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Mobile News Presents Nokia’s 4G Windows Phone | Phone Reviews Special

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Nokia has been trying to regain its popular status in the mobile marketplace. The mobile phone maker was sticking so long with its Symbian operating system while Apple and Google started to steal the show with their iOS and Android operating system respectively.

Few years back Nokia was the most popular in mobile phones along with Motorola and BlackBerry. They seemed to be virtually indestructible and they got great phone reviews.

Now, recent devices of Nokia get good phone reviews saying they are good looking good and interesting with a new Microsoft supported OS. However, they are not yet popular in the marketplace and would have to compete with the new technologies from other smartphones.

Particularly, the Nokia Lumia 710 got good phone reviews. Nokia said that the Lumia 710 is the first 4G Windows phone in America. There are more models to be released soon including the Lumia 800 which is already available in some foreign markets. Also, the most anticipated 900 will be coming soon. With its move to change OS, it seems that Nokia is ready to take on the competition.

The Lumia 710 operates with Windows Phone 7.5 OS, also known as Mango. It is totally different from Nokia’s phone in the past. It has a 1.4 gigahertz processor which is comparable to the fast phones available in the market today that cost a lot more.

The Lumia has a slightly tacky back covering that allows it not to easily slip out of your hands. Overall, the device seems to be designed with simplicity in mind.
This phone is only cheap in its quality. It is only sold for around $50.

10 reasons why Nokia’s Windows Phone will succeed |Mobile News

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Mobile news… As Google and Apple lead the market share, we cannot deny the fact that Nokia and Microsoft are far behind with the two giant companies. The alliance of Nokia and Microsoft is a good start to make markings in smartphone history. After Nokia have been failing on the previous year producing smartphones that runs Symbian OS, now Nokia is back with the assistance of Microsoft and Intel for better and amazing smartphones ever.

Here are the 10 reason why Nokia and Microsoft will succeed in the mobile industry according to the mobile news this year or sooner.

1. Nokia’s smartphone models are appealing
The lumia series showed us a well designed smartphone that appealed the interest of smartphone users. Microsoft made a complete revision of its Windows Phone to temp customers to use Windows Phone supported devices such as Nokia and HTC’c Titan II. In CES 2012, people who attended the event were amazed to both Microsoft’s child, Nokia Lumia and HTC Titan. Nokia gives the best smartphone that are durable and worth the cost while Microsoft delivers a unique interface that differs to Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android.

2. Nokia will gain back customer’s loyalty
Many smartphone enthusiasts were impressed and amazed to Nokia’s first Windows Phone supported smartphone series, The Lumia series. After struggling from the previous year and disappointing customer from Symbian OS, Nokia has come back with Microsoft to give their newest features that are far way different from the old one. As Nokia entered the US smartphone industry with their all new smartphones, there is a high possibility that customers would choose Nokia rather than iPhone and other Android supported devices.

3. Microsoft will gain back customer’s trust
After Microsoft had disappointed smartphone users from its previous Windows Phone OS, Microsoft now is working to give the best interface on smartphone ever, the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. They promised to have unique and original designs to impress people and temp them to use Windows Phone supported devices. When Windows Phone will successfully invite people to use it and satisfied, then trust from customers will take place.

4. Windows Phone 7 will attract enterprise customers
We all know that Apple had done a great job in delivering great business application as business men tend to use Apple’s devices for business purposes such as reporting and etc. We also had witnessed Microsoft succeeded on the previous years from their Microsoft Office on desktops and laptops. Microsoft is now working on Microsoft Office application for smartphone to have more functions just like on desktops and laptops – then there will be a high possibility that business men will choose Windows Phone supported devices for a handy business purposes.

5. Customers will likely to choose Windows Phone
Google’s Android leads the market as shown on a survey that has gained more than 50% of the market share. But what if people will realize that using Windows Phone is more precise and all their devices are more updated and stable? This will alarm Google as Google now started to receive complains from being inconsistent to its Firmware – Google unleashed a newer firmware which was Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but is limited to smartphone devices. If smartphone users will get rid from Google’s inconsistency, then customers would probably choose Windows Phone.

6. The prices are reasonable
We all know that Nokia produces expensive devices and Nokia could not deny that fact – Nokia admitted that being expensive was one of the factors why their sales went down. After learning from the past, Nokia now is offering low-end smartphones that are affordable for smartphone enthusiasts who wants to use Nokia. Nokia Lumia 710 was the cheapest Windows Phone in the Lumia series. This kind of strategy would allow people to by Nokia phones that are enough to their budget. When cheaper Windows Phone supported smartphone are available then it would catch the interest of the consumer like what Google’s Android powered devices did – they have low and high cost smartphones.

7. The marketing will start
T-Mobile introduced its own version of Lumia 710 in US last week then Lumia 900 was introduced in CES 2012. The introduction of Lumia series was a successful entry and if Nokia and Microsoft continue to do great jobs, then there is a possibility that they will beat those who are on the top and rule the smartphone markete.

8. A winning entry device
Nokia Lumia 710 is now available in the market and the entry of this low-end smartphone was successful. There were many good comments and most of the people were impressed – this would surely temp smartphone users to taste the high-end version of Lumia when they have bought the Lumia 710.

9. Nokia exposed great devices in CES 2012
Nokia exposed all great line ups of smartphones in CES 2012. People also witnessed the announcements of Lumia 900 done by Stephen Elop, Steve Ballmer, and Ralph Dela Vega with a missed call from Bill gates. Their entry to the smartphone industry would divert the interest of smartphone users.

10. Mobile news: Nokia gained majority attention in CES 2012
Apple was not able to participate the CES 2012, Google was there and other smartphone manufacturers. Even Apple wasn’t there, attendees tend to talk about Apple and compare devices from Apple’s devices. Other than that, Nokia and Microsoft successfully gained attention in CES 2012 as attendees were looking forward to Nokia, Microsoft and Intel’s announcements.

In mobile news summary, the association of Nokia and Microsoft had successfully built their new reputation in the smartphone industry as they both failed on the previous year. Nokia promises to make devices that are durable and originally well-designed both low and high cost smartphones as Microsoft continues to program Operating System for Mobile that are catchy, unique, preloaded with applications, full of features and originally designed interface. Overall, it was a great introduction from Nokia and Microsoft. (c) 2012

Mobile News: Windows Phone does a great job in CES 2012

Monday, January 30th, 2012

IN CES 2012, Microsoft announced its newest Windows Phone 7.5 for smartphones.

HTC Titan II and Nokia Lumia 900 were both nominated by CNET for the Best of CES award in the smartphone category. Both smartphones run Microsoft’s Windows Phone and supported with LTE 4G. The Nokia Lumia 900 took the prize.

Windows Phone failed on the previous years, and the recent CES showed Windows Phone rising with a new platform to make a difference in smartphone industry against Apple’s iOS.

Mobile press journalists and smartphone enthusiast appreciated the well designed, simple and unique interface of Windows phone but the hardware used on smartphone that runs the OS are quite not impressing. Software peculiarities like absence of landscape mode support, no multitasking, no copy and paste functions and a paddy supply of apps soured our taste for the new and the daring.

The new update of Windows Phone 7.5 Mango fixes bug issues such as the front-facing camera and pristine LTE 4G support. The Lumia 900 was the key player of Microsoft and Nokia from its entry on the US market to succeed this year and gain back what they have lost on the previous years. Nokia may possibly release 37 million Lumia 900 devices if the device will successfully hit the interest of the consumers.

On a CNET interview, Windows Phone senior product manager Greg Sullivan stated that, “2012 is going to be a big year for us,” they admit that before they will acquire success this year, it would require an extreme focus on how to play on the smartphone industry.

Microsoft will have to fix some issues such as reproducing language support, expanding and recuperating their cloud services and gradually stocking its app store with high-quality programs.

Having carrier partners will help Microsoft and Nokia to succeed as Lumia 900 was officially introduced by AT&T – not only the Lumia 900 but also some Windows Phone supported smartphones. HTC Titan II and Nokia Lumia 900 will be the candidates to endorse the LTE 4G of AT&T.

T-Mobile was also introducing Windows Phone device while Sprint and Verizon introduce only one Windows Phone smartphone.

Sullivan also admitted Microsoft’s weakness in CES while sharing his story about her sister who bought Android phone as part of a sales representative request, “We know there’s a lot we have to do in stores,”

A report announced last week that AT&T will earn commissions in selling Windows Phone supported smartphones, AT&T remains mute.

The entry of Microsoft on the smartphone industry was a job-well done. Though, they have to face more trials or obstacles to succeed, Microsoft will not hesitate to conquer the market as it has already learned from the past years. With its unique, simple and originally designed, Microsoft believes that they will make a difference this year. It is just the beginning and by then, they will mark the history of smartphone industry. (c) 2012

HTC Titan II |Phone Review

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Mobile news presents… HTC introduces Titan II that runs Windows phone 7.5 Mango with a 16 mega-pixel camera in CES 2012. Nokia released its first LTE 4G smartphone that runs Windows Phone Lumia 900, while HTC also made a smartphone that will also run Windows Phone with a 16 mega-pixelm Titan II.

Though the phone doesn’t have dual core processor, it is still equipped with preloaded applications for satisfying customer. The HTC Titan II will play with Nokia’s Lumia 900 in the market that both run Windows Phone with LTE 4G for faster data sharing.

The Titan II looks similar to its ancestor Titan. The new device has more lines and curves that makes the phone stylish and resembles to HTC Sensation – HTC’s smartphone that runs Google’s Android OS that marked the market last second quarter of 2011.
The device has a screen size of 4.7-inch – just the same size of Galaxy Nexus – and has a thicker dimension.
The device is also hard to use as it has a thicker dimension and bigger screen, you need to use your other hand to reach every corner of the phone – the same issue with Galaxy Note – if not, there is a high possibility of dropping the phone.
The device supports LTE 4G from AT&T and no Verizon yet as of now.
Regarding to its camera, there were many smartphone that has 12 mega-pixel camera built-in in CES but the Titan II’s 16 mega-pixel camera took the plot.
It has wide-angle lens, panorama mode and auto fix features. You can also press the Camera button even the phone is lock to initiate photo capturing.

Overall the phone was good, faster data sharing through LTE 4G, 16 mega-pixel camera for wider and detailed photos. Though the HTC Titan II is too big compared to a standard size smartphone, the phone is equipped with numerous features for customer’s satisfactory.

Microsoft did a good job on Windows Phone and maybe this is the start for Microsoft to sustain the competitive clash in smartphone industry.

Expect AT&T to release its own version of HTC’s Titan II that will offer an introduction price from $200 to $300 these coming months of this year. (c) 2012

Mobile news: Nokia Introduces Lumia 710 Running on Windows Phone

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Nokia was known in producing high quality, durable, and solid specs smartphones but their operating system Symbian brought them to failure.

Now, after Nokia had associated with Microsoft, Nokia introduces Lumia 710 that runs with Windows Phone operating system.

The Lumia 710 is younger than the 800 in the series. The phone is not tend to be premium nor cheap. It has a soft rubber in the back to give a good grip in using the phone and also its screen is made of shiny plastic. The Lumia could be compared to HTC’s Radar but the Radar is more expensive and its design is more tempting.

Just like all smartphones, the Lumia has its power button, volume rocker and 3 navigation buttons which are back, home and menu. The power button is not quiet responsive as it reddened with the bezel. The design doesn’t look advanced. It has a 3.7 inch screen with a WVGA display which uses the Nokia’s ClearBlack technology – which allows the display being visible in the presence of the sun light.

It runs with Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” operating system – the newest updated for Windows Phone 7. The Lumia 710 phone is tending to be operated by newbie smartphone users with bold colors, big clear font and straightforward menu system. Just like other operating system from Microsoft, the Windows Phone is simple but yet full of features – you can sync your Xbox Live account, listening music and watching videos through the Zune player and be able to access to the full version of Microsoft Office.

You can also initiate multitasking with third party application as well as the Internet Explorer 9 in Windows Phone 7.5 Mango – just press and hold the Back button for prompt switch on recent used applications. Your recent applications used are listed in a sequential order from the very recent going back.

Since Lumia is equipped with Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, then you can also stay attached with your friends through people hub that connects you to you Facebook, Tweeter, LinkedIn, outlook and Windows live messenger account. With the help of people hub, you don’t have to jump into other applications to interact with your friends. Because it is Windows Phone, you can group your contacts depending on your convenience.

The photo hub in Mango makes your social networking experience easy as it automatically detects the person on the picture and asks your approval to tag the name of that person. It works in Facebook and SkyDrive, but remember that the photo hub do not tag automatically.

When it comes to surfing, the Internet Explorer 9 is supported with HTML5 and equipped with graphic accelerator hardware. You can also use Bing Search for searching locations nearest to you or searching locations that you want to go like restaurants, mall, hotel and etc. It is also built with à la Shazam music recognition software.

The Lumia 710 is packed with preloaded applications like ESPN, Netflix, Slacker Radio and Weather channel. It is also equipped with firm navigation apps T-Mobile TV and Nokia Drive for your navigating purposes.

Regarding to its performance, the Lumia 710 has a single core 1.4 GHz Snapdragon processor – it is just the same with Lumia 800. The phone runs smoothly over all but sometimes it lags a bit on a certain applications like the ESPN and Weather Channel.

Lumia 710 uses T-Mobile’s 14.4-mbps HSPA+ network which is inferior to HSPA+ 21 network. It downloads 0.5 mbps and uploads 1.37 mbps as recorded in WP7 Speed test application.

There is a low coverage on T-Mobile in South Park nearby San Francisco, so it would be hard to call a friend as it needs more signal to perform a call.

About its camera, it has a 5 mega-pixel and it can capture video up to 720p resolution which differs on Lumia 800 that has 8 mega-pixels and features Carl Zeiss lens. The Lumia 710 gives a satisfying and average photo. The phone has only one camera and it has no front-facing camera.

However, the Nokia 710 is affordable and worth the cost. It contends the HTC Radar that runs the same operating system but more expansive. The Nokia 710 would be a great introduction that will strike the interest of smartphone newbie. (c) 2012

About Windows Phone 7.5 Mango |Mobile News

Friday, January 13th, 2012

We all know that Microsoft had been leading the market share before. We already heard of Apple and Google used Windows Mobile on full touch-screen smartphones which were ahead of the curve in stylus era. Microsoft was outcast in the market when smartphones begun to conquer the industry. It was surveyed that most of the population tend to buy smartphones than desktops.

And since Microsoft learned from the past, Microsoft entered the smartphone industry introducing its mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7. Its first version was released in the late 2010 then two updates were released by the following year. Windows Phone 7 was inspired by different concepts and the newest version “Mango” is faster and equipped with over 500 new features. Nokia now has a partner in terms of operating system.

The Interface
Apple has its homescreen full of applications while Google has its multiple homescreen which allows a user to add more applications.

Far way different from two giant interface maker, Windows Phone 7 has its own well-designed Metro User Interface which gives a live tiles on the homescreen and another screen will allow you to access to the list of apps and settings. Users can easily brooch any app or contact to begin as a live tile in the homescreen. Notifications from Facebook, Tweeter, Email, Missed calls and Received messages will be visible in the live tiles which are original and far way different from iOS and Google’s Android platforms.

Every Windows Phone 7 supported handset is built with three buttons below the display. These are Back, Home, and Search which are the standard buttons in all devices. You can also directly access to the homescreen while on a running program by pressing the Home button and then press Back button to get back in the application.

Like Adroid and iOS supported smartphones, Windows Phone 7 can also perform multitasking in which users are allowed to open 2 or more applications in a row. It has no exit buttons instead use the back button to proceed to the previous program or simply press home for homescreen. In Mango update, you can long press the Back button to access to 5 recent application used.

Social Media & Cloud
The Windows Phone 7.5 Mango is equipped with social networking apps like Facebook, Tweeter and also LinkedIn. Just like other Facebook on mobiles, you can check in, update status and check your notifications from the ME tile. These apps have their limitations like you cannot delete some post, you can’t reply to all and etc; you need to log on to the official mobile site to do some changes for your Facebook and Tweeter account. You need to go back to the ME tile for you to be updated on comments and other notifications. What makes this ME tile amazing is that it can manage to surf even in a lowest internet speed, 2g Edge.

As you log on to your Facebook and Tweeter account, the Windows Phone 7 will allow you to sync your social networking site’s contact with pictures and information.

Pictures Hub will allow you to scan albums of your friends or even your account in Facebook. Once you had accessed to the photo albums, pictures are immediately downloaded. You can see comments from your friends and reply to its thread using Picture Hub. This makes it suitable to those persons who upload lots of pictures.

What makes it interesting is that you will be entertained by your Live tile with continuous updates on your friends and etc. But for those who are not interested with Facebook or tweeter, user can also experience a photo slide show on its live tile.

The Windows Phone 7 is also equipped with SkyDrive which chucks 25GB of free storage. This will also allow you to access with your Hotmail or Live ID and stores photos and documents for your convenience.

Windows Phone 7 will automatically sync your Google and Live accounts and arranged it on separate tiles – that would give you an individual tile separating your contacts from different accounts. But it can also be integrated, just simply set the setting so you could have multi email accounts on a tile.

You can also switch to different email tabs to read unread messages. The Windows Phone 7 gives the best readability for emails which allows you to dig all your folders and it is equipped with many fonts.

You can also deal with multiple emails by clicking the small checklist button at the bottom – it will show you your checkbox next to email. Checkboxes may also be visible by clicking the left edge of the screen to any email.

Windows Phone 7 is also equipped with Microsoft Office, OneNote and Sharepoint. You can also review and open attachments using the Word or excel and it is smooth to use. In terms of syncing, you can sync your document to SkyDrive and download it back whenever you need it. The Microsoft Office in Windows Phone 7 is much better than on Android app and iOS.

Performance & Apps
Since the beginning of Windows Phone 7, Microsoft has been focusing on its performance in terms of menus, camera & cloud, office, email and etc to work smoothly that matches the speed of the handset. In every updates on other Smartphone OS, Microsoft makes sure in every update that it is working properly and efficient.

Regarding to third party apps, Windows Phone 7 is not quite attractive compared to iOS and Google’s Android OS in terms of Facebook and Tweeter – iOS and Google’s Android OS will automatically open a new browser when a link of a site is clicked when you are in your Facebook account. In Mango update, Tweeter was improved compared to the previous one but it has still bug issues.

About the Marketplace of Microsoft, it is not quite good compared to iOS app store and Androidmarket that give reasonable prices and some are free while Microsoft gives satisfactory apps on a higher cost.

However, we should consider that the platform has just begun and we have to wait for improvements on marketplace especially on applications.

Nokia Windows Phones & package
As iOS and Android have been taking the market place, Microsoft will soon enter the competition with its new partner Nokia. From WebOS and Meego, Microsoft revived itself with all new Windows Phone and this will be a new task for Microsoft. It would a key to produce smartphones with good apps in a low cost for Nokia carrying Windows Phone 7 to succeed. In 2012, Microsoft will unveil its Windows 8 which will support tablets and will be the start of Microsoft foot-step.