Nokia was the pioneer of the mobile phone industry in the 1990s. Most of us have owned one of those small, sturdy handsets at some point in time. If you ever hear about the brand, it sends you into a tailspin of nostalgia. Nevertheless, with the advent of big brands such as Samsung and Apple, Nokia phones have not been able to keep up with the competition in terms of features or performance.
At one point of time, Nokia phones were known for their durability and low price. They would survive without the need of a charger for days, which seems almost impossible for the contemporary handsets. Nokia did try rolling out smartphones with the help of Microsoft. They came up with interesting models like the Nokia 3 and Nokia Lumia. However, neither of them had anything novel, nor were they as reliable as their predecessors.
Nokia is trying to come back into the game with a slew of newer phones, and newer branding. However, they have not been able to make an impression so far. One of the key problems with Nokia phones is their availability. As someone who changes phones frequently and explores the features of new phones all the time, Gagan Anand says, “I wanted to buy the 3310 as it was the first phone to be launched. It looked nice and cheap for Rs. 3310. But it’s not available on Amazon and many other sites.”
What is the reason behind the downfall of this brand that was regarded as the ultimate producer of mobile phones in its glorious days? Let us have a look at some of the reasons why you will never want to buy a Nokia phone:
Lack of innovation: Much hype was created when the brand made a comeback with its smart phones. However, the insipid handsets did not get many takers. The innovation level seemed pretty low and the specifications did not offer anything new or interesting. Simple things such as final managers and emergency dialer options are missing in the Nokia 6. Like Anand says, “I would only be interested in a Nokia now if they introduce new features. Otherwise, not interested!”
Brand repositioning: Nokia has carefully used its established brand name for launching the products. But the problem is that repositioning has not really worked well for the company, with some saying that the company was unable to live up to the expectations. A lot of people I spoke to felt that there is no clarity about the new Nokia models and they have not heard a lot about them. Research and development: Vying for space in a market filled with competitors like Samsung and Apple requires Nokia to invest considerably in the right R&D. Despite the re-launch, they have not been able to develop smartphones that are revolutionary and redefine the ongoing trend. Competition and cutting-edge technology has created barriers in the industry for newcomers as well as traditional brands deciding to make a comeback. Lack of groundwork and review of the current scenario has led to the degradation of Nokia’s quality standards.
Below expectations: Loyal Nokia customers were waiting for new smartphones with high expectations, given its popularity and celebrated history. The brand that aimed at cutting the market share of the likes of Samsung and Apple is now somewhere lost in the junk of smartphones. Another problem is that with no extraordinary features, Nokia’s products are characterized by monotony and tedium.
Dearth of specifications: With big brands indulging in a full-fledged war of ‘specifications’, Nokia has stayed away from the overwhelming list of attributes. If the design of the handsets is simple and mainstream, the performance is no less mediocre. The Nokia 3 is marked by overheating issues, slower RAM performance and excessive disturbance on call. Little wonder that their flagship phones have given in to smaller brands such as Lenovo and Xiaomi. Although Nokia promised to provide a ‘Pure Android’ experience through its smartphones, it has failed to satisfy customers.
Price: The price of a Nokia mobile phone is no longer affordable as against its initial offerings. The brand has priced the phones on the level of other big brands which has been a major reason for its downfall. Most customers feel that the interface of a Nokia mobile phone is peculiarly different, the price tag comes in the premium category and specifications are not that great, which makes it the least preferred choice.
Market segmentation: Another problem is that Nokia has not been able to successfully cater to the needs of different customers in the market. It has also not been able to decide whether it will take up the online mode for some of its exclusive products. Today, when every individual prefers to sit back in the comfort of his home and make purchases, by sticking to offline selling, the brand is definitely losing a major chunk of potential customers.
Upgradation: Many users have criticized Nokia phones for their inability to be upgraded to the latest version of the operating system as opposed to other phones which have in-built reminder systems for new updates. Also, production of Nokia smartphones has fallen down considerably due to decreased demand. This means that you might not get an easy and cheap replacement of your damaged phone.
Nokia launched the 3310 handset in September 2017 and called it the top pick for those who want great battery backup. However, that’s only so long as you don’t use the phone extensively. The major problems using this phone will be encountered by customers who are dependent on social media and high speed internet. Tech savvy individuals may also face withdrawal symptoms.
A brand that introduced customers to the world of mobile phones is now struggling to find its lost identity. The company did not have a great return; but, it can still pull up its socks and take the lead if they are able to bring back some really exciting features. Let’s hope that Nokia realizes this pretty soon and re-launches itself with a bang!
Much new is happening for Huawei smartphones. Huawei is expected to release its new smartphone in its Mate series on 16 October. The upcoming Huawei Mate 10 will be the first Huawei phone to feature the latest Android Oreo.
So far only a promotional poster of the mobile due to launch is out. Already, there is much anticipation taking rounds over the internet. Let’s see what’s unique about the much speculated upcoming launch.
We saw some leaked photos of Huawei Mate 10’s breathtaking outside. No doubt, the smartphone’s got really good looks. Its predecessor, Huawei Mate 9 was among the best large screen phone last year with amazing battery life and internal power. Not to forget the snapper on the back.
Here is what we are expecting from the upcoming lunch. Huawei Mate 10 is believed to give competition to high cost headsets such as iPhone 8 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 8. This one is also going to be a large screened phone as its predecessor.
We are not certain about the launch date; we heard it online that October 16 is announced as launch date during an event held at Munich. When it comes to price, we expect it to be high because Huawei Mate 9 was also expensive. Launched last year in November, Huawei Mate 9 was priced at $599.99. We expect Mate 10 to be priced higher than the Mate 9. Let’s hope it will not be too much expensive.
It is likely to be bazel-less, standing 6-inch high with 2:1 display and 2160×1080 resolution. It may have dual-lens front-facing camera featuring 3D face scanning capability. It will have 23 MP and 20MP dual-lens camera and will be powered by 4000mAh of a battery that will last longer and charge faster. Huawei CEO Richard Yu recently said that the Huawei Mate 10 will have improved camera quality which will certainly please prospective buyers.
Who doesn’t remember the boxy-looking but extremely durable early phone models from Nokia? In fact, didn’t we all flaunt it at one point in time?One of the best-remembered features of a Nokia phone was its power backup. You could go for days, well, at least more than a day, without having to plug in the charger. That’s unlikely today, where power banks and fast-chargers sell as much as smartphones.
The earlier models of Nokia, released in early 2000 and the next couple of years, were bestsellers. Nokia was a game changer and ruled the mobile industry for more than a decade. But in recent years, new brands and Android phones took over the market, phasing Nokia phones out.
The return with Android
Well, it seems the hiatus wasn’t for long. Earlier this year, Nokia announced that it’s set for a comeback.It isn’t going to be easy as the company has to now face rising competitors, price conscious buyers and live up to expectations. This is a huge risk on the part of the company but Nokia has accepted the challenge of reinventing themselves to join the new mobile league. But this is the age of the smartphone. Will new Nokia smartphones have what it takes to make once-upon-a-time users sit up and take notice? We decided to test out the newly launched Nokia 3 to get an idea.Nokia has re-launched with HMD Global, a Finnish company which has launched Nokia 3 at an affordable price of Rs. 9,499.
What’s so special about Nokia 3?
At first glance, Nokia 3 seems impressive with its high-quality polycarbonate back which comes with a matte finish look and detracting fingerprint facility.
Nokia seems to have spent a good time learning about smartphones in the last few years and has even launched a series of tablets. Nokia 3 is the first phone in the smartphone category and it hit the shelves earlier this month. It comes with a 5-inch HD screen for a good display, which gives crystal clear images and good visibility. It will be fun to watch movies, videos and click pictures with the Nokia 3. Its 8 MP front and rear camera and 16GB storage will make sure you never run out of space for your selfies. The phone offers inbuilt apps on beauty, Twitter, Facebook and low-intensity games, which should make it more lucrative for customers. It has an inbuilt memory and a 2,650mAh non-removable battery inside which is good enough to last for a day without charging.
The phone also offers the provision of a microSD slot to expand its internal space by another 128GB. Like most of the smartphones available these days, it supports 4G connectivity making it a good choice for consumers who are glued to the internet 24/7.
So what is our take?
Nokia 3 gives us numerous reasons to bring it home. It’s packed with good features, boasts of easy accessibility and high battery backup. Along with that, there is good storage and the best part is its smart pricing. The price will give it an edge over other leading brands in the market. We also really liked the way it looks. We tried the multimedia on the Nokia 3 and here’s what we found – the loudspeaker can handle high volumes but is not very loud.But overall, this phone has all the qualities and features required in a Gen Next smartphone. If the battery lasts as long as it promises to, this would be a winning comeback by the manufacturer.
The latest iPhone 7 in red is here and comes for a good cause. Apple has associated itself with (RED) to support an AIDS fundraising campaign. Every time someone buys the red iPhone7, contributes from the sale will go towards the Global Fund to support HIV/AIDS programs.
Speaking to the media, Apple CEO Tim Cook said, “The introduction of this special edition iPhone in a gorgeous red finish is our biggest (PRODUCT)RED offering to date in celebration of our partnership with (RED), and we can’t wait to get it into customers’ hands.” Available in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display versions, this is the first time Apple has chosen such a bright color for its phone. Price of the phone starts from $749.
Imagine you’re at your school cafeteria and looking for a place to have your lunch. You don’t want to sit alone but you are a little shy of sitting with your peer. A girl your age faced the same problem and decided to do something about it.
She set up SitWithUs app. This new app makes finding friends in the school easy. This credit goes to a 16-year old girl, Natalie Hampton from California.She’s an 11th grader from Sherman Oaks.Natalie says that bullying and loneliness can literally kill a person, especially a student and she herself has been through this all. She also reveals her nightmarish experience of bullying when she was in the 7th grade. Her experience of loneliness and eating alone is what inspired her to create this app. While she is now attending a different school and is flourishing socially, the memory of being bullied and sitting alone still haunts her.
What’s the App About?
“SitWithUs” is an app that helps those students who find it difficult to get friendly with people. It is for students who have difficulty finding a place to sit at break time. This amazing app helps them locate a welcoming group in their cafeteria.
The app allows students to register themselves as “ambassadors,” thus inviting others to join them. Further, they can post “open lunch” events as an indication for anyone seeking company. It is an invitation for lonely students to join the ambassadors’ table.
According to Hampton, the app is necessary because it prevents students from being publicly discarded by their peers.
Speaking on its privacy standards, Hampton says, “This way it’s very private. It’s through the phone. No one else has to know. And you know that you’re not going to be rejected once you get to the table.”
The 16-year old school girl asks her fellow students to be brave and take a stand againstbullying. The app has already become popular and is getting positive feedback from her schoolmates. “People are already posting open lunches at my school,” she says. “So I’m very excited that things are already kicking off with a great start”.
Apple fans always have a lot of expectations from their flagship iPhone the company’s ball game is really shaking things up in 2016. The company is about to launch its 4in iPhone called the iPhone SE and has added another iPad Pro range, the iPad Pro 9.7. Here are a few things we have gathered for you to decide which iPhone you would want to prefer in your pocket.
Apple iPhone SE Smartphone releasing early next month and is already creating a wave of amazing features in its kitty. The device weighs 113 grams and run on iOS 9.3. It measures 123.80mm x 58.60mm x 7.66, and is powered by A9 chip. The all new iPhone SE features a stunning four-inch Retina display, advanced 64-bit with M9 motion co-processor. Good battery life, 12-megapixel iSight camera with True Tone flash and 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera for selfie lovers. It is available in color options such as space gray, gold and silver. And if you are planning for mind- blowing picture experience the all new iPhone SE offers you Live Photos, an amazing 4k Video experience, faster LTE,WiFi and Touch ID with Apple Pay. So if you love a smaller phone then this phone might be just the one you are looking for yourself.
Rumor mills filled with gossips of the new Apple iPhone 7 are leaving people baffled about its looks and features. According to reports the iPhone 7 is slated to release this September. The main features doing the round are waterproof capabilities, dual-lens camera that Apple acquired through Israeli camera Technology Company and stereo speakers. It is also said the new iPhone 7 is built in a curved glass made from liquid metal which is scratch resistant and tough. The iPhone 7 will also be featuring single iSight rear-facing camera. However, it is believed that the new device will not have a headphone jack. iPhone 7 will be power-driven by iOS 10 and it will exhibit all the new characteristics that will be included in the next generation iOS platform
Apple gearing up to lunch its significant models, it goes without saying that 2016 might be the busiest year for Apple and its purchasers. Since it has never released its Smartphone’s in such a short span of time it is yet to be seen which iPhone surpasses people expectations and to what extent.
Any user of the iPhone 6S would like to have the freedom of choosing a mobile phone operator of her choice. But if your phone is locked, it means you are tied to a single mobile operator, whether you like their services or not.
The a monopolistic nature of the tie-up gives an unfair advantage to the mobile operator and allows them to act with high handedness every once in a while. This problem can be overcome by unlocking your iPhone 6S that does away with the need to depend on any single mobile operator. An unlocked iPhone 6S gives you the freedom of choosing a mobile operator of your choice.
The software unlocking method does not work for iPhone 6S and hardware unlocking is a risky method that should be avoided. Instead, IMEI unlocking, which is a reliable and effective iPhone 6S unlocking method should be used.
All mobile phones have a unique identification number known as IMEI number. By accessing the IMEI database, change the locking status of the phone from locked to unlocked and you free to avail the services on any mobile operator that you like.… Read the rest
After being in the news for months, Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are finally here and much to our expectations, slowly racing toward popularity.
For Indian Samsung lovers, the phones come with an added advantage–the Samsung Gear VR handset for free–if pre-booked till March 17. Here are a few things you need to know while picking the best Samsung gadget for yourself.
Both the smartphones come from same family but they are sized differently. The Galaxy S7 has a 5.1-inch QHD super AMOLED display, while the Galaxy S7 Edge has a 5.5-inch QHD super AMOLED display. Both phones win aesthetically by getting rid of sharper edges and having a curve rear around the body. Resolutions on both these phones are the same as the earlier phones at 2560 x 1440.
Galaxy S7 and S7 Specifications
In India, these smartphones come with Octa-core Exynos 8890 SoC as an alternative to quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset seen worldwide. Other specifications of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge include a 4GB RAM, 12-megapixel ‘Dual Pixel’ rear camera with an f/1.7 aperture and stylish OIS characteristic, as well as a 5-megapixel front camera with f/1.7 aperture .
Imperative for low light photography, having dual pixel technology found usually in DSLRs, the autofocus of Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge is quirkier and speedy than previous Samsung Smartphones.
Models with 32GB and 64GB storage have introduced the capacity to augment storage by using a microSD card of up to 200GB. The most welcome change from Galaxy S7 and S7 edge predecessors is the addition of a hybrid microSD slot, which means you can either expand your storage up to 200GB or use it as the second SIM slot.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge run on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow and have an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance. The Galaxy S7 groups a 3000mAh battery, while the Galaxy S7 Edge includes a 3600mAh battery. This is good news for game lovers as Samsung has launched the prominent new Game Launcher, which gives more space for games without any disturbance while taking calls.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 has been priced in India at Rs. 48,900, whereas the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is available at Rs. 56,900 -both priced for the 32GB variant. However, the price for the 64GB alternative has not been announced yet. … Read the rest
OnePlus announced new plans at an event in Bengaluru today and said they would be assembling smartphones in India. The Chinese startup is partnering with Foxconn to start assembling from the latter’s manufacturing unit located in Andhra Pradesh.
“Today is a big day for us. Producing smartphones in India is one of the most important decisions that we have made so far at OnePlus. India being one of our biggest markets worldwide, we are committed to a long term sustainable growth path,” OnePlus CEO and Founder Pete Lau said at the event.
The company has already sold 250,000 units of OnePlus One and 15,000 units for OnePlus Two in India. The latter had its first-ever open sale on Amazon.in today. It will continue tomorrow as well.
OnePlus General Manager-India Vikash Agarwal said, “Ever since OnePlus debuted in India, we have been deluged with requests for invites to buy our products, with more than 5 million registrations worldwide for our latest release – the OnePlus 2 – alone! With the best of our intentions of fastening up the availability process, we have been constrained by a few supply chain related challenges in meeting consumer demands. The local production will help to address this issue and better cater to the fast growing demands for OnePlus products in India.”
The MakeInIndia move would give full time employment to more than 1000 people at the Foxconn’s facility spread across 30,000 s.ft., where the manufacturing of OnePlus devices would start before the end of 2015.
Locally produced OnePlus smartphones will hit the market as early as the end of this year. Foxconn has the ability to manufacture about 500,000 units at its facility per month, which is further scalable according to the demand.
China-based tech firm Coolpad plans to invest $ 300 million in India by 2017 towards its mobile phone business. The company is going to sell its current inventory of stocks by the first quarter of 2016 and then it will start vending its “Made in India” gadgets.
Coolpad is well aware of the price-sensitivity issue in the Indian mobile market. So it has planned to make customers happy by keeping a competitive pricing strategy. A part of the money that Coolpad is going to invest would be used to lower the cost of their smartphones. The company has set its goal of shipping 0.5 million devices each quarter. It is also planning to boost its workforce by 10 times within one year.
The company has already announced a 4G-ready Coolpad Note 3 to be available at Rs. 8999. This smartphone would come with a fingerprint sensor at the back panel to unlock the phone within 0.5 seconds. It will also be able detect dry and wet fingers. The company said that the sensor can endure 10 million presses, which roughly add up to 9 years of use.
Coolpad Note 3 has a 5.5-inch IPS 720 screen powered by 1.3 GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor and a Mali T720 GPU that runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop. The smartphone comes with 3 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage which can be expanded upto 64 GB via microSD card.
The phone sports a 13 MP rear cameral with LED flash and an aperture of f/2.0. It also comes with a 5 MP front camera. Coolpad boasts of a huge 3000mAh battery that has been designed to reduce power consumption. As far as connectivity is concerned the phone has Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS and Wi-Fi 802 b/g/n.
If you are looking for a Coolpad Note 3, registrations are available on Amazon India for sale beginning October 20.