Zerojay’s just found that N810′s release date was pushed back to Dec 19th, at least on NokiaUSA. Not a good news for me, and the other 499 dev/users who received the discount code. To be honest, N810 doesn’t even show a release date on www.nokia.it, and shop.nokia.it doesn’t even know about it. In the meantime N810 can be found on the shelves of many USA’s shops and flagship shops.
That’s not a big problem. I mean, I can wait and keep using my N800, even if I have to admit it won’t make me so happy. Me, and many others, spent the last days looking at their mailboxes in the wait of that email.
But was it a smart move from Nokia? My answer is “no, it was a DUMB move”, at least from a strategic point of view.
A smart strategy would have allowed developers to get their devices pretty much in advance, even with an unstable OS2008 version perhaps? which could have helped in bugfixing, perhaps, and in order to be able to start porting apps and docs to the new platform. And also, at this point if I knew I wasn’t one of those happy/lucky 500 perhaps I’d but a N810 full price, and I’d start working with it now. But with the discount code waiting in my mailbox, the best I can do is flashing an unofficial ITOS2008 on my N800 and try something new.
Now, what’s going to happen? Simply new users, N810 users, will have almost nothing to install in their new devices.
That would be kinda funny to know who decided such a strategy. Who knows…
And also, wouldn’t have been easier to allow codes to be used (at least) in Nokia’s flagship stores?