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Nokia’s Lumia 1520 Phablet Hitting AT&T for $199 With Contract, Pre-Orders Starting Friday

AT&T said that it will start taking orders for the six-inch Lumia 1520 phablet on Friday, charging $199 for those who sign a new two-year contract. The large-screen Windows Phone, which will hit shelves Nov. 22, was announced last month by Nokia.

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Fly Or Die: Nokia Lumia 925

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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.

Two flies.

Microsoft Q1 Unveiled Today, but Don’t Expect an October Surprise for New CEO (See You in December)

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As Microsoft unveils its first-quarter earnings report later today after the markets close, all ears will be listening for any clues about how the search for its next CEO is coming along.

Expect the sounds of silence.

As AllThingsD and others have previously reported, the selection of a new leader to replace outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer is likely to take at least until the end of the year. While that could change, of course, a number of candidates – from an outsider like Ford CEO Alan Mulally to an insider such as Tony Bates – are still being considered and vetted.

And that’s why it’s going to be hard to know exactly what direction the company will actually take in the coming year, beyond Ballmer’s refocusing its strategy around “One Microsoft” and the devices-and-services meme.

But that doesn’t mean there will not be a lot to talk about, including upcoming releases such as a new Surface tablet, changes to its Windows operating system and the launch of the Xbox One.

The upcoming products follow a time of massive change at Microsoft, including the Ballmer reorg and departure news, and also the $7 billion acquisition of Nokia’s phone-and-devices business to bolster Windows Phone’s fight to survive in a mobile world dominated by Apple and Google.

Also important to watch in Microsoft’s report will be any news of how it is doing with its enterprise efforts, including the move of its products and services to the cloud.

That, too, will be an issue for the new CEO, as well as the fate of its search advertising partnership with Yahoo, how to stop losing money in its online services division, and what its future holds as PC use continues its decline in the home and workplace.

Come to think of it: Who’s crazy enough to take the top job?

Until we know more, here’s what Wall Street analysts expect in Q1 from the Redmond, Wash., company: Earnings of 54 cents per share on revenue of $17.8 billion, which compares to 53 cents on revenue of $16 billion in the same period a year ago.

One good piece of news: Microsoft’s stock is up about 30 percent so far this year.

Nokia Chose Windows Phone Because it Feared Samsung Would Rule Android

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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.

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Apple dominates smartphone OS satisfaction survey

ChangeWave Research, a service of 451 Research, looked at operating system customer satisfaction based upon the OS consumers have on their smartphones.

As in previous ChangeWave surveys, Apple is the clear leader with 71% of iOS users saying they are Very Satisfied with their phone.

What may be a surprise to some is that users of Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system (53%) now rank it higher in terms of customer satisfaction than do users of the Android mobile operating system (48%).

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Source: ChangeWave Research

MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote well over a year ago on October 27, 2011:

Windows Phone will be popular. Over time, it’ll eat the lunch of the increasingly fragmented, increasingly insecure, and increasingly costly Android (losing patent infringement lawsuits and dropping features/paying royalties to multiple IP owners will do that to you).

The not-iPhone world will begin to dump Android and move to Microsoft’s mobile OS offering because it will eventually cost less, work better, and come with far fewer legal issues. In the iPhone wannabe market, it’s already happening (Nokia, for example). We expect the same to happen in the iPad wannabe market, too. Google and Microsoft will long battle each other for the non-Apple markets and that’s a much better scenario for everyone than having a single ripoff artist flood the market with fragmented, insecure, beta-esque, mediocre-at-best products. Google’s attempt to be the next Microsoft is doomed.

This, of course, will also impact Google’s search business. Apple’s Siri will increasingly deliver info to users sans Google and Microsoft will, naturally, use Bing for their search. As we’ve said many times in the past: Google will rue the day they got greedy by deciding to try to work against Apple instead of with them.

The bottom line: We’d rather see a company trying unique ideas, even if – shockingly – it’s Microsoft, than the wholesale theft of Apple innovations that we’ve been seeing for over four [five] years now. Don’t steal IP. Even worse, don’t steal IP and “claim to be innovators.” We have no problem with any companies that attempt to compete with Apple using their own unique ideas and strategies.

Nokia Lumia 900 Review

Nokia, one of the top selling Smartphone companies with the launch of Nokia Lumia 900 has raised the bar for the most stylish Smartphones in market today. This phone is specifically know for its looks that comes in an amazing blue and pink colors. The Nokia Lumia 900 comes with classy looks and amazing features. The Nokia Lumia 900 specs have made a lot many users go bonkers over it. The Nokia Lumia 900 price also makes up with its windows operating system and the most outstanding looks. The various features like the above average battery back up and the 8 megapixel camera make the phone a pro choice. Continue to read to get the best Nokia Lumia 900 review.

Hardware

Nokia Lumia 900 has a great build unlike its predecessor, Nokia Lumia 800. The speakers of the windows Smartphone are extra ordinary. It offers the individually milled speaker holes. You can listen to your favorite music and see videos with high clarity. There is a separate improved microUSB socket. The whole build is much better than the Nokia Lumi 800. Unlike the Nokia Lumia 800, there is no flimsy plastic cover which was apparently very easy to damage. This is a solid phone that gives the proper feel of a great Smartphone.

Battery

The Nokia Lumia 900 comes with an above average battery back-up that is definitely one of the many reasons to opt for this Nokia Smartphone. The Lumia 800’s biggest problem was perhaps the battery back-up which has been resolved by this great looking Windows Smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 900. The extra space makes it have a big capacity cell. This makes the phone run for more than a day without causing any problem. However, it is not as good as many other Smartphones like Motorola Razrmaxx but makes it up for one of the phones with amazing battery back-ups.

Camera

The Nokia Lumia 900 comes with an amazing 8 Megapixel camera. This is another one of the many Nokia Lumia 900 specs. It has a greatly designed sensor with a 28mm wide-angle F2.2 lens by Carl Zeiss. It allows you to take high definition pictures. The camera app on this windows phone provides an extensive setting which varies from scenes to effects to contrast, saturation, and sharpness. The video quality offered by this phone is also excellent. You can use LED as the video light as well. You can easily take pictures and record videos of those amazing moments in day to day life.

Pros

The combination of hardware and software in the Nokia Lumia 900 has won the hearts of many. The above average batter life makes the phone a favorite amongst many. Although the phone is huge but the slim look and the matt finish gives an amazing feel.

Cons

A WP8 upgrade is not there on the cards for the Nokia Lumia 900. It also lacks the native video calls. There is also a major absence of memory card slot and microSD card slot. These limitations make it a bit over priced as well. The whole Nokia Lumia 900 review suggests a lot of advantages but these definitely limit the phone’s overall market.

Price

The Nokia Lumia 900 price has seemed to be a bit overpriced for some and perfect for others. The windows operating system, the slim build and other Nokia Lumia 900 specs makes it a complete eye candy in the mobile store and woos its buyers. On the other hand, the limited built-in storage and apps make the phone a bit overpriced. However, the price was sloshed down to $480 so that it seems affordable to the people.

The Verdict

The Nokia Lumia 900 specs like the Microsoft operating system has ostensibly made the phone one of the best Smartphones in line today. The screen makes it look tremendous. The various outstanding features overshadow the limitation and the Nokia Lumia 900 price. This Nokia Lumia 900 review shall definitely help you get the best phone with its advantages and disadvantages at hand.

iPhone 4S Or Galaxy S III ?

Apple’s iPhone 4S has been on the market for 6 months already and the Samsung Galaxy S III does not even hit keep racks until the end of May. However the iPhone 4S remains the finest selling mobile phone handset worldwide and the Galaxy S III claims to be the best handset in the world, period, so let us place them head-to-head, Mobile Nations style.

It can be immediately apparent just how much larger the Samsung Galaxy S III is, along with a whopping 4.8-inch, SAMOLED PenTile monitor. The Galaxy S III is so huge, it seems just like you might hollow it out and use it as an iPhone case. For people who don’t have a tablet, this is as near as you can get free of dont… Galaxy Note. On the downside, some (yours truly integrated), far like the color and pixel perfection of your non-PenTile iPhone- or HTC One X-style LCD LED show.Regrettably, Samsung still appears to be hugging to their Hasbro-style plastic-type material casings, which are frankly awful compared to the glass and metal a feeling of the iPhone, not to point out the unearthly great plastic materials Nokia and HTC have been using currently.The software side is a lttle bit of a combined bag for the Galaxy S III as well, with the most recent edition of Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich all loaded up, but hidden beneath Samsung’s TouchWiz. Though designed to supply a more consumer-friendly (i.e. Apple-like) appear and feel, it also offers a slightly out-dated, Gingerbread-esque vibe to entire working experience. Pro users will without a doubt desire stock (and will without doubt flash to that particular, or something all-around it, at their original opportunity). The others includes some intriguing, progressive features like speak with wake, accelerometer move from texting to talking, and also variants of Siri and iTunes Match once again cloned instantly from Apple’s 2011 keynote.

The conclusion, on the other hand, remains the similar — Samsung makes fantastic, cutting-edge, entirely uninspiring devices. They can spin out specific features so impressive they literally build your nasal bleed, and yet they really don’t really know how to innovate. Any atom and pixel just sort of reminds you of something you have often seen just before from Apple or Nokia or another person. They may be mechanics more than artists. Of course, that means something a lot more to device divas rather than well known buyers. That’s why Samsung sells millions of these big boys, and why — like Apple — they’re actually successful.
Still, this time around I reckon HTC stole a measure on Samsung. The One X merely seems and feels like a far better next generation Android phone. (I’ve quarreled the Nexus One was far better for it’s time than both the Nexus S or Galaxy Nexus too — Nexus one was a look ahead to what Android could possibly be, Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus were both summations of what Android currently was.)Speaking of which, neither the Galaxy S III nor the One X are Nexus devices, on the other hand, so if/when Google declares Android Jellybean, it might possibly well be a race to see who gets it first… or last… or never.)

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Either way, we are intending to have to wait till June to observe iOS 6, and probably October to observe the iPhone 5,1. Immediately the new Androids are striking the marketplace up against the old iPhone, which is a good bit of counter-programming. The more intriguing war will be fought this fall, and Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry 10 might possibly just create it a 4 way race on this occasion.Simply, watch the video, read the pictures, and let us know what you believe.