"The HTC Desire, one of the most high end handsets on the market, is coming to the UK at an unsubsidized price of around £360, significantly below the unlocked iPhone 4."
It's already out (the Desire)?
Nokia has already unveiled its first smartphone running the upcoming Symbian^3 operating system, the N8, but will not ship it until later in the summer. It is keeping interest high, though, by making its most aggressive ever move against the iPhone, pricing the N8 well below the Apple icon and touting all the added value that …
Big bugger, too. But it's got "HTC" in the name, which makes it an automatic rejection for me. I've had too many bad experiences with their definition of "quality control" to want to be burned again.
On the other hand, I've had few problems (and exemplary service) from Apple and Nokia, but I find Symbian just too clunky for smartphone duties and therefore prefer Nokia's lower-end (S40) models. Symbian needs radical surgery, not just a cosmetic facelift and the N8 suffers the same usability problems as most of Nokia's previous attempts.
Still, competition is good. I just wish there were more *innovation*, rather than the tiresome, "It's just like an iPhone, but with..." clones. Just because Apple's phones use touch-screens, there's no reason to assume no other form-factor can possibly work in the market.
Hats off to Apple for redefining the mobile market and introducing the industry to a different way of thinking. If Apple was not in the mobile device market the existing big players Nokia included would be churning out devices that are hurriedly rushed with a poor emphasis on the design and user experience.
Like or loathe Apple, but they have done a great service to consumers and also those of us that work in the technology industry by waking everyone up.
S90 was and is still light years ahead of the iPhone. Nokia just never capitalized on it and was working on merging S60, S80 and S90 into a single platform. They got distracted, it is an insult to all to even consider Apple an innovator. How many things has Apple copied? They also lock you in. Try a video call to an non-Apple phone. Yep, won't work, but other manufacturers don't seem to have an issue.
......the N8 will be the first and last phone to run S^3.
And you also misreported that the N9 will run on S^4, when it has already been leaked that future N series devices launched after the N8 will run on MeeGo, with S^4 being used on feature phones.
I realise that you have written Nokia off as a contender, but please, try doing some research on your articles?
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