Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Apr 2012 13:20 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Nokia's results for the first quarter are in... And it's grim. Very grim. We're looking at a net loss of EUR 929 million, an almost complete collapse compared to last year's EUR 344 million profit. It's also almost double the loss analysts expected. Revenue dropped by 29%, too.
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RE[2]: Such a shame
by plague on Thu 19th Apr 2012 21:33 UTC in reply to "RE: Such a shame"
plague
Member since:
2006-05-08

Sure, I'd like them to go that way too, but it would take alot more work, time and money than to go Android.
Plus they would have to build up an ecosystem from scratch. MeeGo was definitely on the right track, except for the name (Moblin was a far better name). But it's abandoned and doesn't have an ecosystem worth mentioning.
Android is the sane choice at the moment.
Besides, when I buy an Android phone, I don't just blindfolded pick any phone out of the bunch, I pick the phone I actually like. The hardware matters, and noone has made any handsets I like as much as the Nokia phones.
Samsungs phones are either too big, too plastic or both, plus I hate TouchWiz. HTCs phones are slightly better in that regard and the only choice I can tolerate right now (I have a Sensation), but they are still big and getting bigger. Nokias phones have a quality feeling to them, and especially the N9 is pretty much perfect in size and design.
The only things I don't really like with Android are the Ads that you have to unsubscribe to and the semi-closed nature of it (you're kinda stuck with TouchWiz/Sense and very long waits for upgrades).
I would like another alternative or for the Android vendors to actually push their drivers to the main tree, deliver vanilla Android on their handsets and cooperate for once.
But that won't happen and there simply aren't any other decent alternatives at the moment.

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RE[3]: Such a shame
by Hozz on Thu 19th Apr 2012 22:24 in reply to "RE[2]: Such a shame"
Hozz Member since:
2007-03-19

Check out the NITdroid project if you haven't, it's a beautiful glimpse of what android would've been like on the N9. I'm quite impressed with the snappiness of ICS on the device given the single-core processor and the alpha state of the port. The screen on the N9 puts most other ICS capable devices to shame, and the device itself, IMO, is way above *any* android phone out there when it comes to build quality and especially design.

Then again, being alpha, it is mostly for testing purposes, as using a smartphone sans camera, with wonky wi-fi/3G connectivity and no voice calls(!) isn't quite viable for everyday use, but it's fun to toy around with and dual-boots alongside meego, so I'd say give it a go. If nothing else - because you can ;-)

edit:Just re-read your post, realizing you don't actually own an N9; my advice then would be to keep an eye on NITdroid and jump ship if/when they reach RC or actual release. Then again, that's probably so far in the future that newer, more advanced, and who knows, maybe even more desirable devices will have launched :-)

Edited 2012-04-19 22:30 UTC

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RE[4]: Such a shame
by plague on Thu 19th Apr 2012 22:44 in reply to "RE[3]: Such a shame"
plague Member since:
2006-05-08

Very very nice. That is exactly what I would want.

For my next phone, I'd like the N9 size and design but with a faster chip and vanilla Android. If only it could happen.
If the N9 had a dual-core chip, I would have probably chased around the world to get my hands on one, just so I could install ICS on it once a port had matured.

Edit: here's to hoping that in 6-12 months, there will be a phone of similar size and great design, with a fast chip, true RGB 720p AMOLED screen and vanilla Android. It could happen, right? right? hello? this thing on?

Edited 2012-04-19 22:50 UTC

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