Nokia announced the new Nseries range
of handsets on 27th April 2005 - a significant move
for Nokia for a number of reasons. The Nokia N70,
N90 and N91
handsets break with tradition in handset naming, but
more significantly they break with some traditions in
It's a suprising move for Nokia - although
the N91 was sort-of expected, the entire Nseries concept
is a new one, and it shows fresh thinking and the start
of an interesting new direction.
In particular, the Nseries handsets
are class leading devices. Too often, Nokia handsets
have been behind the rest of the field in technical
specifications, but the Nseries are up with the class
leaders. Also, Nokia have shown that they are prepared
to buy in technologies from the likes of Carl Zeiss
(on the N90) rather than keeping everything in house.
These handsets have their faults - the
N90 is huge and heavy, the N91 is incredibly ugly and
the N70 seems to be a warmed over 6680, but Nokia fans
no longer have to make excuses for their favourite manufacturer
- these handsets are easily amongst the very best to
be announced to date, and with a relatively short wait
until they are release, it seems that Nokia have the
ability to turn promises into products.
Compare this with Motorola - their recent
announcements look great on paper, but they leave a
trail of cancelled or terminally late handsets and their
high-end handsets are probably still 12 months out.
Rivals Samsung just seem to have a muddled product range,
and Sony Ericsson have stalled somewhat and still lack
any high-end 3G phones like these.
2004 was a bad year for Nokia, but 2005
is shaping up much better. If these new Nseries handsets
are anything to go by, then 2006 will be a very good
year indeed for this Finnish manufacturer.
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