Windows 8 is up for grabs. It is available for download on its official web-page. When you visit the page you are welcome with a offer no one would like to give a miss – $39.99 in US (£24.99 in UK, INR 2000 in India). Unless Bill and Melinda has financed Microsoft to give it away at this dirt cheap prices, there is no way Microsoft is ever going to give away this much discount. This is not all, people have also reported that there are some ways you can get it at £14.99 in UK (INR 699 in India), now that is FREE (literally) considering original price will hover around $100 in US (£80 in UK, INR 10 in India).
After the February 2011 announcement that Symbian will be dropped, Nokia was heavily panned for its decision. As a Nokia lover and long time user of Symbian, I am no different. Symbian, in my opinion, is the original smartphone OS and Nokia will be abandoning it in favor of Windows Phone. Nokia market share was sliding with advent of iPhone and Android jumping in competition. Nokia was to blame for missing out on huge opportunities. Nokia was eying on keeping the price low while other manufacturers were either keeping prices dirt cheap or giving devices the premium price tag, of course with better responsive touch phones.
Microsoft on other hand had already burned it’s hand twice in mobile business. Windows Mobile steadily rose to its peak in 2007 and fell faster than Jack and Jill. Microsoft also came up with it’s own hardware too, I’ll be too happy it was named something “Kin”. Microsoft faced flak after failure of Windows Vista but it came up with Windows 7 to counter. In mobile world it has failed in both OS (Windows Phone 6) and hardware (Microsoft Kin), Microsoft only bet being in mobile business was Windows Phone 7.
Did two ailing companies make a success story?
Nokia N8 is doing a great job for me in all fronts of usage (occasional hiccups), apps, media and multimedia. But I must upgrade to something. Nokia 808 being the original successor of Nokia N8 is highly probable but the decision from Feb. 2011 is a big factor. I am planning to buy a new phone and buying a new smartphone is not less than research in itself. Here I am thinking out loud on which phone I will finally go for.
It can be said that Nokia N8 has been in market for well above 1 year and 6 months and with its 12 MP Carl Zeiss tessar optics and Xenon flash still ruling as the best camera in cameraphone category of mobiles. Before N8, we had N86 with 8MP camera with biggest sensor at the time and N82 with Xenon Flash. Proving its camera prowess for a decade now, Nokia has moved one step ahead by creating a 41MP sensor and has named it PureView. The first ever PureView device is Nokia 808. Does it have enough to be another decade of Nokia ruling in cameraphone category? Read on as expressed by Vesa Jutila, Head of Symbian Product Marketing at Nokia.
Couple of days back I got hands on beautiful N86. Yes, the 8 megapixel shooter which has the biggest camera module at the time of it’s launch. Nokia has a history of combining best in class hardware but what makes it stand apart is the Camera in it’s Camera-Phones. With first camera phone to N86, camera phones couldn’t have been better.