Editorials from UnleashThePhones

The Lumia 1520, Or How I Learned to Love the Phablet

Since September 2011, I’ve been making fun of people who use large-screened phones as their daily drivers. Well, mostly my friends, and strangers who held up Galaxy Tabs to their faces in the Delhi Metro. But all of that changed when the tables were turned on me a month ago; I was handed a Nokia Lumia 1520. At 6.0”, this phone is easily the largest screened phone I’ve ever used. Working as a tech reviewer, ...

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The Nokia Lumia 520, still a better phone than the Moto E

Now that I’ve got all of you hyperventilating, I’d suggest a glass of hot milk, an Oreo and a nice John Mayer song to bring you back to normal. Done? Then let’s get on with it. The Moto E (check our Hands-On here for more info about it) is an amazing indicator of things to come. It shows the dedication of a top-of-the-line manufacturer to reach out to the “next billion” by making quality hardware available ...

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Your Phone Can Capture Amazing Images, You Just Don’t Know How

When a new flagship device launches, ten minutes of the presentation undoubtedly go toward the camera. The speaker shows statistics of how more and more people each year are clicking pictures with their phones. How many million uploads Facebook gets every hour etc. These slides are interspersed with some amazing landscape, portrait and street photography. They then introduce some new technology (call it Ult ...

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Editorial: When Hell Freezes Over

When I revealed that I had made the switch to a Samsung Galaxy S4, the reactions from my colleagues here on UnleashThePhones were primarily of shock and disbelief. After all, I have always taken a tough stance with Samsung regarding the quality and design of their products and their lack of taste and restraint. How did it come to this? I figured that if I were to be able to justify my criticism of Samsung d ...

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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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