[maemo-users] Nokia device usage

From: Mark wolfmane at gmail.com
Date: Sat Mar 7 04:00:05 EET 2009
On Fri, Mar 6, 2009 at 3:52 PM, Andrew Flegg <andrew at bleb.org> wrote:
> John, you wrote:
> [snip]
>> I have to agree with Mark that, implicitly, Nokia misleads the public to
>> the extent that it markets the IT's along side of its other mass market
>> mobile phone devices if, in fact, the IT's are a work in progress (I
>> agree, they are, unfortunately)  that will take 5 generations  and a few
>> more years to get the product ready for the mass market.
> I don't think they're yet ready for the mainstream, but I don't think they're an albatross around the neck of anyone who buys them, as your Amazon figures show:
>> N800
>>    4 stars out of 5 with a sample size of 172
>> N810
>>    4 stars out of 5 with a sample size of 93
> Anyway, let's remember the "not ready for mainstream" point...
>>    Over a period of three years, I can count on one finger the number
>>    of individuals besides myself that I have actually seen
>>    carrying/using an IT
> As you say, the mainstream aren't buying them yet. If they're not ready for the mainstream, that's a good thing, no?

Not really, because as long as they can keep selling them in
relatively small numbers to fanboys they don't have to worry about
supporting them or ever polishing them to the point that they are
living up to their full potential. Do you really think the successors
will be any better? They'll keep updating the hardware, and keep
spending far too little time finishing the software. No generation
will ever be better than the current ones in that respect.

What good is fantastic hardware without software that can make full use of it?

The N800 has been discontinued for a while already, and at this point
there's zero chance that I'll ever be able to use the hardware to its
full potential. Nokia has already moved on, and once the next
generation comes out most of the kind and generous developers who are
supplying us with apps for the current crop will move most of their
attention to the new device. They've already said that there will be
zero backwards compatibility with the OS and software because the
hardware is going to be fundamentally different.

Do you not understand that as long as they keep coming out with new
devices and dropping the old ones there will NEVER be one that is
ready for consumers? In order for a device to be ready for consumers
they have to stand by it long enough to finish the software.


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