Windows Phone is primed for a serious update, but can it make headway into the mid-range market? With Android holding sway in the “lesser-than” category, Microsoft aims to move into their territory via the Nokia Lumia 630. A decidedly mid-tier phone, it’s got some bite, but enough to stand up to those like the Moto G? We go hands-on to find out.
Nokia's giant Lumia 1320 phablet has arrived as a prepaid offering at Cricket Wireless in the United States, giving Windows Phone enthusiasts a giant (but no less colorful) handset option. The phone will arrive both online and on store shelves (Cricket store shelves, that is) this coming Friday.
Companies like Motorola and Microsoft want you to have smartphones, but don’t seem to want you to touch them. Motorola’s always-on listening mode gave us hands-free search, and a new report suggests Microsoft is trying to do something similar. Relying on gestures, a new handset may end up being the one you set down and never pick back up.
It would appear that the newest Windows Phone 8.1 update brings on a rather key element in the high-resolution photos department to the platform. Though we’ve not been able to push the update correctly yet (it would seem), sources like WPCentral have found an added setting in the newest build of Windows Phone 8.1 that adds automatic uploads of Best Quality photos to OneDrive.
The Nokia Lumia 520 can add another badge to its collection of accolades: it’s just blocked a bullet. This smartphone was resting in the back pocket of a off-duty Police Officer’s pants this week when he was fired upon by two robbers. Two shots, one bullet on-target for this man’s rear end.
In a sort of post-mortem before the date of death occurred, former CEO of Nokia Stephen Elop - now working with Microsoft - confirmed the death of the brand. Nokia will no longer be used as a smartphone brand, he made clear, suggesting that Microsoft had not yet chosen a new brand to represent the phones being made at this time.
It’s taken a while - two major generations and a couple of updates - but Windows Phone finally feels ready to take on Android and iOS with confidence. I’ve always had a soft-spot for the platform, and appreciated its minimalistic UI charms and quiet simplicity, even as I’ve been frustrated by its incomplete feature list and patchy third-party app support. Now, with Windows Phone 8.1, I feel like that quiet enthusiasm can spill over into actively recommending it Microsoft’s OS as a legitimate option.
With the Nokia Lumia 930, the company is bringing the device otherwise known as the Lumia Icon to the international market. Here the device won’t just be headed for Verizon, instead moving outward. Onstage at BUILD 2014, Stephen Elop made clear that the Icon would "continue to be [their] focus in the USA."
This week Stephen Elop himself stepped onstage at Microsoft’s BUILD 2014 conference to introduce the Nokia Lumia 630 and 635. The Nokia Lumia 635 is the 4G LTE-enabled version of the device, coming with Windows Phone 8.1, a 4.5-inch display, and what Elop described as "more operator support ... than any other Lumia device to-date."
At this year’s Microsoft BUILD conference we’re likely to see the following device appear for the first time. Taking on many of the newest specifications outlined at MWC 2014 for Windows Phone devices, the Nokia Lumia 630 arrives with a 4.5-inch display with WVGA resolution and a quad-core Snapdragon 400 under the hood. This device will also appear with a chassis that’s thinner than the Lumia 920 while sitting at a height that’s essentially equal to the older phone.