George Benson: Give me the Night
Subtitle: Testing the 640XL Camera at Night
My testing of the Microsoft 640 XL Smartphone continues.
It took some self control
not to throw the 640 XL phone out of the window at several points Tuesday. Something about Windows 10 Mobile (over 8.1 even) means that it's going like a dog. It took over 51 seconds to start the BBC iPlayer radio app, and select Radio 4, because if I was going to walk around in the freezing night time cold to take some photographs, I needed some company.
For reference, the same application BBC iPlayer Radio, loaded Radio 4 and started playing in about 5 seconds on my Android Cyanogen build 5.1.1 phone.
I am indebted to XDA developers link here that helped me overcome the 0x803F8006 errors that I had whilst trying to upgrade the existing OS apps
//emulate a Lumia 630
It happily made me learn up about installing the Fiddler program to setup a Web Proxy that took the malformed commands issued by Windows Phone updates and translated them, then sent back the code from Microsoft back to the phone to make the updates happen. Tremendous stuff!
Aside 2: DxO ONE
It's been brought to my attention that if you are an Apple user, seeking to bypass the limitations of Apple putting a quite average Optics and Camera system into even their latest phones you can try the DxO ONE.
It costs about 650 CHF or USD !! But Apple users, they have the cash, right?
Of course this is not a new concept. See our review of the Sony QX10 from January 2015
Back to the Plot
So I spent almost 2 hours this evening walking around our home town of Lausanne in the -1 degrees C temperatures to test out the night time capabilities of the Smartphone and its default Microsoft (was Lumia) Camera application
Postboxes are yellow in Switzerland
The cigar shop and Laduree shop were in a previous post of daylight and lower light photography.
At least 1 zombie at Place Francois.
The lonesome mini.
Full highres originals and more uploaded here.
Summary so far
The camera and Windows app combination of the 640 XL is continuing to impress us. "For a smartphone" especially a low end one, it's doing a great job.
Spoiler Alert: If only that could be said about the rest of the Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile Operating System and App framework (full review coming before Christmas).