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Review: LG Quantum Windows Phone

I had the chance to test out the LG Quantum C900 for a week and I have to say I was impressed.

The Design:

This is one of the few Windows Phones with a full hardware keyboard (although not currently released in the UK) and feels fantastic to hold.

With a sleek rounded design and a good weight too it feels fantastic to hold and is a dream to type on and I was able to easily knock out a blog post or 2 on the go without any real hindrance over a desktop PC – something which I can’t say for any other smartphone I’ve used so far!

The phone design appears to be based on LG’s earlier Android based LG InTouch Max GW620 (aka Eve) which was my phone for over a year and was frankly was abysmal – I managed to get through 4 of them – however it seems they have really improved and fixed all the issues and this is a really great phone and a pleasure to use – particularly that it now uses the Windows Phone operating system.

The Screen:

With a 3.5″ 800×480 TFT LCD capacitive touch screen display it’s a nice responsive display, but nothing special when compared to newer phones on the market like the Nokia Lumia 800, but it’s more than acceptable and provides a nice crisp image.

The Camera:

An important part of any modern smartphone the LG Quantum includes a 5 mega-pixel AF camera with built-in flash which is a great little camera for taking quick snaps when out and about.

The Battery:

The phone boasts 4 hrs 22 minutes talk time and as with any other does drain quickly under heavy use, could be better but not unusable.

So, should I get it Dan?

It’s a great phone and I really do love its keyboard but it is getting on a bit in mobile years, it was released in October 2010 and there are now better handsets on the market for a reasonable price. However if you’re on a budget and want a sexy Windows Phone this is definitely a great option and I’d highly recommend it if you’re a fan of hardware keyboards.

Easy on demand Back Ups for Windows Phone

Ben Wagner from Ultimate Networx has made yet another handy tool for Windows Phone users, WP7 Easy Backup. The Easy Backup tool does not use any registry hacks or PSK files. It creates easy backups that include Messages, Apps, settings etc. Except for Zune purchases (Videos & Music). I have tested it on the Nokia Lumia 800 & it also has been tested on the HTC HD7 with full success. Unfortunately Zune does not currently allow for on demand Back-ups, the only time back-ups are allowed are when the device goes through an update.  

It’s an easy step by step to create a backup using the WP7 Easy Backup

Step 1) Download the WP7 Easy Backup Tool

Step 2) Extract the Zip folder

Step 3) Open the folder & click on Wp7EasyBackup.exe

Step 4) Click Next

Step 5) Click backup

Please Note: Your Windows Phone must be plugged in and screen unlocked.

During the backup process the phone will reboot into an unusable mode so hang on tight and wait for the backup to complete. It normal would take in-between 5-20 Mins (Depending on the amount of storage is being used on your phone)

Step 6) Back Up complete the phone reboots, you may see a notification on your phone which states that an update failed but that means successful backup.

So what if everything falls apart and you need to restore your device, well its even more simpler to do.

Step 1) Launch application

Step 2) Plug your device and press the restore button and in 5-20mins all your apps and message etc will be restored.

PLEASE not for all music, videos and pictures you will need to sync with Zune afterwards

If you have any questions feel free to drop a comment below.

EXCLUSIVE: Nokia Lumia 900 Hands On!

That’s right we have been seeing Lumia 900 results popping up. A Nokia source got me hands on with the device & answered a few questions on it.

So first things that you will notice with the device is the huge 4.3 AMOLED screen which is a personal favourite of mine & a 1.4GHz processor.  As with all the Windows Phones on the marketplace currently the HTC Titan is the only other device with a big enough screen with as I was told “a nicer camera to compliment the big screen”.

Regarding the design on the device itself it is just a bigger Lumia 800, keeping the same design and button layout out. The only current differences regarding design were the current Lumia 800 push & click for access to the device & Micro Sim have changed into a iPhone style pin push access to the Sim card and no cover to the Micro USB.

Finally a change which will only go ahead depending on the feedback on the Lumia 800 is the case finish which the current prototype has a gloss finish unlike the current Lumia’s matt finish.

As I only saw a prototype & the device has a while to go till final production we can see a few changes yet to happen but I will try to keep you as updated as possible.

Launch will be hard to really estimate, although some seem to think we’ll be seeing it in Q1 2012 (note the picture on that link is *NOT* the Lumia 900), but we can look at around Tango release because the current prototypes are only running on Tango.  Finally as Nokia are such great fans of NFC I also had confirmation that the Apollo (Next gen of Windows Phones) will bring support for NFC devices.

 

Angry Birds on Windows Phone 7 – April 6th 2011

April the 6th will mark the release of Angry Birds for the Windows Phone 7 platform, a day where work productivity plummets.

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Productivity--;

Angry Birds, one of the most popular smartphone games available 2010/2011 has been available for the Android/iOS/Mac/Windows/PS3-PSP/WebOS platforms with Windows Phone 7 missing out on the fun. This release is sure to be welcome by the many Windows Phone 7 users who have eagerly been awaiting it’s official release date since it Rovio announced it was being developed.

Angry Birds for Windows Phone 7 will feature Xbox Live integration to enable Achievements, Leaderboards and more. With this new addition to the Windows Phone 7 marketplace it shows signs that Microsoft are trying to appeal to a more mainstream audience, gaming on the Windows Phone 7 is a brilliant experience and Angry Birds is a great way to show it.

Windows Phone 7 – Developer Tools Updated

Almost three months after the initial release of the Windows Phone 7 platform , Microsoft are poised to release what many consider to be a “Service Pack” of updates, bug fixed and functionality. One of the main highlights in the forthcoming update is the introduction of copy and paste functionality which has been requested by a large proportion of Windows Phone 7 users (Microsoft stated during it’s initial Windows Phone 7 launch that copy and paste features would be implemented at a later date).

 

The upcoming copy and paste feature in action.

A look at the new copy and paste functionality (Credit: Microsoft)

This new functionality has now been released to all the developers of the Windows Phone 7 platform via the updated platform tools, available at the Microsoft download portal. This allows current developers to test this new feature using the emulator included in the tools.

 

Note: The updated software is only available for developers, a separate consumer release is expected to be released shortly.

 

Links:

Windows Phone Developer Tools – January 2011 Update

Microsoft gives Windows Phone devs copy,paste

AppHub – Developer Portal