With the next line of Windows Phone 8 handset announced, we’d like to take a look for you at the three main contenders and their flagship Windows Phone offerings to see how they stack up side-by-side.
*Picture from a WMPowerUser article.
While the HTC 8X weighs less and has the highest resolution screen it also has the smallest screen at 4.3 inches, Beats Audio sounds system and only 16GB memory storage. The Samsung Ativ S features the largest screen, a single color option, and the largest battery. The Nokia Lumia 920 weighs the most at 185g, offers a slightly better 8.7 megapixel camera (with the much touted Pureview technology) and offers wireless Q Standard charging. They all feature LTE and HSDPA connectivity, Near Field Communication (NFC) and a dual-core qualcomm 1.5Ghz processor.
Each offers something different for everyone, which one appeals to you and why?
HTC introduced the latest addition to the Windows Phone 8 lineup in New York City on September 19th 2012 in their press announcement.
Impressive colors, but do the insides match the surface?
HTC CEO Peter Chou started off the conference to the sounds of booming music and a nod to Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. After a brief introduction by Microsoft’s own CEO Steve Ballmer, the floor was yielded back to Chou. He was sure to mention the over 15 years of partnership between HTC and Microsoft, stating “HTC and Microsoft have an opportunity to go bigger and better than ever.”
Microsoft’s annual Dream. Build. Play. contest has announced its 2012 winners. Dream. Build. Play. allows indie developers to create and submit a game for either the Xbox or Windows Phone indie market. The winners are given the opportunity to have their game published on the respective marketplace.
In the Windows Phone division, the grand prize went to Smirkers by Kenneth Bugeja. First runner-up was Pixel Blocked! by Daniel Truong. Second was Alter Ego by Denis Grachev, and third went to Cradle to the Grave by COLTRAN Studios.
In the Xbox category, the grand prize winner was One Finger Death Punch by Silver Dollar Games. First runner-up went to Dead Pixels by CantStrafeRight. Second runner-up was given to Ninja Crash by Team Devil, and third went to Gateways by Smudged Cat Games.
Today, Nokia’s Kevin Shields demonstrated a feature called Smart Shoot, that will definitely help get rid of those photo bombers that may be infiltrating your attempts of capturing your most precious moments.
When you take a picture using Smart Shoot, the software actually takes several pictures so that it could determine what things in the view are moving. It then presents you with a screen outlining the moving elements. With a touch of an outlined figure the user can remove that element from the image.
This can prove useful when taking a picture in a busy area, where there may be many people walking around in the background. It also can be used to remove an unwanted subject that rushes into the photo in the last second.
Nokia’s own Stephen Elop hit the stage this morning, and after a brief introduction he gave the floor to Jo Harlow, who had the privilege of showing off the Lumia 920 for the first time to the world. We also had a visit from Joe Belfriore who got on stage and covered two things. First, a recap and demo of what was talked about in June. Second, he sneaked in some new stuff while showing more innovation – mostly about the camera. Of course he also teased that more features will be shown off on a later date. Next up was Kevin Shields, who showed off some more features, including the NFC (Near Field Communication) functions. These involved wirelessly sending music to speakers and wireless headphones. He also touched on the wireless charging, being able to still use your phone while wearing gloves, and ultimately the PureView camera. Read the rest of this entry »
Today, at the Nokia-Microsoft Press Conference, Jo Harlow us to Nokia’s newest addition to its PureView technology.
Up until now, image stabilization in mobile phones was hit or miss. Mostly miss.
Due to the tiny size of the lenses used in mobile phone cameras, it was difficult for manufacturers to create a system that stabilized the lens enough to offset hand movements. Nokia solves this problem by stabilizing the whole camera inside the phone.
This helps tremendously when taking video. This effect is like having a dolly for your phone. If you read our previous story about Nokia’s teaser videos, then you have seen the technology in action.
Where we might see the most excitement is how it changes night photography. The problem with taking photos at night is obvious – there is a lack of light. The flash on a camera can help, but often results in a glare, reflection or other simply does not provide enough light. One way to get more light into the camera’s sensor is to leave the camera’s shutter open a few tenths of a second longer. But unless you’re using a tripod, this may result in a blurry photo because your hand will likely move slightly. Nokia’s Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) solves this problem. The Lumia 920 will leave the shutter open 5 to 10 times longer when shooting at night to let in a lot of light, but the OIS system will compensate for hand movements, giving you a steady final picture with more natural lighting. The camera also has a large aperture (f2.0), giving it the ability to let more light in.
You don’t’ have to take our word for it. Fortunately Nokia just released a video where you can see for yourself.
Nokia is holding an event tomorrow showing off their brand new line of Lumia devices.
The first video they teased was one with a lady riding a bike. The video is presumably shot on a Nokia 920 phone, and the quality is fantastic for a phone. This lends some credit to the fact that the Lumia 920 will most likely be using the PureView technology on their optics. The end of the video shows the tagline, Things are about to change. Click the break to see the rest of the teasers!
PlayXBLA released a list of 13 upcoming titles for the Windows 8 platform as well as 15 others to be expected in the future. Most of the games are expected to be released October 26, as others will be released throughout the holiday season and beyond. The upcoming titles include Gunstringer, Hydro Thunder Hurricane, Pinball FX 2, Toy Soldiers and Wordament.
Shoot 1UP, by Mommys Best, was introduced as a game that could challenge the limits of the Windows Phone platform two years ago and just recently made its debut on the marketplace. The game has been on the Xbox Live Indie Game Channel since 2010 for 80 Microsoft Points ($1).
You can purchase Shoot 1UP for the phone for $2.99 here or by scanning the tag below.