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Digitimes Expects Windows Phone to Take 6.2% of The Market in 2012

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Digitimes has posted what they expect for the smartphone market in 2012 and they see Windows Phone taking a sizably bigger chunk of the market than it did in 2011.

While the market is still dominated by Android-based devices, Windows Phone is expected to take 6.2% of the smartphone market in the coming year.  Given that Windows Phone currently sits at about 1.5% of the market, that is a monumental leap forward – 242% increase to be exact.  Is it possible?  Absolutely.

2012 is going to the year that sees Nokia bring their full Windows Phone line to market.  Remember that Nokia is still the #1 selling brand of phone in the world.  They know how to sell devices and it is evident in their marketing plans for the Lumia 710 and 800 that they mean business with their new Windows Phones.  In January we should see the first Nokia Windows Phones here in the US which I personally expect to see a huge amount of marketing around it both from Nokia themselves and the carriers.

With the push that Nokia is making it is well within the possibility that Windows Phone could end 2012 with over 6% marketshare.

Read the full post over at Digitimes then tell me what you think?  Do you think 6.2% for 2012 is possible?  Ludicrous?  Selling it short?  Comment here or send me a Tweet.

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Need An Extra Battery for Your Samsung Focus? Only $2.99 on Amazon

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Need a new battery for your Samsung Focus Windows Phone?  You can get a Samsung battery on Amazon fro $2.99 plus $2.49 shipping.

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Nokia Lumia 710 at T-Mobile for $49.99 beginning January 11th

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If there is any doubt that both Microsoft and Nokia about seeing success for Windows Phone, this should put those doubts at ease.  Beginning January 11, 2012 the Nokia Lumia 710 will be available for an incredible $49.99 from T-Mobile.  For those who have forgotten about the Lumia 710 in the midst of all of the hype around the Lumia 800, this is the mid-range phone that Nokia is offering in their Windows Phone line up.  But don’t let that fool you. Here are the key specifications.

  • 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor
  • Adreno 205 GPU
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 3.7” WVGA 480×800 display
  • 8GB of internal storage, with microSD card slot that supports up to 24GB in total
  • 5MP rear-facing camera
  • Windows Phone 7.5
  • 3G HSPA+ connectivity
  • Dimensions: 119 x 62.4 x 12.5mm
  • Weight: 126g
  • 1300mAh battery that supports 7.6 hours 3G talk time, 400 hours maximum 3G standby time

How this will work from T-Mobile is the phone will be $99.99 with a $50 mail in rebate.  You’ll be required to have a qualifying data plan per the norm.

If you are T-Mobile or looking for a new carrier, come January 11th you can get a great deal on a great phone from them. 

 

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Nokia Lumia 710 Now Shipping Globally

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It is official – Nokia has begun shipping on their second Windows Phone, the Lumia 710.  It is expected that the Lumia 710 will hit the US early next year with T-Mobile.

Here is the Press Release for the event from Nokia

Espoo, Finland – Nokia today announced the Nokia Lumia 710 will hit shelves, less than one month after the Nokia Lumia 800 started turning heads.

The Nokia Lumia 710 will start selling today in Taiwan alongside the Nokia Lumia 800. The Nokia Lumia 710 will then reach stores in Singapore, Hong Kong, India and Russia in the next seven days and continue its global roll-out over the coming weeks.

Estimated retail price is 270 EUR, excluding taxes and subsidies and availability will be via operator partners, retailers and open channels depending on local situation.

The colourful, affordable Nokia Lumia 710 was designed to make the Nokia Lumia experience accessible to more people around the world and at launch was widely praised as the best Windows Phone experience at is price point.  It combines the powerful social and Internet experience of Windows Phone with the ability to take pictures in almost any conditions and share with friends in seconds, as well as access to thousands of the most popular apps, including exclusive Nokia services.

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Impressive Macro Shots From Samsung Focus

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In the set of first generation Windows Phones, the Samsung Focus is generally accepted as having the best all around camera.  The 5MP camera with a built-in LED flash does a pretty good job, especially in daylight shots.  With Mango there were some added features given to the camera to improve contracts and saturation which has help a bit as well.

The impressive feature about the Samsung Focus that I see is often overlooked is the macro mode.  It is one of the few cameras on smartphones – let alone Windows Phone – that has a macro.  Even better though, it’s actually really good.  The photos in the post are unedited in any way and are as they were when I got them off of my Focus.

This first shot I took of my agenda and pen.

Focus Macro Image of Agenda and Pen

Focus Macro Image of Agenda and Pen

As you look at the photo up close you can see the etched serial number of my pen around the band and nice detail in the ink on the paper.  It is clear – pardon the pun – that the edges of the photos are a little soft so you will want to keep that in mind as you take macro shots with your Focus.  For this photo I was about 6″ away from the paper.

My second shot is a small model of the St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague, Czech Republic.

St. Vitus Cathedral Model Macro Shot

St. Vitus Cathedral Model Macro Shot

On this one you can see the fine ink details outlining the windows and doors and can even see where dust has collected on the base!  Details of the roof are also impressive.  Again, I was about 6″ from the model for this shot.

If you are a Samsung Focus owner and haven’t check out the macro mode you need to try it out for yourself.  If you are looking for this type of functionality on your next Windows Phone, the new Samsung Focus S has it as well as the HTC Titan.  The Titan is widely considered to have the best camera of the 2nd generation Windows Phones which is 8MP.
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