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2 years ago

Not all phone storage is born equal

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Storage is an important aspect of your Windows Phone. Whether you're just downloading a few apps and games, taking pictures & video, or (like me) loading a whole load of music onto your device ready for your commutes into work, you need to have the gigabytes to hold that information on your phone.  However, how much storage memory is needed can vary from individual to individual.

So when you're making the decision on which phone to spend your hard earned money on, and particularly when you are committing to a long term contract, you should be considering the advertised storage on the device. Remember that storage on a Windows Phone cannot be supplemented with a micro SD card.

It's fairly common knowledge that the advertised '16GB' or '8GB' of storage is not the amount you actually end up with, the amount varies based on the filesystem, type of storage, and system files. But what you may not realise is just how much of a difference there is between some of the new 2nd generation phones out there on the market right now.

Luckily, here at WPCentral we've got you covered, and have put together the list below which shows the reported "Total Storage" for each of our review devices.  "Total Storage" is essentially the storage space your Windows Phone can see or be used for file storage.

 

HTC Titan 16GB 12.89GB HTC Radar 8GB 6.54GB Samsung Focus S 16GB 14.07GB Samsung Focus Flash 8GB 6.67GB Nokia Lumia 800 16GB 13.8GB

As you can see, certainly with devices claiming '16GB' of storage there's quite a divide, and if every single bit counts to you, it would definitely be worth considering these figures when you're picking up a new Windows Phone.

Is your device showing a different figure?  Check the 'about' screen in your phone's settings and then sound off in the comments!

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2 years ago

Arachnattack - Mango App Spotlight

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Arachnattack - Mango App Spotlight

Arachnattack is a simple, yet challenging game for your Windows Phone. Arachnattack has you fighting off an attack of spiders and it's your job to scare them away.

To scare them away, simply tap them before they climb back up to the top of the screen. Each spider that you scare off gains you points and if one reaches the bottom of the screen you loose one of your five lives.

When you first play Arachnattack it will come across a little on the slow side. Spiders fall at a leisurely pace giving the game a "too easy" feel to it. If you make it to the 800ish point mark, things begin to pick up and once you reach the 1100ish point mark the pace becomes a little feverish. While the speed of the spiders falling adds to the challenge, the background brick pattern conceals the spider web ever so slightly. As the pace picks up, sometimes it's hard to pick up on a falling spider and one that you've scared off.

All in all, Arachnattack is a simple but fun game for your Windows Phone. I doubt you'll spend hours on end playing Arachnattack but if you need to pass a few minutes, it's not a bad choice. Arachnattack is a free game that you can download here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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2 years ago

OneNote and document issue with recent SkyDrive upgrade

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It seems that the recent SkyDrive upgrade is now causing some issues with SkyDrive and OneNote users on their Windows Phone when synchronizing documents and notes between the cloud and a handset (check out our howto for more information). Users are reportedly met by errors stating that the document and/or note is not available on the server.

Rest assured that your content has not been lost. All that's required is to reset Office on Windows Phone, which will wipe locally stored files and clear pinned items. Check out the following steps:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Go to the Applications pivot
  3. Select Office
  4. Press the Reset Office button (if you get a message that Office could not be reset, reboot your phone and try again)

Source: Windows Live Blog, Live Help

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2 years ago

This doesn't mean anything: Apple iOS vs Windows Phone push notification

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Look, we're not going to make a mountain of a mole hill here: we know this video technically doesn't mean much and the developers (the folks behind CarbonWP) also know it's not a real test, but still...it's cool to see.

All it is a push notification sent to both the iPhone and a Windows Phone. Lo and behold, they tie for receiving the message at the same time. Does that make one phone better than the other? Certainly not. But does it make Windows Phone look pretty decent for being able to hold its own against Apple (in this one test)? Sure does. Plus, it makes CarbonWP look pretty sweet too, we suppose.

Anyone else have experiences with the iPhone and Windows Phone receiving notifications? Sound off in comments with your thoughts. Thanks, TechJunky79, for the link!

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2 years ago

Optus Optimus 7 shows up on Aussie deal site; Gen 2 phones coming?

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The LG Optimus 7 has popped up on one of Australia's biggest daily deals websites.  Catch of the Day has the first generation WP7 phone for $179, available until the units sell out.  These are unlocked handsets for use on Australian carrier Optus.  Speculation is that Optus is clearing out what's left of their first generation stock to make way for newer Gen2 phones. 

The LG Optimus 7 is nicely equipped with:

  • 3.8" Touch screen
  • 16GB onboard
  • 1Ghz CPU
  • 5MP Camera w/ LED Flash

Click the source link below if you want to reel one in.

Source: Catch of the Day; Via: WPDownUnder

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2 years ago

Falling Man - Short Take

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2 years ago

Retail stores not pushing Windows Phone in Australia

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Remember our coverage earlier in the year where we looked at how abysmal the selling (and marketing) of Windows Phone in retail stores across Europe and the U.S. was? Well it looks like it's Australia's turn. WPDownUnder have ran a superb article covering their experience in a number of stores located in Melbourne. According to their report, Microsoft's marketing efforts in Australia have been weak, and stores are continuing to push out Android handsets and the iPhone. 

They visited a handful of mobile phone retail stores and compiled data on pricing, demo units, and feedback for both the platform and Nokia. We wont ruin the cold-call report over at WPDownUnder, so here are the statistics they ended up with:

  • 13 stores checked (probably 90+ % of main shopping centre/mall outlets).
  • 5/13 stores selling WP7 (just better than 1 in 3).
  • Only 2 of those 5 report moderate to OK sales of WP7 devices.
  • Of those 5 stores, 2 stores sold 2 models, 3 stores sold 1 model.
  • In all 13 stores, between 25-50 handsets would have been on display in each store on all platforms.
  • Only 1 store (Mall kiosk) had any form of Point of Sale information (other than handset tag info).
  • Only 4 of 13 stores spoken to demonstrated any knowledge of Nokia and WP7.

We recommend you check out the full report (link below) for an insight into how awful Windows Phone is in Australia, along with some interesting observations made in some stores. Let us not forget Optus believing the Samsung Omnia 7 runs Symbian. Hopefully Nokia could sort things out with some advertising in Australia should Telstra get hold of a Lumia device.

Source: WPDownUnder

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2 years ago

International HTC Titan getting 7740 update too

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We have a report that the HTC Titan, at least in Denmark & the UK, is being pushed the 7740 OS update. As a recap, this update fixes a voicemail notification bug and fixes Exchange 2003 email support. The update looks to be an interim and minor update, though considering the bugs, perhaps not so minor. Yesterday, reports flooded in of some Samsung and HTC devices receiving this update.

Of course our AT&T friends are wondering if they will get it too for their Titans, but unfortunately at this point there is no evidence of US Windows Phones getting this update. At least according to Microsoft, this is a carrier-update so who gets it and who doesn't will be a little more spotty.

As usual, if you're a Titan owner who is getting 7740, chime in with your carrier/location for others in comments. Thanks, HTCTitan & Lee G., for the heads up!

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2 years ago

Microsoft User Community "You've Got Game" sweepstakes

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Microsoft is launching a developer competition with some exciting prizes. Should you have one or more game titles on the Windows Phone Marketplace then you will be in with a chance on getting your hands on a Dell Alienware M18x gaming laptop (3 winners chosen by random) or an Xbox LIVE Gold Card (25 winners selected on a weekly basis). Oh, and if you're a developer who has used Windows Azure to develop your game, you'll receive two entries for that title.

So check out the Microsoft User Community Facebook page for more information and to enter the competition (you have to "Like" the page to be able to enter). Be sure to read through the rules when you get a moment (note that this competition is available to the U.S. only). The entry period to submit your application is from November 30th to February 29th. See the below chart for more detail regarding the sweepstake stages.

Source: Facebook (Microsoft User Community)

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2 years ago

Even more Android security woes as computer scientists discover permissions gap

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Computer and mobile device security is a tough business. There's hype and then there are real threats and so far most in mobile have been hype (but see AVG-gate). Still, Android is either an OS with a lot of security vulnerabilities or everyone just likes to pick on it. Either way, between Carrier IQ earlier this week and now this paper from North Carolina State University, the little robot is having a tough time.

Computer scientists at NCSU created an app called 'Woodpecker' that would search for app vulnerabilities in Androids's permission-based security model. In short, when you install an app in Android, it tells you what that app can access e.g. user info, data, geolocation, recording sound, etc. Basically if you don't think a wallpaper app should have access to say, recording sounds, you prevent the app from installing. The problem is this: apps can unknowingly grant permissions to other apps, allowing a seemingly innocuous program to gain access to functions not agreed to by the user.

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2 years ago

Talk2Me instant voice-messaging app lands in the Marketplace

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For those looking for a way to use their Windows Phones as virtual walkie-talkies, you may want to keep an eye on Talk2Me, a new app from NTWorld. The app allows you to record 15 second voice clips which you can then send to your friends and family. They receive the message and that's that, no typing involved.  The app comes in two versions: paid ($0.99) and free (ads), but when we bought the app we noticed our ad bar did not disappear. Perhaps just a bug on our end, but be warned.

The app does have a few downsides: you can't lookup anyone via phone number or email just yet, though the developers seem keen on adding that ability in the future. Also, this is a Windows Phone-only system, meaning your friends on Android or iOS won't be participating. Having said that, it did work when sending and receiving voice clips with no issues. Toast notifications alert you to a new message in addition to the Live Tile counter.

The graphics and UI could use some work being very basic and blocky, but if you're in it just for the voice-messages, this is really your only choice at the moment. We do know that TalkBox should be out soon and even Palringo should make a return, so keep that mind.

Pick up Talk2Me here in the Marketplace for free or $0.99. via WPCentral Forums; Thanks, @sedp23, for the tip!

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2 years ago

HTC Titan's graphics stutter tied to SRS Enhancement?

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While we consider the AT&T HTC Titan an excellent Windows Phone (here's our review) it has a quirky graphics lag or stutter at times. The stutter occurs more often with apps that have heavy graphics (Fruit Ninja is a good example) but it doesn't happen constantly throughout the game. Just enough to be noticeable.

WPCentral reader ElecktroDragon has discovered a temporary work around that eliminates the lag time and may identify the problem as being related to the Sound Enhancer Setting.  If you go into the Titan's Settings and turn off the SRS Enhancement in the Sound Enchancer setting, the lag goes away.  Based on the forums discussion, sound quality is just fine for the games without the SRS turned on.

While this seems to do the trick, it also means that for the time being you'll need to go back into settings to turn back on the SRS Enhancements when watching videos or listening to music to enjoy the sound enhancement.  We're still hoping that HTC can resolve this issue with a software update but in the meantime, at least we have a temporary fix.

Edit: This fix/workaround also applies to the HTC Radar/Radar 4G

Thanks goes out to ioannisgk for pointing this out.

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2 years ago

Fly Delta app gets a Mango update and can now track your bags

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Looks like we missed this one as it came out on the 23rd, but Fly Delta, the official app of Delta Airlines for Windows Phone, managed to get a Mango update. That's always a good thing as fast-app switching between this, your email, Bing Maps and OneNote would seem a common theme amongst travelers.

More importantly, it can now track your luggage for you so you always know where it is. Heck, you can even pin your boarding pass to your Start screen. This is part of a services overhaul as Android and the iPhone recently received updates too--that's a good sign that Windows Phone is keeping up with the competition. Full new feature list included the following:

  • Track your checked bag like you track a package – even during your flight.
  • Pay for bags while checking in and save time at the airport.
  • Aircraft details and layouts for Delta’s fleet.
  • Expanded airport information including airport maps, transit details, weather and Delta Sky Club locations.
  • Support multi-tasking and fast app switching.
  • Let you pin your boarding pass to the start screen.
  • Open airport maps in Bing maps.

Hopefully it also fixed the frequent crashing (no pun intended) that many people reported with the app on the v1.6 release. Looks like a cool update though, so if you're a Delta traveler, give it a go here in the Marketplace. Thanks, Amir, for the heads up!

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2 years ago

Surfcube 3D browser's hidden Easter Egg revealed

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Surfcube 3D browser's hidden Easter Egg revealed

If you think Internet Explorer 9 on Windows Phone is slick, you should try it with Surfcube 3D. The browser is a wrapper for IE9 that extends and enhances the browsing experience while making it super cool--after all, it makes it a 3D "cube" that you can spin around.

We've heard that there's at least one hidden surprise with the browser and now you can see it for yourself. Go to Settings --> About and tap the Kinabalu Innovation logo (the mountains) to enter the free-cube mode. Basically the cube become unhinged and "floats" with the accelerometer.

Useful? Not really. But fun to goof with? Definitely.

Anyways, we always like little stuff like this. Hopefully you caught the sale for Surfcube this past weekend. If not, you can pick up the ad-free version here for $1.99 with trial or go for the ad-supported free version here in the Marketplace.

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2 years ago

AT&T Dell Venue Pro finally getting Mango update

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Although just about everyone in the world has managed to get the Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" update, there was one straggler left: the AT&T Dell Venue Pro (see review) While not a significant share of the Windows Phone market (the DVP was never sold directly by AT&T), it was still a black eye to those who own that phone, as one could argue that Mango greatly improves the Venue Pro (it breathed new life into ours, that's for sure).

The good news is that you should be able to plug in your DVP to Zune and fetch Mango right now to get your phone on the latest and greatest. Sure, you won't have the compass feature and tethering is uncertain, but the build of the OS is hopefully worth waiting for.

Source: Windows Phone Blog; Thanks, Grant, for the heads up

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