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Lumia 520 For Less Than £80 at CPW

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Been thinking of trying out Windows Phone? Now might be the time to pick up a handset to get some Live Tile action, as Carphone Warehouse have the Nokia Lumia 520 at an impressively low price of £80.

The deal is on a Pay as you go handset, however CPW phones are generally free of any sim-lock, so you could leverage that old PAYG SIM to get some cheap Windows Phone action.

There are some compromises to make to get the phone down to a price though. The screen is a Truecolour LCD rather than the ClearBlack  one on the Lumia 620. You'll also lose out on the front facing camera, so video calling with Skype will be out of the question. NFC is gone too.

Still at half the price of the 620 that's not a great deal to give up, especially when you consider that you'll be getting a 4" screen, a full 8GB of storage and an SD card slot. And the class-leading smoothness and slick operation that Windows Phone has to offer.

At this price it really is a steal.


Pandora: Impressed With Radio Service

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Like many of you out there, music is a major use case for my smartphone. As a minimum, its gets daily usage in the car on my daily commute and in the office to drown out the background distractions of an open plan office when I need to concentrate on getting things done..

I hate radio stations. With a passion. The drivel that some of the feckless idiots who call themselves DJs spout should be enough to put anybody off.

So how do I discover new music? After all life would be pretty boring if your music collection was a static object fixed at a point in time. In the past I've used Last.fm, Spotify and Deezer. With varying degrees of success.

This week I've been making use of Pandora and I've been more than a little impressed.

Fire up the app, enter an artist name and sit back and listen to a radio station showcasing similar artists. So far, so standard. The difference comes from the quality of the match between the selected artist and those on the playlist. Pandora just see…

Nokia Lumia Sales Rocket Forward

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Nokia announced its Q2 results today and they're looking pretty good, for the smartphone division anyway.

Lumia sales jumped to 7.4m in the quarter - all but doubling the 4m of the corresponding quarter last year and a increase of around 30% on last quarter.

Much of the growth has been driven by the release of the entry-level Lumia 520, which appears to have been a pretty solid performer in the marketplace.

Overall Nokia's Windows Phone handsets now outsell Blackberry. And with HTC, Samsung and Huawei adding another 1m or so devices to the total, Microsoft's goal of moving into third place in the smartphone battle has been achieved and consolidated.

With the Lumia 1020 and 925 both adding to sales numbers in Q3 it will be interesting to see how Nokia builds on this growth.

What's Going On With The iWatch?

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There's a lot of noise and iWatch related to-ing and fro-ing at Apple right now, if the tech news industry is to be believed anyway. I'm struggling to see why.

Apple might be getting overly hung up on the iWatch as a product, but really its already delivered most of what it needed to in the last generation iPod Nano.

That Nano is an interesting product. My suspicion is that the radically different form factor was chosen specifically to test the ground for an Apple watch. And on that basis it was a phenomenal success. The reversion back to the standard Nano form factor earlier this year pretty much confirmed that Apple was going to build a watch - why else the radical volte face on the Nano design?

To deliver the iWatch Apple doesn't have to change that Nano design radically. Add more traditional watch band mounts, low energy Bluetooth 4 for connectivity to your iPhone for alerts and a set of Bluetooth earbuds for use as a music player. If they can squeeze in some of the t…