Nokia Nuron 2 Canceled, Nobody Noticed

I remember a time when Nokia sat on top of the world, when the Matrix phone was the hottest technology and I thought the 1.3 Megapixel camera on my Nokia 6682 was the greatest thing ever. Well, times have changed and Nokia has found itself in a position where they just can’t catch a break in the US market.

The cancellation of the Nuron 2 happened almost a month ago and I promised myself when I found out I would write about it the next day which became the day after that and then it got lost at the very bottom of my to do list. Sadly, nobody really cared either. The Nokia Nuron 2, also known as the “Kodiak” was set for a January 19th launch and that day has come and gone. From what hear, the phone was canceled well over a month ago and I honestly can’t say I blame anyone, at least not at T-Mobile.

Nokia, the onus is on you to produce quality handsets that can compete with the iPhone’s and Android’s of the world right now. The N8 is a great handset with perhaps the best cellphone camera on the market, but being great simply isn’t good enough these days. You have to do better than quality hardware and that’s where Nokia needs to improve. Meego might be good, Meego might be really good but I have almost no hope for it taking off in the US. Windows Phone 7 has a better chance at taking on Android and iOS than Meego could hope for. Perhaps I’m wrong, in fact I hope I’m wrong because I’d love to see Nokia come back in a ferocious way but I think I see a Cubs World Series win in my future before I see myself purchasing another Nokia handset.

Sad, I really loved that 6682.

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  • Windsofchange49

    By the way! A thought came to mind. Wouldn’t it be easier for Nokia to purchase another mobile phone manufacturer? Maybe HTC? Even if Nokia lacks the capital maybe they could approach Intel as both corporations have an ongoing partnership to release and popularize Meego. A combined Nokia/HTC corporation would be a powerhouse combining Intel hardware, Nokia’s experience in the mobile market, along with HTCs design and marketing expertise.

  • Windsofchange49

    By the way! A thought came to mind. Wouldn’t it be easier for Nokia to purchase another mobile phone manufacturer? Maybe HTC? Even if Nokia lacks the capital maybe they could approach Intel as both corporations have an ongoing partnership to release and popularize Meego. A combined Nokia/HTC corporation would be a powerhouse combining Intel hardware, Nokia’s experience in the mobile market, along with HTCs design and marketing expertise.

  • Anonymous

    I have the Nuron, and it’s an ok phone for what it is. I would have liked to have seen Nokia follow it up with something a bit better, so this news is somewhat of a disappointment to me.

  • dstewstar

    The Nokia Nuron is not that bad of a device. I bought one for my thirteen year old daughter and she loves it. I set it up and it was a learning curve for me because I have an android device, but for her it is a touchscreen device…a step up from the Gravity 3. I know on sites like this it is all about the latest 27 megapixel, 6″ touchscreen, 2.4 ghz dual processor, with the super optical FFC and the fantastical super-duper Amoled display. But, the majority of T-Mobile customers do not care about those type of specs nor will they pay $500 plus for a phone.

  • Demonchylde

    The problem with continuing the Nuron line, in my opinion, is T-mobile got rid of what made the Nuron such a value in the first place… It was an inexpensive phone with many smart-phone features (gps, app store, 3G data, etc) but what made it a good value was it used the cheap 10 dollar unlimited web… which sadly has now gone the way of the dinosaur.. What’s the point in buying a nuron now? If you’re going to have to pay for top-end data, you might as well buy a top-end phone…

    • dstewstar

      You are right ….they basically killed the overall good value of the phone by doing that.

    • doxiechic1

      completely agree….i still have my web2go and its all i need for a phone…they tried to sell me all these diff “200mb only” data plans and i dont want that. im fine with my unlimited/$10 a month web2go…..tmobile really needs to bring it back because they are losing customers who do not want/ need a smartphone

    • doxiechic1

      completely agree….i still have my web2go and its all i need for a phone…they tried to sell me all these diff “200mb only” data plans and i dont want that. im fine with my unlimited/$10 a month web2go…..tmobile really needs to bring it back because they are losing customers who do not want/ need a smartphone

    • Windsofchange49

      I would say the G1 was a much better phone on my opinion, and at the time when the Nuron was released it was inexpensive.

  • http://twitter.com/Syk0Matik420 Beefy McBigDick

    the original nuron is a great device for someone who doesnt necessarily need all the features of a smartphone. But I am not surprised they cancelled the nuron 2. Theres probably not a whole lot they could improve on without making it an actual smartphone the second time around. I actually feel pretty bad for Nokia. I remember when cell phones started going mainstream, Nokia was king. It was basically 60% of the entire market. How times have changed. You couldnt PAY me to use a nokia device. Not in the age of Android and iOS. Even though I am bored and unimpressed by iOS, I would still use it over Nokia’s operating system. Meego or Symbian, whatever. Both boring. so who cares

  • http://twitter.com/Syk0Matik420 Beefy McBigDick

    the original nuron is a great device for someone who doesnt necessarily need all the features of a smartphone. But I am not surprised they cancelled the nuron 2. Theres probably not a whole lot they could improve on without making it an actual smartphone the second time around. I actually feel pretty bad for Nokia. I remember when cell phones started going mainstream, Nokia was king. It was basically 60% of the entire market. How times have changed. You couldnt PAY me to use a nokia device. Not in the age of Android and iOS. Even though I am bored and unimpressed by iOS, I would still use it over Nokia’s operating system. Meego or Symbian, whatever. Both boring. so who cares

    • Windsofchange49

      My 2nd smartphone after my Blackberry Curve 8320 was the HTC G1. That handset is over three years old and even with the release of the Nuron was a million times superior. As to users not necessarily needing the types of features offered by a smartphone, well what are they? 1) the ability to tether with other mobile devices; 2) creating a wifi hotspot; 3) application download capability; 4) smart mobile operating system? Nowadays these features are offered on a limited basis in various messaging phones offered by all the carriers.

      If I were someone who wanted a phone more advanced than an introductory handset, I would opt for a messaging device offered by companies such as Pantech and Samsung. I’ve tried out the Nuron and it is dreadfully slow when it comes to loading webpages, and in general the speed of its UI is underwhelming at best. I have even found the UI experience on the N97 to be of similar concern. Furthermore, let me ask you guys something. You claim that Nokia phones (while offering shoddy software) are great in the hardware department. Why doesn’t the latest N8 offer a CPU spec’d to be the equivalent (minimal requirements) of a 1st generation Snapdragon found in the Nexus One? If I am going to have to pay $400+ for a Nokia smartphone I’m going to want decent hardware. And with the lack of a CPU that can keep pace with those found in today’s smartphones I just don’t find the whole “unbelievable hardware” story to work.

      Nokia needs to reconsider the combined hardware and software experience it offers, and honestly I don’t see their internal R&D teams delivering on those promises. It would just be easier for them to buy another manufacturer of phones that is a little more creative; this act would save Nokia a lot more time and money in the future; and honestly time isn’t a luxury that Nokia has right now.

  • GregP

    The N900 was excellent – kinda

    • http://www.youtube.com/jeromeo1980 Jeromeo

      My N900′s running Android right now…

  • Anonymous

    so in a nutshell create an android phone??

  • Anonymous

    so in a nutshell create an android phone??

  • Lee72artis

    T-mobileUSA, Google, HTC, Samsung, Motorola, LG, Sony, and Nokia should get together and build a Google phone called the Borg. It could have dual layer screen (to use ambient sunlight as a power source and display), dedicated sound card, upgradable components, and all the best each company coyld offer.