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Why does the idea of an Android Nokia make us so excited?

It's no use: as soon as you start talking about Nokia, everyone's day brightens a little. People love sharing their experiences with the Nokias of days gone by. There is admiration for the company across the spectrum, from the most nostalgic of old timers to newbies. Why is the idea of ​​a "NokiaDroid" so exciting?

Nokia is certainly not a newcomer to the Android universe. The company had a timid adventure with the little green robot through the release of the Nokia N1 tablet. But because of low demand for tablets, and limited availability in many markets, the buzz around the Nokia N1 was muted.

However, everyone got a whole lot more excited when news came that Nokia is planning an Android smartphone. It seems that many believe the first of these devices to arrive will have great chances of having a wide public appeal.

And I have a few theories as to why Nokia might still be in good favor with consumers.

Everyone was a little jealous of Lumia

I, and I’m sure many others, were a little envious when we learned that Nokia's smartphones would be confined to the Lumia line, which is a Windows Mobile exclusive. In reality, no one was too bothered about the OS itself, but what stung was that only users of the Microsoft system saw the benefits of the cameras with Carl Zeiss optics and a design aesthetic that didn’t imitate any other on the market.

Even Apple was inspired by the colors and the construction of the Lumia when it designed the iPhone 5C. Deep down, we all were looking at the Lumia 1020, trying to imagine how amazing it would have been if it had left the factory running Android.

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The Nokia brand has been replaced by the Microsoft name. / © ANDROIDPIT

We think it will be indestructible by nature

It seems reasonable to expect that a Nokia smartphone with Android does not need scratch-resistant glass, shock protection or waterproofing, as it will be inherently indestructible. We’ve all heard the stories: Nokias that survived storms, fires and every form of natural disaster imaginable. Well, now, we want to see this survival instinct in a "NokiaDroid".

I can already see Camila Rinaldi dipping a NokiaDroid into various liquid-filled containers to no detrimental effect. Of course, we will also have to drop test it, comparing it to the Moto Droid Turbo 2, if only to prove it is as indestructible as its lauded forebearers.

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Things like this won't be a problem on an Android-powered Nokia device. / © ANDROIDPIT

Nokia is synonymous with Nokia

We are not suggesting that Nokia is the perfect company – far from it – though some user comments on our site seem to believe they might be. Suffice to say, Nokia is a singular company, comparable only with itself.

The Finnish company has its own line of design, its own technologies (at least those that were not developed with Microsoft) and always provides positive surprises for its users. Of course, its past contains mistakes – remember Symbian? But it’s still Nokia, and the name has a strange effect on the knees.

What do you think of Nokia and the possibility of an Android smartphone from the company?

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  • I hope that Nokia brings back that indestructable tank armor of theirs to this new era of smartphone!

  • Mike R 4 months ago Link to comment

    The Nokia RichRecording (and Dolby Surround recording) was fantastic. Microsoft Lumia has inherited the tech but not the Dolby licensing.

    Microsoft do not seem to realise that with things like ASMR recording being really popular on YouTube they have a good value device to meet that content creation need - not even an iPhone can compete out-of-the-box with the stereo recording capability other devices have.

    From what I have read however, Microsoft have sold the Nokia name only, Microsoft keep the RichRecording to themselves (and no doubt care less about sound, in common with most people and tech companies - except HTC perhaps, the HTC 10 is mildly impressive but microphone placement is not as optimal as on the Lumia 950XL).

    Once Apple introduce stereo audio recording it's pretty much game over for everyone else in that space so the time for brand building is now.

  • If and when Nokia makes a high-end device, I will definitely get it, whether I need it or not. 🇵🇷

    • Mark 4 months ago Link to comment

      Me too I loved Nokia before they went windows. Would sill be buying them if they hadn't.

  • DJH 4 months ago Link to comment

    Why you think Android is superior I don't know. It sells better because people are just ignorant but Windows 10 Mobile has innovative features that will secure its future while Android is the usual buggy slow OS which I think we will have a change in the next 5 years. Microsoft is being innovative while Google is a waiting to maybe steal some ideas.

    • DJH, you are even more partial than Bruno Salutes. You can't say that "Windows 10 Mobile has innovative features that will secure its future" because other OS have different feature that will secure their future too... And you can't say that "Android is the usual buggy slow OS" because this is simply not true. Moreover, Microsoft is not so innovative, but surely they are conservative while Google makes money through innovation or by buying innovative companies.
      I do have several windows 10, IOS and Android devices. My daily usage tells me that I would not buy a Windows 10 device as my standard smartphone. I would not also buy the low end Android crap but look at the reality, on high quality devices, Android competes with IOS why Windows 10 loses itself in features that people do not care about.

      • DJH 4 months ago Link to comment

        Android is too buggy on simple smartphones and it requires that you spend a good amount of money so the memory hungry OS can run a little smooth. Windows 10 runs perfect on low end devices. The only problem is apps on windows 10 but a single store for all windows 10 devices will solve it shortly.

      • Sean Su 4 months ago Link to comment

        The cheapest, smooth-running Android phones are about $130. That's cheaper than Windows Phone or iOS by a mile.

      • DJH 4 months ago Link to comment

        Its not cheaper than a Windows phone. A 120 would get you 550 which runs 10x better than the 130 crap you mentioned

      • Faster? Really? Have you seen the speed test between Lumia 950 vs other Android phones and iPhone 6S?

        I cannot post the link here but just Google (Or Bing if you like)
        "Smartphone speed test: Lumia 950 vs Xperia Z5 vs iPhone 6S vs Galaxy S6 vs LG G4"

        Speed test by Techradar.
        Given the same SOC, the G4 beats the shit out of Lumia 950.

      • DJH 4 months ago Link to comment

        Yeah With a Windows 10 mobile beta version. Now test it in Desktop mode... Ohh opps your Android can't do it! The only thing holding windows 10 mobile than beating Android is apps otherwise people will choose it. Why do you think Google was afraid of releasing an app on windows phone? The single store and the Universal Windows Apps will increase once Windows 10 gains more momentum. There are already over 300 million Windows 10 devices. So yeah it looks bright for Windows 10. Android sales are going down

      • Beta version? So did Microsoft released the Lumia 950 with a beta software? So whose fault is it? It did came with Windows 10 Mobile?

        Desktop mode? You mean the underperforming continuum thing that you maybe should consider spending money on a NUC instead?

        300 million including computers and after all the shameless forcing and nagging people to update their computer method. Just because Windows 10 Mobile may share the Windows Store with their Windows 10 store, it doesn't make up the numbers together. You might as well say currently that are 1.4 billion active users on Android and now Chrome OS can run Android apps, holy crap Chrome OS is actually pretty successful.

        Android sales are going down? Not according to the 1Q16 Gartner report like I said on the post below.

      • DJH 4 months ago Link to comment

        Goodluck working on chrome. Yes it they released the 950 with beta software, a mistake by Microsoft I agree, but they fix things with a great monthly update. Continuum is amazing, try it before you comment. Android has nothing but apps to compete. I had a lumia 820 then switched to O+2 so I had Android and hate it because it was so buggy and just bought a 950 in Feb which has been amazing and I love it. Again the only problem is apps, else the OS beats Android hands down.

      • I didn't use Continuum but from those videos I watched...
        1. No split screen?
        2. Currently only ARM apps. How many are there? Office can be found on Android and iOS device as well.

        It is kind of alike to you connecting your Android phone to the TV, changing the dpi on your phone to a tablet view and connecting Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to the phone or those Android laptop in the market. I am not a fan of those either but at least it supports more apps currently.

        I just don't understand why would you choose to buy a phone that is locked down by the limitations of apps just because you love Continuum.

        Just get an iPhone (Since you hate Android) and a Surface 3 and you can enjoy the full experience of a computer and a mobile phone. Even with Continuum, you still need to have a monitor and bring around usb, power and HDMI cable. At least a Surface allows you to work anywhere without all those cables (Plus it can use phone charger) and most importantly it has enough performance and runs x86 and x64 applications well.

        O+2? I am not a fan of Oneplus series of phones. I use Nexus phones so I don't know about that. I prefer getting software support from a bigger and trustworthy company.

    • Calling Android "buggy" without even providing some anacdotal evidence is just trolling.

      If Microsoft was so "innovative" and people were really likely to move from Android to Windows Mobile, then why is the Window's smartphone marketshare actually shrinking? Simply put, Microsoft stopped being a trendy tech company at least 10 years ago, and this has led to an inability to attract the best developers. The Surface tablets are nice, but it was a mistake for them to get into the mobile space (which explains the layoffs).

      Meanwhile, Android remains by far the most popular mobile OS in the world, despite your claims that it's "slow."

      • DJH 4 months ago Link to comment

        Microsoft is the most innovative company this year with great products, one OS runs on all, Surface pro and Surface book, Azure and Office 365. The amazing and innovative Hololens and the soon to be announced Surface Phone. The hype of certain Google bloggers that windows died will soon explode in their face, many new 3rd party manufacturers are actually going Windows 10 mobile this year. Vaio,HP, Acer, ONE PLUS and XIAOMI. Android on cheap phones??? Did you even try it? Its like a 90s phone. And yes Android is laggy and buggy everyone had android. I had a ONE PLUS 2. OMG it was was horrible, changed to the Lumia 950 in Feb this year. If I windows phone dies I will go IOS not Android

      • DaDesasta 4 months ago Link to comment

        ChromeOS, Google Pixel, Office 365? Really... Yeah lets make it a subscribtion-based model... woohooo...

        Hololens, yeah if you would call false advertising "innovativ". Remember the awesome MC Demo they had? Or all the ads in which you could see the screen spanning over the whole FOV? In reality it's not that big, far from it. And where in the world did you get the news that phonemanufacturers are going to use Win10 on their phones? The only thing I found was that M$ is porting it. It's nowhere mentioned that the manufacturers use it.

        And yes the OP2 was not the best, but many people say that, and not because of the Android that is running on the device, more because the device itself is kinda shitty (and that's coming from an OPO and OP3 user)

      • DJH 4 months ago Link to comment

        LOL chromeOS? What a joke. Subscription based is the future unfortunately and Hololens is already out for developers, its happening and its real. Yes innovative not even Google spies can top this. You can find all the manufacturers that are releasing a windows phone its not that hard. Google is out of ideas and hopefully people will start to realize that they are doing nothing new and just copy others.

      • One OS that runs on all. It is nice and sucks at the same time. There is like no standardization. The UI may be too big for a mouse user or too small for a touchscreen user. Most Windows applications are more designed for mouse. All those modern applications (I forget what is the official name already) most of the time are too simple to be useful. Also I hate it when Microsoft cannot stick to 1 design language. Like why do we still sometimes need to access the classic Windows design version of control panel to get to some stuffs. Why can't they migrate everything into the Settings app already.

        And also about the Surface, having owned at SP2, I think that a tablet/laptop concept is great but Microsoft is too lazy to give proper support. My SP2 that came with Windows 8.1, cannot even run Windows 10 properly. Sleeping issues on Windows 10 and wireless driver giving me BSOD when I download huge files. Microsoft did not even care about fixing it. Even my MBP has better support for Windows 10 than my SP2.

        "many new 3rd party manufacturers are actually going Windows 10 mobile this year"
        We all don't know the future. Tell us again when Microsoft became successful on the mobile market.

        Also according to Gartner's report on worldwide smartphone sales, Microsoft sales dropped from 2.5% (1Q15) to 0.7% (1Q16) and Android increased from 78.8% (1Q15) to 84.1% (1Q16).
        Not looking good for Microsoft isn't it. Even Microsoft seems to be losing hope on their mobile OS, seeing how they are focusing more on bringing their services over to iOS and Android.

        I agree that Android is buggy. Like all those memory leak(I know it is fixed but Google took a long time to fix it), bluetooth audio issues or mobile radio active bug, that is why I am using an iP6S+ now. But still there is just no reason to get a Windows phone. iOS is like a more stable and successful version of Windows 10 Mobile and Android is for people who are looking for a less restricted OS.

      • DJH 4 months ago Link to comment

        Microsoft doesn't really care if they sell fewer phones as they have one store for desktops, mobile, tablets and xbox. These are over 300m users! As windows 10 gains momentum more universal apps will come out and beating the app gap naturally. As for mouse thingy, windows 10 mobile has an amazing feature called continuum which transforms your phone into a PC. Check on the HP elite x3. Amazing phone.

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