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April 6, 2012

The Wrap: GDGT digs us, Back button secrets, Windows Phone wedding bells

Finally! The big weekend is here: The Nokia Lumia 900 and HTC Titan II both officially go on sale at AT&T starting Sunday. While you’re counting down the last few hours, check out these other highlights from the world of Windows Phone this week. Then drop me a comment and tell me what’s on your mind.

GDGT recommends the Nokia Lumia 900


Here’s a common dilemma: You’re debating whether to pick up some cool new gadget—let’s say a Nokia Lumia 900—but feeling overwhelmed by all the reviews. There’s a zillion of them! Who has the time to digest it all? Most importantly, whose take can you really trust?

Well, if you’re time pressed like me, then you outsource the job to experts paid to calibrate the collected wisdom of critics. In the movie world, it’s sites like Rotten Tomatoes. For technology, it’s GDGT. And today GDGT finally weighed in on Nokia’s flagship handset, scoring it a 90 and dubbing it the first Windows Phone worthy of its “recommended” rating—an honor given to fewer than one-half of one percent of the thousands of products on its site, by the way.

They conclude: “We’ve had a Lumia 900 in the lab for a couple of weeks and done the research on other critics’ findings, and there was no question that this is a phone that we’d recommend to first-time smartphone owners and first-adopters alike.” See what else they said

Your Back button’s secret powers—revealed!

There’s more to the Back button on a Windows Phone than you might think. The latest installment in Laura Foy’s video tip series—Windows Phone Minute—lays out all its secrets.

A cubicle dweller’s best friend

Given up on your BlackBerry? ZDNet this week compared Windows Phone against Apple’s iOS and Google Android to see which smartphone operating system was best suited to life in the corporate trenches. Specifically calling out Windows Phone’s stellar on-screen keyboard, its support for Exchange and Office docs, and its time-saving Live Tiles, the site concluded that it is “a great phone for business” and strongly worth considering for anybody “fleeing the BlackBerry platform”.  Read the full article

Smoked by Windows Phone lands in Sweden, Brazil

Results from Smoked by Windows Phone challenges—our good-natured duels to see whose smartphone is speedier at everyday tasks—continue to pour in from around the world. A recent challenge in Sweden ended with a 33-1 record. In Brazil, we went 10-nil against the competition. Here’s some of the local flavor.

Windows Phone: the ultimate matchmaker?

What is it about weddings and Windows Phone? Close readers of this blog may recall that we recently spotlighted a British couple whose proposal hinged on a custom-made Wordament app. Then there was the woman who recited her vows from her phone. Now comes another Windows Phone love connection. Take a look.