The New Nokia Lumia 920

Allow me to introduce the New nokia Lumia 920, with a Dual Core 1.5Ghz SnapDragon CPU, 4.5inch Super sensitive curved screen, 8.7MP PureView Camera, PureMotion HD+, 16GB storage, wireless charging and lots more

The New Nokia Lumia 820

The New nokia Lumia 820 is here, with a 1.5GHz Dual Core SnapDragon CPU, 4.3inch CBD screen, 8MP Carl Zeiss Lens, 16GB storage with SD card slot, wireless charging and lots more

Official Nok4Us App now in the Marketplace for Lumia Phones

You can now take nok4us website where ever you go, with the nok4us app, you will never miss any Nokia news, reviews, demoes and rumors again. download now, it's FREEE!

Unboxing the White Nokia 808 PureView

The Nokia 808 PureView is now available in the US, and here's what is inside!

Unboxing the Nokia Purity HD In-Ear HeadSets

Unboxing and reviewing the Nokia Purity HD In-Ear HeadSet, the latest and pretty awesome HD headphones from Nokia and Monster. welcome to audio heaven!

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Monday, October 1

Myth debunked: Lumia 920's super-sensitive screen drain battery.

In case you are wondering why I haven't written any posts over the weekend, well, I spent the entire weekend demolishing opposing teams in FIFA13 :)

But that's not why, there isn't much going on in the Nokia blogosphere, eveyone it seems is waiting for the release of the Lumia 920 and 820, so it has been awfully quiet.

I did come across this article about how the super-sensitive screen of the Lumia 920 would effectively drain the battery, and after reading this, it made no sense whatsoever. See, according to JDB (makers of pocketshield or whatever that is), they say the Lumia 920 would drain battery life and the thoery behind this is that
When the phone is inside a pocket or bag it can be touched by other objects. These objects can press buttons and can touch/rub the screen. This will initiate the “death loop” for who knows how much time, could be minutes or hours, depends on how active the user is since body movement will produce friction between objects/clothes and touchscreen.

There is even a nifty diagram to illustrate this:

If you read this carefully, and look at the diagram you will understand why I chose to ignore this theory (ok, let me just call it what it is... a myth).

first of all, it is true that when you press and hold the camera button even when the phone locked can wake it up, so yes if your phone's camera button is being pressed (by a pen for example), this can wake it up while in your pocket, but this has nothing to do with the super-sensitive screen. It is however important to note that you can turn off this feature by going to settings>> applications>> pictures+camera and switching the "press and hold camera button to wake up phone" feature off or there is the "prevent accidental camera launch when phone is locked" feature you can turn on too

Secondly, I don't see how Nokia would have overlooked such an obvious flaw (if indeed, they did), for example on the Nokia N9, if the proximity sensor is active you cannot double tap to unlock, so if Nokia was smart enough to implement that feature, I dont see how the Lumia 920 would have been overlooked.

I find it strange that these JDB guys came up with this theory especially since they don't have a Lumia 920 to test their theory/myth.

I am only writing about this because unfortunately Nokia has chosen to respond to this, thus giving it headline news status...

While the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 both enjoy super sensitive touch, the firmware has been configured to avoid accidental activation of the display.  In testing this has not proven to be an issue or to cause unwanted battery drainage.
Though Nokia didn't give any specifics on how this will not occur, only stating that in testing, this hasn't proven to be an issue.
JDB's claims are based solely on myth (ok, theory), it's like claiming BMW manufactures cars without testing if the air conditioning works.

I wouldn't be writing about this if they hadn't.

Saturday, September 29

Gallery of Stunning low-light photos from the Lumia 920

The guys at Engadget during their visit to Nokia House in Finland had the chance to take a whole bunch of photos in low light (at night) with a "prototype" Nokia Lumia 920 and the results are just amazing.

They uploaded the photos on Flickr for your viewing amazement, you need to see this and yes these were taken with a phone, these are absolutely stunning.

Impressive stuff,
You can check out more stunning photos from the Flickr Gallery!

All you need to know about the Lumia 820

Nokia recently had a Q&A session for bloggers about the overshadowed (by the 920 no doubt), superb and rugged Nokia Lumia 820 with   Tuukka Jarvenpaa, Senior product Manager at Nokia and Camilla Lindman, also Senior Project Manager. Nokia Lumia 820 can be used for trading as well. Many traders use smartphones for trading. Trading bots like Chain Reaction use both technical and fundamental analysis of the market for better trading opportunities. Read the Chain Reaction Review to learn more about the platform.

And we got to hear quite a lot of info about the Lumia 820, except for an exact availability date.

  • The NL 820 supports 64 GB microSD cards.
  • The battery needs to be removed to insert or replace the card.
  • The screen is not Gorilla Glass, but is scratch resistant.
  • The snap-on covers made the device both Uni-body, which is good, but also versatile, for example adding wireless charging or a rugged shell.
  • The camera is module is the same as the Nokia Lumia 900, but features a new software experience which is “greatly improved and new”
  • Nokia is “looking at the possibilities” of a standby clock on the screen when the device is sleeping.
  • The rugged case did allow Nokia to address different channels such as both consumer and business with the same device.
  • Nokia did not comment whether future devices will also have wireless charging.
  • Nokia may look into a rugged shell with wireless charging included.
  • Nokia could not talk about delivery dates, pricing and availability yet.
  • They were able to have better battery life on the NL 820 despite a smaller battery due to the Snapdragon S4 engine with improved power management capabilities and also Nokia know-how & expertise on the power management.
  • They hopes to leverage the fact that Qi wireless charging is an open standard, but could not comment on 3rd party plans.
  • The NL 820 has a WVGA screen due to “much better readability for our consumers on the display size and due to the fact that the performance, mainly FPS, is something amazing in the new Lumia 820 OLED display with that specific resolution.”
  • The NL 820 screen featured Nokia’s  ClearBlack display and other Nokia specific features like Sunlight Readability Enhancement.
While the biggest surprise is the fact that it can support up to 64GB microSD card, it also has internal memory capacity of  8GB.
I think the biggest disappointment is that the screen isn't gorilla glass, so if you had plans of building your shed or kid's tree house and using this phone as a make shift hammer, forget about that!

This is a cheaper, stripped down version of the Lumia 920, but at the same time has some unique features of its own, the different kinds of ruggedized shells, the option to have a wireless charging back cover and more make the Lumia 820 a very customizable cheaper high end phone.

Source: WMPU

Friday, September 28

Apple CEO Tim Cook recommends Nokia Maps for iPhone5 users

The news coming out from Cupertino, CA (home of Apple) is that Apple and Apple CEO Tim Cook did something uncharacteristic of the Tech Company.. they apologized and acknowledged that they made a huge mistake in their iOS6 maps (which if you haven't heard is a HUGE fail).

Tim Cook went on further to point his iPhone5 users to a list of third party map/navigation providers they can use as a viable alternative to their current crApple iOS6 maps.

Here is a snippet from his press statement:

"While we’re improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app."

I remember Steve Wozniak (Apple Co-founder) praising the Nokia Lumia 900 back in April when it was first released on At&t.
Also, Apple lawyers praised and used Nokia as an example of a phone company that makes its own beautifully designed phones without copying anyone.
Today, we have Apple CEO recommending Nokia Maps.

Wake me Up if I am dreaming!

Source: techCrunch

Raw Footage: OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) at work on the Nokia Lumia 920

If you ever had any doubt probably due to the fake ad) that the Lumia 900 wasn't capable of video stabilization.
We have seen countless videos of Nokia staff/Bloggers shaking their hands and taking photos or recording videos to simulate how the stabilization works and while those are impressive demos, it doesn't get any clearer than this one from Engadget.

Here is a video from Engadget at Nokia House in Finland with the Lumia 920 showing just how effe3ctive the video stabilization (OIS) on the Lumia 920 really is.
Actions speak better than words, so I am just going to let you see the test.

I think Nokia should take that testing prop to every Lumia 920 promo, they should even feature it in TV ads (if possible).

Source: Engadget

Thursday, September 27

Gray Lumia 920 spotted! Looks Amazing! I'm confused!

Since the launch of Lumia 920 and 820, my color choice has been either glossy white or yellow. The red,  black versions I have seen look good, but I am really torn between white or yellow, until Engadget posted these pictures on the gray Lumia 920 and I am back to square one!

I'm confused now, the gray looks sooo cool! and it's matte finish too, #faint

I can now see myself at an At&t store for hours trying to figure out which color to get. I think a close look and good feel should help anyone decided what color to get.

What's your color?

Nokia Lumia 920/820 available on Oct. 29th?

Will all know that Microsoft will launch Windows 8 on Oct. 26th, and 3 days later, launch Windows Phone 8 on Oct. 29th.

According to my source (who tipped me on wireless charging on Nokia WP8 phones months before it was announced), Microsoft will capitalizing on the launch of Windows Phone 8 (on the 29th) and its new features  by also announcing that the WP8 phones (Lumia 920 and 820) will be available on that same day!

We are going to see some pretty awesome WP8 features that you will not find on any leaked SDK today, Microsoft is very tight lipped about these features (remember Joe Belfiore at the Launch of Lumia 920/820 talking about more to come, wink wink). we are bound to be impressed by these features, so much so that Microsoft does not want you to wait a second longer, once WP8 is launched, you will be able to grab one! same day Oct. 29th.

This date also falls on the same week I got tipped that At&t will begin selling the Lumia 920 and 820 (Nov. 2nd). So maybe there could be some truth here.

All I know is the last week of Oct. is looking to be a very interesting one.

I didn't get any info other than Lumia 920, 820 and other WP8 phones will be available on the day of the launch of WP8, I cannot confirm if these are unlocked international versions (which they most likely will be, as carriers around the world will set their own release dates).

So it looks like we are 1 month away then!

First accessory I am getting with my Lumia 920 will be... a pair of gloves!

DISCLAIMER: You can choose to take this with a pinch of salt or as usual, wait for TheVerge, BGR or Engadget to confirm this (probably within the next couple of weeks)

White Lumia 900 spotted on NBC's controversial comedy "The New Normal"

So I'm sitting down watching this comedy "The New Normal" on NBC last monday night and what do I see 5mins in the show? My white Lumia 900!

I'm not a fan of the show, too political for my entertainment but I will admit it was a joy to spot the white Lumia 900 on US TV during prime-time hour too! sweet!

you can watch this episode here, the Lumia shows up around the 5min mark. The lady seems really into whatever she is doing on the phone, maybe she is playing wordament? yea, that's how I play it, with 2 hands!

Nokia announces price/availability for the Lumia920/820 in Europe: Italy, Germany, Russia and more.

A little light is shed on when and how much the Lumia 920/820 will go for.
Nokia Germany put out a Press Release stating that the both phones will go on sale in November and will be priced at 649 euros ($836) for the Lumia920 and a cheaper 499 euros ($643) for the Lumia820. You might say that's pretty pricey given the SGSIII is around $500-$600 range (but that's plastic).
Though the phones will be available through carrier operators, so expect to pay much much less if you want one from your telecom operator on contract.

In Italy too, Nokia also revealed that the handsets will be available in Novemeber, but their prices are cheaper compared to Germany's. the Lumia 920 will go for €599 ($771).

Nokia Russia also put out a press statement on availability of both phones, Lumia 920 will sell for 24,990 rubles ($803), while the Lumia 820 will go for 19,990 rubles ($642), the press statement also says the phone will be available in the Q4 2012, seems like a November release too!

In Austraila, both Lumia 920/820 will be available via major phone carriers: Telstra, Vodafone and Optus, but price and available haven't been announced but are said to at the end of October, leaving the strong assumption of a November release also,

Except more official word for availability in more Europe countries in the coming weeks.

Source: TechCrunch

Lumia 920 excels in Low Light situations against the competition

Engadget also had the privilege of testing out the Lumia 920 in low light situations against the rivals: SGSIII, HTC One X, iPhone 5...

At this point, it's a no-brainer, the Lumia 920 is undoubtedly the best in taking low light photos. If you search the web they are now a lot of video comparing the Lumia 920's camera to the rest and every single time it comes on top, TheVerge have tested, Engadget have tested, there are tons of videos from around the world from people who can now attest to the fact that the Lumia 920 is the best.

This is my last post demonstrating how awesome the Lumia 920 is, until the phone finally hits stores, meanwhile, I will be driving nails through walls with my Lumia 900!

Source: Engadget

Lumia clearly excels in video stabilization against the SGSIII and HTC One X

The guys from engadget went to Nokia House in Finland to confirm what we all have heard and seen since September 5th.
They confirmed that Nokia Lumia 920 is the phone to beat when it comes to taking pictures in low light situations and in reocrding in shaky situations to produce stable videos (video stabilization).

They put the Lumia 920 against the other top guns in the mobile industry at the moment (Samsung Galaxy SIII, iPhone5, HTC One X) and the Lumia 920 beat every single one of them confidently.

Here is the Lumia video stabilization up against the SGSII and HTC one X

I don't know about you but I just want one already!

Source: Engadget

Wednesday, September 26

Is quad-core really better than dual-core? do specs even matter anymore?

not actual size ratio

My mum always feared I would be a rapper and judging from the title of this post, well...

If you like me and up to date with what's happening in the mobile world, you know that's there's a battle of the smartphones going on between iPhone5, Samsung and Lumia (eventhough, it isn't even out yet). and their choice of weapon? Specs!
There are a million and one specs comparison tables between these 3 "heavyweight"
Tables, comparing screen size, processor core count, camera size, number of LED flash, screen resolution size, battery longevity, LTE or 4G or 3G...

But at the end of the day, do these comparisons really matter, iPhone fans are always going to buy iPhones even if its maps turn by turn navigation guides them into the grand canyon.
Samsung and Fandroids are still going to get a Galaxy S III even if they know that one drop from 4 feet can potentially shatter its humongous screen.
Nokians will always buy Nokia, even though the Symbian OS isn't up to date with current times, or that windows phone is boring and flat.

My point is these specs comparison between phones don't matter to anyone who has pledged his/her allegiance to a platform. it's like the general elections coming in November, say someone releases a video showing republican candidate Mitt Romney dissing 47% of Americans that wouldn't stop members of his party from voting for him.

Specs comparison should be obsolete, no one should be choosing a phone based on screen size, if you complain that 4inch is too small for you to see then I wonder how you coped all those years before the touch screen era when phones had 1-2inch screens.
Many of these phone manufacturers boast of haveing the longest lasting battery, but if you are a heavy user like me, then all that wouldn't make a difference, your battery would be dead by the end of the day regardless.
Unless you plan on printing a "empire state building" sized poster of a photo you took on your smartphone, then megapixels shouldn't really matter to you, research has already shown that 5MP is the ideal size for smartphones, anything higher than that wouldn't make a difference really.

So what should be the weapon of choice for this battle? INNOVATION

The fight for the best smartphone shouldn't be about who's got the bigger screen of a crowded processor.

It should be about who is bring something new to the table, who has got the wow factor, we don't want something bigger, we want to see something new, new features, new experiences and new technology.

Right now, only Nokia seems to be thriving in innovation, from the Nokia N9 to the Lumia 920.

If we don't make it a battle for innovation, then a mere 5 years from now, people will be carrying 7inch phones in their pockets.

Tuesday, September 25

RIM shows off its MeeGo inspired BlackBerry10 OS

RIM showed off some of the features of its upcoming BB10 OS and after looking at the video, I have come to the conclusion that RIM took inspiration from the Nokia's MeeGo UI.

Here is the Video for you to make up your own mind...

From the video, it is obviously clear RIM got really clever in reinventing the MeeGo UI, here are a few side by side comparisons (BB10 & MeeGo) you will find interesting.

Evidence #1:
in this first image, I put the MeeGo app screen side by side with the BB10's screen, good luck figuring out which one is the N9, they are almost identical

Evidence #2
This is the most obvious rip off from the MeeGo UI, the alarm setup page, in the video, the RIM guy talks about how you can easily set your alarm by just moving the hands on the clock, now though the interface is different, the concept is exactly the same with the N9's

Evidence #3
There are a whole lot of MeeGo inspired stuff on the BB10, the own swipe UI (made popular by the N9) has been ported to BB10 (they have a 90degrees swipe gesture for moving apps to the background, yea so original!) and modified to make it look original, even the fonts on the BB10 have a close resemblance to MeeGo.

Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 show up as "coming soon" on Nokia US, India websites

I've got some sorta kinda good news. The Lumia 920 and 820 have officially showed up on Nokia US and Nokia India websites and they are listed as "COMING SOON"
And if past experiences are to be believed, we might as well see these phones hit the market before the end of october.

The last time Nokia added a phone as coming soon, it was the Lumia 900 and it was released to the public a month later, so assuming the same time frame is used in this instance, we could see the Lumia 820 and 920 hit shelves in the last week of October, this makes the rumored October 21st date seem more plausible now.
This is just a calculated guess and I will be keeping my fingers crossed!