So perhaps for the last time this year I will have to explain to you the new Nokia naming system.
So first there was:
The old, old, naming system: This system was brought out last year where the letter in the front of the number identified who the product was aimed at. (the C series was general user, E series was for business etc..)
The number after it was to identify where in that phone was spec wise in comparison to the other phones in the same category. The one that is the best example of this is the N8, and the N9. Both the N8 and the N9 are “flagship” phones (which is what the N stands for) but the N9 is spec wise is a better phone.
If a new model of the same mold came out Nokia would simply add or change the number at the end of the model. The only one I know of that this actually happened to was the C6-00 and the C6-01.
It didn’t happen to anymore phones because Nokia changed the naming system again to:
The old naming system: This naming system was a little easier to understand it went from 100 to 999. The higher the number the better phone you were buying. The 800 is a little better than the 700 and a lot better than the 100. Nokia has used this naming system in the past and it has worked well. (plus I personally like it the best.)
For whatever reason this system was not completely what Nokia wanted either because now only one year after the old, old, naming system came out there is the new and improved:
Brand New Naming System: This is a system in which each “family” of phones will get a name, (aka Lumia, Asha) than will get the number tag attached to it from there. So you will get the Nokia Lumia 701 or the Nokia Lumia 800..got it?
This last naming system strikes me as a blend of the first two naming systems, instead of using the “N” to denote a flagship phone this series will now be called “Lumia” (or perhaps Ace??). Than they will tack on the 100 to 999 to tell you were each phone lands within that “family of phones”.
I am only guessing here, but my guess is that the naming of the phone families is to make them more palatable to the US consumer. Here in the US you just can’t have a C7 or an X7 no, no, no, they are the Nokia Astound and the Nokia Journey.
So the take away here is “meet the old boss, same as the new boss”. There is still a family of phones denoted by a name now (not a letter) and than a series of numbers to tell you were that phone lands in the phone family.
Thoughts anyone? I was happy with just the numbering scheme myself but perhaps you have your own personal favorite.