Hands-on with the Samsung Focus S Windows Phone

By on November 4, 2011 at 8:01 AM.

Hands-on with the Samsung Focus S Windows Phone

We stopped by Samsung’s offices in New York City recently to check out its brand new high-end Focus S Windows Phone. It is powered by Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, the latest iteration of the operating system, and packs a number of features that put the phone on a par with the Galaxy S II. It offers a stellar 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen, a 1.4GHz processor, support for AT&T’s HSPA+ network, an 8-megapixel camera and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera or video chat. We loved how thin the device was at just 8.5-millimeters and, thanks to its plastic body, it looks a bit like the Galaxy S II from afar. AT&T will launch the Focus S sometime this fall for $199.99 this fall. We’ll be bringing you a review as soon as we can but in the meantime you can get a closer look at the phone by checking out our gallery below.

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Samsung Focus Flash hands-on

By on November 4, 2011 at 8:00 AM.

Samsung Focus Flash hands-on

We met up with Samsung recently to check out the Focus Flash, a brand new Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) device that will be available on AT&T shortly for $49.99 with a new contract. The Focus Flash isn’t as high-end as the Focus S, but it does offer a number of compelling hardware features that make it a worthy upgrade over the original Focus. It is equipped with a 1.4GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera, a front-facing camera for video chat and support for AT&T’s HSPA+ data network. We’re a little turned off that the Focus Flash doesn’t support microSD cards and that it has a smaller 3.7-inch display than the original Focus. Its Super AMOLED display was nice and bright, though, and it was noticeably faster than the Focus when we opened and closed apps with both phones side by side. We’ll be bringing you a full review soon, but in the meantime check out our gallery below.

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HTC Titan review

By on October 27, 2011 at 1:00 PM.

HTC Titan review

Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform is in a peculiar place right now. Those who use the year-old mobile operating system typically offer glowing accounts of their experiences, but adoption has been anything but brisk. Carriers aren’t pushing Windows Phones with any effort worth noting — in fact, retail staffers at U.S. carrier shops have been known to steer customers away from the platform according to various reports — and in the second quarter of 2011, Microsoft’s share of the mobile market may have hit an all-time low. Microsoft’s deal with Nokia finally bore fruit this week however, and the second wave of Windows Phones has begun trickling out into the market. Among the Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” devices that have been announced to date, one in particular stands taller than the rest, both literally and figuratively. In this review, we take a look at the AT&T-bound HTC Titan to see if this phone is worthy of its titanic moniker.

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Nokia’s second and less expensive Windows Phone is the Nokia Lumia 710 [video]

By on October 26, 2011 at 9:02 AM.

Nokia’s second and less expensive Windows Phone is the Nokia Lumia 710 [video]

During Nokia World in London on Wednesday, Nokia unveiled two of the company’s Windows Phone smartphones, including the Nokia Lumia 800 and the slightly less powerful Nokia Lumia 710. The Lumia 710, originally codenamed “Sabre,” is equipped with a 1.4GHz processor, a 3.7-inch ClearBlack display with an 800 x 480-pixel resolution, a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p HD video at 30 frames per second, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of storage and a 1,300mAh battery. Nokia said that a “portfolio of products” would eventually be available in the United States next year but that the Lumia 710 will first launch in Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan by the end of the year for €270 unsubsidized. We’ll be bringing you a hands-on with the Lumia 710 as well as the Lumia 800 later in the day.

UPDATE: our hands-on is now live. More →

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Nokia’s first Windows Phone, the Nokia Lumia 800 gets announced [video]

By on October 26, 2011 at 7:30 AM.

Nokia’s first Windows Phone, the Nokia Lumia 800 gets announced [video]

During Nokia World in London on Wednesday, Nokia took the wraps off of one of its first Windows Phone 7.5 devices, the Nokia Lumia 800. The Lumia 800, available in three different colors, is equipped with an 8-megapixel camera based on Carl Zeiss optics, 16GB of storage, a 3.7-inch AMOLED ClearBlack curved display, a 1.4GHz processor and 25GB of SkyDrive cloud storage for music and pictures. It also supports Nokia Drive, the company’s free turn-by-turn navigation software, as well as Nokia Music. Nokia said the Lumia 800 is available for pre-order for €420 unsubsidized in select countries and will land in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom in November. It will then make its debut in Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan “before the end of the year” and in other markets in “early” 2012. Unfortunately, Nokia has confirmed the Lumia 800 will not launch in the United States this year. Read on for a video of the Lumia 800 and the full press release from Nokia.

UPDATE: our hands on is now live. More →

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Nokia to unveil Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 Windows Phones tomorrow, report claims

By on October 25, 2011 at 3:25 PM.

Nokia to unveil Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 Windows Phones tomorrow, report claims

Nokia will announce the Lumia 800 and the Lumia 710 during its Nokia World event in London on Wednesday, WinRumors reported on Tuesday. The Lumia 800 was originally leaked as the “SeaRay” and earlier rumors suggested the phone will pack an 8-megapixel camera and a 3.7-inch display. The Lumia 710 first appeared as the “Sabre” and it allegedly offers a 3.5-inch display, a 1.4GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera and 1GB of RAM. These two Windows Phone 7.5 devices could hit the market as soon as November, in-line with Nokia’s promise to launch a Windows Phone product this year. Thankfully we have less than 24 hours until Nokia CEO Stephen Elop takes the stage and clears up all of the fog. Hit the break for two additional images. More →

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T-Mobile to launch HTC Radar 4G Windows Phone on November 2nd for $100

By on October 24, 2011 at 7:40 PM.

T-Mobile to launch HTC Radar 4G Windows Phone on November 2nd for $100

T-Mobile USA confirmed via Facebook on Monday that it will launch the HTC Radar, a Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) device, on November 2nd for $100 after a $50 mail-in rebate and with a new two-year contract. BGR had a chance to see the HTC Radar 4G up close in September, and we found it to be an attractive mid-level handset at its price point. The Radar 4G is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and is equipped with a 3.7-inch display, a 5-megapixel camera, 512MB of RAM and support for T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network. More →

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Nokia Sabre Windows Phone image leaked

By on October 20, 2011 at 11:45 PM.

Nokia Sabre Windows Phone image leaked

Nokia may be poised to unveil at least two new Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) devices during its Nokia World conference next week. Pocketnow spilled an image of the Nokia “Sabre” on Thursday, which reportedly packs a 1.4GHz processor, a 3.5-inch WVGA display, a 5-megapixel camera and 1GB of storage. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said we can expect to see “a bunch” of Windows Phone handsets from Nokia during Nokia World, which kicks off on October 26th. We have already published plenty of purported details on the Nokia 800, also known as the Sea Ray, but perhaps Nokia still has a few surprises up its sleeve. The good news is we have just under a week until Nokia makes it all official.  More →

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Windows Phone boss ‘flattered’ by Android 4.0 copycat features

By on October 20, 2011 at 6:10 PM.

Windows Phone boss ‘flattered’ by Android 4.0 copycat features

Microsoft’s head of Windows Phone Andy Lees recently said he was flattered by parts of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich that appear to mimic features of Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango). “It’s always flattering when someone starts copying you ,” Lees told CNETAsia. Perhaps one of the most noticeable similarities is Android’s new ‘People’ feature, which provides a snapshot of any contact’s social network status — it is nearly identical to what Windows Phone 7.5 offers with “People Hub.” Read on for more. More →

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Nokia 800 Windows Phone press shots leaked

By on October 19, 2011 at 8:45 PM.

Nokia 800 Windows Phone press shots leaked

Press renders depicting one of Nokia’s first Windows Phone devices, the Nokia 800, were leaked by Pocketnow on Wednesday. Unfortunately, the renders don’t provide a ton of detail, but it appears the Nokia 800 has a fairly conservative rectangular form factor, sharp 90-degree corners and metal buttons. The images seem to confirm that this device is likely the Sea Ray phone spotted in a video earlier this year. Like the N9, with which the Nokia 800appears to share a case, the phone will be available in black, blue and pink. Little else is known about the device so far, but it could pack an 8-megapixel camera and a 3.7-inch display according to earlier reports. We’re certain to hear more about the Nokia 800, and hopefully other new devices, during Nokia World on October 26th. Hit the jump for two additional images of the Nokia 800. More →

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Windows Phone-powered Nokia 800 ads leaked

By on October 10, 2011 at 9:00 PM.

Windows Phone-powered Nokia 800 ads leaked

Two leaked advertisements for one of Nokia’s first Windows Phones have been published by Pocketnow. The ads refer to the device as the “Nokia 800,” which could be the “Sea Ray” that has surfaced several times. One of the images also suggests the Nokia 800 is equipped with an 8-megapixel camera, although other specifications are still unknown. There is a blue Nokia 800 in the second image, which implies the phone will be, in typical Nokia fashion, available in several different colors. Hopefully Nokia decides to carry over its aluminum unibody design from the N8, too, although the build materials are also still unclear. We will no doubt hear more about the 800 and maybe even additional Windows Phone handsets during Nokia World, which kicks off on October 26th in London. Read on for a second image. More →

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Microsoft exec: Windows Phone is the cure for iPhone’s monotony, Android’s chaos

By on October 10, 2011 at 11:00 AM.

Microsoft exec: Windows Phone is the cure for iPhone’s monotony, Android’s chaos

Windows Phone boss Andy Lees sees the latest version of Microsoft’s mobile operating system as the answer to big problems facing iOS and Android, the two most popular mobile operating systems on the planet. In an interview with The Seattle Times, Lees pitched Windows Phone 7.5 — affectionately known as “Mango” — as the answer to consumers’ prayers. “Over the next 12, 18, 24 months, I can see a lot of stars lining up,” Lees said of Microsoft’s emerging mobile platform. Read on for more. More →

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Dell reportedly bails on plans for new Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) phones

By on October 7, 2011 at 3:40 PM.

Dell reportedly bails on plans for new Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) phones

According to WPCentral, Dell will not launch any new Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) smartphones. Dell was planning to release a device called “Wrigley” according to earlier reports, which was supposed to be quite similar to the Venue Pro. WPCentral said it has confirmed with “a higher up” within the company that the Wrigley is no longer in the pipeline. The report goes on to state that Dell is considering new devices for the next version of Windows Phone, ode-named Apollo, but no decisions have been made. “We have not made any announcements confirming that Mango or Windows Phone devices are no longer in the pipeline,” a Dell spokesperson told BGR when asked to comment on the claims. “Dell is committed to providing the best mobility solutions, regardless of the operating system, to our global customers.” More →

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