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Hyatt chooses Windows Phones over iPhone & Android… saves 33 Percent

I have nothing more to add… just want to share the story.

“We can make changes on-the-go to spreadsheets and presentations. And the interoperability between desktop and Windows Phone is seamless.” -Mike Blake, Global CIO

When Hyatt Hotels was ready to replace BlackBerry phones it deemed “archaic,” it turned to Windows Phone over iPhone and Android. Now, corporate managers and executives edit documents on the phones by using the same Microsoft Office 365 applications that they use everywhere else. Hotel staff has successfully tested the phones for line-of-business apps such as check-in service. And total cost of ownership has declined by 33 percent.

Check out the Case Study:  Hyatt Corporation

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How good is the Lumia 1020 for Videos?

imageI just did a post on the picture quality of the Lumia 1020 and I thought I would do a quick post on the video quality of the Lumia 1020.  If you are looking for an amazing phone that also does a superb job at taking videos, take a look at the Lumia 1020.

How good is it?  Take a look at Ellie Golding’s music video (and the behind the scenes video).

Ellie Goulding – How Long Will I Love You

Ellie Goulding’s Music Video

This music video was shot entirely with the Lumia 1020*.

Music Video shot entirely with the Lumia 1020

Behind the Scenes

Here is the Behind the Scenes on the making of the above video.

Behind the Scenes–Ellie Goulding–How Long Will I Love You


*Video shot with the Nokia Lumia 1020. Audio recorded with an external mic. Video edited on Final Cut Pro.

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How good is the Lumia 1020 for Pictures?

imageThere have been a number of articles posted about this already, but I wanted to do my own post.  I was at the Detroit Airport about a week ago and when I pulled out my Lumia 1020 so I could show my boarding pass, the attendant began asking me  “Is the picture quality really that good on that phone?”  So, I responded… “let’s see.”

This is the picture I took at the Detroit airport

Lumia1020_Big Picture

But, that wasn’t the most impressive part about the conversation.  I showed her how I could zoom in on things I didn’t realize were there.  Although this next photo isn’t super clear, it showcases how you can zoom in on the farthest objects and still get a sense of what was taken.

Lumia1020_TSA Sign

I’m assuming you can see where I zoomed to, but just in case, here is the TSA sign that I zoomed in on.

Lumia1020_Big Picture 2

The phone does an amazing job at taking photos and videos.  When you take a photo, it saves two (2) copies – a 5 MP and a 41 MP file.  The 5 MP file allows for easy sharing of the photo on Facebook, Twitter, or sending it through text messaging/email.  The 41 MP file makes it super easy to capture your family photo or vacation location and have confidence that you can develop large prints for your home (or for the kid’s grandparents).

My photo example probably doesn’t do it justice.  Go to Nokia’s website where you can learn more about the Lumia 1020.

Printed Photo Size

How important is that 41 MP camera in the Lumia 1020?  Well, if you want to take those stunning photos and print them, you should have confidence that you will get clear prints up to 17 inches x 25 inches.

I found a post at Design215 that describes this pretty well:

Each colored box represents a certain number of megapixels. The numbers along the top and left side are print dimensions in inches at 300ppi (pixels per inch). Most books and magazines require 300ppi for photo quality. For example, the chart shows that you can make a 5″ x 7″ photo quality print from a 3 megapixel camera.

(picture taken from Design215’s web post)

Nokia’s Photo Example



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Lumia 1020–Red Bull Art of Motion Video

How does your video camera stack up?  Better yet, how does your Mobile Phone’s video camera stack up?  Check out this video that was created by producer Claudiu Voicu.  The entire video was captured using three (3) Nokia Lumia 1020 devices.

You can also read the story behind the video at:  Free runtastic!  Is this the coolest video ever shot on a Nokia Lumia 1020?

Epic Red Bull “Art of Motion”

*It was edited in Adobe Premiere and Aftereffects

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Paul Thurrott’s thoughts on the Nokia Lumia 520

Just a quick share of Paul Thurrott’s thoughts on the Lumia 520 – In Praise of the Nokia Lumia 520

While lemming-like consumers are engorging themselves on yet another me-too iPhone release this week, I’d like to remind the more sophisticated in the audience about a better gadget buy: Nokia’s amazing Lumia 520. This inexpensive new device can be anything you want it to be: A first or second smart phone, a digital media player, a GPS, whatever. And it only costs $99, not $550 like an iPhone 5C or $300 or more for an iPod touch.

I just bought one of these as my throw-away demo phone so I could tie it to my demo account.  It was a great complimentary device to my Nokia Lumia 1020.

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Introducing the iPhone 5S

Warning:  This is a parody… but, a really good one.


Take a look at something really innovative.  The Nokia Lumia 1020

Nokia Lumia 1020

imageThe Nokia Lumia 1020 takes photos and video that no other smartphone can match with a 41 megapixel camera sensor, PureView technology, Optical Image Stabilization and amazing high-resolution zoom.

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Instagram for Windows Phone

Well, not exactly.  Instagram still hasn’t officially published their app to the Windows Phone store, but, I think there is really good news to share… maybe even better news.  Let me explain.

imageYesterday, Rudy Huyn, published his application (6tag) to the Windows Phone store that is a FULL FEATURED Instagram App for Windows Phone.  As of today, 6tag has over 3,600 reviews and has achieved a 5 star rating.  It is a FREE application that you can download and begin using today.


Publisher Details

6tag is the most full featured Instagram app for Windows Phone.

Upload picture and videos, apply filters, tag your friends, view posts on a map, etc…

Customize your photos with one of several gorgeous and custom built filter effects.

Share your photos and videos in a simple photo stream with friends to see – and follow your friends’ photos with the click of a single button.

  • 100% original filters: XPro-II, Earlybird, Rise, Amaro, Hudson, Lo-fi, Sutro, Toaster, Brannan, Inkwell, Walden, Hefe, Nashville, 1977, and others.
  • Video recording with cut scenes
  • Linear and Radial Tilt-Shift blur effects for extra depth of field.
  • Instant sharing to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and Foursquare, VK
  • Unlimited picture uploads
  • geotag your posts
  • Interact with friends through giving & receiving likes and comments
  • Front & Back camera support
  • And much much more…

Why Better?

As we all know, 1st party titles don’t necessarily mean better titles.  True, 1st party developers have access to the super secret sauce and the APIs, but the world is filled with super talented 3rd party developers.  Maybe that is the case for Instragram.

If you look at the 5 start rating that 6tag currently has based on over 3,600 reviews, that is far better than the Instagram app is receiving on the iOS platform. 

(pic from iTunes store)

As of this writing, the official 1st party Instagram app is receiving 3 stars based on 2,300+ reviews with the haters nearly equal to the lovers of the app.

(pic from iTunes store taken on 8/23/2013 at 8:30a EST)

If you have been waiting to adopt a Windows Phone because of Instagram, maybe you shouldn’t wait any longer.  It appears that the 6tag application will give you everything you have been wanting… and, maybe with a better experience.

You can also read another review about this app on Windows Phone Central.

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