For the past few weeks, Microsoft has been pushing new television advertisements that mock the iPad and praise the benefits of Windows 8and OEM's hardware. Now the boys in Redmond have launched a companion site for their ads.
The new site allows consumers to compare Apple's 64 GB iPad (4th generation) against the ASUS VivoTab Smart, Dell XPS 10, HP ENVY x2, and Microsoft Surface RT. Using the site's comparison chart you can than compare thinness, battery life, weight, display size, multitasking, pricing, and expandability.
The Lumia 925 is now available for pre-order over at UK retailer The Carphone Warehouse. Listed on multiple mobile operators, the Lumia 925 can be selected with numerous plans and options, allowing consumers to pick the best deal. The 4G-ready Windows Phone was unveiled by Nokia earlier this month in London and is an anticipated compliment to the Lumia 920.
Update: Our sources tell us that this photo is not accurate and that currently Nokia does not have any 'phablet' plans. Sorry folks!
File this under hopeful thinking, but a new photo of the alleged Nokia ‘Phablet’ (that is, a device small enough to be a phone, but big enough to be a small tablet) has supposedly been revealed. The photo comes from one Dahny el Perro, who attached the photo to a Tweet and which was later posted on the fan site NokiaPhones.fr.
In the photo, we see what looks to be a Lumia-like Cyan device in the background. With the photo zoomed in, it gets very blurry but you can clearly see three rows of Tiles, including the small, medium and double-wide ones we currently have. The difference is of course that added third row, which would be needed for 1080P display that this thing supposedly packs.
Expansys is offering an unlocked version of the Nokia Lumia 520 for just $199. It ships out within 4 days of order and for no cost to the US. Despite the lead picture above, it looks like Expansys only has the Lumia 520 in cyan, so don't get your hopes up.
Microsoft is making it cheaper and more convenient for consumers to personalise hardware. To join the deal that has been featured in Europe, Microsoft has unleashed a free Touch (including limited editions) and Type cover offer for consumers when Surface RT Windows 8 tablets are purchased. It's a limited time offer and has only just kicked off, but we're pleased to see such a bundle arise to help push more units.
UK mobile phone retailer Phones 4u is offering the Lumia 620 from Nokia for just £103.96 as a pre-paid upgrade. For those who are looking to kick off a new start with the Windows Phone, the device is also priced at £127.96 with a £10 top-up. That's not a bad price tag and the deal will last through this weekend.
We have a mixed bag of Windows Phone reader apps for this weeks Windows Phone Central App Roundup. We have one of the cornerstones in electronic reading, an audio book centerpiece, one that doubles down, and one that is more genre specific.
These apps not only come in handy for those who like books but also for those looking for something to pass the time with other than games. There's a healthy selection of readers in the Windows Phone Store and we tapped four that stood out by name, reputation and ratings.
If we've overlooked your favorite Windows Phone reader app, feel free to spill the beans below in the comments.
By Sam Sabri, Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 11:17 pm EDT
We know your favorite Windows Phone related podcast comes from us. Daniel and Jay are a dynamic duo that help keep you up to date on the latest things with Windows Phone and more. But we approach it more for the general consumer and don’t focus too much on development. For that we highly recommend the Windows Developer Show from brothers Ryan and Travis Lowdermilk. There’s a new app in the Store that you should check out to get their podcast.
Kevin Michaluk of CrackBerry, Phil Nickinson of Android Central, Daniel Rubino of Windows Phone Central, and Rene Ritchie of iMore come together to talk about… Talk Mobile 2013! What is it, how will it work, and just how awesome will it be? Find out!
Nokia is running an exciting contest in the US. Those who participate could win the golden prize and be flown to New York City for the world premiere of Man of Steel (June 10th), the new Superman movie. So what's the contest all about? Every two weeks, Nokia has been prompting fans and followers to submit photos based on certain themes. This time round it's "Heroes", based on Memorial Day and -- of course -- the Man of Steel movie.
By Sam Sabri, Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 5:49 pm EDT
Sometimes the most addicting games are the ones with simple gameplay that you can just pick up and play. HarshQuad is a new game on Windows Phone that could become highly addictive for quick, short gaming bursts.
Earlier this week we held a community contest to rename Itsdagram, the unofficial but fully featured Instagram app for Windows Phone 8. Microsoft had contacted the developer, Daniel Gary, about changing some of the likeness of the app to keep Instagram off their backs (and no, this does not mean an official app is around the corner).
In true underdog fashion, instead of just declaring the name we asked you folks what it should be called. After taking proposals, developer Daniel Gary and ourselves agreed on five candidates, of which one was selected in a late night user poll.
Drag Racing is a outstanding Windows Phone 8 game where you can race over fifty different cars down a 1/4 or 1/2 mile strip. You can race against the computer or other Drag Racing players (randomly chosen) in various racing modes.
The game was update the other day to version 188.8.131.52 and adds a Friends option to the race menu where you can go head to head against specific members.
While Windows Phone does have an official TripIt app (www.tripit.com), the popular travel organizer service yields some harsh reviews from users. Indeed, the app has always been “meh” in our opinion meaning when it worked, it was just an okay experience.
But we’re champions of the indie dev here at Windows Phone Central and My Trips has always filled the TripIt-gap on our platform. The app runs for $1.99 (with a free trial) but if you use TripIt and travel more than twice a year, then it’s a no-brainer to purchase.
If you're after a credit card reader for Windows Phone, you'll already be aware that Square currently does not support the platform. There are no plans for the company to begin to do so in the near future either. But fear not as Innerface has come to the rescue. The Innerfence Credit Card Reader works exactly as expected. Simply plug it into the headphone jack and get swiping.