type C DAC/dongles.

Yes, yes, it’s a confusing situation. I blame Apple, for taking away the 3.5mm headphone jack from their flagships (to boost sales of their new AirPods) and then I blame other companies for copying Apple. Happily, most phones under about £400 still come with jacks, but for anyone wanting an Android flagship for the last two years and who isn’t all-in on Bluetooth, some way of getting wired audio out of a Type C jack is worth researching. Online, you can get ‘adapters’ from £1 to £100, which means that you might like some guidance from AAWP. Here, I test two candidates and am blown away by one in particular!

# Posted by Steve in Reviews || Comments 17:21, Apr 1st

Status report for April 2021: services and apps on Windows 10 Mobile

# Posted by Steve in Features || Comments 16:53, Mar 31st

Netflix and Windows Phone/Windows 10 Mobile. lives again!

# Posted by Steve in News || Comments 14:46, Mar 30th

Camera head to head: Lumia 950 XL vs Xiaomi Mi 11 5G

# Posted by Steve in Features || Comments 06:41, Mar 29th

Head to head: Lumia 950 XL vs Xiaomi Mi 11 5G

Another year, another Xiaomi flagship, good value for money compared to the Samsungs and OnePlus of this world. Except that there are several variants, two of which have yet to be announced (next week should see the ‘Pro’ and ‘Ultimate’). Regardless, I have the standard Xiaomi Mi 11 5G in hand and here I do a head-to-head against my standard benchmark device (for AAWP), the Lumia 950 XL. Imaging is next, don’t worry.

# Posted by Steve in Features || Comments 07:29, Mar 26th

Just how practical is solar power for keeping your smartphone going?

It’s an idea that I’ve toyed with over the years, and prompted by a recent submission for review of a solar-powered smartphone power bank (link below, it had a design flaw!) Now, I’m in the UK and the sun isn’t exactly a reliable resource, but hey, picking a sunny day or two in early Spring here, I applied some science to the solar idea. Using my trusty Choetech 19W tri-fold panel, I’ve been taking measurements and doing some maths.

# Posted by Steve in Features || Comments 07:28, Mar 24th

2021 Smartphone photo storage thoughts

With Google stepping back from their original vision for Google Photos, year on year, changes are afoot in the phone photo storage world. So I thought a round up of your options in 2021 would be worthwhile. This being cross-posted to AAWP, it’s highly appropriate to suggest that Microsoft’s OneDrive, as used originally back in Symbian (as ‘SkyDrive’) and then Windows Phone days, is still perhaps the premium repository for all your photos and videos. But there are alternatives galore.

# Posted by Steve in Features || Comments 07:20, Mar 22nd

My Top 20 free Microsoft Windows 10 wallpaper/theme packs

Almost exactly a year ago, I was struck by the quality and beauty of one of Microsoft’s official Windows 10 Wallpaper/Theme packs for Windows 10. Each with stunning colours and composition, and each with 15 (or so) wallpapers for your PC/hybrid to cycle through and generally take theme and colour cues from. So I wrote a guide for adapting these for Windows 10 Mobile, e.g. on a Lumia. Since then we’ve had dozens of similar packs, i.e. many hundreds of super-high-end images, so I thought I’d pick my top 20, in case you too feel like a wallpaper/theme change for your PC/phone.

# Posted by Steve in Features || Comments 07:36, Mar 18th

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