Despite avoiding iphone for nearly 2 years and being a Nokia user fan & supporter for ever since nokia first started doing mass produced phones. I also retailed them, and convinced my clientele that Nokia is the phone to go with for nearly 10 years. I was Nokia to the core.
However recently some of my friends who were also hard core Nokia fans have made the move to iphone. I don't blame them. I too have succumbed to the lure of iphone and it was not an easy thing to do, or so I thought. Begrudgingly I took hold of the Iphone, a used 16gb 3gs. I was pleasantly surprised at the capabilities, speed, applications etc. After using the Nokia smart phones and the endless bugs which nokia don't sort out for months. The iphone was like sailing in the clouds.
Too all you hardcore Nokia fans I would say you are definitely missing out. Dump Nokia , as they have had their run and get smart get the iphone , I believe you will not look back.
Ye there are some minor outdated stuff on the iphone , people talk about the camera pixels etc. But its like all products they could give you everything in one go , but then what do they do ?, they have to make the company sustainable, so they release thing in a timely manner. The technology in phones today is about 3 to 5 years old , its all preplanned.
Nokia has not really done enough to keep its customers happy and on top of that they have lost allot of the innovating consumers, (who are the first to buy new products) to iphone. This makes it difficult for a company to trial new products effectively and get people to switch over from another brand. Ultimately leads to serious problems for a company. I will not be surprised to see nokia in some serious problems in the near future and a reduction in their phone quality.
For the moment iphone is the way to go and Nokia needs to short its Sh** out. Bye Bye Nokia.
I'm not a fan of any particular company. I must say that my previous phone, the Nokia 6126, is the best cell phone I have ever used. I had it for quite a few years until I got my N97. My old phone is now the property of my brother-in-law who likes it (other than the battery life).
I got my N97 not because it was a Nokia phone. I got it because it had the features that I specifically needed. In particular was the GPS and QWERTY keyboard that gave it the edge over the iPhone and other smart phone available to me at the time. I did not go specifically for any brand, just had my list of requirements and the N97 was the best fit.
I did have my issues with the N97 stability. The V21 firmware did a lot to fix most of the issues. I also spent a lot of time customising it to the way I like and to make it as stable as possible. I'm still awaiting for V22 to be available to me in Canada to fix some minor issues that still remain.
Being a first time smartphone user, I wrestled with the many features smartphones have as well as the stability issues of the N97. I guess I was able to overlook the issues I had due to the novelty of such a device. I took a month for me to customise it the way I like and was comfortable with using it. My friend who had an HTC told me it took him about the same amount of time as well.
Looking back those 4 months, I have though if I could have made a better choice. Based on what I knew a the time, I felt I probably made the best choice I could have. If I knew then what I knew now, I might have considered waiting a few weeks for the Nexus One. I'm a littled unsatisfied with Bell's network coverage which is weak and non-existent in some places that I go. I would have like to have stayed with Fido (or go to Rogers) since their network coverage is excellent everywhere I went on my old phone. Hindsight is 20/20, and I would have no way of knowing then what I know now. My brother-in-law (a different one) has a Nexus One and he says it is the best phone he ever used and is one who uses bleeding edge devices. I may even overlook the lack of a QUERTY keyboard.
I'm likely going to use the N97 for a few years. I'll see what happens to the industry in a couple of years. It seems that whatever phone I get will feel outdated in several months as new phones come out regularly. Whether or not I will go with Nokia 3 times in a row depends on Nokia and other companies. Although I cannot help being a bit of a fan of the company whose product I use, Nokia will have to have a product that suites my needs when I upgrade for me to remain a customer.
The V22 firmware is not available to me in Canada. If it becomes available and addresses the few issues I still have, I would definitely give a Nokia phones more consideration than I would now. Anything can happen in a few years. Until then, I'm out of the market unless something catistrophic happens to my N97.