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Nokia C7  (Source: Nokia)
Too little too late?

Nokia is still one of the largest makers of mobile phones in the world, but in the all important smartphone and high-end handset market where profits are higher, the company is lacking. Nokia is seeing may users migrate from its smartphones to the iPhone and Android-based smartphones. The results for the company are low profits and sagging stock prices.

One of the ways that Nokia hopes to tempt new customers and keep exiting users from going to other brands is by cutting prices. Two industry sources are saying that Nokia has cut prices of its high-end smartphones in Europe. The sources claim direct knowledge of the pricing and say the cuts will be around 15%. The phones that will see price cuts are reportedly the N8, C7, and E6 devices.

Other devices may see smaller price cuts. One source Reuters cites is at a European telecom operator and the source said, "There are no very big cuts per model, but the scale -- across the portfolio -- is unseen for a very, very long time."

A 15% discount is not that much to an end user and even at the reduced price Nokia will have a hard time competing with the more popular Android and iOS devices on the market. Nokia stock prices tumbled on the news by 2% and Nokia insists that the cuts are "business as usual."

Analyst Carolina Milanesi at Gartner figures Nokia should cut prices on other handsets too. She said, "They should discount older products including the N8, the C7 and the C6, and ship the new ones at a very aggressive price too."

Nokia is not doing well and is looking to the Windows Phone 7 devices coming later this year to save its failing smartphone business. A "super-confidential" Windows Phone from Nokia was leaked late last month giving a glimpse at what Nokia has in store.

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By Samus on 7/5/2011 9:25:43 PM , Rating: 4
I have a Nokia E73 and an N8. Both run Symbian^3 with different interfaces. The advantge Symbian has is its efficient handling of processing power, and with the ridiculous size of battery Nokia uses, the E73, for example, gets me 3-4 days of regular use. It does everything a Blackberry does.

The N8, with a larger screen and slightly faster CPU than the E73, gets over 2 days of battery life with regular use, double that of most Android phones, all while doing exactly the same thing.

I won't get into hardware, where Nokia is usually superior to everybody in terms of overall quality, camera, and reliability. But the OS makes up for the lack of CPU speed, while using less power at the same time. That is, sadly, the major strength of Symbian.

There is a decent sized app selection for Symbian, but it isn't "huge." It does have everything I need though, including a bunch of good games, Joikuspot (wifi hotspot) a QR reader, various file system tools for browsing windows shares on networks or printing data, multiple web browsers, and even a linux command line.

The problems with Symbian all basically boil down to lack of support. It is buggy and there is no clear initiative to fix many of its problems, especially on older hardware.

This alone makes it quite obvious that Nokia has abandoned it, irregardless of what they say...

By pandemonium on 7/6/2011 12:56:55 AM , Rating: 2
Registered just to say you're spot on in your facts here. I couldn't have said it better myself.

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