Episode 056

Less than three hours after Nokia’s Lumia 1020 launch event, James and Stefan sit down and talk about what they just saw. They also discuss Microsoft’s reorganization, a few smoking Galaxy phones, and Android 4.2 on the HTC One.

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[Episode 056, 31 minutes, 25 seconds, 28.8 MB]

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Episode 056

3 thoughts on “Episode 056

  1. I’ll be honest, I was a bit disappointed with this episode, specifically the chatter around the Lumia 1020. No one’s denying it’s a cool phone, and the camera tech is mindboggling (and will be missed by most folks). However, I can’t believe you guys didn’t talk about the pricing, which is really what’s going to tank the phone.

    The Lumia 1020 will be $299.99 with 2-year contract from AT&T, or $699.99 outright. First of all, it’s AMAZING that they announced pricing at all. Second, this pricing is RIDICULOUS. Some comparisons:

    Galaxy S4 32GB – $249.99 w/ contract
    iPhone 5 32GB – $299.99 w/ contract

    Keep in mind, these are both upgrades to the 16GB versions of those phones, which are $199.99.

    I realize that the Lumia 1020 has 32GB of internal storage, but I think we can all agree it’s hardly at parity with either of these phones. $299.99 is beyond ridiculous.

    Also, you guys didn’t talk at all about the new T-Mobile stuff. Now, I’m not a T-Mobile fan by any stretch of the imagination, but what they’re doing in the U.S. is definitely worth talking about – they’ve launched a new service called ‘Jump’ which allows you to pay $10/month for full insurance (loss, stolen, broken, etc) AND the ability to trade your phone in every 6 months for a new one. This is amazing when every other carrier is not only doing 2 years, but is actually sticking to that 2 years, instead of the normal “well, we’ll let you do it at 21 months, cause you seem nice enough” policy they’d been operating under.

    They’ve also expanded their LTE network about 6 months ahead of schedule, which is amazing.

    Last – no discussion on Nokia somehow managing to have Path and Vine and a bunch of other apps that no one cares about, but still not having Instagram? You’ve GOT to wonder what those discussions are like, especially with Facebook now so integrated into the Windows Phone ecosystem.

    Love you guys, though.

    And yes, I throw up a little in my mouth everytime I or someone else says the word ‘twibbon’.

  2. Stefan, you [again] missed my question :p – I should see if I still have access to the show doc and add it there for next show X)

    I agree with Ricky, lots of commentary w/1020. The 808 had that “last Symbian visage” going for it. This has… unless it also had WinPhone8.1, it has nada. It didn’t deserve all that commentary. Though the comments on the woman who asked about what makes AT&T/USA relevant was classic.

    Question for next show:
    If a homeless person can get by on a mobile (see: http://techland.time.com/2013/07/09/a-homeless-man-and-his-blackberry/), why aren’t we seeing more mobile-first services enabling folks forward, rather than social network dodads?

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