Kids and the Nokia Lumia 800

, posted: 18-Apr-2012 15:43

The digital tools that avail themselves today are no match for the blackboards of years gone by. If you have pre-teens, your Nokia Lumia 800 will add great value to childhood memories, yours and your kids. This very small, lightweight device is full of multimedia capabilities and with some very basic skills and little editing, great videos and pictures can be taken at very short notice. I have found, when away from home or a toy box, much fun can be had browsing nursery rhymes on Youtube, for example and the Telecom XT network delivers very well, here.

The handsets video quality is of a very high standard and the colours, sounds and happy moments are appreciated by the olds as well as the kids themselves. My kids immediately cheer up when they are shown 30 second clips of themselves laughing or playing. They find navigation of the clips to be very intuitive and are very capable at swiping across the screen or pressing ‘play’ to view the content.

With all the social media connectivity built into the handset, uploading or sharing content is a breeze.

Specifications, formats and techniques
The camera is activated by a dedicated button, no need to unlock the handset. An on screen button is used to change between motion and still functionality. The maximum resolution of the video camera is 1280x720 at 30fps and the format is MPEG-4. The video camera has a stabilisation and focus feature to help get the most from trying to hold a small camera, often on the move. The still camera is an 8 Megapixel 4:3 format picture in JPG format. I have set this to 7 Megapixel in 16:9 format because I want the pictures to closely fit the handsets 3.7” 16:9-ish screen.

As with both i-devices and Android, there is a great deal of picture and video software available for free or minimal cost download. I used only the built in camera and utilities to make a short video of happy kids and saved this automatically to my desktop using Zune and the wireless network in my house (using wireless sync).

The photos and video I took are presented as taken, no editing. Zune however, can only play the video format, not export or recode. Windows Live Movie Maker can’t work with this format either. Using the built-in browser I Googled this dilemma and found a video, watched it on the handset and realised the handset is actually powerful enough to do the basic editing I need.

I am no photographer and find the rule of 9 to be best for taking pictures – divide the screen into nine blocks (3x3) and ensure the subject is on one of the four cross-sections that result. This usually results in good composition and I am one of those photographers that puts everything else down to luck. Fortunately, this is a great camera.

My fist home made move, unedited:



The panorama photo below was made at a conference at Wintec. When taking panoramas with Nokia Creative Suite, the software automatically fills in the missing pictures as the camera moves around, no need to mentally line up the shots:



If you’re worried about losing the camera on the move or would prefer not to share the photo to Facebook and sundry, a free plug-in is available for the Nokia handset that allows you to upload to a free Skydrive account, an online storage facility much like Dropbox.

Best Use Hints:
• Check the userguide of any new electronic device to see if there are special functions or features that could enhance your experience.
• Youtube offers many videos that are presented in a how-to format.
• Before going on vacation or to a special function, always test and try out different styles and techniques, this ensures you are ready to take a great shot at a moments notice.
• Get a Skydrive account to keep memories safe when on the move and use the Skydrive account from your desktop to keep them available to you when at your desk.

Pros:
• Dedicated camera button which is responsive and purposeful.
• Nokia Creative Suite is great and the auto-stich, guided panorama function is just awesome.
• Great high resolution video with good sound (okay, I sound like a cheeseburger when I talk on video, that is me, not the camera ;-)

Cons:
• MP4 editing tools are third party if you want to convert, customise or add to the movies you make.
• MP4 file size can be really big, somehow – 1min is about 100MB

About the author:

Hi, my name is Gund Wehsling (gundar on Geekzone). I am a freelance ICT contractor in Hamilton. I also share the care of my two year old twins out of work hours and support local community groups with the little spare time I can find. I have had several smart phones over the years and find them to be very helpful when used as a business tool. My expectations of the Nokia Lumia 800 are high given the hype and fanfare that was the launch. In my blog posts I will share experiences using this mobile phone as a tool in a busy and demanding lifestyle. Meanwhile, if you need some experienced long or short term ICT help, my contact details are here: www.arcainsula.co.nz



Nokia Lumia 800 Battery Issue

, posted: 17-Apr-2012 12:39

In previous blog entries, I have shared my experiences using the Nokia Lumia 800 to gain an advantage over a busy day or schedule. As had been previously mentioned, I found the battery life to be remarkably less than the advertised expectation. In this blog entry, I have decided to deal with what is actual fact regarding this battery “issue” and how to work around this, if at all possible, if it at all exists – I haven’t ruled out my tinkering yet.
 
Sticking to Facts
When calling any support line, remember some of the questioning routines are designed to correlate with a flowchart that leads to a specific solution. For this reason, presenting subjective information usually results in incorrect fixes or wasted time. When I called the Care Centre, they had a lot of questions and tasks I needed to follow on the handset. As I found myself scrambling to get the information from the handset while on a call as much as struggling to remember when events occurred, I decided to retreat, hard reset the handset and start the battery investigation from fresh.
 
So you know: As a worst case scenario, as with any purchase, if returning the item is the last option, it won’t be a supported move without proof and fact, so starting again, but logging the errors and events over a few days means I will have a specific record of facts to either help work the problem out or present for comment from any parties involved.

Diagnostics and Battery Cycling
Using the Nokia Diagnostics application (dial ##634# from the phone application), I have ascertained the battery uses between 200 and 300mA during the course of the day, while 'awake'. A quick survey between mates and other Geekzoners showed that their Nokia Lumia 800s were using between 70 and 90mA at this time. I recall the battery seemed to get better with each recharge and decided to work in this direction. As the battery is built in and there is no way to test the battery myself without buying some fancy screwdrivers and voiding a warranty, I decided to cycle the battery and try again with more conservative settings.
 
This next step wipes the Nokia Lumia 800 out, all data, all settings. Be sure you have taken your data off the handset before proceeding.

I hard reset the handset from the Settings, About and Reset menu options. Then, ignoring all prompts to setup or install anything I downloaded “WP Bench”, a free application from the marketplace. I only had to sign in to the marketplace, all other prompts are optional. WP Bench sports a battery timer utility which I drained the battery with. The half or so battery that was left took 2 hours to run out completely and I put the handset directly on the supplied charger for 7 straight hours. I used the Telecom XT network to get the WP Bench software as I had not setup any other connection or setting, just the bare factory defaults. for the record, my software levels are:
 
OS 7.10.8107.79
Firmware 1600.2487.8107.12070
Radio 1.6.00.24
 
The charger disconnected, I started the WP Bench utility up again and drained out the battery from full, this took about 4 hours. I then repeat the discharge, recharge cycle until the Diagnostics application showed no new charge being taken. I then made a note that the battery draw had settled to about 80mA after a few minutes, ruling out a hardware alone problem. Then, one by one, I re-enabled each service and installed each application as the handset was before, checking the battery drain between each step. This process identifies the application or service that tips the battery usage up significantly.

In Summary
After adding all the features and accounts to the handset I had before, I was amazed to see that the power drain fell to about 85mA after a few minutes of ‘settling down’. I watched the screen for some time and noted that the battery drain would climb and fall occasionally as email was checked, for example, but after a few minutes, would fall back to 85 or 90mA.

So it seems this is how the problem is solved? Possibly? Certainly, in my case. Unfortunately, this is not a very scientific test, but none of these steps would void the warranty and apart from a day or so of cycling the battery, there is nothing to lose. It may have been the case that cycling the battery has made a difference, it may have been the case that adding my applications and customisations, under scrutiny has lead to a better installation than before, no way to tell for sure, but this process may help you identify if you have an actual problem or not.
 
Best Use Hints:
  • Check the userguide of any new electronic device to see if there are special charging procedures (camera’s, mobile devices, even remotes, anything that takes batteries).
  • Check the manufacturers website for newer firmware or release notes that highlight your problem if you are having one.
  • Always use the supplied charger and accessories if in doubt.
  • Always use the recommended battery type if your device has replaceable batteries.

Pros:
  • Apart from the time taken to prove this test, the result exceeded expectation.
  • Nokia came to the party, did a follow up call and sent me a courier bag to have the phone sent to Auckland at their cost to be tested.

  • Cons:
  • Losing two days of use to test the battery was better than sending the phone away for a few days, but still takes a lot of time to prove a point.
  • Nokia Care Centre operators in other parts of the world are still struggling with technical terms and issues, try to call the Auckland Care Centre directly in office hours.

About the author:

Hi, my name is Gund Wehsling (gundar on Geekzone). I am a freelance ICT contractor in Hamilton. I also share the care of my two year old twins out of work hours and support local community groups with the little spare time I can find. I have had several smart phones over the years and find them to be very helpful when used as a business tool. My expectations of the Nokia Lumia 800 are high given the hype and fanfare that was the launch. In my blog posts I will share experiences using this mobile phone as a tool in a busy and demanding lifestyle. Meanwhile, if you need some experienced long or short term ICT help, my contact details are here: www.arcainsula.co.nz



Nokia Lumia 800 as a Remote Office

, posted: 16-Apr-2012 12:58

This is my first blog post for Telecom and Geekzone and I’m going to evaluate the new  Nokia Lumia 800 smartphone, on Telecom XT network, in my busy world. I hope to guide you to getting better value from your smart phone if you are a sole trader, small business exec or if you’re just busy enough to want a PA some days. 

In my previous post (Nokia Lumia 800 as a PA), I covered getting setup with a new smartphone for a busy person. Today, I have a look at how to spend more time with your customers and work remotely using just the phone and some low cost software. If you have less than 10 people in your organisation, you will save a lot of money working as described here. I am available to help your business setup and use the services described here.  

Small Business Offices of Today  
For many years, I have worked in some capacity where visits to small business offices were routine. In these kinds of organisations, spending money on current technology and working smarter, not harder, has traditionally been limited by software licensing fees and the like.  

In these cluttered environments, desk time is required daily and that also means less time on the road or on-site. For remote access to files and emails, I tried Microsoft Small Business Server, SMEServer and other home office based remote software always arriving at the conclusion that the Internet connection was too slow, in at least one direction, for remote access.

The only solution it seemed was to have the files on a higher speed network somewhere out there, on the Internet.  

Small Business Offices of the Future  
Many software companies offer software as a service (SaaS), over a secured Internet connection; pay per month, per user for example. An example of which is an Office365 account, from Microsoft. Each user account (on the Plan P1 subscription) gets 25GB of space made up of a mailbox, private and public website and some application rights for around NZ$10 a month. The only requirement being a domain name per organisation (as little as $10/year or it can co-exist with your current domain name).

The combination of applications on offer let most users do most things they usually do with Microsoft Office. The private website allows users to share and manage files, the mailbox has an instant messaging client, calendar and contact management and you can download discounted or free software or use the web applications. The web applications are versions of Microsoft Office applications that only need Internet Explorer to run. The public website is a simple, wizard driven template affair – enough to get your name and basic business details ‘out there’ - here is mine: www.arcainsula.co.nz - like I said, basic and functional.  

The big corporations have started to embrace this way of working because they can see the benefits quicker, small businesses will follow as demand brings the price down and they'll never look back to servers in broom cupboards. As this happens, the information everybody needs is available from anywhere to the right users whether they are suppliers, customers or staff.  

Nokia Lumia 800 and Office365
After the initial setup of the Office365 service, I found the Windows Phone ‘Office365’ app under applications, a free client. From the smartphone, access is granted to the same information as the office desktop: email, calendars, contacts, files and applications are easily avaialble.

The office work is synchronised immediately as the desktop computer optionally saves files directly to the private web site as much as the Nokia Lumia 800 does, which means everybody can see the same updated document, from anywhere a modern browser can run; like on the Nokia Lumia 800.  

Navigation of the Office365 application is easy with the quality of the Lumia 800’s screen. Due to the size of the on screen ‘keyboard’, though, I cannot edit a document easily, but I can definitely view any of my company’s saved documents in the most recent Microsoft Office formats. For documents that are not made with Microsoft products, PDF files for example, applications exist in the marketplace to support these formats. So far I have only needed an additional PDF reader, which is a free download and works without any problems.  

The Nokia Lumia 800 synchronises all contact information from the Office365 account and this is the same contact information the office desktop will have via the Office365 included Microsoft Outlook 2010 Client, which means contact details are always at hand and always current and most importantly, backed up by this replication. The same applies for email and calendar information; available anywhere and always replicated out.   

This 'always replicated out' also means that any newly acquired Windows smart phone or desktop can be setup in minimal time and have access to the most recent versions of any document, contact detail or calendar appointment once connected to Office365. This really pays off when setting up new workstations or replacing lost or broken smartphones.  

As a Remote Office  
The Nokia Lumia 800 and Office365 combination allows me to work from anywhere an Internet connection is available (the office WiFi or Telecom XT for example). And by work, I mean 

- contact anybody who knows somebody I know (via Office365, Facebook, Linked-In et al.) and see all their - most recent posts, details and social or professional inclinations prior to hitting dial,
- read emails and  view all the types of attachments I received over the trial period,
- view, organise, manage and make minor amendments to Micrososft Office documents,
- view, organise and manage other documents (like PDFs),
- view, organise, manage and make changes to calendars, task lists and contact details,
- get guided instructions to any address or location in the world (and make meetings on time).  

I found some Office365 limitations around document uploading and management which can be easily overcome with a SkyDrive account from Microsoft. This service is a free remote store, like DropBox, which has a native client on the Nokia Lumia 800 and a desktop client via web interface or mapped drive. I use this store for all non-work related content as I am the only person who has access to this facility. The tight integration allows for taking photos and havng them automatically upload, for example.    

In Summary  
Your small business will quickly become an agile player with this low cost, high tech way of working. This smart phone will allow you to look up old quotes, previous supply agreements and scanned invoices, for example, while on the road. Don't stop there, have a few basic powerpoint slides setup for any imprompt presentations or learn how to setup and use a SaaS applications like Psoda for project management on the go or Xero for billing from the road, for example.  

My next post will share my experiences of using the smartphone to better my interaction with my kids in an educational and fun way.  

Best Use Hints 
- Services like LinkedIn offer additional features at low monthly costs as do most SaaS providers if you feel you need more power or feature per dollar. 
- If you are having troubles, check you have good connections where you are or opt to 'offline' important documents for meetings that may be in areas of dodgy coverage.
- Encourage your clients and suppleirs to share your office wifi as much as you have access to theirs, they will gain from low cost, mobile productivity as much as you will.
- Most SaaS providers will give you a trial account for up to 30 days, take advantage of this to ensure the application works for you as much as you get the first month free.
- Keep a spare charger in your car, always.
- Practice presentations and 'rehearse' client meetings if you are going to use technology to present your product or self (but you know this already, right?).
- Compare network offerings prior to long term plan commitments to make sure you have coverage where you work - some mobile companies offer month to month plans, take advantage and trial the technology before committing.
- Compare your current data plan's actual use before switching or upgrading to a new plan.  

Pros
- Tidy seemless integration and easy to use basic office access.
- Most SaaS applications are low cost and well supported.
- Easily shaves an hour off most days, often more.
- Telecom's XT network is well suported in Hamilton and other big centres and the smartphone allows for offline files when working really remotely.  
Cons
- Some minor improvements in some applications could be rounded out in later patches but I was hunting for bugs and testing everything, something most users won't do or find.
- When using this type of feature set, battery life needs to be monitored and managed. 
- Screen may be too small to create or edit Office documents but is perfect for reading.  

Still worth 4.5/5.0 if I had a awesome-o-meter.

About the author:
Hi, my name is Gund Wehsling (gundar on Geekzone). I am a freelance ICT contractor in Hamilton. I also share the care of my two year old twins out of work hours and support local community groups with the little spare time I can find. I have had several smart phones over the years and find them to be very helpful when used as a business tool. My expectations of the Nokia Lumia 800 are high given the hype and fanfare that was the launch. In my blog posts I will share experiences using this mobile phone as a tool in a busy and demanding lifestyle. Meanwhile, if you need some experienced long or short term ICT help, my contact details are here: www.arcainsula.co.nz



Nokia Lumia 800: People and Messaging hub

, posted: 28-Mar-2012 11:53

In my previous blog post, I wrote the hardware review for the Nokia Lumia 800 and this blog post I will cover some of the social aspects of the Windows Phone operating system which powers the Nokia Lumia 800.  There will be plenty more aspects of the software that I will cover and blog about in a series of blog posts later on.

Windows Phone is a people-centric mobile operating system.  It lets you put your contacts, your favourite people, your favourite apps, your favourite websites or even your folders from your email accounts pinned right on your main home screen as live tiles. These live tiles update in real time as the content inside the tile updates. i.e. a new email, a new tweet you were mentioned in, new post on your Facebook wall  etc.  You can move these tiles around so you can have the stuff that’s most important to you at the top when you bring the phone back from sleep. 

People Hub

When I first turned on the phone, it asked me for my Windows Live ID which is the same as your Hotmail ID if you have one else you can create one on the phone for free. I then went to the People hub and it asked me to setup my Facebook account which I did and it then also set up Facebook chat on the phone as well automatically for me as well.

I also added my twitter account to show feeds in the people hub along with Facebook updates from my friends and family. Facebook, Twitter, Windows Live Messenger and LinkedIn are integrated right into the OS. You don’t have to download apps from the marketplace for these social networks as the integration is done very well and the features provided will satisfy most user’s needs.



Three login IDs later my phone was ready to be social. My Facebook contacts downloaded automatically in the background along with my Windows Live messenger contacts. The best part is that Windows Phone is smart enough to link your contacts from Facebook, Exchange, LinkedIn, Gmail or Windows Live into one contact card automatically without you doing the hard part.

I had 95% success rate with this because my contacts on various social networks had same first and family name on their networks so the phone was smart enough to link them together.  The remaining five percent I manually linked their remaining contact information into one contact card which the phone creates for you automatically. The phone also puts a photo next to your contacts card from Facebook or whatever social network they might be on and if they have a photo loaded on their profile so you get quite a colourful contacts list to scroll through.

You can quickly jump to any contact by searching for their name or using the jump lists feature where you tap ‘a’ which is on the top of the screen when you are in people hub and the phone will display you active alphabets that you can press which when tapped will take you straight to the part of the directory with all names starting from say for example ‘n’. 

One thing I hope that gets added later in an update is that where I get the option to choose which Facebook contacts I want in my phone book and which I do not as right now, you either have all Facebook contacts or you have none. This will be a problem for users that have hundreds or even thousands of Facebook friends.



 



You can ‘like’ Facebook posts, you can comment on Facebook posts, you can read other people’s comments on those posts and you can even see photos attached on those Facebook posts. With twitter, you can reply to tweets, retweet and even see the pictures attached by your followers that might host them on sites like twitpic.

I can go to any contact card in my phone directory  and call, text, write on their Facebook wall, tweet, email, go on their website, map their address, see their birthday, job title or even which company they work for from one place providing they are sharing all this information on whatever social network you added them on with. I can then swipe to the right of the screen to ‘what’s new’ for that contact card and will only see updates from that individual.

Swiping it again to the right will show me pictures live from their Facebook or Windows Live feed. Swiping again to the right will take me into ‘history’ which shows any interaction you have had with that contact and this might include SMS, email or even Facebook chat.

The phone also created a ‘Me’ tile on my home screen which is all about me. It’s a live tile which means when someone mentions me in a tweet or responds on the same posts as I posted on Facebook, it notifies me on the home screen and even tells me who the notification is from including the name of the user. It lets me post a message to Facebook, twitter, linked in and Windows Live from 1 tap. I can choose which social network I want to post the message to. I can check in from the ‘Me’ tile on Facebook.

From here I can also set chat status to be online, offline, appear offline, busy and away for Facebook and Windows Live messenger. I can swipe to the right to see any new notifications for me which might be from Facebook or Twitter. I can swipe again to the right to see ‘what’s new’ about me to see any comments made on my Facebook posts which I can also reply to. The social integration in the Windows Phone operating system is done very well with minor annoyances that need to be fixed like contacts filtering from Facebook friends list in your phone directory.

Messaging Hub

This is the place where all the SMS, MMS, Facebook and Windows Live messenger chat end up. The best feature is that the phone creates threads for you automatically from one contact card. So if you were chatting to them on Facebook a while ago and they went offline, you can then send them an SMS and the thread will continue where you left off with Facebook chat so you have a nice history to look at for whatever reason.

I can also quickly set my chat status for Facebook or Windows Live Messenger to see who is online from my friends list to chat to. You can also speak to the phone to type your chat automatically in the chat box and send it without even touching the phone at all. You can also set the phone to read your chat or SMS if you are lazy or are driving in a car which means you can start and end a conversation with someone without even touching the phone at all! I never even once have so far been disconnected on the Telecom XT network when being online on Facebook and Windows Live while using 3G on the road.





The social integration in Windows Phone is done very well and is very easy to use and configure. You will only need to download the dedicated Facebook from the marketplace if you are going to send or read private messages as there is no option in the OS integration to set this up. This brings an end to my part software review of Windows Phone. In the next series of blog posts, I will look into Email and Office hub.

About the author:

Hi. My name is Karan (billgates). I do not work for Microsoft and nor am I paid by Microsoft. I like what they do. I work as a field engineer in Auckland and hop between Auckland and Hamilton every weekend. I love technology and like to keep myself updated with it every day reading various blogs and sites like Geekzone. This will be the first time I will be writing a blog series myself so really looking forward to this experience. It feels good to have been given the opportunity by both Geekzone and Telecom to review a product that I had been waiting to lay my hands on personally. I know the Windows Phone OS very well so will offer great insights into it including any annoyances that I might find in both the hardware and the software. If you have any questions regarding the device, software or the network performance, feel free to PM me or ask away in the blog series.



Nokia Lumia 800: social features

, posted: 20-Mar-2012 08:00

I covered the Nokia Lumia 800 hardware in my previous blog post, and promised a review of the software to follow. Problem is, there's so much software to cover. To narrow down the scope a little, I'm going to start out with the phone's "social" software: contacts and social networking. I'm going to have to bounce around a bit, because these elements are so tightly integrated in Windows Phone that they blur together.

Let's start with contact management. The "People" app is where it all happens. Even before you open the app you'll start to see images of your friends flashing up on the app's tile. Inside the app, you have an obvious list of all your contacts, but swipe to the right and you'll see "what's new": a feed of all updates from your contacts from Twitter, Facebook, and other networks you've added. You can tap on the "what's new" title to filter it down to just one network.



One thing to note: if you've added Facebook and Twitter accounts on your phone, you'll get all your contacts from those services listed. This is not always ideal, especially if you follow a lot of people on Twitter. Easy fix: in the application settings for the People app, you can filter your contacts list to only show contacts from the accounts you select. In my case I choose to show contacts from Gmail and my work email, but nowhere else. Don't worry though, you'll still see updates from Facebook and Twitter for the contacts you have displayed.

How does the integration with social networks work? Pretty easy really: Windows Phone automatically links contacts together from each network. You can see in the image below that my lovely wife's contact record has five different accounts linked together.



It's very accurate, with most accounts automatically linked except where friends are using pseudonyms and different email addresses.

With these accounts linked, when I view contact information for any one person, I see updates from their social networking accounts, photos from some, and a history of all my interactions with them, whether that be emails, phones or messages.

The real power of this integration comes to life when you create a group. Add up to 20 contacts into a custom group, and the group's "What's new" tab now becomes a custom filtered social network feed, showing only updates from people in the group.

You can pin groups to your start screen to get a snapshot of the latest updates on a tile, and of course you can send group SMS messages and emails from the group tab.

 

The social networking features of the phone extend through into other apps as well. The Photos app lets you view photos from Facebook and Windows Live from anyone in your contacts list. And the "Share" option can be integrated into any app (e.g. a photo editing app), allowing you to post updates to social networks from within app.

Finally, in the event that the built-in features of the Lumia 800 don't cut it for you, there's plenty of first and third party apps to try out. Great first-party apps include Facebook, Foursquare, and Skype (currently in beta). For Twitter, the official app is not that great, but Rowi and Carbon are fantastic alternatives.

That's it for a first look at contacts and social software. I'll follow up with a deeper dive on other aspects of the phone software. If you're looking for cool apps for your Nokia Lumia 800 while you wait, I can highly recommend AppFlow for discovering new and cool apps on the Windows Phone Marketplace.

About the author
 
Hey. I'm Ben, also known as @nzben on Twitter. I'm a gadget-obsessed software developer. I spend my days building stuff using Microsoft tools and frameworks, but my website runs on Linux, and I harbour impure thoughts about learning Ruby on Rails. I've built apps for all the current mobile platforms except BlackBerry, and at one time walked around with three phones in my pockets while testing apps. I come at the Lumia 800 with a bit of experience in Windows Phone, but my my most recent phone was an iPhone 4S, so I'm no fanboy. Feel free to comment and ask questions - I love a bit of feedback.



TelecomTech's profile

Telecom New Zealand
Auckland
New Zealand


Telecom Tech is a different type of blog. We're sponsored by Telecom New Zealand, but most of the posts here are from every day users like you.

We choose tech savvy Geekzone users to "test drive" the new handsets from Telecom New Zealand.

The team will post firsthand reports on using these smartphones on New Zealand's smartphonenetwork. Make sure to keep an eye on this blog. Who knows who might be our next "test drivers"?

   

Catch up on previous Telecom Tech reviews - read about the Nokia Lumia 1020Nokia Lumia 920, Samsung Galaxy Note II, Nokia Lumia 800, Nokia Lumia 710 and HTC Sensation.





Most recent posts

Sony Xperia Z1: The Camera...
The Sony Xperia Z1: initial im...
Samsung Galaxy Note 3: A phone...
Sony Xperia Z1: first impressi...
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Gear...
Nokia Lumia 1020 Social Featur...
Lumia 1020 for Work...
Nokia Lumia 1020: some photos...
Nokia Lumia 1020: my usage...
Nokia Lumia 1020: the phone si...


Posts by category

Android...
HTC One...
HTC One X...
HTC Sensation...
Nokia Lumia 1020...
Nokia Lumia 710...
Nokia Lumia 800...
Nokia Lumia 920...
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Gear...
Samsung Galaxy Note II...
Sony Xperia Z1...