Nokia Lumia 1520 with Windows Phone 8.1 and Lumia Cyan Review: One Year Later

Overview

One year ago, I reviewed the Lumia 1520 and was left thoroughly impressed with its all-round flagship performance. Now, a year later, the Lumia 1520 still remains Nokia’s (or Microsoft Mobile’s) best Windows Phone to date (sorry, Lumia 930). So we’ve decided to revisit the Lumia 1520 to see how well it has aged after all these months, and more importantly, whether you should still get one.

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Exclusive hands on with the Lumia 930

Last week we had the opportunity to attend Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 Launch Preview Event in Singapore, where not only did we get to go hands on with the new tablet-PC, but also with the Xbox One and the brand new Nokia Lumia 930 (which should be releasing in Singapore within the week). Head past the break to find out more about Nokia’s Microsoft’s latest flagship phone.

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The Future of Windows, Windows Phone and Truly Live Tiles

Love it or hate it, live tiles are here to stay. Yes, Microsoft’s bringing back the Start menu, but the fact is, for a unified system interface, live tiles are still going to be very much present. Still, some lament that the live tiles serve no functional purpose other than looking pretty, and providing a tad more information than your regular icons. So what can Microsoft do about live tiles to make them better?

A month back we reported that Windows Phone 8.5 would bring a live tile overhaul, and now it seems that this feature will be coming to Windows as well.
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The new TouchWiz is impressive, but what does it mean?

Samsung’s changing TouchWiz to look like Tizen such that when they finally make the switch, the average consumer wouldn’t even notice.

When the Galaxy S5 was announced at MWC in February, several manufacturers took a jab at it. The heart rate monitor seemed redundant; the back of the device was often compared to a band aid; and TouchWiz didn’t get the major overhaul that it was leaked to have. We here at Twenty First Tech were a little disappointed too – until we got our hands on it at the launch event last week that is.
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HTC One (M8) launches in Singapore, available from 5 April at $998

A year on from the HTC One M7, HTC seems to be learning from their gravest mistake with the device – poor marketing. Holding a huge bash with accompanying act Scarlet Avenue yesterday night for their launch event, HTC seems to have got off on the right footing with the M8. Read on to know what we think of it.

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Dual Cameras and Heart Rate monitors: Are we running out of ideas?

When HTC announced the successor to the HTC One last week, many were intrigued by its dual rear cameras. Throughout the series of leaks before the unveiling, many people speculated as to what the cameras could do. Perhaps HTC decided to have a proper high-resolution camera, and a second “UltraPixel” camera. But instead the truth is that it was simply used to adjust the point of focus on the photo after it was taken (on top of adding a couple of effects). Continue readingDual Cameras and Heart Rate monitors: Are we running out of ideas?

Revisited and Reviewed: Over a year with the Microsoft Surface RT

Episode 2 of revisited and reviewed. In our first episode we covered the Lumia 1020. This time we take a look at Microsoft’s first generation RT tablet, the Surface RT. And see how it performs as a tablet back then and now.

June, 2012. Microsoft unveils the Surface tablet to lots of fanfare. The device, with its sleek magnesium body and keyboard touch cover, generated a lot of hype in the media. But unfortunately,it was met with much criticism and didn’t sell well. Microsoft even lost $900m on a price write-down.

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