Items tagged with Windows Phone 8

Although we have to wait until October 27 when Halo 5 officially launches for the Xbox One, another Halo: Spartan Strike is now available for iOS, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and Steam for the relatively low price of $5.99. And you don’t have to worry about dealing with ridiculous microtransactions as seen with the Halo: Spartan Assault. All in-game purchases are taken care of with currency that you earn as you progress through the game. Spartan Strike is a top-down gaming affair and you control your on-screen action using dual control sticks. Compared to Spartan Assault, Microsoft says that Spartan... Read more...
Windows Phone owners needn't feel like the red-headed stepchildren of the mobile industry. It's true that Microsoft's share of the mobile market is a drop in the bucket compared to Apple (iOS) and Google (Android), but regardless of that, it's all about the apps and hardware, both of which have been steadily improving. That includes Skype, which has just been updated to include location sharing. "Today we’re pleased to release Skype 2.22 for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows Phone 8, which brings location sharing to Skype for the first time! Location sharing lets you have an even better chat... Read more...
Samsung has won a fair number of fans in the Android space with its Galaxy line of smartphones, so if looking to duplicating that success in Windows Phone territory, it makes sense to stick with a physical design that works. That's what Samsung has done -- the company's ATIV SE is now official and it arrives at Verizon dressed like a Galaxy S4 but rocking Windows Phone 8. It also has an un-named 2.3GHz quad-core processor (our money's on it being a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC), 5-inch Full HD 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage supplemented with a microSD card slot, 2-megapixel front-facing... Read more...
By and large, the Lumia line has looked fairly uniform to date, relying on polycarbonate frames, bold colors and stand-out camera features to differentiate itself. The Lumia 925, despite being one of the final Lumias to ship with Nokia's branding, stands as one of the first in the range to truly carve a different path on the design front. It's the first Lumia to roll metal into its design, and while you'll still recognize it as a tried-and-true Lumia at a glance, there's no question that it's cut from a different cloth. In many ways, the Lumia 925 stands as a gentle refresh of the Lumia 920. It... Read more...
We're inching closer to the end of an era. Now that Microsoft has acquired Nokia's mobile phone unit, we'll soon see Microsoft-branded handsets rolling out in place of Nokia's own hardware. The company has made a heroic attempt to fight the tide of Apple's growing popularity coupled with the surging share of Android, but currently, Windows Phone holds only around 5% of the global market in smartphones. By and large, the Lumia line has looked fairly uniform to date, relying on polycarbonate frames, bold colors and stand-out camera features to differentiate itself. The Lumia 925, despite being one... Read more...
If you've made the decision to swim in Windows Phone waters, you may have been eyeballing Nokia's Lumia 1020 and been turned on by its 41-megapixel rear-facing camera. That's pretty beastly, but a glance at the $299 price tag may have turned you off just as quickly. Would you be interested again if it was $100 cheaper? Whether or not you would be, the new price is $199 with a two-year service agreement with AT&T. That's more in line with competing high-end smartphones like the Galaxy S4 and HTC One, both Android devices. The Lumia 1020 is a strong contender in the Windows Phone space (see our... Read more...
There's no question, what we do here at HotHardware definitely has its perks.  Sure, the hours are long, the work can be grueling with benchmark run after run, take after take in the video studio or fighting with finicky, just-released products that don't want to cooperate.  So what sorts of things do we do to relax and blow off a little steam?  Well, sometimes we take the hardware for a joy ride; in this case quite literally. You may recall our recent review and showcase of Nokia's Lumia 1020 Windows Phone, with its high resolution 41 Megapixel camera, floating image stabilization... Read more...
Nokia, perhaps more-so than any other smartphone manufacturer in the game right now, needed to find a way to make something special. The new Nokia Lumia 1020, though it sports essentially the same internals and display as Nokia's Lumia 920, most definitely is different, and perhaps even a very attractive alternative, depending on your specific needs. 41 megapixels of resolution, floating image stabilization and a powerful camera app to back it up, will make the Lumia 1020 pretty "special" to a lot of people, some of whom might be considering a Windows Phone for the first time as a result. ... Read more...
Nokia has been trying hard to play catch-up in the smartphone race for a long time now, and as Microsoft's strategic partner with the Windows Phone operating system and ecosystem, they've got their work cut out for them, with a gridiron full of Android and iOS devices offering compelling and powerful solutions.  And so, Nokia, perhaps more-so than any other smartphone manufacturer in the game right now, needed to find a way to make something special. The new Nokia Lumia 1020, though it sports essentially the same internals and display as Nokia's Lumia 920, most definitely is different, and... Read more...
Nokia went all-in with Microsoft's Windows Phone platform, and lest anyone think the Finnish phone maker was going to give it a halfhearted effort, the handset maker added yet another Lumia device to its growing Windows Phone 8 lineup. It's the Lumia 625, an "accessibly priced" 4G handset with a spacious 4.7-inch super-sensitive IPS LCD screen and 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. It also has 512MB of RAM, 8GB of built-in storage (supports up to 64GB via SD card), 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and LED flash, VGA front-facing camera, 2000 mAh battery, and of course... Read more...
Been considering a move from your current platform over to Windows Phone 8? If you're on the fence, Nokia hopes its trade-up offer will serve as the nudge you need to jump ship and swim over to a Lumia device. As long as you're a U.S. resident, the Finnish phone maker will pay you up to $300 for your old phone in the form of a Visa pre-paid card. Nokia posted a special Trade-Up portal where you can determine the trade value of your current phone. Your mileage will vary depending on your handset and the condition it's in, but to give some examples, Nokia will pay up to $250 for an iPhone 4S or HTC... Read more...
Since even before the release of Windows 8, Acer has been one of the more outspoken critics of Microsoft's hardware strategy, especially as it pertains to Surface RT/Pro. As for smartphones, however, Acer's been a little more receptive, although it still isn't ready to make the jump into Windows Phone 8 territory. It's not that Acer has a grudge against the platform. Just the opposite, Acer's VP of Smartphones, Allen Burnes, told TechRadar it thinks Windows Phone 8 is a "great OS." and that "everyone in our smartphone team would really like to deploy Windows OS." If that's the case, then what's... Read more...
A wise person once said that all good things must eventually arrive at an end, and Microsoft has typically been fairly proactive about giving its user base a heads-up as to when support would end for its products. There's generally an amount of buzz surrounding the expiration of support on a Windows OS, but now that Windows Phone is around, the company has yet another operating system to keep in mind when it comes to long-term support planning. Recently, the company made clear that Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.5 support will cease in July of 2014, giving it around 18 months of support. Specifically,... Read more...
When Microsoft revealed Windows Phone 7 devices would not be capable of receiving an upgrade, many customers were quite unhappy. Thankfully, Microsoft learned a lesson and doesn't intend to repeat this policy with Windows Phone 8. Greg Sullivan, a senior marketing manager at Microsoft, recently confirmed to PC Magazine that the company has an upgrade path for Windows Phone 8 devices moving forward. He also suggested Microsoft's current mobile OS is powerful enough to adopt to new hardware components. “Windows Phone 8 can evolve. We have an architecture that enables portability and is fundamentally... Read more...
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