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A Russian website famous for for getting its mitts on re-production versions of mobile phones has stolen some of Nokia's N8 launch day thunder. Making its debut today, the N8 is the first mobile phone anywhere built on the Symbian S3 platform - and it's very big news for Nokia. But Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin had already …

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  1. Ashley Stevens

    Hmm...

    This sounds like a deliberate attempt by Nokia to recreate the lost Apple iPhone scenario to generate more publicity for Nokia. 'We'd like our phone back please'. Where did we hear that before... But they don't seem to be trying very hard to get it do they?

  2. Anonymous Coward
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    Obviously this is a transparent act of leaking

    in an attempt to gain some publicity for a platform that has been around long enough now that it's become part of the furniture

  3. Trevor Pott o_O Gold badge
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    That almost sounds...civilised.

    Nokia just gained some respect with this. I will have to give them honest consideration for my next mobile purchase.

  4. Random_Walk

    Err, about that polite response...

    If the blogger were not in Russia, but instead lived in (and posted the blog from) Scandinavia, would Nokia's response have retained its politeness?

    I'm thinking that without the obstacles of jurisdiction and international relations, Nokia would have likely been far less polite than they are obviously forced to be.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Pint

    Hmmm

    I wonder how many more companies are going to try to emulate Lord Jobs' recent PR coup, by pretending to accidently on-purposely lose a beta version of their new shiny device?

    Come on Nokia, we weren't born yesterday! While I realise there are planks working at all levels of most corps, seems a little too much of a coincidence that you lose a prototype in the same week that Jobs' does too, eh?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Hmmm

      The scenario that you and some others are painting in effect - namely that Nokia leaked an early prototype to a Russian site to trash-talk its new smartphone OS, in a PR stunt to counter Apple - well now you mention it, that must indeed what it is up to.

  6. DrewHew
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    Nicely put!!!

    We know where those stones were aimed! Well said Nokia

  7. SlabMan

    Except that...

    All Apple did in the Gizmodo case is send a polite letter asking for its phone back. That's despite the folks who think Apple controls the local police department, but don't stop to think how Apple could possibly benefit from a heavy-handed police response. Keep those knees jerking, but watch out for Occam's razor.

  8. Skymonrie
    Welcome

    "alpha" launch

    More than the PR, IF it was a purposeful leak, the feedback provides them with some pre-launch feedback to polish things up.

    Stop the scrumping...Apples aren't in season, just up the ass of every fanboi. These people, who relate everything in the world that happens to one company that claims to be innovative...Didn't you know he invented the dance and everyone just copies him???

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Ah...

    So it's am early prototype, that's why its firmware is buggy... Unlike my N97... Oh.

    1. chr0m4t1c

      Maybe they're doing it the right way around this time

      The prototype demos for the N97 showed a slick, polished and usable device.

      What we ended up with was, well, let's be charitable, lacklustre and disappointing.

      Maybe this time as the prototype is rubbish the finished phone will be good.

      Of course, it's just possible that the finished product will only be suitable for propping up that wobbly table, too.

  10. Anonymous Coward
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    For what it's worth

    At least developing for Symbian isn't as restrictive as developing for the jesusphone

    troll costume, outta here.

    1. Giles Jones Gold badge

      Open source

      So what languages other than C++ can you use to program Symbian apps?

      I would imagine that even using some Flash to App converter would still end up with either C++ or native ARM code.

      Symbian will be less restrictive given the OS is open source!

      1. Daniel B.
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        Re: Open Source

        At least it is a widely used language with C++, and not some Smalltalk wannabe like Objective-C.

  11. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    Sublime and Immaculate ...... a Sticky Sweet Combination for Perfect Conceptions in Quantum Fields

    "A whiff of a hint of a sub-text, possibly?" ...... Drew Cullen

    Most definitely probably too, Drew. The communications game/business is always spooky and always about staying way ahead of contemporaries and petty competition, in order to groom leaderships into positions for power and control. And that was a very civilised response from "Doug".

    So beautifully typical of the Scandinavians to be so innovatively progressive ...... http://tinyurl.com/2v2zetx

  12. Anonymous Coward
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    @amanfrommars

    Wow thanks for the map of Scandinavia.

    Was that in case our geographically challenged cousins think it's Finland, South Carolina?

  13. Marcus Aurelius
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    I wonder

    If Nokia told the guy who lost the phone whether his career was Finnished?

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