Taking screenshots on a Nokia Lumia 820 (and other Windows Phone 8 handsets)

A couple of months ago, I moved away from my Android phone and thought I’d give one of the underdogs a try. I bought myself a Nokia Lumia 820 and so far the results are brilliant. I’m not going to go into an in-depth discussion about the pros and cons of the OS, but suffice to say, I like it.

Having left my blog dormant for a while, I noticed my old blog on taking screenshots on my old HTC Desire S was still getting a fair number of views, so I thought I’d follow it up with a similar post for my Lumia.

This will definitely work on a Lumia 820, although I’m led to believe that this will work on all Windows Phone 8 handsets.

To do the screenshot, hold the lock button on the side of the phone and press the Windows logo button at the bottom of the screen. The screenshot can then be found in the gallery, under screenshots.

Once again, as proof of being able to do this, I’ve added a screenshot from my phone below:

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Thoughts about where phones have come since the Nokia 3410

Over the course of this year, I’ll be going camping a few times and I don’t want to take my Desire S with me for several reasons (expensive to replace and a short battery life being two examples). In light of this, I’ve obtained a 3410 to use during these occasions.

Back in 2004, I was in possession of my last Nokia 3410. It lasted a good few years – In fact it lasted longer than any other phone that I’ve had since.

This phone was pretty much indestructible. Just a few examples of what it survived…

– Getting left behind on a train (Kudos to the stranger who handed it in)
– Being knocked out a 1st floor window
– Taking several ‘swims’ in drink
– Having a teenager as an owner

It survived everything I threw at it and the only damage was a crack on the screen cover which seemed to randomly appear after taking the train somewhere, getting off and checking my messages. Being an old Nokia, the cracked cover was sorted by getting a new cover for it. Something that I was going to do anyway at the time.IMG_20120608_120715

Once I opened the parcel containing the replacement 3410 phone, I came to a realisation. This phone is awesome. Don’t get me wrong, it’s basic and you could almost say it’s archaic compared to modern standards. However the interface is smooth and it does exactly what it says on the tin. The other realisation I came to is that getting a 6610i to replace it was a terrible choice. So was the w550i that replaced that.

Actually the W550i wasn’t that bad. Just the power connector on the cable was flimsy.

Back on topic, the there are two things that amaze me:

The first is just how far we’ve come in 8 years or so – we’ve gone from low resolution screens, basic internet connectivity and no bluetooth, to the all knowing smartphones that we have now. This also brings the question, where will we be in another 8 years? Will we just have slight improvements upon the existing technology, or will we be on a radically new generation of phone which by far surpasses the current standards, with new control methods and user interfaces.

The second is just how reliant we’re becoming on smartphones. Some people can no longer wait until being at a computer to check emails and social networks. We want to see things in real time, as they happen. We can no longer wait a few hours to see if our order has been shipped, or to see when Person X commented on photo Y on Facebook.

I guess another question is, who will ‘rule the roost’ as it were – back in 2004, Nokia were at the forefront of mobile boom, especially when mobile phones became more available to the younger generations around the 2000 mark, but since the smartphone boom, it’s pretty much down to Apple and Samsung to fight it out – as far as hardware goes anyway. Don’t get me wrong, HTC and Nokia are still putting some good handsets out but most people seem to go the way of the Samsung Galaxy S-Series, or whatever iPhone is going.

Android Free Apps Roundup #2 – WoodEnigma Lite

As promised in my last Android Free App Comments  post, here’s another one for you. This time, I’ll just be taking a look at the Woodenigma Lite game. I’ve tagged this under WebOS as well as the full version is available for free on WebOS phones (The now redundant ‘Palm Pre’ line), whilst a ‘Lite’ version is available for free under2012-04-19_20-46-48 Android which contains less puzzles. A paid version is available under Android, which apparently contains more puzzles, but I’m not sure about the exact number.

The app is a puzzle game, which revolves around the simple premise of moving blocks of ‘wood’ into various shapes. Sounds basic and in many respects it is. However it can also be downright infuriating, but for a good reason – the idea of playing any puzzle game is to be puzzled and to use the grey matter to beat the game. This is something that the game can do well as moving a small number of shapes into a correct pattern can be a lot more difficult than it sounds.

The number of puzzles in the Android ‘Lite’ version is enough to keep you busy for a few hours – there are 50 puzzles included, although some of which are very simple, which I guess is to break you into the game gently.

As for the version on WebOS, there are 450 of puzzles available – remember that 2012-04-19_20-46-58this is the full version which is totally free on WebOS, I presume this is due to the much smaller target audience.

The control method is simple – drag the shape into the target area and tap to rotate it. The shapes will snap into the correct alignment, so you won’t need to worry about spending ages lining up the shapes in the exact place.

Overall it’s a neat little way to pass the time – but once you’ve completed it, you’ll probably not return to it for a long time as the puzzles will be a lot easier on the second time around. It’s worth a download though, especially if you find that you do a lot of waiting around during day to day life (and thus needing something to pass the time)

Another phone app summarised. If you want me to comment on any other free android apps, you can either drop a message on here in the comments section or drop a message to me on twitter. If you want to know when the next posts are, you can either follow my twitter (all posts are tweeted), or subscribe to the RSS feed.

Android Free Apps Roundup #1 -TuneIn Lite, Task List & NetCounter

I was thinking, as I did a post a while back about free apps for WebOS, that I should probably do a post for Android apps. Considering that I’ve been running my Desire S for a few months now, I figured it was a good time to hit the keyboard and get writing about those apps which make my day-to-day life a little easier. Instead of doing one post with lots of apps like the WebOS apps post, I’m going to be doing a few smaller posts over the next month or two – some with thoughts on a few apps and some with just thoughts on one app.

TuneIn Radio Lite

This is a brilliant little app for listening to the radio via the internet. We all know that using FM Radio is lacking in audio clarity – especially when used through an Phone / MP3 player – so this is a pretty handy replacement. 2012-04-16_13-56-44

Although on GPRS this app is basically pointless due to the connection speed limitations, once you get into 3G / HSDPA enabled areas it’s brilliant. If streams of differing quality are available for your chosen station, the app will generally pick them up and let you choose which stream to listen to. General rule of thumb for me is lower quality when using the mobile network and highest quality when on WiFi.

The only major downside is the rate that it eats up data allowance – but then you have some control over this by picking streams. Still not advised for low dataplans though, as even a low quality 64k stream will eat data given enough time.

Slightly off topic – I’m aware this may seem a bit hypocritical, based on a previous post about how an MP3 player is better than a phone for music. No need to tell me 😛

Task List

A handy app for people like me who have a tendency to forget things and get 2012-04-16_13-56-59side-tracked far too easily. The app does exactly as the name suggests – it’s a list creator. You can create several lists and then you can add a widget to your homescreen to serve as a reminder. Personally I’ve got a personal list and an overtime tasks list – just so I can keep track of things.

You can also set reminders as well, for if you’re a little forgetful, or have a deadline to complete list items by.

Not really a great deal I can add – just that if you want something for making lists, give it a go. Only thing that does detract is that the ads that support the application are very obvious – however as I’m a cheapskate, I can’t really complain.

Also a small title font on the list view would be nice, but then I could start using smaller titles instead

NetCounter

Actually, this app is a good one to bundle in the same post as TuneIn Lite, as it helps you keep tabs on your data allowance – something that TuneIn has the potential to use up quickly. 2012-04-16_13-57-15

At it’s most basic function, this app will tell you how much of your data allowance you have used over a given amount of time. It can monitor both cell data usage and WiFi usage.

Another handy function is that you can set the date for the individual counters to reset – this means as your tariff resets for another month, NetCounter will reset the data tariff back to zero to start again. Now that you have your counter resetting at the appropriate time, you can set an alarm to let you know when you are approaching your data cap.

As far as drawbacks go, I really can’t think of any. the app is small, has a easy to use help section and no ads jumping out at me.

There you go – three helpful and FREE android apps summarised. If you want me to comment on any other free android apps, you can either drop a message on here in the comments or drop a message to me on twitter. If you want to know when the next posts are, you can either follow my twitter (all posts are tweeted), or subscribe to the RSS feed.

HTC have confirmed ICS to come to the HTC Desire S

I’ve actually known about this for a couple of weeks, but since my screenshot guide for the Desire S is easily the most viewed blogpost, I thought I’d put a link up for HTC’s announcement.

The only date mentioned is ‘later this year’, but I’ve heard a few rumours that we’ll be looking at a couple of months before release.

Other older phones mentioned are the EVO 3D, Incredible S and Desire HD.

Click below for the HTC’s facebook post regarding ICS
http://www.facebook.com/notes/htc-uk/update-on-android-ice-cream-sandwich-upgrades/362002257162595

Taking screenshots on an HTC Desire S

If anyone out there has an HTC Desire S and wants to take screenshots on it without going to the effort of rooting the phone, this should work for you.

As far as I know, your phone needs to be on at least Android 2.3.5 and have HTC Sense 3.0 (I’ve only had this since the last update – not sure if it’s the android or sense  update that has given me the ability to take screenshots)

For UK based Desire S phones on O2, you should be able to update your phone to the required level. Other networks may vary though.

To take the screenshot, press the power button.While the power button  is pressed, click the Home button (furthest left touch button). You’ll hear the camera click, and the screenshot will be in your gallery.

I’ve added one of mine below to show it can be done. I think this will work on the Sensation as well as the OS is pretty much the same…

HTC Desire S Screenshot

Essential FREE Apps for WebOS

This one is inspired by Engadget’s post about apps and accessories for Palm’s WebOS mobile operating system. Unlike Engadget’s article however, I’m going to stick to just free apps.

One thing to note – I have the 1st edition Pre – as much as I love it, I can’t really comment on the functionality on the Pre 2, or WebOS 2 (as Palm / HP have neglected to give the old phone any sort of software upgrade).

The Engadget article, can be found here

Right…moving on to awesome apps that you can download for free, in no particular order.

Facebook

Engadget has already mentioned this one, but it is worthy of another mention – the UI is advert free, clean and intuitive. It allows multiple cards so you can look up several things at the same time and the most recent update allows you to add location information, for those who truly want ‘big brother’ to know everything. I’ve tried Facebook applications on other phone systems, and still prefer the Palm version. That said I’m pretty biased as I’m used to my phone.

Ultimate Wallpaper

 

This application allows you to add data to your home screen – this data being either RSS feeds, Stock information or the Weather. Something that the Pre does not allow you to do by default. From what I gather, it works by asking what underlying wallpaper you want to use. Once you’ve provided the background image, plus the data source it will render and set a new wallpaper with the information requested showing. You can also set the application to update your wallpaper after a set period of time, which it can do with the application closed. Overall it’s pretty neat, and it will help you keep up to date while on the move.

Spaz

Spaz

In short it’s a Twitter app. I’ve got through a couple of the free ones fairly quickly, but this one sticks. It’s totally ad free, and will always have an empty price tag as it’s supported by the open source community. As well as Twitter it apparently also supports Identi.ca and StatusNet – I can’t comment on this however, as I only use the Twitter functionality. It allows all the basic Twitter functionality though, and seems to be pretty reliable – in fact with this application, I’m not sure why people pay for Twitter apps. the only thing I can see missing is lists and that may well be because I’m not looking hard enough.

IM+ Lite

In one of my previous posts I mentioned how a I’d love to see Windows Live Messenger integrated into WebOS 2.0. On my old-fashioned Pre MK1, we’ve not had any sort of OS upgrade so this is the solution. It allows for most IM systems including AIM and Yahoo IM, meaning it allows you to keep chatting regardless of which IM network you use. Might be worth remembering however that AIM and Googletalk are both integrated on the Pre from the start.

I should probably mention that this software does have the occasional bug with connecting to the server, but most of the time it seems to work without issue – also looking at the reviews it appears a few users in France (or a french speaking country) have tried it on WebOS 2.0 without success. However as Rimmer says Red Dwarf, “If you can’t get two weeks in the Caribbean then Grimsby is better than nothing”

Despite the issues, it’s still worth a download for users of the older generation of Pre phones. There is also a paid version of the application, but I’m not sure what you get in the full fat version of the application, compared to the lite version.

Accuweather

Basically it’s a weather app. I’m not really fussed about weather apps appearing on the home screen as I only check it once a day. Basically it lets you store multiple locations, shows the weather for a couple of weeks in advance, provides 24 hour forecasting and a few other bits. There is one advert in the application, but it doesn’t get in the way, and it can also be hidden from view.

There are other free weather applications on offer, but for what I use it for, this one has proven to be the best one so far. Only thing I can see it missing is a system to notify of severe weather warnings.

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