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Top features, Comparison and a detailed overview of the Windows Phone

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I have been using Windows OS on handheld devices from a very long time, back then it was known as the Windows Mobile. The journey from HTC Viva to Current Lumia 640 DS was a long ride with lots of ups and down.
The current Stable Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 is a drastically improved version of the earlier Windows Mobile. The operating system is everything that a hardcore smartphone user needs. Smooth, fast and efficient, but this will not help you in deciding whether to go for the Windows Phones or not. If you are looking for one single review to rely on and make a decision about your next or first smartphone then you are standing on cross, I would say.
Getting to the point,
We will go through the reviews in four parts,
1. Pros
2. Cons
3. Differences from the other popular handheld operating systems
and finally,
4. Final Conclusions

1.Pros
a. The UI
The UI is smooth,real smooth no matter how low the RAM is. I still remember the way the Lumia 510 worked on 256 mb RAM and that performance has been improved a lot on the WP 8 devices.
The 8.1 update brought three rows of tiles on the home screen and also the ability to the set an image as the background to the tiles.

b. The camera
The camera app as well as all the additional camera applications that come pre-installed with the Lumia series are wonderful and one app from that group that deserves mention is ‘Lumia Selfie’

c. Battery Life
I have used other OS and WP devices and came to the conclusion that the WP 8.1 sucks up less battery, here I am trying to concentrate more on the whole OS and not being device specific so I won’t be able to give specific battery hours but certainly the OS is very light on the battery.

I can go on and on about the pros but that won’t be helpful for making the decisions, turning to the cons.

2.Cons
a. Store and app support
The application base is growing well. Most of the applications that are available on the other popular OS are also coming to the Windows Phone store but certain applications are still yet to come such as snapchat, Quora and the current YouTube application just opens up youtube on your browser but with the fast growing store I am expecting these problems to disappear pretty soon.

b. Third party keyboards
I would love it if the phones start to support third party keyboard applications, the stock one is not so bad but using keyboard application would overall increase the experience.

3.Differences from the other popular handheld operating systems
First time users will find the homescreen tiles concept wonderful and user friendly but setting up of proper tiles sequence can take time.

Second difference is lack of the widgets that Android has incorporated in a well manner.

After-market development is nearly nil for WP devices so if you are a Flashaholic then this OS is not for you.

For my readers looking for comparison of UIs I am adding screenshots from all the other OS running devices that are available at my disposal

iOS 8

Homescreen

Homescreen

Control Center

Control Center

iOS

Lock Screen

Android (Xperia L)

Lock Screen

Lock Screen

Homescreen

Homescreen

Notification drawer

Notification drawer

 

Windows Phone 8.1 (Microsoft Lumia 640)

Homescreen

Homescreen

Lock Screen

Lock Screen

Notification Drawer

Notification Drawer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Final Conclusions

From my person opinion, I love the OS but I can’t be the one telling you which phone you should buy. Smartphones are a very personal part of ones life and you should be the one deciding that but I can be the one telling you that you will not regret buying a device running Windows Phone 8.1

Keep reading, this is funnypharmacist, leave your opinions in the comment section.

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Top 5 Tablets with windows 8 operating system / Windows 10

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Windows is the most used operating system with over 94% usage. In just america, the percentage is 92% but still the windows is not at all cheap, for around 140$ you may think it is over priced but not now. There are number of Tablets which cost around 140$ which has full genuine windows 8 which is upgradeable to windows 10. We will be covering only those tablets with windows 8 operating system and which are available online or offline in United States of America, So lets Start!

Acer Iconia w3-810

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Acer Iconia w3-810 Is a sub 250$ tablet with a 8.1″ display, It comes with Windows 8 and is easily upgradable to windows 10. The best part of the Acre Iconia w3-810 is the build, It is one of the most sturdy tablets also the 8.1″ display is one of the best screen size for a windows tablet.It has a Intel Atom Dual-Core Z2760 Processor clocked at 1.5Ghz and has a 2GB DDR2 RAM. It has 32Gb of flash memory and it can be expanded via microSD card. It has a Micro USB 2.0 Port as well as a  Micro-HDMI port with HDCP support. It has a 2MP rear and a 2MP front camera. Overall, It has been more than a year since its release and you may get better options in the list below, but if you want a good built windows tablet, this is the thing you should go for.

HP Stream 8 tablet

Buy from Amazon – http://technokick.net/1SGR7Jx

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HP stream 11 is one of the most cheapest tablet here. HP Stream 11 provides the most value to your money. It has a 8″ display with a smaller form factor. It has a Intel Atom Z3735G processor coupled with 1GB of DDR3 RAM. It comes with office 365 out of the box with a validity of a full one year from the date of activation. It has a 5MP rear and a 2MP front camera. You also get 32GBflash storgae with a SD card option. The only downside of this tablet is the RAM in it, which is just one GB as windows is a very heavy OS. Also the screen isn’t that great.

Dell Venue 8 pro

Buy from here – http://technokick.net/1IgKDch

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Dell venue pro is another 8″ tablet in our list but it has some great features in it. It has a 1280 x 800 resolution display with 5 point touch support. It has a Intel Atom Z3740D Quad-Core Processor with 2MB Cache, The processor is really robust clocked at 1.8GHz. Dell Venue 8 pro has pen touch support which means that you can use a stylus to work upon your tablet. It has a bright screen with good contrast. It comes with windows 8.1 out of the box and with 32 GB Flash Memory. It has a 5MP rear camera and a 1.2MP front camera. Powering the tablet is a 4830mAh battery. The major con of this tablet is its Awkwardly placed Start button.

Asus Transformer T100

Buy here – http://technokick.net/1gGIZIe

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Asu Transformer t100 a 10-inch Windows tablet that comes with a keyboard dock in the box — all for just $299. It has an Intel Atom processor with 2GB of DDR3 RAm. It has 32GB internal memory and supports SDcard. It also has a micro HDMI port. The keyboard is also very sturdy with a Lock-In mechanism. But I do feel the keyboard is very small and so do are the keys, the distance between them is very less and also the key travel isn’t much. The same goes for the track pad, to maintain the same 10″ size, the trackpad is very small, even though it does the work but you need to cycle down the trackpad to reach to the other part of the screen. This device is a little old for August 2015, but still thats the only cheap convertible you can get.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Buy here : http://technokick.net/1IgOxlw

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This is the tablet whose everyone heard off and also the most expensive in our list of tablets with windows 8 operating system. Microsoft surface pro 3 has a quad core i5 processor coupled with 8 GB of RAm. This tablet is rather for heavy users and belive me, you can game well on this machine. Microsoft bumped the Surface Pro touchscreen from a tiny 10.6 inches to a far roomier 12 inches. In the process, the pixel count has been upped from 1920 x 1080 to 2160 x 1440 The result is a modest boost in pixels per inch – 207 ppi to 216 ppi – given the increase in screen real estate. A tablet wouldn’t be much of a laptop replacement without a keyboard, and the Surface Pro keyboard was in desperate need of a boost. Luckily, Microsoft sent the Type Cover back to the drawing board, and what came back is the best version yet. From keys with deeper travel and stronger feedback to a wider glass trackpad that actually clicks, nothing was off the table. Overall If you have the budget, then go for Surface 3.

Do let us know which one will you be buying from the comment section below.

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More features have been added to Microsoft Edge with the new built

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With just 1 month left in the launch of windows 10, Microsoft had released a bunch of new features in Microsoft Edge in their new build. The browser which was previously known The Project Spartan had been named ‘Edge’ with the release of the build 10158.  Now with the new built, 10159 has been released and it has bought a couple of cool features.

 Here are the list of features in Microsoft Edge

  • The browser is now branded Microsoft Edge
  • Background audio playback is now supported
  • Tabs can now be dragged and dropped to a new window
  • You can now have a Home button via Settings > Advanced Settings and turn on “Show the home button”
  • We’ve added the ability for you to import favorites/bookmarks from other browsers into Microsoft Edge
  • There are new options for changing what you see when you first start Microsoft Edge
  • There are new customizations for the New Tab page. You can choose to either see top sites and suggested content – or just top sites.
  • We’ve added password and form-fill support. Microsoft Edge now lets you manage your passwords for your favorite websites
  • You can now choose a Light or Dark theme
  • Web Notes can now be saved to One Note
  • Reading Lists now appear on the New Tab Page

There are also a couple of known issues with the new version of Edge. One is that it uses a new app ID that might cause any favorites, cookies, history and Reading list items saved in the old “Project Spartan version to be lost. Microsoft says users who want to keep them should perform a back-up before updating Windows 10 to the new build 10158. It adds:

“When using a Windows locale setting other than en-US, users may have difficulty accessing about:flags. To workaround this issue, temporarily change your locale to en-US and set your desired flags. Your flags will be preserved even if you change your locale again afterward.”

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Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL announced: Here’s what you need to know

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Microsoft has taken wraps off its latest devices, the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL at an event in Delhi. Both of the devices features quite a good range of specifications and are priced at 11999 INR and 15799 INR respectively. The Lumia 640 XL will hit the market later this week, while the Lumia 640 will be going for a sale on Flipkart.

Both of the devices will be pre-loaded with Windows 8.1 along with Lumia Denim and will be Windows 10 ready. The devices features Dual-Sim capabilities and the Lumia 640 will be coming in  Glossy cyan, orange, white and as well as matte black while the Lumia 640 XL will be coming Matte cyan, orange, black and both matte and glossy white. The following is the list of the specifications for the respective devices.

LUMIA 640:-

Battery: 2500 mAh (BV-T5C) removable battery

-Weight: 145 g

-Size: 141.3 x 72.2 x 8.85 mm
-8 GB internal mass memory + up to 128 GB Micro SD & 30GB free OneDrive cloud storage

-Rear camera: 8 MP AF (3280×2464), f/2.2, 28 mm, 1080p @ 30 fps video (continuous autofocus), -Flash: LED, Lumia Camera 5.0 (with Dynamic Flash, HDR)

-Front camera: HD 1 MP wide angle, f/2.4, 720p video

-Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8926), 1.2 GHz quad-core processor

-5″ HD (1280×720, 16:9) IPS LCD, 294 PPI, Glance screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Sunlight readability enhancements

-1GB RAM

-Connectivity: BT 4.0, microUSB2.0, Micro SIM, A-GPS+GLONASS, BeiDou, DLNA, Screen cloning with Miracast, WLAN 802.11 b/g/n/

-Sensors: Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Proximity, Ambient Light Sensor

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LUMIA 640 XL:-

 

-Battery: 3000 mAh (BV-T4B) removable battery

-Weight: 171 g

-Size: 157.9 x 81.5 x 9.0 mm

-8 GB internal mass memory + up to 128 GB Micro SD & 30GB free OneDrive cloud storage

-Rear camera: 13 MP AF, 1080p @ 30 fps video (continuous autofocus), Flash: LED, Lumia -Camera 5.0 (with Dynamic Flash, HDR)

-Front camera: HD 5 MP wide angle, 1080p video

-Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8226), 1.2 GHz quad-core processor

-5.7″ HD (1280×720, 16:9) IPS LCD, 259 PPI, Glance screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Sunlight          readability enhancements

-1GB RAM

-Connectivity: BT 4.0, microUSB2.0, Micro SIM, A-GPS+GLONASS, BeiDou, DLNA, Screen cloning with Miracast, WLAN 802.11 b/g/n/

-Sensors: Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Proximity, Ambient Light Sensor, SensorCore

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