Posts tagged ‘Symbian’

October 27, 2011

Nokia Lumia 800 vs. iPhone 4s vs. Galaxy S II vs. Droid Razr

The biggest player in the handset industry, Nokia has now officially entered the smart phone battle with the release of its new phones – Nokia Lumia 800 & 710. Nokia has kicked its old MeeGo OS and Symbian OS to build phones with the new Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS.

The spec on Lumia 800 is comparative to iPhone 4S, Galaxy Nexus II and Droid Razr, except that it falls short in the video recording category at 720 p while others are at 1080 p.  We posted a chart from PC World to spell out the technical details for you.

Lumia 800 will launch in some European countries next month and will roll out to Asian countries and Russia by end of the year. Lumia 710 is also expected launch alongside Lumia 800 in Russia and Asia this year. Nokia doesn’t really seem to be going after the US market, since it is not clear when these phones will be available in the US, although the company’s press indicated that it would be releasing a portfolio of products early next year.  Nokia also did not say which US carriers would carry the phones. As for the price, Lumia 800 will be available at $549.99 unlocked.

Earlier, we had reported that Microsoft payed $1 Million to Nokia for their partnership. It’s interesting to see how the Android landscape has changed since then, with device manufacturers either paying royalty to competitors or just not being able to sell in countries where they have been sued for patent infringement. Was Nokia’s decision to go with Windows Phone 7 OS (instead of Android) a smart move? Maybe, but in my opinion Miscrosoft got the better end of the deal. Globally, Nokia’s phones are very popular for their hardware and have an established customer base, and now with a better OS in place, Nokia & Microsoft are all set to take over the cell phone market on a big scale.

Nokia’s Lumia 800 (left) and Lumia 710 (right)

March 26, 2011

Microsoft and Nokia trying to make a comeback with $1 billion?


Have you seen the latest numbers reported by comScore survey? Out of 30,000 subscribers, Google took the lead with 31.2% of the market share! RIM came in at 30.4%, Apple at 24.7% and Microsoft at 8.0%.

With Microsoft at 8% no wonder they’re paying Nokia $1 billion to manufacture their Windows Phone. If they succeed, it will benefit both parties. However, are they too late? It’ll be a long trek up from the bottom of the ladder, let’s see how this pans out.

source: comScore,bloomberg


A Securities and Exchange commission document indicates that Nokia expects to transition to Windows Phone 7 platform in about two years. Yes TWO years! Can you imagine where iPhone and Android phones will be by then?

Nokia also indicates that until it moves to Windows Phone 7, it will continue to leverage its investment in Symbian. Nokia has had a setback in the phone industry with the advent of the iPhone and Android devices. I really doubt if tieing the knot with Microsoft is going to help them to make a comeback.

What do you think?

source: ComputerWorld

August 9, 2010

Nokia N8 – Symbian trying to make a comeback?


With the latest news of Android outselling the iPhone, it’s no surprise that everyone wants a share of the market now that Google has proven that there is more out there than an iPhone.

Nokia N8 has a stunning 12 megapixel HD camera with a Xenon flash. The UI is very similar to Android (wonder where they got that idea?). It’s supports a desktop space that allows for widgets (hmm AppleGirl, do you know what a widget is?). “With flash support, you’ll see websites the way they’re suppose to be.” I wonder which phone they’re referring to there (umm iPhone perhaps?)

Check out the video below and see for yourselves.


GoogleChic, did you hear of the Verizon iPhone rumor? If it is true, I wonder if Android would still outsell the iPhone!

Nokia N8 is the phone for mobile photographers.  But then if someone is serious about photography, I’d think they would own a full fledged camera. Maybe Nokia should quit making phones and switch to cameras..

The Symbian 3 OS is a far cry from iOS4. The User Interface, with the widgets et al, is ugly and GoogleChic, I am glad you found some common ground with N8 ;). We want to carry a smart phone in our pockets, not a desktop!

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