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Nokia’s About to Push up Daisies: Is it the End of the Legend?

Let’s mourn, because Nokia’s soon to be dead.

‘Microsoft Nokia’, the Finnish phone maker will be renamed as ‘Microsoft Lumia’ as per news. First country to witness the epic change will be France followed by the rest of the globe. And, nokia.com will no longer be available.

Whatever happened to the strong market it had once gripped on to? Specially in India?
Reality check: It’s only smartphones now or rather, Android and iOS. Forget about the Symbian, do you even desire for a Windows? No way! Not enough cool apps, not enough services. And if it’s a smartphone, it HAS to come with Android or iOS (iPhones are more welcome for that matter).

A BlackBerry, if not a Nokia?
Not either. BlackBerry has lost its freshness, very much like Nokia. It’s no longer unique and it’s technology has been antiquated, let alone standing as a status symbol at present.

Bitten by Samsung and Apple?
Yes, you can say that. The two companies consumed Nokia not just by a few devices, but by the entire ecosystem of it. Whiplash! And if you talk about ‘competition’, I’d rather say, ‘Where’s Nokia, dear?’ Indeed, it’s way behind. Let the two fight. Nokia, you stay out of it. You’re losing the game eventually.

What’s going to be missed?
The robust casing first. So strong, the phones are almost UNBREAKABLE. The familiar ringtone next. And then, I’ll be missing how I could type messages even without having to look at the keypad. And the music composer. And the battery life too (This one’s serious). Most of all, I’ll miss SNAKES a big, big time!

Any regrets?
Yes, the fact that it never came out with a good smartphone as compared to its corivals. And how it ran out of time, money, good developers and innovation and ended up eating away at its own fame. It focused more on dividends and repurchases, investing a lofty sum of 27 BILLION euros from 2003 to 2008, when its arch rivals were busy developing better, geekier devices for the masses. A not so good Frankenstein-ish business, it was.

Is it just a rename?
Well, as of now, the news is that Nokia’s going to be out of the phone business, replaced by Lumia. Brand name changed, technology would naturally be changed too. Nostalgia, how the 1980s born company had once molded out some of the most memorable and convention-defying brick phones of all time, like the best selling 1100, 1200 and 3310. Sigh!

R.I.P Nokia (1865-2014)….Sob.

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