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Nokia sells 4 million units of the Nokia N8, still swamped by Apple and Samsung

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Nokia sells 4 million units of the Nokia N8, still swamped by Apple and Samsung
The Nokia N8 is the closest challenger to the Apple iPhone that the Finnish based manufacturer has ever produced. Nokia fans responded to the first Symbian^3 powered device by reserving the handset in droves. Prior to the launch of the handset, Nokia said it "has received the highest amount of consumer pre-orders" in company history. So how did the Nokia N8 fare in the marketplace?

From the October launch through now, Nokia has shipped 3.5-4 million units of the N8 according to Finnish research firm Inderes Oy. According to the research firm, the Nokia N8 is popular in India, Finland, the UAE, and Malaysia. But how did it fare versus the phone it was designed to challenge? During the third quarter, the Apple iPhone 4 sold 14 million units. It is likely that the Samsung Galaxy S also outsold the Nokia device in the quarter.

All of this has led many to predict that Nokia will turn to Android or Windows Phone 7 to replace Symbian as the OS. Many would be buyers have praised Nokia's hardware and have said that the problem is in the software. About two weeks ago none other than Google's Andy Rubin said that he would like to see Nokia adopt Android. As we reported, Rubin noted that with the closing of the Symbian Foundation's web site, Nokia is the sole licensee of the Symbian platform. Still, 4 million units is nothing to sneeze at, especially since the Nokia N8 is sold in the States without a subsidized price and advertising is minimal at best.

source: Inderes (translated) via UnwiredView

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posted on 30 Dec 2010, 00:58

1. pathmarkpolice (Posts: 102; Member since: 05 Feb 2009)


It is actually an awesome phone, but the Symbian 3 software is still bogged down by its lack of fluidity and clunky user interface. Nokia doesn't need to give up all of its apps, it could just accept Android and put their own Nokia branded apps by default.

posted on 30 Dec 2010, 14:07

10. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 851; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


You really don't understand anything. Wait until Symbian becomes completely Qt and it'll be fine. You don't need Android to solve their problems, that will only make them worse in the long run. Symbian^3 is actually just as fast as my Captivate. The funny thing is that I experience more slowdowns on my Captivate than on my N8. Obviously that Hummingbird processor isn't helping much.

posted on 30 Dec 2010, 04:35

2. Andelson Marcelino (unregistered)


People stay being so boring, saying allways the same thing, Symbian is not so beautiful, like it could be, but is good, it don't do more because there isn't app for that yet. I have been used a Nokia N8 and it works very fine for me, do everything I need until now. But, do compare sale of Iphone or Samsung Galaxie against N8? Think, half of Iphone Sales and at least third part of Galaxy S was in the USA, with carreers subsidies, and N8 was sold pratically by it self, and Iphone for exemple is on the maked since July and the N8 almost november, how can we do compare? 4 millions is a great result, at least for me.

posted on 30 Dec 2010, 05:21

3. Liberian (unregistered)


I love my Nokia N8, especially since I downloaded Spb Mobile Shell (A Android-like interface) and N-Desk (A iphone-like interface).
People are so stupid these days Lol It's almost 2011, if you don't like the interface of your device just download a new one. It's easy!

Wrote on a Nokia N8.

posted on 30 Dec 2010, 05:59

4. ellistiu911 (Posts: 30; Member since: 18 Jul 2009)


@liberian sure it the Spb Moible Shell or N-desk made your phone seems a look-a-like copycat, but by heart it is still symbian^3 device, no more. . no less. . but I love the n8. . It's just that the phone is limited to software demands. . and that's the world we live right now. .

posted on 30 Dec 2010, 07:30

5. darko (unregistered)


Phonearena i'm so tired by your blatant repetitive placing the wrong information that i had to do my first comment here...
Iphone's 14 million units include TWO handsets!
It's the Iphone4 AND 3GS!

Not to say that iphone4 isn't the best selling phone out there..

posted on 30 Dec 2010, 08:00

6. dan_md (Posts: 66; Member since: 19 Oct 2010)


Being introduced earlier than the N8 and sold under subsidy, the iPhone 4 will really outsell the N8. What I don't get with the title of the article is "swamped by Samsung?" this argument will be valid if it specifies which Samsung model/product.

posted on 30 Dec 2010, 08:46

7. ella (unregistered)


Well, Nokia N8 just shipped in the market for about 3 months, while Apple iPhone 4 and Samsung Galaxy S shipped for almost for about half of the year. So, 14 million of combined iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS (something not very fair) are very much idiotic comparison with Nokia N8 and also same goes for the Samsung Galaxy S.

Please Phone Arena, stop bashing Nokia N8 and just try to be fair, alright? Besides, its New Year and new days to change your worthless attitudes!

posted on 30 Dec 2010, 14:49

11. CruT3X (unregistered)


You could also read the article more carefully. It says Apple sold 14million iPhones during the THIRD QUARTER which means between June and September and the estimate for Nokia's phone is for fourth quarter which is between October and December.

kthnxbye

posted on 30 Dec 2010, 08:52

8. ella (unregistered)


Well, Nokia N8 just shipped in the market for about 3 months, while Apple iPhone 4 and Samsung Galaxy S shipped for almost for about half of the year. So, 14 million of combined iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS (something not very fair) are very much idiotic comparison with Nokia N8 and also same goes for the Samsung Galaxy S.

Please Phone Arena, stop bashing Nokia N8 and just try to be fair, alright? Besides, its New Year and new days to change your worthless attitudes!

posted on 30 Dec 2010, 09:04 1

9. Julian (unregistered)


I bought an N8 2 weeks ago and have to say that I agree with many others that the software is not up to par. But I love the build quality of the Nokia, it's like holding a work of Art. Not to mention the camera is just amazing!

I've had some "issues" with the software, but after some research, they have been resolved. I really do think that if Nokia adopted Android as an OS, and was sold through carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile there sales would be greatly increased. It just makes you wonder who is at the helm of the company, and what are they thinking...

posted on 31 Dec 2010, 06:30

12. FrostyM (Posts: 5; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)


I have a Nokia N8. I really love the camera it has an excellent shot! and the FM transmitter! but i'm sure the N8 will be popular! go Nokia!

posted on 01 Jan 2011, 13:38

13. mattnola (unregistered)


Android is no better than Symbian, unless you're pimping the spyware the Android Market calls apps. I would really hate to see Nokia go Android.

posted on 01 Jan 2011, 13:57

14. Ahmedra2ol (unregistered)


the best thing i will like is that nokia will go for ios4 the hardware of nokia and the software of apple will be amazing (i think i am crazy..but right)

posted on 02 Jan 2011, 13:22

15. Azurus (unregistered)


I once loved the N8
suddenly i found out tht symbian is not preferred for no reason .... unfortunately i believed them
but when i came yo use the symbian^3 i found out tht its amazing AND BEAUTIFUL
as for the ovi store they r trying to do their best to produce the best apps

for your information in the beginning ovi store was the best so i see we should give it some respect

posted on 02 Jan 2011, 22:05

16. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


well im a happy N8 owner, I love my phone and the Symbian OS, I know Symbian has a couple of things that need to be fixed, but all that can be fixed with a firmware update, which Nokia promised, so we can be expecting the first update some time in January.

Nokia the best, Google and Apple are just trying to monopolize the market.

posted on 05 Jan 2011, 05:32

17. cool1dude (unregistered)


I bought my N8 on 2nd of december.......on the very first use i seemed to be satisfied.
Then i suddenly noticed that phone is restarting itself again n again......with hardly 10 day of uses i submitted the phone to nokia care.....they returned me back with few software updates.....rebooting still continues.....till date i have submitted my phone 4 times to nokia care......even once my phone has been to factory for repair.....but no solution....still my phone is with nokia care.....if this time they don't come up with the solution i m gonna ask for replacement or money back.....huh very bad experience with Nokia!

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