Dedicated to Dad, K, A, and T who needed a break from their ‘N’ series phone.
It’s been a long way since messenger horsemen and pigeon carriers to the greatest advancements in telecommunications. And in 2005, when Nokia launched its breakthrough ‘multimedia phones’, the ‘N’ series, everyone saw them with lustful eyes and envied every hand that held one of those. Every teenager longed for an ‘N’ series phone (and no, I wasn’t one of them, maybe I saw it coming). And ‘sadly’, some even got it.
Oh! Those poor souls, I can only imagine how the next few weeks (or if they were lucky, months) were ruined, repeating the remove-battery-and-switch-on cycle more than five times a day, and trying to get the screen to, at the least, ‘move’.
In today’s fast-paced world, the ‘N’ series processor is so slow that I could well imagine myself trying to open an application, going on a world tour and getting back well in time to see the application open before my eyes. Let alone using it.
Talk about irony, it’s a ‘multi-media’ phone, and the moment one tries to open another ‘media’ application without properly shutting down the previous one, the processor gives up and goes into sudden death, i.e. the infamous ‘N’ series ‘hang’. The hanged screen is so common that developers should probably christen it into an all new ‘hang-mode’. After all, that is the only feature which is there in every single N series phone. After a while, it gets so frustrating, that one would probably imagine oneself on a noose instead of the symbolism of the technological term.
If ever, one of the Duracell bunnies were to come across its battery, it would probably moan for days, crying over its Nokia counterpart, with a chronic heart disease. Yes. If the Nokia battery were a person, hospitals would thrive on just treatments given to it. Imagine a battery which takes about three hours to get fully charged and a manual of the same which recommends charging only when the battery is almost empty (which is just about six hours later) for a ‘long battery life’!
Basically, why should one pay an obscene five-digit figure to receive 250gms of plastic trash?
In hindsight, the N series was Nokia’s attempt to dare to be different and come up with something much ahead of its time. The N series was Nokia’s attempt to make a mini-computer in a phone, which failed miserably (not in marketing though, for its mere brand value), the end result of which, was a miniature laptop with very limited applications and a permanent virus attack.
Today, almost five years after its launch, Nokia has tried to undo the damage done earlier by launching the N8, the N900 and the likes. But only in time will we know of its reparation to the lost credibility of the Nokia ‘N’ Series.