The WinPhan is joining!

Well, I’m back. Some of you know me from Twitter, Facebook, and various WP news blog sites as WinPhan7. For those that don’t know me, nice to meet you. I’ve evolved slightly, I now go by a more encompassing title: The WinPhan, but you can also call me Sean. I’m not a developer, although I am interested in learning the trade. In all honesty, I use a chainsaw in the woods for a living…but MAN, do I love technology! More than that, I admire what Microsoft is doing to innovate technology!

I’m not going to make my first post too long, as you read more of my articles you’ll see I can be long winded on my soapbox. So here’s a little about myself and my love for Microsoft. I’ve never been a fan of Apple, their proprietary malarkey, the way they take advantage of their faithful consumer base, or their iPoop products! I have even more disdain for Google, their horrid mess of a mobile OS, their antics, and their dishonest ways! Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think Microsoft can walk on water. They’ve made some not so popular decisions, but speaking in terms of the past few years it’s my honest opinion that you would be hard pressed to find ANY company in ANY industry that has matched the innovation and positive movement that Microsoft has. With the release of Windows 8 and all that it encompasses, it’s a work of absolute beauty to me.

I’m married and have 2 out of our 4 kids still living at home so we have many Microsoft products. Currently we have the Xbox360, 9 Windows Phones(2 HTC 7 Pros, 2 HTC Titans, 1 Samsung Focus S, 2 Nokia Lumia 900’s, and 2 Nokia Lumia 920), 3 laptops(Acer Aspire with Windows 7, HP G72 with Windows 7, and my little HP Pavilion g6 is now running Windows 8), and a Zune HD. We even have a couple desktops and a couple Windows Mobile Phones sitting around, suffice to say, we are a Microsoft home.

The Windows Phone experience is what turned it all into a real passion for me though, yes even pre-Mango was a beautiful experience for me. It all just made sense, what it was, what was soon coming, and what needed to be done in the future. Here I sit now able to enjoy my Lumia 920 running WP8 and think a couple years back to the moment when the sales person tried to talk me into an Android as opposed to the little giant HTC 7 Pro. Best tech decision I ever made was right then! I’m blown away by the support Windows Phone offers, I’m blown away at how dedicated our dev community is, and I’m blow away by how unified and interactive our WinPhan community is! Like many of the readers here, I’m proud to have been part of Microsoft’s ground movement from the beginning, I’m a proud WinPhan!

I ‘ve got lots to say but I’ll save that for future posts. I’ll be writing more consistently now that winter nears and I find myself indoors a lot more. Thanks for reading and you can catch me on Twitter: @TheWinPhan



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Windows Phone panorama comparison: Nokia vs. HTC


Both Nokia and HTC are providing a Panorama picture function with their Windows Phone devices. Nokia released its “creativity suite”, while HTC integrated this feature in the camera app.

Both devices help you to create your panorama picture. HTC takes three photos, while Nokia takes four photos to create your panorama. I tested the function on a HTC Titan and a Nokia Lumia 800.

Let´s have a look at the HTC-helper:


As you can see on the picture above, HTC uses a line for horizontal adjustment and on this line a dot to find the best point of shooting the next picture.


Once you have reached the circle, the camera shots automatically the next picture.

Let´s have a look at the Nokia-helper:


As you can see on this picture, Nokia uses a different way to create panorama pictures. As mentioned above, Nokia takes four pictures for the panorama. Nokia uses a rectangle to give you help while positioning the device. It takes some time to figure this out, but once you are used to it, it is as easy as with the HTC panorama function.


Also Nokia´s app is taking pictures automatically once the best position is reached.

Now let´s compare the panoramas

First I want to show you two panoramas that I have taken outside (first is HTC, second Nokia):



The HTC panorama is not as wide as the Nokia panorama. Of course this is due to the difference of taking three vs. four pictures. The HTC camera has made the sun flair too lightening, which disturbs a little bit in my eyes. The Nokia panorama looks more natural, even with this difficult painting. Both panoramas are acceptable, but there is room for improvements on both sides.

Let me show you two panoramas from my living room (first is HTC, second Nokia):



Here you can see even more difference between the panoramas caused by the different numbers of pictures that are taken for stitching the panorama. The Nokia one is again wider than the one from HTC. The HTC camera once again has a problem with the lightening (see the windows), while the Nokia camera takes it easy and made a good photo at this part. But on the first photo the Nokia camera had a problem with the focus.


Both devices have a good camera, and both cameras did their work over all good. HTC gets a bonus point as the panorama shot is integrated into the camera software, while Nokia´s bonus is a wider range for the panorama. As I do not take panoramas all the time, I am fine with using an app. In my eyes the Nokia one is a little better, because lightening is not such a strong problem as on the HTC Titan.

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(Updated) Update shows up for unlocked HTC Titan and HTC Radar

(Updated) Update shows up for unlocked HTC Titan and HTC Radar

Today I received a notification on my HTC Titan that an update is available.

Well, of course I tried to update my Titan. I have a carrier version of the HTC Titan, and updated manually to the 8107.79 (because of the annoying keyboard bug).

Read my full article at

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(Updated) Hardware–OEMs: where is the love for WindowsPhone (MWC12)?


Yesterday, on Day 0 of the Mobile World Congress, there were already a few conferences from hardware manufacturers. It seems that their love for Windows Phone still has to be set on fire.

  • Sony introduced only their new XPERIA Android phones. No Windows Phone, also if this was rumored before. It does also make no sense that Sony will jump of the train, because with XBOX Live there will be a direct competitor in console market on a Phone from Sony. So this is certainly no surprise.
  • Huawei has also not announced any new Windows Phone, only Android.
  • no LG Windows Phone announcement…
  • HTC has unveiled their new brand series “HTC One”, an Android series. But there is also something positive to say. First, there will be an international launch of the HTC Titan II (HTC´s first LTE Windows Phone, actually to be launched on AT&T). Second, HTC is waiting for Windows Phone Apollo, which is due later this year, to launch new Windows Phones (read more here). So almost a bit of Windows Phone love from HTC.
  • Nokia will be keynoting their new devices today, at 8.30 (Central European Time). You can watch their announcements here:

So there is only a little about Windows Phone from the hardware OEMs. But there will also be a Microsoft keynote about Windows Phone, it may be the place to announce new devices, along the announcement for Windows Phone Tango. As the MWC has not started officially, there is still room for plenty of good news for us.

Update 1: Samsung is waiting for Windows Phone 8 to launch new devices

Also with not launching new devices on MWC this year, Samsung is still committed to the Windows Phone OS. Like HTC, also Samsung is waiting for Windows Phone Apollo. The decision was made, as Samsung also plans a bunch of Windows 8 tablet devices, to get the most out of the experience on both tablet and phone.


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German TV shows Windows Phones in report about LTE

German TV shows Windows Phones in report about LTE


German TV show “Galileo” recently sent a report about LTE and how it will change our live while using the internet on the go. For us techies this seems rather unspectacular, as we all now how LTE works, right?

What makes the thing a little more interesting is the fact that they used Windows Phones besides the meanwhile typically used Droids.

So it seems also here in Germany Windows Phone gains some more attention, and is accepted as the “third” ecosystem.

What´s also interesting is they are showing a Nokia Lumia 710 (or a-look-alike) in this video. Well, I do not want to interpret that much into it, but it is still interesting.

The second device shown is the HTC Titan II, which was named to be released in the near future. They did not say only in the US, so there might be hope for a release to the rest of the world…


So I am curios of what is coming to us, as well from the LTE-part as from the phone part. Maybe after the MWC this month we all know more.

If you know the german language, here you can watch the whole video.

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(Update) HTC answers to claimed infringements on IPCom´s patents


As you might heard in the last few days, IPCom, a German patent troll, wants HTC to stop their smartphones. The new discussion has burned up on HTC´s cancellation of their objection at a German court.

HTC says the violated patent was used on only one phone, which is not sold anymore. IPCom says, that all of HTC´s smartphones are violating their patent.

In the meantime, IPCom is suing German wholesalers/retailers to stop selling HTC smartphones.

Here is the response from HTC to those facts:

HTC has been informed on Tuesday (6.12.2011) that IPCom has written to German wholesalers and retailers and asked to discontinue the sale of 3G mobile phones from HTC. HTC is once again seeking to rectify the situation:

  • The letter to dealers in Germany suggests that many HTC mobile phones violate the so-called patent # 100a . The fact is that HTC has withdrawn the appeal in patent # 100 last week.  Patent # 100a is a modified form of the patent # 100; IPCom has no evidence that HTC has violated patent # 100a , there exists no injunction, as far as HTC knows, IPCom has launched no new case against HTC for the breach of this patent.
  • The patent # 100a is currently treated in appeal proceedings at the European Patent Office, and there are clear indications that it will be cancelled in the hearing on 24 April 2012.
  • We pick out our position once again that the original injunction in the case relates patent # 100 on a single, out-dated mobile phone, which is no longer sold in Germany. HTC’s position is supported by previous judgments of the appellate court of Karlsruhe in another case against IPCom. We are providing an alternative implementation of the standard in use, which is not the interpretation of the # 100 by the Mannheim regional court or an any interpretation of the patent # 100a injured.

HTC respects the intellectual property rights of third parties and has entered numerous license agreements with owners of essential patents. It is very regrettable that IPCom has demonstrated his willingness to go too far, including the contacting of our customers to make demands, which we consider to be disproportionate and unjustified. We will continue to defend our business interests and the interests of our customers and partners in the strongest terms.

Until now it is not clear how this will have an impact on HTC´s Christmas sales numbers. But small dealers could consider to not sell the devices from HTC until the situation is clarified.

Update 1:

HTC is still fighting the patent troll IPCOM. Now a German court issued an injunction against IPCOM. Here is the statement from HTC:

The regional court of Düsseldorf today issued an interim measure, which prohibits the German patent holders IPCom to send misleading warnings to distributor of HTC cell phones. HTC repeated its position that the allegations in the mass-sent warnings write are without any foundation. At the same time, HTC will not hesitate take legal action to protect the interests of its clients.

This for sure will help HTC  for the moment. Hopefully this conflict will be ironed out in near future.

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HTC Titan vs. Nokia Lumia 800

HTC Titan vs. Nokia Lumia 800


Today I am going to compare the HTC Titan to the Nokia Lumia 800.


The HTC Titan spots a 4,7 inch display, while the Nokia Lumia has a one inch smaller display. The Titan has a clear SLCD display, while the Lumia has an AMOLED display. Here you can see the difference (brightness on both devices is set to automatic):


The Lumia´s color are more powerful due to the AMOLED technology. Personally, I think the calibration has too much of red in it. This makes me feel the HTC display is more natural in color.


Well, let´s go ahead. Typing on Titan is really easy and fast, with nearly no wrong taps on the keyboard. Typing on Lumia is also easy, I was impressed that I was able to use it nearly as fast as the Titan.



Both devices have an 8 MP camera. I know that MP is not all, but in a comparison it still has to tell something. Also both devices come with a F2.2 lens. Nokia has the clear advantage of a Carl Zeiss lens on the hardware side. Carl Zeiss is a German manufacturer which is specialized on optical hardware.



If you compare the two images, you will recognize that the Lumia´s color are not as powerful as the Titan ones. In my opinion the Titan´s Image looks a little better than the Lumia´s. Both Images are taken with flash. The quality of both cameras is really good for smartphone cameras. So here I will stop with a draw for both devices.


Both the Titan as well as the Lumia are fast devices. In daily use, I did not recognize any problems or difference between them. In this case, let us have a look on the numbers (WP Bench):


As you can see, the Titan has a little better result than the Lumia. The difference is so small, you won´t even check this in daily use.


The Titans speaker is on the back, while the Lumia´s is on the bottom of the device. Both speakers have a good sound, while the Lumia´s has a bit weak loudness. The Titan has also a sound optimizer, while the Lumia does not have this. I am sure Nokia will bring any sound optimization in future. For now, plus goes to the Titan.


Until now, both devices seem to be a good decision. But as OEM´s, both Nokia and HTC are trying to differentiate from others.

Nokia has its own Navigation System, Nokia Drive and Nokia Music as well as Nokia Maps (last one will be a paid app on other OEM devices). It has no front camera and no gyroscope. We were told that there is also a Nokia section in the marketplace. Well, at least in Germany with o2-sold devices there is no Nokia section. You have to search the Marketplace manually.

HTC has a own Marketplace section, with tools and gadgets you will find useful (for example a torch-app). The Titan also has a front camera for video calls as well as a gyroscope.


Both devices are really good smartphones. If you want to have a good, well priced device, I recommend for sure the Nokia Lumia 800.

As I am an enthusiastic user and also developer, my decision is the HTC Titan. You will get an future secure device, which has all possibilities a modern smartphone needs.

Thanks for your attention and feel free to leave a comment below.

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HTC HD7 vs. Radar vs. Titan (in the sun comparison)

HTC HD7 vs. Radar vs. Titan (in the sun comparison)

This week we saw how amazing the Nokia Lumia 800 Display survives under the sun. (if you missed it, click here.

As I don´t have a Nokia Lumia 800 yet, I decided to compare an HD7 with a Radar and a Titan.

First I made screenshots from HD7´s and Titan´s start screen to check if there is a difference. I hardly see a difference.

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So, my second step was to take two different photos on each Device. One from the sun with some veil of clouds in front, and one of a garden.

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Ok, it is no surprise that the Titan´s picture is the best as it has the best camera of the three devices. The Titan took also the most original colors on both motives. The Radar takes better picture than the HD7, but not as good as the Titan.

At least I compared the screen within the sun light. The screen brightness is set to automatic on all devices.


As you can see, the Radar display is still readable, while the HD7´s display is near to not visible. The Titan´s display most readable. I used two different angles to see how the HD7´s display will respond to the others, but this makes no difference in reading.

So we have a clear winner here: the HTC Titan. The Radar is only little behind, while the HD7 is far from the two Mango phones.

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