Nokia: "Hey Apple: 'Today we announce a colourful, fast and affordable 8GB smartphone'"


One of today’s big news is that Apple is launching an 8GB iPhone 5c to give customers who want the colorful, ‘unapologetically’ plastic iPhone a more affordable option. However, more affordable does not mean cheap, as the 8 gig iPhone 5c is selling for around €550 (the equivalent of $765) across Europe, as much as many top-shelf devices cost.

Nokia used this fact and occasion to mock Apple, and reminded followers on Twitter that there already exists a ‘colourful, fast and affordable 8GB smartphone’. Moreover - it’s been available since February 2013. Which phone is Nokia talking about? The Lumia 520, of course.

And indeed, the Windows Phone 8-based Lumia 520 comes with an equally sized 4-inch display, is offered in a variety of colors, and comes with 8 gigs of internal storage (that you can expand via microSD cards). The Lumia 520 is also actually multiple times cheaper than an iPhone 5c, as Nokia has dropped its full retail price to as low as $70 in some markets like the United States. At the same time, though, the iPhone 5c is clearly much, much faster, comes with a better display and better camera. Nonetheless, the Lumia 520 is clearly not a bad phone for its price, and when an iPhone 5c costs as much as 10 times more, maybe Nokia has some point in bringing this comparison up, don’t you think?

source: @Nokia

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50 Comments

1. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Haha! The want to be 1%, got called out.

28. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

We can get from 550€, - note 3 or lumia 1520, or 1020 or g2 or one or s5 or many other.

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Ha. Great to see a jab first thing in the morning.

3. Sauce unregistered

That's what I was thinking. Hopefully there will be more interesting stories today.

60. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

What's funny is that this smear campaign actually earned them one sale. I had bought my father an Alcatel One Touch Evolve a couple months back for $49.99, it was his first smartphone. Recently I've had frustrations with how it has run out of internal space once the stock Google Apps did all their updates, it has now started complaining with "internal storage is full" errors. The only app he cares about is Google Earth but once you install Earth that maxes out the available storage. Since the beginning I was thinking of getting him a Nokia 521 because Windows Phone is much more noob friendly, and I should have known better than to get him an Android phone because he can barely shut down a PC. He keeps dragging icons all over and not knowing where they went. Either way I finally ordered him up a T-Mobile Nokia 521 today after reading this article from Newegg for $59.99. I think he'll be more satisfied with the 521. But he'll have to deal with looking at Microsoft/Nokia maps without a Google Earth... So heres to dealing with the "No Google Earth" backlash.

4. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Lol well heavy competition in Apple's home ground, and they still have to sell the current line up for about 7 months. Not going to be a good year for their stock holders.

7. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

"Not going to be a good year for their stock holders." That was bound to happen last year.

38. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It did, but they ate up quite a bit of the stock to shore it up. They don't have any buy back plans this year though, so any drops that happen will likely be fairly long term.

6. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Nokia already taking notes from Ballmer's BS notebook. The last time I checked it was not doing them any good, there goes Nokia's dignity.

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

The Lumia 520 is the reason why WP is at ~4% market share and the #1 phone in developing countries. Don't start again.

22. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

If the 520 was doing any better then they wouldn't be taking shots at the 5C, try again junior

23. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You aren't so bright are you? It's called marketing, something every company does. Please Google the success of the Nokia 520/521 in developing countries. Not sure if you know how to read either since nowhere in my post did I say the 520/521 was better. It's okay - school is always an option. Keep up the work on giving green thumbs to your posts with your second account.

30. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

You must be going bananas can't you the read? "taking shots at the 5C," perfectly normal for wimpy little degenerates. Btw, this is not a second account and that means you failed, some people call them losers...I do too. Junior.

37. sgodsell

Posts: 7459; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Nokia is NOT doing well in the smartphone market with WP. Why else would they release 3 forked Android phones in India and China that only use Microsoft apps and services. Why not use WP instead. WP is not a success story in any sense of the word. Sales have proven that. Its not like WP didn't have time to grow. The world was first introduced to WP at MWC back in February of 2010.

49. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

So the 520/521/525 are not successful?

41. sgodsell

Posts: 7459; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Anyone who gets the 520 knows that its a cheap phone. There is no camera flash or front facing camera on the 520/521/525. It has a cheap 800x480 LCD display that doesn't even have protection like gorilla glass or anything. Its a WP device to try and pull customers in to Microsoft's apps and services. That's all is designed for.

43. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

He can't process any of that because he can't accept the truth that 520/521/525 is doing better than the 5C.

48. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Junior, why are you wussing behind people's posts? You may have missed post 37

50. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

25. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

That device sure is dirt cheap and do you know what that means? Profit margin on each handset is painfully low. Have you considered that junior?

27. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

While devices sold and market share increase each year on top of more users on Microsoft's software and services. Have you considered that kid?

31. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

*increases, lol are you shaking? If the 520 is a cheaper gateway to MS services then it doesn't compare to the 5C. Thanks for playing, junior .

34. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

That's the whole point of 520/521 lol. There's no point in trying to have a conversation with you. You're so far in the Apple Zone to where it becomes rather sad kid.

36. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

You started the convo junior, throwing in the towel? Appreciated

39. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

42. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

If it calls for productivity I use my Macbook Air or tablet son and it's iWork not Office. Is office superior? Yes, but again if the 520 bests the 5S on productivity then maybe it's best kept in a drawer at the office

44. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Lol and if I wanted true productivity, I can use a Lumia 1520 instead of having to carry both an iPhone 5S and MacBook Air. Looks like your beloved iPhone 5C is showing signs of defeat. http://www.phonearena.com/news/Apple-releases-an-8GB-version-of-the-iPhone-5c-still-far-from-affordable_id54021/comments?post=830692#post_830692

45. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Enough, we're talking about Nokia trash talking the 8gb iphone 5C, anything beyond that calls for a different argument.

47. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Is that why the "Nokia trash" pushed Apple to release a 8GB model of the 5C? I don't see you anywhere on that article like you are here lol.

51. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

** drops lettuce and mayo on to shirt** yea sure, whatever. You only succeeded in wasting my time already.

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