The Nokia X; What to Expect

Nokia Android

There’s only a few days to go until the Mobile World Congress 2014 and among a slew of devices aiming to take the trophy as the gadget of 2014 will be an unlikely Android contender; Nokia.

It is now looking more than likely that in the coming days, Nokia will launch the X, or known internally as Normandy, to the market. This budget phone will be aimed at taking on the low-cost phone market currently dominated by the likes of Samsung, and is traditionally a market that the Finnish giant has been more than capable of taking on with products like its Asha range and lower cost Symbian powered phones which are still running in the wild.

But what exactly does Nokia’s first and (probably) only Android phone mean, and just what will it be like? There’s been plenty of speculation, but we know that at the very least, it’s not going to compare to the Lumia line, largely considered to be some of the best designed smartphones on the market, just lacking the critical app ecosystem.

We know for sure that that it will be running a forked version of Android, not unlike Amazon’s Fire tablets, giving it quite a lot of access to the Play Store and being able to support accessories and native services that many Android users have come to rely on from day-to-day. This goes some way to what many former Nokia enthusiasts had long sought, a decent smartphone from Finland which ran Android, helping to right a wrong from two years ago.

We also know that it’s going to be nicely multi-coloured, thanks to Nokia’s quite cute marketing and heavy use of green throughout most of its promotional activities, especially the recent duck vine. Something like this would be fairly brilliant, many have tried pushing phones in multiple colours, but so far only Nokia have really hit the nail on the head from a design point of view.

We also know that it’s going to be fairly low spec, not the worst phone on the market, but it should fall somewhere between Asha and Lumia – sporting a 5MP camera, MicroSD card slot, 4-Inch screen and potentially running Android 4.4 KitKat – if true it would already place it well ahead of quite a few Android phones on the market, some of which are still running Ice Cream Sandwich.

It’s been considered very odd that Nokia should choose this moment to launch their Android handset, something fans have been long hoping for, ever since Nokia decided to partner with Microsoft. The phone answers a question Nokia faced when it faced its great OS decision, before making, what many (including myself) consider to be the wrong one. In many ways this looks to be Nokia’s farewell to the world of smartphones – ultimately becomes just another division of Microsoft.

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[OPINION] Why Windows 8 won’t stop the rise of Apple

There have been a lot of rumors and leaks recently around the immanent launch of the new Windows 8 operating system, which is seen as Microsoft’s chance to shake off it’s image of clunky operating systems, with awkward menus and a basic design. This image was perfected in the 90’s with Windows 98, but is starting to now lose some serious ground in the face of growing tablet markets and increasingly more adaptable software. But will Windows 8 change the fortunes of the corporate giant?

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[OPINION] Could Nokia make it in 2012

It’s easy to forget, but before the iPhone and Android smartphones, Nokia was the phone to have. While still one of the largest mobile companies in the world, the age of the Finnish mobile giant has come to and end, or has it? Still considered to produce the most robust and well built phones, basic handsets continue to sell well in many countries. The major problem for Nokia has been the Symbian OS, an out of date software which pales compared to iOS or Android. That is until last year when Nokia announced its deal with Microsoft.

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Lumia 800 sets the Market Alight

The Nokia Lumia 800 is due to shortly hit our shelves here’re in Ireland, and might just hit out heartstrings. Nokia’s first Windows Phone 7 handset is seen by many as the ailing mobile giant’s last chance to turn it’s luck around, as well as the clock and rise to the top of the league again. It’s not an easy task, that’s for sure. We’re all getting pretty comfy with our snazzy iphones and androids, so it’s going to be tough to woo people away and back to what is still seen as ‘the old reliable’.

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iPhone becomes truly wireless and start digging for floppy’s

A new way to sync our iPhones and iPads might be on the way soon enough, doing away with those USB cables, which can be a bit of a nuisance at times when looking for a quick sync.

A bright spark of a developer has come up with a new App called Wi-Fi Sync, which enables users to wirelessly sync their iPhones, iPads and iPod touches to their computer using their home wireless networks.

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The iSlate revealed? Surely not!

This morning Tech Crunch released two pictures of the potential Apple iSlate, sent in to them by a friend of a friend who works in Apple.

These photos if real; are pretty impressive! The slate looks super thin, super sleek and as usual with Apple products; super sexy. Being photographed next to a MacBook really helps to enhance just how thin it really is. And it looks gorgeous!

That’s all of course, if this is true – and there has certainly been some debate on the matter, with users scrambling to check drop shadows, and lighting to see if there’s any errors.

The images probably are faked, but they’re very good, and come a day ahead of Apple’s announcement which has seen the companies share prices rise to new levels and a form of excitement not seen since the iPhone launch a few years ago.

All of this bundles neatly together with Apple’s latest financial announcements for the first quarter of the year. The giant posted revenues of $15.68 billion, and has reportedly sold 3.36 million Macs which is up a third on last year, 8.7 million iPhones which is double the previous quarter and 21 million iPods which is an eight percent decline on previous figures, but unsurprising given that people are probably just switching to the iPhone.

Apple seems to be on a winning streak at the moment, and lets hope that tomorrow doesn’t disappoint!

Looks real, doesn't it? The nice ten inch screen and slim design really make the iSlate a true portable like no other

Smaller than the keyboard! Perfect for mags, papers, doodles, googling, and media 🙂 Apple can do no wrong!

Apple might launch touchscreen iMac…

The possibility of an ‘iSlate’ today became a step closer with the rumour surfacing of Apple launching a touchscreen version of its popular iMac desktop range.

Touchy? No Touchy? Will the touchscreen iMac work?

It makes sense for Apple to begin introducing some touchscreen models to their computers. If they are indeed to launch a tablet, then the computer manufacturer needs to show a certain amount of confidence in touchscreen technology other than small portables like the iPhone, such as being able to put one of their flagship computer lines into the world of touch.

It appears that the touchscreen is here to stay, regardless, it seems to be the future with more and more companies producing touch enabled computers, phones, and media devices. However, Apple is making what was otherwise an unnoticed market suddenly the centre of attention, even stealing the show from Microsoft, who last week debuted a new line of ‘slate’ PC’s.

A question that quickly pops to mind is how long a user can sit at an iMac and comfortably use the touchscreen without getting a strain, and whether or not anyone would bother using the feature with a mouse and keyboard closer at hand.

With all the talk about Apple products so close to their next event, it seems like a good idea to take some of these rumours onboard, and hope we’re not disappointed.