Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Reflections on today's launch from Nokia World

Just let me say this - I'm a technology freak. I love new hardware, innovative software etc. However, when thinking of the partnership between Microsoft and Nokia, I have understood that keeping the big picture is important.

I will explain my views by looking at the Nokia Lumia 800.

Why does this device matter on so many levels? Well, it's all about the experience.

The device itself is wonderfully built, with quality materials used for the best possible phone experience. Having owned an iPhone 4 for over a year, good call reception and quality is something I find myself missing.

The storage should be enough for everyone. Remember that photos, videos and documents are normally synced to the cloud. Also, the Nokia Music service will in most cases (like Spotify) stream rather than play from the installed memory.

Of course, this device is not the 64 GB, dual-core gaming-madness we were waiting for. But this device, being Nokia's entry into the Windows Phone world, is a solid and attractive choice for it's end users. It might even tempt a guy like me.

Are there no drawbacks to this launch? Of course there is. No front-facing camera. This is actually not easy to understand, being Microsoft's big investment in consumer-friendly Skype and it's push of Lync to mobile platforms. This will also be the first phone shipping with Lync, if the specifications on Nokia's webpage is correct.

We'll see how this plays out. For the majority of users, this will be a device to be reckoned with.

I, on the other hand, find myself wishing I could jump forward 1 year to the WP8 push. That's when I predict we'll see these phones with 64GB storage, NFC, 1 GB ram, 1280x720 screen resolution etc.

Lovely times ahead in any case. Happy choosing your next device!