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Nokia N5, Sea Ray and N9 :two steps forward and one step back

For the last few years we have been disappointed with Nokia’s smartphone offerings, however with the recently unveiled Nokia N9 and another handset codenamed ‘Sea Ray’ we are starting to see potential in Nokia’s future devices, but now we are hearing of another smartphone which doesn’t sound too exciting, this is the Nokia N5.

Let’s start by saying that the Nokia N5 is going to be a mid-low-end device, so we weren’t getting our hopes up, but as soon as we took a look at the build quality, materials used and software environment we had seen enough, let us explain why. For the last few years we have seen lots of Symbian-based Nokia handsets come and go, we think that performance and intuitivity are two things that this software platform struggles with, yes the Anna update (which the Nokia N5 will come with) is a step in the right direction, but it is not going to deliver the rich experience that Android gives affordable devices.

In terms of specs there is nothing to get too excited about either, you get a 3.2-inch touchscreen display, a 5 megapixel camera (with LED flash) and dedicated buttons for volume and the camera shutter, sadly we do not have a full tech spec listing just yet, therefore we will have to keep you posted as we and when we come across one.

Having no hands-on time with the N5 doesn’t really put us in a position to comment on build quality or the materials used, however if you check out the two images (sourced from GSMArena) which we have embedded below you may see our point, to us the N5 look like it is made from cheap plastic and the buttons below the display looks very boring, do you agree?

What we don’t understand is why Nokia is releasing another Symbian handset, previously we heard how Nokia would be concentrating on MeeGo and WP7-based smartphones, therefore we think it would have been nice for Nokia to show us how well MeeGo runs on a handset with mediocre specifications and features, therefore to us the N5 has to have a very low price tag if it is going to succeed.

Our opinions on the N5 could be incorrect but to us it looks like Nokia has taken two steps forward with the N9 and Sea Ray, only to take one step back with the N5, we have also been tipped off that Nokia will also release the N6 and N7 in the future, which will be similar to the N5, we just don’t understand why they are sticking with Symbian, when they have been raving on about MeeGo and WP7 so much recently.

Would you prefer Nokia’s mid-low-end smartphones to run MeeGo?

Written by Jamie Pert

Jamie has a background in computer repairs and maintenance along with network administration, he now enjoys utilizing the benefits of new technologies and enjoys writing about anything that brings new technology to the world.

He began writing for Product Reviews in mid 2009 and has since expanded his knowledge across a wide-base of devices, he is looking to get more hands-on experience with new devices to gain a better understanding of the latest and greatest technologies.

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Ashish Vedi

You mentioned that N9 and the Sea Ray are the two steps forward. How can they be 2 steps forward when they are both the same thing. And as for the C5. It’s mid-range phone. Not everyone can afford a high-end smartphone. And the last time I checked. The number of people who own mid-range phones and lower end phones are more than the number of people who own a high end phone. So I don’t see this as a step backwards. Nokia is one of the few companies which has products covering a variety of price points for a… Read more »

Paul Grenfell

I dont know about the low/mid range devices, but boy, i would love to be able to run Meego on my N8..
That would be awesome..

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