Nokia announce their comeback with new Windows smartphones

26 October 2011

_56288846_lumia Earlier in the year, they were on a burning platform apparently, but now Nokia are getting to grips with the situation by launching a couple of new Windows smartphones. The Lumia 800 and the Lumia 710 run on the Windows 7.5 OS and are said to herald the ‘rebirth’ of Nokia. We’ll wait and see about that, eh?

Stephen Elop is Nokia’s new boss (and if you ask us, Elop is a better name for a phone than Lumia) and he is describing the new handsets as “the first real Windows phone”. He’s the man responsible for the “burning platform” quote and he today said that Nokia had been seen as "reliable, trustworthy", like a mother that will "comb your hair... but that's not good enough". Erm, okay mate, whatever.

The new phones will be laden with special goodies that will make them stand out from other Windows phones and see the abandonment of Nokia’s dabblings with those pesky other operating systems Symbian and MeeGoo. The 800 will be the top-range handset while the 710 will be pitched as the ‘affordable Windows phone’.

The aforementioned special goodies will include map thing Nokia Maps, navigation thing Nokia Drive, live-streaming music thing Mix Radio and augmented reality thing Liveview. Best of the bunch could be Nokia Pulse, a social networking thing with built-in location services – it all sounds a bit stalky, but in a nice way, obviously.

Nokia have also launched a range of brightly-coloured ‘basic’ phones, called Asha, that will be aimed at developing countries (‘Asha’ is the Hindi word for ‘hope’ it says here). Elop says that they will bring the internet “to the next billion people” and will have touch screens, 5 mega pixel cameras, bright screens, 32GB storage for music and long battery life.

Nokia there then. Are they back in the game or are they still on the burning platform? And who’s going to comb our hair for us if they burn to death? Your thoughts below please.

TOPICS:   Mobile

13 comments

  • The B.
    Will they have a crank handle you need to start them with? Still, I'm sure abandoning an OS that no one uses and hopping on board with MS and their OS that no one uses will boost their profits no end.
  • Marky M.
    Nokia = Finnish for "goodbye". True.
  • Joff
    I dream of a day when Nokia with their reputation for great mobile hardware wakes up and uses Android for it's OS. I like Windows but on my PC, not on my phone. At least, I think I don't want it on my phone but I'm yet to see anyone with a Windows phone to ask "can I have a look at your phone please". The only way I can see a Nokia (feat. Microsoft) collaboration working is for them to give away handsets for free or sell them at a loss ala HP TouchPads (which everyone wanted for 24 hours, but now no-one cares). If Nokia or Microsoft would like to send me a free phone, please get in touch. Hugs, Joff
  • Alexis
    Looks like a nice design actually. Certainly better than Samsung's attempts.
  • Some A.
    I would write an insightful analysis about the strategic merit (not) of WinMob + Nokia, but to be honest I can't be bothered.
  • klingelton
    my dad has a windows phone and quite likes it. but this is the same guy that only other gadget is a toaster...
  • Geoff
    My next phone will be a Nokia. After buggy/slow android it will be refreshing.
  • StuPid
    I got rid of Android to get a WP7, and with Mango it runs much smoother than the HTC Desire I had. I have both an iPad and an iPod Touch also, so I think I can comment. I like the sheer number and usefulness of apps on iOS (I'm on 5 on both), but hate the new notifications - and how long it took to clear them. I like the quality of the stores, but dislike that I have to use the web browser for kindle with iOS because Apple apparently need the money. I like the quality of the screen for video, but hate the fact that it plays hardly anything straight out of the box. I also like jailbreaking as SBSettings makes it so useable. With Android, I liked the customisable screens and the widgets that allowed instant access to the latest news as I wanted, but the quality of apps was generally poor and the range of handsets meant that some apps were optimised for other phones. With WP7.5, I get lovely screens, the updated live tiles and a much smoother experience in general as all the phones are built on a minimum spec. The apps, whilst fewer, are of good quality (especially the ones that use the Metro formatting) and the Zune link is nicer than iTunes (well it hasn't removed everything off my phone yet!) The Nokia phones look great - really different, and they are built on a really good operating system, that will give users a real heads-up when the new version of windows arrives next year.
  • Tim
    " Elop is a better name for a phone than Lumia" Especially as Lumia is Spanish for prostitute. Apparently. "I dream of a day when Nokia with their reputation for great mobile hardware wakes up and uses Android for it’s OS" Dream that won't become reality until Elop leaves. He's Microsoft's trojan. Though whilst Android itself is nice, I feel Android is too fragmented, quality of app development is very poor, and it's tough to get the quality up as the market is virtually worthless. iPhone owners have money, pray to the lord Jobs and are prepared to pay for apps. Android owners are none of these and want it all for free. Win Phone owners are... oh wait, there aren't any. Shame that Symbian is actually looking pretty good now.
  • oliverreed
    @StuPid - are you on drugs? I'm still happily using a 2.3 Desire with a very smooth HTC Sense UI right now, I wouldn't hold your breath for these Nokia efforts as surely the bell tolls for them and will soon feature in a BW: Deathwatch special.
  • oliverreed
    @StuPid - are you on drugs? I'm still happily using a 2.3 Desire with a very smooth HTC Sense UI right now, I wouldn't hold your breath for these Nokia efforts as surely the bell tolls for them and will soon feature in a BW: Deathwatch special.
  • The B.
    Olivereed, have to say mate, the Sense UI is a slug, I've got a Desire running cyanogen on 2.3.7 and it's doubled the battery life.
  • oliverreed
    @The Real Bob but my battery lasts all day under constant WiFi radio streaming (between 9 and 5) and I charge overnight, that's not bad. I rooted the phone out of the box and unknowingly every update thereafter failed, so getting a working 2.3 is bliss.

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