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Leaked Bandit screen shot  (Source: evleaks)
Leaked image shows extra columns of tiles on the home screen

A leaked image has turned up on Twitter (courtesy of evleaks) that claims to be a screenshot from the big-screen Nokia “Bandit” smartphone. The screenshot shows a reworked on screen for Windows Phone specifically designed for larger screen devices – in this case, 1080p. The Nokia Bandit is supposed to have a six-inch screen and the expanded Start Screen shows two extra columns for titles.

Previously leaked details suggest that Nokia's new phone could be called the Lumia 1520 when it's officially launched.

Current Windows Phone devices only have enough space for four columns of the smallest tiles. The Starts screen on the 1520 shows six total columns of small files. Other rumored specifications for the Nokia smartphone include a QUALCOMM 800 Snapdragon processor, full HD resolution display, and a 20-megapixel rear camera.
The phone is expected to launch a Nokia press conference to be held in New York on September 26.

This has been a big week for Microsoft and Nokia with Microsoft announcing that it is purchasing Nokia's hardware division and other assets for over $7 billion.

Source: Neowin



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RE: Home Screen
By p05esto on 9/3/2013 11:06:57 AM , Rating: 4
You should try it though. Once you use it you'll never ever go back to icons on a cell phone. The OS is slick, fast and the live tiles are wonderful. Trust me, try it!!! Win8 phones are VERY good. As much as I hate Win8 on the desktop I like it on the phone.


RE: Home Screen
By invidious on 9/3/2013 11:19:20 AM , Rating: 1
When cell phones start coming with 90 day no questions asked return policies then maybe people will be willing to "just try it", until then its a pretty thin argument. But we will all be driving flying pigs to work before that happens.


RE: Home Screen
By Samus on 9/3/2013 1:03:24 PM , Rating: 2
Just try a friends. I used my buddies Lumia 920 for 10 minutes an bought an HTC 8XT the next day.


RE: Home Screen
By n0b0dykn0ws on 9/3/2013 2:32:54 PM , Rating: 2
Out of all the people I know that have smartphones only one has a Windows Phone, and it's an older model at that.

Maybe a renter phone? Try it for 30 days, at the end of the month take it back and it gets wiped. If you want one you buy a new or refurbished unit.


RE: Home Screen
By Xplorer4x4 on 9/5/2013 6:05:59 PM , Rating: 2
They already do. Well close to it anyway on VZW and ATT. Not sure about T-Mob or Sprint, but Sprint is worthless in this neck of the woods. You have 14 days to decide. If you don't like it, you can return it before the 14 days is up and swap it out for another phone. It does cost like $15-$30 I think, but that's not so bad.


RE: Home Screen
By Red Storm on 9/3/2013 11:19:32 AM , Rating: 1
Oh I have tried it. Not for me. I also don't like the grid o' icons on iOS. I like a clean home screen with some toggles and a few gesture shortcuts to get to everything I need. ;)


RE: Home Screen
By retrospooty on 9/3/2013 11:45:37 AM , Rating: 2
"You should try it though. Once you use it you'll never ever go back to icons on a cell phone."

I have, and its OK, but I prefer the way Android does it... I have my launch bar for the main apps, Widgets for the things I want to see instant info on and a few icons for the rest, leaving room to see my wallpaper and customizations. Neat and clean and exactly what I want and need to see (not what some company thinks I need to see).

What looks nicer to me is this, /pasted screenshot to imgur http://i.imgur.com/udZf9zt.png


RE: Home Screen
By BZDTemp on 9/3/2013 12:23:12 PM , Rating: 4
Why waste space for seeing a wallpaper?

Nothing wrong with wallpaper, but unless I have a whole wall what matters is not wallpaper if that means having to do something to see the info I want.


RE: Home Screen
By piroroadkill on 9/4/2013 9:27:54 AM , Rating: 2
Personally, I like to see a nice photo of my girlfriend every time I unlock my phone, or am at my home screen.

Sometimes it's just flat out nice to have a full screen with little content.


RE: Home Screen
By Jeffk464 on 9/3/2013 12:35:38 PM , Rating: 2
wow, thats a pretty nice looking android page


RE: Home Screen
By Flunk on 9/3/2013 12:42:46 PM , Rating: 2
There's a lot of blank space on that screenshot. Wouldn't it be more effectively used with more widgets?


RE: Home Screen
By retrospooty on 9/3/2013 1:22:05 PM , Rating: 2
I actually do have a small contact Widget there, but I moved it to another page to not show peoples pics and names on the web.

The point is it's exactly what I want and nothing I don't- totally customize-able to suit any needs. For info I want to see immediately like emails, feedly(widgets on another page) contacts and time/weather - widgets. For other less used items, icons and some open space to keep it from being too cluttered *which is just a personal preference.


RE: Home Screen
By powerwerds on 9/3/2013 6:49:24 PM , Rating: 3
I also prefer the tidy, clean, uncluttered home screen. I put exactly what I want and nothing I don't. My phone is totally customizable and able to suit any of my needs. I have WP8 and my start screen looks nothing like the hectic bonanza in the article's photo. You are defending your style as if it is in opposition to what WP8 offers. It seems you as if you are unfamiliar with the WP8 UI. You do know you can remove every last one of those annoying tiles right?


RE: Home Screen
By retrospooty on 9/3/2013 7:52:45 PM , Rating: 2
I have played with it. It is customizeable but not as much so and not near the widget support. Tiles sort of cover that, but to a much lesser extent. If you are going in order.

1. Android - totally customizeable
2. WP - Mostly customizeable.
3. IOS - "We know what is best for you. Icons only, just like grandpa used to use".

:D


RE: Home Screen
By retrospooty on 9/3/2013 7:52:45 PM , Rating: 2
I have played with it. It is customizeable but not as much so and not near the widget support. Tiles sort of cover that, but to a much lesser extent. If you are going in order.

1. Android - totally customizeable
2. WP - Mostly customizeable.
3. IOS - "We know what is best for you. Icons only, just like grandpa used to use".

:D


RE: Home Screen
By crispbp04 on 9/3/2013 1:45:59 PM , Rating: 3
That screenshot is ugly as sin. So much chrome and nonsense I thought I took a time machine back to 2010.


RE: Home Screen
By retrospooty on 9/3/2013 2:33:52 PM , Rating: 1
Whatever, I change it often, that is just what I put on a few days ago. It also looks much sleaker in motion, which you cannot see in a screenshot. The point is it's totally customizeable to suit your specific needs. To me, WP8 looks like its from the 1990's. WP also it isn't nearly as customizeable.


RE: Home Screen
By crispbp04 on 9/3/2013 3:19:46 PM , Rating: 3
I'm glad it works for you. I love the cleanliness of a flat UI.

Not to call you out here, but could you explain why you think WP8 looks like it's from the 1990's? It is not reminiscent of any design language of that time. If anything, the flat UI makes anything chromed out look dated in comparison (IMO).

Your screenshot screams 1990's to me. Chrome buttons and animated backgrounds? The only thing you need is a MIDI file playing and you're back in 1996. I remember having an animated background on my laptop running Linux in 1997 and thought it was the coolest thing ever. It was a shame that the only thing productive I did in Linux was chat on BitchX and laugh at everyone getting blasted with teardrop.c and WinNuke. Those were simple times.


RE: Home Screen
By retrospooty on 9/3/13, Rating: 0
RE: Home Screen
By ClownPuncher on 9/3/2013 6:33:03 PM , Rating: 2
Add a drop shadow to it so your brain can handle the change :P


RE: Home Screen
By retrospooty on 9/3/2013 8:16:36 PM , Rating: 2
HEy, if you like flat, bland and boring, we have that too. Win8 theme applied. Ick though ;)

http://i.imgur.com/t9Yl0uv.png


RE: Home Screen
By Reclaimer77 on 9/3/2013 8:39:23 PM , Rating: 2
lol dude come on, represent better! :P

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com....


RE: Home Screen
By retrospooty on 9/3/2013 8:49:05 PM , Rating: 2
Lol... I found it by searching for "ugly joke theme"


RE: Home Screen
By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 10:34:46 AM , Rating: 2
Your link didnt work, but I think you meant launcher 8 for Android, that makes your UI look like this...

http://i.imgur.com/jHLmg09.png

Not bad. It does look pretty damn close. All the more reason to stick with Android. LOL


RE: Home Screen
By Jeffk464 on 9/3/2013 12:33:39 PM , Rating: 2
I'm seriously considering a nokia 521, because its a steal at the price range


RE: Home Screen
By jklauderdale on 9/3/2013 1:06:49 PM , Rating: 2
No flash on the camera is a deal killer for me. The few times I need to use the camera at work I need that flash


RE: Home Screen
By Reclaimer77 on 9/3/2013 3:09:52 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
No flash on the camera is a deal killer for me.


That and the 480p resolution. I mean seriously, 480p?


RE: Home Screen
By cbf on 9/3/2013 6:19:50 PM , Rating: 2
Uh, the camera is listed as "5 MP" (see http://www.nokia.com/us-en/phones/phone/lumia521/s... ) -- that'd be about five times 480P resolution. Even for video, it's capable of 720P.

Are you referring to 480 as in the 800 x 480 resolution of the screen? Do you have know of another Smartphone that sells for $130 *no contract* that does better?


RE: Home Screen
By corduroygt on 9/5/2013 12:08:22 PM , Rating: 2
8GB Google Nexus was $199 before they ran out of stock, and it's a better phone in every way.


RE: Home Screen
By Xplorer4x4 on 9/5/2013 6:02:36 PM , Rating: 2
I think he means the display, not the camera..
From your link:
Display resolution: WVGA (800 x 480)


RE: Home Screen
By YearOfTheDingo on 9/4/2013 4:37:57 AM , Rating: 2
I have a Lumia 520 on pay-go and, yeah, it's an absolute steal. The phone itself is solid. The software is intuitive and run smoothly. By default it also seem to be very conservative when it comes to data usage over cellular. I put in $30 when I bought it two months ago and I think it'll easily last till the end of the year.


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