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.

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

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