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Nokia’s shift to Microsoft
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Nokia’s shift to Microsoft

It is one of the biggest changes ever made in smartphone history and certainly the biggest change ever made by Nokia. This change has brought countless criticisms with many critics going as far as saying that this was all a move by the CEO to help out his former employer's new but ailing platform. Yes, I am talking about Nokia's dumping of its strategy with Symbian, Qt, Meego, Ovi and just about everything it have brought to the table so far. It is a monumental change, a massive transition that will either make or break Nokia, a truly once in a lifetime change. How did it reach this far? My stance from the start is one of disappointment and confusion at Nokia's strategy. My opinion is that Nokia can not be trusted and anything they say cannot be followed. I can imagine how the thousa...
Unlocking your N97 mini’s true potential
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Unlocking your N97 mini’s true potential

I have been sporting an N97 mini for three weeks now after a not so impressive meeting with Android a month back. This is my first Symbian phone in 7 months and so I was looking for something as reliable and fun as the E71 I had a year ago. I had two choice of Symbian phones: the former E-series flagship E72 and the former N-series flagship N97/N97 mini. I ended up choosing the N97 mini because I thought the E72 was too similar to the E71 in looks and frankly I wanted to try out the touch version of symbian to see if it is as bad as everyone put it. Nokia N97 mini: the phone that could have been... My main problem with the N97 mini is not the UI, lack of transitions or the 'limited' amount of apps when compared to iPhone and Android, but my problem is just how badly Nokia messed up wha...
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Problems faced by Symbian in attracting developers

Symbian have from day one faced problems in attracting developers. Ever since it's inception almost a decade ago, the OS have continually lost out to other platforms in both app count and quality. Whether it may be Palm, Windows Mobile, iOS or more recently Android, the platform have been increasingly losing the app count battle. In an environment where many analysts believe a loaded appstore is a key to success, should Symbian and its key backer Nokia be worried? To have an idea of what our answer might be let's travel back in time to the first few years of Symbian. 2001-2004 During the period of 2001-2004 Nokia and Symbian faced one main competitor: Palm. This comparison is somewhat lopsided when taken on a global note, Nokia's total smartphone sales dwarfed Palm's in everywhere exce...
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Nokia’s goal with Symbian^3

The long anticipated and rumored Nokia N8 smartphone has been announced officially, both with a positive and a negative effect on Nokia. The N8 thundered to the scene with some pretty impressive features, most notably a 12 megapixel camera utilizing the largest camera optics to ever find a place in a phone. The biggest hiccup to come about, which is quite unfortunate to say the least, arrived in the form of a preview report from a prominent Russian tech journalist. The preview was done from the usage of a very early prototype, a prototype Nokia said was among the earliest available, which went missing before showing up on the preview done on the journalist's site. Nokia did release a statement on their conversations blog where they spoke about wanting back the device, and that they would t...
Nokia N8 Official!
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Nokia N8 Official!

The long rumoured and sighted N8 from Nokia has finally been made official. The device packs a 12mp autofocus camera with xenon flash, HD 720p video recording, HD video out, 3.5 inch OLED capacitive touchscreen, Symbian S^3 with HWA UI, real visual multitasking, 680mhz OMAP3 CPU with dedicated GPU and a plethora of other features including pentaband 3G(unofficial) and paging file memory. The device was previewed by the Russian journalist Eldar of mobile-review.com who seems to be always getting his hands on Nokia devices before launch (who knows, he might have a KGB agent infiltrating Nokia once in a while :)). He seem to be less than impressed (not a surprise) and complained about trivial stuff such as the size of the HDMI port (leaves me to wonder how an HDMI port on a phone should lo...
Pimping the Nokia N95 into the new Decade
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Pimping the Nokia N95 into the new Decade

The N95 was arguably the greatest innovation of 2007(clashing with the original iphone in this regard) and the single most advanced smartphone of the time. The N95 was the first symbian smartphone with integrated GPS module, the second with advanced TV out capabilities, the first smartphone with a 5 megapixel camera and VGA video recording, the second smartphone to feature a programmable GPU, and I could go on and on. The original N95 suffered from a lack of sufficient RAM, an extremely buggy initial firmware and slow GPS among others. The RAM problem was fixed with demand paging and in the newer N95 8gb, N95 NAM and N95 8gb NAM models while the GPS antenna location caused poor map performance that continued well into the other year. Now 3 years after the release of the original N95 and...
Nokia and Palm’s Dilemma
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Nokia and Palm’s Dilemma

Nokia and palm both were leaders in the smartphone segment of the mobile phone market. This leadership is not about market share, it is about innovation which we have seen brought forward by several newcomers to the smartphone market recently. Arguably the most innovative step made since 2003 was the iPhone, not in features but in bringing a completely new front to the smartphone battle. The iPhone lacks a plethora of features and is even branded as a simple dumbphone by some, however no one can deny that the iPhone was a remarkable step in bringing the former niche touchscreen segment to normal mobile phone users. The touchscreen devices prior to 2007 were mostly seen as unwieldy, nerdy and quite complicated to the average user, the iPhone changed that. what does the iPhone have to do wit...