Nokia have announced the availability of the first generation Lumias in Nigeria. My immediate reaction was, “Are you kidding?” That is still my reaction. I am certain that should I wake up tomorrow, that would still be my reaction.
So these phones are here about a year after launch. Long after even Windows Phone enthusiasts have tired out from waiting. At a time that it makes no sense to be introducing them.
Yes; it makes no sense to be introducing the first generation Lumias to ANY market at this time.
If it is for competitiveness, they are not competitive. Most of the competition offer users more bang for the buck than the first generation Lumias do. There is also the fact that the much better second generation are just around the corner. If I had to recommend Windows Phone, I’d say to hold on for the Lumia 920 or 820.
If it is price, I’d say to anyone, “There are cheaper smartphones from the competition that offer you more. Much more. Take a pick from those.”
Why exactly would I recommend the Lumia 900, 800, 710 or 610 at this time? I honestly cannot find one good reason. Not hype, not value, not cost. Nokia keeps bungling things. Perhaps the only reason the first generation Lumias are getting to these parts now is that Nokia has unsold stock from their North American campaign, and know that for the same reasons I have stated above, these relics won’t sell anymore there. “Throw them at the bloody Nigerian bastards. They’ll buy anything.”
Sorry; we won’t. The Windows Phone 7 party is over.
But then, if you absolutely must buy a Lumia. If your life is going to fall apart unless you get one now, there. Be Nokia’s guest and go splurge on one of these relics.