Nokia, Microsoft Get Early Praise for Smartphone

Nokia has released a new smartphone which uses the Windows operating system. Its technical specifications and design have received positive reviews but is it too little too late?

What's the Latest Development?


Early this morning, Nokia unveiled two models of a new smartphone which runs Microsoft's operating system: The Lumia 710 and Lumia 800. The devices are receiving early compliments on their technical specifications as well as their design. Reviewers say that Microsoft's O.S. functions in a completely different way than the market's prevailing platforms: Apple's iPhone and Google's Android. The phones are aimed at mid-market consumers; while the 710 is substantially cheaper, both phones have a 1.4GHz processor. 

What's the Big Idea?

Microsoft is reportedly showering Nokia with billions of dollars to use its operating system as both companies make what many consider a last attempt to enter the smartphone market. The Lumia's release comes three years after Apple's smartphone first debuted and while the devices can be pre-ordered in Europe, they will not arrive to the U.S. until next year. Nokia's choice of Stephen Elop, a former Microsoft executive, as its newest C.E.O. was controversial within the Finnish company. 

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