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Nokia Eseries no "credible response" to iPhone

updated 04:10 pm EDT, Thu June 19, 2008

Nokia E71 No iPhone Threat

The improvements made to Nokia's smartphone lineup through the E66 and E71 show no signs of avoiding a slide in the smartphone market, says a new investment note from American Technology Research. While Nokia has been facing increasing pressure at the low end of the phone market, which is often considered the most vulnerable, the new devices may suffer in light of upcoming launches of the BlackBerry Bold and iPhone 3G are now fostering "concerns of competition" among European stockbrokers, who now see Nokia's control of world smartphone marketshare at risk.

Neither of the new Eseries models are a "credible response," says American Technology analyst Mark McKechnie.

Both Nokia phones are some of the Finnish company's first to try and bridge the gap between its entertainment-oriented Nseries phones and the largely business-only approach of earlier Eseries models like the E61i. Past phones have been limited to slow second-generation (2G) data access in the US and have often lacked features considered essential outside of the work place, such as a camera, robust media playback support, and an attractive but portable design.

The Bold and iPhone 3G both plug the absence of faster Internet connections in addition to offering potentially stronger business e-mail. BlackBerries are already entrenched in North America through their push e-mail services, but the iPhone now receives full Exchange support in addition to its stronger media features. The E66 and E71 include their own Exchange support but have more ground to cover with their media playback capabilities.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. OtisWild

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    Slowkia

    I have an E70, and in theory it should rock, but the damn thing is so slooow and cramped, the browser is junk, etc etc...

    I've been waiting for the 3G/GPS iPhone since before the first one was released, and I'm thinking I'll be replacing the Nok with it.. I just hope I can use my existing SallingClicker license for it ;)

  1. gambit-7

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    +2

    Perspective..

    Here's some perspective: it took Apple - which are masters of UI - a few years to come up with the iPhone. Nokia has never come close, and now that they have a target, I don't think one year is realistic enough for them - anyone, for that matter - to catch up to iPhone.

    Even Jobs called that they had at least a five year head-start during the iPhone intro keynote. It could have been hyperbole - and certainly the Android platform is going to help - but I don't think he was off by much.

    With Android being PC and the Mac now played by iPhone, though, it feels like the eighties again. Next few years should be very interesting, indeed.

  1. gambit-7

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    -4

    Perspective..

    ..

  1. Guest

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    Joined: Nov 1999

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    Nokia E90

    I've had Nokia's E90 since May of last year and I've been using the following feature set: BlackBerry support (syncing of calendar, contacts, notes, meeting requests, etc.), A-GPS, 3.2 Megapixel camera, editing and creating docments, PDF support, voice recording, video recording, video conferencing, external MicroSD memory slot, etc. Although Apple's iPhone is a beauty to look at, right now I think Nokia has got it beat on the features.

  1. Guest

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    Nokia E90

    I've had Nokia's E90 since May of last year and I've been using the following feature set: BlackBerry support (syncing of calendar, contacts, notes, meeting requests, etc.), A-GPS, 3.2 Megapixel camera, editing and creating docments, PDF support, voice recording, video recording, video conferencing, external MicroSD memory slot, etc.

    Although Apple's iPhone is a beauty to look at, right now I think Nokia has got it beat on the features.

  1. chadpengar

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    Joined: Oct 2001

    +3

    N95

    I had an N95, which is also Symbian based. It was junk compared to the iPhone. Hard UI to use and clunky. I have not played with the new E series but the olders ones were just different form factors for the same junky features and UI as the N95 and N80 before that.

  1. Constable Odo

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    Hardware features are

    nice, no doubt. But they usually come at a cost to consumers. It's good that Nokia has a whole bunch of phone models to sell. They can satisfy individuals taste that way. Apple only has one phone to try and satisfy users. They're not going to put a 5MP camera with it's associated cost to please only a handful of users. The Nokia 95 is a brick of a phone and it's bound to please some users more than an iPhone could. That's why you have it. But I can assure you with certainty that Apple will sell far more iPhones than Nokia will ever sell N95s.

    You will see in time that Nokia's smartphone market will be eroded by the iPhone whether you choose to believe it or not. Not because the Nokia N95 or other N Series are lesser phones hardware-wise, but because the iPhone will appeal to more people for overall use. Analysts have already started to downgrade Nokia's stock for this reason. This can easily be checked out.

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