New Nokia 500 Symbian Anna Phone is only 150 Euro, but packs a lot of performance and features.
Nokia unveiled today the Nokia 500. This is actually an interesting new device, if it would run on something else than Symbian. Nokia plans to sell this new device for just 150 Euro (~$216) starting in Q3.
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Features of the Nokia 500 include 1Ghz CPU, 3.2-inch touchscreen, 5MP camera, 2GB storage, micro-SD card slot, Wi-Fi, 3G, HSUPA, Bluetooth and 5-7 hours talktime. Measurements of the Nokia 500 are 111.3x53.8x14.1mm and the weight is 93g.
With the unveiling of the Nokia 500, the company is also adopting a new naming scheme for their phones. Nokia gets rid of the letters and series. Each phone will have now a 3-digit number. The first number ranks it in terms of price/features. A Nokia 900 is more expensive than the Nokia 500 described here for instance. The last two digits will identify each device. This way Nokia can release 99 devices in the 500 series for instance.
I am all for simple product naming. I hate sub-brands or the biggest evil of all, country specific product naming.
Back to the Nokia 500. As you can see in the videos below it is a neat device, but the problem is the software. Nokia has now three operating systems in the line-up. Only the Windows Phone OS is supposed to future. Why should a consumer adopt this year yet another Symbian phone? I would have more respect for Nokia if they would push the new MeeGo more. The Nokia 500 running MeeGo could have a future, if Nokia would stand by MeeGo going forward.
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