Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd Oct 2013 16:15 UTC

To open Nokia World 2013 in Abu Dhabi, former CEO Stephen Elop unveiled Nokia's first tablet alongside several new handsets. Rumors had been building that some bigger Lumias were coming, with Windows Phone Update 3 including support for 1080p phones, and fuzzy pictures of increasingly larger handsets being leaked. Looking over the lineup and specifications, there's a lot to like in the new Lumias.

I like the new Asha phones the most. The Lumias are just more of the same, and still limited not by hardware, but by software.

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by joekiser on Tue 22nd Oct 2013 21:15 UTC
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I like the new Asha phones the most.

I used the S40 platform for a long time, and it seems that this is where the development at Nokia is/was really happening. Asha continues the gesture-based UI that was begun with Meego, and for a time used a similar icon set, although I believe this has been updated to a flat Windows-style icon set since May. Asha 503 seems like a respectable upgrade for last year's Asha 311 (which I owned for a while) in that it continues the Gorilla Glass display but increases the camera quality to 5 megapixels.

The only other phone that catches my attention is the Nokia 515, which was announced a few months ago, because it is a sleek, modern looking candybar phone with a quality build and camera. I am looking seriously at replacing my Galaxy Nexus with this phone.

The Ars article implies that Microsoft will use the Asha line to gradually move people to the Windows Phone brand. I think this would be a sad end for a long legacy of feature phones. Microsoft should milk the Nokia name for all it is worth, like Lenovo did with the Thinkpad brand.

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