Nokia N9: Set to out-last iPhone 4S and Windows Phone 7.5 from the grave…
AS we are writing this, the net has been deluged by reviews stating that “Meego is Dead”, “Doomed”, “No future support for N9” or even “N9 is Dead-man Walking”. They talk bad about the N9 in the beginning as they must, yet it is clear the “Reviewers” can’t help but love (Slashgear Review) this beast of a beauty (Engadget Review)…
So we decided to have a look at the lifespan support for the OTHER major smartphone handset and OS in the market to date, namely iPhone 4 and Windows Mobile 6.5.
iPhone 4 was released in April 2010 running iOS 4. However, when iOS 5 was released in Oct 2011, the iPhone 4 was already not fully supported. The supposedly”ground-breaking” SIRI voice navigation cannot run on the iPhone 4 despite being only 16 months old. Furthermore, the iOS 5 release was more of a “catch-up” rather than a “forge ahead” upgrade, leaving even less reason for Apple to abandon the million of iPhone 4 users in the lurch.
Not cool at all by the supposedly “coolest operator” in the smartphone industry…
You can see more comments by real iPhone 4 users on the Apple Support website:
“Re: Will siri work on the iphone 4?
Oct 5, 2011 1:52 AM (in response to Evil Chick)
From a pure marketing standpoint, it makes perfect sense that Siri works only on 4S. Were it not for Siri, there would be very little incentive – almost none- to upgrade from 4 to 4s. But that’s not the same thing as saying it can’t physically be done, or it needs a particular chip to do it.”
“Re: Will siri work on the iphone 4?
Oct 5, 2011 10:27 AM (in response to UK-Max)
The only reason it wouldn’t work on the iPhone 4, is because Apple don’t want it too, the iPhone 4 has plenty of processing power for an app like that basically voice recognition and internet searches.
As Jonathan said it did work on 3GS and 4 until Apple bought it, another ploy to push people into upgrading.”
“Oct 5, 2011 2:51 PM (in response to STWCHEF)
I’ve had Siri working on my iPhone 4 for months now-in what universe does Apple think it is appropriate to render my Siri app on my iPhone 4 inoperable, just because they are releasing a newer version for the latest iPhone 4S?
Is Apple actually out to annoy all the existing customers like me, with Siri working on their current iPhones? Nice work, Apple….I’m very impressed…”
So not only do Apple not support iPhone handsets just over a year old, they make extra effort to DISABLE useful applications that used to work on your set in order to encourage you to buy another identical set (at the very least physically) to use the same app.
Worst still, you can now only sync via the iCloud service. No network connection = no sync = no files. I can think of many situation when this would be a nightmare. SIRI also will NOT WORK if you don’t have network access. How useful is that! To add salt to injury, SIRI will only work properly if you are in the USA.
Otherwise, you will just be subsidising the American users with your hard-earned cash, with no access to SIRI yourself, when you buy an iPhone 4S…ain’t cool at all if you ask me.
Also, good luck with SIRI if you are Welsh or Scottish. User feedback is that it only works 20% of the time if you don’t speak US English. So I won’t hold my breath if you are from Japan or India… 😉
Definitely more tie-in which benefits Apples, not users. Definitely another step backwards from the user independence and freedom to access their OWN FILES and software of use.
For windows Mobile 6.5, it was released on the May 2009 and the first devices appeared in end Oct 2009. However, when Windows Phone 7 was released on Feb 2010, the support for Windows Mobile 6.5 smart-phones ended. A mere pathetic 4 MONTHS.
No backward compatibility what-so-ever!!!
So all owners of smart-phones running on Windows Mobile 6.5 had to buy a new smartphone if they wanted new features when the Windows Phone 7 handsets were released on Oct 2010.
Exactly one year since they bought their last Windows Mobile 6.5 Smartphone.
That’s how long Microsoft supports their Smartphone OS and handsets.
So, compare this to the dead man walking Meego Harmattan 1.2 N9 handset. Not only is it supposed to be dead from the Meego Harmattan 1.2 OS point of view, it has also been declared dead many times over by our dear Stephen Elop.
Yet again and again and again, it has risen from the dead and rise far above the latest iPhone 4S in terms of technical innovation, screen size, quality of display, user interface design and most surprising of all, it even surpassed the iPhone 4S in terms of the “Wow!” factor and “Feelings of Religiousness“!!!
It is downright the coolest handset on the planet right now and has hit the stores world wide. Most important of all, it achieves this from the grave, without coercing anybody along the way…
Even as it “Dies”, it Lives!
The first firmware update for the retail N9 Meego Harmattan is already on it’s way with over 3500 improvements according to Konttori, and Klas Ström from Nokia already stated continued support for the Meego Harmattan platform for the coming years from Nokia.
Furthermore, Konttori is requesting for real-time N9 user feedback on what additional features they would like to see in the coming update. You can give your thoughts here.
How cool is that.
I wasn’t even going to talk about the Windows Phone 7.5 as it can’t even multi-task properly and it is just going to be implanted into the body of the N9 and calling it another name to try to fool people into buying a handset running it.
What a farce.
Stephen Elop should really be ashamed of himself. As if it wasn’t bad enough that Nokia has fallen off the Blue Chip Index in the STOXX Europe 50 index due to his brilliant stewardship at Nokia last month.
Thanks to Symbian 3 and S40 devices, Nokia ‘s bottom line is already making a come-back despite Stephen Elop’s blunderbust management skills. With the retail release of the N9 Meego Harmattan 1.2 handset all over the world in October 2011, the last quarter looks like it’s going to be sweet for Nokia and it’s shareholders.
It is ironic that the very handset condemmed by Stephen Elop should be the same handset that saves Nokia from complete financial ruins and allow Nokia to give him a bonus for Christmas. Then again, since when is the world ever fair or common sense common. If the latter exists, Stephen Elop would have been shown the door at the coming Nokia World event at London on the 26th of October.
We all know what Stephen Elop and Steve Ballmer are playing at and I’m sure most of us won’t be so stupid to fall for their scam, even if the board of Nokia can’t see through their false pretensions.
Of all the OS launching in the market, it is Windows Phone 7.5 Mango that will be dead still in the water. Putting the most contentious OS in the heart of the most loved smartphone in the world is more than just plain wrong.
It is sacrileges.
It turned the world’s most unpopular Smart-phone Operating System into the most hated.
A very bad move.
The outcome will not be good for Windows Phones 7.5 Mango handsets, Nokia or otherwise. Especially when this involves the good will of over 300 million loyal Nokia users and more iPhone converts…
Bottom line is, at the end of 2 years, the “dead” Nokia N9 will still run and look better and have more support than iPhone 4S and Windows Phone 7.5 Mango smart-phones.
Don’t be fooled to think otherwise.
Enjoy the N9 Meego Harmattan 1.2.
Buy Meego, Leaves Elop.