Nokia Capital Markets Day sees new and improved Symbian UI

By on December 3, 2009 at 7:23 AM.

Nokia Capital Markets Day sees new and improved Symbian UI

With Apple and BlackBerry nipping at Nokia’s heels, the Finnish company is planning on making some major changes in 2010. Nokia made some pretty big announcements at its Capital Markets Day yesterday with forecasts for 2010 as well as a demo of a significantly improved Symbian UI. We’ve made a lot of jabs against Symbian looking pretty dated and being in need of a major overhaul, and it looks like Nokia might be finally answering the call. Nokia CEO, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo says:

In 2010, we will drive user experience improvements, and the progress we make will take the Symbian user interface to a new level. As an operating system, Symbian has reach and flexibility like no other platform, and we have measures in place to push smartphones down to new price points globally, while growing margins. I see great opportunity for Nokia to capture new growth in our industry, by creating what we expect to be the world’s biggest platform for services on the mobile.

A better user experience and pushing down price points will definitely help Nokia retain its global lead, but that experience and those new prices are going to have to be really competitive. Interestingly, while Nokia predicts that mobile device volumes will be up 10% in the next year, it sees its own volume market share to be flat in 2010. Whatever Nokia has planned, it’s in it for the long haul. More →

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Nokia N78 NAM hands-on

By on June 25, 2008 at 4:08 PM.

Nokia N78 NAM hands-on

The Nokia N78, huh? It’s the replacement for the ever-popular Nokia N73, but in a non-typical Nokia move, it’s actually available in a US 3G NAM flavor. Currently on the shelves at your local Nokia USA store, the N78 is the first handset from Espoo to ship with FP2. There’s a bunch of software improvement which we’ll get into another time, but our favorite one so far? The Destinations for Internet/WAP/MMS, etc. What this does is let you combine a bunch of your access points into one destination. No more of those annoying popup messages asking you how you want to connect even though you’re already connected to Wi-Fi and 3G. In terms of the handsets physical attributes… it’s nice. It’s a little long, but you can’t say it’s not sleek. A huge issue for us is the button placement. Granted it will take a little bit to get used to everything, but we can’t understand how in the heck that end key got placed on the left side like that. It is the most awkward thing to use if you’re holding the phone with one hand. Style over function, friends. Eh, there’s still a whole heep of function in there though. If you’re still in love, we encourage you to check out our hands-on gallery. You’ll like it. Anyone up for a giveaway?

Click on over to our Nokia N78 hands-on gallery!

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