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Patiently Waiting to be Excited

| December 30, 2010 | 13 Replies

After a few months off the grid, I thought it best to offer a short post to show Jay, Andre and the rest of the MNB gang that I’m still around…

With my next upgrade coming up in the first few months of 2011, I’ve been pondering my options for my next handset. I’m keen to stick with a Nokia handset, and was hoping that by the time 18 months had passed after buying my N900 that something that truly excites me would come along. I’ll share some of my thinking with you…

The Nokia N8 is an amazing piece of hardware. It’s been out a while now, and there’s still nothing that really rivals it for the hardware inside. To be honest though, it’s been let down by a couple of things. Partly it saturated the headlines for Nokia sites for months, and made it difficult to hear about anything else – though that’s a personal frustration. More of an issue is the well known fact that Symbian didn’t get the updates it really needs to push it forward yet. We all know it’s coming – major updates including a new browser in the not too distant future, and the Symbian^4 UI overhaul by the end of 2011. But it’s not here yet, and I must admit I’m wondering whether the latter changes will be enough to push it back into popularity with the media, while still maintaining the familiarity that has maintained its position as the best selling mobile OS so far…

The Nokia E7 has a key feature the N8 lacks – the hardware keyboard. In many ways it looks like the phone the N97 should have been. However, I’ve not seen anywhere near as much hype about this as other devices, and I do wonder whether it’ll be released just in time for the next round of new hardware announcements from Nokia, and as such find itself falling into the land of neglect that a lot of Nokia devices end up in, with a selection of bugs and little hope of more than one major firmware update.

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Of course, I could just keep my N900. Nothing on the market even now rivals it for the sheer openness and potential. Hardware and software gets better, and app stores get larger, but theoretically the N900 has the potential and the processing power to achieve just about anything. I was really crossing my fingers for seeing more MeeGo offerings from Nokia by now.

Personally, I have no issue with Nokia taking their time between announcing new devices. Delaying the N8 was certainly a good move, allowing them to release a more polished device (even if it does still have a few old-style Symbianisms in the UI in obvious places that could have been cleaned up…). Mobile phone contracts here in the UK tend to be 18 or 24 months these days, so if Nokia popped out a new amazing handset every 2 months like they used to it would almost be frustrating to see the new shiny on the market with no real way to afford it. I can see the merits in spreading out the releases of devices for a particular audience for this reason alone.

However, it’s about 14 months since I purchased my N900, and almost 11 months since MeeGo was announced. While they might have developer roadmaps and resources buried away for those that look, I would have liked to have seen something by now for me to look forward to in Q2 2011. I’ve even considered looking to Android as an alternative for my next phone, and if 12 month contracts were still easy to come by I would be very tempted.

As an aside, I do wonder whether the talk about Nokia working on Android tablets and WM7 phones has anything to do with this long lag time that seems to be existing between the market knowing a better product is on the way (MeeGo, Symbian’s updated UI…) and it actually happening? To be honest, promising a new OS is almost as bad as when they used to announced phones half a year in advance – it just leaves the market waiting, and everyone forgets Nokia exists by the time a release comes. Maybe by pushing out a few devices between that are running Android or WM7 they will actually keep their brand in the mind’s eye of the people so that when they do have one of their own products ready they can announce it, release it, and get the customers they need to maintain their successes.

But then again, there are plenty of events coming up that will give Nokia a chance to announce new shiny devices and progress. Perhaps I should wait until after CES before drawing any conclusions or choosing a new phone.

Anyway, enjoy the holiday season, and have yourselves a good 2011 filled with shiny devices and technology!

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  • Mark Anderson

    Good article. I agree with a lot of what you say.

    I thought long and hard about the N8 before buying it but in the end have no regrets because I know the way Nokia work in terms of firmware updates having owned a 5800. You’re right though, soem of the polish should have been there at release.

    As for the media, I think they’ll find it difficult to get them back onside because some of them have already buried Nokia (CNET, BBC, Guardian) and just aren’t prepared to see what happens. That said, some sites like Tech Radar and Trusted Reviews are a bit more balanced and I think if they stay that way there’s a fighting chance.

  • Larry

    I understand your sentiment. I waited so long for nokia i ended up getting the samsung galaxy s. But then i realized how much i disliked android so i got the Nokia n8 instead. In any event, i was hoping to purchase a meego device but i’ll wait until next year or someting, i cant keep getting new phones.

    Nokia, please hurry up. People wont wait forever

  • Imran Yousaf

    Actually developing a new OS takes times, as from windows xp to vista and then 7, so MeeGO will tak time, but when it will start to sell then we will see a new update every 6 months. I think Nokia will be able to realse the N9 in May because they are involved in the developmen as Google released Nexus S after anouncing the Android 2.3.

  • Wis

    but they should have polished the hardware first…i bought the n8 and after a few days i have to send it back for repair and after a few weeks i got it back only to be sending it again…they say somethings wrong with the motherboard…this is not an isolated case as my brother bought 1 and had the same problem…also you could see the same problems in forums…i just hope nokia would really maintain the quality they used to have…coz been using nokias eversince the 2110 came out…

    • David

      What problems have you had?

  • Rahul

    Would have been great if E7 had MMC slot also… :(

  • Moid

    when is Nokia E7 launch in India..???

  • Shmerl

    > Maybe by pushing out a few devices between
    > that are running Android or WM7 they will
    > actually keep their brand in the mind’s eye

    Pushing out anything requires design, implementation, QA and other resources. If Nokia can’t manage to allocate enough of those to release Meego handsets sooner, what’s the point to waste any of those on producing some half cooked products on other platforms? Better let Nokia push Meego as hard as possible, without any side distractions! And deliver something worth the invested time and effort.

    • Rant

      Average time from idea to conception/to market is estimated at a little less than a year to a year-and-a-half.
      Considering all the certifications and testing needed to be deemed safe for consumers this sounds quite true.

      So, in other words a WP7 device won’t be released to market in the next quarter or half year. Especially if you consider that talks between MS and Nokia have only started last month or so.

      • Shmerl

        I really don’t care about WP7 devices. What I care is that Nokia should not lag with Meego anymore.

  • John Wiegand-forson

    Good read, the problem with waiting to see whats next, is the biggest worry with anything technology related the next generation is always going to be better, so you have to bite the bullet and go with something thats right. The N8 might have bad publicity by reviewers who have used it for 10 minutes, my point is it is a great device it has its advantages and disadvantages which are the only things that get mentioned in reviews for some reason.

    But then again keeping the N900 for a few more months is a good choice I think. I own an N8 its great, but when ever I see a N900 I just want one.

    Maemo is such a refreshing OS and its unique to the others out there. So I guess waiting for MeeGo isn’t such as a bad thing.

  • webby

    I have to say, the E7 is one of the prettiest phones I’ve ever seen.

  • JFH

    It is still such a sexy device!

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