Tech Tuesday: Nokia’s Last Stand
Once the dominating leader of free world cell phone technology, now whimpering out the sidelines. I remember my first phone was a little brick of a thing, a Nokia 232. Heavy, about the size of a chalkboard eraser and sturdy. It was analog, poor sound and only made phone calls; for it’s time, the leader of the pack.
Now, Nokia is synonymous with extreme hubris, it’s hardware faction bullying it’s software faction, to the point where their phones became too expensive and unusable. Towards the end of their product life, Nokia was known for $1,000 handsets that few could afford. Their phones were not subsidized and not sold outright in every market. Through a sleight of hand trick, they were bought out by rival Microsoft from an inside coup. WHO could have seen it coming?
The free world, that’s who.
They have new phones coming out in their lumia line, and for the first time, tablets that resemble eerily microsoft’s surface:
Nokia’s first tablet, meanwhile, is exactly what we expected based on earlier leaks: A large red slab that runs on Windows RT and is priced to send potential buyers running for the hills. The device features a 10.1-inch 1080p display, a 6.7 megapixel camera, a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, an 8,000 mAh battery and Windows RT 8.1. The device will start shipping at the end of the year and is priced at $499. The dozens of people who buy the device also have the option of buying the Nokia Power Keyboard for $149, which the company says will deliver a significant battery boost.
Still overpriced and still not seeing what the problem is.