Nokia Flops, Again?

The Lumia 920, Nokia's (NYSE: NOK  ) new flagship phone, appears doomed to follow in the 900's footsteps. Unknown industry insiders have scolded the device makers for only making "incremental improvements" from the Nokia 900, their initial flagship phone, which only sold 4 million units. Despite being a flagship product, those sales don't begin to compare to the behemoth of sales that both Google (Nasdaq: GOOG  ) and Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL  ) have accrued through their devices. It seems Nokia is caught in the first generation of the smartphone war, one which highly depended on gadgets like wireless charging, improved camera, etc. Meanwhile, companies like Google and Apple have successfully refocused onto ecosystem centric devices.  

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  • Report this Comment On September 06, 2012, at 4:58 PM, LOltGXEMmstjjNRj wrote:

    I must disagree about Nokia's future with the new Lumia 920. The older Lumia 900 was a solid phone which sold well at AT&T, even after it was revealed that the Lumia 900 was not going to get an upgrade from WIndows 7 Phone software to Windows 8 Phone software when that new operating system is released in October. I would not pre-judge the prospects for either the Lumia 920 or WIndows 8 Phone.

    While the specifics of the upcoming iPhone 5 are not known for certain, there are already differences coming to light that differentiate the Lumia 920 from the iPhone 5. The Lumia has a slightly higher resolution screen which is more readable outdoors in bright light, a better camera with image stabilization and a faster lens (meaning better pictures in low light situations), and wireless charging.

    I currently have a Samsung Epic 4G Android phone that I am using as a stop-gap measure until WIndows 8 Phone is released. I look forward to being able to purchase and use the Lumia 920 as my first Nokia phone and my first Windows Phone.

    You obviously are a fan of Apple, and that's your right. But don't count out Nokia and other phone makers who unveil new Windows 8 Phones. Some of us out there are looking for something new, and Windows 8 Phone looks to be just the thing.

  • Report this Comment On September 06, 2012, at 5:17 PM, toph36 wrote:

    "incremental improvements"? Isn't that what Apple does? I would say yes.

    The Lumina 920 is major upgrade from the Lumina 900 in hardware and features, many of those being part of the underlying Windows 8 operating system. This is very compelling phone. No, it won't sell as well as the iPhone, but it will definitely do better than the 900. They need to get this on Verizon though to really get a sales bounce.

  • Report this Comment On September 06, 2012, at 10:05 PM, SUPERMANSTOCKS wrote:

    I have been writing Verizon about getting this phone, and to be honest its what I have been waiting for. If they don't I will switch back to AT&T to get what I am after.

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