An upcoming Windows Phone meetup is on the horizon, which will take place in St. Louis. According to Rob who organises the events, this will be the last one for the foreseeable future year. But a few tricks are up his sleeve to drive interest to the set location. The plan is to give away a Lumia 900 and Lumia 710 to attendees, which will surely be superb stocking fillers for the upcoming festive holiday.
(Editor's Note:Our Windows Phone Central app developer, Jay Bennett, weighs in on the Lumia 920, the HTC 8X and his experience with both. PS It's his birthday today, so take it easy on him!)
With the release of Windows Phone 8 there is something of a rivalry forming between the HTC 8X, the ‘Signature Windows Phone’, and the Nokia Lumia 920, arguably the flagship Windows Phone in terms of hardware & features.
Whilst many consumers have already made their decision we know that some will still be mulling over the options, or perhaps contemplating one due to unavailability of the other.
It is to those people that I direct this article, we are not interested in fuelling the culture of blindly supporting one device (or even manufacturer) over the other, which honestly I would like to see stop. The simple fact is there are two awesome top end devices available right now and you have the luxury of choice, you lucky consumer you.
We've had a Best Buy advertisement sent in showing off the Lumia 920 on Rogers with an extra saving of $100 for the duration of Black Friday. Should you be looking to pick up a Lumia 920 on Rogers, you can now own one for free (when taken out with an eligible contract) after established savings have been applied to the purchase.
Nokia has published a video on its YouTube channel. It's an interview with Marko Ahtisaari, Head of the Nokia Design Team, who talks about the Lumia 920. Revealing how the team pays close attention to minute details (hardware buttons, glass, etc.), he goes into explaining how the team wanted to ensure the build quality of the Windows Phone is at such a level so when consumers take the device out the pocket while outside, they're not concerned about its protection and cover it in bulky cases.
HTC has revealed a number of Black Friday deals on its HTC 8X Windows Phone across supporting US carriers. The HTC 8X has gone on sale at top networks in the states with both T-Mobile and AT&T pushing the device. The deals listed by HTC show dates and locations that are offering said offers.
Ever since Windows Phone 8 came out people have rightly wanted Skype. And so they got it, albeit a preview edition which in our vernacular reads ‘beta’ and beta it is.
Previously we’ve passed on a few tips for people who have had battery issues and we can absolutely confirm one of them now: Skype. No, it doesn’t occur often in fact this was our first time with the problem ever since Skype hit the Store a few weeks ago.
The issue started when we were updating some contact info and then we force synced our Microsoft Account under Settings (hold down the account, hit Sync). Only problem was, it wouldn’t stop ...ever.
Sonic CD is quite a unique entry in the Sonic the hedgehog series. It’s got everything players loved about the Sega Genesis Sonic games, such as fast movement, deep backgrounds, great music, and plenty of personality. But it also adds new time travelling mechanics to learn, a strong focus on exploration and side goals, and another unique set of Bonus Stages. Check out our review for an in-depth discussion of these features.
Getting all of the Achievements could be hard for players new to the game, but we’re here to help! Head past the break for our Achievement Guide, complete with maps that actually label important locations. You’ll have the full 200 GamerScore in no time!
Microsoft has released an official SharePoint app for Windows Phone, enabling users to stay connected with colleagues using service backend functionality and features. Newsfeeds from SharePoint sites are displayed, which can be added to, with the ability to follow people, access documents, tags and more.
It being a holiday and all, we're sure many of you are looking for good Windows Phones deals when you're not stuffing your face with turkey. Luckily we have a nice one for you, an offer even we're considering. Wirefly has the Nokia Lumia 822, exclusive to Verizon and in three colors (white, grey and black) for just $0.99 on contract.
The HTC 8S, though widely praised as exceptionally designed, has been MIA ever since the Windows Phone 8 launch a few weeks back. Rumor that we heard was HTC was finishing up a few last details to the software and may even had some early issues to fix before release. Regardless, it was just a matter of time before that mid-range device sees the light of day.
UK mobile phone retailer Unlocked Mobiles has the Lumia 820 in stock, and is claiming to be the first in the UK to do so. The Windows Phone is unlocked and is capable of achieving 4G speeds with a compatible SIM card inserted. Should you wish to pick one up, the device will set you back by £394.98 ($630).
The other day we reported on the super secret deadmau5 show occurring at the end of the month (Wednesday 28th November) in conjunction with Nokia. Much like the last show, which was to quote some of our California friends 'hella cool', the new deadmau5 concert is meant to celebrate the launch of Nokia's new Lumia lineup.
Why the UK consistently gets these awesome shows and not the US (or elsewhere) we'll never know...
Nokia has published a post on its official Conversations blog detailing an update for its Transport (Transit in North America) app on Windows Phone 8, as well as new beta for Windows Phone 7.x. We covered the release of Nokia Transport 3 for the latest version of Microsoft's mobile platform earlier this month, but it's good to see Nokia pushing forward with further advances for consumers with older hardware.
Sonos the popular multi room entertainment system is a great bit of kit but the company has yet to release a official app for Windows Phone. Phonos seeks to fill that gap and allows you to control all the players and music services throughout your home. We previously covered the app and did an interview with the developer a while back if want to read our views on the unofficial solution.
An update to the app to take it version 4 has hit the Windows Phone Store today and brings with it a number of improvements.
While Nokia has been busy turning heads with the Lumia 920, HTC has quietly produced a decent Windows Phone in the 8X. The Lumia 920 touts an 8.7MP camera with optical stabilization and Pureview technology. And while the 8X's camera may sound meager in comparison, it's not a bad performer in it's own right. If the camera is a factor in choosing the 8X, I think most will be pleased with the results.
We touched on the camera slightly in the 8X's main review and now we'll take a closer look at things with regards to still images.