It was a pretty big week of Lumia news, the 928 for Verizon, the 925 for everyone else, and do not forget a new push on Nokias Asha range of phones. There’s no real way to get a real comparison between the 920, and the 925/928 if you cannot get all three together, and put all the specs side by side. Luckily that’s where the internets come in handy.
It’s been a tense wait, and while we knew it was coming, there has been no firm date for availability of the Surface Pro in Australia! Well till yesterday that is. The announcement was made rather quietly on the Windows Australia Blog, and it looks like you will be able to get your Surface Pro on the 30th of May.
In Australia, Surface Pro will be available in two configurations: a 64GB standalone version for $999 RRP* and a 128GB standalone version priced at $1,099 RRP*. A range of accessories are available with the Surface family, including the Type Cover at $149.99 RRP*and Touch Cover for $139.99 RRP
It doesn’t seem like there is any bundled package at the moment, so if you want a Touch or Type cover, that will cost you extra.
So the Lumia 925 might have been the big news yesterday, and of course on the Windows Phone Blog they went into some detail about the phone and it’s features as well. The most important details were hidden at the end of the blog post, and pertinent to all WP8 owners. Some vague dates and features that will be included in the next update for Windows Phone 8.
The key information is that, like the Portico [GDR1] update, there are key features that users want to see, as well as a lot of tune ups for performance that may not be that obvious.
There are a couple of things that really stand out for me,
Data Sense feature of Windows Phone 8 available for more carriers to offer
Which carriers it doesn’t mention, so a bit of a turkey shoot, but it would have to be the feature that users most want!
easier to select, download, and pin tunes in Xbox Music and improves the accuracy of song info and other metadata—something I know music fans will appreciate. Support for FM radio. The update also ensures Windows Phone continues to work with Google services by adding support for the company’s newest sync protocols—CalDAV and CardDAV.
While a lot of users have moved away from Google, keeping those accounts alive on the phone for a lot of us is vital. The time line is tagged as later this summer, which most would assume to be late June, July or later. This is really good news and see Microsoft keeping to a schedule of larger updates that appears to be quarterly.
While Microsoft come up with some pretty informative video/online advertising for their products, it seems they also have a darker, funnier side that seems to be coming up in videos lately.
It has been made mention of before, but there is one that really grabbed my attention, just for the simplicity, and surprise punch at the end. It’s a bit of a leap to see what it has to do with Windows 8 initially, but think about it. If anything, I guarantee that you will get a good laugh out of it!
Earlier in the week here in Australia, people started to notice something a little different in their Windows Phone 8 backup settings. Full resolution photo and video backup to SkyDrive, appeared[disappeared again for some] and finally became a solid feature that we can rely on.
The feature is one that takes a lot of outlying countries from the status of “third world” Windows Phone 8 consumers, and a step further to getting the full package. A lot of people are wondering, why haven’t I received this update!
Making Windows Phone human, friendly, something that you could live with is really a big part of the advertising around the platform. The Wedding video that we saw last week was very clever, but did you wonder about the motivation behind it? Was it a bit of fun, or a real look at where what is viewed now as the third OS in the phone wars stands.
There’s a trend in telling the story behind the motivation of product promotion and again this is the story of making the best Windows Phone Ad I have seen. Now Microsoft need to put this stuff on television outside of the US!
I do not care if you are a Nokia fan or not at this point, this is really a good look at the loyalty users feel towards the tech that they use. The Urban dictionary describes the phenomenon!
1. A person who is completely loyal to a game or company reguardless of if they suck or not.
2. A pathetic insult often used by fanboys themselves to try and put down people who don’t like whatever it is they like.
3. See fool or SEGA.
I’m pretty sure I’m a fanboy, but I don’t think I would go to this extent
Good news today as Microsoft announced firm availability of the Surface Pro on it’s Surface Blog. It has been a long wait for some, with hints in February that MS would expand availability, alas no news has been forthcoming
Many people have left comments here on our blog asking about Surface Pro availability in other countries beyond the U.S. and Canada. We are happy to be able to tell you that Surface Pro will be heading to Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, New Zealand and the United Kingdom in the coming months. We will follow-up with another blog post with more details