Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Sep 2012 13:19 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Stephen Elop only has a few months to show he can turn Nokia around if he is to survive but the new smartphone is unlikely to woo customers back from Apple and Samsung. Investors and analysts say the chief executive has until early 2013 to prove he made the right choice by partnering with Microsoft Windows or his future at the loss-making company will be called into question." Well, I'll be doing my part. I'm buying a 920.
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Nokia hardware
by WereCatf on Wed 19th Sep 2012 18:18 UTC
WereCatf
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2006-02-15

I've always liked Nokia hardware: they're sturdy, Nokia has never been afraid of trying new features, they were not afraid of trying new looks and so on. I had for example the Nokia 5510 ( http://nokiamuseum.com/view.php?model=5510 ) at one time and I was actually pretty happy with it even though it was perhaps a little unwieldy; it was a fresh, new take on things, with a unique look and while the features included could have been better atleast there was effort there to try to rethink what and how one can do with a phone and how to fit it into our daily lives. The N-Gage tried to improve on the 5510 and to compete with the PSP, but it was never terribly successful. Nevertheless, it was another attempt at trying to stir things up. Or how about the Nokia Communicator - line of phones? Those were totally badass, both in features and as plain status symbols back in the day. Of course the more recent examples of daring to step out of the line are the N900 and N9, both of which are quite unique beasts even as of right now.

With the move to Windows Phone Microsoft is saying what features must be there and what mustn't, and they're saying quite a lot about the looks, too, something that I view as a very sad development. It kills all the attempts at innovation, it ruins the creativity, and while it may provide for a more stable and predictable income for the company it also ruins the chances of coming up with something completely new that could become a useless money sink or a veritable cash cow of the decade. Sure, I love the looks of the new Lumia-phones, but the company has become boring, predictable and eschewed its previous individuality.

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RE: Nokia hardware
by moondevil on Wed 19th Sep 2012 19:49 in reply to "Nokia hardware"
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2005-07-08

As a former Nokia employee I have seen this happening live, at least until they disbanded our development site.

At least I did travel a few times to Helsinkia/Espoo.

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RE: Nokia hardware
by joekiser on Wed 19th Sep 2012 21:47 in reply to "Nokia hardware"
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2005-06-30

I've always liked Nokia hardware: they're sturdy, Nokia has never been afraid of trying new features, they were not afraid of trying new looks and so on.


Agreed on this point. I would say that one of their core competencies is well-designed hardware. The decision to go Windows Phone was a way to outsource software development to a reputable company (and therefore allowing them to exit the smartphone OS business), while also allowing them to leverage their core competency (hardware) through product differentiation. Had they simply become another Android manufacturer, they would have opened themselves up to litigation (the Oracle case was still going on) and would have had little to offer that Samsung/HTC/Motorola aren't already doing. Windows Phone is a cost-cutting decision that is also future-proof in terms of possible litigation and there is certainly a void to fill in enterprise IT when BlackBerry goes under.

As for myself, I'm still an S40 (or whatever it's called these days) user. I'll probably get an Asha 311 later on this year. For a company that had so many problems modernizing Symbian (both stylistically and with touch responsiveness), they sure are doing a great job expanding the capabilities of their entry-level phones.

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RE: Nokia hardware
by bitwelder on Thu 20th Sep 2012 06:39 in reply to "Nokia hardware"
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2010-04-27

I've always liked Nokia hardware: they're sturdy, Nokia has never been afraid of trying new features, they were not afraid of trying new looks and so on.
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With the move to Windows Phone Microsoft is saying what features must be there and what mustn't, and they're saying quite a lot about the looks, too, something that I view as a very sad development.

And still, the Lumia 920 got more praises for their hardware specs (wireless charger, camera, screen/glass, unibody build, etc.) which have been developed in-house than for the WP8 that is running on.

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RE[2]: Nokia hardware
by cdude on Thu 20th Sep 2012 11:14 in reply to "RE: Nokia hardware"
cdude Member since:
2008-09-21

Cause all the WP8 devices out there including Samsung and HTC are the same on the software-front thanks to Microsoft's customization-limitations. The only thing that is different are the hardware-specs and as such anyone focus on them. For the software you just write a generic Windows article what Microsoft offers and attach the info that Samsung, HTC, Nokia and others ship that.

Edited 2012-09-20 11:16 UTC

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