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Nokia X10 and W10 concept phone come out the closet

06/05/2011 Leave a comment

The Nokia / Microsoft partnership have been quite for a while now, I had mentioned in a previous blog post that I expected great things and that if Nokia were to get back in the game, this would be the dare to be great moment. I am throughly pleased to see that the Nokia fan club have revealed some specs and photos about Nokia real entry into the smart phone world.

The X10 will come with Symbian, so I have no interest in this as Symbian is not good enough as a smartphone OS.

The Nokia W10 will feature some standard features such as having a Super Amoled screen with 16 million colours, full hd video recording, proximity sensor and gyro sensor.

The “not standard features” include a 4.5″ screen, TV out via HDMI, 15mp camera by Carl Zeiss optics and here’s the killer for the tech junkies out there it will feature a 2GHz Quad-Core Processor with 32GB storage and micro sd of 64GB. It has 2GB Rom and 2GB Ram graphics card.

It sounds sexy and is making my mouth water.

Heres to Nokia and Microsoft – can’t wait.

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Finally a step in the right direction for Nokia

11/02/2011 Leave a comment

It’s taken them the longest time to come to this realization but better late than never I guess. It seems the changes at the top have done some good to the company and I am eager and excited to get my hands on a Nokia device running Windows Phone 7.

Nokia has officially announced that they are aligning their strategy with Microsoft. This is key, if Nokia wants any chance of staying alive in the smartphone world.

Over the past few years, Apple and Google have consistently beaten Nokia at innovating and this in in-spite of the fact that Nokia has a massive R&D department.

what does this mean for you as a business?

The early adoption of RIM and BlackBerry has forced the business world to be connected and stay connect all the time. RIM however have failed to delight with innovation as well and this is where Windows Phone 7 and Nokia could gain momentum.

The service offering of a Nokia device powered by Windows Phone 7 is attractive when you considered the success rate of Windows 7.  The operating system has been accepted well by most users and even large corporates. This means then that Microsoft and Nokia have the opportunity to offer a range of services that RIM could only dream about – sorry BlackBerry but with each passing day your devices because a teenage craze for children with no airtime who want to use BBM.

The model that made you famous has been outed by the innovation of Android, iOS and certainly now, Nokia and Microsoft.

What you should look out for is the following:

1. Nokia still leads the market with such things as imaging and this is definitely something Windows Phone 7 can build on.

2. Nokia still is the largest supplier of mobile phones, building good reliable mobile phones, this will also be a key point for Microsoft to look at.

3. Bing is not my favorite search engine, but for sure it will be part of the New Nokia offering, while Bing may not be a great search engine, its image search is awesome, and on a Nokia smartphone with super imaging, this might be a useful tool id it is harnessed correctly.

4.  Nokia maps – to date is still the best mapping tool and beats the crap out of Garmin and TomTom especially since it’s free. Again a valuable point for Microsoft to think about.

5. Applications – this is going to be great, if Microsoft and Nokia can get closer to the Android, Google expertise in this arena, there is certainly going to be good competition in pipe lines. I’m a Windows user and even though I use a Mac, I still love Windows, if Nokia and Microsoft can create an experience for Mobile Phone users that is the good parts of using Windows on a PC, this will in the end be a strong deciding factor for user leaving iOS and Android for Windows Phone 7.

What you should notice is it’s not longer about the mobile device it’s now about the mobile environment or as the new catch phrase that bouncing around – it about the Mobile ecosystem.

I hope from the hard times, Nokia has released that it’s about actually innovating and not just saying you’re doing it. It’s about being able to move quickly in the consistently shifting digital environment. Hats off to Nokia and Microsoft, best of luck on this new partnership…

PS – Please could I have a Nokia device with Windows Phone 7 on it… 🙂

 

Microsoft and Mobile – KIN failure

09/07/2010 1 comment

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No doubt you would have heard that Microsoft’s attempt at Mobile Phone manufacturer failed. They have officially stopped the KIN mobile phone line. The question is WHY?

The truth of the real world is that no one can be the best at everything, that’s just a general rules that has been proven time and time again. Companies and people who believe they are the best at everything are just simply fooling themselves. That being said, in the business world companies need to adapt to actually be a challenge to competitors. This adaption sometimes leads to venturing into new markets. We have all become to familar with this concept as it clearly seen in almost everything Google has done. Search Engine, Maps, GPS, Travel, TV, Mobile and the list continues.

The problem Microsoft has is that whenever it takes to venture out into new markets, instead of starting on a clean slate – they use everything they have build up over the year to define the outcome of the new product.

Take windows mobile 5 right up to 6.5, it was built on windows – so instead of realizing that the mobile OS is going to mobile phones, they just basically took a copy of windows, added some icons in make a task bar and drop down menu and shipped it out as an OS for a mobile phone.

Now don’t get me wrong, the concept of WinMo was great and it has all the possibilities of being an awesome business orientated mobile phone OS but it lacks what Apple and Google have done from a user experience point of view.

Microsoft then put there hand to creating the Kin, but at a time when people are more aware of iPhones and Android based devices. That’s the biggest mistake – marketing 1 0 1 – don’t put your crappy product out there when there are better cheaper mobiles that do and offer more than yours.

Come on guys – what makes the KIN line better than a Motorola running Android? I mean Nokia’s dying breed of smartphones with Symbian is still a far better choice than the KIN.

Now the timing of all this is crucial, Microsoft are hoping to come back in the market with Window Mobile 7 or as they call it Windows Phone 7. This is really where they should have started. Before making a crappy product make something you’re actually good at – software.

Some genius at Microsoft forgot this.

I still believe Microsoft has an opportunity to come back provided they get Windows Mobile 7, right the first time. If they screw this up there is no way they can be considered a serious competitor to Android, iOS, Symbia, Maemo, MeeGo and BlackBerry.

They should are look at targeting the right audience – the KIN was aimed at the social savvy younger audience, again some genius at Microsoft should have done more research about what market would be interested in a Microsoft mobile device. That research would have shown them that the market is the business orientated person. That’s who you target Microsoft not the socially savvy, networked younger generation – We’re too clever for your lame concept of what type of mobile we would want.

In all fairness, I think Microsoft is very good at creating awesome software for PC’s I think they have a good model for business orientated mobile devices. Their shortcoming is a failure capitalize on the functionality with good user experience – a PC is not a mobile device. A windows user does not expect a PC experience on a mobile phone.

Steve Ballmer, you should fire your head of user experience for mobile and the marketing person that convinced you that selling to a younger socially savvy audience was the way to go.

PS – If you going to do something – DO IT RIGHT!

Cheers
EJC

The mobile world is going mad

13/04/2010 Leave a comment

I’m certain that pretty soon the word “mobile” is going to cover more than just mobile phones. The world is going crazy and at this very point you can clearly see signs of it. Apple and Adobe practically kicking and punching each other not forgeting that others are waiting in the sideline to throw their own punch, companies like Google and Microsoft are examples of that.

The guess the question is why? What could be making the world go in this light?

It’s about market share, who owns the enviroment. You can take Google as an example of this – Google is just a search engine, like Yahoo and like ask.com yet when people speaking about searching on the internet the expression is “I’ll GOOGLE it” Google has become an action word – a verb! That is the kind of impact that every company is looking for.

Now I’m all about technology and while I can tell you flat out that the microsoft Zune is propally better than the iPod, the truth of the matter is that most people would rather have an iPod that a Zune simply because Apple has marketed their product better and has added the wow factor.

It’s exactly the same for mobile phones, their are a large number of far better phones than the iPhone but again because of Apple’s marketing people believe that the iPhone is a better mobile – the truth can be easily seen if people would just shut up and actually look at the phones.

The new iPhone OS is coming with multitasking – to the world this means crap except if you want to listen to your music and surf the internet at the same time. Apple has a huge event to announce such things yet the Motorola Droid OS has been doing multitasking for the longest time. Not to mention every other mobile I have used – Nokia N97, N96, 6110 – the list could go on forever.

The point is technically the iPhone is a piece of crap and Apple should get their heads out their ass and stop acting like complete fools. Apple want to create a monoply, yet they fail in every regard. Adobe Flash is pretty much going to every mobile out there, yet who says no – Apple. Opera browser was lucky to get their app in the iStore based on a loophole, if the loophole was not their the amazing mobile browser would not have been allowed to compete with the iPhone safari browser.

The point is the madness is the competition every one who is anyone is competing. Apple released the iPad again to me is a piece of crap that serves no purpose, yet days later Google announces it’s working on a tablet of it’s own. Not to mention Tablet PC have been around for a while and I would much rather trust a dell or HP that an Apple.

The competition should continue and is great for the consumer because we will get the best of the best out of it.

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