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If you're a Lumia phone owner, you no longer have to get lucky (or install a preview release) just to get all of the latest Windows Phone features. Microsoft is about to start the wider rollout of Lumia Denim, a Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 upgrade that packs a lot of improvements to both imaging an...

January 16th 2015 at 1:31am 0 Comments
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Ever since buying Nokia, Microsoft has made its Windows Phone ambitions clear. Instead of rapidly iterating to keep pace with the Galaxy S5s and HTC Ones of the world, it would focus on pushing the price down to compete with the low-end Android devices that make up the bulk of the smartphone marke...

January 14th 2015 at 5:40am 0 Comments
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It's a flagship Windows phone! It's a groundbreaking photography device that could revolutionize imaging! Nokia's Lumia 1020, with its 41-megapixel "Pureview" lens, promised images that could send Canon and Nikon's executives into fits of panic. When we placed it in the hands of Brad Molen, he sai...

January 11th 2015 at 10:50pm 0 Comments
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Since Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's smartphone division, it's shied away from debuting flagship handsets in favor of more affordable devices. That trend continues today with the launch of the Nokia 215, a $29 Series 30+ phone that Microsoft says is its most affordable smartphone to date. Unli...

January 5th 2015 at 3:51am 0 Comments
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When Microsoft completed its multi-billion dollar purchase of Nokia, it also acquired a number of apps and services that were surplus to requirements. One of those was music-streaming app MixRadio, which spun off as a standalone service earlier this year. That independence didn't last long, howeve...

December 18th 2014 at 12:27pm 0 Comments
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For a while, rumors were circulating that Microsoft was working on McLaren -- a successor to the Lumia 1020 with a giant camera and "3D touch" gestures. It was supposedly cancelled, but a listing for a prototype on Chinese auction site Taobao suggests that the device (or something like it) was clo...

November 30th 2014 at 11:30am 0 Comments
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Nokia may have sold its smartphone line to Microsoft, but it held on to one of the crown jewels: its brand. The Finnish company has the world's 98th most valuable name at around $3.2 billion and plans to profit by licensing it to other companies, along with its technology and patent portfolios. In...

November 17th 2014 at 8:04am 0 Comments
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We were well aware it was coming, but today Microsoft finally says goodbye to Nokia branding for its Windows Phones. The first handset to omit the Nokia name is the new Microsoft Lumia 535, an entry-level device with two standout features: A 5-inch display and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Mi...

November 10th 2014 at 11:00pm 0 Comments
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Like the kid who got picked on in school, Nokia's Lumia 920 took some time out, got a chemical peel and returned a few months later as the Lumia 925. In fact, by ditching the bright colors and bulky frame, the 925 presented itself as a mature, refined device that separated itself from previous Lum...

November 9th 2014 at 10:43pm 0 Comments
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It's possible you already purchased one of the smartphones we listed in our buyer's guide last July, but things tend to move quickly, and with fresh handsets from names like Apple, Samsung and Motorola, some of you may already be itching for an upgrade. To that end, we've made some fresh additions t...

November 7th 2014 at 5:30pm 0 Comments
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Thanks to Chinese regulators, we've already got a pretty good idea of what Microsoft's first Lumia will look like, but now the company is ready to start showing it off. Microsoft says it will reveal the low-budget handset on November 11th, likely confirming the 5-inch qHD display, 1.2GHz processor...

November 7th 2014 at 3:52am 0 Comments
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Windows Phone fans on Verizon haven't had many cost-conscious options; you've usually had to spring for premium devices like the Lumia Icon or One M8 for Windows. Thankfully, that high-priced status quo might not last much longer. A variant of Microsoft's budget-minded Lumia 735 has passed through...

November 5th 2014 at 2:37am 0 Comments