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Ply refused to exploit. And is this relevant? NPD reported in 2010 that 46% of all mobile phone handsets sold in the USA had a QWERTY keyboard either as its sole input or combined with a touch screen input. Nokia voluntarily abandons nearly half of the addressable market and instead - forces, FORCES all Lumias to be compared to iPhones (rather than compared to Blackberries).
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Then we have the SMS design flaw. Microsoft has already admitted that it is true, if anyone sends a specific string SMS text message (or FB message or Tweet) to a Microsoft Phone based smartphone - it will shut down the phone and when the phone is turned back on, the messaging function is inoperable and the only fix is to wipe out everything stored on the phone - all messages, pictures, phonebook etc. What moron moron moron didnt prioritize SMS and allowed this kind of failure at Microsoft? This would not have happened if the phone and its software was designed by adults.
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SMS is the most valued and most used service on mobile phones in every market - even the USA is now in that state, so said the USAs own CTIA the Cellular Telecoms Industry Association in 2009. REASON 2 - CAMERA CATASTROPHY So lets go to Nokias second huge advantage against all competitors outside of Japan and South Korea domestic markets. The camera.
Nokia partnered with German camera optics specialists Carl Zeiss, and from the early N-Series on, Nokia had far and away the best cameraphones in that part of the planet where 98% of its population lives (Japan and South Korea have exceptionally advanced domestic mobile phone markets). Nokia introduced the worlds first optical zoom (ie real zoom) camera lens in 2006. The first Xenon ie real flash in 2007. Nokia had a 5 megapixel camera when the iPhone was introduced with only 2 megapixels.
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Nokia did the (non Japan non-S Korea) worlds first 8mp cameraphone and first 12mp cameraphone. And its not just megapixels.
Nokia had better glass on its optics, better sensors in the camera and better software for the pictures. Plus Nokia had removable storage media ie microSD cards so you could shoot many hours of DVD quality video and then just swap your microSD card and continue shooting.
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The whole camera and video experience was always superior on Nokia. Nokia introduced TV out in 2006 meaning you could watch your pictures, websites, videos etc on your home TV. And today that is of course HDMI out. This is the second most used ability of the mobile phone. We just heard from Christmas electronics sales in the USA, that digital camera sales and videocam sales had fallen catastrophically - because consumers were switching their camera and video capture to their smartphones. And this is a Nokia superiority.
And what does Lumia offer. A massive downgrade to what Nokia used to have. The 2010 flagship Nokia smartphone, the N8, had a 12 mp camera and Xenon flash. It won every contest and comparison against every rival everywhere, a superb cameraphone and videocam phone. It was selected the phone of the year in Britain. And the N8 was that cameraphone used to shoot a full-length motion picture that had a commercial release.
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Yes. A Nokia cameraphone so good a professional movie maker made not an experimental film for a film festival, or a short film, or amateur film, but a full commercial production movie for cinematic release. That is Nokia excellence in cameras.
What does Lumia have? The topmost Lumia900 that was announced at CES has its camera downgraded from the N8. It doesnt have 12mp. It has 8mp. The flash is not Xenon flash. It is LED flash. There is no TV out. There is no HDMI out. There is no microSD. This flagship phone seems like it was designed by total amateurs who were somehow utterly ignorant of the vast competence Nokia had built over the past decade.
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And it is. The Lumia series was not designed by Nokia top engineers in Finland. Elop in his Microsoft Madness decided not to use Nokias Finland based competence, he went to the USA to design his Lumia phones.
Yes the USA, known for such fantastic global hit phones as the Palm, the Danger, the HP, the Compaq, the Motorola - anyone remember the Rokr - and yes, Microsofts own magnificent Kin, the phone so disasterous, it was terminated 6 weeks after launch. Nokias flagship phones have always, always had the best cameraphones (Japan, S Korea blah-blah-blah). The Lumia series is the first time ever that Nokia not only was not the best cameraphone, but it actually regressed.
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If you like your cameraphone, you are better off buying a 1 year old N8 than any of the brand new Lumia phones. The N8 was so good, that the first side-by-side test with HTCs Titan II - with a 16mp camera, and the N8 produced better pictures.
That is Nokia knowhow! And Lumia? Abandons it all. WHAT DO CUSTOMERS WANT IN THEIR NEXT PHONEWe have seen what consumers do with their smartphones.
Now, what about specific decision criteria. All those who say but the eco-system, Tomi! That the smartphone OS will decide.
Or the number of apps in the app store. Sure they will be important, sure. But lets go to the facts again. TNS surveyed 34,000 mobile phone owners around the world and found that in the Industrialized World (North America, Europe, Advanced Asia-Pacific) apps and the OS do matter. They came in ranked.
fifth. Tied for fifth. What is ahead of the selection of apps and the operating system in selecting smartphones in the Industrialized World? The Look and Feel. The Brand of Handset. The Input Method.
And the Model of Handset. This is not me saying the OS is not top on the mind of smarpthone buyers, or the number of apps in the app store. This is what smartphone owners in the USA, Britain, Spain, Australia, Germany, France, Canada, Singapore etc have said. So before I discuss the OS and the Apps, lets do the more important factors starting from the top. REASON 3 - DOES NOT WIN ON LOOK AND FEEL Look. The Lumia 900 and Lumia 800 do look like flagship phones and have won plenty of praise, copying Nokias radical look of the N9 from last year. So yes, this is a brave attempt.
But the Lumia 710 has a decidedly cheap look to it, very plasticky. But yes, what of the flagship(s). If you like QWERTY form factors ie a slider or Blackberry style smarpthone, then this look is wrong for you. The sad thing is, that usually with new lines, Nokia has done a pair, ie the N8 was the tablet style pure touch screen, and its sister model was the E7 with the QWERTY slider.
Same with the N9 (pure touch screen) and its sister the N950 (with QWERTY slider). So while Nokia had every chance to gain an advantage on the look side, it voluntarily abandoned about half of the total market potential.
By deciding not to make what is a competitive advantage at Nokia. But if you do love the pure slab tablet style pure touch screen smartphone. Then yes, the Lumia 900 and Lumia 800 are good-looking smartphones, but not as good as the iPhone 4S while being in the same price range. The big screen on the Lumia 900 is nice, but far bigger screens are on current Androids including the monster screen on the Samsung Galaxy Note. And where Nokia previously did have near retina display pixel density on the E90 Communicator, Nokia has again regresssed and now both Lumia 900 and Lumia 800 fall far short of the Retina Display sharpness of even the year-old iPhone 4. If you really love your QWERTY look, you wont even consider these Lumias.
If you do love this purist touch screen look - then you will buy. the iPhone or the Galaxy. And while we are on the look, what about those weird neon colors?
Yes, obviously the Lumia will stand out in the crowd, but it will soon mean that Lumia owners will be ashamed to show their phones. No wonder that one of the US carriers refused to offer the glaring color options.
What happened to subtle and stylish? Nokia knows how to do that. But these colors are garish.
Feel. What of the feel? Nokia has a history of truly exceptional feel to its top phones. The perfection in the c