Would you get an Android phone for its Nokia branding?

Android-based Nokia D1C concept image

Android-based Nokia D1C concept image


Nokia is back with Android phones! This might be the thought on the mind of every nostalgically inclined Nokia fan after today's HMD press release that they will indeed be launching Android phones with the venerable brand next year. For those Nokia aficionados of yesteryear the presser reads like "freedom from Microsoft oppression!," or "Nokia back in Finland!" or "finally an Android-powered Nokia!", but today's smartphone industry environment is rather different from the one just two years ago.

We have the Apple-Samsung duopoly in the high-end class that will be incredibly hard to challenge in any meaningful way, that is why HMD is said to come up with midrange Nokia Android handsets at first. That's not to say that the phones won't be fine, but some really exciting and top-shelf features might be left for a later date, depending on how the first batch fares on the market. 

Still, it it is pretty evident that even in this day and age Nokia still has a loyal brand following and name recognition, which might be enough to give it an edge in the crowded Android market. That is why we wanted to ask if you would get a Nokia Android phone for the sake of old times and that logo on the chassis. Any takers?

Would you get an Android phone for the Nokia branding?

Well, let's see what they come up with first...
51.43%
Oh yes, I've been waiting on a Nokia Android for a while!
39.92%
Nah, who cares
8.64%

Would you get an Android phone for its Nokia branding?
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35 Comments

1. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1409; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Manufacture and assembled in United States, and it will sell hefty hot.

3. patrioticwarrior

Posts: 134; Member since: Nov 09, 2016

Or manufacture it in finland and hungary. And still it will sell like a hot cake

10. Podrick

Posts: 1283; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Price will be too high that way.

14. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Nokia is not an American country though, why would they manufacture it here when they can do it for a fraction of the price elsewhere?

26. Acdc1a

Posts: 465; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

They used to make them in the US.

25. Subie

Posts: 2275; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Good chance they will be built by Foxconn.

28. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

No chance they'll be built by Foxconn - just no.

32. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

isnt microsoft sold nokia brand to foxconn earlier this year? no?

34. USAUSAUSA unregistered

I will immediately buy one regardless the spec and price if it's assembled in my country

2. patrioticwarrior

Posts: 134; Member since: Nov 09, 2016

Nokia must work on flagship device which should have following specs 1) 41mp carl zeis camera 2) xenon flash 3) kick stand 4) latest snapdragon 821 processor or snapdragon 652 chipset 5) Nokia breathing led notification light 6) name your flagship as N series or E series 7)Removable battery with BH label 7) booting screen should have infamous "Nokia connecting people slogan".

17. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

With these specs I will be in the queue to get one. But not interested at all in mid range or low end offerings.

36. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Yes! That's what I desire..

38. domfonusr

Posts: 1057; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I did like, and now miss, the breathing lights from my Nokia N800 and my E75... seems like ZTE is the only company doing breathing lights anymore these days, as in the Grand X3 and Grand X4 for Cricket, the Warp 7 and Tempo for Boost, and the Avid Plus and Avid Trio for T-Mobile/MetroPCS, among others. At least, that's the only company whose products I've seen have breathing lights these days. Maybe the new Nokia will do those, too.

4. maherk

Posts: 6684; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It all comes down to the specs for me.

8. Podrick

Posts: 1283; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

And price.

29. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Right! Price-to-spec ratio is my criteria for deciding on which phone to get. The Nokia brand alone won't influence me.

5. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

You shouldn't buy any phone for its branding but its specs or what they have to offer. Deciding to buy based only on brand names is stupidity.

9. Podrick

Posts: 1283; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Agreed. Will need to see specs, pricing and reviews first.

19. Awalker

Posts: 1958; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I just need to see some real world usage regardless of specs.

35. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

agreed. will wait until someone post a review before deciding to buy or not to buy

6. surethom

Posts: 1588; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

I have been asking for a Nokia Android phones since Android came out, Nokia has made some fantastic phones BUT they have also made some not so good hardware & more often bad software, lets wait & see the specs first. Digital loss less zoom please.

7. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Branding has little to do with actual value. If they can bring unique features or strong aspects like camera etc out they have me in . Otherwise we have another generic branded OEM phone. Sadly but true.

11. aegislash

Posts: 1437; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

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12. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I wouldn't buy ANY phone just for a Brand name. Dumb question!

13. metalicblue

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 05, 2016

i need to see the phone first then consider my options

15. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I voted in the minority, I'm not particularly interested, though if they happen to offer something truely unique then hey, maybe I'll consider them.

16. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

NOkia. Unless they make an android version on the 1020 with less bezel, then MAYBEkia.

18. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

This is a newbie company, so it's a NO for now. Maybe after 3 years.

27. Acdc1a

Posts: 465; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

A new company managed by former Nokia management. They will not put out junk.

20. jimjam unregistered

I'll get one if it has the camera that blows away the competition - a larger sensor , fast apeture, excellent behind the scenes processing etc. Add a wide angle or zoom second camera (shameless copy but nice features)

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