In 2003, Nokia declared war on Nintendo with the N-Gage, a Game Boy Advance lookalike with a Series 60 mobile phone inside. The conflict – to put it mildly – did not go in Nokia's favor. With a cumbersome design that required the owner to remove the battery in order to change games, the N-Gage wasn't exactly user-friendly, and with only a handful of available titles compared to the Game Boy Advance's 1,200, the N-Gage ecosystem hardly justified the device's $299 asking price. Worse still: the phone's earpiece was mounted on its spine, making for a bizarre look and feel when it came to voice calls and leading to the unfortunate nickname "Taco Phone."
Needless to say, Nokia's N-Gage experiment did not go well. The company launched a sequel (the N-Gage QD) in 2004 and eventually repositioned N-Gage as a gaming platform that spanned its Symbian smartphone line, but it never gained the traction Nokia sought and the brand was shuttered in 2010.
Today, the original N-Gage is a monument to the days when new form factors flooded a nascent mobile market, and a still-dominant Nokia led the charge to pack ever more functionality into the humble cell phone. Join MrMobile for the Nokia N-Gage Retro Review – and if you owned one of these (or even if you just wanted one) drop a comment below with your story!
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AC probably pays him to be on their site.
And a lot of people really like the way he presents these things, myself included. The videos are slick, to the point, fair, and seem to address the issues most of us would be concerned about. If you don't like them fine, lots of other writers out there. I would guess there has been more buzz about his reviews than anything else on AC in awhile, it's practically become part of the brand...
I don't like the pen name (Captain 2 phones was cooler) but it's Michael's choice to make, not mine. At any rate, I know who he is and I never ever call him "Mr. Mobile" anyway. It's not even an issue. 2 - Michael Fisher has joined Mobile Nations months ago. There was a post about it (actually more than one I believe). And if you bothered to click the menu button on the top of the website, you'd see him listed on the list of Mobile Nations pages. 3 - He's only YouTube-bound. And he's not OS-bound. Which gives him freedom to review anything and everything and doesn't tie him to Android Central, Windows Central, iSheep Central or any Mobile nations page in particular. 4 - What makes him "special" is that he produces some of the best video reviews out there and often produces full length video reviews which Mobile Nations sites have been decreasing on. So it makes all the sense in the world to have someone connected to Mobile Nations who does mainly video reviews. Believe it or not, not everyone has the time or patience to read written reviews of gadgets.
this was the only time I sided with a company other than Nokia.
The N-Gage was just terrible and I didn't see a reason to drop my Nintendo GameBoy Pocket (not even the Advance, mind you) for it. As a phone, Nokia had WAY better offerings. And as a gaming console, Nintendo had better offerings.
Admittedly I'm not the sort of guy who likes to mix devices though.
I don't listen to music on my phone, I have a dedicated music player (which happens to currently be my retired Z3 Compact but that's not the point). I don't handwrite notes on the Surface Pro 3, I use pen and paper. And I don't do mobile games on my phone, I have a dedicated phone for that.
So everything was always against the N-Gage from my part. I never understood what Nokia was thinking, I still don't understand it. But Nokia is Nokia. They were and still are pretty much the only company bold enough to take these sort of risks. And unlike a certain courageous fruit company, these bold moves by Nokia were never about taking things from devices...they were about putting even more things in devices. In the case of the N-Gage, it was too much. Of course, Nokia would still go one step crazier the year after with the Nokia 7280.
But let's not even talk about that one...
Fav Game: Tony Hawk (can't remember the whole name)
Only thing missing(at that time) was a camera.
I bought it from cingular(at&t) , an as for the games, I got them all on a cd from ebay, plus load of apps and movies, wallpapers. My favorite game was worms.
Then got into business life, so I got a Samsung blackjack ...... :(