For years, mobile phone users have been forced to have to choose between business features and media features. An example: if you want a business smartphone, buy the E7; if you want multimedia, get the N8.
Pardon me, but in the real world, its the same guy who dons a suit to work from morning to evening who changes into a t-shirt to hang out with his friends in a diner in the evenings.
Why can we not have the best of business and multimedia combined in a single device? Afterall, we keep talking of convergence. Well, converge already!
Year after year, when I go phone hunting, I have to contend with these labels. But why can an E7 not have a camera with autofocus and Xenon flash?
Why can Blackberry devices not have superb cameras too? Why must we be forced to choose between business and multimedia needs? We need both, guys.
QWERTY versus Multimedia?
Bar a few exceptions, why is it that once a smartphone has a hardware QWERTY keyboard, the onboard camera must drop a notch in terms of quality?
I remember the Nokia E90’s superb camera back in the day. That was a business smartphone with spunk. Right now, I am using the E7, and the camera is just killing me. Not that it is bad. It is that it is so left-in-the-dust by the autofocus camera on the N8. The lack of autofocus (and Xenon) is killing me.
EDoF? Autofocus Please!
I understand the argument for EDoF, and I have helped explain it in the past. But for crying out loud, is any manufacturer out there considering that many CEOs are also photography enthusiasts who will value a proper autofocus camera on their business smartphone?
Leave EDoF on lower end smartphones, sirs. People willing to spend on premium devices can do with autofocus.
Scrap the Dichotomy
For Nokia, that means in your second coming (the age of WindowsPhone), please, please, please, scrap those two departments (N-series and E-series), and just give us superb all-round phones.
While we are at it, you guys at RIM need to sit up and put some camera love into your BlackBerry devices. Put some spunk in your game, sirs.
Sony Ericsson seems to have gotten the message. Their smartphones (even those with hardware keyboards) usually pack a good camera with autofocus. I remember the Xperia Mini Pro with fondness.
Samsung dances around it a bit (imagine the Galaxy S camera without a flash at all; excuse me! But thankfully rectified with the Galaxy S II). And while I’ve still got steam to blow, what’s up with those plastic cases for your premium phones/ Say what? Please, put some class in the cases please! If I’m going to spend that much on your top devices, I dont want plastic.
HTC… did you say HTC? With tinny-sounding speakers, and sub-par camera performance, HTC has a long way to go with multi-media. Next!
Apple have only one range of products and are wisely not playing the dichotomy card. Perhaps this is one of the unique selling points of the iPhone (besides its other obvious qualities) – when you buy an iPhone, you buy a device that serves well for both work and play?
To almost every manufactuer out there, here’s my advice – scrap the dichotomy between business and multimedia devices.
PS: If there’s any genius out there who can surgically extract the camera in the N8 and integrate it into an E7, I’m willing to pay. Holla!
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.