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Nokia now has a 3-D printing development kit for the Lumia 820

One of the most promising technologies that has developed (and been cost reduced) over the last several years in the tech word has to be 3-D printing. 3-D printing allows manufacturers to quickly prototype products using varying materials, and Nokia is now talking about its efforts in the field with the Lumia 820 3-D printing community project.

The key to the 3-D printing community project has to do with the creation and release of the number of 3-D templates, case specifications, recommended materials, and best practices. The idea is to allow the community to 3-D print their own shell for Lumia 820 smartphone. The removable shell of the phone is one of the most interesting design features of this Windows Phone 8 device.

Nokia says that it is offering the required files and documents for 3-D printing your own shell for the smartphone as the 3-D printing Development Kit or 3DK.

Nokia Community & Developer Marketing Manager John Kneeland said of 3-D printing, "In the future, I envision wildly more modular and customizable phones. Perhaps in addition to our own beautifully-designed phones, we could sell some kind of phone template, and entrepreneurs the world over could build a local business on building phones precisely tailored to the needs of his or her local community. You want a waterproof, glow-in-the-dark phone with a bottle-opener and a solar charger? Someone can build it for you—or you can print it yourself!"

Being able to 3-D printed custom cases for Nokia smartphones is an interesting feature. While most consumers don't have access to a 3-D printer (although Staples is looking to change this), the Nokia 3DK does open the door for 3-D printing companies to start producing all sorts of interesting accessories for the Lumia 820

Source: Nokia

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RE: Nokia lumia 820 new shape and 920 no amoled
By BZDTemp on 1/18/2013 11:21:34 AM , Rating: 1
The 920 screen is nice and I for one prefer it over AMOLED. Yes, the black is not that black but colours in pictures and video are much more real and less cartoon like.

I bet you'll find yourself won over before long.

RE: Nokia lumia 820 new shape and 920 no amoled
By Mint on 1/19/2013 8:51:59 AM , Rating: 2
AMOLED is only cartoon-like if a maker wants it to be. My Note II has options to reduce the gamut to be more accurate, if I like (and I usually choose a medium setting). CNET tested it. Looking at reviews, the Lumia 900 doesn't oversaturate.

Few people can tell if a display has a little color inaccuracy or not without a colorimeter or reference image. Cameras have that much variation anyway. Black, however, is absolute. At least 50% of the time there's something in my field of view that tells me an LCD is not reproducing black correctly. The only thing LCD is superior at is brightness, which is an insignificant factor for me since 99% of the time I won't have my AMOLED at max brightness.

So no, I'll never be won over by today's LCD tech after living with AMOLED. I'd have to get a $200 discount or a must-have feature to buy an LCD phone again. AMOLED is that good.

By TakinYourPoints on 1/19/2013 8:52:04 PM , Rating: 2
There is still a tendency to go with oversaturation and too much contrast with AMOLED, but you're right, it is the fault of the companies and not the hardware itself. Blame the bad rap on Samsung doing a terrible job with the GS3 color profiles.

Display technologies like plasma and CRT with far deeper black levels and dynamic range can display sRGB just fine with some color calibration. Apple and now HTC with the Droid DNA are the only companies doing a consistent job with their color profiles, and it all comes down to cost. According to a comment by one of the Anandtech authors (I think it was Jarred), it costs about $5 per display to calibrate properly.

That's a huge chunk of the BOM for something that isn't a material piece of hardware.

By Mint on 1/21/2013 11:35:42 AM , Rating: 2
Blame the bad rap on Samsung doing a terrible job with the GS3 color profiles.
The GS3 is doing damn well in sales and AMOLED is probably the most notable difference between it and similar competitors for typical customers. Samsung is doing what the market wants.

However, you should note that outside the US, even the GS3 allows you to change the color settings to be more accurate if you don't like the eye-catching wide gamut. There's four settings: Movie, Natural, Standard, and Dynamic.

Standard is the default, Movie is the most accurate.
I'll take 20x the contrast over an imperceptible advantage in accuracy any day.

Also note that the GS3 was launched when the iPhone4/4S ruled the world, and it was very inaccurate and undersaturated:

Finally, going back to the topic at and, Darkultra misses AMOLED that he has in the Lumia 800, which, AFAIK, did not exaggerate primaries.

By Manch on 1/20/2013 2:51:41 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not saying screen is bad.Far from it. The bump in resolution and brightness is nice. I never found the colors to be cartoonish on the 800.

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