Would you believe me if I told you that Nokia still sells more phones than Apple or Blackberry? How about if I told you that Nokia sells 13 phones for every iPhone sold, would you believe that? It sounds preposterous, but I kid you not its all true. Nokia is the world’s largest cellphone maker, by volume (i.e. number of units sold)
Nokia used to be one of the darlings of cellphone market and then they did what a lot of companies that are really huge and make a lot of money do, theybecame stagnant and stopped innovating and that opened the door companies like Apple, Google, RIM and HTC to break into the market with innovative products that seems to have caught Nokia completely off guard and they have been trying to recover ever since.
To show you how far Nokia has fallen, just ask any teenager if they knew what the latest Nokia phone was, I bet you that some of them have never even heard of Nokia. Think about it, when was the last time you saw a Nokia commercial on television? But never mind any of that, Nokia is trying to make a comeback.
Nokia will unveil its new flagship model E7, which comes with a large touchscreen and full keyboard at their annual media and industry event next week in London according to a report by Reuters.
Nokia will also introduce to the public its new N8 model, which is the first phone to use the new Symbian 3 software along with other smartphones.
The N8 was first announced back in April and is due to go on sale later this month. Perhaps the most unique feature of the N8 is that it will feature a 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and Xenon flash, HD-quality video recording, film editing software and Dolby surround sound. No other smartphone on the market even comes close to this kind of camera quality. The Nokia N8 will also have 16GB of in-built storage space, expandable up to 48GB with a Micro SD card. It will also come in a your choice of five different colors (Dark Grey, Silver White, Green, Blue, Orange) with a clean aluminum finish.
Nokia will also be debuting their completely revamped OS, Symbian 3. It was seen as critical that Nokia drastically overhaul Symbian which looked dated when compared to more recent OS’s such as Android or iOS.
Nokia still controls 40 percent of the smartphone market (mostly low-end phones) with its Symbian software but has lost the high-end market to easier-to-use phones from Apple and Research in Motion.
I have no doubt that the N8 and E7 will both be aesthetically pleasing phones, but like they say a phone is only as good as its OS and whether or not Symbian 3 is a big enough improvement to get Nokia back into the conversation with the likes of Apple, RIM and HTC remains to be seen. So what do you think guys, can Nokia make a comeback or is it just too late?