Nokia showed off a truly unique prototype recently at the Nokia World show in London: a flexible cellphone that could be controlled simply by bending it.
After announcing in February its new best buddy would be Microsoft's Windows Phone 7, Nokia slipped quietly back into its labs to put the finishing touches on its new line of smartphones. Some eight months later, and what does the Finnish company have to show? Apparently, just a reworked Nokia N9 re-dubbed the "Lumia 800" but with a few minor tweaks and of course, Windows Phone 7 as its power core. Nokia also announced the lower-priced Lumia 710 — a cheaper, less premium-feeling model of the Lumia 800 with a few toned down specs. We felt up Nokia's latest and greatest smartphones this morning and here's what we thought.
Solar power is wonderful. Really, it is. And if you don't think so, it means that you hate the planet, and you don't hate the planet, do you? The one teeny tiny little problem with solar power is that so far it's proven to be more or less useless with the things that could really benefit from it, like mobile electronics. So what's the problem?
Did you like the look of Nokia's N9, but wanted to hold out for a phone with Windows Phone OS on board? Well, you'll be a fan of the newly leaked "Sea Ray," which is essentially the N9 with Microsoft's mobile OS on board.
The last few years haven't been kind to Nokia, a company that's had its lunch eaten by pretty much every other smartphone maker as its continued churning out cheaper phones for the developing world. But it's looking to get back in the smartphone game with the N9.
You've probably heard tons of NFC news and how it'll revolutionize your wallet, but Nokia's Play 360 portable speaker thinks outside of the box: it uses proximity to activate wireless sound syncing. Cables be damned, this is the future of audio.
Nokia Research Labs has created a magnetic ring called Nenya, after Galadriel's Ring of Power, that can control your cellphone as you twist it on your finger.
Nokia's had a tough go of it the last few years, losing tons of market share in both the high end (to Apple and Google) and the low end (to Chinese manufacturers). Now, they're giving up on running their own mobile OS and are going to start selling Windows phones.
Out in Finland, where the days are long and the ice is plentiful, a team of Nokia researchers went ahead and made a touchscreen out of ice. Why? Why not?
Don't want to reach into a pocket or handbag whenever your phone rings? Nokia's on it: the company is funding research to create stretchable electronics that you could wear like a second skin. It could one day lead to phones that attach to the back of your hand, à la those wrist communcators in Babylon 5.