Apple trumped all other smartphone manufacturers last quarter based on consumers activating a device. The usual Android foes were all far behind Apple with Samsung leading the way. Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) conducted a survey with five hundred subjects in the United States and aimed to find which phone brands were most popular among activations. The devices, both old and new, were activated between October and December of last year.
Samsung trailed Apple by 24% and that was the closest any company came to catching the clan in Cupertino. After that, the numbers dropped off significantly. The third place company was LG with 11% and Motorola finished fourth at 4%. Rounding out the bottom was HTC (2%), Nokia (2%), Amazon (1%), and “other” with 4%. BlackBerry, who may or may not be facing an acquisition in the near future, had no activations from the survey.
Josh Lowitz, the co-founder of CIRP, explained that the loyalty of Apple customers is far greater than that of Samsung and LG’s. He said:
“iPhones drew from loyal Apple customers, with 86% of buyers upgrading from an older iPhone. Samsung and LG saw far lower loyalty rates, with 25% of Samsung owners and 18% of LG owners who activated a phone in the quarter switching to an iPhone.”
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We’ve said it once, but we’ll say it again: the Nokia N1 is a very nice device. Quite unlike Nokia‘s previous pastel smartphone offerings, the Nokia N1 is an inspired design featuring oodles of aluminium and an almost-stock interface that will have many an Android fan drooling. Unfortunately, the only hiccup is that it is […]
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A lot of talk has been surrounding the Nokia N1 tablet, mainly because it was Nokia’s first device announced after their split with Microsoft. The device also features class leading specs at a low cost. Due to these factors, 20,000 units of the tablet were sold within a span of 4 minutes in China and now the device is sold out.
The Nokia N1, which is a direct competitor to the iPad Mini 3, is easy to sell when the specs are comparable, if not better, and priced at CNY 1599 or $257 USD. It was rumored earlier to sell in the United States for $249.99, so it will for sure be between that and $259.99.
To give a refresher, the Nokia N1 comes with a 7.9 inch display (1536 x 2048) in a sleek metal construction. To top that off, it features a 2.3 GHz Intel Atom Z3580 processor backed by 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of ROM and runs Android 5.0 Lollipop. It also features Nokia’s very own Z Launcher and sports a 5,300 mAh battery.
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The Nokia N1 tablet was made available in China today, after the device was announced a couple of months in advance to generate enough hype and interest. And just as the sales opened for the tablet today, a Chinese source mentions that its initial stocks of 20,000 units have run out within a span of just 4 minutes.
With an asking price of CNY 1599 or $257, the N1 is one of the best budget tablets on offer. The device has been made available only in China as of now with no word on a global launch yet. Nokia is expected to make more units of the tablet available on the 15th of January, so customers who couldn’t their hands on the tablet during the initial launch will only have to wait another week.
The Nokia N1 packs a 7.9 inch display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 and is also accompanied by Intel’s quad core 2.3 GHz Atom Z3580 processor. Other features include an 8-megapixel camera on the back, a 5-megapixel front camera for selfies, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, Android 5.0 Lollipop with a custom Z Launcher and a 5300 mAh battery.
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Nokia’s maiden Android-powered tablet, the N1, is now available to pre-order in China for 1,599 Yuan — which equates to approximately $256. Shipping will commence to the first batch of customers on Monday, January 29.
Packing a 7.9-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels, a 2.3GHz Intel Atom Z3580 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5,300 mAh battery, the N1 looks to be somewhat impressive.
The slate will run the latest build of Android 5.0 Lollipop straight out of the box skinned with Nokia’s extremely functional Z Launcher, which according to the manufacturer “learns how you use your tablet and promotes your favorite apps so you can get to them faster”.
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You had us worried Nokia. We almost thought we’d never see an Android Nokia device (the Nokia X really doesn’t count) and the fact Microsoft is ditching the Nokia name for its Lumia devices going forward didn’t have us feeling particularly confident. Perhaps it’s the scrapping of its brand, or the fact most of its employees were dumped by Microsoft not long after its acquisition, but Nokia has gone out on a limb and announced a new tablet, the Nokia N1, and guess what operating system it’s running – you guessed it, Android 5.0 Lollipop.
While many of Nokia’s final devices under its brand name were plastic and brightly coloured, the N1 is nothing short of sexy and sleek – the exterior of the device is one piece of anodized aluminium that is somehow 6.9mm thick and houses a 7.9-inch display. Inside the device is a 64-bit quadcore Intel Atom 2.4GHz processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage and a 5,300mAh battery. The software running on the N1 looks to be almost stock Android, but will run a thinly themed Z Launcher (remember that? It all makes sense now). I’m actually genuinely psyched to see Nokia release this tablet, but there is a bit of bad news, unless you live in China, Russia or select parts of Europe – the N1 will only be available in those regions starting in February in China, with no plans to launch anywhere else. We can only hope that Nokia eventually changes their mind.
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What will be the first major Nokia device look like following Microsoft’s acquisition of its smartphone arm? We’ll find out tomorrow, according to a cryptic tweet featuring a mysterious black box from the company. That’s when Nokia’s head of product business, Sebastian Nystrom, will host a session entirely focused on “what’s next” for Nokia at the Slush conference in Finland. A shiny new flagship phone is likely out of the question, which leaves us wondering what else Nokia could have up its sleeves.
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Nokia may have sold its smartphone line to Microsoft, but it held on to one of the crown jewels: its brand. The Finnish company has the world’s 98th most valuable name at around $3.2 billion and plans to profit by licensing it to other companies, along with its technology and patent portfolios. In a presentation (PDF) Nokia Technologies President Ramzi Haidamus said that the company is free to lend its name to any non-phone products, as long as “the brand is relevant.” There was no mention of the companies it may work with, but Haidamus said that the product would need to look like it was made by Nokia.
Because of its deal with Microsoft, Nokia is restricted from using its name on feature phones for another ten years, but is free to brand smartphones after 2016. Meanwhile, Microsoft stopped using the Nokia brand in favor of Lumia starting with the new Lumia 535. However, Nokia said that it has no plans to enter that market directly. Instead, it would license its brand to third-party smartphone companies and work with them to make the best use of it. Nokia also wants to market its technological expertise along with its extensive patent portfolio — for instance, it added 914 new patents in 2014 alone.
Haidamus was quick to point out that while the Nokia name is valuable, he’s keen to capitalize on it soon, as its lustre will diminish rapidly. If he’s right, we may soon see that Microsoft left the most valuable part of the company on the table — the Nokia name itself.
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We were well aware it was coming, but today Microsoft finally says goodbye to Nokia branding for its Windows Phones. The first handset to omit the Nokia name is the new Microsoft Lumia 535, an entry-level device with two standout features: A 5-inch display and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Microsoft says it’s been designed as an alternative to the smaller Lumia 530, and will be targeted primarily at markets like Russia, India, China and other parts of Asia. It will also see a launch in Europe (including the UK) sometime in the future, but currently, we’re told there are no plans to release the phone stateside.
Although Microsoft ranges a bunch of Lumia devices with sizable displays, most of these are aimed at the top end of the market. The Lumia 535 is intended to fill something of a hole in its current line-up, being a more affordable smartphone that still has a decent-sized screen to poke at. The 5-inch AMOLED display is hardly worth bragging about, though, as it offers a miserly resolution of 960 x 540. Microsoft claims to have paid special attention to outdoor readability, and while our initial impression of the panel’s color temperature is favorable, the low pixel count is pretty hard to ignore.
The front-facing 5-megapixel camera includes a wide-angle lens with a 24mm focal length, just like the Lumia 730/735. It sounds like could be the perfect phone for selfie addicts on a budget, but the couple of shots I took during my brief time with the device seemed pretty average. Images appeared to come out dull, even in a well-lit room, but I was viewing them on the handset’s low-resolution display, so perhaps that had something to do with it. Microsoft was showing off prototypes with pre-final software, too, so it’s possible image processing will be improved.
The Lumia 535 runs on a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, with 1GB of RAM and a 1,905mAh battery. There’s 8GB of onboard storage, coupled with a microSD card slot for up to 128GB of extra capacity. The device is also 3G-only, which is understandable given it’s aimed at people who are unlikely to have a 4G data plan. The main camera is also a 5-megapixel affair, but with an LED flash, and like all Lumias, there will be several color options: Green, cyan, orange, black and white. These back plates are interchangeable and Microsoft will be offering flip covers in matching shades for those that like to give their handset a little extra protection.
The handset’s design doesn’t stray far from the typical Lumia formula, boasting a matte or gloss plastic back, rounded sides and softened corners. It sits comfortably in the hand and the button placement on the right-hand side — volume rocker up top and power button underneath — should suit right-handers’ thumbs perfectly. As for the Microsoft branding? It’s… fine. The logos are small and unobtrusive, especially on the front. It feels strange to pick up a Lumia without Nokia’s logo, but it’s a sensation I suspect everyone will get used to pretty quickly.
Microsoft says the Lumia 535 will launch later this month in Asia-Pacific territories, with Russia, India and China at the top of the list, ahead of Africa and Europe. The handset will sell for roughly €110 excluding taxes (around $135), although the price will vary between countries.
Like the kid who got picked on in school, Nokia’s Lumia 920 took some time out, got a chemical peel and returned a few months later as the Lumia 925. In fact, by ditching the bright colors and bulky frame, the 925 presented itself as a mature, refined device that separated itself from previous Lumias. When we reviewed it, we found that the better looks weren’t necessarily a perfect trade off against the 920’s bigger storage and wireless charging. Still, we’re sure that plenty of you leapt into the Windows Phone ocean with this device, so why not share with us how you found it? Head on over to the forum and spill your
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