In February 2012 Stephen Elop, Nokia’s CEO visited Kenya and announced that Nokia’s research facility will be based in Nairobi and a lot of other stuff. Why I’m bringing Elop into the picture is not because of his visit here but because of words he said earlier on. I suppose you remember the burning oil rig (he actually called it the burning platform) allusion. While I was among those who had really hoped Nokia had gone the Android way, each passing day I appreciate the company’s decision to be different. Going with Windows Phone has made Nokia standout. Though it was sad to see Symbian abandoned, the Windows Phone devices that Nokia has released in 2012 have been great.
In fact if there’s a device I’ve really wanted to lay my hands on the whole of this year then it is the Lumia 920. Ignore the naysayers who accuse the device of being thick, that’s standard Nokia design. I’m sure you never did late night texting with the 3310 since you could wake up with multiple injuries if you accidently slept and the phone fell on your face. I did a preview of it soon after it was announced alongside its sibling, the 820.
I loved the way Nokia embraced the local market right from the start and despite some power shifting in recent times, Nokia remains that ex-girlfriend we would all gladly take back. My first phone was a Nokia and I remember when we were in high school the only phones we dreamt of were the N series phones: The N97, N95 and the like.
Its strategy of not being in a hurry to bring high end Lumias to the local market is however disappointing. I understand they are targeting a larger market but it does not do harm to market awesome devices like the Lumia 900 locally. Recently the Lumia 510 was introduced here and if what I see online is anything to go by, there is still a huge Nokia fan base locally that the Finnish device manufacturer should not disappoint.
No one does camera optics the way Nokia does. The best camera phones out there still remain Nokias (remember the PureView 808 with its 41 MP sensor?) Nokia has the reputation of being able to piece great hardware. With Windows Phone, it now has the chance to pack great software too. Ignore the many wars and unnecessary trolling you see on various blogs and online forums between iOS, Android and Windows Phone diehards, Windows Phone is still young and when it is availed through devices by such an experienced maker as Nokia, it needs to be looked at in its own light and appreciated.
2012 saw Nokia really push the Ashas locally. While the Ashas are pretty devices, the pricing tends to be a turn off at times. I mean at the same prices a Nokia Asha phone retails, one can get a better device from another manufacturer. Such need to be addressed.
After the Lumia 920 and rumours of a Nokia tablet being in the works, 2013 is the make or break year for Nokia.