10-27-2017 06:55 PM
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  1. RumoredNow's Avatar
    Yup. No longer driving the 1520 daily. I'm not giving up on the ol' gal, just re-purposing her. In the spirit of this long dead thread, http://forums.windowscentral.com/nok...t-five2oh.html, I'm starting a new one. Supersized in every way.

    Imma turn this beast into a no-SIM picture taking machine and a travel companion.

    Already done:
    • WDRT back to 8.1 + Denim
    • Stripped out all non-essential (for my purposes) apps
    • Loaded up on Camera and edit apps
    • HERE Suite installed (Maps, Drive +, Transit, City Lens) and downloading maps
    • Translator installed and language packs downloaded
    • Finalizing settings and Start
    • I have a Sandisk Ultra 32GB Class 10 SDHC card to dedicate for this
    • I have a great dash top mount for nav
    • I have a car charger that will add charge even with nav on-screen
    • I have tripod mounts and tripods
    • I have a cassette to 3.5 audio jack for in car use

    I'm still on the fence about using up space for media, but probably will have some music on there at the very least and possibly video as well because the 6" FHD screen is so nice.

    [NOTE]This project has been expanded as I have included a Lumia 1020 alongside the 1520. IMHO an ICON or 930 would also serve well. Adding invitations to 830 owners as well. Great camera and many of them will be moving to new daily drivers...

    Anyone dedicating their old Windows Phone to Camera Only duty is welcome to participate and add their experiences, results, tips, tricks, etc.[/NOTE]
    Last edited by RumoredNow; 01-31-2017 at 01:54 PM.
    10-18-2016 01:02 PM
  2. abhishek singh21's Avatar
    so you are all set to go, good luck. ;)

    PS: It took a moment to decode 1fivee2oh (1520) ;D
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    10-18-2016 02:04 PM
  3. RumoredNow's Avatar
    I've got a great dashboard mount... It has a weighted base, a non-slip pad and a clamshell design. Holds the phone very securely and doesn't move. Keeps the phone handy to my line of sight while driving. I've long loved this for turn-by-turn:

    Last edited by RumoredNow; 09-04-2017 at 01:11 PM.
    10-18-2016 02:41 PM
  4. Werentuckl's Avatar
    Just a small advice of warning on my part friend. Car mounts do not play well with phones out in the sun for long durations of play. Especially if you live out in the sunnier climes of the world, or get them sunny times anyways. And this, especially true so if you like your pretty phone wrapped nice and true in a protective case. I recently had the chassis on my beloved ATIV SE crack because it spent a good 6-7 hours out in the sun playing satnav with me squeezed into a carmount, and layered in a dual layer incipio case. :/ Lets just suffice it to say that I'm still not over my heart break on this one. :'( I wouldnt want that happening to anyone else's favorite device either. :/

    Heat and uneven/constricted expansion can do bad things to a phone. Or a laptop. Or electronics/appliances. In general.

    -- W
    10-18-2016 04:07 PM
  5. RumoredNow's Avatar
    I've used this mount plenty often with the 1520 and for long stretches of travel. It actually shades the device a bit depending on angles. I've had no discoloration or other problems yet.
    10-18-2016 06:16 PM
  6. RumoredNow's Avatar
    Here's my Start screen now... The only thing below what you see is HERE Maps/Drive+/Transit.

    10-18-2016 08:53 PM
  7. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    I might join you on your 1five2oh camera journey. May we post pics in this thread?
    10-18-2016 09:40 PM
  8. RumoredNow's Avatar
    I might join you on your 1five2oh camera journey. May we post pics in this thread?
    The more the merrier. Post pics, advice, what you are doing with a 1520... Whatever you (or anyone) can bring to the party is appreciated.
    10-18-2016 10:20 PM
  9. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    Don't all jump on me at once, but..... :D
    Is the 1520 camera better on WP8.1 than W10M?
    10-18-2016 10:31 PM
  10. RumoredNow's Avatar
    Don't all jump on me at once, but..... :D
    Is the 1520 camera better on WP8.1 than W10M?
    I believe the algorithms on 8.1 are superior. I've seen others post the same...

    Certainly shot-to-shot and processing times are better on 8.1. That is empirically proven.
    10-18-2016 10:50 PM
  11. RumoredNow's Avatar
    All Apps List:


    Downloaded Maps:


    Installed Language Packs:


    Storage Consumed: ​(note that the bulk of the SD card storage is from 10 screencaps )

    10-18-2016 11:01 PM
  12. RumoredNow's Avatar
    ^^^ Still have plenty of space to add Apps, Maps and Language Packs to internal storage as needed. Even a 16GB AT&T variant should feel roomy with this setup.
    10-18-2016 11:06 PM
  13. RumoredNow's Avatar
    D'oh... Forgot Slowly. Installing now.

    Grrrr... Looks like Slowly is gone from the store. Will investigate alternates.
    Last edited by RumoredNow; 10-19-2016 at 09:38 AM.
    10-19-2016 09:26 AM
  14. Werentuckl's Avatar
    What the chummy berries is Slowly anyways? A slowmo video recording app, if I am correct. Or a time lapse. The opposite things I know. But something of the sort, right Rumored?

    -- W
    10-19-2016 12:08 PM
  15. RumoredNow's Avatar
    What the chummy berries is Slowly anyways? A slowmo video recording app, if I am correct.
    Yep... It takes prerecorded videos and slows them down. Post shot editing. I'l post back if I find a good one.
    10-19-2016 08:49 PM
  16. Indistinguishable's Avatar
    So what are you doing about data with this device? Even with downloaded maps, isn't data required for the GPS aspect?
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    10-20-2016 09:08 AM
  17. abhishek singh21's Avatar

    you might need to put in a sim as well, for accurate location tracking. standalone gps tracking takes time and is slow compared to network and gps positioning together. :)
    10-20-2016 09:38 AM
  18. RumoredNow's Avatar
    So what are you doing about data with this device? Even with downloaded maps, isn't data required for the GPS aspect?
    When I tested this with a SIM-less Lumia 520 about twenty months ago, the downloaded maps were all I needed. No data and with Location enabled I got accurate speed and location readings with successful turn-by-turn nav on a 400 mile round trip car journey.

    Data is required for traffic alerts and "My Commute," but isn't necessary for other functions including search for addresses and businesses.

    Another benefit, for me, of being back on 8.1 and using HERE is that I can download the voice pack I want for my turn-by-turn assistant. I much prefer the English/UK/Male voice as the accent gets my attention. The same voice was named "Martin" back in the Symbian days. I just find it helps to have a voice that cuts across anything else going on in the car and I love hearing pronouncements about any "roundabout" that might be on my route.
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    10-20-2016 09:58 AM
  19. RumoredNow's Avatar
    So I've been having a problem with Translator app. The tile gets grayed out and the entry in All Apps list becomes unresponsive.

    I think it is an update to the Chinese (Simplified) Language Pack. Testing that theory. Reinstalled for the 3rd time and downloading packs one by one with wait times inbetween.
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    10-20-2016 11:32 AM
  20. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    Took these this morning using my white 1520 running W10M, version 1607 build 351. Stock camera app. No editing.

    10-23-2016 12:07 PM
  21. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    ^just messing around. I'm nowhere near a pro camera guy.
    Last edited by Scienceguy Labs; 10-23-2016 at 01:10 PM.
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    10-23-2016 12:08 PM
  22. Werentuckl's Avatar
    Those are pretty good brother. :)

    -- W
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    10-23-2016 02:08 PM
  23. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    Cleaning up around the house and found this dummy Lumia 1520. I bought it a month or so before the 1520 was officially released to get an idea of how I would like the size. Ahhhh, memories.

    10-23-2016 05:35 PM
  24. RumoredNow's Avatar
    I'm expanding this thread as I've added a Lumia 1020 to this project. Title updated. I started this project with my 1520 retiring to camera duty, then decided to add a 1020. I have converted my original thread in the 1520 forum to a new meta-thread to keep it all under one title.

    My Lumia 1020 should be here today when I get home from work.

    72" tripod arrives tomorrow (no more shooting from the odd perspective of 4' height).

    Camera Grip on Friday.

    I have some supplies to make quick detach wrist and neck straps so they will be easily interchangeable. One each for the 1020 and one each for the 1520. I plan to document the construction and results.
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    10-26-2016 09:34 AM
  25. RumoredNow's Avatar
    I used my 1020 to take pictures of making the quick release straps for my 1520.

    Here are my supplies: a 25' piece of paracord, a spool of waxed cotton thread and a package of small quick release buckles.


    I use the smooth end, not the forked end, to attach to the phone.


    I cut a piece of waxed thread 8" long and tied a double knot in it so it made a loop about 2 3/4" long... Trim the ends.


    Feed the knotted end through the buckle so the knot is on the back side of the buckle...


    Lift the knotted end and slip the loop through...


    Pull the loop to tighten it on the buckle and make sure the knot ends up resting in the hole for neatness...


    Run a generous length of regular sewing thread through the loop. You need this to feed the loop of waxed thread through the holes in your case...


    The clear acrylic snap-on case I use on my 1520 already had the holes in it. I've always wanted to get a strap on there. Use the doubled over sewing thread to pull the waxed thread loop through one hole...


    ...and then through the other hole. Note that the buckle and the loop both end up on the outside of the case. The buckle should be upside down.


    Hold the loop up and feed the buckle through it...


    ...pull it taught and snug it down. You can then put the phone in the case.


    Cut a 20" length of paracord and heat the cut end with a lighter to seal it and keep it from fraying. Keeping the two ends even, tie a knot with them as close to the end of the cord as possible...


    Feed the loop through the forked end of the buckle. The knot should be on the "top" side of the buckle...


    Lift the knotted end, push the loop through, pull it taught and snug it down. It ain't pretty, but it works. You now have a wrist strap to quickly attach and detach from your phone.


    Continued in the next post...
    Last edited by RumoredNow; 10-27-2016 at 09:47 AM. Reason: typo monkey
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    10-27-2016 12:48 AM
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