Goodbye fellow Nokia fans, it’s time for me to move on

Dieter and the folks here in the Smartphone Experts family let me launch Nokia Experts back in January 2009 as a way to share my passion for Nokia and its products and complete the full circle of mobile operating systems for the Smartphone Experts body of sites. Since then I have posted 794 posts and enjoyed sharing my enthusiasm with readers and the wonderful folks at Nokia. However, it is time for me to focus on my work on ZDNet at The Mobile Gadgeteer and Smartphones & Cell Phones blogs, on helping my employees in my day job develop professionally, and on spending time with my family and my daughters as they prepare to enter college and start their own lives.

Back in 2009 Nokia had a major lead in the smartphone market and seemed untouchable, but over the last couple of years we have seen how a large company without a clear focus can lose its way and market share. Back when my buddy Ricky Cadden shut down Symbian-Guru I thought of joining him and have had my own ups and downs over the past year. One thing that kept me going here more than the devices was the people of Nokia and those writing about Nokia and I appreciate their friendship over the years and hope we can continue those relationships for years to come.

I am extremely excited to see the Windows Phone OS running on Nokia hardware and while it may not have a major impact on Nokia’s market share I think it is the right move for them at this time. I do still enjoy Symbian and will keep a few devices around to continue using, but my primary smartphone love right now is Windows Phone and I cannot find much motivation to write about Nokia here on this site. Don’t worry though I will include Nokia coverage more on my ZDNet blog so I may not be focused on it here, but will still cover the company and the devices. Nokia’s Windows Phone devices will be well covered by the great folks at WPCentral and I hope to contribute some articles there and across some other Smartphone Experts sites since I enjoy using devices from every smartphone platform.

Thank you again to all of you readers for you support, questions, and die hard attitude. There were not many of us in the United States who discovered and heavily used Nokia’s Symbian and Maemo devices, but I hope I helped some of you out over the past couple of years.

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29 Comments to Goodbye fellow Nokia fans, it’s time for me to move on

Tim Cooper
July 26, 2011

Not entirely surprised at your decision, but grateful for all you have done to try and get Nokia some exposure in the US.

Marc
July 26, 2011

I’ll miss you Matt. Over the years I feel like I’ve gotten to know you and you’re family. I’ll miss your posts. Good luck in the future and God bless.

Richard M-S
July 26, 2011

Its a sign of the times, back when the N95 was the phone, everyone wanted one, nokia was king.

Now noone wants a nokia. Telcos cant give them away other than the stonerphones where the only advantage that nokia has over the chinese phones are that they have UMTS models for networks that dont offer GSM or have massive capacity issues on it. Now that the chinese phone companies are starting to get 3G phones out the door (2100MHz only for now tho) I really think that even the stonerphone market in first world countries will die for nokia with either cheap samsungs or the telco branded chinese ZTE etc phones taking up that end of it.

Gus
July 26, 2011

See u on the other sites Matt. Thanks

dans
July 26, 2011

A little surprising you cant find motivation to write about Nokia given Harmattan is a few weeks away and S40 is set to be revamped.

Tim
July 26, 2011

Thanks for all of the work and time over the years. I actually listed my E73 and E6 for sale yesterday and am looking forward to the Nokia Windows Phone devices as well. Looking forward to reading your posts at the other sites still.

Ray Haddow
July 26, 2011

Matt, thanks for all of your hard work at Nokia Experts over the last few years we have really appreciated your thoughts and opinions. Glad to hear that you are not ‘leaving’ your writing, so look forward to conuing to work with you at ZDNet, MObile Gadgeteer etc. Catch up with you soon bud. (I’m off on holiday now) Regards Ray

Thanks for all of your contributions to the Nokia community Matt!

Are you shutting the site down altogether, or will it remain live as an archive?

mp/m

Kevin Michaluk
July 26, 2011

Thanks for all the effort over the past 2.5 years Matt. Look forward to your contributions on the other Mobile Nations sites… I’m sure we’ll see some Nokia love from you on WPCentral.com! And maybe a Bold 9900 + PlayBook review on CrackBerry?

Ivan
July 26, 2011

Thanks for creating nokiaexperts and keeping it running! I enjoyed your postings very much! God bless you! Ivan

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Sergio
July 26, 2011

I enjoyed your site since the day it launched. I’ve been spending my time more and more with my WP7 device and over on WPcentral, so I hope to see you there.

Ali Abdulla
July 26, 2011

the slowness of anna updates, and the very very very stupid comments by elop.. im not gonna argue his decision of switching to winphone.. but y the f talk bad about symbian and meego? :S. .its as if he wants to prove to everyone that he is a trojan..anywayz, i think the N9 can be a real hit IF nokia wants it to be.. it basically depends on Nokia managment and only nokia’s management.. developers will develop for a great device, consumers will buy a great product…

Honza
July 26, 2011

Thanks for everything Matt! Good luck! ;)

ReturningToNokia
July 27, 2011

@Ali Abdulla…Just a fyi – Matt was a Windows Phone fan immediately when Windows Phone launched in November 2010, so his decision had nothing to do with the Nokia partnership with Microsoft. (You can read his reviews of Windows Phone, WP apps, and the WP devices he owns over at ZDNet.com).

Anyway, great efforts Matt, and will keep reading your tech reviews at ZDNet and WPCentral.

Rene Ritchie
July 27, 2011

Matt,

You did fantastic, epic work here and while you and NE will be missed, I’m thrilled we’ll get more of you on the other sites.

Godspeed,

Rene

Ricky Cadden
July 28, 2011

Another one bites the dust, apparently. Sad to see you go, but as we’ve discussed via email and elsewhere, some things just have to be done. I’m definitely sad to see you go – I rather enjoyed NokiaExperts as a great site to keep up with the important stuff still happening w/ Nokia/Symbian without seeing all the minutae that other sites still cover.

Definitely look forward to seeing you on WPCentral – it’s hands-down my favorite site for keeping up with new stuff in the WP world on my HTC HD7.

EVVJSK
July 28, 2011

Thanks for your efforts. Nokia has thoroughly botched the Symbian and Meego transition including what they are currently doing (or not doing) with Symbian Anna. While Windows Phone has some potential, it would seem to me that throwing away Meego (especially with recent Android and Java hubub) doesn’t make so much sense and it a way to differentiate themselves and not put all their eggs in one OS basket (i.e. Windows Phone) on the high end. Not sure if you agree. I will try and follow your Windows Phone and Zdnet articles when I can although I struggle seeing myself with Windows Phone. Best of luck to you.

SAABoy
July 29, 2011

Thank you for everything Matt. This feels a bit sudden though. I wonder if your wife is still using her N8…

fever18
August 21, 2011

I like several things about Nokia but really in my country…Samsung is the gaint mobile provider and its much preferrable than nokia as nokia is symbian based and most of the samsung phones are based on android which is even much better than Nokia…

Smart Gamer
August 21, 2011

Thank for your job on this blog.

Stu
September 26, 2011

Sad to hear this, but not surprised either. Good luck with your work at ZDNet!

mobilereviews
October 22, 2011

You are great men! Respect!

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December 26, 2011

Bye-bye, baby, baby goodbye. So sad you quit your blog. It was very interesting and informative. Not sure you’ll read this, but… Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

NokiaUser700
January 14, 2012

I would just like to thank you for your contribution all these years. I had just one more question: does anyone know anything about deleting default ringtones on the Nokia 700 phone? I’ve tried searching for them through my phone, and I’ve also tried Nokia Suite and Removable Disk, but with no luck. The ringtones are located under a folder called “Tones”. I found this folder by goint to “settings > profiles > personalize > tones”, but I can’t seem to delete the ringtones. Is there a software that I can download for the phone that can help me delete those ringtones because they’re taking up too much memory on the phone, and thanks in advance!

ByBe Blog
February 21, 2012

OMG, it’s been awhile can’t believe you closed down your blog.

See ya later :X

Camden Nightlife
August 2, 2012

It’s been a while, months to be exact! I hope all is going well. I still miss the days of when Nokia was king: despite how much more technology these new smartphones have, reliability is shocking! I still have a working Nokia 3330! Okay, it doesn’t have email etc, but it has always been there as a back-up for when the smartphones stop working. If you’re ever interested in selling the site, please let me know.

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