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Nokia's UK managing director resigns

Nokia’s Uk managing director Mark Loughran reckons that the Nokia N97 will prove superior to the iPhone due to its significantly better camera sensor, lower tariffs and its radical change in styling and especially form factor from the company’s ex-flagship the Nokia N96.

Loughran said: “The new iPhone is an evolution rather than a revolution and for people trying to decide whether to get a Nokia N97 or an iPhone, it comes down to a decision on performance and value for money.”

Loughran added: “the new iPhone seems to have the same design and colour, upgrading froma sub-standard two-megapixel camera to a still low 3.2 megapixel camera, and is probably a disappointment.”

Nokia General Manager Believes N97 Will Beat The iPhone

Good times…

  • Rob Scott

    Nokia N8 is strategically similar to N97, packed with hardware features and nothing else.
    They are in deep trouble…

    • http://www.asymco.com Horace Dediu

      There is no perceptible shift in strategy, business logic, positioning, design language, platform or ecosystem from N97 to N8. Nokia is standing still while the world moves on.

      • Shaun

        "There is no perceptible shift in strategy, business logic, positioning, design language, platform or ecosystem from N97 to N8. Nokia is standing still while the world moves on."

        Horace, that's wrong on many counts.

        "positioning" – they positioning it as cheaper than the N97's market.
        "design language" – it's quite different to the old N97 brick design. No Keyboard either.
        "platform" – Huh? Completely new development tools for Symbian^3. It's a very different platform although still backward compatible with old AVKON apps.
        "ecosystem" – Ovi Store v2 launches with the N8 including a native Qt based store, New dev agreements letting in individual developers not just companies and free Symbian Signing.

      • http://www.asymco.com Horace Dediu

        Shaun,

        I appreciate your spirited defense of Nokia, keep going. My concern with the company is that it has not had a shift in strategy to respond to the disruptive impact of mobile broadband. The new CEO agrees. I can take every point and argue it, but it all adds up to a whole called the brand. Nokia's brand is in tatters and no amount of flag waiving can restore it. Nokia meant cool and innovative, now it means cheap and old. Tweaking features and product attributes does not help.

        I worked there for eight years and still know some people there. I am critical because the company needs criticism to survive.

    • Tom

      Nokia just delayed the N8 once again.

      • Shaun
      • Shaun

        I've tried posting a link to the Nokia Conversations Blog giving an update on the N8 shipping date but my comment keeps getting lost.

        Anyhoo, Nokia say they are STILL shipping by the end of September to some customers but you may not get it before October in some areas. They're blaming high pre-order demand.

    • Shaun

      All new OS, new messaging software, social networking built in, Qt for software development. It's far from just exceptional hardware.

      It's a much bigger change from Symbian S60 v5 to ^3 than any change the iPhone has ever had.

  • Tom
  • Jim

    The next iteration may as well be called the N-10 (pronounced "nothing").

  • Shaun
  • Kras

    @Shaun:

    You can most certainly analyse it that way.

    But the big picture spells it the way as Horace described — and I could not have put it any better.

    The N8 may have been a glimmer of hope. But the train had already left the station a long while back.

  • Shaun

    I agree the N8 is later than it should be. It should have been out 6 months ago.

    This second round of Symbian^3 phones (C7, E7, C6-01) are evidence that the N8 hardware platform was late. Just look at the specs and you'll see that they've bumped up the RAM and OS NAND on these in relation to the N8. I'd guess the N8 hardware was finished 6 months ago and Symbian^3 was just not ready.

    However, at the same time there's been a seismic shift in the developer relationship, tools, Ovi store guidelines and the release of Qt SDK.

    Their strategy is right. They just need to iterate quicker.

  • Gandhi

    It does not bode well when a top level executive quits right before a major product launch.