Decent specs, same overly painful OS behind
I really don't know why they bothered with this thing given the incredible amount of time it's taken to get it ready. It will still be Symbian S60 in use with a perhaps usable touch overlay that attempts to hide it and this is the phone they're hoping will help put them back in the game? Will the phone be able to upgrade to Symbian ^4 when that eventually becomes available?
The problems with Symbian have been mentioned plenty of places before, the main ones revolving around horrible menus full of menus and sub-menus in a way that had me still having to hunt around for a specific option after owning an N95 for two years (backup phone at that point). Would it really have killed Nokia to make it Android? It isnt an admission that their OS solution is bad, it's an admission that it isn't good enough to get the potential out of the phone at that time.
I could be proven wrong but I don't see this as being the phone that pulls them back, it may give them time to pull themselves back which is how I see it being aimed but I won't be one to get a hobbled phone that effectively pays them for failing to do anything to improve S60 for years. Android is the way I'm headed for a while and I wonder how many other people will never look at Nokia phones the same way again.