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An important factor for laptops, tablets and other mobile hardware is battery life. After Microsoft released the Surface Pro 2, the company pushed out a firmware update enabling the WiFi to go into lower power states and utilise even less power. AnandTech has run another battery life benchmark for the product after updating to see just how much of an improvement we're looking at. 

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The Canadian carrier Virgin Mobile is looking for beta testers to try out new mobile phones the company will be stocking. This is also including the HTC 8S where if you register your interest (and are chosen) you'll receive the device and it could well be yours to keep for free. It's simple to get involved and the potential reward is a brand new Windows Phone.

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So we've seen how the Lumia 920 holds up when attached to the front of a Land Rover, or at live concerts, but what's the quality like when you're (like many) recording while grooving to the beat? We decided to head on down to the Deadmau5 event in Brixton, London last night to see how our Lumia 920s would perform in low light, with high volume levels and an obscene amount of movement.

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File this under fun.

During the production phase of the Nokia Lumia 920, the hardworking folks who put together these remarkable devices quickly test out the camera, checking for colors and whether or not it even works. Sometimes though, they forget to delete the samples. Such is the case with Ryan J.'s phone, which still had a few photos and even a video clip on board.

Head past the break and catch a quick glimpse at the people behind your new toy.

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We told you that you have to get used to seeing these side-by-side videos of the Nokia Lumia 920’s video camera in action. That’s because optical image stabilization in a smartphone is kind of a big deal for camera technology—it’s really a big step forward and one of the first real innovations since BSI hit the scene.

The video above, hailing from Russia we presume, shows the Lumia 920 mounted to the inside windshield of a car as it drives over train tracks and some bumpy terrain. It’s compared to…well, we’re not sure, as our Cyrillic translator is a bit off today. But the point should be clear that when OIS is used for video, it actually makes a huge difference in terms of quality. Needless to say, we can’t wait to try it.

Source: YouTube; via Reddit

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Feel free to file this under "why the <insert favourite obscene word> would I need to know this?" or 'unbelievably pointless', but should you so happen to own a fighter jet and are able to take off from your driveway you will at least have some peace of mind that your Lumia 800 would survive MACH 5 speeds should it be thrown out of said jet in mid-flight.

NokNok decided to put the toughened Windows Phone to the test with a wind tunnel capable of blasting air at MACH 5. Unfortunately you would need to have a cushion for the handset to land on, or you could be a real 'badass' and swoop down in your fancy jet to catch it before the device ultimately crashes into the Earth. 

So, should anyone query your vast knowledge of smartphones for a handset that can withstand MACH 5 speeds and be a unique user experience, you'll know which direction to point them in.

Source: NokNok, YouTube

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We previously covered the accidental dropping of a Nokia Lumia 800 by a one year-old, yes a one year-old. Now we can take a look at multiple drops to test the strength of not only the shell of the device, but the Corning Gorilla Glass too (see previous screen scratch resistant test). Scratching and scraping is also carried out on the toughened screen, but leave no visible marks.

Please note WPCentral does not recommend that you have your Lumia 800 dropped numerous times, by numerous people.

Source: YouTube (singtel)

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We've already had the Nokia Lumia 800 survive a two story fall onto concrete, which shows how strong the build quality it. But how does the Gorilla Glass perform against some scratches, drops and whatnot? The above video is of YouTube user Titanas attempting to test how tough the glass is with general pocket use. Note that this is not a stress test by any means, let's not call "lame!" because he hasn't used a hammer and nail since you more than likely wouldn't have such items in your pocket accompanied by the Windows Phone.

Source: YouTube, Via: Windows Phone Daily

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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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Some good exposure for Windows Phone on USA Today with Mark Smith talking about how he's enjoyed using the HTC Radar and to him the OS is a refreshing change from iOS and Android. He holds a strong emphasis on icons vs tiles throughout the article.

"Where Apple and Android have settled on home screens of small square app icons, Windows has created a vertical column of interactive tiles that display information — unread e-mails, missed calls, weather, etc."

Smith noted that Microsoft's TellMe functionality isn't as advanced as Siri on the iPhone 4S. To be honest, Siri comes across as more of a gimmick to the majority, where as TellMe actually does something. You don't need to ask a Windows Phone for the weather, you'll see it on the home screen. You can -- however -- open an app by voice command and other functions that Siri flops at.

Overall, positive words for the platform and any exposure is good exposure. Head on over to USA Today to read his impresions.

Source: USA Today; Thanks, Harold W., for the heads up!

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BandWidth gets major overhaul with v3.0 [Mango]

We covered BandWidth back in January when it was v2.0. Written by XDA member microhaxo, the free app is a great little utility--sharp, to the point and it does its job well of nailing your upload and download speeds via 3G or WiFi. Allowing you to pick the server, file transfer size and more, the app has always been a staple in our tool belt for phone testing.

Version 3.0 is completely re-written and now Mango enabled, making it even more a must-have in our book:

  • Automatic server selection based on location (over 600 severs world wide).
  • Options to choose which file size you want for the server. (changes upload file size too!)
  • Option to pick how far out distance wise you want to load servers from (default 400 miles).
  • Ability to share your results on Twitter and Facebook! (text output at this point).
  • Option to turn off gps if not wanted (loads original static list)

Not a bad deal and since it's free, there aren't many reasons to not grab it (well, if you're not on Mango, we suppose). Small note: make sure you uninstall the previous version before you download/update to the new one--since the code is completely new, you can't just update the app. Pick it up here in the Marketplace.

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The above video shows a task speed test between the iPhone and a Windows Phone 7 device (Samsung Focus), which included the following steps:

  1. Take a Picture
  2. Upload Picture to Facebook with Caption ("Check out my new hat!")
  3. Update Status ("I love weekends!")
  4. Find Directions to a Restaurant (Olive Garden)
  5. Get Movie Times ("Fast Five")
Unfortunately for our iOS friends, WP7 comes out tops due to it's simplicity and superb social integration. Does this remind everyone of the previous comparison adverts Microsoft released

Thanks James for the tip!

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We're (mostly) live!

Well everybody, here we are! I've been posting quick news stories for awhile now, expect longer pieces in the near future. WMExperts.com looks to be a great source of news and reviews of Windows Mobile Smartphone devices. We're also planning on adding lots of great new features (hmm, see that dead "DeviceDB" link at the top, stay tuned!) in the very near future.

WMExperts.com is sort of a stepchild of TreoCentral, where I also write. But I've converted to Windows Mobile devices and I'm not planning on looking back anytime soon (read: ever?).

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