A rant on Nokia’s CES announcements

Nokia made 4 new product announcements today and I have a problem with 3 of them.

The N76 seems like a great-looking phone, but come on! No WiFi/VoIP? And no assurance that it will have A2DP/AVRCP support? And where is the hardware locking slider button for this music phone? One more: the phone can record QVGA video, but only at 15 fps. It seems to me that this model was crippled on purpose.

The N93i only had cosmetic changes over the N93. What’s the big deal about this, I can’t see it. Why didn’t they at least add VoIP?

And the Linux-based N800 is unecessarily long on its right side. They could have make the tablet smaller (if a tiny bit thicker) by not including the speaker on the right side. And can the VGA camera be rotated? And why not A2DP/AVRCP support? And that kind of kickstand they include is stupid, takes *a lot* of space for no reason, making the device bigger than it has to be. They could have just used a smaller kickstand like some PMPs have. Personally, I am very unhappy with the N800 hardware design. It looks good, but it could have been smaller and lighter without compromising features.

Also, I hate the fact that many of the Maemo applications released last year for the N770 v1 OS and some for the v2 OS won’t run on the N800 v3 OS version. These guys are breaking compatibility every 6 months! I don’t understand how they can get away with this. No wonder why Palm has 30,000 apps and WinMobile has 20,000 apps while Symbian S60 3.0 is having 200 and Maemo just another 200 apps. Palm and MS don’t break our balls like Nokia does.

Nokia/Maemo, STOP breaking application compatibility on your devices! YES, it is hard keeping API/source and binary compatibilty. But as a user who would shed $400 to adopt a new platform, I don’t give a shit if it’s hard for your engineers or not. Keep compatibility at all costs!


memson wrote on January 9th, 2007 at 4:30 AM PST:

I know you’re ranting, but the answer is simple, on all counts:

BECAUSE NOKIA MAKE CELL PHONES. Jaysus, what is it with people these days? VOIP is not a good move for a mobile phone vendor. You immediatelt alienate all the carriers. Likewise, how does Vodaphone or Orange make money out of WIFI?

Bluetooth profile thingy I can let you have – not that I care a hoot about it. The rest, you simply are not on the pulse of mobile phone carriers. They don’t give a shit about you or your thoughts, they want to make money. Plain and simple.

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Eugenia wrote on January 9th, 2007 at 5:28 AM PST:

Nokia already has VoIP support already. It doesn’t hurt them to include that software, does it?

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Eugenia wrote on January 10th, 2007 at 2:02 AM PST:

The N-series are not the “cheap contract phones”, Nokia calls them “computers” and they are supposed to be full-featured.

memson wrote on January 10th, 2007 at 2:39 AM PST:

In the UK I suspect you can get the N series on contract at a subsidised rate. The N70 and N73 can be had for free and the N93 seems to be from £100 on a consumer plan. On a business plan they can all be had for free with the right contract (N80 too.)

Do any carries with Symbian or Windows Mobile currently provide (out of the box) VOIP? Not manufacturers, carriers. A lot can happen between manufacture and packaging for a specific carrier. E.g. my SE 750i is on Vodafone, and I can’t play un DRM’s music files as ringtones. The SE 750i can, but the bespoke vodafone firmware precludes it.

As I understand it, Orange (?) basically locked most third party apps out of their Windows Mobile 5 phones by leaving
out the root certificates most apps are signed with and including their own proprietry ones.

Locking down phones on contract is the way of the world.

memson wrote on January 10th, 2007 at 12:10 PM PST:

Depends on the phone. If it’s trad Nokia phone, then yes it does. No carriers would accept a phone with VOIP unless it was real niche… Otherwise, they are more or less saying – “hey, don’t pay us anything past your monthly fees; we’ll still subsidise your cheap contract phone!!”

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