A Nokia phone that looks like the iPhone is just a function phone?

2022-07-05 0 By

When it comes to Nokia, everyone knows it.It is the founder of a mobile empire, the former king of smartphones and feature phones.In 2011, Nokia was overtaken by Samsung and Apple and dethroned from the smartphone market.A few years later, India’s Jio and China’s iTel overtook Nokia, and the nokia king of feature phones changed hands.You’ve heard the story behind the collapse of Nokia’s Symbian empire.Today we go back eight years and tell the story of a Nokia feature phone.It was called the Nokia Asha 230.Look and Design date back to February 24, 2014.At MWC, Stephen Elop, then vice president of Mobile and services at Microsoft and former Nokia CEO, announced a series of new Nokia phones.These phones are different: not the Lumia flagship Windows Phone, but the Nokia X series entry-level Android and The Nokia Asha line of “feature phones.”Feature machines are quoted here because of the peculiarity of the Nokia Asha.Asha is nokia’s entry level product line. Most of them are feature phones running on Nokia S40 system, while others are halfway between feature phones and smart phones, running on nokia Asha’s “semi-smart” mobile phone platform, such as Nokia Asha 230.Their hardware and software functions are quite different from those of smart phones. The Nokia Asha 230 only has 64MB of RAM, which is the same level as feature phones in those days.But from the outside, the Nokia Asha 230 looks just like any other smartphone. It has an all-touch design, a tiny 2.8-inch 240 x 320 resolution display and a physical back button on the front.With a square icon in the back button, a lengthier body and a colorful polycarbonate body, wouldn’t it look like the iPhone 5C?The iPhone 5C was released in September 2013, just a few months before the Asha 230.Digging a little deeper, the Nokia Asha 230 really is a fruit.Take the Nokia Asha 230 commercial for example.It uses vibrant music, dynamic effects, and unique transitions and detailed shots to make it believable even if it’s an iPhone promo!This style runs through the Nokia Asha line, and if we zoom in on some of the details, we can see how similar they are to the iPhone of the same period — what a benchmark Apple!Considering that nokia Asha phones were released between 2011 and 2014, it’s hard to say whether Nokia is bidding against Apple or Apple is bidding against Nokia.The nokia Asha Series (2013) IPhone 5C (2013) The Nokia Asha 503 (2013) IPhone 6 (2014) Feature phone design is so extreme, perhaps only nokia.As mentioned earlier, The Nokia Asha 230 is a cross between a feature Phone and a smartphone. Its UI is like a cross between Windows Phone and Symbian.It included Nokia’s Xperss browser and support for OneDrive and HERE maps, which were the hallmark apps of the Windows Phone at the time.In that era when social networks were thriving, Nokia Asha 230 supported almost all popular social applications, including Facebook, Twitter, LINE, WhatsApp and even wechat!Nokia Asha on wechat what level is this?In 2014, Nicai mobile phone is still writing its own legend, known as the “copycat App Store” Skye is making gold in the US stock market.Nokia Asha has almost achieved the peak of feature phones. For simple daily use, Asha can basically do what iPhone and Android phones can do.Yes, nokia has spared no effort to live up to its mission, even with feature phones.Nokia Asha phone users can freely communicate with iPhone and Android phone users without worrying about cross-platform barriers.Unfortunately, the nokia Asha’s weak performance limits it.It doesn’t drive big mobile games, nor does it have the rich app ecosystem of iOS and Android.Born in the era of the smartphone boom, there is little doubt about its endgame.According to Gartner’s report, in 2013, the global shipments of smart phones surpassed feature phones for the first time. Although feature phones still have a market, such a sunset industry is hardly favored anymore.Microsoft, nokia’s parent company, announced in June 2014 that it was cutting its Asha, S40 and Nokia X platforms to focus on Lumia smartphones.Nokia Asha 230 became the “last king of Asha”, witnessing the end of the era of feature phones.The rest is history.On May 18, 2016, Microsoft packaged the handset business it had acquired from Nokia and sold it. HMD, a group of Nokia employees, and FIH Mobile, a unit of Foxconn, took over the business and kept Nokia phones alive.Today, smartphones are everywhere, but in many parts of the world, people still need cheap feature phones.Nokia phones, too, are following HMD’s lead, continuing their “Connecting People” mission.For us, Nokia phones are hard to see anymore, but they still shine like stars in the deepest corners of our memories.