Nokia was the leader of the smartphones market for more than 10 years.
However, the Finnish company lost this position back in 2011, and Apple became the new king of the mobile market. However, we now have a new king and we are talking about Samsung.
In this article we want to take a look at how Nokia’s phones evolved compared to the Apple iPhone from 2007 until today.
iPhone Versus Nokia in 2007
Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone at the beginning of the year. Nobody thought the iPhone would be so successful and companies such as Nokia and Research in Motion ( RIM ) were making fun of Apple at that time.
Back in 2007 Nokia released a improved Nokia N95 version, a phone that got good reviews and great sales. The company also released the 8 GB N95 phone because the first N95 had some software problems.
This was the first sign that Nokia’s smartphone division is not doing a very good job.
In 2007, the iPhone was at the beginning. The Apple phone had a better display than the Nokia N95, but it lacked connectivity options and the photo camera was not top notch. Nokia N95 packed a Carl Zeiss photo camera at that time and the camera delivered good quality photos.
iPhone Versus Nokia: 2008
The iPhone 3G came with a revolutionary design, and with 3G support. The phone had the same processor, the same RAM memory and storage space. The corners of the iPhone became rounded, and overall the design was very good.
However, Nokia made it big with the Nokia N96 smartphone. I remember that all my friends wanted to buy a N96 at that time.
The iPhone 3G arrived without a top notch camera and the phone was mostly an upgrade of the previous version as it came with bigger storage capacity.
Nokia was not in a hurry to revolutionize things and the N96 was one of the last Nokia smartphones to enjoy success.
iPhone Versus Nokia: 2009
Apple takes baby steps with the iPhone 3GS as the company wants to evolve and not revolutionize the industry, yet. Nokia releases the N900 phone. A phone described as a computer hidden inside a phone. N900 received some good reviews but it failed to have the same commercial success as the Nokia N95, Nokia N95 Mini or Nokia N96.
I remember the N900 very well and I thought it was a very good phone at that time. The problem of this phone was the price, the fact that it had few applications and the fact that it didn’t came with a touchscreen.
The iPhone 3GS had the same design as the iPhone 3G but it packed a better hardware platform: more RAM memory, a new processor and GPU, 32 GB of storage space, better 3G module, a new photo sensor, better battery.
The iPhone 3GS started the revolution and the Cupertino giant was starting to make a hell of a impression on the smartphones market.
iPhone Versus Nokia: 2010
The difference between Nokia and Apple was starting to grow a lot. The iPhone 4 had way better tech specs than the Nokia N8, not the mention the design. Nokia was in the dark and the company was unable to find solutions to keep up with Apple.
The iPhone 4 came with a revolutionary design and top notch construction. The iPhone 4 had that antenna problem but Steve Jobs returned from medical leave and found a solution and the iPhone 4 was sold in millions of units world wide.
Nokia implemented a better photo / video camera. The display of the N8 smartphone was not bad but it wasn’t a match for the iPhone 4′s Retina Display and the Symbian S^3 operating system was disappointing.
The iPhone 4 came with a different design than the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, glass on the back and in the front, aluminum in the sides, thin. It was a real pleasure to play around with this phone. iPhone 4 was the kind of phone that made a very good impression right from the start. On the other hand, the Nokia N8 was seen as one of the ugliest smartphones on the market.
iPhone Versus Nokia: 2011
The last smartphone released by Apple in Steve Jobs’ lifetime, the man who revolutionized the mobile industry and put Apple on the map. Steve Jobs created a top notch product. The man was controversial but what is important is that there are more those who appreciate him than those who still criticize him.
iPhone 4S was a significant upgrade compared to the iPhone 4, just like the iPhone 3GS was compared to the iPhone 3G. The iPhone 4S came with a better hardware platform but with the same display. The photo sensor was also improved, as well as the photo software.
On the other end of the line, Nokia decides to sign a partnership with Microsoft and the first smartphone as a result of this partnership is the Nokia Lumia 800. The Lumia 800 had a design similar to the Nokia N9, a smartphone that proves that Nokia still knows how to create a beautiful phone.
The Nokia Lumia 800 was released at the end of the year, however it failed to see commercial success.
The iPhone 4S packed a dual core processor however only in 2012 Nokia decided to implement dual core processors in it’s phones.
The Lumia 800 got many firmware updates because of Wi-Fi and battery problems.
iPhone Versus Nokia: 2012
The Nokia Lumia 920 smartphone was released on September 5, 2012, and the iPhone 5 was officially presented by Apple on September 12, 2012 and it is still too soon to compare these two phones.
Nokia made the mistake of not having a long term strategy. The company still has phones running on Symbian, as well as phone running on Windows Phone.
Apple decided to follow a philosophy. The company focused on a simple interface, applications, regular updates and revolutionary design and hardware platforms.
Apple will surely sell millions of iPhone 5 smartphones until the end of the year, and Nokia put all it’s hopes in the Lumia family of smartphones.
If the Lumia 920 fails to make a good impression, Nokia has to make some serious changes otherwise, the company which used to rule the mobile phones industry risks to have even more problems.
Will Nokia manage to make a comeback on the smartphones market with the new Lumia 920 or the Finnish company will fail miserably, like it did in the past ?
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