Status Symbols: Nokia n95

I love the status symbol series, so I decided to imitate the style and write my own. Well, enjoy folks!

2007 can be considered to ancient history in the cellphone world. In the current market, where touch is the preferred input method, and where it can almost be said that bigger is better, the age where the optimal input method is hotly contested, and where the cellphone companies all aspire to release smaller devices seems like a LONG time ago.

It is in late 2006 that Nokia announced the Nokia n95, with the slogan that "It's what computers have become" It was the device that should be able to do EVERYTHING. According to Nokia themselves, "This single device - which fits easily in your pocket - can replace stand-alone devices that you no longer need, whether it's your music player, your digital camera, PDA or navigation device. Most importantly, the Nokia N95 is with you and connected when you want to use it." It had a list of features longer than any single device before it, with specs that were higher than ever.

As an impressionable kid in 2006, I thought that for a moment, I have seen the future of mobile devices, the one device to rule them all. I was still very young at the time, but I was a mobile geek even then. I always played with my parent’s devices, and at the time, I had a Palm Lifedrive, and a Blackberry 7290. The Nokia n95 seemed like the future. After all, a device that combined the functionality of the Palm and my Blackberry, plus even more features. Which kid can resist that?

For its time, the N95 did everything. It could play videos, and music; it had Wi-Fi; it had GPS support; it had a 3d acceleration chip; it had TV-out; it has 3g; it had a 5mp main camera, and *gasp* a front facing camera; it even had an app store!

In June 2007, I finally convinced my parents to get me an N95 for my birthday. It was, up to then, the greatest day in my life. My dad got himself a blackberry 8800 around the time, and to me, an N95 user, the Blackberry 8000 line was the stupidest line of cellphones out there, seriously. Why the hell did some models have Wifi, but not GPS or Camera? Why did others have a camera, but no GPS? Why can’t RIM release a Blackberry with EVERYTHING plus more? The N95 showed me the future, a future where your phone can do everything. Browse the internet? No problem! Watch porn? No problem, the N95 has flash! Leave your camera at home? Why not! The N95 has a great 5Mp sensor with Carl Zeiss optics.

Back in the day, I literally thought that the future belonged to Symbian, a (newly) open source, standardized mobile platform (by 2007, the Symbian camp has pretty much standardized on s60). There were talks about "post PC", especially since Microsoft was reeling from one of their greatest defeats, Vista. Symbian was the platform of choice, 70% + market share, with almost every major OEM but HTC, RIM and Palm in the Symbian camp. It was even an advanced enough ecosystem to support a vibrant malware scene!

But alas, Symbian’s victory was short lived. The iPhone changed the way we interact with phones forever, and more importantly, the n97 happened. Symbian is now on its deathbed, but lets not forget the great contributions in made for the mobile industry.