Posts Tagged ‘N920’

If N900 had a 4-row keyboard and/or a tilted screen?

January 25, 2010 7 comments

I saw some incoming referral links from about an old post I did where an unknown Nokia device had a rare four row keyboard, the top being dedicated for numbers.

I revealed the first image to be simply a cheap-ass MS paint job as a concept of a proper 4-row QWERTY keyboard on a Nokia handset.

The design of the phone was not what I wanted to showcase, instead I intended the focus to be about a keyboard that could work well within a small footprint.

Looking back at that post, I just wondered how it might look in the N900. Forgive the crudeness. Quick cut and paste from MS paint: Click to see the rest of the images and article

Video: Nokia Zero – Why the next flagship needs a proper name.

December 21, 2009 12 comments

This is a video for the Nokia Zero: The new Nokia phone to rule them all.

This post is meant to demonstrate the importance of having a “memorable product name”. This goes for services as well as devices. Here I’ve taken “Zero” as an example. The rest of the post after the video explains why I’m ranting on about names.

Why Zero?

  • Nokia like to use numbers. Simply put – 0.
  • The symbol for zero could even be the actual picture of the phone.
  • You can rearrange “NOKIA” to make “ZERO”
  • N can rotate into a Z (branding/icon simplicity)
  • Zero just has two syllables.
  • The symbol for zero (essentially a circle) has no beginning or an end – something quite omnipotent about that.
  • er…um…Zero degrees is cool? haha

I’m sure you’ll have some even better suggestions for names

[Note – I know there are other things Nokia needs to do. That’s why this ‘name-thing’ was just a small part of a huge rant discovered in my WP drafts folders]

What’s in a name?

For a product  – it is its identity, a metaphorical soul if you’ll entertain this notion [see point 4].

It shouldn’t just be an afterthought, “Ok we’ve finished this one, let’s call it N920-1TB-12MP or Melissa.”

Therefore it helps to have a memorable name, especially if they are high end and undoubtedly if it’s your flagship.

However, Nokia keeps making handsets with designations as friendly to remember as the periodic table.

As such, only a select few being able to decipher the handset behind the anonymous digits.

As a tech manufacturer you want everyone to know about your product. Not just your geek fans or people in the industry. When you’ve penetrated society such that the very non-tech minded has heard about your product, you’re onto a good thing. And one of the key factors to that is the right name.

Here are four points to consider:

1. Name needs to be iconic, simple to remember

The name is essential as a “storage” for that product’s reputation….

Person 1: “Oh, wow, that’s a brilliant phone, what’s it called?”

You: “This is the N920-1TB-12MP”

Person 1: “The what?!”

…as well as making it easier for purchasing…

Customer: “Hi, hello, I’d like to buy the um…I think it’s called the N9 something…Nokia N920”

Sales Team: “There’s no N920. Do you mean the N90, N91, N92, N93, N95, N96, N97, N79? 9700?…”

Customer: “Erm…*hangs up*”

…and setting it apart to compete with other manufacturers.

2. Helps if there’s an actual reasoning behind the name, e.g. a theme

This helps with advertising by being able to reinforce the identity of the product with imagery related to the name.

e.g. Droid – Android powered – Robotic/Powerful/Technological etc [vs Milestone – wtf]

Names (vs numbers) and names with meaning evoke memories and emotional responses better towards your product.

3. Syllable count matters

Although they may only be 3/4 characters long, e.g. N97, N900, 6303, consider the syllable count

N97: EN – Nine – Ty – Se-ven [5]

N900 – EN – Nine – Hun – Dred [4]

6303 – Six – ty – three – oh – three [5]

I can understand having these practical numerical designations for lower end handsets, but not mid, and quite inexcusable for the high end.

More syllables means more margin for error and confusion.

[Note also that now Nokia are going to focus on less quantity/more quality handsets, it’s now much more feasible to use names and not codes numbers!]

4. Try and keep that name across future handsets

Just an idea to possibly spur some better names for Nokia's high end/flagships

Once you’ve built a good reputation with that handset, you’re gonna want to take advantage of that for its successor.

Over time the handset’s name will be an indicator of its pedigree.

As the success of the previous model is already etched in people’s minds, having that same name makes the transtition to the successor much easier. Better for brand loyalty (as people know what they’ll be getting) and better to entice other consumers (as the each new handset in line contributes to that renowned heritage)

Keep the name, and you accumulate each new strength of the successor. The name becomes a phrase that’s part of society and every day living.

Lose the name and you lose the history.


Prime example across the board is iPhone. Simple, two syllable “iGoodness”.

Because apple have kept the same moniker despite there being 3 different models across several memory/colour variants, iPhone steadily but surely solidified its reputation as a world class gadget. With each new model it simply just added onto the known success and hype whilst gradually ironing out flaws.

Nokia N920 4.13″ capacitive, super slim keyboardless mobile computer?

October 16, 2009 3 comments

We know that the successor of the Nokia N900 will have both capacitive screen and multitouch; finally getting somewhat closer to the iPhone in terms of slick screen interaction.

Well the N900’s successor maybe more iPhone-like that we would have guessed. Well if we believe rumours that is…

Check out below of what looks like a cross between an iPhone but slapped with a Nokia 770/N800’s screen (running the old OS 2007). I reckon if you could blow up the stories they’d be rss links to something way back in 07.


VIA IMOBILE365. Not real, though I'd be happy to be wrong.

If Nokia did make a slim, powerful, keyboard-less, capacitive Maemo 6 phone with 4.13 screen (and possibly improved imaging) they maybe onto a big winner.

It would have been great if this was an ACTUAL spy pic as claimed. China clones, though sometimes botching things up to look nothing like the original, must (at times) have a starting point somewhere, right?

Like the now known 7705 – this was cloned in china as the E81 way before the 7705 twist’s release. Whilst the 7705 were in factory production, someone stole one and copied it.

N800 with OS 07 – ( ah memories! From a really old review of mine on mobileburnforums!)

VIA "First Impressions of Nokia's Latest Internet Tablet"

Finally – here’s my post on the “N920”. That post was meant to be about a keyboard configuration, that’s all. The N920 name was just something to refer to it.

"n920" and N97

Nokia N920 Concept – How Nokia should approach a QWERTY keyboard?

September 12, 2009 17 comments

Nokia N920 Concept

RX 920

This was just a 20 minute MS Paint job I did a while back. I have NO skill in photo editing, as is evident in the images – it is just a raw idea.

The AIM was not to design a phone, but to show that within a given (compact) space, you can have a decent 4 Row configuration keyboard that Nokia seems rather averse to making. The name is not important either, it’s just something to refer to.

There is obviously no “out of the box” thinking – it is just a very standard QWERTY which took literally just 2 minutes to put together. The only difference for me is that this was designed from the keyboard first then the rest of the phone grew around it. After all, if you’re getting a phone with a QWERTY keyboard, you’d want a lot of focus on an optimized configuration.



  • It’s shorter than the N97, and of similar width.
  • Within that space we have a 4-row keyboard:
    • Dedicated Numbers Row
    • A more traditional offset QWERTY configuration
    • I haven’t included secondary symbols on all keys – that can be decided later whether they are needed and if so where they should be.
    • Basic punctuation is easy to get to. Full Stop, Comma, Apostrophe can all be reached by one button press.
    • Two shift buttons, left and right to get the secondary key
    • Space bar located in the middle.
    • Menu button
    • Standard Symbols button for additional symbols on touch screen
    • There’s a trackball instead of a D-Pad or a 4-way arrow keys.
    • The keys will not be flat. I have an extremely basic grasp of MS paint as it is.  They’d perhaps be similar to the N900
  • The keys are slightly larger than the Nokia N97’s
  • The entire keyboard occupies just over half of the given space – so the connection between the slide is still very solid, and also gives the option to increase the key size even further.
  • This can be stretched to the same length as the N97 to increase the size of the screen and space for the keys.
  • Other design faults perhaps in the shape/screen is not the focus here. It’s the fact that
  • Like the HTC Touch Pro2, the keys can be reconfigured around. ie. forgoe an actual row yet again so that the QWERTY part is uninterrupted – have the numbers in traditional alphanumeric alignment over the QWERTY keys.
  • Since this “N920 concept” is shorter than the N97, I guess it could be elongated to include a D-pad. Since it could have the same gaming capabilities as the N900, a D-pad may actually prove useful in this concept. Or some kind of flat joystick to optimize space.

Other Feature’s the N920 concept would have?

  • Screen around 3.5″ – At least 384k pixel res in some ratio.
  • N86’s 8MP camera – with shutter/gallery/cam-vid button
  • N82’s Xenon flash (perhaps even N86’s Dual LED?)
  • N900’s processor/RAM/Graphics card
  • N97’s battery
  • Capacitive Oled
  • N95’s stereo speakers
  • Any buttons on the phone, sensors/camera aren’t visible. Buttons, if any can just light up when applicable. Perhaps dedicated music controls or a gesture area?

I haven’t designed the back nor the sides, because frankly I can’t and don’t want to.

I do have intentions that it will be slim, and any ports/buttons will be flush/hidden with doors, except the 3.5mm jack


If I had 3D skills I’d so try and make a concept phone that looked slightly convincing. We’ve already seen how a concept device was cloned and manufactured by our favourite Chinese Rip-off artists.

Successor of the Nokia N900!?

September 4, 2009 16 comments

At Nokia World, the Nokia N900 was referred to as step 4 of 5 in the Maemo route to Smartphone perfection. Or words to that effect.

The N900 is already pretty amazing, how much more could the successor be?

Could this be Step 5?


  • 4-Row keyboard WITH a numbers row – spacebar in the middle!
  • More standard looking, offset QWERTY keyboard.
  • No D-Pad or 4 row directional arrow keys, – possibly a trackball instead? Last time seen in a Nokia was the 7650, now popularised by RIM and their Blackberry.
  • Can’t really glean much else from this image. If it’s Maemo – then it’s 800×480 pixels at least.
  • Looks oddly more iPhone-like than Nokia-esque.

On the hardware side, for it to warrant being the “Step 5”, (for me) it needs:

  • Capacitive display
  • At least 3.5″ or greater (up to 4.1″)
  • 8MP camera – similar grade to N86
  • Xenon Flash as in N82
  • Perhaps even the Dual LED flash of the N86?
  • Bigger battery – back up to 1500mAh please (or more)
  • Possibly an upgrade on the processor and RAM? N900’s performance hasn’t been publicly tested sufficiently to know how much improvement, if any, it needs in this department.
  • 3D- display even? (Not sure I see the benefit yet. Maybe it’ll render “UP” and “AVATAR” in 3D?)

Briefly on software – will “Step 5” even be Maemo 5 or another version of Maemo?

Concept phone or actually coming to Nokia’s Portfolio? Whatever the case, I hope they bring back 4 row keyboards with similar layout to the above.

Alternatively there’s an Eseries version of the N900. The E900. Specification of this concept in picture.