Why the Nokia X family is bad for everyone
When you do a thing poorly, nobody benefits
I've had a few days to digest the Nokia X product line announcement from early Monday morning. I've tossed things around in my head, trying to get a handle on what Nokia was trying to accomplish with the new products, what it means for both the Windows Phone and Android ecosystems. I've seen the horrible reaction from potential users on various social networks, and I've read some compelling arguments that suggest it will be a good thing overall from our own Dan and Chris.
But I'm still not convinced.
I don't see anything here but a play from Microsoft and Nokia to stop users from using Google's services. And it's wrapped up in what appears to be pretty poor packaging. I've decided that my mind is made up, and it's time to let it flow from brain to fingers to keyboard.
Why the Nokia X line is bad for Android fans
Simply put, The Nokia X and its Kin (see what I did there?) are laggy by design. You have an old version of Android (Android 4.1) that's three full cycles behind, built with very little hardware optimization, and tossed on low end hardware. It's almost as if someone wants to make Android look laggy and poor ...
By all accounts the phones performance is dismal at best once you try to actually do something with it. Sure, most Android apps — ones that do not need Google's services, which we'll get to later — can be sideloaded on the Nokia X, but you probably won't like the experience very much. Having a native Vine app means little when the device is so poorly designed that it can barely run it. As Android fans, we know this. We've seen it with all the piss-poor low-end phones that Samsung and Motorola used to crank out several years ago. I'll say it. They sucked. Just like the Nokia X will suck.
Another big problem for Android fans is they way Nokia chose to eschew all of Google's services. Instead, they push you to Microsoft services, which makes sense because Nokia is Microsoft for all intents and purposes. But your Gmail, your Google Maps, your Google Search, and your Google News — they are going to suck, too. You'll be using whatever Nokia included as a web browser if you want to use any of those services. And as an Android fan, you likely use them all. A lot. It's that, or a combination of Nokia HERE and Microsoft Bing services.
Someone, somewhere, will likely hack all the Google services back into the Nokia X, but that won't fix the poor performance. Make no mistake —if you're an Android fan and are looking for a budget phone, buy the Moto G and don't even look twice at this abonimation.
Why the Nokia X is bad for Windows Phone
This one is easy. The Nokia X will take away sales from the great budget Lumias, and the fact that it runs Android apps is what will help it happen. Users looking for a cheap handset will pick the one that runs Plants vs. Zombies 2 (albeit poorly) and ignore Microsoft's "better" models. If you want people to join the Windows ecosystem, plying them with Android apps isn't the way to do it.
When it's time to upgrade, users will have a choice to go to Android and run all the apps they are familiar with — and enjoy how much better they run on other models — or to move to a Windows phone that is likely missing most of those apps. Outlook and Bing are available for every Android phone, so saying users will switch to Windows isn't a given. I can go Android, and have everything I already have and more, or I can switch to Windows and lose part of it. I know what I would do, and I'll bet it's what most people will do.
Unless Microsoft is planning on a method for users to run native Android apps, which is a complete and utter admission of your platform's failure, the Nokia X will hurt Windows Phone sales.
Why the Nokia X is bad for Nokia
Nokia made, and still makes, some incredible phones. Sure, they have their little quirks, but ask around the Internet and most people will tell you that, operating system aside. Nokia phones are beautiful, durable, and generally freaking awesome. They still make the best Windows phones, and Android users have wanted a premium Nokia model for years.
Instead, we got the Nokia X.
Does Nokia want its Android legacy to be this shiny pile of lag and fail? Of course not. But chances are it will be. That's not fair to the engineers, the fans of the brand, or the company itself. But does anyone really think Microsoft will let Nokia build a phone that rivals the latest and greatest from LG or Samsung? Of course they wont, because that won't drive Windows phone sales. As a business, they have to do what is best for their own sales.
Nokia, as a brand, deserves better than the Nokia X. Whatever business voodoo that went on to give the green light to this project will end up hurting them in the long run, and both Android fans and Windows fans won't soon forget. We're fickle and hold a grudge forever.
Why the Nokia X is bad for Microsoft
On the surface, the Nokia X looks like it will bring more users to Microsoft services. Not paying customers, because the target audience isn't folks with that kind of disposable income, but users nonetheless. There's money in numbers when you put ads in your services — which Microsoft does, too.
But the key, I think, is putting happy users in touch with your services. A horrible experience with Bing on a phone that runs the application poorly only serves to tarnish the brand. The 1974 Pinto didn't create a single Ford fan, even though more than a few people bought one. The Nokia X is that 1974 Pinto.
Microsoft's apps for Android are nicely done. When you run one of them on your Galaxy phone, or your HTC One, you'll appreciate the time and thought that went into their design and development. This is where Microsoft needs to focus if they want more users — especially paying users. Wow me with what you can do and what you have to offer, and I'll look twice. Don't try and tempt me with Plants vs. Zombies and Amazon app stores when you already have a series of devices that are cheap, and do a better job running your services.
Don't get #Scroggled by the Nokia X.
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Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.
On topic - the Nokia x is just a terrible take on Android. They're still trying to advertise Microsoft over Android.
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The Nokia X is an awful device. It makes HP's tablet offerings look good. If this was launched by some no name company, EVERYONE would be laughing at it. It only gets defended because it's Nokia. Aside from the name, it's a piece of junk. Posted via Android Central App
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It's a bad android handset, bad for nokia and bad for microsoft.
this won't drive users to windows phones, it will turn them off nokia and microsoft and went they see other android phones running apps much better it will just drive them to bigger and better android phones
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I don't think Nokia X is more terrible than Nokia asha phone which will be replaced by Nokia X if it sells well. People like Jerry seem to forget that Microsoft will have to support 32,000 employees from next month and bunch of them designed feature phones and Asha phones. Who is going to feed them? If Asha is having hard time competing with low cost android then what is Microsoft's solution to Asha brand? Just fire those employees whom you just brought to your house?
Microsoft is having a big headache, high end WP8s are not selling as much as they would like, and low end WP8 is not a going to support those employees. Feature phones will stay there for quite some time until we educate the whole population in this world. Asha is another issue and one of biggest probably. Better Microsoft not loose these Asha users or Microsoft will be forced to do what google has done.
Why Nokia X is bad for Nokia paragraph 1, there is a period after aside. Think those are typos Anyway, you make some great points in here. I don't know what Nokia was thinking with making these phones. Now, if they weren't laggy as hell, maybe they would have something here.
I found the answer while typing this, but I'll leave my earlier thoughts up above. The answer is WP won't support dual-sim untl later this spring.
these phones shouldn't exist.
You go, dog...
Nokia thinks if they make a cruddy enough Android, people won't like Android and come to Windows phone instead.
Excellent ad, with just one problem:
People are going to think all Nokia phones are like this. From mah shiny new Nexus 5
The last Nokias I bought and truly loved were the N8 and 808 phones (do own Nokias 900, N9, Lumia 800, Lumia 1020as well) I was quick to jump at the Lumia 800, to test out the new Windows Phone OS.
Back then I was seriously disappointed. Not due to userfriendliness (and some great features of WP), but due to all the things WP7.5 didn't do, that Symbian DID.
I couldn't use my music as ringtones/alarms/sms alerts), I couldn't browse my phone's content from Windows (the real computer OS) .....Symbian, Android and the likes could be browsed by Windows Explorer while WP could not?!
I didn't get a music equalizer, I lost my FM transmitter, I couldn't send or receive music or pictures over Bluetooth, I couldn''t connect memorysticks or harddrives (like I could with N8), I didn't have Micro HDMI, nor could I tidy up the program/applications list with folders. (on a one year old WP Lumia it got long) Suffice to say, the switch to Android was lots simpler for Symbian users (and I found that out only after getting a WP powered device) than switching to Windows Phone. All this being said, with WP 8 , Windows Phone has gotten a LOT better, many of the issues I mentioned are "fixed", features added, I can transmit picturers and MP3s , I can once again use my phone as a spare USB stick ,if I so desire. The Nokia X series will tempt a quite a few Nokia fans, including myself (even though I've been using a Sony Xperia for my daily fix of the Android drug) I'm definatly excited about this new series of Nokia phones I -do- intend to import a Nokia XL (if they don't come for sale here) and I SINCERELY hope that the Nokia X series outsell a lot of the WP devices ,forcing them to make more Android phones => CONSUMER POWER!!
it's ok to be angry but direct it in a good way , seems like you have never used any NOKIA Product .
BTW no one can beat their quality, most of the times that is enough to call a device good , but some people don't understand it ..........(the side effect of giving more importance to operating system than the physics of the devices)
The only problem with NOKIA is they miss a feature which makes the phone completely useless when compared to other phones. Like lumia 710 does not have a front facing cam..and nokia XL does not have hd screen..that is just disappointing..nokia should really think before making a phone..otherwise price is decent and the phone is not that bad..theres no other phone which offers a snapdragon processor at this price..
More ever CyanogenMod 11 makes it a perfect android kitkat...Or better