Results: 95% of MNB voters would like S^4 in N8, for 66% S^4 upgrade is a deal breaker (Though 98% want the Nokia N8)

| July 13, 2010 | 13 Replies

Yesterday, we asked a question: How important is the possibility of upgrading the Nokia N8 to Symbian^4. The situation of whether the upgrade was possible wasn’t clear and was hotly discussed in the comments (I’m still not sure of the situation myself). What was clear was that of the whopping 632 votes (over half of which was in the first 5 hours alone! Thanks for voting everyone!) 95% wanted S^4 in the N8, of which for 66% of the voters was a deal breaker in deciding whether or not to get the N8.

2% were after a different handset to the N8 (much lower than I had anticipated – perhaps we have very strong Nokia fans?), with 3% hardcore N8 fans wanting the N8 regardless of the possibility of S^4 and 29% wanting the option of S^4 but did not mind were that not to happen.

We do need to consider that our (mynokiablog) audience is quite discerning, well informed of Nokia and technology. I’d want the latest and greatest upgrade if I knew it was around the corner too. If I weren’t allowed to get the soon to be released S^4, I’d feel a little burned too (though, apps made for later devices on Qt will still be compatible).

Will this dampen the N8’s possible success?

Maybe. But to what degree is uncertain. Most of the N8 target audience will not even be aware or care of a firmware update let alone the existence of Symbian^4 (or even Symbian^3).  If it will work well, with a good user experience, will that be enough? As aforementioned, the Nokia N8 is a fantastic multimedia device which really just needs a “just good enough” user experience to get its users to access the bountiful features easily. Symbian^3’s reworked UI combined with the fantastic multimedia features does look like it will deliver on great user experience.

On the upside, viewing the stats another way, 98% of voters want the N8, only 2% wanting another handset. Should S^4 be an option, that’s 98% of reader votes so far wanting the Nokia N8 but only 32% were that not possible. Would that mean you’d want MeeGo phone/different Nokia or a phone on a different OS altogether?


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Category: Nokia, Nseries, Symbian

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