Editorials from UnleashThePhones

Editorial: The Cost of Wanting to be Different

Today, we saw Nokia do what all of us thought was absolutely impossible and launch an Android-based smartphone called the Nokia X. It is an ultra low-end smartphone aimed at emerging markets and people looking to ditch their feature phones on a budget. If you actually believed the company's statements from the last 2 to 3 years, you would have no doubt dismissed all the rumours of a Nokia phone based on And ...

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I bought a Surface – The (Ir?)relevance of Windows RT in 2014

I know, I know, it's been almost 18 months since the Surface RT was launched. It's been 6 months since its successors were launched as well. What could I possibly say that hasn't been said before? Well, nothing. Actually. But this editorial isn't about telling you whether to buy a new Surface RT or not, this is the story of a boy who saw one selling on olx at a dirt-cheap price, and decided to take a gamble ...

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Editorial: Remembering my Nokia 701

Disclaimer: This is going to be a long, emotional piece. Read on only if you love Nokia, Symbian or me. It was a summer of desire and a winter of surprises. For much of the summer of 2011, I had been using a featurephone to get me by. A Nokia 2690, to be exact. Although I didn’t exactly hate the device, I needed something better. Because, well, it wasn’t cutting it for me. I was a media student, and as such ...

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Editorial: What To Do After The Nokia Store-pocalypse

The year is 2014. The remaining users of the Symbian and MeeGo platforms, once given assurances that their environment will be maintained until 2016, wake up to a post-apocalyptic landscape, one where essential services have been cut off, left in a state of stasis or put in cold storage until the end of time. Thankfully, the platforms were designed to be independent entities that would survive long after th ...

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[Images + Videos] A Day with Google & their Services in Taipei

Earlier this week, Google Asia invited us over to spend a day with Google and check out their services, in fabulous Taipei. I was pretty excited, because as y'all probably know by now, I'm a huge user of Google's many services, and was excited to meet some of the people behind them. From something as small as Google Translate, to their innovative apps/features like Google Now, I've grown to be very dependan ...

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[Gallery] A look at HERE’s True 2 Car

Many of us are familiar with the HERE suite of location apps, such as HERE Maps, HERE Drive+ and HERE Transit. Earlier today, I was at Nokia's offices here in Singapore to check out the company's next-generation data collection vehicle called True II. You might have heard of Google's Street View cars that are deployed in various cities around the world capturing real-world imagery that complements Google's ...

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Editorial: A homage to the Nokia N9, 2 years on

This month marks the 2nd year of the Nokia N9 reaching general availability. Much change has happened in the mobile industry since 2011. We've seen dual-core CPUs become faster and more efficient, we've been through the same cycle with quad-core CPUs and we've seen the emergence of octa-core chips. Android has become the undisputed winner among mobile platforms from a market-share perspective. HTC is no lon ...

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Editorial: My Concerns with Microsoft-buying-Nokia

I don't think I've ever woken up as quickly as I did yesterday. Around 8:45 am IST my WhatsApp started buzzing and I got an email, which all ended up waking me up because of the sudden barrage of notification sounds echoed from my Phone, to my iPad, to my Surface. WHAT THE FUCK JUST HAPPENED— Clinton Jeff (@clintonjeff) September 3, 2013 The first thing I did was check out what the new email was about ...

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Switching from Symbian: What I Love/Hate About Windows Phone 8

Edit Cj: Everyone say hello to the newest member of our crew, Shibesh (@biryaniwhore)! For the past 2 years, my choice of operating system was Symbian. (Insert Cj's joke how Steve Litchfield, Yash and I are the only ones still using the platform) So naturally when I picked up a Nokia Lumia 620, I was in for a series of shocks and surprises. Sometimes pleasant, most of the times not. Let’s start with the ple ...

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Android 4.2 on the Sony Xperia Z/ZL: A Major Boost for Sony’s Flagships

With the recently-released software update to Android 4.2.2 for the Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL, Sony's 5-inch devices join the (still very limited) ranks of non-Nexus Android smartphones with the very latest version of Android on board. While stock Android 4.2 might be described as a relatively minor update to Android 4.1, Sony has taken the opportunity to bring several new features and user interface impr ...

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Revisiting Series 60: A Week and a Conclusion

I think it is obvious that my time with the E71 ended much sooner than expected, validating the opinion of my esteemed colleague, Yash, that I wouldn't be able to last 2 weeks with it. My SIM card is currently in my iPhone 4, and it will probably stay there for a while; I've spent the past couple of days rediscovering what actually makes iOS so appealing and I should have an editorial on that very topic on ...

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Revisiting Series 60: How can it be this hard to watch a YouTube video?

My SIM card has gone back into my iPhone after a week with the Nokia E71. I just couldn't deal anymore. However, I wanted to share my thoughts about the E71's media capabilities before publishing my concluding writeup, which should be an interesting read. Arguably, the E71's most significant hardware limitation is that 3.2-megapixel camera on the back, simply because it just isn't very good. While I'm not a ...

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