Today we learned something we already knew what was coming a long time but it was slapped down for all to see,the final nail in the coffin and perhaps a reality check for some,like it or not we will no longer see the famous NOKIA badge on any devices,the name that once ruled the mobile industry has been taken away by good oul Microsoft not only that even Apps are now losing the NOKIA name and been replaced with good oul Microsoft.
Ok so everyone knows me here,i’m Jim,A long standing Nokia supporter for 20 years,people ask does it hurt of todays final blow and to be honest yes it does but going forward its business it has to be accepted like it or not but for the millions of fans around the world its a sad day but lets not forget its not only about the brand.
Microsoft shed NOKIA staff by the truckload,the staff that brought Windows Phone to life,Windows was going nowhere until Nokia decided to go down that road all the way back when the Lumia 800 was born.Given it took a while to take off and massive money was spent in marketing some felt why on earth did they go Windows and not Android,this argument will always remain a debatable issue and the finger will always point to somebody,even today people say Nokia should have took the Android route,maybe they are right maybe they are wrong but for now its not going to change,Nokia and its staff brought Windows to life over a number of years it had a slow start but then steadily grew,today its still growing but it would be nowhere near where it is now only for the good folk at Nokia who were tossed out like an empty can,men and women with families,regardless this is one thing i will never forgive MS for..
It is business i know but as many see MS was out to destroy Nokia,doing a good job so far,MS had not got the capabilities nor the hardware Nokia had to bring the Windows OS into people hands,Windows was around on devices for some time and never shifted at all not until Nokia came along.The 800 was a nice phone but only for Nokia and the design team they made WP attractive better handsets came along then things moved quickly.With the 1020 for example,its design,the hardware and how others tried to compete and all failed the 1020 still remains the camera king in the mobile world.
As it stands Windows phone has not a great market share,nothing compared to the good old symbian days,even for now people still think symbian rocks,well it does not these people need to wake up,technology has a cycle the cycle has been well ridden out now for symbian.Been honest it took me 2 years to move from Symbian when Android came along and it took me almost a year to even get to like windows with the 800 but i then said ok move on or get locked in the past like some are today,everyone has their own opinion on what OS they prefer they are entitled to it,but realistically speaking Symbian is finished get over it,kind of like todays news the NOKIA brand is gone and get over it. Call me a hypocrite if you like but i aint one to sit on the fence and feel sorry for myself this is 2014 this is Technology this is the world we live in..I have to accept it like everyone else will. Thing is i have i’ve moved on too i use many brands today and moved on from confining myself to Nokia as the interest grew on me what the competition had to offer.
My heart will always be with Nokia as a brand,a device with Microsoft Lumia wrote on it,hmmmm yeah well it just wont feel the same,agree or disagree,weighing in on what has happened over the last 2 years it leaves a very divided community,even for the hard core Nokia fans many have left and chose another brand,some have stayed and are hoping for change but will Microsoft give the people what they want going forward? Some say yes some say no,i say i’m optimistic and remain hopeful that MS serve the goods,they really need to up their game right now and start rolling out updates quicker,rethinking productivity rethinking marketing,rethinking launch plans,and if i’m going to be blunt think like Samsung and Apple,announce a phone this week,have it in peoples hands no later than a month and make devices globally available not sticking to the US and certain regions..
What is happening next,ok well the last remaining devices will be the last devices with Nokia on them,so what is left to see,the Nokia 130,the 730,735 and 830 after this is kaput. Oh and not forgetting the Nokia X2 which i still ask myself WHY? A gateway to the MS eco system……… Need i say no more and nor do i disagree why MS killed this so quickly either,its a nice phone i was lucky to obtain one and will now remain in a collection i have which stands near 180 Nokia Devices.
We still do not know what exactly what we will see on the phones be it LUMIA or MICROSOFT LUMIA that remains to be seen,already we have seem some rebranding around the world as regards to the websites,our own here has been redirected to microsoft mobile it changed some time back ,twitter feeds and facebook pages will now slowly change over now over the coming weeks..
Can Microsoft keep the current users happy going forward? This remains to be seen,market share is growing windows phone is attractive,live tiles are better than static tiles,but limitations apply still,same as iOS some say ok think of the next device announcement from MS as a NOKIA inside it,will the devices be aesthetically pleasing,will they still provide what the consumer wants,to date its up in the air,yeah i still use Windows phone and Android and recently took the plunge to iOS which to be quite honest i think is very much locked down,it looks well but for me does not tick all the boxes that is my opinion and i am entitled to it same as others would say the same about Android or Windows.And yes Windows has its problems just like Android does so i am not being biased.
Nokia still exists though as a company just to finalise,they still have network and mapping very much alive and doing well so who knows what the future holds.
So over to you now,what are your thoughts tell us below and i will leave you with a gallery of some of the devices i own i have not got all day to be sitting here taking photos as much as i would love to. So are you a Nokia fan or a Microsoft fan,thats the burning question…I use a Nokia Lumia 735/930 and other device’s today does it make me an MS fan? You decide..
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