Feeds

The Camel: Nokia unveils user designed phone

What you get when you design by committee

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Nokia's Designed By Community project has reached the sketch stage, with three designs being put to the public vote to decide what the perfect Nokia handset should look like.

Nokia's project - inviting the general public to vote and debate what constitutes the perfect mobile phone - has created a specification with all the innovation and flair that one might expect from something designed by a committee of thousands, and does more to demonstrate the competition's failings than what Nokia should be doing.

Part of the problem has been the limited options on which visitors were asked to vote, but mostly the project highlights the pointlessness of asking users what they want – they'll tell you they want a slightly better version of what they've got.

So the "Nokia U" (as the vote named it) has a capacitive touch screen, a lens cover and "super strength" durability. It offers "unlimited" multitasking, and supports multiple OSs and HDMI. This merely shows what's irritating today's smartphone users, rather than offering genuine innovation.

Three proposed models

The available options, which look much better on Nokia Conversation

It's ironic that as this project was running a new book from a former Nokia executive argues that the company needs to spend less time listening to potential customers, and more time making interesting products. As Juhani Risku told us in an interview: "If you think about Apple, they don't ask anybody. The idea of users as designers is a catastrophe."

Nokia isn't actually planning to manufacture the "Nokia U"; the only commitment is to create some pretty pictures based on the results of this final vote. The project is intended as an information-gathering exercise, but it seems to us that lack of information is the least of Nokia's current problems. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER
Analyst predicts fanbois will have to wait until next year
The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?
And yes it does need a fat HDD (or SSD, it's cool with either)
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE
Can't face sea of wobbling fondle implements. What happened to lighters, eh?
Apple to build WORLD'S BIGGEST iStore in Dubai
It's not the size of your shiny-shiny...
Just in case? Unverified 'supersize me' iPhone 6 pics in sneak leak peek
Is bigger necessarily better for the fruity firm's flagship phone?
Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer
Xerox? Pff, not even in the same league as His Jobsiness
Apple analyst: fruity firm set to shift 75 million iPhones
We'll have some of whatever he's having please
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
BYOD's dark side: Data protection
An endpoint data protection solution that adds value to the user and the organization so it can protect itself from data loss as well as leverage corporate data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?