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Nokia fights back

I am not a fan of Microsoft on smartphones. I am more of a Samsung aficionado, my Galaxy Note II is simply the most useful device I have ever owned, and I will give it up only when it is prised from my cold dead hands…

However, is Nokia on to a winner here?

They have spent the last few years watching open mouthed as Apple and Samsung carved up their market dominance and walked off with it. I thought the Nokia tie up with Microsoft was a mistake, but what do I know?

I have just seen a couple of reviews of the new Lumia 1020, with a 41 megapixel camera sensor, and I am blown away.

Yep, 41 megapixels.

It will save a 38 Megapixel image, which will withstand 3x digital zoom while still retaining detail, and also save a 5 Megapixel image for sharing.

I don’t think this is an Apple beater, but, given how popular smartphone photography has become, I do think it is a Nokia saver.

Now, a Galaxy Note, with this resolution and optical zoom, would cement my love affair with Samsung for life. Be a bit bulky tho.

Update:

Sam Duncan suggested we have a look at this site for smartphone news. Good call.

For an overview of just how comprehensively Nokia have managed to trash their market lead I have read nothing better than this.

4 Comments

  1. Sam Duncan says:

    Tomi Ahonen’s blog is well worth the occasional read. He’s a former Nokia employee dismayed thoroughly pissed off at the way the company’s been run since the Microsoft tie-up. As far as he’s concerned, nothing bar ditching Windows (at least, the exclusivity) is going to save Nokia.

    The whole thing is such a tragedy. As Ahonen points out, Nokia still dominated the worldwide market as recently as 2010. The worldwide smartphone market, believe it or not, with Symbian. Which was, granted, getting a bit long in the tooth. But Nokia had that covered with Meego, which Microsoft killed at birth. The N9 was – still is – spectacular. People in Germany were driving across the border to buy them, because Nokia refused to sell them there. What kind of company refuses to sell its best product?

    But even given all that, WindowsPhone actually looks pretty nice, loath though I am (like you) to admit it. The Metro interface doesn’t work for the desktop or the XBox, but I can see it being just the job on a phone.

  2. Sam Duncan says:

    Bugger. Meant to close that strike tag.

  3. CountingCats says:

    Sam,

    You have editing powers over already posted comments, don’t you?

  4. Sam Duncan says:

    Yes, but I posted that last thing at night (which probably explains the b0rked tag, too). Anyway, fixed now.

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