WHAT IF WIN­DOWS PHONE 8.1 IS AC­TU­ALLY GOOD?

We con­fess: It’s no big se­cret that An­droid and iOS are more pop­u­lar than Win­dows Phone - right now, at least. But what if the new Win­dows Phone 8.1 is ac­tu­ally good - and dare we say it - even bet­ter than its com­peti­tors?

HWM (Singapore) - - TEST -

LIV­ING IM­AGES MAKE MOV­ING MEM­O­RIES

It’s your daugh­ter’s birth­day, and you want to take a pic­ture of her blow­ing out the can­dles on her birth­day cake. Wait, should you take a photo or video? Quick, she’s go­ing to do it!

With Liv­ing Im­ages, you’ll never have to choose, and you’ll never miss a pre­cious mo­ment. Liv­ing Im­ages cap­tures the sec­onds be­fore you snap a photo as a video. Whereas other phones cap­ture only a still pic­ture, you’ll see a video of your daugh­ter pre­par­ing to blow out the can­dles, then the photo you took of the ex­act mo­ment she did.

The best part is that it all works au­to­mat­i­cally when­ever you use Nokia Cam­era (on se­lected Lumia phones), so you don’t have to worry about us­ing a sep­a­rate app, or ever miss­ing a mo­ment you never want to for­get.

TYPE FASTER, WAY FASTER

Yes, we know that your An­droid friends have apps like SwiftKey and Fleksy in­stalled, while your iPhone friends are wait­ing for iOS 8 to in­stall new key­boards. But the new Word Flow key­board comes in­stalled with Win­dows Phone 8.1, and it lets you type faster, way faster, just by glid­ing your nger over the screen. The Word Flow key­board even broke the world record for fastest key­board when it was rst un­veiled. Word Flow can also pick up names that are non­dic­tionary words from Con­tacts, and you can add your own words to the dic­tionary.

SAVE TIME, MONEY & SPACE US­ING SENSE

With Win­dows Phone 8.1, your phone just makes sense. If you have lots of stuff on your phone, the new Stor­age Sense lets you see what’s tak­ing up the most space, plus help you delete big apps and tem­po­rary les to make more room.

Wor­ried about go­ing over your data limit this month and pay­ing big for it? Data Sense helps you watch your data us­age and can even help you re­duce it, by do­ing lit­tle tricks like com­press­ing browser data. Run­ning low on power? Bat­tery Power Sense to the res­cue; it’ll shut down non-es­sen­tial apps to help your phone keep run­ning. But if you must have your What­sApp run­ning you can pin it to a VIP list to get your mes­sages.

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