UK: The N in Nokia’s Nseries stands for not recommended

Long time Nokia fanbois and fangirls know that Nokia’s Nseries devices pack the latest hardware and software inside, albeit at the cost of some instability, while the Eseries packs the hardware and software from the previous generation, but thankfully has been matured and made highly stable, and finally the numbered devices, 6220 Classic for example, are tried and tested and practically bulletproof. As time goes on however, the Nseries appears to be getting more and more buggy, prompting a mobile shop owner who prefers to remain anonymous to say:

“I’ve found myself advising customers to wait three to four months from a [high-end] N-Series handset’s initial release before purchasing, as we expect all of them to have flaws in the original release.”

I’ve personally jumped back and forth, starting with a Nokia E61, then getting a N95, then E61i, then N82, and now I’m using an E71. Nothing in today’s Nseries lineup excites me. But back to software stability: one thing I can depend on is quick software updates that fix any bugs I may run into. The imported models I used to purchase were usually Finnish, and now living in Finland I obviously get Finnish models. Nokia smartphone buyers in the UK however have to wait a few more weeks for their software updates. What does Nokia UK have to say about this?

“The team are working hard to speed up the process and ensure consumers in the UK and around the rest of the world can get all software updates as soon as possible.”

A typical recycled and well rehearsed public relations line. The UK has it bad, the USA is the worst however. Software updates usually don’t even come out for American variants.

What’s up Nokia, isn’t the Nseries supposed to be your premium brand? The Ferrari of your device lineup?

[Via: The Guardian]

  • Scurzuzu

    I live in the U.S., and YES! the foreign country ghetto effect is largely what drove me away from Nokia completely. I went from a 6682 to an N95 to an N82 to a 5800, which I figure is quite a dandy revenue stream for Nokia to get from one customer. Then I finally realized they were never going to treat me like a customer, so I moved to Apple. (The whole app situation helped that decision tremendously.)

    What finally killed Nokia for me was the first over-the-air update for the 5800. I bought the European version the week it came out in the U.S., and when the first big OTA update was released overseas, I couldn’t apply it to my phone, even though I had an unlocked phone that was *identical* to the ones being updated in Europe. I contacted Nokia and complained about it, and was told that the update wouldn’t work with my phone and that’s why they wouldn’t let me at it.

    So I changed my country code and updated it just to prove them wrong, and it worked fine. Then I restored the original firmware, sold the 5800 on CraigsList, and walked away from Nokia forever.

  • Mike

    I was a Nokia Fanboy but changed to a iPhone 4 months ago. It’s brilliant! Nokia are not producing anything sexy these days. The iPhone OS is so slick and nice to use. Hurry.,.,.. go buy one!

  • mirmit

    I thought the Nokia’s Ferrari variant was the Vertu.

    • Stefan Constantinescu

      Those phones cost 5000 EUR because they’re made by hand and use precious stones and materials. Ferrari, as a technical achievement, not as a status symbol, is what I was trying to get across.

    • Murat

      If you’ve ever used a Vertu you would know that a series 40 Nokia packaged in a diamond encrusted case doesn’t constitute a ‘Ferrari’, I think the term is ‘polishing a turd’.

      • Stefan Constantinescu


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