The wrong idea.

by rmtwrkr

I browse many other E-series orientated blogs, and a very good one is the official blogsite. I tend to read the Applications Blog section that is run by Tommi. A few blogposts ago, there was the announcement of the new s60 web browser (version 2). Tommi had mentioned in the post that some ‘user-requested’ features had been implemented in this new version, such as a password manager, and integrated WAP/Flash lite 2. All well and good!…err….no…actually. After some other readers had posed the question of whether the current s60v3 edition phones (mainly the N and E series) would be able to upgrade at some point to this improved browser, the answer came back: NOPE. NO WAY.

So to me, what Nokia (not Tommi, as he was only relaying what he was told) was saying between the lines was something like this: you CAN get the new improved browser if you want it, all you have to do is spend around 450 euros for the upgrade. Wow! A bargain! I had never realised in all my previous Sys Admin experiences with computers that creating an upgrade path could be so easy! and cheap! The crux of this issue for me is that Nokia is going around and telling people off for calling their smartphones..err…’smartphones’, and instead that these devices should be better called ‘multimedia computers’. Maybe I have missed something here, or did they say computers? I am sure that in my experience EVERY computer that I have dealt with gives the user the chance or possibility to upgrade the OS, unless a particular new feature needs a special new Hardware config. To say that the N or E series phones/computers/WHATEVER are actually ‘real’ computers beggers belief. Now don’t get me wrong, these are very capable devices. But really, if Nokia wanted to market these things as essentially non-OS-upgradeable, throwaway little bricks then this would be a more realistic vision of the current status quo. It saddens me, as I see the massive potential in these devices, and I see no technical reason why the current crop of N, and particularly the E series phones cannot have these relatively small improvements to Nokia’s own applications. Sure, if a Nokia developer can step up and prove to me that there IS NO WAY ON EARTH that this new browser could ever run on such lowly devices, and need spiffy new EXPENSIVE hardware to save those passwords (err…doesn’t Opera 8.65 already do this?…what? on my lowly E61?? how???).

No. This is clearly planned obscelesence to me. And at a furious pace as well, far exceeding the ‘real’ computer industry. Also the strangest thing about this, is that Nokia have just launched the new N95 ‘multimedia computer’ that has the new browser, along with some other bug fixes and eye-candy. The market demographic that Nokia seems to be targetting with this phone is the ‘switched-on iPod generation’ that want music, ringtones, videos, camera, music, err…ringtones, Does Nokia really think these people give a flying flock about a password manager in the browser? Do you think in the phone shops that trendy new-media types with money to burn are asking the critical deal-breaker question: ”yes, but does this phone have an integrated password manager in the web browser?”. I DON’T THINK SO. Yet, the current E-series phones, aimed at serious types like businessmen and geeks would benefit far more from these small feature-bumps, and are just ignored. Weird, maybe Nokia hasn’t noticed the sheer enthusiasm for these phones from all the Blogs that have cropped up EVERYWHERE over the last few months…maybe they just don’t care, and are only in it to ‘roll’ people of their money everytime a new singular software feature gets added to a phone (oh yeah….um…like feature pack1 phones!). Fine.

Just don’t call them computers okay?