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Nokia Lumia 1520 Review

Nokia Lumia 1520 Review

You're to blame for the vast Nokia Lumia 1520. "Make a phablet" we kept asking Nokia, "give us a big Windows Phone to compete with the Galaxy Note." That Nokia - and Microsoft - went off to the drawing board and returned with a hand-dominating 6-inch monster is a juicy sort of irony, then: this is a Lumia that not only comes in larger than just about every other smartphone on the market, it could be considered a small tablet in its own right. Problem is, there's a difference between a big phone and a great one, so has Nokia done more than enlarge Lumia? Read on for our full review.

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Instagram for Windows Phone lands today (but it’s half-baked)

Instagram for Windows Phone lands today (but it’s half-baked)

Instagram for Windows Phone arrives today, landing in the Windows Phone Store complete with Live Tile support. However, the much-anticipated app is lacking a few features compared to its iOS and Android cousins, most notably that video support isn't present at release. Whereas the existing apps for other platforms allow short video clips to be recorded and shared, Windows Phone users will need to wait for a future update to get that functionality.

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Nokia Music relaunches as Nokia MixRadio

Nokia Music relaunches as Nokia MixRadio

Nokia has relaunched its streaming music service as Nokia MixRadio, dropping the Nokia Music name and updating the Windows Phone app in the process. The reworked software, available only for Nokia's own Lumia Windows Phones, pushes the dynamic Mix playlists to the fore, which offer subscription-free themed tracklistings that can be streamed live over a data connection or cached for offline playback.

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Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 and Zik hit Windows 8 and Windows Phone soon

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 and Zik hit Windows 8 and Windows Phone soon

This week the folks at Parrot have announced that they're working with Microsoft closely to release not only apps and connections between Windows Phone and their Parrot.AR Drone 2.0 and Zik, but Windows 8 as well. This means that you'll be able to work closely with the Zik headphones and pilot this beastly drone from your Windows 8 desktop or tablet as well as Windows Phone 8 devices in the very near future.

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Nokia Lumia 1520 first-impressions – Windows Phone goes big

Nokia Lumia 1520 first-impressions – Windows Phone goes big

You asked for a big Windows Phone, and Nokia is delivering just that with the Lumia 1520. Headed to AT&T imminently, the 6-inch phablet not only bears the biggest screen on a recent Nokia, but the fastest processor ever inside a Windows Phone, the highest display resolution, and what's arguably the most rational compromise of camera quality in the company's well-esteemed PureView system. With review units only released late last week, we're still getting to grips with the Lumia 1520's charms, but there's still time for some first-impressions of how this new flagship measures up.

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Nokia Black software update bringing Bluetooth LE to full Lumia line

Nokia Black software update bringing Bluetooth LE to full Lumia line

Supposing your Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 device works with Bluetooth 4.0 already - that’s hardware, after all - the Nokia Black software update will be bringing you full Low Energy abilities soon. The software update known as Nokia Black comes some weeks after Nokia Amber, an update which brought advanced photography abilities to the top end of the Nokia range amongst other new features. This Nokia Black update will be appearing sooner than later.

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Smartphone spec war wanes as IDC shows average pricing fall

Smartphone spec war wanes as IDC shows average pricing fall

This week the folks at IDC have released their quarterly tracking numbers for shipments of smartphones as listed by operating system. Alongside these numbers, IDC shows an smartphone average selling price (ASP) chart which shows a relatively clear trend: downward. Though many publishers today have chosen to follow the "Phablet" headline opportunity in this most recent report, this pricing trend is set to have one whole heck of a lot bigger an impact on the market in coming years.

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Nokia Lumia 925 revealed with 1080p Verizon aim

Nokia Lumia 925 revealed with 1080p Verizon aim

There's a 5-inch Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 smartphone out in the wild, one that goes by the name of Lumia 929 with Verizon's logo up front. The Nokia Lumia 929 will be bringing on the Windows Phone 8.1 heat this upcoming season with a 5-inch AMOLED display at 1080 x 1920 pixels. Inside you'll also find a top-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked in at 2.2GHz.

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Nokia Lumia volumes trend upward as IDC weighs in

Nokia Lumia volumes trend upward as IDC weighs in

Today we've seen Nokia's financial Q3 results for 2013 and - though overall numbers leave something to be desired - it would appear that their "smart" phones strategy with Lumia and Asha is working. We've had a peek at Nokia's results and cross-referenced with the IDC's most recent numbers. We had a chat with the IDC's Research Manager for Mobile Phones Ramon T. Llamas on the subject as well, and have come to the conclusion that Nokia may very well be on the right track.

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