Where should i start. My first device.
Nokia N8, at the time, the highest pixel camera on any phone. Symbian^3, the new capacitive touch, focused, operating system. However it wasn’t much in comparison with the then new iPhone, iPhone 4. It has mainly what you want without the ecosystem but with a dedicated community. I had it for years before I finally lost it, and my insurance wouldn’t give me any more. I then bought a Blackberry because the BBM instant messenger was quite popular in the UK. For a few months i lost interest.
I then got my hands on the brand new Nokia N9, a Meego OS phone. It was truly something completely different, refreshingly different, experience. design, hardware and software were all to early for their time. It was also dual-boot-able to Android. I had good specs but with the software integration it was more than enough to have a relatively fluid experience. The SWIPE, God bless swipe. The whole concept, the backbone of the button-less device, was swipe. Swipe anywhere and you’ll go home (minimize the application, close, or go to running apps page). It was extremely convenient. However there just wasn’t enough marketing behind it for it to succeed.
Unfortunately I couldn’t buy the Nokia’s first Windows Phone, truly ahead of its time. It followed the same design as the N9 and was give the Windows Phone buttons as well as the mandatory camera button. With all these add-ons the phone still delivered more than many others were capable of. It competed with the likes of HTC and Samsung. With it’s beautiful design and speedy hardware the Lumia 800 was very ahead of the game. Well there was an older brother, Lumia 900, that came with the extras Lumia 800 was missing such as front-facing camera, larger display (4.3″, +0.6″) and AT&T LTE. At the time UK wasn’t 4G prepared. Even though we were among the first to adapt 3G. In which ever case the Lumia devices looked like they were off to a good start. Hello Nokiasoft (get it, Nokia and Microso… no?)
Nokia chose to stick with the hardware and keep Windows Phone as its primary operating system. Nokia developed a relation with then CEO, Stephen Elop. A former Microsoft employee. And this relationship grew into making Nokia the most dependent company in the world. With one main operating, Elop put all the eggs in a small basket. After Elop left Nokia Microsoft approached with an off of £4,6bn ($7.2bn; 5.4bn euros). Should the once greatest company in the world be sold for half the price of Skype for £5bn ($8.5bn; 5.9bn euros)
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