Nokia regresses adopting the Apple Way!
With Nokia taking a beating in the smartfone market with it’s Symbian & Windows OS, it was time to get back in the game. Now Nokia had two options – go the glamorous way as in Apple’s iOS or go for the “smart” Google’s Android, Nokia chose the former – another mistake!
Nokia in it’s new S40 series failed to understand what a smartfone means – A smarter device not a more attractive one. Take for example the Nokia Store – better interface indeed – but where are the apps. What kind of smartfone it is which can’t play any of the Office files. But that’s not the end of story. I got a mail from Nokia about the extensionsit can’t support. But what I find few months later – my device can support all the Office files – courtesy an app just released, though it was one of the worst apps of its kind. Clearly, indicating how crippled the hopes of Nokia’s own smartfone OS is! Plus rejection of .sis files meant, no pirated apps available either.
So not in agreement with the Nokia’s tagline – Ready to take on the world!
There are glitches all through the OS – like the UI is designed to not be able to access aps while making a call but you can do it if you add a shortcut to the app. Might as well have allowed access to the main screen. What more Nokia did is brought all the apps out of the categorized folders directly on the main screen – meant you spend half of your time searching for the apps as there are no multiple screens or categorization options for apps.
So while nokia tried to hard to step into the shoes, it just didn’t know how to do it.
Nokia equipped its device with all fancy features – the capacitive touch, 1 GHz processor, Wifi in the cheapest of models – but missed out the elementary features – like a good speaker, multi-tasking, creating new tone profiles, support Zip, all missing out. So what it did essentially is –
Made the phone look like a smartfone but function like an ordinary one.
So when you go to buy one – you are mesmerized by its first look but discover later that it’s a big mess – but don’t wanna admit.
While it surely gave a faster processor, the OS is filled of so many problems – that it actually felt slower. Plus the phone untimely restarts, adding to the irritation.
Lastly, I say that I would trade my Nokia Asha 311 for any of the Nokia touch phone released 2 years before.