Sunday, December 22, 2013

Nokia Lumia 1520 Review

Nokia Lumia 1520 is the latest smartphone in the Nokia's lumia series of smartphones running Windows mobile operating system. It is now the flagship smartphone for Nokia. Find out more about this big smartphone in our in-depth review.


Body

Nokia Lumia 1520 is bigger than the other Lumia smartphones as its boasting a 6" display. It has a matt coating on the back which is a little bit thicker and little bit heavier than some other phones, but you get this unibody enclosure and this entire phone basically has no seems. It looks gorgeous and its great to hold in hand (if you have big hands :p)

Display

Nokia Lumia 1520 is the first 1080p smartphone by Nokia. Its rocking a 1080p Gorilla Glass LTEE display (1920 x 1080 pixels) with a pixel density of about 370 pixels per inch.
The display is very sharp, colors are accurate, has great viewing angles and it looks much better than the display on the Lumia 1020.

Processor & Graphics

Lumia 1520 has a 2.2 Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, Adreno 330 GPU & 2GB RAM which makes the performance of the device ridiculously good. Games runs super smooth, Internet explorer loads up pages really fast and zooming in and out is also very smooth.

Camera

The camera experience on 1520 is every bit as good. It has a 20 MP PureView camera with Carl Zeiss glass and a xenon flash which captures extremely high quality photos. It has a lot of control in taking pictures in all kinds of lighting especially in dim lit areas. The 1080p video recording is also good and is worth mentioning.

Conclusion

Everything about this smartphone is high quality - the speakers are loud and clear, earpiece quality on calls is great, battery life with the massive 3400 mAh battery is really good. It also happens to have this beautiful fit and finish that you expect from the Nokia Lumia build quality.

So, its pretty safe to say that the Lumia 1520 has a nearly flawless hardware and has provided the best Windows Phone experience to date.

Friday, December 13, 2013

OblyTile - Spice up your Windows 8 Start Screen

The Windows 8 Start Screen is a great application launcher, but the application shortcuts for desktop apps looks very small and dull. Luckily, OblyTile lets you create custom tiles for any app or folder with the image of your choice.


OblyTile doesn't require installation. Once you're in the program, you can either manually search for the desired program on your PC or open up the Manager on the right-hand side, which generates a list of your installed programs. The Manager can also make a list of your current program shortcuts and offer you the ability to convert those shortcuts into tiles.

You can choose your own custom image for a program which will be shown as a tile background (see example below).


The functionality offered by this app is really something that Microsoft should be offering users by default. 
So to spice up your Windows 8 Start Screen, download OblyTile here.

Additionally, you can also download this tile pack which contains some images for you to use as tile background.
Also check out deviantArt, a great place to get some cool tile packs.

 
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