Nokia Lumia Mobiles

The Nokia Lumia range is an ever-expanding family of Windows Phone handsets created by this famed Finnish manufacturer. There are currently two distinct Lumia models on offer, with more in the pipeline to be launched later in the year.

Nokia Lumia 800

The Lumia 800 is the flagship handset which was built to show off Nokia`s fine attention to aesthetic detail along with Microsoft`s impressive Windows Phone platform. From a hardware perspective you get a 1.4GHz single core processor, an eight megapixel camera and around 16GB of onboard storage space to use as you see fit. The Lumia 800 benefits from its premium grade polycarbon shell, which is hard wearing and also available in a variety of colours. Around the front you get a 3.7 inch AMOLED screen which is very easy on the eye and pumps out rich colours and deep blacks at all times.

Lumia 710

The Lumia 710 is Nokia`s more affordable entry in this range. While its display is the same size as the Lumia 800`s at 3.7 inches, it uses more typical LCD technology rather than the high end AMOLED system which is present on the costlier model. Thankfully it shares the same 1.4GHz processor as the Lumia 800 and so there is no notable performance difference between the two.

Nokia Lumia
Nokia Lumia

Nokia has harked back to its former use of removable covers to allow Lumia 710 users the option of swapping out the battery back plate for one of a different colour. This means you can reinvent the look and feel of the phone to a certain degree and helps it appeal to a younger audience.

Windows Phone

As the Windows Phone experience on offer is consistent across the Lumia range it is worth considering as a whole. Version 7.5 of Microsoft`s mobile operating system is preinstalled and it brings with it plenty of perks.

The first comes in the form of full social networking integration. Facebook is tightly linked with almost every aspect of the phone, so you can easily add all of your contacts as soon as you sign in with your account. You can also share pictures, videos and your thoughts direct to your profile without firing up the dedicated Facebook application. Microsoft recently made it easier for Twitter fans to achieve the same levels of functionality, so it really is easy to socialise with a Nokia Lumia handset.

Windows Phone is respected thanks to its web browsing experience, which is delivered via a scaled-down version of Internet Explorer. You also get support for multiple webmail accounts from services like Gmail and Hotmail. The excellent onscreen QWERTY keypad is easy to use and has good autocorrect functionality, which speeds up ty


Xbox Live integration means that you can earn achievements and Gamerscore when you download compatible titles from the Windows Markeplace. You can also see when your friends are online and compare your performance without having to fire up your Xbox 360 console


In all the Nokia Lumia range is as good a reason as any to get cash for mobiles by recycling your old handset so that you can invest in an upgrade.

Nokia and Windows Mobile

OK, its old news but it made me laugh.
Nokia has seen its market share slip in recent years and clearly needed something new to allow it to rub shoulders with the mobile glitterati once again.
So what do they do?

Well they must have thought long and hard about the Symbian Foundation – and they decided to drop that. So what next.
Well, had I been at their internal meetings I would have pointed out that Nokia needed sexing up big time, it needed to do real battle with the ubiquitous iDevices and the newcomer Android. Nokia clearly needed a full makeover of its brand to appeal to the new generation of consumers who actively seek out not only the best but the coolest.
I find the decision to throw the towel in with Windows Mobile a very intriguing and strange way of achieving this – Microsoft’s public image is exactly the same as that of Nokia – it is perceived as safe and boring.

I may well be wrong as it is highly possible that there are many people out there who are actually happier with the safe and boring choice. But I will be watching carefully

SMTP Problems on Windows Mobile

Had been having a few issues with my Samsung Omnia of late, particularly with the SMTP settings and somehow not allowing me to send emails. The mobile runs Windows Mobile 6.1 and, though familiar with the Windows configuration of POP and SMTP and IMAP and all the lovely protocols I could not get email to send.

I called Orange who suggested that would work, it didn’t. Next they talked me into downloading, installing and paying for a subscription to Blackberry Connect ©. 24 hours later I had an answer – Blackberry Connect © is not compatible with the Samsung Omnia.

This was getting rather more and more annoying, it is great being able to receive your emails 24/7 but extremely frustrating to find that you can’t reply to them.

Next the helpful operators suggested I add port numbers :995 and :465 to my incoming and outgoing mailservers respectivley. However there are no fields to allow this setting in the Windows Mobile Device.

Orange’s final suggestion was for me to have a look around to try to solve the problem myself.

Then I hit on the result…Windows Mobile 6.1 Hot Fix for Sending POP and IMAP E-mail – worked a treat.
The dialogue above may be short but the total time taken was 2 weeks and many phone calls and much swearing.

Getting more turned on by the lovely touch Omnia I managed to grab the only piece of iphone that is really missing from the Windows Mobile experience. – the sliding touch unlock bit.

My first installation of a 3rd party GUI tweak ( Port Splitter was still working ) was masterful.

If anyone is looking for a slide to unlock function for a Windows Mobile Device the lookee here : S2 applications for Windows Mobile. – it is superb.