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Nokia N97 – Another (long) shot at getting back at Apple

So, here it is, Nokia’s new flagship smartphone – The Nokia N97:

My first thought: haven’t we seen that before…?

Oh, yes:

If I were HTC,I’d take a shot at suing them. Looks eerily similar, doesn’t it?

But that aside, do I think it’s the iPhone killer? First of all, what is it with all the manufacturers trying to come out with an iPhone killer in the first place?
I think they should be happy that Apple showed them what they seem to have forgotten, but what matters most to consumers.

Scoble puts it best:

“Now, can you count Nokia out yet? No way. It has the biggest slice of the cell phone marketshare pie. Its devices are much better engineered than Apple’s are (GPS on Nokia is better, so are the antennas, the cameras, and bluetooth radios that Nokia uses). But engineering does NOT equal a great experience. Yeah, my Nokia does not drop phone calls in places in Silicon Valley that my iPhone does, but generally I reach for the iPhone when I want to make a call or surf the web. Why?

Nokia is behind in experience. The executives here from Nokia that I’ve talked to know that. They know this is Nokia’s touchiest week and one where they either deliver a much better device or they are going to face a very tough 2009 globally.”

And this is something that they will not be able to match that quickly, as this is what Apple worked on building for the last 7 years. Not only did they come out with the technology, they also broke barriers like noone else, making MP3 files available as a download, offering movies and TV series, integrating podcasts and generally caring for users’ needs like only they can.

Compare the experience of buying a great piece of Symbian Series 60 software through Handango with getting something on the iPhone in the AppStore. Go on, try it – you’ll know what I mean.

So is the N97 a great smartphone? It sure is. But not for people who like the iPhone for whatever reason.

8 Comments

  1. Ya I doubt this phone will have even a chance of affecting Apple.

  2. Ya I doubt this phone will have even a chance of affecting Apple.

  3. interesting site it really learns me a lot.

  4. interesting site it really learns me a lot.

  5. What I like though is that there’s more competition in the market, for devices with physical keyboards. That’s one way perhaps that Nokia and HTC can differentiate themselves from the Apple devices. Some people still want physical keyboards after all. Also, I hear the Nokia has cut and paste, which is quite useful.

  6. What I like though is that there’s more competition in the market, for devices with physical keyboards. That’s one way perhaps that Nokia and HTC can differentiate themselves from the Apple devices. Some people still want physical keyboards after all. Also, I hear the Nokia has cut and paste, which is quite useful.

  7. Anonymous

    You sir..are an idiot. Iphone's user interface is too cluterred. You can't organize ANYTHING. On the symbian OS, you can have folders and sub-folders and much more. Only an idiot (like you) will find that hard to use.

    I have owned an N95 8GB and an Iphone. The iPhone has better games..but app wise..it doesn't come close to Nokia's great masterpiece. No multitasking whatsoever..what's up with that?? Besides as you said Nokia has better hardware and is more robust.

    As for the N97 ripping design..what about iphone..
    There has been a few touchscreen-slide to qwerty phone..but many more huge touchscreen-with only 1-3 buttons phones (like LG Prada, Dell Axim, many HTCs etc)

    So once again..you are an idiot.

  8. shivkumar

    never write anything with half knowledge! iphone cannot be compared with versatile nokia. iphone dont even have basic stuffs which a normal mobile has. no sms forward , no mms, no copy paste (though added later), worst battery, no java support and it goes on. well, browsing experience is good, also the interface , but it cannnot be compared with nokia.
    well, n77 aand htc model above dont look alike. lots of differences! n97 looks great, htc looks simple!

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