Nokia Head of Design talks about the N1 Android tablet: not many products are so well made

The Nokia N1 was announced earlier today, but it won't be launched this year. The slate runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, and will cost $250...
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63 Comments

51. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

I hope it does change the game, I'm not trolling what so ever. My point is that the device looks very appealing to the fact that it looks like an iPad running Android. I love Android and what it offers so please don't confuse me for an ifanboy lol. Everyone here is acting though as this is going to be any different then any other tablet. as a whole I hope Nokia succeeds and bounces back.

58. jack123

Posts: 278; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Foxconn bought Nokia name for its tablets, but design wise and quality still control buy Nokia.

63. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Thank you. Some of these tards didn't gather that from the video, either because they didn't watch it or their Surface's suck more than previously thought.

2. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Just make it available global so I can get one.

4. Manti123

Posts: 207; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

Microsoft started to pay many trolls to bash every Nokia article. Forgive them, they took a very painful slap from Nokia yesterday. This is not the end microcrap. Just wait for the next Nokia smartphone knockout

26. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

I second you !

5. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

I might get scorned for this but i must say it does look like an iPad lmao but I'm glad nokia is fighting back cant wait to see future phones from them when they're free from Microsoft

7. tobym6

Posts: 9; Member since: Jul 19, 2012

So they erased the Apple logo and wrote Nokia?

11. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

yeah and made it thinner and lighter and put android on it and a better camera on both sides ^_^

65. TechNeck

Posts: 652; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

What a PERFECT response. +1

8. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Wish they adopted the Surface design language instead of the iPad mini.

9. paragkarki

Posts: 29; Member since: Nov 09, 2014

i wonder why the heck microsoft has to have the keyboard attached in every pic of its surface tab. it really makes the product look bulky and ineffecient. just design the tab better and sleek then delight the customer by giving a freaking free keyboard. anyways i hope nokia gets the sympathy sale on its new tab. long live the nokia brand.

10. rantao333

Posts: 346; Member since: May 21, 2013

im tired of crappy quality of android tablet. N1 is the 1st android tablet that made sense to me.

13. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Makes sense the device is not even out yet, and they're are many great Android tablets on the Market

16. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

And why is it the first android tablet that made sense to you?

12. clayton

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 15, 2012

So Apple always get the credit as far as designs are concerned. This is a nice looking tablet, and I think Apple doesn't come in at all. Let's try to give credit where it's due.

37. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

but when iphone 6 copy m8/lumia 925 media dont pay attention

66. TechNeck

Posts: 652; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

And when Apple tried making a phablet, while Sammy has been doing it for years.

14. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

Nokia has their heads in the right place in the tablet industry at least.

15. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

4:3 ratio screen is obviously a leftover from Apple that foxconn couldn't sell, mind as well made it for someone else as scrap. XiaoMi mipad done this with the price of less than $200 because of scrap iPad screen

39. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

nokia design this under guidelines of foxconn, it look like foxconn approach nokia with list of material they have to build this tablet and nokia end up with that design. it was hard for them to differentiate it

17. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Sell this already ok!

31. aksa123

Posts: 367; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

I hope this "not an ordinary product” be like Nokia's old undestructable phones.

33. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Nice, but please be fast pushing this product to the market globally.

46. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

I feel a bit like a dinosaur, that lives past his times. It feels, like some time ago, there was a battle between engineers, and designers, and engineers have lost. Let me explain. Old school Nokias were engineering marvels. Features, and number of use cases for the device were priorities. Thanks to that, Nokias always had tons of connectivity features, big camera sensors, full qwerty keyboards, nearly indestructable build. Even after Elop, many useful things stayed. It's noticable, that when others made their phones thinner, and thinner, Nokias were always, on a thicker side, but You didn't need protective case for them. Thanks to that Nokias display had technologies that made it superior to competition. It looked, like at Nokias, engineers used to be the ones who, made the decisions. In this product it looks like designers took the lead. It looks, like someone made the decision to make it extra thin, and nice looking, and then someone had to put as much as he could, into already designed frame. It looks, like focus shifted from features and use-cases, to look-and-feel of the device. Don't get me wrong, I love Nokia, and wish them well. But I loved, that old school Nokia, that had opposite way, to e.g. Apple. The Nokia that lost.

54. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Nice text, and I completely understand your point of view. I'm also old school type (I'm still using N9), but as an industrial designer, I must however say that what Nokia was doing in the old days was actually fundamentaly wrong approach to design of tech products. Their devices were excellently build and long lasting, with latest tech incorporated, but they lacked a sense for user. But no one knew how hard it was to use this technology until someone else made the right product, and that was iPhone. It wasn't long until this became transparent and Nokia begun plummeting. They had a good chance with MeeGo, but then Microsoft's mole Elop arrived and "prepared" Nokia for acquisition by Microsoft (reduced company value to all-time low), but that's another story. The point is that Nokia was way too obsolete for a long time, they were based on a presumption that people only want technology and build quality. There wasn't even talks about user experience back then! One thing is nostalgia, and the other thing is the real situation. I once tried to go back to old Nokia's, but after new paradigm has come, I find it too difficult, uncacceptable. We have new standards now. I can only enjoy in remembering. The same goes when you try to replay your favorite video game from nineties - it's just not good anymore for today's standards. Your own standards.

59. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

That's why I feel like a dinosaur. I don't get the whole 'sense for user', or 'talks about user experience'. I don't need device to give me experience, I need device to be useful in as many cases, as it can. Sure it's nice, that it gives me what I want in a smooth way, but that is just a minor detail for me. That's why I miss old 'wrong approach' by Nokia. Apple has shifted industry focus. It showed, that You can take functionality from people, close it in a nice box, and people will be happy. I'm not. I don't like the fact, that devices break, when they are dropped. I don't like the fact that devices are getting so big, that are uncomfortable to operate with one hand. I don't like the fact, that their cameras capabilities, are being hold back, because rear bump is intolerable. I don't like the fact that, You can't replace a battery - a component, that is ment to die, one day. I don't like the fact, that devices are getting so thin, that they start to bend/break in pockets. I don't like the fact, that processing power is being wasted on pixels, so small, that You can'tsee them anyway. All those things, are the things that serve good looks, and 'user feel', but takes down functionality. I get, that after 2007, there is no return. Industrial designers, are necessity, and their role will continue to grow. I just hope, we won't wake up one day, having realised, that we devoted our lives, to create whole generation of people, to whom looks is the most important thing in the world. That the whole mobile bussiness and development, doesn't go in the direction, that serves man kind...

61. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I know how you feel. But man is not a machine, even when he's convinced he is. Man is primarily a social, cultural, historical and aesthetic being. If he thinks he's rational and wants only functional tools for himself, it's only because that's his belief, life style and life philosophy, not because he's actually rational like a computer. And that's a good thing. Whatever he believes, whatever he wants, originates from his social and cultural values. That's the important rule in marketing. You can actually make people want certain kind of products, all you need is to communicate your philosophy to match theirs, and you can even manipulate them with new ones. Old-school Nokia had one philosophy, and that's why there's people like you respecting it. But there are more than a few other philosophies that people are being associated within themselves. One of them is the philosophy of complete transparency, and it's the strongest of them all. It's a fundamental social need for experience of product as a pure aesthetic and cultural extension of a social being, and its rules are based on a complex game of signs and symbols. For instance, having a thin and beautiful, but fast and big device is a desired social sign, no matter how fragile, impractical and short-lasting device is. This is how society works in general. There are exceptions, but those are only exceptions. This doesn't need to be proved, it's already proven. Among others, mostly by Apple. Many of us have difficulty accepting this mechanism, because we have some moral issues with it. Something is morally wrong with valuing something by the looks of it, and not by substance. But if we consider ourselves smart, we should ask ourselves if this non-acceptance is merely another social and cultural byproduct in a dynamic game of high culture vs. mass culture in our wonderfully complex society.

55. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Did they just search Ipad Mini, printed out a picture, and said to manufacture it. Because seriously, this is what this tablet looks like. I am not an apple fan by any means, and I have owned 3 lumias in the past, all with original designs. This just blows my mind they stooped down to the level of Chinese knockoff brands and how they steal designs. For so long, Nokia made beautiful devices, and most of all they were original. I`m sorry, it just amazes me how such a legendary OEM can just produce a lookalike product like this one, especially with the track record of the brand. Put the tablets on their faces and cover up the apple and nokia logo, and I bet you couldn`t tell the difference. Just really sad.

56. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

Who cares who designed this tablet or if it's an exact copy of and iPad mini 3 I don't buy products on physical design alone, this is an Android tablet and that is the main reason I'll consider buying one.
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