First of all, I am absolutely miffed at not being able to attend the virtual launch of these devices as such events are something that Nokia is really good at and second it gives people from all around the world, an opportunity to interact with the people behind the scenes. I really hope at least some of you would have been able to tune in and Nokia makes them a regular feature, at random – just to get the pulse.
Now that the initial euphoria that accompanies every device launch has died down, I have been able to collect my thoughts on the impact these devices will have on the market and also at a more micro level.
Although the entire Nseries range of devices is targetted at people who like to create and consume media, these devices are specifically aimed at the youth who would perhaps value the longer stamina and the camera a little more, the curves to me also seem to spell youth.
But more than the above, what I especially like about these phones is their price point. The average mobile phone buyer who earlier had to settle on a 3MP camera in the form of the N78 or compromise slightly on music if he picked up an N82 will now be able to spend a little more and not have to choose between music and photography and what’s more is that he’ll also get more features – more value for money.
IMPACT ON THE:
N96 – A lot of people are calling the N85 the N96 killer, but with due respect I think I will have to disagree. Agreed, the N85 may outnumber the N96 in terms of specifications but that’s not all that what a normob on the street is looking for. The flaunt factor plays a considerable role and the N96 will still be called Nokia’s flagship device. Secondly, the bigger screen; an argument that may be made against its usability if the battery fails the device, still, I absolutely dig big screens. The N82 has great battery life for an Nseries and I never even watched videos on it, on the N95 8GB I even saw movies! – That’s the .2″ impact. Plus, IMO the N96 is much better looking. But still, the N96 will have to be priced much closer to the N85 for it to make headway.
N78 & N82 – When it was first announced, I thought we had a good N73 successor in the making. However I have been slightly disappointed, its high pricing playing a crucial role in that. After a recent outing with the N78, I liked it a little more, yet, it was never my kind of a device. I missed the VGA video recording @ 30 FPS. The N79 therefore instead of co existing with the N78, might end up killing it. Who won’t want a much better camera if the price is only a little more?
The N82, for a long time now has been the killer S60 from Nokia – great features and a competitive price. This is again a territory the N79 might eat into, a better music experience, an FM transmitter, FP2 and the advantage of being the ‘newer’ phone. I personally will still go for the N82 as I don’t really think FP2 is that great, I hardly use wired headphones and I don’t like N79’s design.
Its great to see all these devices flowing in and opening up more options for the consumers. Lastly, as of August 26, one thing is for sure – the time of the N95 is over. The King Is Dead. Long Live The King!