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From: zax4/8/2012 10:13:56 PM
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Nice 22 minute video review of the new 16 megapixel shooting 4.7" Titan at bottom of post

HTC Titan II Video Review
04/08/12 10:11 AM

mobiletechreview.com

So the Nokia Lumia 900 clearly stole the show last week with its low price tag, flashy colors, awesome AMOLED ClearBlack display and a whole lot of marketing. But there's another Windows Phone launching today on ATT, and it's worth a serious look too.



The HTC Titan II has a 4.7" Super LCD, LTE 4G and a crazy 16 megapixel camera. Like the original Titan, it's smaller than you might expect, and it's about the same weight as the Lumia 900. In fact, it's not much bigger than the 4.3" Nokia Lumia 900-- impressive engineering HTC. The phone is available today, though most AT&T corporate stores are closed, and it sells for $199 with contract.




In terms of specs, you've got the usual stuff for Windows Phone 7.5 Mango with the LTE refresh: a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S2 single core CPU, 16 gigs of storage, 800 x 480 resolution, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS with Bing Maps and navigation as well as AT&T Navigator, an FM radio and a front 1.3MP video chat camera that works with Tango and Skype Beta.




The Titan II has a very elegant design with curved glass at the bottom, pleasing soft touch finishes and a quality metal look (though there's plastic here too). It's not unique like the Lumia 900, but it's a great looking piece. It fits as easily in my hand as the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket thanks to tapered sides, but like all 4.3" and above smartphones, it's not friendly to small hands.




The Nokia Lumia 900 and HTC Titan II.


Call quality is good as is reception-- both are noteably improved from the first Titan. The 16MP camera with backside illuminated sensor takes absolutely brilliant photos, and there are a large number of scene settings to choose from, though Intelligent Auto usually does the trick.

We'll have sample photos in our full written review.
And yes, We'll have a Nokia Lumia 900 vs HTC Titan II Comparison Smackdown soon!

Here's our HTC Titan II video review:



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Lisa Gade
Editor in Chief, MobileTechReview

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From: Lahcim Leinad4/9/2012 9:21:55 AM
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Nokia Lumia 900 hit by bug that disables data | Electronista

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From: Lahcim Leinad4/9/2012 9:44:53 AM
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On Release Date, Crucial Nokia Phone Is Hard to Buy in New York - NYTimes.com

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From: zax4/11/2012 8:46:29 AM
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Teardown Shows Nokia’s Lumia 900 Costs $209 To Build
April 11, 2012 at 5:30 am PT

allthingsd.com



As smart phones go, the Lumia 900 has a lot of hopes tied up into it. It represents the collaboration of Microsoft, the software behemoth on the PC that has struggled in recent years to make a go of the smart phone business, and Nokia, once the king of wireless phones period now struggling to get back in the game versus Apple and Google.

So far the launch hasn’t gone quite so well. First there was a lackluster review. Then days after going on sale on Easter Sunday, the company has admitted to a software glitch and is offering people who bought one a $100 credit in addition to a software patch. The credit makes the phone free to buyers willing to take a two-year service contract.

Now the market research firm IHS iSuppli has taken a Lumia 900 apart and in a report shared with AllThingsD that will be released later today, determined that it costs Nokia about $209 to build. And judging from the parts being used, it’s not exactly built like the most cutting-edge phone on the market.

In fact, it seems like Microsoft and wireless chipmaker Qualcomm are making an effort to tamp both showcase how efficient Windows Phone 7 for mobile can be. At the same time they seem to be aiming to entice other hardware manufacturers by demonstrating that a full-featured smartphone can be built using components that are about a generation behind the current high end, and therefore cheaper, says Andrew Rassweiler, the iSuppli analyst who supervised the teardown.

For example, the teardown found that the Lumia 900 uses a single-core Qualcomm chip that costs $17 as its main applications processor, when a phone with similar features running Google’s Android OS such as Samsung’s Galaxy SII Skyrocket, uses a higher-end dual core processor that costs $22.

“It appears what Microsoft and Qualcomm and Nokia are trying to do here — and this is being driven by Microsoft more than anyone else — is streamline the OS so it can run on a lighter processing platform,” Rassweiler told me. “The point being is to undercut the higher end phones.”

The choices don’t end with the processor. The phone contains only 512 megabytes of DRAM memory, where most phones would use one gigabyte. And the trend is expected to continue as the next generation of Microsoft’s mobile OS will require even less memory.

Another example: The Bluetooth chip. Nokia is using a slightly older chip from Broadcom and not the latest greatest Bluetooth part. The difference between them is only $2.50, but it serves as another example showing Nokia is aiming to compete on price.

For Nokia the strategy seems to be one of aiming to compete against other phones on price, while offering similar features. The Lumia is thought to sell for $450 at retail without a subsidy, or about $200 lower than Apple’s iPhone 4S, which starts at $649 without a contract depending on model, and costs between $188 and $245 to build.

Microsoft is also thought to be helping Nokia out, says iSuppli’s Wayne Lam, who also participated in the teardown analysis. While software costs are not considered in a teardown analysis, he says Microsoft is thought to be making less than $5 per phone in licensing fees on the Windows Phone 7 operating system, far lower than the $15 per device it is said to want. That would be line with the $3 per phone price that Nokia is thought to have paid in licensing fees for the Symbian OS is used previously, and of which it was a partial owner. “Nokia is getting a fantastic discount,” Lam told me.

One place where Nokia didn’t skimp? The gyroscope chip, which determines how the phone is being moved. It contains the same gyroscope chip from STMicroelectronics that goes into the iPhone 4S. There are, apparently, some things on which you simply can’t compromise.

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From: Lahcim Leinad4/11/2012 8:52:08 AM
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Uh-Oh: Nokia Lowers Its Q1 Forecast On Pressures In Emerging Markets, Margins On Smartphones | TechCrunch

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From: zax4/11/2012 5:41:48 PM
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Netflix for Windows Phone hits v2.0, heads to the UK, Ireland and Latin America
By Edgar Alvarez posted Apr 11th 2012 2:01PM

engadget.com



Via its blog site, Netflix announced that version 2.0 of its Windows Phone app is now ready for your downloading pleasure. The refresh hands the application a passport to head over to the United Kingdom, Ireland as well as 47 other countries in Latin America. In addition to its global quest, Netflix added an array of new bits in the update, including subtitles, closed captions and an alternate audio option, while performance improvements and the promise of a more pleasant browsing / viewing experience are also in tow. Naturally, you'll need a Mango-flavored Windows handset to enjoy the app; if that's you, the source link has something you clearly need.

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From: zax4/12/2012 4:47:20 PM
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According at least to Amazon.com, Windows Phone is now dominating Android in the cellphone customer satisfaction department, with all top four, and 6 of the top 10 spots.

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To: zax who wrote (94)4/13/2012 1:52:02 AM
From: FUBHO
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Good news. Am a little worried about my bundle of Nokia shares purchased yesterday. Think they are trading at the value of their patents alone here...

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From: zax4/13/2012 7:34:43 AM
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Microsoft starting to get the sorts of problems you like to have...

Microsoft details plans for dealing with Marketplace publishing slowdowns

Posted on Thu, 12 Apr 2012 6:31 pm EDT by Daniel Rubino



We reported a few days ago that Microsoft was experiencing a unique problem: the Windows Phone Marketplace has grown so much, so fast that their servers and backend getting hammered, resulting in app-publishing slowdowns. Everything from submissions, to certifications to the App Hub itself was getting slower.

Today, Microsoft's Todd Brix addressed the problem in a blog post noting that they have an immediate method for addressing these problems and a more long term one. The addition of all those new markets over the last few months has taken its toll on the App Hub experience, more than they had anticipated. As a result they will be re-working their backend, which will take some time:

"We’re already in the process of developing a more robust and scalable Marketplace service that will address current problems and pave the way for the even more rapid growth we’re expecting in the years ahead. But engineering work this significant doesn’t happen overnight. Our plan is to have it complete by late summer."

For the short term, they already have started to work on these two areas:

  • Adding more server capacity to better handle the increased load.
  • Streamlining our processes to accelerate the rate at which apps can be ingested, certified, and published.
As a result, developers are now seeing shorter turnarounds from their submission to publication dates, which is a good thing. However, the more substantial changes won't be felt until later this summer.

So once again, good news and bad news as Microsoft is adjusts to the sudden influx of new developers and markets for Windows Phone.

Source: Windows Phone Blog

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To: FUBHO who wrote (95)4/13/2012 9:56:50 AM
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WP7 devices now have all top 5 spots for devices on Amazon rated by customer satisfaction, and 9 of the top 20 devices. Amazing.

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