Weekly poll: Nokia is coming back, but what phones should it make?

Peter, 05 December 2016

Microsoft seems to be sweeping Lumia under the rug and the Nokia brand is coming back. You could argue that it’s not “true Nokia” but most execs at HMD Oy have years of experience at Nokia (later Microsoft) or HTC, Sony Ericsson or similar. And they are building Android phones, no more adventures with unproven mobile OS’s.

But which Nokia would you want back? The brand is most famous for the 3310 - a brick in the best sense of the word. Even IP and MIL-STD rated Androids feel kind of fragile compared to the abuse that an old-school Nokia could take.

3310 5210 5500 Sport
3310 • 5210 • 5500 Sport

The Nokia 7650 was the first phone with a built-in camera that most people encountered. The Finns later perfected their craft with the likes of the N8 and 808 PureView. Enormous sensors and resolutions weren’t even the most strangest Nokia camera - remember the N90 that looked like the digital video cameras of its age? The N93 even had 3x optical zoom in 2006! We still remember N95’s camera too.

N8 N90 808 PureView
N8 • N90 • 808 PureView

Or how about the Nokia 5800, which offered incredible value for money - a great way for Nokia to enter the touchscreen market (aside from the odd Communicator). Nokia mid-rangers were always held in high esteem and they sold millions.

5800 XpressMusic 5310 XpressMusic N79
5800 XpressMusic • 5310 XpressMusic • N79

Of course, geeks like us loved Nokia for the bonkers designs they put out. Remember the Nokia 7600 puck? The N-Gage game console/phone? The 6820 with a flip-out QWERTY? The “What the hell is this?” 7280? Some of the most beautiful, most unusual designs came from Nokia and we yearn for that kind of excitement again, our eyes will dim at the sight of another “rounded rectangle.”

N-Gage 6820 7280
N-Gage • 6820 • 7280

It wasn’t all fun and games, some of the best-loved business phones came out of Nokia. The E-series was legendary, but even before smart OSes and even color screens the 6310i made the brand popular with business folk. And who can forget the sliders of the 8-series - so cool, but so expensive.

E72 6310 8910i
E72 • 6310 • 8910i

While we’re happy with the choice of Android, we will miss Nokia’s Linux efforts. The Nokia N9 was way ahead of Android at the time, but even the Nokia N900 had Linux geeks crawling all over it. That part of Nokia we’re not getting back.

Which style of Nokia would you want HMD to focus on?
Work, work work!
Go wild!
Maemo :(


Reader comments

  • Kiwi Nokia Fan
  • 13 Dec 2016
  • PPS

Update the C3-01 in aluminium with LED torch, wifi, email and better Camera software. The camera software and zoom on that phone was shit, and the touch screen kept breaking (I went through 2 of thoses phones and one x3-02 which used the same touch s...

1---- Indestructible ---> Need to do away with Display Glass ---> Currently less scope for cheaper alternative 2---- Value for Money ---> Need an innovative-breakthrough design to survive in the crowded market. The Nokia we knew was Good a...

  • Anonymous
  • 08 Dec 2016
  • t@g

make an all-round Android phone, just like the original Nokia did with the Nokia N95.

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