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Celebrating 6600 Twitter followers with Nokia Time Warp XV: unpacking the Nokia 6600

You may know I have a thing with numbers. It’s been a while: on January 30 this year I celebrated the fact the PureViewClub reached 5110 followers on Twitter. I did so with one of my “Nokia Time Warps” – unpacking old Nokia devices like they are new, capturing that “special moment” with the newest PureView device.

Now it’s August and this community has reached well over 6600 followers – so here it is, the next Nokia Time Warp, this time with the Nokia 6600! This one is from 10 years ago. Chief designer Frank Nuovo and his team already thought of some amazing designs with the Nokia 5510, 7650 (my first Time Warp), 3650, 8600, N-Gage and the related 3300.

In those days, it looked like not every device really needed to be succesfull. Those were the days: Nokia was proud market leader anyway, it didn’t really matter if one device appeared to be less popular than another (but the N-Gage has been an painful failure to enter the game market). Anyway, it was very much about unique design, diversification and brand awareness. Most important thing was you could by a unique Nokia to fit your style and needs.

The Nokia 6600 was part of that period. Definitely a mobile phone, but unlike any other one we’ve seen until then. I never owned it until about half a year ago, planning to write this article :-) The box is not immaculate (it has some spots), but it will have to do. It’s getting harder and harder to get to these devices at all. Most important to me is the package is complete and you can get the feeling what it was like unpacking this, in 2003/2004…

These shots were all captured with the Nokia Lumia 930. First of all, the pretty lady in the laboratory, holding the fruit of her visionary imagination.

Nokia 6600 - 1

Since as you can see on the back of the box: vision becomes reality…

Nokia 6600 - 2

I seriously wonder what it must have felt like to see this, ten years ago…

Nokia 6600 - 3

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An Amsterdam Afternoon – with Nokia 808 PureView and Lumia 1020 (bonus shots)

In my previous two posts I concentrated on the Nokia Lumia 930, Samsung Galaxy K Zoom and LG G3, since these are the most recent smartphone cameras. But I knew it would be a matter of time before people would ask me to include the Nokia 808 PureView and Lumia 1020 as well, so I anticipated a bit an brought those two as well (I aim to please as you probably know :-)

I have to admit I didn’t get all scenes with all 5 devices. In fact, this kind of weather can be pretty frustrating, since the light changes so fast you sometimes you don’t have time enough to switch devices. In other words: a bright sunny scene can become very dark within 10 seconds or so. And of course, you can wait for the light to change back, but that can a lot of time as well.

So I planned to get as much comparable shots as I could. In this post you will see most of the scenes you already know, now captured with the Nokia 808 PureView and Lumia 1020.

First, the resized versions coming from the 808 PureView (8MP) and Lumia 1020 (5MP)

1 Near Amsterdam CS - Nokia 808 PureView 8MP 1 Near Amsterdam CS - Nokia Lumia 1020 5MP

Next, the crops from this scene. Lumia 1020 5MP first.

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An Amsterdam Afternoon – with Nokia Lumia 930, Samsung Galaxy K Zoom and LG G3 (2)

Like I wrote yesterday, I visited Amsterdam in company of the Nokia Lumia 930, Samsung Galaxy K Zoom en LG G3 – see the first part of this post. I wrote about the typical Dutch kind of great weather; bright sunlight and the kind of heavy clouds. In this second post you’ll see one of the lesser known Amsterdam canals and… some colorful Spanish peppers.

The Amsterdam canal was captured during a longer period without direct sunlight – so these shots present a more or less fair comparison I’d say. Let’s see them in the same order as the previous ones: Nokia Lumia 930 (5MP), LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy K Zoom.

4 Canal - Nokia Lumia 930 5MP4 Canal - LG G3 4 Canal - Samsung Galaxy K ZoomAgain, the Lumia 930 shows the “darkest” result and the G3 seems to shows a bit more contrast than the K Zoom. Let’s have a look at the crops in the usual order (from 5MP to 16MP that is). So Lumia 930 first. I focused on the boats, so that’s where I’ll look for the details in the crops.

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An Amsterdam Afternoon – with Nokia Lumia 930, Samsung Galaxy K Zoom and LG G3 (1)

Recently I received an official version of Nokia’s Lumia 930 and the all new LG G3, so together with the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom I had enough reason to visit Amsterdam once again in search of some interesting shots to compare.

It was the typical Dutch kind of great weather; bright sunlight and the kind of heavy clouds many Dutch painters are famous for, so it wasn’t always possible to wait for the exact same lighting conditions. Nevertheless I made several dozens of shots and I spent last evening selecting the ones most interesting for you.

You’ll see four scenes: a tall ship near Amsterdam Central Station, a shopping window from a second hand store, a lesser known one of Amsterdam famous canals and some colorful Spanish peppers on my plate after my too spicy dinner at a Thai restaurant that afternoon. Two wide shots and two close-ups so to say. I’ll need two posts to share all I captured in Amsterdam. Here we go.

First, the resized version of the view on the tall ship in the Amsterdam harbour, captured from the far end of Amsterdam Central Station – this was captured with the Nokia Lumia 930 (set to sunny).

1 Near Amsterdam CS - Nokia Lumia 930 5MPNext, you’ll see the resized versions of the LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy K Zoom (in that order, both on automatic settings).

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Very short comparison – Nokia 808 PureView, Lumia 1020 and Samsung Galaxy K Zoom

This is just an extremely comparison, including the Nokia 808 PureView, Nokia Lumia 1020 and Samsung Galaxy K Zoom. I didn’t have the Lumia 930 yet so I couldn’t bring it to France. The Nokia Lumia 1020 is still on Developer’s Preview software, so not the official Cyan version it is on now (still need to test it).

As you know, I was on holiday and comparisons take time – not just in editing the results, but capturing them as well. So I kept my PureViewClub’s work to a minimum this year, and I didn’t bring all devices on every trip either. You’ll see just one scene  from Southern France: a house I’d love to be able to buy one day :-)

It’s a  private house in Moliet-et-Maa, a village near the French Atlantic coast so small you’ll have a hard time finding any information about it at all. This is the resized version of the 38MP result I got from the Lumia 1020.

Nokia Lumia 1020 - Moliets-et-Maa - 38MP

If I remember correctly, I put all devices on “sunny”, but I’m not 100% sure and the Galaxy K Zoom doesn’t show in the EXIF file. I did put that on ISO 100 though, just like the Lumia 1020. The Nokia 808 PureView shows ISO 64, so I guess I forgot to put that on ISO 100 after all.

Anyway, results are generally comparable and here I will only share the crops from all three. First, the Lumia 1020 in 5MP.

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Getting closer to reality – focusing on the future

Yes, it’s been a while.

I tried to stay completely off-line for a few weeks, enjoying the holiday with the family – but it looks like that was a bit too much to ask. Those of you following me on Twitter have noticed me retweeting a lot of fantastic PureView captures. On Instagram I’ve shared some of my own holiday shots.

But I didn’t post any updates here at the club… – for weeks even, for the first time in more than two years. Not only did I feel my family finally deserved my more or less undivided attention since a very long time. I had some thinking to do, too. And mr. Satya Nadella gave me a lot more to think about.

First of all something personal: I’m near sighted. Maybe that’s why I’m so passionate about the possibilities the 41MP sensors of the 808 and 1020 offer. Remember “Zoom Reinvented”? I’ve been using that phrase more here than Nokia has been doing for months.

I just love to see those details. Guess they get me closer than I could ever be myself. That’s why I like to work with the optical zoom on the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom as well – smartphones like these simply show me things I’d actually never see in real life. It’s getting me closer to reality.

But there’s so much more reality to deal with, I learned in the past weeks in France.

Nokia Lumia 1020 - Messanges - France 1

Obviously, Steve Ballmer had a strategy to make up for his failure to get a share of the mobile market (I hope I don’t need to remind anyone of the “Windows Mobile” disaster). Elop was sent in to get Nokia for Microsoft. And Elop succeeded – and was hated for it. Mission accomplished?

Not really. Choosing for a hardware division against the will of the Microsoft Board even cost Ballmer his position. And now Satya Nadella is all “services” and no “hardware”, so what’s left of Nokia hardly stands a chance in Microsoft’s future. No less than 12.500 people will lose their jobs - about 50% of the people welcomed by Microsoft a few months ago. That’s shocking.

Next thing I learned was the flagships were cancelled – Goldfinger, McLaren, whatever the names were: all gone from the road map. No more 3D user interface. No more exciting innovations in imaging. Microsoft doesn’t care if you buy the 520 or 1520: as long as you’re in their ecosystem it’s fine.

So I’m worried about the future of the whole PureView concept – it doesn’t look too bright now, does it?

Nokia Lumia 1020 - Messanges - France 2

PureView was very old school Nokia – and it looks like “old school Nokia” is gone to stay. People have been asking me what I was going to do with the PureViewClub since all this. Just keep going? Shut it down? Frankly, there’s not much PureView news to keep it going, although I have to admit I’m extremely happy to get my hands on the Nokia Lumia 930 today.

But it does look like the Lumia 930 will be the last of Nokia’s flagships for the time being. The last highlight in PureView imaging for one thing, for at least a year or so. It’s simply not enough to keep people entertained at a club that’s so focused on smartphone photoography.

So here’s what I decided to do in France.

Nokia Lumia 1020 - Messanges - France 3

I’ll keep the club open – I’ll be your virtual bartender, serving you news about smartphone imaging, compared to Nokia’s PureView devices, or as it happens. News, shots, comparisons, new talents if I find them. The focus will still be on smartphone cameras – but not just PureView.

So I will change the name of the club, within a few weeks even, I hope.

I hope you understand my decision - some of my friends at Nokia do, if that’s any kind of comfort to you. I’ve been giving it tons of thoughts even before going on holiday: there simply is no other way to keep this club alive. There’s a lot to do before I can change the name, but I’m looking forward to this new future immensly.

Just like I’m looking forward to – finally – test the Nokia Lumia 930! The few shots to lively up this post were captured with the Nokia Lumia 1020 by the way – in France :-)

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