Putting Nokia’s claim to the test of the photo quality of their top-end Lumia phones.
To my amazement (at the camera quality of the Nokia Lumia 925) and to my disgust (at the cleanliness of the keyboard) the photo quality of the Nokia Lumia 925 is undeniably as good as the keyboard in need of a good cleaning (or replacement)
Just like for the Lumia 720 if you want to find a good deal you need to head to Southeast Asia. This time you can choose Thailand or Vietnam. Even with the currencies being very strong, there are still great bargains for mobile phones.
There are quite a few speculations going around with regards to new Nokia Lumia phones.
What do we know so far?
Lumia 928is the supposedly Lumia 920 for Verizon. After AT&T had exclusivity on the device in the US it will finally be released to Verizon. There isn’t any indication yet that a similar device would be launched on T-Mobile, like the Lumia 810 derivative of the 820. In previous reports the Lumia 928 and Catwalk were mixed up to be the same device but it seems that they are definitely two distinct devices. (Source: @evleaks, Techcrunch)
Lumia Catwalk seems to be a lighter and thinner version of the Lumia 920 and a real new phone rather than the Lumia 928 which is merely the Lumia 920 for Verizon. While this has been rumoured a while ago by The Verge already more detailed specs have now been leaked via @flapic. The phone is poised to be announced on 15th May. Maybe the Catwalk will be the Lumia 950.
Which leaves us with the Nokia EOSof which little is known. The EOS seems to be the Windows Phone 8 version of the Nokia 808 Pureview with a top-end camera rivalling even DSLRs. A first impression surfaced not too long after the original 808 was revealed at Mobile World Congress 2012 and Nokia had already decided to put all it’s eggs into the Windows Phone basket. The Nokia EOS might then be the Lumia 1000 and come with a similar 41MP sensor as the 808. (more sources: Techradar,
With Android and iPhone unlikely to be toppled from 1st and 2nd place in the near or distant future, the 3rd place is up for grabs. Windows Phone 8 has had a good start but so has been the reception of the Blackberry Z10. Will the BB10 devices be enough to stop the eroding market share or will Windows Phone 8 finally have the breakthrough Microsoft and Nokia are wishing for?
Last week was a bad one for Nokia. Even though it was clear Nokia wouldn’t have a pretty quarterly result, many had believed that Nokia had bottomed out already. Well, that wasn’t the case. The transition to Windows Phone while production and even new launches of Symbian^3 devices are still in full swing are taking it’s toll.
In any case here is why I believe Nokia has a very bright future ahead of it:
Microsoft just can’t afford to have Windows Phone not succeed at any cost. While already being late to the party on tablets and losing the battles on browsers as well, Microsoft can’t afford to be a niche player in the mobile OS market. Therefore Windows Phone must succeed and for it to succeed Windows Phone needs Nokia.
There is no denying that Nokia builds some of the best hardware and industrial design only matched by Apple. The Nokia Lumia 800 and 900 are cutting edge industrial design that is functional, durable and fashionable at the same time.
The Nokia 808 Pureview is a prime example that Nokia still got what it takes to innovate. Seemingly most of the R&D must have gone into hardware (and somewhat services with Nokia Drive/Transport/Maps) to the detriment of OS development. The Nokia 808 would be an absolute killer device and bestseller if it would run Android or at least would have launched with Windows Phone. But the hardware development seems to be too far ahead for it’s time, at least for Windows Phone.
The services based on NavTeq are cutting edge as well. Drive, Transport and Maps are excellent services that neither Android nor iOS can compete with. Nokia Life Tools is a very unique offering for the developing world demonstrating once more that Nokia has the ability to listen, research and innovate.
It seems that Nokia has bottomed out. Maybe there is one more quarter with poor results to come but that then should have a positive outlook for the following quarter. As far as I am concerned I have stocked up on NOK shares when they dropped below $4.