The Nokia Lumia 925 is the Finnish phone maker’s latest attempt at wooing hapless shoppers over to the Windows Phone 8 platform, and it’s a solid proposition.
The real stand-out feature has to be the camera, which is still considered PureView despite being an 8.7MP camera, as opposed to the Lumia 1020 s 41-megapixel shooter. Still, the Carl Zeiss camera is loaded with exclusive Smart Camera software, including a special burst mode that takes ten shots at once.
This burst mode lets users do a number of different things, including grabbing the best frame of a shot, composing an action series, or even changing focus after the shot was taken, Lytro-style.
It’s pretty much unanimously agreed upon by Natasha, John and I that this is one of the best smartphone camera’s available.
But the camera isn’t the only thing that shines: The Lumia 925 has a slight profile with metallic edges and has a solid feel in the hand. John admits that it does soak up prints, however.
In terms of specs, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon chip powers the device, which has 16GB/32GB of onboard memory and 1GB of RAM under the hood. It also sports a 4.5-inch AMOLED display at 1280 x 768.
And if that weren’t attractive enough of a deal, you can run in and pick up the Lumia 925 at a T-Mobile for $0 down and 24 payments of $20.
Nokia’s decision in 2011 to pin the future of its smartphone business on Windows Phone has been heavily scrutinized over the years, but the reasoning behind that choice is only becoming fully clear now. When asked last week if he regretted not choosing Android, CEO Stephen Elop told reporters that he’s “very happy with the decision we made.” He added, according to The Guardian, that “What we were worried about a couple of years ago was the very high risk that one hardware manufacturer could come to dominate Android.” At the time, Nokia “had a suspicion of who it might be, because of the resources available, the vertical integration.” That company, of course, is Samsung. Elop continued, “Now fast forward to today and examine the Android ecosystem, and there’s a lot of good devices from many different companies, but one company has essentially now become the dominant player.”
Read the full story at The Verge.
The next movie in the Batman series, The Dark Knight Rises, is set to be 2012 s ultimate summer blockbuster. When a movie of that caliber comes out, you know brands will do anything to associate themselves with something bound to receive such an ungodly amount of attention. One such brand is Nokia, who will take the Lumia 800 that they already sell, put it in a fancy box with the Batman logo on it, set the default wallpaper to a photo of Bane (the primary antagonist in the film), and best of all they’ll etch a little Batman logo into the back of the device. How many of these limited edition handsets will come out? Just 40. Where are they going to be available? Not sure. How much will they sell for? An arm and a leg. We’re waiting for some additional details from Nokia, but don’t expect this thing to show up at a store near you.
The bigger question on our minds is why isn’t stuff like this done more often and to an even greater degree? This Batman flavored Lumia 800 should have been custom 3D printed to look like one of Batman’s weapons. It should also have come preloaded with crazy custom ringtones. And it should have sold for double what a regular Lumia 800 sells for. Such a device would be picked up so fast that Nokia’s payment processing servers would melt. And why stop at Batman? There are plenty of other franchises to latch onto. All in the name of marketing, right?
The Nokia Lumia 521 may be low-end, but it is arguably one of the hottest selling phones in the U.S. And now we have a leaked photo from evleaks that reveals that the model is heading to MetroPCS.
Are you paranoid over leaving your phone behind somewhere? I know I am. I’m so nervous I grasp my cell if I’m anywhere new or unfamiliar, basically kung-fu death gripping my device in a sweaty panic. I wish I had a second layer of defense against the “UH-OH”s, something to tell me I’m forgetting it. Something like the EZIO line of watches and jewelry.
EZIO (not the Assassin) uses Bluetooth 4.0 and proximity sensors to alert users when they get too far away from their linked device. Stray 5-10 feet away and the watch or necklace will alert you that your expensive communication unit is not with you. EZIO does more than that though, it also alerts you to missed calls and texts!
The EZIO lineup will include watches for both men and women, necklaces and bracelets. The watches will retail for $149.99, will include a stainless steel front with leather banding and is expected to hit March 2013. The pendants and bracelets will come in four designs for the style savvy lady, will retail for $99.99 and are also expected in March 2013.
For more info, check out the EZIO site. Watch DHTG in the future for a hands on review! Hit the break for the full EZIO press release.
EZIO Launches New Line of BlueTooth Watches, Jewelry
Technology and fashion meet with call, message and proximity alerts right on your wrist
EZIO, the first multi-function Refined TechWear producer, announced today that it will be debuting the latest additions to its product line, the EZIO Bluetooth 4.0 Smart Watches and the EZIO Bluetooth 4.0 Smart Jewelry collection.
We have all experienced that moment when you realize that you missed an important call you were waiting for because you did not hear your phone ring or you forgot that you had it on vibrate in your purse or computer bag. The EZIO Bluetooth 4.0 Smart Watch solves this common dilemma with a technically advanced watch that uses Bluetooth Technology to link to your phone. Incoming calls and messages trigger an alert on the watch face so you never miss a call or email again. Additionally, the EZIO Bluetooth 4.0 Smart Watch has a proximity feature. If you leave your phone in a cab or at a restaurant, the watch immediately alerts you that your phone is no longer within a 5-10 foot radius of your person (depending on if you are indoors or outside). The EZIO Bluetooth 4.0 Smart Watch retails for $149.99 and features a stainless steel watch face with genuine leather bands in two designs for men and one for women.
Because women often carry their phones in their purses and as a result do not feel them vibrating when a call comes in, EZIO has also created Bluetooth 4.0 Smart Jewelry. A collection of four pendants and four bracelets, the EZIO Bluetooth 4.0 Smart Jewelry is designed to beep to signal incoming calls and messages, and to alert women when they are leaving their phone behind with proximity alerts just like the Smart Watch. Each EZIO Bluetooth 4.0 Smart Jewelry piece retails for $99.99.
The EZIO Bluetooth Smart Watch and Smart Jewelry lines will be available for purchase in March 2013. For more information visit http://www.eziolifestyle.com.
Headquartered in Hong Kong with a global presence, EZIO, with its signature “Make Life Interesting”, has been pioneering craftsmanship and innovation since its foundation. Today, EZIO is the first the first multi-function Refined TechWear producer. EZIO’s innovation and leadership is powered by its development of high-tech products, special materials and advanced functionality. With a broader and more versatile range of high-quality timepieces at an attractive price than any other watch brand, EZIO also expresses its commitment to making excellence accessible. As an official timekeeper of ShenZhou 6 Spacecraft and the official partner with Jentin BMW Racing Team, EZIO is committed to respecting tradition, underlining its core values of performance, precision and setting new standards. For more information visit http://www.eziolifestyle.com.
Microsoft released the Windows Phone 7.8 software update recently, and Nokia started rolling out the updates to its Lumia Windows Phone handsets last week, and now it would appear that some Lumia devices are experiencing a bug after the update.
According to the guys over at WMPoweruser, who have updated a number of their Nokia Lumia devices to Windows Phone 7.8, there appears to be a bug with Live Tiles on their devices which leaves the tiles stuck.