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Windows 7: Windows to replace Symbian as Nokia's main smart phone platform

14 Feb 2011   #21

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)

Nice article.

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14 Feb 2011   #22

Win 7

Microsoft should try to discuss issues with HTC, Samsung and LG and structure "exclusive" agreements with these manufacturers as well. There is no reason as to why Microsoft should put all its eggs in the Nokia basket. I think that they are smarter than that.
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15 Feb 2011   #23

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1

Well this is only normal, considering the age of Symbian. It was considered as the very first Smartphone OS by many, and since the release of Android, iOS, and indeed Windows Phone 7, its really begun to show its age now more than ever. And of course, that undeniable fact that most devs only release apps for iOS and Android never helped Symbians life.

This situation would have bothered me if I was still on my Nokia 5230, but now I'm on a Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 running Android, and looking back, I dont know how I managed with Symbian.
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15 Feb 2011   #24

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JMH View Post
The article is good, but I do not agree with the title. In my dear native Finland, this move is not considered as good news.

Although geographically one of the biggest in Europe, Finland is a very small country. The population is about one third of that in New York, so a company like Nokia has enormous impact in Finnish national economy.

My sister lives in southern town of Salo, where Nokia has a small plant and a research center. The town has only 55,000 inhabitants, currently over 4,000 of those work for Nokia. Chatting with Marjukka, my sister yesterday evening, she told me that the week begun in Salo with news that Nokia had announced cutting almost 300 jobs in town (More Job Losses at Nokia’s Salo Factory « The Nokia Network). Because of the earlier cuts in Nokia, the town already has higher than average unemployment.

I personally welcome Windows Phone in Nokia's phones but as a quite patriotic Finn, I have some doubts what this is going to do for the economy of Finland.

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15 Feb 2011   #25
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I look at it this way: If Nokia went with Android, their products would have been just another commodity having to compete with Korea, Taiwan and China. Going with Windows, opens a completely different world and gives them ample opportunity to position themselves as a solution provider rather than just delivering another piece of hardware.
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15 Feb 2011   #26

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Wolfgang, what you say is IMO especially true if what CEO's Elop & Ballmer told last Friday really happens, that Nokia gets more freedom to alter Windows Phone. With Android it had been exactly the same OS than all other manufactures have.

Interesting to see what the CEO's meant with this, though, how different Windows Phones we are going to see.

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15 Feb 2011   #27

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

My first mobile phone was a Nokia and I've had many since. All were rock-solid reliable. My last one was a mid-range 6120C, which I keep as a spare and still use on bushwalking trips where its battery life and signal reception are essential.
The Nokia has far better signal reception and voice quality for calls than my iPhone 3GS.
It also has combined Calendar and Task Management functions baked into the old Symbian OS, that are not even possible on a standard iPhone.

I have mucked around with WP7 on a few devices and found it enjoyable and dead easy to use. I much prefer WP7 to iOS and believe it has a great future.

Being in Australia there are a lot more Nokia phones around than in the USA.
Nokia have historically had a very good reputation here and I think a huge number of people will jump at the chance to have a Nokia device running WP7.

However, to take advantage of their partnership, Nokia and MS need to one ro two good WP7 devices out really fast. Currently they are talking later this year, which I believe is far too late.

The other thing that could kill WP7 is closing up the OS to the paranoid degree that Apple has. MS have been in discussion with WP7 'home-brewers' so maybe a happy medium will be reached. A Power User version of WP7 would be nice.
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16 Feb 2011   #28

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there
Aplogies to any Finnish guys on the Forum but Nokia IMO has just totally lost the plot in Mobile phones these days.

Apart from a fairly decent 16GB internal memory and a passable music app so it can be used as an "MP3" player my current phone the Nokia X6 will probably be the LAST Nokia phone I ever buy -- the touch screen menu is horrible -- unexplained lock ups which require phone to be switched on and off etc etc.

I've resisted the Iphone largely because I am against APPLE's proprietary "everything" even though I accept the fact that it's still probably the best option at the moment.

However SAMSUNG are starting to offer some very nice phones so I'll investigate them too.

My favourite however if I don't need the Internet was an older Motorola razr flip phone --it still gets use as a basic phone --I'm not a texter at all so I don't care about TEXTING and I've never enjoyed looking at emails on the tiny phone screens.

My internet requirements on a phone are fairly basic -- Google maps, some sort of sat-nav and basic google.

Unlike a lot of people I'm not into apps at all -- basic google supplies me with stuff that I need to know.

So unless Nokia start "tarting" up their act they are going to be on the slippery slope downwards to oblivion.

I don't have problems with MS providing a mobile OS -- I'm sure it will work fine -- just hope the hardware doesn't look like a lot of the current Nokia phones -- a Victorian era thick brick with a screen on it.

For all the drawbacks the Iphone does have that "look" about it.

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16 Feb 2011   #29
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Here is a chart I made from the 4Q of 2010 worldwide figures that shows growth versus market share. You can clearly see that Nokia has still the biggest market share but very little growth (35% versus a market average of 87%).

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17 Feb 2011   #30

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
Nokia shareholder 'revolt' against Microsoft WP7 deal ends after a day


The much-ballyhooed Nokia shareholder “revolt” over Nokia’s Windows Phone 7 adoption plan is over, a day after it began.

Update: It turns out the “revolt” was nothing but a hoax. The Plan B blog page was taken down on began redirecting to a @NokiaPlanB Twitter account on February 16. A tweet revealed the alleged ruse, and the alleged creator of the hoax claimed to be nothing but a “very bored engineer who really likes his iPhone.” I have no idea what’s real here — including the latest claim about his/her occupation and choice of phone.

According to the now-unavailable site, the nine anonymous shareholders, claiming to be former Nokia employees, banded together and proposed an alternative “Plan B” — which included the firing of Nokia CEO Stephen Elop — announced on their blog on February 16 that they had decided to ditch their effort. The Plan B team was responding to Nokia’s decision, announced this week, to put its eggs in the Windows Phone basket, rather than going with Android or staying the current Nokia Symbian/MeeGo course.
Nokia shareholder 'revolt' against Microsoft WP7 deal ends after a day | ZDNet
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