Nokia's 7900 Cellphone Shows its Fugly Face

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Nokia's 7900 cellphone, which we told you about previously, just got set for release this quarter. The 3G handset will have a 2-inch OLED display, 2MP camera, 1GB internal memory and a customizable keypad, where users will be able to select the backlight color from 49 different possibilities. The 7900 will retail for €375 ($547.) [Nokia]

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That's 375 eur ($547) *WITHOUT A CONTRACT*. But yes, it's fugly.

While nobody specifically said it here (yet), I'm going to do a pre-emptitive strike based on what I've seen on the forums in the past:

I think people forget that the large mobile phone companies (like Nokia, Samsung, etc.) have a huge portfolio of devices because they sell to such large markets. Nokia, for example, sells around 400 million devices every year. A lot of those are very low end phones in countries like Peru, Argentina, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Egypt, etc. that would never buy something like an iPhone, Razr, smartphones (e.g. Nokia E and N series) or a "fashion phone" like this model.

There are markets for a lot of different tastes, feature sets and preferences and you'd be surprised what kind of stuff people find cool in other parts of the world from where you live. US-centric (or even western-centric) thinking will give you a very distorted idea of the world. I always find it funny how people say things like "Apple got 20% of the smartphone market in 2007" when they actually mean "in the USA" and neglect that meanwhile Nokia, NEC, Sharp, LG, Samsung, Sony and others have sold literally hundreds of millions of devices (against Apple's 4 million) all over the world in the same timespan. Apple's global marketshare for phones is less than half a percent! Even for smartphones it's not more than one or two percent!