red, 10 Nov 2013It wil be another flop device just as the previous nokia's why?
The point I was trying to make earlier is, Nokia should believe more in its S40 OS, rather than relegating the OS to some of its basic phones and in some emerging markets.
An S40 phone with good specs can easily compete with a entry level Android phone. S40 phones like the Asha 501/1/2/3 has great build quality. If Nokia can provide it will better RAM and a few more features, the Asha can easily be a winner for many people, myself included.
Anonymous, 23 Oct 2013That's exactly doing. They don't want the Asha to eat into the Lumia-WP sales.
Then there ... moreOn the contrary, I feel that Nokia should encourage competition from within its brand, as it will ensure that people are still buying Nokia products, irrespective of the model or OS.
As Steve Jobs is reported to have said: “If you don’t cannibalize yourself, someone else will.” And in the words of Walter Isaacson from Steve’s Biography “So even though an iPhone might cannibalize sales of an iPod, or an iPad might cannibilize sales of a laptop, that did not deter him”.
Nokia is, I believe, in a unique position as it has two operating systems, Windows and S40. Selling either of these OSs in various permutations and hardware should not worry Nokia, since it will offer something different to the customer. For example, what should stop Nokia from selling a 5" Lumia 1320, but with an S40 OS?
Personally, I like the limited multitasking facility of a tried and tested S40 OS, coupled with the hardware of a Lumia. Limited multitasking ensures that there are no unnecessary apps running in the background and hogging valuable RAM.
If S40 had offered wifi hotspot and smart dialling facilities, it would have easily been my favourite OS for a Nokia phone.
After all, the S40 OS offers all the basic features that I need in a phone:
2. Text messages
3. Social chat apps (whatsapp, line, we chat)
4. Internet browsing
11. Voice memo
12. Music player
When Nokia was facing its doldrums Android could have been an easy way out, or so most of us would have thought, but having taken the W8 route maybe at first didn't look the best either then. Now with the same OS on most phones albeit IOS, I believe that W8 will bring about that much needed wind of change in a smartphone world dominated by Android and IOS. Furthermore W8 phones are a lot less demanding on resources and as simple to use if not more. Nokia giving us the option of robust hardware, in a stable OS means that we will not be short of choices. I also very much hope that BB too will come to join in the top four OSs and smartphone manufacturers.
Debb, 23 Oct 20133.5" is the minimum these days. Below this, the portrait keyboard is difficult to operate... moreThat's exactly doing. They don't want the Asha to eat into the Lumia-WP sales.
Then there are those people (like me, and I know I'm not alone) who would gladly buy top of the line Lumia if it didn't have WP os.
misquitas, 23 Oct 2013I would go one step further. Why not provide the similar specifications of a Lumia 520, but me... moreNow that's a fantastic idea!
Only, Nokia wouldn't like to let the Lumias face competition from similar devices, least from their own stable.
Nokia don't treat Africans as second class citizens by not selling newly released phones as soon as they are released. We saw with the early Lumias. Yes, we know Asha is meant for.. well... India? Asia? Africa?, but that doesn't mean that we only deserve Ashas.
Debb, 23 Oct 2013Even though I am not an expert, I think adding $20-25 to the price would enable Nokia to have ... moreI would go one step further. Why not provide the similar specifications of a Lumia 520, but merely change the OS from Microsoft to S40. That simple and practical OS alone would bring down the price of the S40 "Asha 520" in comparison with the MS Lumia 520.
This dual approach will only benefit Nokia, as most people I know of, presently buy a Nokia phone for its build quality and only a few have bought them for the OS.
Anonymous, 23 Oct 2013What you can't seem to comprehend is that,these phones were meant to be sold cheap to people w... moreEven though I am not an expert, I think adding $20-25 to the price would enable Nokia to have Asha 503 with 3.5" in say 200ppi and still position it as entry/ mid level device.
See, my point is that there are several entry level Ashas (touch)-- 307, 309, 311, 500, 501 and 502. So why not have a higher specc'ed phone as long as it does not obstruct Lumia 520s.
Vivek Krishnan, 23 Oct 2013And - Nokia/Microsoft have done it again.
The 501 was launched in May of this year. While p... moreMant thanks for highlighting some of the issues you have encountered with your Asha 501. For the benefit of us, potential buyers of Asha 501/2/3, could you please mention other issues that you have faced with your Asha?
I had expected the battery life to be great, but you claim otherwise. Also, when older phones like Asha 210 are embedded with whatsapp, why cant the newer Asha 501 have whatsapp?
red, 23 Oct 2013It wil be another flop device just as the previous nokia's Recent Nokias have flopped??
Debb, 23 Oct 20133" screen is the deal breaker. nobody wants that small a screen, in 2013 too. Nokia clear... moreWhat you can't seem to comprehend is that,these phones were meant to be sold cheap to people who are financially incapable of purchasing high end devices. You said with a couple more dollars one can get an android device,yeah an android device that will lag and freeze very often.