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I believe it was in the 2nd half of 2008 when I stumbled upon  Phones Show when scouring the interwebs for mobile phone reviews.

I was impressed by the quality of the presentation and content of the video podcast. It was everything a gadget enthusiast could ask for: A well edited, succinct review of a mobile device .

Make yourself a cuppa and watch the Phones Show as Steve Litchfield, its  architect and presenter, provides you the salient points of the device under his scrutiny!

Steve is someone who “Think(s)Different(ly)”. He is a firm believer in the power of a mobile device providing an all-in-one solution to the user. As proof, he uses his smartphone to film the Phones Show and I believe, does not own a separate digital camera device. The latter functionality has almost become the mainstay of most mobile phone users in this day and age.

He is fair and accurate in his assessment of devices. Getting a “thumbs up” from Steve is high praise indeed. He is a perfectionist through and through. I would know, as it took forty takes of my prerecorded mini-review of the Nokia N86 before it passed Steve’s exacting standards.

Steve’s fan base has grown and he has expanded The Phones Show to include its companion audio podcast , The Phones Show Chat ( co-hosted by the inimitable Tim Salmon) which provides an extended avenue for tech conversation.

He has an excellent smartphone grid that provides a suggestion of the smartphone best suited to your needs. This is just one example of his many noteworthy en devours.

The Phones Show and Phones Show Chat are advertisement free and Steve depends on subscriptions  to keep the show going. There is of course, no stopping someone from watching and listening to these shows for a song. That said, it would be a shame to see good work go unrewarded.

Please support Steve’s excellent work via this link.

The Shows must go on.

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Professor Stacey Mills is no stranger in the world of Anatomic Pathology. He is the editor of Sternberg’s Diagnostic Pathology textbook  which is a staple in every pathologists’ bookshelf. He is also the  Director of Surgical Pathology and Cytopathology at the University of Virginia. To say that this man is highly accomplished is an understatement.

How is the gentleman related to this post may ask.

Well, he jotted his initials thoughts on the iPhone 5. It is largely positive and granted, he is deeply immersed in the world of tech. However, it is interesting to note that he has mentioned that there are increasingly exciting iOS pathology applications. In some ways, in goes to show that there is a penetration of the i-devices into the pathology.

Do read his take on the device via this link.

Image source: Apple.com

IT has been nearly 3 weeks since the launch of the iPhone 5. This device , needless to say, was highly anticipated the world over by tech enthusiasts  and  the  non-tech savvy public alike. An iPhone launch is a highly watched, scrutinized and analysed by the tech and non-tech press unlike any other event. Apple, a relatively new entrant into the smartphone world, has defined the modern day internet-centric smartphon. Thus, the iPhone 5 , prior to its release, came with the expectation of that “One more thing …” phrase that a certain Steve Jobs used to utter before that “Boom” moment.

Much has changed since over the last year. Steve Jobs is no longer with us, Tim Cook is Apple’s CEO and Apple is now regarded as the new Galactic Empire amongst the tech savvy public. The latter moniker was once reserved for Microsoft, which oddly enough, is now regarded as the underdog. One should never underestimate Microsoft but that is a topic for another day.

This is NOT a review of the iPhone 5 but a post expressing my general thoughts on the various aspects of the phone and the topics surrounding the phone.

The unveiling

The iPhone 5 announcement was underwhelming. There is no other way phrase it. It was partly the fault of the news hungry tech media revealing every detail of the device prior to its release. Unless you don’t follow tech news regularly, you would have been pretty impressed by the device upon its  unveiling. The other factor is the lack of the Jobs factor. The latter is permanent and whether you love him or loathe him, he does know how to make a slick presentation.

The presentation was largely competent bar a certain Scott Forstall, Senior VP of the iOS software division. He was reading his demonstration off a note book!

The device

The iPhone 5 has the similar design DNA of its iPhone 4 and 4S predecessors. Jonathan Ive, chief design architect behind the iPhone, commented on evolving the design rather than turning it on its head. A post has commented on the iPhone 5 being the Porsche 911 of smartphones.  It is an iterative refinement of design. This is not a bad thing, but in a mobile device market yearning for something different every season,  this approach is risky. Apple has already been derided as having lost its edge and with ongoing iterative design changes, it is easy for it to labelled as such.

Whilst it appears similar to the iPhone 4 and 4S, the biggest noticeable physical change is the increase in screen size to 4 inches. I am certain that this is Apple’s way of keeping up with the competition and the trend of increasing smartphone screen size. That said, screen has been made longer, maintaining the icon resolution and density. Older applications will work with the new screen, albeit with two black bars on either side of the screen – letter boxing.

The iPhone 5 is now almost all aluminium and is as thick as the band that surrounds the edges of the phone. It has been widely said to be lighter and this is something that I look forward to feeling when I see the iPhone 5 in the flesh.

A new beginning

The iPhone 5 has been said to have been designed from the ground up. This is not immediately apparent but dig deeper into the technical specifications, there is more to this phone than meets the eye.

The A6 processor is the first fully Apple designed processor and is the realization of Apple’s earlier acquisitions of two semiconductor companies. This, I feel, is the start of a process that may trickle to Macs in the distant future. Just maybe.

The Lightning connector is the new proprietary port replacing the 30-pin dock connector that has served the company well for the last 10 years. The connector can be reversibly inserted and there are some  technical  ruminations regarding the port. Interesting. However, at the moment, the switch to this proprietary port has been met with much criticism. I met someone who commented that Apple was behaving in a monopolistic manner. The environmental impact of this new port has also been raised. That said, the latter point is hypocritical as any form of tech purchase puts a burden on the environment.

Apple is charging USD 29 for lightning to dock connector adapters. They should have been providing these adapters for free. Plus, they should be opening the Lightning connector standard to 3rd party manufacturers for rapid and widespread adoption of this new standard. It is OK for for Apple to exact fine control over their proprietary connector. However, charging (no pun intended) for this change is not exactly a nice thing to do.

The components are smaller in every way and the SIM card has not been spared. The iPhone 5 is the first phone with the nano SIM standard. Malaysia has already begun placing out nano SIM offers in anticipation of the device. It is no doubt a pain to shift from one phone to another as using a  SIM adapter is not the most pleasing of tasks.

Apple Maps : You’re driving on the wrong side!

Apple Maps has been derided, parodied and lambasted by nearly every tech related report over the last few weeks.

“Steve Jobs would never have released this feature”,  is a popular phrase that one can cut and paste from one tech post to another.

Tim Cook has issued an official apology which has mildly calmed  the critics.

The inalienable facts are as follows:

Fact 1: Apple needed to release this software to start the process of taking control of its mapping functionality from Google.

Fact 2 : Google Maps is superb but it took awhile to get to its current state.

Fact 3: Whilst Fact 2 is valid , consumer expectations on mapping has changed and as such, Apple faces an uphill battle in this area.

Fact 4: Apple chose a bad time to release iOS Maps but it was a now or never situation for them.

Fact 5 : Apple will improve this feature.

iOS 6

iOS has always been lauded as having a simple , elegant , “it just works” interface. Version 6 does not stray from that mantra. iOS 6 is an incremental upgrade and the changes to this mobile OS appears tame in comparison to he changes seen in Android from version 2.3 to version 4.1.

My reasoning for this incremental change is this: Apple needs to keep three generations of iOS devices in parity with their software/services offerings. Pushing the software into the far reaches of the beyond will run the risk of out dating existing devices quickly. A two year cycle seems about right when it comes to upgrading an iOS device. Even the venerable iPhone 4 gets an iOS6 update (sans Siri and Flyover for Maps) and not many device makers can boast that level of device/OS parity.

Google’s business model with Android is fundamentally different to that of iOS. It is a highly heterogenous platform where one can a mix of devices (including treadmills) running different versions of Android. From Google’s standpoint, it wants Android to be ubiquitous. The Nexus devices are the chosen ones that receive prompt software updates. The high end Android devices such as the Samsung S3 guarantees one official update to the current version of Android. Beyond that, companies are less inclined to provide the user an official update as they are more keen on selling their latest device. This is the Android way and as the saying goes, “There is more than one way to skin a cat”.

Both business models have their merits and downsides. Android is already the dominant mobile platform and is likely to scale greater heights with the increasing number of devices.

iOS faces a more competitive environment and it will be interesting to see how it fares over time.

Scuff-gate

It appears that the iPhone 5’s aluminium band and back is prone to picking up scratches. This is more prominent on the black version of the device.

Phil Schiller, Senior VP of marketing has given a rather deadpan response saying that this is “normal”. A rather flippant response but hey, if you ignore this issue, it could be forgotten over the next year. Possibly, maybe.

The sales figures

Apple posted pre-orders ranging in the millions over the first weekend. It appears that despite the criticisms of the device, the public at large have responded well to the iPhone 5.

There is no doubting that the iPhone 5 will be a massive seller for Apple.

I wonder how long Apple can maintain these staggering blockbuster sales figures.

The reviews

The reviews have largely been decent to excellent. There is no doubt that the device is of premium quality.

The common thread that runs through most of the reviews is this: Whilst Apple has possibly made the best iPhone to date, the competition has caught on and there are other viable options in the market.

The following are the links to some of the reviews:

The Verge

Slashgear 

CNET

Phones Show

Closing thoughts

The iPhone 5 a highly refined smartphone and is likely to be refined by Apple in the years to come.

Apple has shown early signs in its bid for complete independence in the hardware and software divisions of their company. Case in point- the A6 processor. Apple excels in hardware design but they are not the best when it comes to cloud/social media software services. Just think MobileMe and Ping. The challenge that Apple faces is the development of software services to rival those offered by Google. Google excels in this arena and they will likely remain in pole position for a long time to come.

The update cycle to the iPhone has become  predictable. We know that the iPhone 5 form factor will be refined with the iPhone 5S and that the next hardware jump will happen in two years. The positive side this iterative cycle is that iPhone users know that their device will be up-to-date for over the course of at least two years. The negative side is that there is a risk of losing customers to other platforms and phone manufacturers. Samsung, Nokia and HTC release multiple devices over the course of a year. There is a high likelihood that a feature rich device like the high end Samsung Galaxy series will prove more attractive to those looking to upgrade their handsets.

As the years go by, I am not entirely sure if the iPhone can sell in massive numbers as they have been over the past 4 years.

My wife, who glanced at the images of the iPhone 5 said that it looked only mildly different.

She followed that comment by saying, ” For Apple, it’s a marathon”.

She couldn’t have more accurate in her assessment of the mobile world space.

Source: Ars Technica

Apple and Samsung have been at logger heads over the alleged copying of iPhone and iPad designs in Samsung’s  implementation of the Galaxy Tablet and Galaxy S smartphones.

It has gone to trial and I feel its worth following as it has revealed many prototypes of previous iDevices and internal decisions made by Apple in the development of these devices which would have not seen public scrutiny.

Samsung has had its own share of leaked documents as well.

Whilst most of us may view Apple as being the villain in these proceedings, it is worth noting that Apple is not unique in its behaviour in the protection of its patents. Again, this can be viewed as a proxy war on Android and this could be part of the reason why Samsung has earned the brunt of Apple’s wrath. It is still early days in the smartphone race and Apple wants to be in pole position over competitors. Apple, if successful in this trial, will gain momentum in the smartphone race. A Samsung win will likewise work wonders for their reputation as smartphone makers. I can see headlines such as “This is a moral victory for us (Samsung) and victory for innovation”. NOTE TO SAMSUNG : I may sue over the latter statement as it is my intellectual property.

Here are some interesting links related to the trial:

Apple vs. Samsung : Coverage of the biggest tech trial by the Verge

Opinion: Does Samsung deserve this lawsuit by Unleash the Phones

Samsung: Power Corruption and Lies by The Kernel

Cloud computing enables applications and services maintained by remote servers, thereby reducing our hardware requirements.

We can see the trend moving in that direction. Tablets, smartphones, Ultrabooks and Macbook Airs (not an Ultrabook) are evidence of this.

However, immersing fully into a life up in the cloud is not without its risks.

We as consumers, are relinquishing control of data to a remote server and with that, run the risk of security breaches.

WIRED writer Matt Honan experienced these problem when his iCloud and Amazon accounts were hacked. There was no fancy algorithms involved in the hack. The hackers merely followed the breadcrumbs of connections from Matt’s Twitter account. These hacks highlighted Amazon’s and more crucially, Apple’s iCloud service.

He wrote a detailed account of the events that led the hacking. Despite the rather painful experience, he is objective in his assessment of the situation.

Tips to living more securely in the cloud:

  • Do not daisy chain your email, Twitter, Facebook accounts.
  • Create stronger passwords different for each account.
  • Create a separate email which functions specifically as a recovery address.
  • If you’re using Gmail services, enable two-step verification of your account.

No method is 100% secure. However, these measures reduces one’s chances of being compromised in the cloud.

Image source: Ars Technica

 

Solid state drives are pretty prominent in the consumer sphere these days.

It’s the form of memory that is present in our flash drives, mp3 players and our smartphones.

However, there has been an increasing number of consumer computing products such as the MacBook Air, the ultrabooks using SSDs , thus ditching the traditional hard drive.

SSDs aren’t cheap but they increase the speed of your computer. Indeed, a MacBook Air with a slower processor feels faster than the incumbent MacBook Pros with their traditional hard drives.

What are SSDs and what is the technology that makes them tick?

Ars Technica has posted an in-depth article on SSDs which is worth a read.

The article can be accessed via this link.

And whilst you’re going through this article over a cuppa, be sure to read another quality article by Ars Technica  on Redundant Array of Inexpensive Discs (RAID).

Nokia’s first foray into the Windows Phone ecosystem began with the announcement of the Nokia Lumia series. The star attraction of the announcement was the Lumia 800, a device forged from durable polycarbonate into a unique unibody exterior. Lest we forget, the  Nokia N9 was the progenitor of the now celebrated unibody construct that now defines Nokia’s new design DNA.

Alongside the Lumia 800, another device with humbler exterior underpinnings was introduced : the Nokia Lumia 710. Clearly geared to the lower tier mobile devices market, this device was placed into a supporting role next to the bold Lumia 800. Is this device, thus ,unworthy of one’s attention or is there more than meets the eye? Read on.

 External hardware

The device measures 119mm x 62.4mmx12.5mm (Height x Width x Depth). It is no twiggy when it comes to thinness but thinness ain’t everything in life. It is a comfortable device to hold, thanks to the soft matte yet sturdy removable plastic back. I can confidently say that this was more comfortable in the hand than the Lumia 800. Being a Nokia N9 user, I can vouch for the latter observation.

The top portion of the phone comprises the micro USB slot ,a central 3.5mm headphone jack and a on/off/lock button. The right edge of the device sees placement of the volume rocker and a well placed camera shutter key.

The back portion of the device hold a 5MP autofocus camera at the upper central portion of the back and at the lower part, perforations for the speakers.

The screen is 3.7inch TFT GorillaGlass screen with Nokia’s Clear Black technology. Below the screen is single plastic rows of standard Windows Phone hardware keys.

Internal specs

The device has a  1.4 Mhz processor with 512 RAM and 8GB of memory. The device uses a microSIM which seems to be way many manufacturers are going these days. Memory expansion is not a feature that is supported by the current version of Windows Phone.

Windows Phone(WP)

This review will not be complete without a brief overview of Windows Phone(WP). A more detailed review of the software can be accessed via this link. I wish to mainly jot my general impressions of this mobile OS.

There is no other way to put this other than by stating that Windows Phone has the most unique user interface(UI) out there. Microsoft went back to drawing board and released something refreshingly new here. The Metro design language  has a clear goal- bold and clear notifications. Metro UI was inspired by the sign postings seen on the displays of train stations and airports. The other big theme across the OS is one of integration. Twitter, Facebook, recent messages, emails and phone calls are combined into a one-stop-info-shop when viewing a contact info. The latter attribute has been used in Android 4.0(Ice -Cream sandwich). Notifications appear at the top of the screen in an unobtrusive manner ( Microsoft refers to this as “toast”). Again, iOS has adapted this latter attribute.

Internet Explorer is a joy to use and feels on par with the latest mobile browsers out there. This statement is made purely from a user experience perspective and is not based on benchmarks. Native creation and editing facilities with the provision of Microsoft’s ubiquitous office suite is another feature worth shouting about.

Emailing is a joy on WP. The user interface is clean and the virtual keyboard is on par with iOS. The latter has set the benchmark for virtual keyboards and Windows Phone matches it.

Multitasking is handled differently on Windows Phone. The OS keeps the last five applications in suspended animation and drops the last one on the list as more applications are open. The philosophy here is that the user is given access to launch recently used apps and that the user shouldn’t worry about  launching or closing individual applications. It’s more like ,” leave it to Microsoft and they’ll sort it out” arrangement. It is perfectly fine to the casual mobile user but this is something that would easily infuriate the user with superior technical prowess ( geek alert!)

I showed off the OS to a few work colleagues and the reception was generally positive although one person pointed out that the screen was too busy when viewing the integrated contact details. This brings me to the point about screen size requirements for a WP device.I think the sweet spot for Windows Phone is a 4.3 inch screen. 3.7 inches is probably the decent minimum but anything smaller will probably kill the joy of using the Metro UI.

The other thing is that WPis a cloud biased OS. Updates, emails and online storage on SkyDrive requires an always on internet connection to harness the full potential of WP. This can be curse as it takes it toll on battery life and the OS could be potentially limited in areas of poor internet/cellular data connection.

WP relies on Zune desktop software to sync with desktop computers. A backward step for a cloud biased OS. I believe, WP will evolve to become PC free at some point in time. Strong software iteration by Microsoft is required here. If Apple can break the shackles of desktop syncing, I am sure Microsoft will do it at some point.

Microsoft intends to drive the evolution of the mobile OS with Windows Phone and they have the cash to promote it. Long term adoption of WP is something of a “wait and watch” policy.

WP is a clear UI departure from the Application tray model as seen on the Nokia N9(left) and iPod touch (right)

The device

In this section, I wish to cover my general impressions of the Lumia 710 based on my regular use patterns on a mobile phone.

Setting up

Setting up the device was pretty swift. The battery was charged and my contacts were instantly transferred from my Nokia N9 via the Nokia Transfer software on the Lumia 710. MicroSIM in place, basic set up done and voila! Ready to go.

Day to day usage – positives

The Lumia 710 is picks up WiFi networks with aplomb. I needed to give this first mention as the 710 could detect open wifi networks in the radius of approximately 800meters. Impressive, most impressive!

Looking up contacts, making phone calls, sending SMSs , emails and basic internet surfing was a doddle with the device. My wife loved the phone and the unique Windows Phone UI when she spent sometime with the 710. She is not a power user and seeing her reaction to Windows Phone is a sign of how right Microsoft has been with their UI and OS philosophy.

The screen is very visible in sunlight and this is a boon, especially in sunny Malaysia.

Call quality and reception were good. I found the Nokia N9 to be OK in terms of call quality and wifi reception. This could be the downsides of the unibody construct as opposed to the OS. I can’t be certain about this as I have not used the Lumia 800.

Day to day usage -negatives

The camera is very average. Yes, it can capture images but it is not as good as the Nokia N9 or the Lumia 800, both of which share a similar Carl Zeiss sensor. Needless to say that the camera is barely passable when compared to the Nokia N8, Samsung Galaxy S2 or the iPhone 4s.

The speakers are tinny and if you are going to use this device to listen to podcasts and music, you should invest in a modest portable desktop speaker.

Battery life is poor based on my time with the device. Nokia installed a removable battery with a capacity of 1300 mAh. Not a good idea as WP constantly uses cellular data to grab Twitter updates, emails, notifications etc etc. These are the perils of a modern, always connected OS. At least the battery is easily changable.

The lack of folder management and the ability to use the 710 as a mass storage device is somewhat limiting. Again, it is not an issue for a casual user but can be a major sore point to those who love to tinker with their devices.

 Conclusion

The Lumia 710 is no headliner. It does not share the unibody construct of the more aethestically conscious Lumia 800. It will neither win awards nor be remembered as a pinnacle of modern mobile technology.

HOWEVER, CONSIDER THIS: The Lumia 710 shares almost similar internal hardware specifications as the Lumia 800,feels good in the hand , performs most day-to-day mobile device tasks and has a fully fledged modern OS. Nokia will support this phone via software updates courtesy of Microsoft and the final point for one’s consideration: THE PRICE.

The Lumia 710 can be bought, SIM-free from as low as RM850 ( that’s about 210 euros)! Now, that’s value.

Yes, one can perhaps find a cheaper Android handset. But, taking into account the promise of software support by Nokia and Microsoft, the argument for the cheaper Android handset ( DIY software updates, if you care/dare) quickly wanes.

And perhaps the above point sums up the argument in favour of the Lumia 710: VALUE.

And which is why, I think, the Lumia 710 is a more than decent device worthy of your attention.

Credit: Thanks a million to Asri al Baker for providing the review unit.Asri is a long time Symbian user and an ardent  tech enthusiast with great insights on mobile technology.

Follow Asri on Twitter @asrialbaker  and  do visit his blog http://asrialbaker.com/.

More phones with more cores

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We have seen a rise in the superphone category. The latter-which is somewhat marketspeak- is perhaps a term used to describe devices that are evolving into portable computers.

Mobile World Congress 2012 will see another push in mobile tehnology to quad core processors running what will mainly be the Android OS. Great, more cores, more computing power! That is one school of thought. What about battery life? That is the argument on the other side of the fence.

Theoretically, more cores will allow the completion of more tasks simultaneously reducing power consumption. However, most us have begun to accept the day to day charging ritual required to keep these devices on full charge. We have even begun to accept the loss of the one week battery life device, a throwback to the old Nokia devices.

Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android deal with the management of their mobile OSs very differently. The differences are largely down to the priorities given to multitasking versus slickness of user interface. User interface is king in iOS land and Android gives greater importance to multitasking. However, the choice the end user makes is not dependent on this factor. In reality, it is the device, the ecosystem and the marketing that attracts the end user to a device. Perhaps its the device that attracts the consumer prior to other considerations.

Whichever way one plays it, phones will continue to have more cores with increasingly staggering benckmarks.

Moore’s Law continues.

Further reading:

Quad core will Reign at MWC and Why it Doesn’t Matter

Moore’s Law

Apple threw a surprising announcement today with the announcement of Mountain Lion- Mac OS 10.8.

This update brings together more iOS features into the Mac which includes iMessage, Gamecenter and Notification Center among other things. iCloud integration between devices is a given which closely integrates Apple products.

The focus on a unified ecosystem is something that Apple has been actively working towards in the last few years and OS 10.8 provides clear evidence of this.

Apple, love or loathe them, have created a truly viable ecosystem. The latter is something that most companies have realised later on in the game and are now playing catch-up.

Microsoft intends to do the same with the Windows 8- WIndows Phone ecosystem and the tech world is likely to see a sneak preview of this integration come the 29th of February.

The war of ecosystems is getting more interesting.

Source: The Verge , 9to5 Mac

Around January 2011, the blogosphere was abuzz over the “Burning Platform Memo” by Nokia’s new CEO, Stephen Elop.

The following is an excerpt from that clarion call of a memo:

Nokia, our platform is burning.

We are working on a path forward — a path to rebuild our market leadership. When we share the new strategy on February 11, it will be a huge effort to transform our company. But, I believe that together, we can face the challenges ahead of us. Together, we can choose to define our future.

The burning platform, upon which the man found himself, caused the man to shift his behaviour, and take a bold and brave step into an uncertain future. He was able to tell his story. Now, we have a great opportunity to do the same.

Stephen.

This memo set the stage for what was a turning point for Nokia.

Stephen Elop decided to stake Nokia future on the Windows Phone platform and had simultaneously, announced the termination of Symbian.

I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced. I feel something terrible has happened.

The Symbian faithful were shocked and outraged by the announcement. The release of the Nokia N8 and the streamlining of Symbian after its rather protracted “open-source” incubatory period with the ill-fated  Symbian Foundation had given the OS some hope of renewal.
Of course, the new CEO was branded as a trojan horse, sent by Microsoft to acquire Nokia. Detractors felt Stephen Elop’s days in the company were numbered.
Two months post  announcement,the death of Symbian appeared greatly exaggerated as the company announced plans to support Symbian handsets up to 2016. However, the development and support of Symbian was being transitioned to Accenture in a move to focus Nokia’s time and resources to Windows Phone. This was a confusing period for company as mixed announcements were sent out from Nokia’s PR department.

Nokia, towards the 2nd half of 2011 went on an active rebranding exercise. Ovi services were being rebranded as Nokia services(a  logical but belated move) and the upcoming iterations of  Symbian were being christened with names such as Anna, Bella and Carla. The name Symbian was eventually dropped in favour of Nokia. Again, a step in a branding consistency.

The Nokia N9 was announced in June 2011 and marked a new phase in the company’s design DNA. The unibody construct of the Nokia N9 became the basis for the Nokia Lumia 800 and 900 Windows Phone devices. The Nokia N9 became a one-off MeeGo Harmattan device for the company and marked an end of an era.

“You have taken your first step into a larger world.”

January 2012 led to the introduction of Nokia Lumia 900 series at CES,Las Vegas where it was awarded Best of Show in the mobile phone category. This was a positive response to the company in the United States as the latter has been an elusive market to the Finnish handset maker.
Last week saw the rollout of Nokia Belle to devices such as the N8 , C7 and E7.
Now, there are rumblings of the Nokia 803, the last Nokia Belle( Symbian) device that is possible successor to the Nokia N8. This device is meant to be the last Symbian device from the Nokia.
Thereafter, it is Windows Phone all the way.
In the battle of mobile ecosystems, Symbian lacked the edge in comparison to iOS and Android.
Nokia’s choice of Windows Phone was the best bet the company could make as it has a genuine opportunity to strike a new identity with the flegdging OS. Windows Phone has not gained much traction and Nokia coming on board may  give Windows Phone the attention it needs.Definitive success is something that can only be seen in the medium to long term.  The company from Cupertino still holds sway over consumer mindshare and it is a tough one to beat.

“In my experience, there’s no such thing as luck.”

Whatever said and done, there is no denying that Nokia is forging ahead with renewed vigour and a clearer roadmap.

May the force be with you.