Today is the day that the sale of Nokia’s mobile phone division to Microsoft will be concluded and effectively becomes Microsoft Mobile. There is no doubt about it: it is a momentous occasion. The mobile world as we know it turns on its head. Nokia, the largest mobile phone maker will cease to exist, and Microsoft finally in the hardware business.
For the next few months, anyone will still be able to buy a Nokia phone, but eventually that brand will disappear off the stands in phone stores, as Microsoft begins to release phones in their own name. In the smartphones segment, the Lumia brand will probably continue to exist. But the name Nokia will fade.
What’s In A Name?
I will miss that name. Of the over 100 mobiles that I have owned, 26 of them were Nokias. That’s over 25% of all devices I have ever owned. I will remember Nokia devices with nostalgia. The Communicator series especially were my favourite back in the days of smartphones powered by Symbian OS, and from the N8, I became a huge fan of Nokia’s superb camera phones. Till today, the Lumias stand tall above competing cameraphones.
I currently own the Nokia Lumia 1520, arguably the most powerful Nokia smartphone ever. Yes; the Lumia 930 matches it in most areas, but being larger, the 1520 has the edge… you get the picture. Yes; Nokia the mobile device brand will be gone, but the Windows Phone legacy that it bequeathed consumers will remain.
Windows Phone in an Android World
While many others lament that Nokia is gone because they opted for Windows Phone, I am glad that Nokia chose Windows Phone. That choice gave Windows Phone the lifeline that it needed to gain a footing. I have always been an advocate of choice and options. In an Android dominated world, it is essential to have options. I love my Android smartphones, but as a person who gets bored of the same thing very easily, I am glad that I have a viable option to interchange with from time to time. That option is Windows Phone.
If the sacrifice to make that option available is for Nokia to exit mobile devices, so be it. Give me liberty or give me death. I want to always have options. In the last one year, I have toggled and juggled between Android OS, Windows Phone OS and even BlackBerry 10 OS, and it has been huge fun doing that. Variety, it is said, is the spice of life.
Over to Microsoft
If Microsoft does not screw things up, Windows Phone will gain more market share over the next few years. It is a big, great IF. I look forward to seeing Microsoft Mobile’s smartphones in the stores and using them, as I have enjoyed phones from Nokia, Samsung, BlackBerry and others. After all, it is a big world, and everyone can fit in.
Adieu Nokia. Hello Microsoft Mobile!
PS: Dear Microsoft Mobile, if you mess up this opportunity, I will come after you. I will find you. And I will…
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.