Dissecting a Fool…A Call Out

I am officially calling out the author of “5 Reasons Why Nokia’s N8 Won’t Beat the iPhone 4”.

Time to whip the llama;

1). The author claims the N8 to have a weak processor, when compared to specifically, the iPhone 4, HTC Evo 4G, Motorola Droid 2 and Samsung Galaxy S – with his 1GHz clock speed mention.

Sorry, are you stuck in 1996 before the megahertz-myth was absolutely and completely debunked? I’ll use an analogy that your simple mind can understand.

A Lamborghini weighs about 3000lbs and puts about 450HP out. An Oldsmobile 455 weighs 3500lbs and puts out about 420HP. One of them will win in a straight line. One of them will win going around twisting corners. Crash them both into a wall – and you’ll walk away from the Oldsmobile. You’ll be scraped off the ground if you’re in a Lamborghini. Point is, it completely depends on what you’re tasking the hardware for. If you want to go fast in a straight line, you’ve got a car for that. If you want to go fast around corners, you’ve got a car for that. Here, let me let your main man, Steve Jobs do the talking;

It’s about pipelining, instruction architecture and a plethora of other configurations and optimization on the silicon and in the software. Should I EVEN make mention about the GPU in the N8 when compared to those handsets? I’ll let you go look that up on your own.


2). Low memory? There are 2 platforms that you haven’t seen pushing the hardware limits recently - BlackBerry OS and Symbian. Why? BlackBerry is purely and absolutely optimized for their own hardware. Nothing else can run on it. Their code base hasn’t drastically changed in a decade. Symbian “suffers” from the same. Their code is written for a specific set of hardware, instruction set and architecture. Oh, they also use a nanokernel that supports real-time response. Without getting too technical and hurting your head, this means it’s faster and more power efficient. HTC and Motorola devices are built vanilla generic. The hardware is plain enough that Windows Mobile and Android can use it. 2 extremely opposing platforms. Do you see a problem with how that can effect writing code for SPECIFIC hardware?


3). According to Gartner? Symbian still holds more than 40% of market share. One company. Almost half. It used to be more. Against an entire industry? Yes, Nokia really just bleeding money right now. It’s quite clear, they have just under half the global market share with numerous competitors, that’s a definition of failure. According to me, you should shut up.


4). Internal battery? If anything, it’s an equalizer. The iPhone doesn’t let you replace it, the N8 doesn’t let you replace it. Nill argument. Zip zero. Okay, so a sealed unit means a better design maybe, perhaps more solid construction – your device will last longer. Do you have an iPhone 2G? How’s your battery? I have a Nokia E71 from that era. My battery is great, I can buy a new one and put it in. My 4 year old cousin can install it for me.


5). I’m glad you clearly indicated it was off-carrier pricing when you compared it to the AT&T pricing of the iPhone and other models. If and when AT&T or a national carrier does pick up the N8 – you can bet your pretty little jester-bells that it will be inline with the iPhone pricing. An unlocked, unbranded, direct from manufacturer N8 costs $549. An unlocked, unbranded, direct from manufacturer iPhone 4 costs $779…what were you saying about price again?


The next time you want to put down a device, please have some legitimate reasons as to why it’s not up-to-par with the competitors. You could have made up reasons better than trying to justify the ones you did here.


Anonymous said...

Great article. Love it!
One more thing about the battery; it IS replaceable. At any care center I believe. Unscrew, change battery, put bottom part back on, you're done. Takes 30 seconds at most. No equalizer, it's +1 for N8.
Keep up the good work.

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