The Nokia Booth was absolutely heaving at CES every time I was there. It really drew a crowd, which is amazing since there were only 3 phones to see. The Lumia 710 and 800 as well as the newly announced Lumia 900 represented Nokia along with some accessories. The Belle and Asha devices from Nokia world didn’t cross the pond for this, which makes sense for a Us eve t, to only bring devices that will be for sale in the USA.
Nokia was running a competition and several people will have gone home with a new Lumia 710. They were also part of a Microsoft competition along with Samsung in which you could win a windows phone. Still, the crowds were not here for a completion as each section of the both was busy. No, Nokia were creating genuine buzz. The atmosphere here was excited.
So what was there.
The Lumia phones
The stars of the show really. We saw the Nokia Lumia 710, 800 and 900 in groups of 4 with a big info touch screen, ready to browse the phone and go hands on, and a pair of Monster Purity HD headphones hooked up to one of them. Sadly, the Lumia 800 info screen contained a mistake which I saw on day 2 that I’m told was later rectified – anyone else who got excited after seeing it display support for 850/900/1700-2100/1900/2100, I sadly have to say this is wrong and will support 1900/2100 and either 850 or 900 depending on if it’s the US or Canadian version. That aside, it was great to go hands on with the devices at the booth, and also to see some of the various colors you can buy, as well as the back covers for the 710.
This was exciting. They had some Lumia 800’s on the accessories table hooked up to a variety of headsets and speakers. They were the Nokia Play 360 speakers, Monster Purity in-ear headset, Monster Purity HD headphones and the Nokia Luna Bluetooth earpiece. It was disappointing not to get to see the Nokia Essence headset announced last year, but thee was other good news to be had.
The Nokia Lumia 800 will be coming to the Microsoft Store in February to buy unlocked, and one version of the sales pack will include the following: A Nokia Play 360 speaker, A Nokia Luna earpiece and Monster Purity HD headphones – an absolutely fantastic package for those who take sound seriously.
The accessories themselves will be available in the US by then too and I have pricing: Nokia Play 360 speaker $149, Monster Purity HD $199, Monster Purity $99 and Nokia Luna $79.
This was also very exciting and I got to see some of the things coming for Nokia Windows Phone, maps wise. Right now there is Nokia Drive and Nokia Maps. Coming soon to a Windows Phone near you are Nokia Pulse, Nokia City Lens and Nokia Transport.
Pulse is a private location based social network/messaging tool. City Lens is an Augmented reality browser and Transport is a fairly advance public transit scheduling app which will map for you the best way to get from A to B on public transit. All these are in beta or pre beta right now. You can find out more about Pulse and download the beta for it for Symbian, MeeGo or Windows Phone at pulse.nokia.com.
Lastly, there were demonstrations of some of the other apps.
First off, the XBox Companion which is now available for all Windows Phones. I had used it before and been a little unimpressed, but now I’m more likely to give it a serious go.
Next was the CNN app (which I have to admit, I didn’t really stop at)
Lastly was the ESPN app, where I was shown what I presume to be a future version of the ESPN app because it is certainly more advanced than the ESPN app in the Nokia Collection at the moment. This one allows you to pin a live tile for your favorite team to your home page and get score updates and news right there. I look forward to seeing that sometime in the future.
So based of activity at the Booth, this CES has to be seen as a big success for Nokia.