I am working on a post comparing my Nokia N8 to the Nokia Astound with Symbian Anna so you can see what Anna brings to the Symbian platform. If you want Anna now, you can get a Nokia Astound at T-Mobile or look around for a Nokia E6 or Nokia X7. Unfortunately, the release of these two new devices today did not occur in the United States so you have to pay the expensive import prices or just to see if they ever come to the U.S.
The Nokia E6 continues the tradition of fabulous QWERTY Symbian smartphones with the added functionality of a touch screen experience. Some people swear by the E71, E72, E73 form factor and should be pleased with the E6 that also has an 8 megapixel camera and 8GB internal memory. I was a big fan of this form factor and may just have to get an E6 too.
The X7 is a rather funky looking smartphone, at least in photos. However, maybe it looks better in person and the 4 inch display sounds good to me. It also has an 8 megapixel camera and 8GB internal memory.
Are you interested in either of these new devices?
After the opening keynote I headed over to the Experience Lounge to try out some devices. I played with the Nokia X3 Touch and Type, Nokia N8 (a couple of times) and new Nokia E7. You can check out some photos I took below with some videos being uploaded soon that I shot with my new iPod touch.
Nokia X3 Touch and Type
This device surprised me a bit since it is quite compact and the touch screen is very responsive for a resistive display. It is available now in some markets and I can see it appealing to those looking for a more traditional phone keypad with some of the latest user experiences in a web browser, camera, and other smartphone features.
As you know I already pre-ordered my own gray Nokia N8 from Nokia USA, but this is the first time I had the chance to try one out for myself. I can say I am quite pleased with the speed and functionality of the device and plan to keep my pre-order in place. I was hoping I would be able to buy an orange, green, or blue one here in the UK, but they won’t be available anywhere until later in September
The N8 feels great in your hand and everything I saw was quite snappy and responsive. It is a beautiful piece of hardware and while the user interface didn’t change radically over the S60 5th Edition devices I don’t think it needed to in order to reach the majority of Symbian users. US buyers may not appreciate all it has to offer because the UI is new to most of them and it is quite powerful and can be complicated.
I was most impressed with the speed of the media browser and overall switching between apps. I want to see things like Gravity, Angry Birds, Quickoffice, and other apps in action and will try to find people with these apps loaded to shoot some video.
The Nokia E7 is the latest high end device to launch and at first it appears to be a Nokia N8 with a larger display and keyboard and essentially that is what had me thinking I might buy one instead of the N8. The keyboard does seem quite functional with good spacing and tactile feedback, but the 8 megapixel camera is fairly basic and not a focus of the device. The 4 inch display is indeed beautiful, but the E7 definitely is a large device and with Swype on the N8 I am getting to the point where I find hardware keyboards more of a waste of space than a needed part of the device. We also have not heard whether or not this device will be coming to the US and what 3G bands it will be supporting. As shown on the Nokia UK website for the E7 it has that same wonderful penta-band 3G radio with support for T-Mobile USA. I will try to find out more about this at the show.
In the past we have seen announcements in advance of Nokia World so that Nokia could then announce other new and exciting products at NW. Today we see the announcement of the Nokia X3 Touch and Type device (X3-02). This device has something of a rare form factor with a standard 12 button phone keypad and a 2.4 inch resistive touchscreen display. It is a low cost phone, MSRP of EUR 125, that is designed to give those who love using phone keypads the chance to also experience the touch user interface.
There are millions of people who have become quite proficient at one handed, no looking, SMS with a standard phone keypad and this device lets them continue this behavior. The X3 is only 9.6mm (0.38 inches) thick and still packs in 3G, WiFi, FM radio, microSD card slot and 5 megapixel camera. It is powered by S40.
The other X3 device announced at Nokia World 2009 is labeled the X3-00 and has a slide down keypad without a touchscreen display.
So now that the Nokia C5 has been announced we see that Nokia is standardizing on four series for Nokia smartphones, not their Series 40 phones. We now have the Cseries, Xseries, Eseries, and Nseries. We also learn over on the Nokia Conversations blog that each device will be numbered from 1 to 9, that signifies the range of functionality and approximate price with 1 being the lowest and 9 the highest. We see the recent devices as the X6, C5, E72, and N900 so you can see how the first numbers match the functionality.
As stated on the Nokia Conversations site:
This new naming convention is designed to make things easier for users, so they can quickly and easily work out where a device sits within the series and beyond that have a clearer idea of what each series does. Nseries remains the flagship and most advanced range of products. Xseries comes next and focuses on social entertainment. Eseries remains focussed on productivity and business whilst Cseries represents the core range of products.
I am not sure how well these will appeal to consumers since it seems easier to me to have names like Motorola DROID, Nexus One, and iPhone. I am not a big fan of phones with numbers for names, but with the large selection of phones that Nokia has and the range of their four series I understand why numbering is necessary.
What do you think of the four category naming scheme?