Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Feb 2011 00:04 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Speaking of Nokia - Engadget got their hands on what is supposedly an internal memo sent to Nokia employees by the company's new CEO. It's... Brutal. As in, brutally honest. There's no sugar-coating here, no unicorns, no glitter. "Nokia, our platform is burning." Update: Android is probably out of the question. Will it be Windows Phone 7, after all? Damn; Palm tonight, Nokia Friday - what a week for mobile! Update: The "Communities Dominate Brands" blog published an in-depth analysis of the memo, which claims with sound arguments that it might well be a hoax.
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RE[6]: ... - common users
by jabbotts on Wed 9th Feb 2011 20:18 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: ... - common users"
jabbotts
Member since:
2007-09-06

I was thinking shorter term benefits:

- bug is reported in platform X
- bug is promptly fixed affecting platforms X Y Z
- regular users of X Y and Z recieve the patch update in much shorter time mitigating the attack window, improving stability or whatever

You really don't need to reach back to the down of BSD and spin it out.

In terms of regular users and the N900? I can only hazard a guess:
- it's pretty (we're talking regular users here right?)
- camera on front and back
- excelent quality main camera (stomps all over Iphone's)
- slider keyboard (onscreen sucks)
- good battery life
- connect and/or charge from standard microUSB (they'll recognize that they can easily find a cable to charge off at least)
- good spread of supported cell technologies for regular users who travel
- 64 gigs of storage space (I'm not sure when the first 64 gig Iphone shipped.. think it was after)
- native Exchange sync support for the business regular users

The turn-offs; price asked by Nokia, lack of carrier sponsorship (no three year contract and 100$ N900 from my provider anyhow), lack of marketing and markets receiving product (it was how long before available in Canada and the US?). Also the app issue if you can't live without a function only available through another device or can't live without running the same game/app title as all your friends.

Even with Meego and ongoing Nokia rumors, apps are still being added and updated in the N900's repositories. Regular users probably don't recognize it in detail but they would recognize the additions of titles (yeah, Apple and Google's title counts have since eclipsed Maemo's library but I don't find as much repetition either).

For me, it was more nerdy things of course:
- an upgrade path from the N810 which happened to include a cell radio
- continued use of Maemo (nice and close to a Debian full distro)
- continued use of collected apps outside of Maemo repositories (scappy, metasploit...)
- ability to cross-compile debian packages (see Debfarm for example)
- developer and user friendly vendor not looking to lock me out of my own purchased hardware
- native integration into my home network and existing apps thanks to rsync/ssh/zim/
- easy of sync over network from any Internet connection (rsync/ssh again)

Turn offs; I reboot about once every three to six weeks for stability (I have a lot installed and use the device pretty hard), multi-touch would be handy and should have been included in the first place (believe that's a BS patent thing though), headphone jack in the way beside the keyboard and/or long strait connector on headphone wire instead of a nice manageable 90 degree bend.

Reply Parent Score: 4

Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

I think you are right about the front and rear cameras, it may have been the first.

I wasn't saying it was a bad phone, its just wasn't light years ahead of anything out there, and it was behind in several areas as well as you pointed out.

It didn't capture the imagination of the casual user when released, and they haven't released any other phone like it since.

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RE[8]: ... - common users
by jabbotts on Thu 10th Feb 2011 19:42 in reply to "RE[7]: ... - common users"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

"too nerdy" was our regular Nokia staffer's theory when I asked in a past discussion. (think my words where "how did Nokia not eat the mobile market alive with this device?" and it was really the next evolutionary step in the N770/800/810 line.

Tech moves pretty fast too. I honestly cant' clearly remember what the contemporary phones where at N900 launch.

I just hope Nokia can get straitened out and shipping an N910 or whatever soon. I'm really not seeing other less flawed options yet.

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RE[8]: ... - common users
by aliquis on Fri 11th Feb 2011 02:26 in reply to "RE[7]: ... - common users"
aliquis Member since:
2005-07-23

The first with front and rear cameras?

I have no idea when the N900 was released but no, just no.

There has been plenty of 3G phones with that.

Don't ask me why the iPhone didn't had it. But then it doesn't/didn't do video calls over 3G, had a GPS, had third-party application support, did MMS and so on either ...

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RE[7]: ... - common users
by daveak on Thu 10th Feb 2011 22:10 in reply to "RE[6]: ... - common users"
daveak Member since:
2008-12-29

There is no 64 gig iPhone.

Reply Parent Score: 1