Live & Die

Not sure if anyone has noticed but while I’m pretty full of praises for the N8, I’ve never actually told anyone to “go get it” and this includes my husband!  The reason for this is because I think getting a handphone that you are satisfied with boils down to personal preference; so while I can share how happy I am with the N8, I cannot tell you how happy you may be with the N8.  I’ve tried to give reasons as to why I like the N8 and what I’ve been able to achieve with it, in hope that these reasons can help others decide if the N8 is the correct phone for them. 

Similarly, I’ve often condemned the iPhone but I hope those who’ve heard my complains realise that the reasons I hate the iPhone are also very personal ones, e.g. I really struggle with a Qwerty keyboard (unless it comes with SWYPE!!).  I also require my phone to take good photos (‘cos I loooooooooooooove snapping photos of my bunnies and of the food I eat and I don’t want to carry my digicam around with me) and the iPhone’s camera sucks (relative to Nokia’s).  I’m also not a person who’s big on games.  The few games that I like are, Raving Rabbids (on my X6), Angry Birds, Bouncing Bricks (and various variations of it) & Monopoly (had it on I can’t remember my N95 or N82 and now on my N8).

Being able to customise my hp is also very important to me.  One of the first things i do everytime i get a new Nokia is to set up Contact Groups (e.g. family, office, hubby & buddies) and set individual ringtones for these groups.  Being somewhat obsessive compulsive, I have had the following phone profile modes for the past 7-8 years, i.e. General Profile (normal ringing tone w/ no vibration alert), Office Profile (a much softer ringing tone), Outdoors Profile (super loud + vibrate mode on), Silent mode (only vibrates) and Privacy Profile (phone only rings when certain Contact Groups call – super important when I’m on leave or on MC).  To date, Nokia is the only manufacturer that has offered me this customisation feature.  I would be terribly upset if I had to use a phone without my customised profile modes.

I could go on for another few pages on why I love Nokia but I think I’ve made my point clear as to why people need to take personal responsibility over what makes them happy.  In my boss’ words – you live and die by your decision.  (Er, though he said that to me when he asked me to decide who to hire).  Hahahha.

Evidence Please

I made a comment on Twitter earlier that I’m glad Nokia is putting a concerted effort into marketing the Nokia N8 because it’s a great phone and I hope it will help Nokia recapture market share.  A friend of mine replied saying that I’m the only one who has kind comments on it and one of his “jocks” sold it after 2 hours.  My instant reply was perhaps that’s why a jock is called a jock.  Friend replied saying that he meant DJ and not sports jock… my reply was, I know but I’m starting to see similarities.

Seriously.  I really hate it when people make criticisms without backing it up with hard evidence.  I didn’t take offence then but during lunch with another friend on Thurs, he mentioned that he wouldn’t get the N8 because it’s Symbian.  This is coming from someone who has never tried the Symbian^3 OS and whose Nexus One was in the service centre for the 2nd time over a spoilt on/off button.  And even if we were to talk about the S60 version 5, I really cannot comprehend when people make baseless comments like, “it’s so passe”.  So what exactly about it is passe? 

I strongly believe that there is no perfect phone but there will be phones that suit your individual needs more than others.  For example, some reviewers have complained that there is no QWERTY keyboard in portrait mode for the N8, obviously assuming that the entire world only uses QWERTY keyboard.  Well, I and some others I know, way prefer to use an alphanumeric keyboard and I appreciate the fact that i am given a choice with my Nokia.

Although I have suggested on more than one occassion that Nokia should develop its own push technology like the blackberry or iPhone, but in all fairness, I also have to acknowledge that the Symbian OS is not as battery draining as other operating systems.  For example, I have been running Whatsapp on my N8 and the Symbian Whatsapp requires the 3G connection to be open all the time (the BB and iPhone versions use push technology).  In spite of this, I can still tweet, read Weibo, surf Facebook, play Angry Birds / Monopoly, take calls, listen to music (via loudspeaker) and sms on my phone for about 1.5 days before the battery goes dead (please search online if you want to know the battery life specs).  I’m very sure this is testament of the decent battery life of the N8, as well as the fact that Symbian is not an OS that requires a tremendous amount of battery.

In short, there is no perfect phone.  Different people will have different requirements and expectations of their phones… but if you don’t do research and you don’t test a handphone before purchasing it, and then you complain about the phone being crappy and sell it within 2 hours… there’s only 1 way to describe this situation.  It’s called “user problem”.