The iPhone is all set to launch in India (officially) on August 22. Or wait, it's the new Apple iPhone 3G.
Seems like the world and their uncle is waiting for it. Many folks planning to change their phone have postponed the purchase, wanting to check out this baby first.
Well, I might have been one of those except my trusty old Nokia 6670 absolutely gave up in the month of May. So I bought a Nokia N82. Having used it for two months I must say, it is a great phone.
And here is where I think N82 scores over iPhone:
- Amazing camera. 5 megapixel, with excellent picture quality
iPhone has a relatively lallu camera of 2 megapixels and no video recording function.
- Sturdy and durable like all Nokia products. You need to drop it ten times to get one crack. Same cannot be said about Apple products. I own an ipod Touch and it is a beautiful but delicate piece of work!
- iPhone is supposed to be great for using email. Well, the N82 also offers a great experience. You can log into any email account or website with ease.
- IPod Touch does not have a great battery life. Maybe the iPhone is better? N82, I am satisfied.
- N82 features Nokia maps. I haven't explored the feature much but it seems promising. IPhone also has maps with GPS, maybe it's better. But I don't see maps as a 'killer application'.
Where iPhone scores is beauty. You look at it and fall in love.
N82, like most Nokia products is dowdy. Brick-like.
iPhone dekh kar kuch kuch hota hai.
And for that reason - despite technical shorfalls - it will sell.
How much it sells depends upon hardware pricing and airtime plans offered (you have to buy the phone and the plan in a bundle). N82 costs Rs 19,000 odd. Price of iPhone in India not known yet!
I am a huge Nokia fan but can't fathom WHY their phones are so.. bad looking. Forget design., the N82 is offered only in two colours - silver and black. I would have been much happier with a red, pink, blue or whatever. Some choice.
It's not about producing fashion phones and smart phones.. Every phone you put out must be smart AND fashionable.
Until then, Nokia will remain 'ugly' and iPhone will drive customers pagli. May the customer fall in love and not live to regret it... May the best phone experience win!