Another week, another unboxing and first impressions! If this didn’t take so much work, we could get used to this many devices coming out (mostly from Nokia).
This week is the low-cost but high-value Lumia 521, T-Mobile svelte variant of the Lumia 520. The phone ranges from just $30 on T-Mo’s “uncontract” to a still super cheap $150 with no strings attached. Do we really need to point out how crazy low that is for a brand spanking new Windows Phone 8 device in 2013?
Head past the break for some luscious shots of the 521 (if I can brag about my camera work) and our unboxing/hands on with the device, along with my initial thoughts.
Just as we’re wrapping up our Lumia 520 review, our Lumia 720 showed up today - in yellow no less. Huzzah! So instead of keeping it to ourselves we figured we’d unbox and give a brief tour of the newest mid-range Lumia with Windows Phone 8.
As you’ll be able to determine from the video, we’re really excited about this phone. Fetching for ~$350 off contract, the Lumia 720 has a lot going for it...
Nokia is one of those brands that has a dedicated fan base. Look no further than this ‘unboxing’ video of the Lumia 920 from filmmakers International House of Badman. It’s a tongue-in-cheek video that puts most other unboxing videos to shame for its sheer production value.
We’ve had lots of talk of the entry level Nokia Lumia 620 as of late and ours (from eBay) just happened to show up today. Unlocked and ready to rock we do a quick unboxing and give your first impressions—so make sure you watch the video below.
In short, we’re kind of in love with the 620. It looks awesome. It feels awesome. And it runs Windows Phone 8 (build 10211 aka 'Portico'). Sporting a nice and contrasty 5MP rear shooter, front-facing camera and expandable storage, the 3.8” 800x480 (ClearBlack) device may seem like a light weight compared to the 920 but thanks to the OS, you’d hardly know it.
The Nokia Lumia 505 has been featured in an unboxing video on YouTube. Mexican mobile operator Telcel is the company behind the video and shows off what consumers can purchase for use on the network. The Windows Phone is exclusively targeted to Mexico and Telcel in particular. It's the sister to the Lumia 510, both are low-end hardware.
Earlier today we ran a story about AT&T discounting the Nokia Monster Purity HD headphones from $199 to $99. While many of you will still balk at such a price, we’re sure a few of you have a cocked eyebrow and are considering the purchase.
Being the tech geeks we are, we figured we would help you out by springing to our local AT&T outlet and pick up a pair. While we won’t full on review them now, you can watch our video below to see what’s in the box and after the break, I’ll share my initial thoughts...
The JBL Nokia PowerUp speaker, much like the Lumia 920, is hard to find these days with supplies running low from many retailers. In fact, cyan and white versions of the pricey accessory are quite rare with black being a lot easier to purchase.
Ours just showed up today so we figured we would give you a quick unboxing and our initial thoughts on the experience. The JBL Nokia PowerUP packs two 10W 2.5” full range drivers, Qi wireless charging, NFC for instant pairing and of course Bluetooth 2.1 streaming all for $250-299, depending on where you go.
We just got our hands on the new HTC 8X Windows Phone from AT&T and it makes a nice first impression. Launched today with the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820, we are hearing supplies are limited for the new HTC Windows Phone.
This was the only 8X my local AT&T Store received and I was told more are due tomorrow and Monday. You also have the option to order the 8X online over at AT&T's website.
We just came back from one of our local AT&T store, actually two of 'em, looking for the new Lumia 920. Our first store only had the Nokia hero phone in black (we were going for glossy white) so we had to drive a few miles in the other direction to grab one. Lesson? Call your store first to make sure you have availability. We ended up paying $350 for it as the rep extended our contract from 17 months back to 24, saving us a few hundred bucks.
No stores had charging pads either but if you press the store manager on it, they should be able to order you one for free. The HTC 8X was also in short supply, with a lot of stores reporting no-stock. And although we didn't see any lines, we did see a few folks purchasing the 920, so word is out.
Check out our quick unboxing video to see the Lumia 920 in its mediocre enclosure. And don't forget to share your AT&T Windows Phone 8 experience in our comments here for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate.
Look at what we managed to snag here at San Francisco? Why it’s the AT&T Nokia Lumia 920 in all its glory.
Yes, while everyone at today’s Windows Phone 8 event picked up the gorgeous HTC 8X a few of us were given the Lumia 920. The device is still running non-finalized software but that won’t stop us from taking it for a ride over the next few days as we go more in depth with that new hardware.
First impressions (actually, our third)? It’s great. We’ll be honest, in terms of size it feels just like a Lumia 900 in the hand. We’ll have more on this device later, right here at Windows Phone Central.
Although we're not expecting too much more in terms of new Windows Phones for the next few months, Nokia is just getting the Lumia 610 into people's hands in various countries or unlocked for those who want it.
The Lumia 610 is Nokia's device for emerging markets and thus features lower specs than most users are accustomed to, in turn they are able to keep the price down, hovering below $300 contract-free.
We just had ours show up on our doorstep so we figured we would give you a quick tour. While plastic throughout the device comes in four colors including black, cyan, magenta and white, giving it quite a nice appeal. Truth be told, while it lacks the ClearBlack screen (but it does have Gorilla Glass), it's a nimble little guy and quite impressive for those who can spring for the higher-end Lumias.
Featuring a 3.7" screen, 256MB of RAM (ala "Tango"), a 5MP camera and 8GB of storage (5.59 GB available), the 610 is not particularly mind-blowing, especially with its Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 7227A 800MHz CPU, which just gets it by in terms of performance.
The bigger story of course is that this phone allows Nokia to push down into the rapidly expanding emerging markets of the world, someplace where Apple can't go but Android has with a vengeance (the quality also drops rapidly on the latter on such low-end hardware). Will the 610 be successful? All in all, it's so far not a bad experience and we imagine for many, this will be a solid Windows Phone introduction.
We'll have more over the next week on this device, so pay attention to Windows Phone Central.
Our first impressions of the new Samsung Focus 2 from AT&T
AT&T has yet another Windows Phone on their store shelves today. It is the Samsung Focus 2, a 4" Super AMOLED screened white Windows Phone.
And it's not too shabby.
We picked one up this morning at our local AT&T store and the Focus 2 makes a nice first impression. Measuring 4.79" x 2.47" x .43" and weighing in at 4.3 ounces, the Focus 2 is very comparable in size with its older brother the Samsung Focus (4.84” x 2.56” x 0.39” and 4.1 ounces).
The Focus 2 fits comfortably in the hand and has a compact feel, especially after using the HTC Titan II for the past month. Screen quality is as you would expect from a Super AMOLED screen, rich saturation and contrast. I'm partial to a larger screen but the 4" screen on the Focus 2 looks nice. I still have reservations on having a white Windows Phone but we'll see how well things hold up over the next few days.
The Focus 2 is powered by a 1750mah battery and moves along rather nicely with the 1.4ghz processor. The Focus 2 is fitted with 8gb of memory, a 5mp rear camera, VGA front facing camera, and is 4G LTE compatible. Now before you moan and groan about the Focus 2 only having 8gb of storage, remember this is an entry level Windows Phone. Plus with SkyDrive gaining momentum, you have a solid off-device storage option.
Overall, the AT&T Samsung Focus 2 makes a nice first impression. We're going to take the Focus 2 out for a test drive over the next few days and will get a full review up on the site shortly. With the Focus 2 running $49.99 under contract, we'll also see how the Focus 2 compares to the Nokia Lumia 900 (as well as the Lumia 710) to see how these two sub-$100 Windows Phones match up.
Stay tuned, there's more to come and after the break, check out our unboxing video...
Though it technically goes on sale tomorrow, we reported yesterday evening that some stores were selling the super limited and highly coveted Glossy-White Nokia Lumia 900. A device which has already earned the nickname 'The Stormtrooper.' We likey.
We managed to track one down (literally, it was the only one) here in midtown Manhattan and we picked it up for quite a steal ($99 and all we did was extend our contract by 3 months). To celebrate the latest addition to the Lumia 900 family, we figured we'd snap a couple of photos for you to get you drooling a bit and even do an old-fashioned unboxing video for giggles.
Many have concerns about the durability of the Glossy-White polycarbonate shell of the Lumia 900, specifically if it scratches or gets dirty. While we can't answer that now, we'll be putting it through its paces of the next few weeks.
For what its worth, the AT&T representative told us that Nokia's flagship phone has been selling very well, basically clearing off the shelves. That's a big deal for a store smack in the middle of the Big Apple. There are no Cyans around but we were told that customers were still ordering them and getting them direct fulfilled in about 2 days time, which ain't half bad.
Although seeing how the Lumia 900 is selling a few weeks from now will be more important than today, we have to admit, this is starting to really feel like a hit device with AT&T. There's a lot of buzz and nearly two weeks after launch, the phone is still clearing off of shelves. Now with the addition of the Glossy-White version, we think this will keep it going even longer.
Finally, remember: today is the last day to get the $100 credit applied to your AT&T account for buying a new Lumia. That counts for the Glossy-White too, if you can find it...
Ah yes, unboxing the videos, the smartphone tradition that will go on forever, where we all gather around and remain transfixed on our shimmering screens like children during Christmas as someone literally takes a phone...out of a box.
We usually skip these here at WPCentral because even we have our limits on how much phone pr0n we can watch, but we'll make an exception here for the AT&T Lumia 900. Over on YouTube, a user has posted a video where he meticulously removes the much anticipated phone from its recalcitrant packaging.
Not too much more is learned, though we do see the micro SIM removal tool (which we have a closer shot of above), the super sleek wall charger and we notice how there are no headphones on board, which is a bit of a bummer. The packaging, unfortunately, is still very "AT&T" as opposed to Nokia's designs for the Lumia 800 but c'est la vie on that one.
If you've ever seen one of Dieter's unboxing videos — he's done, oh, six or seven now — chances are you've gotten a glimpse of that magnificent timepiece strapped to his arm.
Like Nessie peering her head out of the loch and quickly disappearing back into the fog, a watch sighting is something truly to behold. We've even heard reports from the Great Northwest about drinking games involving watch sightings. (Makes us wonder how much they're drinking when they're not reading WME, but whatever.)
Anyway, our pal Michael Manna of the T4 Show brings us the above video, and thus launching the Great Watch War of 2009. Well played, sir. Well played.
We had them before but they took them away for some reason. But we just got two in on Saturday. Let me ask if we're allowed to sell them, they said we could start on Monday but let me confirm.
867 dollars (after taxes) later, WMExperts proudly has an an X1a to show off. We'll rock it around CES next week and generally give it some time to sink in before we present our thoughts in greater detail. Meanwhile, we recommend you hit up your local Sony Style Store to see what they have. Apparently, the X1a isn't the great white whale we were afraid it was.
After the break getcher unboxing photos and a couple comparison shots with the HTC Fuze.
Engadget Mobile has scored the first hands-on with the Treo Pro. It's mostly the packaging (nice) and a few shots next to the iPhone (nice again!). Actually, we like pretty much all the details here:
Honestly, we think Palm might have one up on Apple with the presentation this time around. Also of note: the new modular power adapter (which Palm tragically forgot to throw into our box), earbuds you might not be ashamed to sport, and no install CD -- it loads when you hook the phone up to your PC.
When was the last time you actually used an install CD for a smartphone, knowing that more up-to-date version were almost surely available online? Anyway, congrats to Engadget on the unboxing -- guess we'll have to give that open letter tactic a try sometime!
Here it is - my favorite WM6 device of this year (so far): the HTC Vox/S710. Check out the unboxing video below. After the jump, answers to the questions submitted over the weekend.
In case you're wondering, here's the rundown on the specs:
Windows Mobile 6 Standard
TI OMAP 201 MHz Processor
128 MB ROM (about 50 MB User accessible), 64MB RAM (again, about 50 MB of Program Memory)
101.5 mm x 50 mm x 17.5 mm / 120g
WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0
2 megapixel camera
Around 7 hours talk-time
On to the Q&A. If you have more questions, post 'em below!
I totally agree with you that its the most exciting WM6 device coming out. My one question is does it have wifi? I'm feeling it doesn't, which would suck a bit.
It does indeed have WiFi, which is a relief as the s710 only has EDGE for wireless data otherwise.
3. Release Date?
4. Comparison shots with other US devices, Q, blackjack, or similar.
- Josh Smith | April 27, 2007 1:53 PM
Sadly, no idea on carriers or release dates. I strongly suspect that T-Mobile will get it, though, as it looks like an excellent SDA replacement. I'll put up a bevy of comparison shots in the next day or two.
No 3G = No sale. This is not a revolutionary interface like the iPhone so the lack of 3G hurts this device.
- Jerry G
The lack of 3G is a pity (and a big one), but at least there's WiFi to lessen the blow.
how big is it?
what are the dimensions?
101.5 mm x 50 mm x 17.5 mm. Basically, it feels like your standard feature phone these days. As you can see in the video, it's smaller than the T-Mobile SDA, so it's pretty hand-friendly.
Does the vox have touchscreen? Can u edit windows office documents? How much did u pay for the device?
- Jack Borg
No touchscreen, as it's Windows Mobile 6 Standard Edition (aka non-touchscreen edition). Since it's WM6, you can indeed edit office documents, though creating new ones requires a little hack. Let's not talk too much about how much we paid - it's an import right now so it won't feel good to mention it. ;)