The Nokia Tube, full touchscreen phone slated to directly compete with Apple’s iPhone, was recently showcased in a Power Point presentation at the Evans Data Developer Relations Conference in Redwood City.
There were few details available about the Nokia Tube device, besides the info that it will be able to play video, upload photo’s and support Java.
We’ve given you a brief glimpse on Nokia’s thinking on S60 Touchscreen UI a earlier.
The first Nokia Tube won’t probably feature any futuristic 3D gesture control capabilities described in the patent application above.
Still, good implementation of 2D multi-touch gestures and responsive AMLCD optical touchscreen based handset with well thought out user interface will go a long way to create a viable direct competitor to iPhone
As of yet Nokia has not revealed any release dates for the Tube, but it will be interesting to see how the opinions go once the device is finally on the market.
This Nokia smartphone would be pitted directly against Apple’s iPhone. Both devices should be a full 3G phones with active applications developer community, and even directly competing online media store service offerings (iTunes vs OVI), by then.
It would be really interesting to watch competitive fireworks once both devices start going head to head for the same consumer, and only time will tell who comes out on top in the end.
As Nokia’s first touch device, Tube looks really interesting, but as it stands for now the momentum seems to be fully in the Apple iPhone’s court.
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