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Should Nokia just concentrate making camera phone’s ?

Tomi Ahonen is a Mobile consultant for handset manufacturers and is a really respected man with a good amount of knowledge  and of course I follow him on Twitter. Today he made some very interesting comments on Nokia and their success in making camera phones.  Its no secret that Nokia are in a sort of trouble regarding their position of the world’s largest with Samsung breathing down their necks a lot of people have been suggesting that Nokia don’t innovate. Well I disagree Nokia does innovate but at a much slower pace and in places that people might find not that important. One area is camera and I have an interesting proposition or an idea or whatever you want to call it.

Back to Tomi’s comments, someone on twitter mentioned the only reason they haven’t moved to Android yet is the N8’s camera. After that tweet Tomi revealed some of the camera successes Nokia has had.

  • “Nokia understood the camera phenomenon early by studying deeply in Japan where it was invented and then did the carl zeiss partnership” (I wish Nokia would study smartphone users in America now)
  • “Since 2005 Nokia’s top camera phones have been at the top range of all the best camera phones on the planet definitely up there with Sony Ericsson cybershot”
  • “Apple obviously leads touch screen internet devices, RIM leads QWERTY and Nokia leads in camera phones”
  • “camera phones are most compelling as it is most people’s first phone”
  • “There maybe a Nokia ‘comeback’ opportunity as US consumer ‘rediscover’ the ‘good’ camera on the iPhone 4” ( I am sick and tired of people calling the iPhone 4 camera the best camera on a smartphone it makes me sick especially as those people have never tried camera’s on a Nokia)
  • “For 90% of people living on the planet, the only camera they have ever used is camerphone camera”

He also mentioned that he owned a Nokia N93 and he loved and found the form factor really cool and he wished a return for the phone. (me too, never owned one)

When it was my time to buy a new before I settled with the Nokia E72 I was thinking *In what areas is Nokia better than their competition* these where the things that came into my camera..camera…camera…camera…free Ovi maps… camera…camera….. price…..camera….iPhone owners are annoying…….camera….good hardware.

Nokia make terrific cameraphones everyone knows that so I was thinking with the N8 about blow up the competition when it comes to cameraphone technology wouldn’t it be a great idea if Nokia just concentrated making cameraphone’s, it already feels like it with Nokia boasting about the camera N8’s capabilities, seems like all their energy went into that area.

Wouldn’t be also great Nokia made a successor to the N93 with a 12 megapixel camera Symbian 3, xenon flash, same hinge design, optical zoom kick ass video editing software, touch screen come on we can all dream 🙂

The only thing which is keeping me interested in the N8 is the camera, I am sure I am not the only person on that, what do you guys think should Nokia just concentrate making high end camera superphones? as it is the only area Nokia seem to have made progress in the last few years

Let us know in the comments below 🙂


  1. Jim
    July 13, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    no. it will be a bad ideea for nokia to focus only on making camera phones. this way they will became more a niche. I think they are on the right way. I don’t understand why is people so worried? just look at this video (n900): probably will be the future contacts menu on meego devices : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5Yd1ceVkHE

    Tell me what do you think? doesn’t look very nice?

    • John Wiegand-forson
      July 13, 2010 at 10:24 pm

      Just seen that Video why has no one ever shown me that video that app using Qt is amazing !!!! really smooth and pretty maybe Qt will be a game changer after all, (we need a post on Qt on MyNokiaBlog and educate people) thanks for the video though 🙂

      • Jim
        July 13, 2010 at 10:34 pm

        I knew you like it. I think it’s made in qt 4.7 currently in beta 2 , and probably will be ready in a month. last time I checked meego repositories there qt 4.7 is already integrated. also it is supposed that N900 will have a future update 1.3 probably: http://labs.trolltech.com/blogs/2010/07/12/qt-47-for-the-n900-news/

        also check another cool thing that will be available on meego: http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=JdF1uAye548

        • John Wiegand-forson
          July 13, 2010 at 10:39 pm

          Very cool indeed Qt seems a lot more important than people realise and could be the answer to some of Nokia’s problems

      • Andre
        July 13, 2010 at 11:18 pm

        Qt is NO JOKE, S^4 has Qt as it’s primary UI and MeeGo is gonna be running Qt as well 😐

    • Keith
      July 13, 2010 at 11:11 pm

      Agreed. Nokia shouldnt just stick with making cameraphones. And I know they aren’t. They have different series of phones for different purposes. N for multimedia, E for business, C for low end normal user, X for teenagers and so on. Nokia is going well right now. And yes they should keep making phones like N93, N85, N92 and N8 that revolutionized the cameraphones and redefined the way cameras were integrated into cell phones.

      And as for the contacts menu, I think MeeGo will have a different and better menu. The one on Maemo is cool but MeeGo will be better. Its supposed to be better in every aspect.

  2. Jim
    July 13, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    speaking or Qt look at this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSExXFxSnSw

    probably some of this features will be seen on meego for internet-TVs.

    also the comunity has start porting qt to other operating systems like:
    1. android : http://www.kdedevelopers.org/node/4167 – click the image to view the video
    2. iphone : http://www.qt-iphone.com/Introduction.html
    3. webOS: http://www.precentral.net/qt-app-platform-and-running-palm-pre
    4. amazon kindle: http://www.griffin.net/2010/01/hacking-the-amazon-kindle-dx-part-2-qt-and-sudoku.html

    if it’s implemented well (and as a developer I have to say I’m quite impressed) , Qt will be embraced by a lot of developers because this way they can target multiple operating systems minimizing their cost and increasing their profit.

  3. Georg
    July 13, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Pleaaase, the plural of phone is just “phones”, no need for an apostrophe.

  4. July 14, 2010 at 12:45 am

    They shouldn’t concentrate on just camera phones, but they should start putting VERY good cameras in all their phones once they have driven the cost to include down a bit.

    Imagine a cheap Nokia with a better camera than the iPhone 4. If it’s possible, they should really do it and rain all over the “awesome iPhone 4 camera”.

    • Jim
      July 14, 2010 at 1:03 am

      N8 is already cheaper than iphone

  5. Rob
    July 14, 2010 at 1:20 am

    It’s really a stupid question. If they focused solely on camera phones then others would get close enough on cameras and they would loose out elsewhere. They have fantastic cameras but sometimes the OS lets them down.

    Take the N900. Same cam as the N95 but picture quality is shoddy and it refuses to focus properly. I stuck with Nokia because of the cam on the N95 but also because I was highly impressed with where Meamo was going (or where early adopters of the N900 where led to believe it was going). I am sorely disappointed in the the camera on the N900 but when it accidentally focuses right the pictures are still stunning.

    Nokia should keep their strong focus on camera quality but if they are to succeed then Meego and Symbian need to be able to compete with Android for UI experience (well and the iphone but that’s a game all unto its own). There are already android devices from top end smartphone to value level.

    RIM lead in QUERY? Can’t stand the blighters myself.

  6. Rob
    July 14, 2010 at 1:47 am

    Samsung may be pretty and do cool ads but from my experience with family and friends that have them and supporting the windows mobile versions they are buggy as hell with OS quirks that just annoy the hell out of people. I know many people that have bought them purely due to cost and advertising. Not one would by a Samsung again.

  7. Rob
    July 14, 2010 at 1:50 am

    Suggestion: There needs to be the ability to subscribe to email follow-ups without a comment so I do not have to do this due to forgetting the first time and ticking the wrong box the second.

  8. Wis
    December 20, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    I’m still using a nokia, because of it’s user friendly, yes, the camera should be good but they have to maintain a good and visually more creative user interface…a good phone for me should have a responsive/clear large screen, good physical keyboard (preferably qwerty), good camera optics and should be really easy to use….

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