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5-inch Nokia XL landing in Singapore, faces tough fight

6 Jun
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Users looking for a device that offers the simplicity of a Windows Phone interface and still access popular Android apps can look forward to the Nokia XL in Singapore on June 13 at a rather attractive S$239.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Singapore, social media, Windows Phone, android, Microsoft Mobile, Nokia, Nokia XL, Singapore price and availability, smartphones, Windows,  

SingTel users can pay for Windows Phone apps via monthly bill

6 Mar
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SingTel’s smartphone subscribers can now pay for apps and other digital content that they buy over the Windows Phone store via their monthly mobile bill. 

Tagged in: Cellphones, Windows Phone, direct carrier billing, SingTel, Windows Phone,  

Goondu Review: Nokia Lumia 1520

3 Jan


The Lumia 1520 is a phone that Nokia and Microsoft Windows Phone fans will look forward to, if only because it finally matches up to the best of its rivals with its large 6-inch screen, after the recent camera-centric Lumia 1020.

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IDC: Android grabs 81 per cent share, Windows improves

14 Nov
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Android devices grabbed a huge 81 per cent of the smartphone market during the third quarter this year, while Windows Phone devices also gained a bigger slice of the pie, according to a report today by IDC.

The research firm said Android phones accounted for 211.6 million of the 261.1 million smartphones shipped in the quarter.

Pushing past the 80 per cent mark for the first time, and up from the 74.9 per cent share of a year ago, the Google operating system made significant strides as people sought out low-cost smartphones, said IDC.

Tagged in: android, BlackBerry, Cellphones, iphone, Windows Phone, Apple, BlackBerry, Google, IDC, Microsoft, worldwide smartphone market share,  

Nokia pushes out Lumia 2520 tablet, 6-inch Lumia 1520 and 1320 phablets

23 Oct
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After months of merely updating its Lumia designs, Nokia finally came up with a much-expected Windows RT tablet, as well as two 6-inch phablets that look to take the game to rivals such as Samsung.

Tagged in: Cellphones, Software, Tablet, Windows Phone, Lumia 1320, Lumia 1520, Lumia 2520, Microsoft, Nokia, pureview, windows rt,  

Goondu Review: a photographer’s take on the Nokia Lumia 1020

7 Oct
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As the smartphone wars hot up once again this holiday season, Nokia has smartly concentrated on an increasingly important selling point for its new Lumia 1020 – a standout 41-megapixel camera.

It’s something that the Finnish company had set itself apart with in the past. It’s also most logical now, given its challenge to overturn the advantage Android and iOS devices have.

Tagged in: Cellphones, Windows Phone, 1020, Lumia, Nokia, review,  

Nokia Lumia 1020 costs S$999 in Singapore, bets on camera prowess

27 Sep
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From HTC’s One X last year to Samsung’s more recent Galaxy S4 zoom, the battle for supremacy in smartphones now seems centred on the ability to snap increasingly better pictures.

Out in Singapore on October 5, Nokia’s much-touted Lumia 1020 is the latest of such camera-centric phones to promise great photos and a friendly interface. Indeed, the company has upped the ante by providing a very able camera to go with the Windows operating system.

Tagged in: Cellphones, Windows Phone, 1020, first, hand-ons, impressions, Lumia, Nokia, Singapore price and availability,  

Gartner: more smartphones sold now than “feature” phones

16 Aug
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For the first time, more smartphones have ended up in the hands of users worldwide than simpler “feature” phones that lack the advanced Internet features, according to research firm Gartner.

Users bought more than 225 million smartphones in the second quarter this year, more than the 210 million “feature” phones sold, it said on Thursday.

While smartphone sales grew by 46.5 per cent over the same period last year, feature phones proved a lot less popular, with sales plummeting by 21 per cent.

Though not surprising, the figures paint a picture of a fast saturating market, with winners and losers quickly finding their new positions.

Tagged in: android, BlackBerry, Cellphones, iphone, Software, Windows Phone, android, Apple, Gartner, market share, samsung, smartphones,  

Goondu review: Nokia Lumia 925

10 Aug
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When the Lumia 925 was first unveiled, it seemed that Nokia has finally heard my pansy complaints that the Lumia 920 could do with some weight-loss training.

At 8.5mm thick and 139g heavy, the Lumia 925 is indeed thinner and much lighter. However, I wasn’t immediately attracted to the way it looks compared to the striking polycarbonate uni-bodies of previous Lumias.

So how did the smartphone hold up after two weeks of use? Let’s find out.

Tagged in: Cellphones, Windows Phone, Nokia, Nokia Lumia 925, Singapore price, Windows Phone, windows phone 8,  

Can Nokia’s Lumia 1020 open up a new market with 41-megapixel lens?

12 Jul
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While rivals have been busy coming up with larger screens and processors with more cores, Nokia yesterday brought out a Windows Phone that was packed with its much-lauded 41-megapixel camera sensor.

The new Lumia 1020 looks pretty much like other Lumia phones on one side, except that it has on its back a PureView camera that first appeared in the Nokia 808 a year ago (see our hands-on test).

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