Nokia and Alcatel to merge companies this year

Apr 15, 15 Nokia and Alcatel to merge companies this year

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Following news updates that Nokia is gearing up to sell its HERE mapping business, the Finnish giant has now confirmed that it will merge with French company Alcatel-Lucent to create an IP-connecting world. A new press release posted today on Nokia’s website sees the finalization of the new deal to go through and will be expected to close in the first half of 2016. Transaction highlights include purchase of the French company valued at EUR 15.6 billion, with Nokia owning 66.5% of the total company shares. The new company will be called Nokia Corporation and will still be based in Finland. Here is the statement from Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri: “Together, Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia intend to lead in next-generation network technology and services, with the scope to create seamless connectivity for people and things wherever they are. Our innovation capability will be extraordinary, bringing together the R&D engine of Nokia with that of Alcatel-Lucent and its iconic Bell Labs. We will continue to combine this strength with the highly efficient, lean operations needed to compete on a global scale. We have hugely complementary technologies and the comprehensive portfolio necessary to enable the internet of things and transition to the cloud.  We will have a strong presence in every part of the world, including leading positions in the United States and China. Together, we expect to have the scale to lead in every area in which we choose to compete, drive profitable growth, meet the needs of global customers, develop new technologies, build on our successful intellectual property licensing, and create value for our shareholders. For all these reasons, I firmly believe that this is the right deal, with the right logic, at the right time.” This new development comes after a Bloomberg report published earlier today, citing the two companies are in ‘advanced talks’ over a possible full merger which includes purchasing Alcatel-Lucent’s core networking, wireless, and fixed-line access equipment businesses in an attempt to compete with Swedish rival Ericsson. In separate, identical statements yesterday, both companies confirmed the...

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NOKIA Lumia 1520 Review

May 03, 14 NOKIA Lumia 1520 Review

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Every mobile phone seems to be going big nowadays. While we still love our 4.5-inch (or less) screen sizes, there is no denying that sometimes, there is more that can be accomplished with bigger devices with bigger storage; and do more with creative and productivity options, not to mention enjoy better connectivity for content consumption and sharing. And so amidst the race to offer bigger dimensions, more features, and better computing power comes the Nokia Lumia 1520, the flagship model from the Finnish phone company recently acquired by Microsoft. Running on Windows Phone 8 and just a few Nokia applications, there is much that this device can offer to creative types and productivity ninjas. But first, let’s get down to the basics. Body, Look & Feel A quintessential “phablet”, it sports a 6-inch display and dimensions of 85.4mm, 8.7mm, and 162.8 mm. At its size, it may feel a little awkward making calls on such a huge device; but then again, we have been used to the idea of using tablets as phones for a long time now. Of course, it has the body has the signature Nokia form factor—the monoblock touch that comes in four colours options: white, yellow, black, and red.  Yes, the casing is plastic, albeit a rather smooth glossy one. Features If you love taking photos, consider this phablet’s camera as one of your best bets. The 1520’s primary camera packs a 20MP PureView imaging technology, which allows for capturing crystal clear images and recording high-definition videos. We are talking about full-HD 1920 x 1080p, 30 fps frame rate, and 3x video zoom. For still images, the camera has a 1 /2.5-inch sensor; f/2.4 aperture, and dual LED flash. On the other hand, the secondary camera works with a 1280 x 960 pixel resolution and HD 1.2 MP wide angle image capture and video recording. Not bad, if you enjoy taking selfies.  Operating System & Apps The Lumia 1520 operates on Windows Phone 8 matched with a Black OS platform, which...

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PTB’s Top 5 Smartphones for 2013

Dec 26, 13 PTB’s Top 5 Smartphones for 2013

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Every year, we take a look at the top 5 smartphones that made a huge impact in the market. These phones aren’t necessarily the best ones out there or the ones with the latest features, but the ones that generated a lot of buzz (in a positive way), did well in sales, or just plain changed our mobile market. Without further ado, here’s our top 5 smartphones for 2013. 5. Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0 Cherry Mobile is well ahead of local phone brands in terms of sales and popularity and for this year, their forerunner is the Omega HD 2.0. Not any of the Cosmos line, not their first Full HD phone, not even their first HD phone which was the original Omega HD. The 5-inch quad-core dual-SIM Omega HD 2.0 didn’t get any major launching and was quietly released to the market last June. Cherry Mobile didn’t knew that it would be their best-selling smartphone for 2013 as people continue to pick them over CM’s newer releases during the holidays. The combination of looks, specs and a reasonable price (P7,999) brought the Omega HD 2.0 on our Top 5 list. 4. Nokia Lumia 1020 Usually, it’s the platform and the ecosystem that dictates how people decide on which smartphone to get. For the Nokia Lumia 1020, it’s all about the hardware especially its 41-megapixel PureView camera on a slim and attractive frame. It’s clearly a big improvement from the first PureView phone and having it on Windows Phone 8 makes it a bit more appealing. It’s clearly the go-to choice for those wanting a phone to double as a really good compact camera. 3. Sony Xperia Z1 Being rugged and beautiful doesn’t always match but somehow, Sony did a good job on it with their Xperia Z1. It’s sleek and premium design doesn’t really scream waterproof and dustproof but it is. It’s just beautiful to look and feel and it’s amazing that Sony was able to put a 20.7-megapixel f/2.0 Sony G...

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Nokia Lumia 1020 Review

Oct 25, 13 Nokia Lumia 1020 Review

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Nokia recently launched the Nokia Lumia 1020 which is a huge improvement from their original PureView phone which was the Nokia 808. This time around, it’s slimmer and runs on Windows Phone 8 with some handy camera apps built-in. We were able to spend some time to tinker around with Lumia 1020 especially its 41-megapixel camera. Design and Construction The Nokia Lumia 1020 takes its cues from its predecessor, the Nokia 920, and in truth, there’s no real ground breaking difference as far as aesthetics go. It uses a durable polycarbonate unibody chassis that has a matte finish. The phone is not the thinnest out there, but it was the compromise made to accommodate the Pureview camera module. At the front there’s the 4.5” AMOLED screen with the standard capacitive touch buttons for Windows phones.    We have the microSIM card tray up top beside the 3.5mm headphone jack (covered by the sticker there). Then we’ve got a charging and micro-USB data port at the bottom along with the mic and speakers. At the right we have a volume rocker, the power or sleep button, and the camera trigger. But the most important feature of all is evident at the back side of the Nokia Lumia 1020 where we can see the slightly protruding Pureview camera module. The size of the phone is undeniably large and hefty for its screen size but it somehow fits comfortably in my hands. The extra weight, compared to other large screen smart phones, is actually quite nice. It feels like I’m holding a solid and durable device. Nokia Philippines is also bundling a Camera Grip accessory with the Nokia Lumia 1020 at no extra charge. This is an exclusive freebie for the Philippine market. The Camera Grip has a trigger button up top, and a tripod mount at the bottom. The front has a hole where the Pureview camera fits perfectly, and then we have a rubbery strip for improved grip. We can see the thicker grip which...

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Microsoft to buy Nokia mobile business for $7 billion, is it the end of Asha?

Microsoft Corp. and Nokia Corp. just entered an agreement whereby Microsoft will be acquiring Nokia’s Device & Services business, license Nokia’s patents, and license and use of Nokia’s mapping services. The acquisition is expected to cost Microsoft $7 billion and will close on the first quarter of 2014 pending the approval of Nokia’s shareholders and other conditions. The acquisition is an apparent acknowledgement that the once leader in mobile devices, Nokia, is still in a deteriorating position unable to catch up with Apple and Samsung despite its exclusive partnership with Microsoft which started in 2011. Nokia said this deal will improve its financial position and provide a solid basis for future investments in its continuing businesses. According to the terms of agreement, Microsoft will also acquire all of Nokia’s Mobile Phones and Smart Devices business units as well as their design team, operations, sales and marketing, and related support functions. That’s approximately 32,000 people who are expected to transfer to Microsoft. The software giant will also get Nokia’s Lumia brand and long-term patent licensing agreement with Qualcomm. Nokia, on the other hand, will be focusing now on enabling mobility through its leadership in networking, mapping and location, and advanced technologies. Microsoft expects the deal to accelerate the growth of its mobile market share and will build on the partnership it has with Nokia. What’s unknown here is the future of the Asha, or Nokia’s feature phones. Will Microsoft continue development on the Asha platform or just focus on Windows Phone devices? It’s a big question considering Nokia managed to sell 54 million feature phone units in Q2 of this year alone. Will Microsoft continue to battle with Apple and Samsung in the smartphone segment? Or use its massive cashflow to rule the feature phone market? [Microsoft, Nokia] Related posts: Microsoft to buy Nokia rumor… not true Symbian not in the future plans of Nokia Nokia answers burning questions on Microsoft partnership Nokia is the number one brand in the Philippines Nokia Create 4 Millions...

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Nokia Lumia Amber update, what you can get from it

Nokia is starting to roll out the Lumia Amber update which gives WP8 Lumia users the Nokia Glance Screen and a range of camera improvements and features. Nokia Glance Screen puts the clock, battery indicator, and audio status to the screen even when the phone is inactive. This should save on battery and is available in all WP8 Lumia device except for the Lumia 520 and Lumia 625 because of a smaller display memory. The Amber update delivers improved algorithms that offer better noise reduction, color reproduction, exposure control and autofocus to every WP8 Lumia phones in the market. For the Lumia 920 this update will improve low light performance by allowing ISO control from 800 to 3200. This update comes pre-installed in the Lumia 925. Aside from improved camera performance, the Amber update also brings the camera app found on the Lumia 925 to other Lumia phones. The app has Action Shot which combines several shots of movement into one; Motion Shot that gives the appearance of speed by blurring the background; and the usual Best Shot and Change Faces shot to combine the best faces in a group shot. All of these are done by shooting in burst mode. The Lumia Amber update also brings Nokia Pro Camera to the Lumia 92x devices. This app allows you to edit your videos within the phone and upload it to YouTube with the Nokia Video Upload. Another cool feature this update has is Flip to silence and Double-Tap to unlock. Flip the phone over to mute an incoming call. You can also double-tap the screen to unlock the phone without having to press and button. The Amber rollout will happen in waves and may vary across regions. Your Lumia device will automatically check for updates periodically but you can also do a manual check by going to Settings > Phone Update. Related posts: Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone appeals to the trendy Nokia Lumia 610, Windows Phone for those in a budget Nokia Lumia...

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Nokia Lumia 925, 4.5″ Windows Phone with 8mp PureView camera

Nokia just launched their next flagship phone, the successor to the Lumia 920, which is the thinner and lighter Lumia 925. This phone is almost the same as the Lumia 920 in specs but is enclosed in a sleeker body. We’ve played with the Lumia 920 before and it was one of the bulkiest phone I’ve used in a long time. Holding the Lumia 925 was a welcome change and reminded me of the slimness of the Lumia 720 but with a bigger display. It also looks beautiful with its polycarbonate unibody enclosed in an aluminum frame to add a another texture to the phone and improve the antenna even more. Contributing to the phones thinness is the removal of the wireless charging component inside. What you can do, however, is purchase the a case accessory to give your phone wireless charging capabilities. It has the same 4.5-inch display size with HD resolution as that of the Lumia 920 but now it uses an AMOLED screen protected by Gorilla Glass 2. Powering the Lumia 925 is still the same 1.5GHz dual-core Krait processor from a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip. What’s different now is the slightly lower 16GB internal storage compared to the 32GB of the Lumia 920. That can be a dealbreaker to some people considering this phone doesn’t have a microSD slot. Battery is still rated at 2000mAh and non-removable. The camera has somewhat changed as well with the Lumia 925 employing a 6-lens system with Nokia’s PureView Technology on its Carl Zeiss optics. We tried the camera in a dim setting and it was still quick to focus and take a shot with really good quality. Quite impressive under low-light condition. This phone is also the first device to get Nokia’s Amber update which gets the Smart Camera software among other things. You can take 10 quick shots in succession (compared to 5 from current Lumia phones) for you to play with its five features – Best Shot, Action Shot, Motion Shot,...

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Nokia Asha 210, Dual-SIM QWERTY phone for only P3,390

Nokia recently announced the availability of yet another affordable and beautiful-looking Asha phone. The Nokia Asha 210 will appeal to those who need a physical QWERTY keyboard as opposed to the typical touchscreens phones are having right now. It follows the current modern Nokia handset design and comes in various colors. Aside from the QWERTY keyboard, there’s also a dedicated Facebook button to give you easy access to your account. This phone features an Easy Swap Dual-SIM so you can easily change SIMs if you have more than two. There’s a 2-megapixel rear camera that has a voice guided selfie wizard to let you take those perfect selfies even without a front-facing camera. There’s a dedicated camera button so you can quickly launch the camera even when the keypad is locked. This phone also has WiFi support and comes with Nokia’s Xpress Browser. The Nokia Asha 210 is already available and retails for Php 3,390. It comes in black, yellow and cyan with more colors to follow. Related posts: Nokia Asha 200, dual-SIM QWERTY phone for...

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Nokia Lumia 920 Review

Jul 06, 13 Nokia Lumia 920 Review

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The Nokia Lumia 920 is the first Windows Phone 8 handset from Nokia and was announced mid last year with great reviews and expectations. Currently, it still remains as Nokia’s flagship Lumia device in the local market despite the announcement of the Lumia 928 and Lumia 925. Let’s see if this phone is still one of the top choice if you’re looking for a WP8 handset. Design The Lumia 920 is a stunner to look at which is of no surprise considering Nokia is known to create beautiful-looking phones. We have the yellow unit with its glossy but high-quality paint job. The design of the phone follows the first of its kind which is the N9 and its unibody look with rounded edges. The front is covered with the curved edge to edge Gorilla Glass 2 which makes the 4.5” display look sharper. What I’m not fond of is the this bezel of the display which can shave some millimeters off this phone. There’s the three requisite capacitive Windows Phone buttons at the bottom of the display. On top of the display is the 1.3-megapixel HD front camera beside the speaker while the microUSB port is located at the bottom. On the right side of this phone you’ll get three similar-look buttons for Volume, Power/Sleep, and a dedicated camera button which you can use to launch the camera from sleep mode. Dead center on top is the 3.5mm audio jack and beside it is the compartment for the microSIM which you need to push with a pin. That’s basically it for the externals. This phone doesn’t come with a microSD slot unlike the other Lumias. Depending on the color you choose, the back has either a glossy or a matte finish. Serious colors like black will have the matte finish while the yellow and red will get a glossy finish. Only thing you’ll see at the back is the 8-megapixel camera at the center and the dual LED flash beside it. When you hold...

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Nokia launches Asha 501, cute dual-SIM touchscreen phone for P4,490

Jun 27, 13 Nokia launches Asha 501, cute dual-SIM touchscreen phone for P4,490

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Nokia just launched their first smartphone built on the new Asha 2013 platform, the Asha 501, which is now available in stores for Php4,490. First thing you’ll notice about the Asha 501 is how cute, colorful, and well-designed it is, which is something you can always expect from Nokia. The pictures here don’t do the Asha 501’s beauty justice. You got to see and feel them to appreciate. It has a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen limited to just 256k colors on a 240 x 320 resolution. Something you will definitely take note of when you turn on the phone but it’s also one of the reason that this phone can last 26 days on standby (48 days for the single-SIM version which is not available here). The colorful and exchangeable shells are made of unibody polycarbonate while the front is protected by Gorilla Glass to give that durable feel for an affordable phone. The Asha 501 runs on the Asha Platform 2013 which is still S40 but with a lot of features and improvements that makes it feel like you’re really using a smartphone. Menus and notifications are handled by swipes that are designed intuitively. There’s even a pull-down bar to access some quick settings. It also has Nokia’s latest and exclusive Xpress Browser that allows you to save on data and at the same time speed up browsing (no 3G here) by compressing web pages by up to 90%. The new browser also supports multiple page browsing as well. There’s also the Fastlane homescreen which shows you your recent activity so it somehow acts as the Recent App page found in other smartphones for semi-multitasking. Aside from having dual-SIM support, the Asha 501 also has a 3.2 megapixel camera (no flash and front cam), WiFi, FM Radio, and a microSD slot. Battery is rated at 1200 mAh but there are some really power saving features here like viewing the clock and notifications without turning on the screen, unless you need some brightness of course....

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