Posts Tagged ‘Nokia’
Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
Nokia has just unveiled their first device after splitting from Microsoft: the Nokia N1. This Android tablet looks the spitting image of the iPad Mini 3, but there’s more here than meets the eye. Take a look.
Like an iPad Mini 3, but better
The design of the N1 is similar to the iPad Mini 3, but Nokia appear to have made some worthy improvements. They’ve started with an identical 2048×1536 resolution and 7.9-inch screen size, matching the Mini 3′s 4:3 Retina display. There are some differences though; Nokia’s N1 display is ‘fully laminated’, allowing the N1 to be thinner and lighter than the Mini 3 at 6.9mm and 318 grams, respectively.
Nokia have used a single piece of anodised aluminium for the frame, in grey or silver. The camera, buttons, ports and speakers are in the same places too, although Nokia have traded Apple’s Lightning port for a reversible USB Type C connector (you can get a Type C reversible cable here). This is one of the first implementations of the Type C port, and the shape of the port makes it look near-identical to Apple’s connector.
Reasonable tablet specifications
Internally, the Nokia N1 is respectable if not industry-leading. The tablet comes with an Intel Atom Z3580 quad-core processor, backed with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Interestingly, the CPU is paired with the same PowerVR G6430 GPU as the iPad Mini 3. A 5300mAh non-removable battery sits inside, which is a bit smaller than what Apple use with the iPad Mini 3.
When it comes to connectivity, we’re looking at the latest 802.11ac WiFi, but no cellular connection. Bluetooth 4.0 and an infrared port are also included. For imaging, we have a 5-megapixel selfie cam up front, and an 8-megapixel shooter on the rear.
A platform for Nokia’s Z Launcher
The Nokia N1 will launch with Android 5.0 Lollipop, the latest release of the operating system. This will be a near-stock installation, but will come with Nokia’s Z Launcher replacement as standard. The Z Launcher was apparently the catalyst of the whole project, as Nokia wanted a good platform to show off the launcher. The idea behind the Z Launcher is a ‘Z’ gesture that shows a context-aware list of apps and contacts when drawn. You can also write letters in the middle of the homescreen to perform Google searches of the internet or your phone.
Coming in spring 2015
The Nokia N1 will be produced by Foxconn, where Nokia is targeting a Chinese launch date of February 19th (Chinese New Year). The Chinese launch will be followed by a European release, starting in Russia and a few other selected countries. The price of the N1 will be $249 before taxes for the Chinese release, putting this tablet on the lower end of the price spectrum; $150 cheaper than the iPad Mini 3.
We’ll be stocking a wide range of Nokia N1 accessories in the weeks and months ahead, although who knows – maybe iPad Mini 3 cases will already fit!
What do you think of the Nokia N1? iPad Mini 3 knock-off, or a genuine improvement to the 8-inch tablet? Let us know in the comments below or write to us on Twitter @mobilefun.
Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
Microsoft unveiled quite a cool accessory last week: a screen-sharing device for Lumia phones called the HD-10. The device works by wirelessly transmitting your Lumia handset’s screen to a receiver plugged into your TV’s HDMI port. You can quickly establish the connection by tapping your NFC-enabled Windows phone onto the NFC disc provided. It’s a pretty sensible solution, and finally gives Lumia owners an ability that has existed for Android and Apple for some time.
Once a connection is established, everything on your screen will be shown on your TV in glorious 1080p with up to 5.1 surround sound. That means you can play games, watch videos or play music on the biggest screen in the room. The HD-10 works with projectors and monitors too, making it an ideal choice for giving presentations. The device weighs just 115 grams, so it’s no problem to stick it in your bag or pocket for use on the road.
Microsoft are also allowing the HD-10 to work with Android and other devices through using the Miracast standard - something we covered in our ‘how to connect your Android device to a TV’ guide. It’s a nice move from Microsoft, and means that friends and roommates with Android devices will still be able to benefit from this cool functionality.
The HD-10 looks like a pretty useful gadget to have around. Microsoft’s screen-sharing device is currently on pre-order, and is expected to retail for around £60 later this month. For more photos and information, including live price and availability data, please visit the product page listed below:
Thursday, September 4th, 2014
#MORELUMIA. That was the promise from Nokia ahead of their IFA press conference, and that’s exactly what they delivered. The Microsoft-owned company unveiled two new Windows Phones, the Lumia 830 and Lumia 730. The Lumia 830 is the company’s thinnest and lightest Lumia ever, with a 10-megapixel PureView camera and mid-range specifications. The Lumia 730 is a self-described “selfie phone”, with a wide-angle front-facing camera, a special Lumia Selfie app and more pedestrian internals.
Nokia Lumia 830
The Lumia 830 is a mid-range phone with features that have previously only appeared on flagship Lumia models. The leading feature is the inclusion of a PureView camera – albeit with a reduced 10-megapixel sensor - with optical image stabilisation and ZEISS optics. That should set a new photographic standard for what is otherwise a mid-range phone.
The Lumia 830 may be thin, but it does have a reasonably large 720p screen at 5 inches. The 830′s diminutive dimensions are stuffed with a reasonable amount of horsepower. There’s a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage and a microSD slot. On the outside, the Lumia 830 is clad in the same aluminium frame and polycarbonate rear cover that Nokia have found favour with in the past, in bright colours: orange, green, white and black.
In terms of software, you can expect Windows Phone with the Lumia Denim update that was announced today. That update includes Cortana in the UK, folders, SMS merging and forwarding, customisable snooze times, VPN support and improvements to IE.
The Lumia 830 comes with support for wireless charging, and is compatible with a new DT-903 wireless charging plate that’ll also show you notifications. We’ll have the full range of Nokia Lumia 830 accessories available soon.
The Lumia 830 should debut for around €330 (before taxes and subsidies) from September.
Nokia Lumia 730 + 735
The second model announced by Nokia is their self-described “selfie phone”, available as the Nokia Lumia 730 (dual-SIM) or Lumia 735 (LTE) models. The models are identical apart from this difference in network connectivity, so we’ll refer to both here.
The Lumia 730′s selfie capabilities come care of a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, with a 24mm focal length. That translates into a wider angle view, letting you take group selfies or capture your surroundings more easily. The phone comes with a special Lumia Selfie app for maximising your ‘selfibilities’. Nokia also highlight the camera’s suitability for video calling on Skype (which, of course, is also owned by Microsoft).
The Lumia 730 comes with similar internals to the 830: the same quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor and 1GB of RAM, but only 8GB of internal storage instead of 16GB on the 830. The rear camera is also weaker on the 730, as it comes without that PureView branding and with a weaker 6.7-megapixel sensor. The phone also has the same resolution screen – 720p – at a slightly smaller 4.7-inch span.
The Lumia 730 and 735 will begin shipping in September; the LTE (735) version will cost €220 before taxes and subsidies, while the dual-sim model (730) will cost €200 before taxes and subsidies. As usual, we’ll have a full range of Lumia 730 accessories and Lumia 735 accessories available as the phones are released.
Thanks for checking out Nokia’s announcements. We’ll have much more information on these phones and their accessories in the days and weeks ahead, so stay tuned to our Twitter and Facebook pages for these announcements as they come!
Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
Today we’re going to have a look at five must-have Nokia Lumia 930 accessories.
Our first accessory today is this charger for the Nokia Lumia 930: the Cover-Mate Charging Dock. The dock combines a desk stand and a charger in one convenient package, allowing you to keep an eye on incoming notifications and fill up your batteries at the same time. The simple plastic styling matches that of the 930, and the small profile of the dock ensures that it’s quite portable as well.
FlexiShield are another well respected low-cost case provider, and as usual they’re a solid choice for your phone. The case is made from a tough but flexible gel, allowing your phone to resist minor impacts and scratches while remaining light. The cases are available in multiple colours too, so it’s easy to find a colour scheme that fits your particular style.
This car charger provides everything that a growing smartphone needs for long car journeys. The charger charges the phone at up to 2.4A, ensuring that the Lumia 930 remains charged even if you’re using GPS navigation or other power-hungry services. An integrated USB port allows you to use any excess power to charge a second device too.
This ArmourDillo Case is an oft-picked favourite, thanks to its winning combination of good protection, added features and a low price. The case resembles its namesake, with an armoured exoskeleton on the back providing considerable drop and scratch protection. A built-in viewing stand is handy too, letting you enjoy films or see incoming notifications with ease.
The Nokia Lumia 930 is a bright, stylish smartphone and it deserves a pair of equally attractive headphones. These ear buds from Coloud Pop are made for Nokia themselves, and sport a fun blue or red colour. The headphones are durable and capable, with a flattened cable design that prevents tangles and a built-in mic and remote for full phone compatibility.
That’s all the time we have for now folks! If you have any questions or selections of your own to make, then please get in contact via the comments below or on Twitter @mobilefun.
Monday, August 11th, 2014
Note: The entire blog post applies equally to the Lumia 630 and 635; I’ll refer purely to the 635 for brevity.
Recently we’ve received some reports of Lumia 635 cases not fitting the phone. We bought a Lumia 635 in black to test this, and it worked perfectly with all of our cases.
Digging deeper, we found that these reports were coming from people with glossy backs. In contrast, the matte versions did fit. While the difference between textures is small, it’s enough to make tight-fitting cases not work with matte-finished Lumia 635 units.
So, to sum up – if you have a Lumia 635 with a matte rear finish, some cases may not fit your phone. In this case, it’s easy enough to pick up a black glossy replacement back cover, which will fit with all of our cases.
Thanks to our customers for reporting this issue and our products team for finding the solution. It’s an unfortunate mistake on Nokia’s part to not make the two phones the same size, but at least there’s an easy fix.
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