In the Beginning, the Nokia N8
Well, not exactly the beginning. But its a beginning of sorts.
Anyway, it suffices to say that I
loved love my Nokia N8. You see, it runs Symbian, a very mature mobile OS with every feature possible worked into it. The latest iteration, Symbian Belle, is a winner in every way, and the N8belle (as I call it) is a champ one year after market launch. It remains undefeated in the camera arena and provides more features in one device than most devices released after it on every other platform.
But, Nokia’s new CEO has pronounced Symbian dead. I swear on the mobile gods that there will be no other Nokia flagship running Symbian after the N8. Who doesn’t want to move with the times? Supposedly, I should move on; right?
Moving on to Nokia N9
I absolutely love my Nokia N9 too. It runs MeeGo and has been so widely acclaimed in terms of its combination of sleek hardware and a superb OS that its no use repeating its strengths here.
Its camera performance does not match the N8’s, but it comes quite close. Which is good enough, really.
However – as with Symbian – Nokia’s CEO has proclaimed MeeGo and the N9 a dead end of sorts.
So, again, though I hold in my hands one of the most amazing mobile devices ever manufactured, I really should move on. Again. Right? Keep with the flow. Don’t become a dinosaur.
Moving on to the Lumia 800?
The Lumia 800 is the identical twin of the N9. Hardware is the same. Camera is same as on the N9, but this time with a shutter key (great for self-portraits). It is the internals that differ with this baby running Windows Phone 7.5.
Nokia says that Windows Phone is the way forward. As such, I should be looking that way; right?
Sure, WP is very modern, sleek and elegant – and is mostly excellent at the things it does. It has some nifty features to be sure. But it lacks some of the functionality that I have been used to, that I need, and that I wish I would not have to go without.
USB mass storage. Bluetooth file transfer. Proper multi-tasking.
Are these do-or-die features? Maybe. Maybe not. Perhaps I can live with Windows Phone 7.5 as it is. After-all, I live with iOS on my iPad inspite of Apple’s mind-numbing lock-downs.
Oh, yes; crossroads. The Nokia N8belle is so, so good that even though I love the N9, I still carry the N8 along with me often. Yes; madness, but the N8 is like a first wife in a polygamous home. Nobody else ever fully replaces her.
That superb 12 megapixel camera. That sweet Belle user interface. All the functionality that I want. Then add the FM radio and FM transmitter to the list too. Oh, my NateBelle!
I fear that if I lay my hands on a Lumia 800, I might end up carrying all three around: Nokia N8. Nokia N9. Nokia Lumia 800. Plus my BlackBerry. And sometimes, plus my iPad. Get the picture?
Damn you, Nokia!
Yes; damn you for not turning Symbian around fast enough to prevent this crazy logjam.
Then damn you one more time for not unleashing MeeGo fast enough to prevent this switch to Windows Phone. Damn you some more for producing such an amazing MeeGo smartphone after you had killed off both Symbian and MeeGo.
Damn you for unleashing such a beautiful Windows Phone 7.5 smartphone as the Lumia 800 on us, but denying us some of the functionality that we have come to love (okay, some of that damnation goes to Microsoft actually).
Damn you for turning an old customer of yours like myself into a lunatic who carries multiple, similar devices around.
Damn you for putting me into this dilemma. However this plays out, I will not end up in an institution because of you.
Yes; what is it? What are you all staring at?! Haven’t you ever seen a black American tearing his hair out?
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 HDML/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.