Help Windows Phone-lover Phil with Nokia

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Hey, everybody. Phil from WMExperts.com here. And in this week of the third annual Smartphone Round Robin I’m taking a look at Nokia. And, so, I’ve got a few questions for you.

  1. Holy cow! The N900 and N97 mini are some serious phones. Where have these been hiding, and how come we haven’t heard more about them?
  2. Widgets take a little getting used to. Do you use them more often? Or just use a traditional application launcher?
  3. Holy camera, Batman. Nokia phones have some of the best point-and-shoots around. Do you even carry another camera any more?
  4. If you came to Nokia from another smartphone platform, do you miss anything about your previous life? Or does Nokia handle it all?

That’s it, everybody. And don’t forget that when you answer my questions, you’re entered to win a Nokia phone of your choice (up to $1,000) as part of the Round Robin. Thanks!

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Lloyd
December 28, 2009

Hi Phil, here are some answers to your questions. Hope this helps. Have a great New Year!

  1. Nokia and the carriers (AT&T, T-Mobile, etc.) have a love hate relationship and until they repair it the carriers won’t carry (no pun intended) too many Nokia devices. Nokia is working to repair their relationships and until that happens we won’t be hearing much about their devices.
  2. I use the short-cut widget to get to the applications I use the most. Thee only other widgets I have running are my calendar and email (Mail for Exchange). All the widgets like facebook, Ovi Share, AP News, and AccuWeather are nice but they are memory hogs and I don’t really need to know everything at every second of the day. I launch the other apps from the menu choices and through custom folders I created (Multimedia, Social Apps, News. etc.).
  3. I am an amateur photographer and have a few thousand dollars in equipment. If I am taking sports photos or extremely high quality shots I bring my cameras. If I am going out to activities where I want a camera (skiing, hiking, biking, amusement parks, etc.) then my N97 is the only item I need. The photos I get with it are fantastic and can be shared right away from the device.
  4. I am a die-hard Nokia fan and have never had any other cell device.
daniel
December 28, 2009

hello Phil, in answer to your questions, here in latin america Nokia still rules over some other brands, people are very familiar with the interface, now to your questions, I really do use widgets it has a lot os useful info in your home screen so some apps don’t need to be launched, regarding camera, it’s ok, but I do carry a camera for birthday, holidays, etc, and regarding my last OS I used to be a Sony fan, but their smartphones are tooo expensive and I came to find Nokia the best for me in just a few months.

Lionel
December 28, 2009

Question 1.

I agree totally with what Lloyd said about the carriers and their relationship with Nokia. BUT, I kind of like that high end Nokia devices aren’t available on the carriers. To me, it makes the phone’s more exclusive and you always get a question of “what is that?” whenever you pull out a Nokia device. I also like the fact that most of the time the people I know will NEVER have the same phone as me.

Question 2

I would say I use widgets every single day. I have narrowed down the widgets on my N97 to 4 of my most used applications. My most used widgets are messaging, Garmin Mobile XT, weather app and Tweets60. I love the fact that maps on high end Nokia’s are offline as well as online. With me being in the Army this has come in handy a couple of times out there in the field. Although I’m currently searching for Afghanistan maps for when I deploy :) Not that I will be walking around like a tourist, but it would be great to have nonetheless.

Question 3

I only use my N97 for my camera because it’s quick, i can hide it easily, and I can upload the pics instantly to Facebook. Someone always needs a camera when you’re surrounded by over energetic tough guys trying to prove themselves everyday. My camera comes in handy when we’re at the range(Safety first of course!) or camping out in the middle of nowhere for a week. Chow time is also a funny time to have a camera handy! I have hundreds of photo’s of me and my unit goofing around.

Question 4

As you can already tell, I am a die hard Nokia fanboy! And being in the US Army where it seems like everybody is pro Apple EVERYTHING, it feels good to be different. My friends lose signal in the field and thus their phone’s become useless and I’m still treading along with my offline maps on Ovi Maps or my Garmin Mobile XT! Feels good when we’re camping for a week straight and I have over 40 movies and over 1,000 songs on my device to keep me going without even having to tough my 16GB memory card! If only I could find a way to set up my military e-mail on my N97!

Jose
December 28, 2009

Hi Phil, Hope that my answers help shed some light on,

1)As it was mentioned before, the fact that AT&T and T-mobile do not carry Nokia’s flagship devices should have a big impact. I do not know who pays the TV commercial, but I have definitely watched the Droid, iPhone and PalmPre ads,however I’ve never seen any Nokia commercial in US television. So I guess that Nokia is not investing serious money in US marketing.

2) I love the widget idea and I think that they really increase productivity. I use it in both ways, us a launcher and as “widget”. I have the 4 most popular contacts and applications that I use. Then I have the weather widget (it’s very nice to see the weather without any click), an email widget (I use profimail, also very convenient) and the music player widget.

3) Two years ago I got tired of carrying around my mp3 player, my phone and my camera. So I bought a N82. The best think I ever did. Now with the N97 mini is even better. Sure that sometimes I will want to have a SLR, but for, knowing my self, I will not have it with me when I need it. My phone is always with me, thus my camera and with flash, I have enough to cover 95% of my photograph needs.

4) I am not sur eif my case is quit common, I’ve been using Nokia phones for a long time. Five months a go my wife bought an iPhone. After 2 weeks of her showing me all her apps I put my N82 away and I bought an iPhone (they really have nice apps). I really tried to like it, believe me, but I could not get use to some things. As I mentioned in 3) I like to have a good camera, and the iphone did not cut it. I also got very frustrated with the few options that the phone has regarding setting things up and the lack of general freedom. So after 3 months I decided to go back to symbian. However, something that the iphone taught me was that I really enjoy a big screen and a touch screen could be convenient. I think that I found the best of both worlds in the n97 mini.

Hope you enjoy your time with the N97 mini, I will look forward to your review, happy new year to everybody. Jose

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David
December 28, 2009

1) Because you haven’t been regularly visiting NokiaExperts.com! ;) The N97 got some bad reviews out of the gate that probably suppressed word-of-mouth, but I’ve heard that most of it’s problems have since been fixed by updates. Also, the N900 isn’t friendly to the average consumer because it isn’t branded by any carrier in the US. Not only is it not subsidized, but it makes people do homework to find out what networks it can utilize.

2) Generally I end up throwing a bunch of widgets on my desktop, and then I quickly figure out which ones are useful and which ones just clutter up my display. Luckily they’re not hard to add or remove, so it makes for a relatively painless week or so of experimenting and tweaking.

3) I only carry a dedicated camera anymore for 3 instances: 1- If I know I’m going to be taking a lot of pictures and need a lot of space. 2- If I want to have someone else take pictures–most people now know how to work a digital camera, but hand them your phone, even with the camera app running and they probably won’t know what to do. 3- If I want to record a lot of video, my digital camera records in 720p, a better resolution than any Nokia phone that I’m aware of.

4) For me it’s more of the other way around. I bought a Windows Mobile phone, and I can’t help but compare it to the N800 tablet. Everything about the differences in their interfaces makes me ready to jump to the N900 as soon as I can. Maemo is just incredibly intuitive and finger-friendly. One platform will always have apps that others don’t, but Nokia has an active developer base that is generally open to requests, and I haven’t had a need that I haven’t seen them fill. People are still developing apps for the N800, and it’s nearly 3 years old!

Tim Cooper
December 28, 2009

Hi Phil, checking from across the pond (UK). Consider me a 2nd cousin as although i’m running Symbian S60 5th edition (the same as the N97) it’s on the Samsung i8910. But i’m coming from owning a Nokia N73 and an E90 in past and i still support E71′s for work (along with Touch’s, Diamonds, Treo Pro’s, and Touch Pro 2′s). I’ve also owned an N810, the N900′s precedessor.

1) Still can’t figure out why Nokia has fallen out with the US in recent years. It’s a shame, for 2 reasons; a. you don’t get to have high end devices like the N97, N900, etc available on Main Street stores. b. A lot of software developers are in the US, but because Symbian/Nokia isn’t they don’t spend time developing apps for us, putting their time into Iphone, Winmo, WebOS, and even Android.

2) The i8910 has its own widget system, which i turned on day 2. I use the more basic desktop, and go down one level in the menu to get to everything else. However, I used widgets on the N810 and thing’s like RSS feeds and weather were nice to have easy access to. There are other options too. SPB even has a HandyShell (beta) for 5th edition.

3) I haven’t carried a regular camera in 5 years. The N73 and E90 took surprisingly good pictures for my needs. The i8910 has an 8mp camera and the CAPABILITY to record in HD 720p video (When Samsung finally fixes the firmware so it works properly!…). I was recently given a Fujipix 9mp camera, but gave it to my niece for Xmas as head to head against the Samsung it only came out even, and didn’t even have the options that the phone software had (panoramic, sepia, B&W, etc). I have seen some great pictures from the N97 as well. I don’t feel a need for a “2 box solution” for picture taking.

4) I’ve been a Symbian user for several years now. And, although i’m currently not using Nokia (i feel that the i8910 is the best iteration of the 5th edition), i still enjoy the OS. It’s a little clunky, and some might say that 5th edition is just a makeover of an aging OS. But then the same could easily be argued that 6.5 is a service pack of 6.1, 6.0, etc all the way back to 5.0 ;-)

Symbian runs the apps that i need, in a way that nothing else has offered (the HD2 wasn’t around 5 months ago, or things might have been different…).

Will i feel the same in 14 months time when my contract is up? That’s a big question right now. Nokia seem to have created a crossroads regarding their future, and still seem to be standing in the intersection, looking at the map, scratching their heads. The tried and tested OS has come to the end of the road, and until the Symbian Foundation or Nokia’s Maemo find traction, there’s going to be a gap which some will perceive as indecision by Nokia. I’m sure that they will figure out where they’re going eventually, i look forward to it.

Hope this helps. BTW, if Matt continues to tell you or anyone else at SmartPhoneRoundRobin that Nokia does not have a capacitive 5th edition phone, please print out a picture of a Nokia X6, wrap it round a rock, and smack him upside the head with it! Thanks.

Mateus
December 28, 2009

I’m taking question 3 for my use now… My last nokia device was a 5610 Xpress Music and I really enjoyed the camera. I read a a few N900 and N97 reviews where the autors gave low grades for the cams, but you guys are saying you had good experiences with them. Can someone explain this divergence of opinions? :P

thewinchester
December 28, 2009
  1. We’ve heard a lot about them, but they are not serious phones. If they were serious phones then there wouldn’t be the litany of complaints about them from die hard Nokia users who have sworn themselves off the manufacturer and platform because of these two devices (a few searches for n97 problems on Google and in the Nokia Discussion forums will show you the collective angst).

The N97 is a game changer for Nokia, because it successfully managed to irritate so many brand loyalists that they are walking away from the company in droves – swearing that the N97 is the last ever Nokia handset they intend to buy.

I too am in this camp, and will be switching to Android next time around.

  1. No getting used to at all, quite similar to the shortcuts provided in S60v3 handsets like the E51 (personally my favourite handset of all time). The annoyances with widgets is the limitation on how many of them you can have and how little information some of them display.

I use the Widgets primarily as an application launcher, but do find it handy to see my upcoming appointments at a glance or latest tweets. That’s really about it.

If the home screen styled layout of V3 was married in-line with the widgets of V5, then you’d have a much more efficient use of space on the screen allowing for more information presentation. Sadly, the ‘widget’ thing is Nokia trying to stay cool and relevant without actually delivering something usable.

  1. Please tell me you’re pulling our leg with this one. Cell phone cameras can’t compete with even basic prosumer models. They’re ability to shoot in low light is terrible at best, and the digital zoom can really destroy end photo quality if you don’t know what you’re doing. Give me my 10MP Canon Ixus any day of the week over a cell phone camera.

  2. Have always been a Nokia user, right up until this blasted N97. My next handset is more than likely going to be Android, particularly since the Symbian platform is so hard to develop for and extend that there’s a distinct lack of, and poor release frequency of decent applications – particularly ones I’d really want to use. I wanted the N97 so I didn’t just become another person with a dammed iPhone (and I hate the iPhone’s virtual keyboard anyway), but I now regret that decision.

rodhnc
December 29, 2009

Smartphone round-robin contest entry

zunguri
December 29, 2009
  1. Holy cow! The N900 and N97 mini are some serious phones. Where have these been hiding, and how come we haven’t heard more about them?

Lack of operator interest in combined with a weak USD mean that selling these in the US is tough for a company like Nokia. It isn’t that the ops aren’t buying new high-end devices..we will see some really smokin’ devices in the next month. But to go Nokia means either looking backward (at S60) or having to support another new Linux variant.

  1. Widgets take a little getting used to. Do you use them more often? Or just use a traditional application launcher?

As for me, I use them often in place of the full app. I used to think we’d see more of these but with the rise of more fully functional web apps it seems their life may be limited.

  1. Holy camera, Batman. Nokia phones have some of the best point-and-shoots around. Do you even carry another camera any more?

They are pretty good for daily things but I still carry both a good digicam and vidcam in my bag. In other words, they just aren’t there yet. That goes double for iPhone. Only the high-end Nokia’s and some of the upcoming Android and WM devices are really useful.

  1. If you came to Nokia from another smartphone platform, do you miss anything about your previous life? Or does Nokia handle it all?

A usable app store is still not there yet. Drive C: storage is too small as well.

One more for you to try though…

If you have a chance, try out the X6. I find myself really liking this one better than the iPhone and N1 for one big reason…it is better as a PHONE and makes a really great speaker phone. The (speaker) audio of the X6 is the first I’ve found better than the N95; surprising frequency response and plenty of volume without distortion. The X6 also has the capacitive touch for those that insist on this.

Tim
December 29, 2009

Hi, I own an N900 currently and trying my best to use it as a phone. Here is the answers for you:

1) N97 has been panned because of bad launch firmware, otherwise it is perhaps the best phone in the world in terms of hardware/software combo. Sort of like Windows Vista got unfairly maligned – but like MS, Nokia ARE responsible for some of the flak they took. The biggest one was that while they WANTED it to be their flagship, Nokia didn’t give it nearly enough processing power. N97 Mini carries most of the same poblems but is very stable.

As for N900, it is more of an internet tablet and less a phone. But once you use it and get used to its fluidity and multitasking, you will be hard pressed to return to any other phone despite its lackings.

2) Widgets are the future, but for Nokia the widget library is surprisingly sparse. I haven’t used HTC Sense, but I guess it does far better in terms of desktop access than any Nokia phone save the N900.

3) Certainly, though not all the time. After all, you can’t carry a full camera to work can you? THAT’s where the Nokia cams kick in. But be warned: the results look better on the phone screen than on your PC.

4)Haven’t used any other smartphone.

Wattseb
December 29, 2009
  1. Well to honest i feel like nokia was satisfied with there world wide market share lead and wasnt to interested in the whole tv marketing, selling your phone to the people aspect until much too late and with android and iphone os…bottom line nokia has a lot of ground to make up. and for the most part carriers dont pick up high end nokias so if you’re not into unlocked your not going to know.

  2. I usually just use the traditional applications with symbian but mameo seems to be attempting to get me to change that view.

  3. I agree, and it very tough to leave a nokia and go to say a htc with their horrible low light cameras, but when i do have nokias i seem to be inclined to take more pictures with them than i do with other phones. theres no need to carry a second camera with a nokia phone, because let be real, most pictures arent getting printed out neways so a little graininess here is forgivable.

4.Yea nokias are very open to what you can do with them but there arent alot of dev communities dedicated to tweaking all that can be touched with them. as far as the phones themselves, no when i made the decision to switch i knew what i was getting and what i was leaving behind.

Ali
December 29, 2009
  1. The answer to this question is that nokia n-series phones and e-series phones for the most part get no carrier support, and even when they do, the phone isnt given as much publicity as other more popular phones, the iphone vs the e71x on at&t is a good example of this. Since buying them unlocked is our only option, the unsubsidized price leaves many to not even give these phones a second look.

  2. I find it much easier to just use the application manager the reason behind this being that there is a limited amount of widgets that one can add to their home screen, and since Im already accustomed to using the app manager from the days before touchscreens i find it to be easier for me.

  3. Nokia phones are great because they help me consolidate my gadgets, instead of carrying around a phone, an mp3 player, a camera, and a PMP device, I can get away with just one nseries device. the pictures taken are great to email and share with others. Even the 3.2 megapixel camera on my e71 is good enough for me.

  4. Ive had nokia for a long time starting with the n95 when it first was released. Before that I was a kicker, meaning the tmobile sidekick was my device of choice. The only thing i miss about this was its messaging client was amazing, and the fact that everything on the phone was automatically backed up on the danger servers. But its not enough to make me leave nokia any time soon.

Neil
December 29, 2009
  1. Phones that aren’t on carries never get attention of the Tech Media. But both the N900 and N97 Mini are really nice phones…though I think Nokia put out the N900 out too soon.

  2. I don’t like widgets of any kind, doen’t matter if we’re talking Windows Mobile, Android, Symbian or Maemo 5.

  3. Nokia has been the only company that goes out of there way to put in great cameras in all their phones…even going as far as putting in xenon flashes in some. I don’t have a nokia phone now, but if I did I don’t think I would need a digi camera for anything other than special moments.

  4. As I said before I don’t have a Nokia device right now, but we all know Symbian is a very powerful platform so I don’t I would miss anything.

KU Kitch
December 29, 2009
  1. Holy cow! The N900 and N97 mini are some serious phones. Where have these been hiding, and how come we haven’t heard more about them?

I personally think that the N900 is the only worthwhile Nokia choice at this point, and was one that I was looking at recently. I think it’s time for them to move on from Symbian and to the modern field as I kinda think it is today. Maemo is the way for them to move I believe, and I would like to see the phone subsidized somewhere (T-Mobile), especially with that AWS frequency in there.

  1. Widgets take a little getting used to. Do you use them more often? Or just use a traditional application launcher?

I’ve personally become a fan of widgets, it’s nice to get updates for different areas delivered without having to necessarily use an app.

  1. Holy camera, Batman. Nokia phones have some of the best point-and-shoots around. Do you even carry another camera any more?

This is something I wish more phones would have, Nokias often have excellent cameras, and while I no longer have a digital camera, I do wish my phone had a better camera.

  1. If you came to Nokia from another smartphone platform, do you miss anything about your previous life? Or does Nokia handle it all?

I once had a Nokia 3390, it was my first phone and the only Nokia I have ever owned. It was a solid phone in build, and decent in features at the time… Snake 2 is still the best game I’ve had on a phone

Mark
December 29, 2009
  1. Great question. Nokia doesn’t seemed focused on the US in general.
    1. I prefer widgets
    2. No, it’s one of the best things about Nokia 4.NA
Ducky
December 29, 2009

entering again

jankyhanky
December 29, 2009
  1. No press, no marketing in the States.

  2. N97 widgets are okay, but nothing spectacular. Having weather and time on the home screen is always good.

  3. Exposure isn’t that great.

  4. N97 seems a little dated, even though it is new. Resistive and lack of fancy graphics is a downer.

rodhnc
December 29, 2009

shameless contest entry :)

Sayo
December 29, 2009

@Mark

Indeed. Until Nokia decides to treat the US as a truly important market instead of a “Ah, here’s what we released in Europe a while back, want to buy it out of the back of my van?” type, They’re not going to develop any large amount of traction with consumers.

To an extent, they also have to deal with the stigma of being the cheap phone provider trying to convince people to pay Apple prices (in fact, greater than apple!) for their smartphones.

Mateus
December 30, 2009

Smartphone round-robin contest entry

Mark
December 30, 2009

@Sayo Good point about their perception as being a cheap phone provider. I know that’s not them, but that seems to be the public’s perception. I do have faith that Nokia can get things back on track. They already make great hardware (unlike Palm) and have a promising OS (unlike Windows), but devising and employing a strategic direction is likely even more difficult.

Ducky
December 30, 2009

another try

David
December 30, 2009

If the N900 would get reviewed a lot more I wonder if it then might get a bad reputation for being geared towards advanced users. I love all it can do, but the fact that it can be customized more than an iPhone means that it’s users might have to educate themselves about it more, too. I haven’t had the chance to be ‘hands on’ with a N900 yet though, so I could be wrong.

Also, Nokia has said themselves the N900 is “step 4 out of 5.” Hopefully step five will be huge and they’ll use that to get a significant foothold in the US smartphone market.

cohens
December 30, 2009

hmmm…

jankyhanky
December 30, 2009

They need that revision to the touch UI.

rodhnc
December 30, 2009

Smartphone round-robin contest entry.

Sayo
December 30, 2009

What might a 6-month turnaround look like for Nokia, if enacted tomorrow? ..Assuming you were the CEO.

Mateus
December 31, 2009

Smartphone round-robin contest entry.

jankyhanky
December 31, 2009

I think they can turn around all their UIs in a few months if they wanted to.

Mark
December 31, 2009

Hmm..why don’t I see my comment here from the other day?

David
December 31, 2009

Shameless contest entry. When does the contest end?

aamir
December 31, 2009

i love the ability to share my internet connection from phone on the pc using jokispot. don’t know if winmo has any software like that.. i absolutely love it… no need to pay for a tethering plan… :)

Sayo
December 31, 2009

@david

This is the third week of six where they’ll be rotating after each week. They’re set up a special “smartphone roundrobin” site which you can go to for more details.

Tacos
December 31, 2009

I wonder what Sense UI will look like about the time that Windows Mobile 7 rolls around. It’s progressing pretty nicely, ever so slowly re-creating many of the commonly seen UI elements.

On the subject of cameras.. Wow! It’s nice to see a manufacturer like Nokia really stepping up the camera phone game to be competitive as a true point-and-shoot replacement. then again, hardware has always been a strong point for Nokia.

Umair Iqbal
January 1, 2010

1- I think Nokia’s advertisement in the US is to be blamed here. I am sure Americans are aware of the NOkia brand (it has been showcased in some hollywood movies) but they just dont know feel the interest to explore it more. In other words, I think nokia failed to garner public attention in the US by bringing out a device which really awed people. N95 did create some stir but failure to consolidate a plan with carriers probably made it hard for people to shell money on an unlocked NOkia phone. 2- I do not use widgets. Memory hogs in my opinion. 3- For my photography, i use my dslr. But I do use Nokia n95 8gb camera for random artistic shots here and there when I dont have a dslr handy, which is most of the time. 4- I always have been Nokia fan. I did however explore SE feature phones as well as UIQ phones. I explored some windows in Samsung Jack II. But nokia’s all rounder performance wins my heart at the end of the day.

Ducky
January 1, 2010

entry for giveaway

aamir
January 1, 2010

even though i love nokia phones, i gotta admit that everyone in their us subsidiary should be fired for such a lousy job…

Neil Ryan
January 1, 2010

Came to Nokia from windows mobile. Got tired of daily freezes. My Nokia E51 didn’t freeze for months. Moved to a Nokia e66 and have been using it for over a year. Just bought a Samsung galaxy android and while I loved the big screen I missed the keyboard so back to my Nokia. I’m a small business owner and it does everything I need.

Mateus
January 1, 2010

Symbian in Eseries is pretty stable. I never used for a long period Windows Mobile, so I don’t know if he runs well.

jankyhanky
January 2, 2010

Nokia needs to emphasize the QUALITY of their phones (which is amazing).

Fobok
January 2, 2010

My experience with Nokia has been pretty limited to my 6085, a ‘dumb’ phone that freezes constantly and has an awful camera, so I had pretty much written Nokia off entirely. That is, until I heard, just last month, of the N900. That’s my kind of phone. I think if they put more advertising in North America, and offered it with carriers for contracts, they’d have a hit.

John Chew
January 2, 2010

Holy cow! The N900 and N97 mini are some serious phones. Where have these been hiding, and how come we haven’t heard more about them? Widgets take a little getting used to. Do you use them more often? Or just use a traditional application launcher? Holy camera, Batman. Nokia phones have some of the best point-and-shoots around. Do you even carry another camera any more? If you came to Nokia from another smartphone platform, do you miss anything about your previous life? Or does Nokia handle it all?

The N900 and N97 mini are really able smartphones. The reason you haven’t heard about them is that unless you’ve lived in either Chicago or New York City with Flagship Nokia stores (not for long unfortunately) you’ve not seen them unless you read about them on blogs. The N900 and N97 Mini aren’t sold or carried by the major US carriers. Being a smartphone geek, I fell into a group of dedicated Symbian users here in NYC. My smartphone pedigree is the Samsung SCH i760 and the XV6800 both from Verizon Wireless. I was using the Blackberry 8330 (Curve) when i decided to take the plunge and spent $699 to buy the N97 (the predecessor to the Mini). One of the things about using a high-end Symbian phone is how cosmopolitan it makes you feel. I used the N97 which was Nokia’s flagship and felt extremely sophisticated knowing that this was a favored phones for many in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. It felt kind of cool to be part of an international fraternity of Symbian users. And, yes, the N97 and N900 have, hands-down the best camera of any smartphone. I actually owned the Nokia N82 which very few Americans know about which has an incredible camera. The last major vacation I took I didn’t even bring my camera and relied on the N97 as my camcorder and camera. It worked great. The 5mp camera of both the N900 and N97 easily rivals most point and shoot cameras.

I wasn’t a big user of the widgets on my N97, although, it was possible to assign a RSS feed of a favorite blog or news feed so you can get up-to-date news on the homescreen of the N97. Overall I felt that to be gimmicky, and prefer the GUI experience of the N900 better.

The Nokia smartphone platform is an awesome platform, but because it isn’t huge in the US yet, I always felt like the foreign kid. There’s the Nokia Expert’s blog now, but by and large, with the exception of pockets of dedicated Nokia fanboys in select cities, you are on your own. Also, I wasn’t particularly overwhelmed with Ovi when compared to mobile platforms such as Apple’s, Windows Mobile, or even Blackberry’s.

Nokia makes great phones, and I could see myself with a N900 as my primary brain, but it still has a ways to go and strategizing before it wins the hearts and minds of the average mobile consumer in the U.S..

Mateus
January 3, 2010

I guess N900 is, in fact, the first Nokia smartphone with a UI maked for touchscreen, while N97 and the others are just use a bad symbian adaptation. I hope the next ones will increase the Nokia shares in USA.

Tin
January 3, 2010

T-Mobile user for the last few years.

I used the G1 for over a year and now am using the N900. I have the say the G1 had many nice features that I’ve gotten used to and am finding it missing in the N900. I liked the G1′s maps, gps, and email apps. These apps on the N900 so far has been disappointing; lacking in speed and efficiency. I’m hoping that will time Nokia will improve on these apps and give the N900 the attention it deserves.

Fobok
January 3, 2010

Don’t have much more to add at this point, but making a post for a contest entry. :)

jankyhanky
January 3, 2010

If only the N900 was on AT&T or Verizon, I wouldn’t have picked up my android phone. T-mobile isn’t worth a darn if you leave your coverage area.

Ducky
January 4, 2010

Let’s do this again!

Mateus
January 4, 2010

Contest entry

Mark
January 5, 2010

Hope you enjoyed your time with Nokia

Mateus
January 5, 2010

Again

aamir
January 5, 2010

i read another news article today about windows mobile losing its market share… if ms and nokia don’t keep up with the times, it’ll soon too late to catch up… nokia had the internet tablets for years and its now that they have launched n900, windows mobile is still holding on to the notion of enterprise user… knock knock.. wake up time…

jankyhanky
January 5, 2010

T-mobile doubling its speed today makes the N900 look awfully good.

Fobok
January 5, 2010

Just heard today that the N900 is coming to Wind Mobile here in Canada. This’ll be good news if Wind ever expands outside of the big cities.

David
January 5, 2010

another entry

Ducky
January 6, 2010

still going…

Fobok
January 6, 2010

Shouldn’t there be new threads started by now? Are they still even counting these threads for the contest?

Mark
January 6, 2010

Aren’t these forum posts a little past due?

Mateus
January 6, 2010

It’ time for a new phonelover post

aamir
January 6, 2010

any idea if t-mobile would pick up carrier billing like att for ovi store?

rodhnc
January 7, 2010

Smartphone round robin contest entry!

Mateus
January 7, 2010

again and again!!

Fobok
January 8, 2010

Another entry. :)

Mateus
January 8, 2010

Another one!!

Ducky
January 8, 2010

am trying again

aamir
January 9, 2010

no new announcements on windows mobile @ ces… hmmm…

Ducky
January 9, 2010

sweepstake entry

Mateus
January 9, 2010

contest…

Fobok
January 9, 2010

Another entry.

rodhnc
January 10, 2010

Smartphone round-robin contest entry!

Ducky
January 11, 2010

still trying…

Aamir
January 11, 2010

any other smartphone round robin posts? posting repeatedly on this post for a chance to win is getting a bit boring now.. i still won’t quit trying for a new N900 though :)

Mateus
January 11, 2010

Again and again

Aamir
January 12, 2010

another shameless entry to win a beloved n900

Fobok
January 12, 2010

Yet another entry.

Ducky
January 12, 2010

smartphone contest

Mateus
January 12, 2010

Contest

Ducky
January 13, 2010

sweepstakes entry…

Fobok
January 13, 2010

Another entry. Wish I had more to say.

Mateus
January 13, 2010

Another contest entry

Ducky
January 14, 2010

i wanna win! :)

Mateus
January 14, 2010

Yeah, me too!!

Mateus
January 15, 2010

It’s taking too long for a new contest post…

Ducky
January 15, 2010

Not giving up…

Chris
January 15, 2010

hola

Mateus
January 16, 2010

Here I go again

Mateus
January 17, 2010

Another entry…

Mateus
January 18, 2010

Still trying

Ducky
January 18, 2010

a few of us are still going…

Mben69
January 18, 2010

Smartphone round-robin contest entry.

Ducky
January 19, 2010

persistence is a virtue :)

Ducky
January 21, 2010

Oops, missed a day.

Rodhnc
January 23, 2010

contest entry!

Ducky
January 23, 2010

back for more

Mateus
January 23, 2010

One more contest entry here!!

Mateus
January 24, 2010

not quiting

abezapata
January 24, 2010

I like the android platform but i feel googles openness can be a weakness. It leaves certain features out of phones like multi touch on its nexus one and many other things. Google should take on the effort of allowing openness but maintaining a platform that they can still update and keep unified.

abezapata
January 24, 2010

ooops wrong post. I think Microsoft needs to really invest time in WM 7 and get it out. They have the resources to do so but for some odd reason are not getting their act together.

Ducky
January 25, 2010

another week, another entry

abezapata
January 25, 2010

another post

Mateus
January 25, 2010

Here I go again… another entry

Rodhnc
January 26, 2010

contest entry is all I can contribute to this discussion

abezapata
January 26, 2010

one more

Mateus
January 26, 2010

Contest entry number 2.345

abezapata
January 27, 2010

hi i want some nokia love

Ducky
January 27, 2010

never give up!

Mateus
January 27, 2010

Again again again again…

Mateus
January 29, 2010

Missed a day…

Ducky
January 29, 2010

How long ’til contest ends?

Mateus
January 30, 2010

That’s a good question!!

Mateus
January 31, 2010

contest entry number 3421245

Ducky
January 31, 2010

Let’s not forget the weekend.

Mateus
February 1, 2010

Another contest entry………

Ducky
February 1, 2010

Is this contest over?

Mateus
February 2, 2010

Contest entry……

Rodhnc
February 2, 2010

contest entry… if it’s still going

Mateus
February 3, 2010

Contest entry….

Ducky
February 3, 2010

Last week for me

Mateus
February 4, 2010

It’s taking too long…

Himie
February 4, 2010

I really like Nokia. They make great high quality phones. Coming from an ATT Tilt i do miss rom flashing. Symbian has what I call the Nokia Touch. It represents all the good the Nokia brings to the table that others can’t. That’s why I like Nokia.

Mateus
February 5, 2010

Contest entry………

Ducky
February 5, 2010

Nearing the end

Mateus
February 6, 2010

Almost there!!

Mateus
February 7, 2010

Getting tired…

Mateus
February 8, 2010

One more……

Ducky
February 9, 2010

we’re on the home stretch…

Mark
February 9, 2010

One more

Ducky
February 10, 2010

a couple more days

Ducky
February 11, 2010

our very last chance!

Eug
February 12, 2010

I have an N900 and don’t use any widgets on it. They just suck up the battery life.

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Marker
May 13, 2010

It is a decent idea.

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