When I first learned about the launch of the Nokia Lumia 1020, I was very excited. I wanted to know if this smartphone could truly replace my point-and-shoot camera. A couple of months later, I managed to get my hands on a test unit and today I'm ready to share my opinion about this unique Windows Phone device. Is the hype behind the Lumia 1020 truly deserved? Learn the answer to this question and more, from this review:
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A few days ago, I broke my HTC 8S with Windows Phone 8 and I replaced it with a Nokia Lumia 720. Getting my hands on a new phone meant I had to move all my apps and data, and configure it as close as I could to my old smartphone. This was a great occasion to write a tutorial on how to migrate everything from an old Windows Phone 8 device to a new one. As you'll see, it's a relatively straightforward process. Anyone should be able to go through it without any major problems.
If you find yourself in an emergency situation in which you need to share your exact location and ask for help, Windows Phone 8 is there to help. You can quickly send a message with a map and your exact location. This feature can be useful also when you want to meet with someone that doesn't know your exact location and you can't explain very well where you are. You send a quick message with your location and they can figure out how to get to you as fast as possible. We all went through this scenario, didn't we? Here's how it works:
Bluetooth is one of the most popular ways of transferring files between mobile devices, whether they are smartphones, tablets or other types devices. The procedure for sharing the files found on your Windows Phone via Bluetooth is a bit lengthy but not very difficult. If you want to successfully transfer files via Bluetooth, from your Windows Phone, read this guide to learn how to do it.
We all know the strong competition between Microsoft and Google and how ruthless it is at times. Because of it, Google has chosen not to develop Windows Phone apps for most of its services. Therefore, the Google Authenticator app that's requested by many services for two-step verification is missing from Windows Phone. Since two-step verification is a very common method for securing all kinds of accounts, being able to use a Google Authenticator clone on Windows Phone is very important. Fortunately for us Windows Phone users, Microsoft has our backs and they have developed their own Authenticator app and published it for free. Here's how it works:
One of our readers asked us where he can find the pictures transferred from another device to his Windows Phone, via Bluetooth. To answer his questions, I've made a couple of experiments and I've learned that Microsoft's approach to storing the files received via Bluetooth is different than that of other platforms. Also, it is not very easy to figure out at first. Depending on the types of files you transfer, files get stored in a different place. Here's how to find the files you transfer via Bluetooth to your Windows Phone.
To help you type faster and better, Windows Phone 8 has two features that are activated each time you write a message: autocorrect and text suggestions. Personally, I found that the autocorrect does more harm than good, especially if you type in languages other than English. If you would like to disable it, this tutorial will show you how. Also, I will present the other typing related settings and features and advise you on whether you should disable them or not.
If you no longer need an app or a game in Windows Phone 8, the process for removing it is not that intuitive, at least not at first. However, it is very quick and simple. You will need a guide on how to do it only the first time you want to try this. When removing an app or a game, it will get deleted together with all the information it stored on your smartphone. Here's how it works:
In a previous guide I talked about the fact that your Microsoft account is not exactly safe, just like your Google account or your Apple ID are not. There are many people who will want to access your personal data and use it to their advantage. To keep yourself safe from harm, the best solution is to enable two-step verification so that there's another protection layer on top of your password. Here's how it is done.
Did you know that, just like Google and other companies, Microsoft provides a complete log of your Microsoft account activity? What does this mean? You can get detailed information about when a sign-in was performed (successfully or not), from where and the kind of device that was used. Reviewing this information will help you learn whether your Microsoft account was hacked by unauthorized parties. Then, you can take action to prevent this from happening in the future. Here's how to learn whether your Microsoft account was hacked or not.
You may buy a Windows Phone 8 smartphone from a foreign country or you may forget to customize its default configuration, and the wrong country and region are set. Whatever the reason, this means that you don't get access to local apps and services that are available for your specific country. If that's the case for your Windows Phone 8 smartphone, you need to change its country and region. Here's how this is done.
Did you know that you can use your Windows Phone 8 smartphone to connect to hidden wireless networks, just like any PC with Windows? It can be done and it is not that hard, even though the steps involved are not very obvious at first. Here's how it works: