Nokia Finally Figured Out A Touch Smartphone. But..

Quite recently, I had the privilege to visit 2010, their annual phone and developer event, which was sold out. There were a lot of people out there who were curious about Nokia’s latest devices and development initiatives.

Nokia World 2010

When I landed out at the event hotel, few people were speaking about how Nokia was in disarray with resignations from the top few people who have mattered to them for the past few years, including their CEO Anssi.

However, the events that followed were much of a revelation. After the Nokia N97 debacle, I finally saw with my own eyes, that Nokia had finally understood what a touch smartphone should be like. Let me just add here, that Nokia is the market leader in phone manufacturing and they are not just about a smartphone, yet they have always been innovators, even when they have failed to challenge this segment with their devices.

Nokia has worked in many ways to actually fulfill their mantra of "Connecting People" by bringing people together in places where no other manufacturer would go; the rural areas of developing countries. Kudos to them for that, but yet, living around New York, I always wondered whether Nokia would cater my needs, and they most probably have got an hang of how to do it.

Let me tell you that I was almost first in line at the Nokia flagship store in New York when they launched the , and I was very very disappointed with it. However, I was pretty happy when I saw the new Nokia devices launched this time around. Out of the new Nokia offerings, including the , and other similar devices like the and Nokia C7, I wouldn’t buy any, however, from here on I believe that the future Nokia devices will be far more better than their competition.

Going forward, with a new CEO in Stephen Elop, I feel that Nokia with its huge history have a really good chance to get back into the smartphone market, specifically the touch phone market, where they are nothing but bystanders right now, except for maybe .

Nevertheless, Nokia still has a long way to go before it can actually sit on top of the smartphone pile and they do have to take care of a lot of things which are not working in their favor. I have several grouses against Nokia and these are the some of the few that I feel could be a deterrent to them:

Delivering on Time

The one big problem Nokia is facing right now is the ability to deliver on time. They still don’t have the OS for the Nokia N8 fully ready and they don’t have a clear cut idea when it would be ready, even though they keep saying that it would be ready in the next few weeks. For a device that was announced months ago, it should have been ready by now.

Nokia, in my opinion, do not have the flexibility to bile time, because there are not many devices out there from them that would make people go crazy. They have to keep pushing devices as fast as they can. I have met and heard from people who were anxious to get their hands on the Nokia C6 and other Nokia devices, however, the numerous delays have made them go to some other manufacturer. Driving away customers to the competition is something which Nokia does not want to be doing right now.

Stick With One OS/Platform

Right now Nokia has too many things going on at once, they have an unfinished Symbian^3 which is baffling. They are also already working on Symbian^4 which is baffling again, considering that they haven’t yet finished work on the predecessor.

To top that they have , which is again a good OS, but Nokia hasn’t yet found good devices to put them on. There was a lot of disappointment when Nokia did not speak about Meego at the Nokia World 2010, that goes on to show what developers and consumers have been waiting for. In my opinion, they should just stick with one platform and continue working on it, rather than doing things simultaneously and having nothing ready at all.

Another problem I came across while speaking with Nokia product managers was that, the future Nokia Symbian^4 OS will not be compatible with older devices including the Nokia N8 and Nokia E7. Hey Nokia, why don’t you take a leaf out of and books? Most of their devices are portable to any new OS they ship, why couldn’t you do it with your latest high-end devices at-least? That is an absolute #FAIL for me.

Creating a Smartphone Browser

I understand that they are working on one, but they should have been ready with it. Smartphones are as much about browsing as much as about apps. In the past two years, every other smartphone browser has grown leaps and bounds except for Nokia’s. Agreed that they are working on a new browser, but where is it? Why was there no demo at Nokia World? Why isn’t the new browser shipping with your latest flagship device?

Stop Confusing Users With Similar Devices

Out at Nokia World, 4 devices were announced, the Nokia N8, Nokia E7, Nokia C6 and Nokia C7. All of these devices were similar except for the Nokia E7 which had a QWERTY. The point here is that, most of the devices had the same features, some had more, some had less.

Nokia here wants people in different segments to have affordable phones, but why are you cloning your flagship device? Why offer competition to your own devices? If you want to create affordable phones, do it, but do not confuse the users as to which one they should buy. Just make a flagship device and sell it, then make affordable devices which are not similar but offer smartphone capabilities.

These are just some of the things on top of my mind which I feel is hindering them right now. I may be right or wrong, but remember, these are my opinions. The future is now in Nokia’s hands, let’s hope they don’t ruin it going forward.

Nokia C3 Hands-On Pictures

Nokia announced the Touch and Type phone, and today. The device which has a regular numeric keypad also has a touch screen interface and is targeted at markets like India.


Nokia C3 will be released across the world in the 4th quarter of 2010 and it should be priced moderately in the budget category. We have had a chance to play around with the C3 at Nokia World 2010, here are some hands-on pictures of the Nokia C3.

Check out more hands-on pictures of the Nokia C3 in the gallery below.


Nokia E7 and Nokia N8 Run Flash 10.1

Here is some good news for Nokia fans, the Nokia E7 and both run Flash 10.1. We have confirmed this when we had a look at the Nokia E7 prototype at Nokia World 2010.

Nokia E7 Flash 10.1

Nokia E7 which will be out in 4th quarter of 2010 is still a prototype and runs beta software, however, it also runs Flash 10.1, which is good considering that you would be able to save a lot of battery power while watching Flash videos.

More details on the device will follow later on.

Nokia ‘Communicator’ E7 Announced

The final handset which Nokia announced today at the Nokia World is the Nokia E7. The E7 is touted as the next communicator phone from Nokia. The E7 sports a biiiiggg4-inch touchscreen display which also uses Nokia’s ClearBlack Display (CBD). The E7 also features a four row slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Nokia E7 The handset is billed by Nokia as the ultimate business smartphone’. The E7 features Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, business grade lock and wipe functionality, secure intranet access, remote device management, Mail for Exchange and Microsoft Share Point server.

Even though the E7 is touted as a business oriented handset, it does not skip on the multimedia front. The E7 packs in an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash at its back. The handset is also capable of recording and editing HD videos (720p). It also boasts of a mini-HDMI out port and Dolby Digital surround sound. The E7 will be running the latest Symbian^3 OS.

The E7 boasts of a mammoth standby battery life of 18 days and up to 9 hours of talk time. The expected retail pricing of the device is EURO495 before taxes and subsidies. The device will hit the retail stores before the year end.

Nokia World 2010 Live Blogging

Hi everyone, Techie Buzz is live in London and will bring you all the live action from Nokia World 2010 online. Nokia World will see the unveiling of the and most likely the Nokia E7.

We are live from the scenes in London and will be covering the event Live along with regular pictures and notes from the event.

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New MeeGo UI Screenshots Leak On The Internet

Nokia is expected to announce its MeeGo running handsets at the upcoming Nokia Event on September 15. The first MeeGo handset to be released by the Finnish company is expected to be the Nokia N9. In all probability,   the N9 will hit the retail market in October or November month of this year.New-MeeGo-UI-Screenshots-Emerge Now few screenshots of the MeeGo UI have leaked on the Internet and they look pretty impressive.

From the leaked screenshots, the UI of the MeeGo OS looks polished to me. It also looks like MeeGo will offer a lot of eye candy with animations and Spaces’ like effect. Though on a personal note, I did not like the battery and the network bar icons present in the status bar at the extreme left.

From the screenshots it is clearly evident that the Task manager of the MeeGo OS will show all the open applications in thumbnails which resemble the Spacesfeature of Mac OS X.