17 Aug, 2017

Nokia Fan Boy Moment: Nokia is Finally Back

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The love story dates back to the year 1984 when Nokia launched The Mobira Talkman, the world’s first transportable phone. Nokia further continued the work and made an entry to the mobile phone genre with Mobira Cityman 900 in 1987. Heck! That’s the year I was born and it’s so satisfying to know that all this and whatever followed next happened in front of my generation and we all witnessed the legacy.

Nokia N95 like all other Nokia phones was way ahead of its time in terms of design and features!

Nokia 3310, Nokia 1100, Nokia 3315, Nokia N-Gage, Nokia 6600, Nokia 6630, Nokia 7650, Nokia N 70, Nokia N 71, Nokia N 73, Nokia N 95, Nokia N 90, Nokia N 97, Nokia E71, Nokia E72, Nokia 3520, Nokia 5530 XpressMusic, Nokia 5800, Nokia 5700 XpressMusic, Nokia N 8, Nokia N9, Nokia 808 PureView, no I’m not listing out mobile phone models manufactured by Nokia, these are some of the amazing Nokia mobile phones I have had the chance to own and use. Yes, these are the ones from the pre Lumia era and honestly, these were some of the best looking, best made phones and they can easily beat the hell out of the new modern smartphones when it comes to the build quality and design and probably, the eventual good feeling one got owning them.

THE LUMIA EFFECT

Of Course, the year 2011 brought Nokia Lumia in partnership with Microsoft. The die-hard Nokia fans kept on supporting the Lumia devices and to be honest, they were good. The devices never had a problem, I loved my Nokia Lumia 800, Lumia 920, Lumia 1520, Lumia 1020 the beast with the insane 41 mega-pixel rear camera. I still use my Lumia 1520, Lumia 1020 and Lumia 630. No, they aren’t my daily drivers, but I carry my Lumia 1020 all the time and sometimes people still ask me out of curiosity if this is the same 41 mega-pixel Nokia smartphone. Nostalgia, pure Nostalgia!

Anyways, let me back up a bit. When Apple launched the iPhone in 2007, I was almost 20 and had a fair share of knowledge about mobile phones. I wasn’t really the one who jumped off to get the iPhone, in-fact I got my first iPhone, the iPhone 3GS a while later, but by the time I used iPhone 4S, I was in love with it. This love kept growing deeper and deeper and I ended up using the iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 7 and the iPhone SE, which I use as my daily driver now (all thanks to its perfect size for me). When Nokia was losing its market share and its users, the message was clear, if you don’t move forward with the world, you’re going to fall behind and although the Lumia deal was great, the uninspiring Windows Phone operating system killed whatever was left.

I have used Android smartphones in the past and I must admit, I really loved my original HTC One and up to an extent the Nexus 4, but that was it, no other Android smartphone or manufacturer made me change my decision to stick to Apple iPhone.

NOKIA REBORN, sort of!

Now, Nokia did give us a glimpse of Android with the Nokia X family of low-end smartphones. Those weren’t really the top-notch Nokia product that we used to love and that’s the end of it. Come 2017 and we have a new Nokia (well, sort of) with the HMD Global group. No, I’m not going to delve deeper into how HMD Global and Nokia are related, but I can assure you, the new generation Nokia smartphones running Android operating system is pure genius.

Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 and now the Nokia 8, these are great value for money Android smartphones and they come with the Nokia moniker as well.

Nokia had a surprise for everyone in January. Yes, the Nokia Android phones were a big welcome, but there was the indestructible Nokia 3310 making a comeback. I am not saying the new 3310 is something to really brag about and not all of us are going to understand what it means to a few of us, but the Nokia 3310 is your super-hero feature phone with a bit more gloss, a bigger screen with colours, hopefully, the same battery life and lots of class.

Moving on, I’ll be honest, as I mentioned above, I’m not really an Android fan, but I do want to have a good, inexpensive smartphone that would take over my Nokia Lumia 1020 and I know I can’t expect the 41 mega-pixel marvel to go with that demand. However, the Nokia 6 is what really catches the eye. It’s sleek, it has ample power, it is equipped with the latest chipset, has enough storage and a good camera and I guess, it’s time to wake up the die-hard Nokia fan boy again.

 

I am not going to start using Nokia as my go to device as I really enjoy what Apple offers with the iPhone (I mean the rich experience of quality, durability, applications, service and support) and I am eagerly waiting to see what the iPhone 8 or the iPhone X brings to the table, but for now the Nokia 6 for around $240 USD (₹14,999 in India) offers:

  • Metal Body Design
  • 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD screen
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
  • 4GB RAM and 4GB Storage
  • 16 MP rear and 8MP front facing camera
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • 3000 mAh battery &
  • Fingerprint Scanner

I mean what else you could ask for. As I write this piece, Nokia or should I say HMD Global has announced the somewhat flagship Nokia 8, which is ready to take the competition head-on. It betters whatever you get with the Nokia 6 and I’m sure, it’s not going to hurt the wallet as well. There’s already a great exclusive feature on the Nokia 8’s camera where it allows you to share both sides of the story when clicking a picture, the feature is aptly titled as the Dual Sight mode. As per Nokia, “Nokia 8 is the world’s first smartphone that lets you use both front and back cameras simultaneously to broadcast live on Facebook Live and YouTube Live, right from the camera.”
Take a look for yourself.

It’s like watching your favorite childhood super hero coming to rescue the world, this really is a Fan Boy moment for me and I’m sure I’ll be writing an update to this blog sharing more and in-depth details on how it feels to own the new Nokia 3310 and the Nokia 6.

Here’s my favorite video review for the New Nokia 3310 featuring everything, presented by the one and only MrMobile Michael Fisher

 

 

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