Nokia puts hive mind to work on Best Phone Ever
And it should have wheels and, and a knife with fire coming out
Nokia's "Designed by Community" project is intended to find out what a mobile phone feature set should be, but even the Finns aren't promising to build it.
The site, which is part of Nokia Conversations, offers visitors the opportunity to vote on various aspects of the "perfect" handset with user interface elements being this week's topic. Each week a different aspect of handset design goes to the vote, with the final design being created - as a concept rendering at least.
Once the display and interface have been settled this week the vote moves on to the size and shape, then materials followed by OS (which Nokia limits to Symbian or MeeGo - a question which most of Nokia must be asking right now). That takes us up to 12 April, when visitors can vote on connectivity options (including wireless charging), then the camera and finally Nokia is promising that some weird enhancement options will be put to the vote.
Nokia does appear to be responding to comments posted, widening the options in response to one and trying to deal with the inevitable flood of "xxx is the best handset ever, you should make one like that". But the idea here is to let everyone tell Nokia what the ideal handset should look like.
The result will likely be a complete mess - as most things designed by committee tend to be - but the process might generate some interesting discussion and we're already looking forward to seeing the final render, if only to see just what the hive mind can come up with. ®
Apparently the stuff I want from a phone is "not adventurous enough" for Nokia to consider it. Apparently I either need to have a screen so big it won't fit in my pocket, or with an aspect ratio that makes it useless for most applications such as web browsing, or - seemingly - do away with the on/off switch (which, I'll concede, is adventurous but perhaps not useful).
Capacitive screens are allegedly adventurous, but no use if you want to use it as a GPS in the outdoors with gloves (without the need for a sausage) or within a waterproof sleeve - which counts as me being adventurous perhaps, but clearly not the phone.
On the other hand, doing away with hot keys and replacing the touchscreen kepboard with a numeric keypad is considered adventurous. Both of which are technologically backward steps, no?
If this is Nokia's idea of how to progress then I worry for their sake.
A flying start
It would be nice if Nokia could remember how to make a phone which worked, didn't stall/freeze/lock up (all late series 60 phones) didn't drown in phantom keypresses (the zoom bar on that 58xx whatever Navigator), didn't drink battery like mad (N900), and was running a platform that wasn't about to be discontinued/rebranded.
Oh, and also halfway decent industrial design too, build quality more like the 6800 classic or iPhone than the current shitty selection...
..oh yeah, and backup software that doesn't crap out all the time..
I swear that the E72 was the last good phone that they made..
(wanders off into distance, ranting)
Nokia should join the Android movement before it's too late...
As a nokia man of some 14 years, this month I ditched it after the Mrs got a Galaxy Portal and I finally saw how bad symbian was. I had to ditch my N series, and until the HTC Desire lands on T-mobile UK, have got a Hero to tide me over.
First time EVER tempted away, as hardware wise they make great kit. Nothing out there fulfilled my needs out of the box, to a quality I've been used to long before Apple thought of phones.
Everyone else has at least one android handset, and that's all they need at a time if they really want.
Most Nokia owners that have left I'm sure have only done so due to the OS, not the hardware quality. Make a decent interface and they'll return.
This can only be done quickly, and prevent a trouncing in 2010 by embracing Android - if only to help recover ground on Apple ;)